4/20 Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Inga Nataya’s River Fairy for Under $400

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Reader Sandra commented on this post looking for a floaty dress for her 30th anniversary vow renewal:

“Just found “Can’t Afford It” today. Wonderful! My husband and I will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary in 2018, and would like to have a vow renewal and small party. I really like Inga Nataya’s “River Fairy” dress in Lilac, but $900 is too much for me to spend on a dress. (My original wedding dress, veil and shoes cost less than $300). I love the Edwardian look of Jenny Packham’s Azalea as well. I’d only like to spend $400 or less, and I hope to be able to wear the dress again to occasions like a graduation party or someone else’s wedding.
Also, I’m 52 and love vintage clothing. While I love the floaty look of the above dresses, I don’t want anything too youthful.
Hoping this is not all impossible!
Can you help? Thanks!!!”

Sandra, first off — congratulations on your soon-to-be 30 married years! For your renewal dress, I’ll focus my search on simpler “floaty” dresses without trains and won’t limit it to just traditional white gowns. The River Fairy gown has a soft shrug overlay with sleeve look, and I’ll see if I can find this kind of versatility in the dresses in my search, and keep it from going to “young” looking.  I’ll also keep an eye for some Edwardian dresses, which is also a lovely style.  Let’s see them …

Can't Afford It

Inga Nataya River Fairy in Lilac

River Fairy dress in Lilac, $900 by Inga Nataya

Get Over It

Nordstrom - Embellished Lace Gown 319

La Femme Embellished Lace Gown; $319 at Nordstrom

ASOS - Lace Paneled Flutter Sleeve Maxi Dress 113

Lace Paneled Flutter Sleeve Maxi Dress in blue; $113 at ASOS

ASOS - Needle & Thread Daisy Embroidery Maxi Dress With Cold Shoulder 376

Needle & Thread Daisy Embroidery Maxi Dress With Cold Shoulder; $376 at ASOS

Macys - Adelyn Rae Lace Maxi Dress 148

Adelyn Rae Lace maxi Dress; $148 at Nordstrom

Macys - J Kara Beaded V Back Capelet Gown 289

J Kara Beaded V-Back Capelet Gown; $289 at Macy’s

Macys -Adrianna Papell Beaded Mesh Gown 349

Adrianna Papell Beaded Mesh Gown; $349 at Macy’s

Macys -Adrianna Papell Embellished Popover Xapelet Gown 369

Adrianna Papell Embellished Popover Capelet Gown; $369 at Macy’s

Dillards - JS Collection Romantic Ruffle Sheer Matte jersey Gown 258

JS Collections Romantic Ruffle Sheer Matte Jersey Gown; $258 at Dillard’s

Dillards - R&M Richards Sequined Lace and Chiffon Jacket Dress 130

R & M Richards Sequined Lace & Chiffon Jacket Dress in Lavender; $130 at Dillard’s

Dillards - Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Sequin Lace Organza Riffle Tiered Gown 219

Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Sequin Lace & Organza Ruffle Tiered Gown; $219 at Dillard’s

So what do you think, is there a dress here for your vow renewal, Sandra?  I wish you 30 more years of married bliss.

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  • Sandra Ludwig

    Thank you so much for replying to my question! Yes, I definitely think there’s a winner amongst these. And thank you for your very kind words regarding our upcoming anniversary. We can hardly believe it ourselves!

  • Natz Hey

    Thank you for what you do! I just discovered your site and it’s helping me figure things out since my recent engagement. I have fallen in love with the Galia Lahav – Bella dress but the pocket hasn’t caught up with that price yet. It would be a big help if you could find similar alternatives for less than $3000 especially in that color. Thank you.