11/6 Can’t Afford It? Get Over It!: Dress Yo Mother All Fancy-Like for Under $300

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Helloooo, my dah-ling BABs! This week we are helping one of our Real Brides, Jubilance, find her mother a dress and she has her eye on two designers: Watters and Adrianna Papell. We’ve had a couple of Watters requests lately and but Adrianna Papell is a new one. I’m so excited about it, too! Adrianna Papell is a fantastic brand. They’ve been around for 30 years. They make gorrrgeous gowns that are AFFORDABLE (see our Wedding Dresses under $1K Pinterest board). They also have an awesome collection for plus-size gals out there. I think more brands need to embrace their plus-size audience because, um, we’re out here, too, and we want pretty clothes!! All of them, in fact. So, here is what Jubilance had to say:

My mom is looking for a nice gown that is ‘mother appropriate’ but not old lady. I’ve banned her from wearing anything with a jacket. She actually really loves this Watters & Watters gown but at $465 she can’t afford it — It’s the Watters Coriander Dress Style 3218. She also really likes this Adrianna Papell gown but the $300 price is more than she wanted to pay.”

So, Jubilance is looking for a rad MOB dress in a petite size 14 for $200 or less. I totally get the jacket thing, by the way. My Mom would never wear one of those types of Mother of the Bride dresses and with so many options, why should you? Most of these are available in petite but if not, you won’t have to pay too much to get it hemmed.

Can't Afford It

WattersOriginal402Watters Bridesmaid Gown (Style: 3218) $402


Original2Adrianna Papell Beaded Illusion Bodice Mesh Gown (Style: 518406) $287 at Nordstrom

Get Over It

6PM72Adrianna Papell Gown With Ruching & Brooch On The Side (Style: 8278266) $72 at 6pm.com

Overstock97Women’s Petite Lace-Top Long Dress With Tie Belt (Style: 16245439) $97 at Overstock.com

6PM100Adrianna Papell Dress With Lace & Scalloped Neckline (Style: 8278630) $100 at 6pm.com

LightInTheBox130Lace & Chiffon Floor Length Mother Of The Bride Gown (Style: 00723119) $130 at LightInTheBox.com

JJsHouse139A-Line Satin Mother Of The Bride Gown (Style: 008002216) $139 at JJsHouse.com

JJsHouse187Chiffon Mother Of The Bride Gown With Beading Sequins (Style: 008019704) $187 at JJsHouse.com

I didn’t realize petite was so hard to come by! I would definitely recommend looking more into these websites because they have a ton of options and something else might catch your eye. I really hope this helps! Also, I’m curious to know what YOU’RE wearing, Jubilance?! Let us know if we can help. Until next week, BABs …

Got a gown that you just can’t get off your mind? We’re happy to help you get over it! Just tell us in the comments below! Please remember to include the budget you’re working with so we can find you the best alternative for you.

*As always, please do your own research before buying a gown online. Team Broke-Ass is here to provide you with inspiration and resources, but it is up to the consumer to know what they’re purchasing.
Elaine Michalek
Elaine hails from the Windy City where she resides with her boyfriend, John, and her catchild, Stella. She is a lover of all things vintage, a taco connoisseur, an avid tea drinker, PBS obsessed, a sparkle enthusiast, music obsessed, and her dream is to go to Costa Rica and hang out with all of the Sloths. You can usually find her pinning all of the dresses. Play along on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. These wonderful posts may contain affiliate links, which help keep The Broke-Ass Bride up and running and allow us to bring you this kind of content that you love so much!
  • I love these! I just shared with my Mom, hopefully she likes some of these options!