4/19

Melissa wrote in to The Broke-Ass Bride for some help with her Hollywood Glam Wedding.  Here’s what’s up with Ms. Mel…

‘I just got engaged ! I’m new to your site, but your CAI/GOI is a freakin’ godsend!  I am usually pretty budget savvy  and I’m coming in under budget for everything… Except the dress! I fell in LOVE with a Reem Acra dress and it’s WAY more than I’d ever dream of spending. 

Whilst perusing the internet for a different dress, at a better price, I found another one I liked (Angel Sanchez) but it too was almost $5k!!!! UGH!! I can’t seem to find a dress that isn’t literally half of my intended budget.

I’d like my overall budget for the dress to be $1000 with alterations etc.  I’m guessing sticker price, from reading your blog, should be about $800 or less?  The overall feeling I want is beautiful/sexy/classy like an old Hollywood red carpet event.  The kind of dress that, with a veil and some flowers, looks bridal but without, looks like something you might see at the Oscars.  Chapel length train or less and I love sparkle!  In the buildin’ and I’m stunning myself,

Melissa’

Alrighty, Ms. Melissa, here’s the skinny on your {Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} request….you gotta look for Evening, Prom & Pageant dresses!  I went on the hunt and I gotta say, you really are gonna be stunned when you see all the sparkly old Hollywood glam I got!  So, as they say in show business, “Let’s get this show on the road!”

Can’t Afford It

Reem Acra 

$5,000.00

Get Over It

Open Back Beaded White Gown

Cache $238.00

Faviana style 6711

edressme $398.00

Aidan Mattox Beaded Gown

Bloomingdale’s $475.00

Aidan Mattox Gown- Illusion Tulle

Bloomingdale’s $420.00

Nicole Miller- Stretch Sequin Halter Gown

Bloomingdale’s $650.00

GiGi by La Femm #17428

edressme $490.00

Aidan Mattox- Mermaid Sequin

edressme $495.00

Aidan Mattox- Deep V Beaded Gown

edressme $495.00

Adrianna Pappell- Sequin Evening Dress

edressme $278.00

Unique Vintage

Champagne Beaded Deep V Low Back $798.00

There you go, Ms. Melissa!  The shutter bugs will be swarming!  You’ll be the picture of old Hollywood glamour in your wedding gown!  I surely hope some of these gowns meet your starlet expectations.  If so, don’t just sit on the casting couch – snag your dream dress ASAP.

Ciao, bella!



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5 Responses to “{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} Vintage Hollywood Wedding Gown for Under $1,000”


  1. Jenni

    David's Bridal has a couple va-voomy, old Hollywood-type dresses in their Galina Signature collection. These are a different shape than the Reem Acra dress, but I think they have the right vibe… and they are both on sale and under your budget! Good luck!
    http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Beaded-One-Sh
    http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Charmeuse-Hal

  2. Emily

    Those Aidan Mattox gowns are gorgeous!

  3. Paul R. Solis

    I love these simple style wedding dresses, especially the first one, the veil gives me the feel of romance.

  4. amber

    I also think Morgan Culture has some vintage-y inspired stuff, not under $1000, but I think all under $1500. Only negative is they're all one-off so may not have "the one".

  5. Anya

    Hi! Can you help me? I LOVE this dress but can't afford it!: http://www.bhldn.com/shop_the-bride_wedding-dress
    also, this one: http://www.bhldn.com/shop_the-bride_wedding-dress

    how do I get over it? My budget is around $800.

    Thanks!