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Hey BABs! Long time, no see. Can you believe we’re only a few weeks away from 2015?! Me either. I haven’t forgotten about you my BABs, things just get a little crazy around this time of year but I’M BACK! And this week we’re helping Erin get over a Reem Acra gown that Oliva Wilde wore to the 2008 Emmys. It’s no surprise, as you’re sure to always find her gowns on the red carpet. Reem Acra was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She worked in luxury interior design for 3 years before starting her career as a fashion designer saying herself that interior design is very much like designing clothes. Reem started her company in 1995 after she designed a wedding gown for a friend. She was able to get the dress in The New York Times and then invested $20,000 in luxury fabric. I would say she made a pretty good investment! So, we have got to help Erin out since her big day is just seven months away! Here is what Erin had to say:

“I’m in desperate need of help! My wedding is next July 2015 and I still don’t have my dress. I have my heart set on the Reem Acra dress Olivia Wilde wore. The only issue is it’s way out of my price range. Nothing I’ve tried on compares to that dress. I need help! Honestly I’d like to stay around $1000 but I have some wiggle room. Thank you so much for your help!!”

Damn that silk for being so luxurious and so damn expensive! No worries, girl! Chiffon still gives you that same, flowy, elegant feel.

Can't Afford It

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000 Reem Acra Gown $5,950 at ShopBop

Get Over It

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000 Floor-Length Sweetheart Chiffon Gown With Sequins (Style: 0020564725) $177 at

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000 Chiffon Gown With Lace Cap Sleeves (Style: 11631) $310 at

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000 Charmuese Lace Gown With Off The Shoulder Lace Straps (Style: 11601) $330 at

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000 Lace Gown Over Sequin Bodice (Style: 1049) $550 at Dessy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000 A-Line Chiffon Dress With Inverted Basque Waist (T670) $538 at

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000

Tulle Gown with Crystal Embellishments by Tadashi Soji (Halcyon) $180 at BHLDN

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000 A-Line Gown With Lace Cap Sleeves & A V-Back (Style: 325062) $750 at Ann Taylor

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000 A-Line Gown With Soft Illusion Neckline & Flowing Tulle Skirt (Style: 33158643) $970 at BHDLN

Since you have a little wiggle room, I included these:

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000 A-Line Dress With Silk Chiffon Skirt & Beaded Sleeves $872 – $1097 USD at Grace Loves Lace

I already did the US conversion so don’t worry about the prices on their website. The price depends on the length of the train you choose.

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000 Sheath Gown With Paris Chiffon Over Rosario Crepe Back Satin (Style: Bryce 4MC897) $1,129 at

This dress offers free shipping as well as free shoes & a veil!

So, I’m feeling pretty good about this. (That Grace Loves Lace dress, tho!)  I really want to help because 7 months goes by even faster when you’re planning a wedding! Let me know what you think and if there is anything our team can help you with! Until next week, BABs …

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.

*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.


Elaine Michalek
  • 12/10

    Shopping, baking, presents, traveling, money, money, more money! You know what I say about the holiday season? Bah humbug.


    Grumpy Cat knows what’s up.

    I’ve never been one to love the holidays as much as most people. I can’t deal with all of the hype, and it doesn’t help that my finances can’t support buying the best gifts for everyone I love. Last year, when I was saving all of my cash flow for my trip overseas, I found a way to make the holiday season more enjoyable and affordable by DIYing all of my gifts. It was rather successful, if I do say so myself.

    This year, I plan on doing the same because as we know, weddings aren’t cheap. And to be honest, I kind of enjoyed putting a little bit of myself into everyone’s gifts.

    Let’s flashback to this time last year: A it tends to be for many people, December makes me feel a little crazy – between trying to squeeze in all of my holiday plans into a handful of weekends and getting thoughtful gifts for everyone while keeping within a budget. On top of that, I was making travel plans and trying to get ahead at work so I could enjoy my vacation into the new year. I was losing my sanity slowly but surely! The solution to gaining some sanity back? Coming up with an easy, affordable (and fun!) gifting plan that I can do for multiple people.

    Now, I have three siblings. And we have varied interests due to our difference in age. Even so, Instagram is something we all use and love. And there it was, my great gifting plan I could customize for each of them– an Instagram collage canvas!


    Photo courtesy of my food-loving sister, Mandy.

    I’m telling you, this project couldn’t be easier on the mind or the wallet. All you need is the PostalPix app, a 12″x12″ canvas (they even come in multi-packs!), and a tub of Mod Podge, both of which can be found at Michael’s. I chose nine of my favorite ‘grams from each of my siblings and ordered them through the app.

    Each printed photo costs just a few cents, and they don’t take their time mailing them to you! I set them up on each canvas, then dabbed some Mod Podge on the back of each photo, starting with the corners, so I’d have everything lined up right. From there, you simply paint the Mod Podge over the photos to seal them onto the canvas, making sure to paint all of the edges and corners down. I did about three coats for each canvas, just to make sure nothing would pop up once they were completely dry. To save even more money (and the earth), I skipped the wrapping paper and just tied a nice bow around each canvas. They were a hit!

    Since last year, I found some other fun decorative gifting DIYs, perfect for anyone on your list who just moved into a new place. Use your leftover Mod Podge to make personalized glass ornaments with maps, sheet music or newspapers. I especially love this marquee letter idea. It’s great to decorate the home AND your wedding, which I fully plan on doing.

    ornament marquee

    Photos courtesy of and

    I altered my gifting plan a little bit when it came to my classy, wine-loving future in-laws by doing one bigger gift the whole family could enjoy. Again, your local craft store is your friend on this one. You’ll want to pick up a wooden tray, chalkboard paint and a few festive tins or baggies. I painted the inside of the tray with the chalkboard paint, filled the tins/baggies with nuts and dried fruits, and picked up 2-3 bottles of wine. And there you have it– a wine tasting tray for a family night in!

    And while we’re on the topic, I have some more suggestions for those drinkers on your list. That Mod Podge will come in handy once again to make craft beer coasters from beer labels and tiles/cork. I also love a good monogrammed gift. Grab a plain mug from your local dollar store or thrift shop, a permanent marker, and draw a design. Stick them in a 300 degree oven for 30 minutes and you have the perfect gift for a cold day.

    bev collage

    Photos courtesy of, and

    As for this year, it’s going to be a very edible holiday for those on my “nice” list. A trip to the grocery store, the craft store and an afternoon in the kitchen is all I need to make this holiday season easier for this bride-to-be. A couple of my favorite gift ideas include homemade vanilla extract and infused butters. I have a few more ideas up my sleeve, but I wouldn’t want to give away any spoilers. So simple. So cheap!

    Hey, BABs, what are you doing to save on some time and money this holiday season?

  • 12/9

    Brides Against Breast Cancer

    The Broke-Ass Bride is proud to partner with Brides Against Breast Cancer, turning gently used designer gowns into a beacon of hope in the worldwide fight against breast cancer. Since we began working with BABC, we’ve had about a dozen brides write in to let us know that it is …

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    Hello! Sorry I’ve been a little quiet, am-dram life took over for a while and wedding stuff just had to go on hold! But, now I’m back and starting to pick things again.

    Time is flying…eek!

    With just under a year to go to our wedding, we’ve now handed out …

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    The Broke-Ass Bride's 2014 Gift Guide The Professional Geek

    We all have that one friend — or in my case, all my friends — who have legit grown-up jobs, but never really shed their love for geekery. My own crew is packed with an archaeologist, a scientist, a creative designer, an engineer, a Realtor, an insurance agent … it …

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  • 12/8

    Real Bride Katie It

    Hey everyone, long time no see!

    I’ve been absent for a little bit because it felt dishonest to write up a post about wedding stuff when I’ve been too wrapped up in other life things to think about it much.

    But then I thought – hey, why not write about that

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    My M&Ms Personalized Candies

    Damn. It’s hard to find a good sale after being pummeled with them all during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But, of course, I couldn’t leave y’all without a killer Ten for the Weekend, now could I? No. Because that would be not awesome. Below we’ve got M&M’s you can …

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    While I totally don’t believe that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, I do believe a girl should own a little ice. But man, it can be spendy! Unless you know where to look, and for us at Broke-Ass HQ, we turn to our main man at DiamondStuds4Less. By …

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  • 12/5

    The Holidays vs. Your Wedding

    Two weeks before Thanksgiving, I found out that the current number of Mrs. Coopersmiths would soon be increased by one  – my husband’s little brother got engaged. Yay! But then I looked at the calendar again and frowned. Two weeks before Thanksgiving. Seven weeks before New Years.

    Here we go.

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