Broke-Ass Category: Shopping


Affiliate Disclaimer NewToday’s CAI/GOI request is for a lovely Rue de Seine look-alike. Reader Emily commented on this post asking for help finding a gown similar to the New Zealand designer’s “Eve” from the Young Love and Nomadic Love collections.

Emily says she is addicted to Rue de Seine designs, and who can blame her?! Rue de Seine gowns are soft, feminine, and romantic. The “Eve” gown features a bohemian vibe, with scallop details and a low back in a relaxed cotton/silk combo. In my hunt for budget-friendly gowns, I searched for boho-inspired digs, with similar scalloped/ruffled details, a bit of embroidery, and relaxed silhouettes. Let’s see what we’ve found!

Can't Afford ItEve Gown from Rue de SeineRue de Seine’s “Eve,” Nomadic Love Collection, $3,950

Get Over ItFlutter Sleeve Dot Mesh Sheath with Lace Trim at David's BridalFlutter Sleeve Dot Mesh Sheath with Lace Trim (Style: WG3770), $399.99 at David’s Bridal

Drew Gown from BHLDNDrew Gown By Tracy Reese (Style: 38019832), $600 at BHLDN

Bohemian Embroidered Bridal 3D Lace Ankle Length Dress by Dressmesewchic on etsyBohemian Embroidered Bridal 3D Lace Ankle Length Dress, $328 by Etsy seller Dressmesewchic

Genuinely Angelic Ivory Embroidered Maxi Dress from LulusGenuinely Angelic Ivory Embroidered Maxi Dress (Style: 291672), $66 at Lulus

KIMBERLEY EMBROIDERED TANK MAXI DRESS at Alice and OliviaKimberley Embroidered Tank Maxi Dress (Style: C603506564), $538.80 at Alice and Olivia

Make Some Poise Dress in Ivory at ModClothMake Some Poise Dress in Ivory, $150 at ModCloth

Chiffon Wedding Gown with Ruffle Detail and Lace at David's BridalChiffon Wedding Gown with Ruffle Detail and Lace (Sample) (Style: AI16030046), $248.48 at David’s Bridal

Bohemian Beauty by CaraCarinaDesigns on EtsyBohemian Beauty Wedding Gown, $500 by Etsy seller CaraCarinaDesigns

Beneath the Garden Arbor Ivory Lace Maxi Dress at LulusBeneath the Garden Arbor Ivory Lace Maxi Dress (Style: 200210), $74 at Lulus

And one that’s a teensy bit over $600 …

Lyric Gown at BHLDNLyric Gown By Ti Adora (Style: 37649704), $780 at BHLDN

What do you think, Emily? Many stores are finishing up their Fourth of July sales and getting rid of inventory, so I would expect a lot of new gowns to start popping up soon. Keep your eyes peeled for fall boho looks to love. As always, feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments!

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.
  • 7/15

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewIt’s been a hot second since we’ve done a good Five for Friday around here, and I’m switching it up a little this week. Mixbook recently gave me the opportunity to put together my own hardcover photo book (because I got married, y’all) and I thought I’d take this opportunity to tell you my top five reasons why I’m super stoked I went this route to show off my wedding photos. We did a simple courthouse elopement on May 4 (whaddup, Star Wars Day!) and Shannon (yes, of Real Bride fame) helped me out bigtime by doing my hair, making a gorgeous peony bouquet and tagging along to act as witness and snap some pics. Because gone are the days of having printouts of all your wedding snaps and here are the days of uploading all that shizz to social media for friends and family far and wide to ogle, I wanted to do something a little different and a little special. My husband is a huge fan of sentiment and really appreciates thoughtfully put together gifts — for instance, for our second Christmas together, I had an illustration of the two of us and our first cat commissioned, based on our favorite photo together that year — and because he enjoys these kinds of gifts so much, I try to pull one out of my hat as often as possible. I saw this opportunity with Mixbook to do just that. Guys, he freaking loved this. He teared up a little, and even took it to work the following day to show it off to his coworkers (god, I love him). So, aside from making my grown-ass husband weepy, here are five of my top reasons to get wedding photos made into a photo book:

    Mixbook Photo Book Cover

    They look damn good.

    The hardcover is glossy and high-quality and the pages are durable and thick. I opted for a 1010 Deluxe Square Hardcover (which costs about $50-ish). I played around with a few different pre-selected designs before I kind of just decided to go with my own. The colors reproduced really well, which pleases me.

    Mixbook Page Detail with Bouquet

    You can tell your own story.

    Mixbook has preset options where you can fill in the blanks with your information or you can do as I did and scrap the whole shebang and make it entirely yours. I wanted to highlight these details about our wedding day, but I also wanted to include little quips and snippets from our relationship throughout, and I was able to do just that.

    Mixbook overlay and page layout detail

    The layout is only limited by your imagination.

    Did I mention it took me nearly a month to put this together? No joke. I kept switching things around, trying new layouts and options and switching this and that until I was finally satisfied. I get really picky about things like this — you should see how long it takes me to set up a website or arrange furniture — because I want to be sure it’s the most aesthetically pleasing as possible. I love that I was able to add a fun overlay, like on the right, while including all of our photos in various order and being able to cohesively weave our story through the pages.

    Mixbook Page Detail with Text

    Fun extras add a little sumthin’-sumthin’.

    Once I found the stickers, and especially this script sticker with a gold background, I was lost down a rabbit hole for at least an hour. For the pages where you just need that little something extra, but aren’t sure what, these are perfect. Mixbook also provides a number of background textures and graphics so you’re not stuck with white pages throughout.

    Mixbook Lay-Flat detail

    The lay-flat design provides seamlessness.

    If you opt for a hardcover lay-flat book, you don’t have to worry about the pages getting all wonky and losing part of the image in the seam. My book only has 21 pages, and none of the images cross the center threshold, but I love this feature nonetheless.

    My Mixbook is a durable heirloom that I can’t wait to show off to our family when they come to visit, and we can show to our son when he gets older. While we do plan on having one or two of the images from our little wedding day framed, this photo book is perfect for telling our story and preserving our love.

    And right now, enjoy up to 50% off (30% off orders under $50, 40% off orders $50+ and 50% off orders $100+) when you use code SUMMER at checkout until 7/18!

  • 7/14

    Hayley Paige Ginger 1604

    Hey BABs! Got your heart set on a lacy, long-sleeved gown? Reader Steph does: Do you have any suggestions for a "can't afford it, get over it" on the Ginger gown from Hayley Paige? I love it but shouldn't spend more than $1,200 on my dress. The sweetheart lace bodice with sheet sleeves and lacy appliques is stunning! Let's see what we can find! Hayley…

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    Gabriela Gown from BHLDN

    Today's CAI/GOI post was super fun to put together! Reader Marta emailed us asking for something a little non-traditional. She wrote: "Help! I am not your conventional bride and am having such a hard time finding a dress. I love this one on BHLDN but of course this is their only dress at $2500: . Really like a low back but BHLDN's dress in particular…

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    Aminah Abdul Jillil Bow Flats

    Some days here on Broke-Ass Bride, a #GownHunter becomes a Shoe Hunter...and lemme tell ya, it's a blast! Reader Rachel is on the lookout for a pair of couture-inspired bow flats that aren't available in her size. Here's her request:  Hi! I was hoping you could help me track down a pair of shoes similar to these: They are bow flats by Aminah Abdul Jillil. Price…

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  • 6/24

    Oleg Cassini Cap Sleeve Illusion Wedding Dress from David's Bridal

    As a special treat this month, we’re partnering with David’s Bridal to bring you four special edition Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! posts (catch the first three here, here and here), featuring their very own gorgeous styles. David’s Bridal, a name synonymous with affordable wedding gowns in a huge variety of styles, has been dressing women for all types of special occasions for over 60 years —…

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    Monique Lhuillier L'Amour

    We've got lots of CAI/GOI requests in our queue these days thanks to you, our lovely readers! We're pretty excited about that, but keep in mind, your requests may take a bit of time to get to as we add them to our calendar. Nevertheless, keep those requests coming! We are here to help. Reader Jennifer is getting married at the end of summer and…

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    Disclaimer: A very easy way to save money = skip save the dates. I know this. Social media makes it super easy to spread the word of your wedding date and location, and wedding websites are an amazing way to keep people informed. As a Broke-Ass, I was obviously looking for ways to cut costs, so we did consider forgoing a save the date. But because we…

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  • 6/20

    Catering Your Own Wedding Do It on the Cheap with Sam's Club

    Original photo: Shaina Sheaff Photography So you've decided to tackle the wedding food on your own (or a very gracious friend with mad skillz has stepped up to the plate). Go you! It's a great way to save some money and add a very personalized touch ... but it can be a helluva task. Timing, preparation, serving and not to mention cost ... the biggest cost,…

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