Broke-Ass Category: Wedding Dress Shopping

3/23

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Hi BABs!  This week’s request comes from reader Randi, who is in love with a Carol Hannah gown:

“I love your Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! posts… And your book. If I could climb a mountain (Hard to find in New Jersey…) and sing its praises, I would, but for now I’ve been recommending it to all my newly engaged broke-ass friends.
I recently fell in love with Carol Hannah’s Coralia dress. Like…true, deep, everlasting love. But her prices are way, way out of budget. I’m hoping to spend $500 or less – not $5,000!
If you could please consider doing one of your Can’t Afford It? posts on that, I would be enternally grateful.
Randi”

This gorgeous gown has horizontal bands going under the bust of this empire waist gown and around the back, open sides and back, deep V front, and a full ballgown skirt. The skirt almost has a crochet texture, but still maintains a soft flowing look when moving, not weighed down. I’ll focus my search on the V front, empire waist and open backs with strappy details. Let’s see the roundup!

Can't Afford It

Carol Hannah's coralia gown

Coralia; Siren Call, fall 2016 collection; by Carol Hannah

Get Over It

Lulus - Carte Blanche White Maxi Dress 112

Carte Blanche White Maxi Dress; $112 at LuLus’s

Etsy seller RenzRags - 2017 off white chiffon dress 299

2017 Off white chiffon dress; $299 by Etsy seller RenzRags (back of dress pictured)

Etsy seller LaceBridal - Sexy style wedding dress with chiffon skirt v neck and simple straps back 249

Sexy style wedding dress with chiffon skirt, V neck, and simple straps back; $249 by Etsy seller LaceBridal

Amazon OLadyDress - Pleated V-neck Backless Chapel Train Beach Wedding Dress 130

Pleated V-neck Backless Chapel Train Beach Wedding Dress; $130 by OLadyDress on Amazon

Etsy seller RenzRags - 2017 Champagne Bridesmaid dress, Long Wedding dress 279

2017 Champagne Bridesmaid dress, Long Wedding dress; $279 by Etsy seller RenzRags

Davids Bridal - WG3819 - 449

Lace halter wedding dress; $449 at David’s Bridal

Nordstrom - Alyce Illusion VNeck Pleat Tulle Gown 310

‘Alyce’ Illusion V-Neck Pleat Tulle Gown; $310 at Nordstrom

Lord and Taylor - BCBGMAXAZRIA Andi Lace Dress 398

Andi Lace Dress; $398 by BCBGMAXAZRIA at Lord & Taylor

I hope we found something to satisfy your craving for a lovely deep V neck empire waist gown. What do you think, Randi?

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. Please be aware, though, that because you guys love this column so much, we can often build up quite the queue and it may be a while before we can get to your dream dress. Rest assured, though, Team Broke-Ass is on the case!

*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.

  • 3/10

    Affiliate Disclaimer New

    This week’s request comes from reader Tammi for a very unique look:

    “Can’t Afford it – I’m looking for something like the green version of Jenny Packham’s Joy dress. You did such a great job finding alternatives with the JP dress before, I’m hoping you can help me. I can’t find anything else even remotely similar anywhere. My budget is under $1500, preferably closer to the $1000 mark.”

    The dress in question is a shimmery, 20’s-esque, emerald gown from designer Jenny Packham, and you may have seen it on the red carpet in the past.  Often these kinds of dresses can be super difficult to find, with the color and amazing shimmery detail.  Many designers might stay away from such contrast in colors.  Let’s see what similar styles we can find to replicate this eye-catching gown!

    Can't Afford It

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    Joy by Jenny Packham via BRIDES, retail $4,600+

    Green version can be found via Chic Vintage Brides

    Get Over It

    Davids Bridal 1712P2451

    Illusion Mermaid Dress with Beaded Embellishment (style #1712P2451); $390 at David’s Bridal

    Adrianna Papell 04437454

    Beaded Short Sleeve Gown; $320 by Adrianna Papell at Dillards

    Unique Prom Green Floral Floor Length GownGreen Floral Floor-length Gown, $388 from Unique PromAdrianna Papell 4543416

    Beaded Short Sleeve Blouson Gown; $209 by Adrianna Papell at Dillards

    Adrianna Papell 4946377

    Rounded Neck Sleeveless Beaded Gown; $379 by Adrianna Papell at Dillards

    Adrianna Papell 4691033

    Beaded X Seam Gown; $262 by Adrianna Papell at Dillards

    Unique Vintage Emerald Lace Sheer Illusion GownEmerald Lace Sheer Illusion Gown, $188 from Unique VintageAdrianna Papell 5116587

    Embellished Mesh Fit & Flare Gown; $369 by Adrianna Papell at Nordstrom

    Unique Vintage Mint and Nude Embellished Lace Dress

    Mint and Nude Embellished Lace Dress, $240 from Unique Prom

    What do you think Tammi? Some of the dresses in these colors may be listed under “Prom” instead of “Bridal”, but don’t let that discourage you … it may mean that it doesn’t come with as hefty a price tag! Hopefully we’ve found something that strikes your fancy with shimmery embellishments on a column or trumpet gown, and I think we even found some in a similar emerald hue.

    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. Please be aware, though, that because you guys love this column so much, we can often build up quite the queue and it may be a while before we can get to your dream dress. Rest assured, though, Team Broke-Ass is on the case!

    *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.
  • 3/2

    Avina Valenta Style 9616

    Reader Rachel is searching for a dress for her fairy tale wedding: "Avina Valenta Style 9616.   Any dress you can recommend similar to this dress, which is over $2500 and I can't spend over $400 on a dress, but I want something sexy yet fairytale for my wedding! :) Love your blog, Thank you, Rachel" Thanks for the love, Rachel!  I hear you, this dress…

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    2/15

    ModCloth At a Rosette Time Dress

    We're all about finding fab frocks for less, and we're always super thrilled to get an amazing deal. Whether it's your priority to not spend a ton of dollars on your dress because you think you'll only wear it once and you'd rather allocate the cash to something that lasts longer (hello, photography!) or you're boot-scootin' it to the courthouse -- big party be damned!…

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    2/9

    Pallas Couture Edythe front

    Today’s CAI/GOI request is for a look-alike dress of "Edythe" from Pallas Couture's 2010 collection. Reader CircusorBust commented on this post with: "I love these posts! They have helped me so much. The gown I am trying to find an alternative to is Edythe by Pallas Couture. I am trying to find something under $400. Any kind of dress that is similar to this in style I…

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  • 1/27

    Sabine Dress at BHLDN

    Reader Armarni was checking out this previous post, when she fell in love with a Get Over It gown we featured. Unfortunately, the Sabine Dress by Jenny Yoo was sold out and over budget, so Armani asked us for help: "Any suggestions for a similar vintage inspired dress for under $250? Was also thinking of adding a detachable train for the drama!" First off, if…

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    1/19

    #GownHunter Wanted

    It's wedding planning season, and the team at The Broke-Ass Bride has been inundated with Can't Afford It? Get Over It! requests, and we need a fashion-savvy contributor with an eye for detail and spend-thriftiness to help divvy out the broke-ass friendly versions of fabulous designer gowns. Does that sound like something you'd be super good at doing? Awesome! Here are the things we need from…

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    1/12

    Fig Dress from BHLDN

    Today's CAI/GOI request is for a fun and casual dress from BHLDN. Reader Kate commented on this post with: "Y'all are incredible. So glad to have stumbled on these posts--have loved looking at some of the Etsy sellers you've mentioned! After a painful divorce a few years ago, I'm blessed to be a second-time-around bride, looking for something a tad more casual than the frothy…

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  • 12/22

    Berta 15-18

    Y'all have some major love for Berta gowns! Today's CAI/GOI request is from Amber, who commented on this previous Berta post. She writes: "HELP! I also fell in love with a Berta gown, Berta 15-18 to be exact. My budget is around $3,000. Any recommendations?? Thanks!" The Berta gown in question is an embellished lace sheath number, complete with detachable train, from the 2015 Spring/Summer…

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