Broke-Ass Category: The Bride

5/18

 

Hi BABs!  This week’s request comes from reader Stephanie, who wrote to us on this post and is inspired by several Hayley Paige gowns:

I’m a broke-ass-bride and I love Hayley Paige! I am trying to find a style with her signature layered, flowy skirt look, spaghetti straps with a v-neck, and some kind of shimmer or fun detail! My favorites of hers are the Laney, Chandon, and Pepper gown. All have a similar silhouette!

These Hayley Paige gowns all have a similar silhouette with an airy, modern, and romantic feel to them. They features a low-cut spaghetti strap neckline, natural waist and full tulle skirt with flounces to give the skirt shape and lightness. The Laney gown definitely has a bit of sparkle.

I’ll focus my search on gowns with full flounced and ruffled skirts. Anything with some shimmer details and straps (remember you can always add some) will take top priority. Let’s see them.

Hayley Paige’s Laney gown; $4,000-$4,500

Lace v-neck dress with organza tiered skirt; $800 at Camille la vie / Group USA

Strapless Lace Wedding Dress with Removable Train; CWG739, $800 at David’s Bridal

Style BL219 Sweet; $750+ by Casablanca Bridal

Horsehair Wedding Dress; $790 by Etsy Seller AngellureBridal

Sadie dress; $875 by Etsy seller thepeppermintpretty

Strapless ballgown wedding dress; $600 at at Camille la vie / Group USA

Lace and Organza Wedding Ball Gown with Beading; WG3830; $649 at David’s Bridal

Strapless Organza Wedding Dress with Ruffles; MK3667; $400 at David’s Bridal

And here are some options for separates, just pair these skirts with a fabulous top or bodysuit:

Almira skirt; $810 at BHLDN

Floral Lace and Cascading Mesh Two-Piece Dress; $170 at David’s Bridal

Ruffled Organza Ball Gown Wedding Dress Skirt, Style 2643; $795 by Alfred Angelo

I think the first one there from Camille la vie / Group USA hits a bunch of aspects — the V-neck with straps, definitely some sparkles and WOW factor, and the horsehair trim skirt. But there are lots of dresses in this lineup to look at. I hope this helps you out, Stephanie. Happy dress shopping!

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.
  • 5/4

    Welcome BABs! We have another CAI/GOI for you today with a gorgeous Rue de Seine gown inspiration. Reader Haley commented on this post looking for a boho dress for her wedding:

    Rue de seine Blake or Raven for under $1000. I like the bohemian, festival, hippie style.
    Thanks!
    Haley

    Okay, Haley — I hear you on these great Rue de Seine gowns! These gowns are both lovely and have a airy boho feel to them. I’ll focus on finding similar boho, hippie gowns with a crochet lace look to them.

     

    Rue de Seine gowns “Blake” (left) and “Raven” (right); Love-Spell Collection; ranging from $2,000 – $4,500

     

     

    Roane Gown in ivory; $700 from BHLDN

    Unmatched beauty white lace off-the-shoulder maxi dress; $98 at LuLu’s

    Nevena Dress in ivory; $560 from BHLDN

    Bohemian Wedding Dress Petunia Gown; $1,000 by Etsy seller BeMyBride

    Eira gown in ivory; $1,000 by BHLDN

    Bohemian Wedding Dress Petal Gown; $860 by Etsy Seller BeMyBride

    Angelica boho dress; $930 by Etsy Seller VictoriaFashionShop

    Sheer Scallop Lace Bohemian Back Cut Out Gown; $648 by Etsy Seller SaldanaVintage

    Jarlo Bandeu Maxi Lace Dress with Fishtail; $173 by ASOS

    White Rena Wedding Gown; $750 by Etsy seller BeMyBride

    Kimberley Lace and Crochet Maxi Dress; $350 by Alice & Olivia at Nordstrom Rack

    Cutout Lace Gown; $318 by Avery G at Bloomingdales

    That’s the roundup for today, so tell us what you think, Haley. I hope we found something to work for your hippie, festival style!

    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.
  • 4/20

    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…

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    3/23

    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…

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    3/10

    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…

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  • 5/31

    Cake Topper available from Etsy seller Glittered Bride I am not one of those women who get excited about baby showers or bridal showers. A bunch of women mingling about the hors d’oeuvres and mimosas and how they know the bride or mother-to-be has never been my forte. I can’t say as I’ve been to a single shower that I wasn’t dying to leave by…

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    4/15

    Team Bride Badges, $7.28 by Etsy seller MakeLoops It's a fact of wedding planning that people are the second-most unpredictable variable (weather is the first!). There will always be someone who doesn't do or say what you're expecting or hoping, and it can be extremely frustrating when it's someone close to you.  Every now and then it's a bridesmaid that seems to go rogue, not following The…

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  • 9/24

    What's a bride to do when she loses her job just before getting engaged? She writes to the BAB team for help, of course!  Dear BAB, I'm reading your book -- like it's the bible. I'm the brokest of BABs -- lost my job right before I got engaged! Our super generous parents have given us $15K to do with as we will, but after being unemployed…

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