Broke-Ass Category: Shopping

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 you, intrepid #GownHunter:

– Be willing to commit to posting 2x a month. This is every other week, darling, and the deadline is real.

– Know how to string a few words together

– Be super stoked about helping brides find a good broke-ass friendly dress of their dreams, and a general love of weddings

– Understand that we’re a baby biz, and for right now we can only compensate in high-fives, possible freebies, discounts and the potential for moving into a paid position, as well as stellar recommendations and a chance to enhance your writing/blogging skillz

Sound like something you’d dig? Here’s how to apply:

Put together a Pinterest board of Hayley Paige’s “Mona” lookalikes with a top budget of $800. Include 10-15 gowns. Email info@brokeassbride.com with an introduction, short writing sample and a link to your Pinterest board. Subject: #CAIGOI

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  • 1/12

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewToday’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 confection I wore for my first wedding, but still romantic and bridal. We’re holding a small family wedding next spring. I’ve fallen for the Fig dress by Korovilas for Bhldn–love the unique swing silhouette, boatneck, and mix of textures. Ideally would like to spend less than $400 as we’re concentrating budget on footing the bill for our family to travel and celebrate with us. Would love your insights–this silhouette seems hard to find! xoxo”

    Thanks for the love, Kate, and congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! Before I dive into look-alikes, I wanted to let you know that if you happen to be a size extra-small or small, you are in major luck because the “Fig” gown is on super sale right now! If that won’t work for you, I’m also posting a lineup of similar gowns that feature a flowing silhouette (you’re right, swing-style gowns are hard to find!), texture on the bodice, and a boatneck or high neckline. Let’s check them out!

    Can't Afford ItFig Dress from BHLDNFig Dress By Korovilas (Style: 38292330), $250 at BHLDN

    Get Over ItHigh Neck Chiffon Wedding Dress with Beading at David's BridalHigh Neck Chiffon Wedding Dress with Beading (Style: 231M75160), $179.99 at David’s Bridal

    Jessalyn Dress at BHLDNJessalyn Dress From Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent (Style: 39813035), $200 at BHLDN

    2016 Luxury A Line Boat Neck V Back Designs by Etsy seller flourishingli2016 Luxury A Line Boat Neck V Back Design Dress, $295 by Etsy seller flourishingli

    Rachel Pally Anya DressRachel Pally Anya Dress in White or Cream (Style: 8114778), $255 at Zappos

    Raga Crochet-Paneled Maxi Dress at Forever21Raga Crochet-Paneled Maxi Dress (Style: 2000168759), $118 at Forever 21

    Illusion Neckline Crystal Bodice Chiffon Dress at David's BridalIllusion Neckline Crystal Bodice Chiffon Dress (Style: 182892DB), $159.99 at David’s Bridal

    Paulette Dress at BHLDNPaulette Dress By Needle & Thread (Style: 37783354), $250 at BHLDN

    Roselyn Off White Wedding Dress by Etsy seller GatsbyladyRoselyn Off White Wedding Dress, $189 by Etsy seller Gatsbylady

    Love Runs High Ivory Maxi Dress at Lulu'sLove Runs High Ivory Maxi Dress (Style: 394212), $39 at Lulus

    Off White Embellished Cutout Back Chiffon Long Dress at Unique VintageOff White Embellished Cutout Back Chiffon Long Dress (Style: P31760), $238 at Unique Vintage

    What do you think, Kate? Is the original “Fig” dress the winner, or does something in the roundup above catch your eye? Let us know in the comments.

    Any of you BABs out there think you can do better? We’re looking for a couple of frugal fashionistas to take on the task of helping our readers #GetOverIt! If you’re interested, send an email to info@brokeassbride.com with subject #CAIGOI and a link to a Pinterest board of a designer dress and your broke-ass worthy alternative finds!

    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.
  • 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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    12/16

    The Broke-Ass Bride's 2016 Gift Guide The Ultimate Gentleman

    It’s that time of year again! Gift guides are back! From now until the holidays, we’ll be rounding up some of our favorite gift ideas, mostly in broke-ass budget range (but with one or two splurges thrown in). Whether you’re shopping for your best gal, your favorite dude, your family or yourself, you’re going to find some stellar ideas for everyone on your shopping list.…

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    12/15

    Nicole Miller Ashley Gown

    Hey BABs! This week, we have a request from reader Katelynn who commented on this post saying: Nice Work! I love BAB!! I've got my own CAI/GOI conundrum: I've fallen in love with the Ashley bridal gown by Nicole Miller (http://www.nicolemiller.com/as... but it's more than I wanted to spend at $1800. Ideally, I'd love a dress between $500-$800. I love the lace, low back, and halter…

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  • 12/7

    Berta Gown 16-09

    BAB reader Christina messaged us on Facebook for some help finding a Berta look-alike. The inspiration gown is from the Spring 2016 collection and features long sleeves, a column silhouette, and an incredibly unique silver-tone net overlay. I feel like this particular Berta gown screams both sexy mermaid and sparkly winter queen. It's super pretty! For similar gowns, I've focused on column or sheath silhouettes,…

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    12/2

    The Broke-Ass Bride's 2016 Gift Guide: A Snuggly Winter

    It's that time of year again! Gift guides are back! From now until the holidays, we'll be rounding up some of our favorite gift ideas, mostly in broke-ass budget range (but with one or two splurges thrown in). Whether you're shopping for your best gal, your favorite dude, your family or yourself, you're going to find some stellar ideas for everyone on your shopping list.…

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    12/1

    Matthew Christopher Tiger Lily

    Whew, you guys. These posts are super tough for me. Y'all have some exquisite taste! This week, we're tackling reader Maria's request on this post: We are looking for a gown "inspired" by the designer Matthew Christopher. The exact gown is called "Tiger Lily". We perused all the websites in your great article - do you have any other websites or resources for this $5,000…

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  • 11/28

    Cyber Monday Deals for Your Wedding

    Happy Monday, darlings! I hope you all had a great, restful Turkey weekend. As per usual, the holiday shopping has been kicked into high gear, and since finding a killer bargain is essential to any Broke-Ass wedding, I'd be remiss if I neglected to share these awesome Cyber Monday deals with you. Since Black Friday was a mashup of all the things, Cyber Monday's deals are concentrated…

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