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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 spend on a dress. (My original wedding dress, veil and shoes cost less than $300). I love the Edwardian look of Jenny Packham’s Azalea as well. I’d only like to spend $400 or less, and I hope to be able to wear the dress again to occasions like a graduation party or someone else’s wedding.
Also, I’m 52 and love vintage clothing. While I love the floaty look of the above dresses, I don’t want anything too youthful.
Hoping this is not all impossible!
Can you help? Thanks!!!”

Sandra, first off — congratulations on your soon-to-be 30 married years! For your renewal dress, I’ll focus my search on simpler “floaty” dresses without trains and won’t limit it to just traditional white gowns. The River Fairy gown has a soft shrug overlay with sleeve look, and I’ll see if I can find this kind of versatility in the dresses in my search, and keep it from going to “young” looking.  I’ll also keep an eye for some Edwardian dresses, which is also a lovely style.  Let’s see them …

Can't Afford It

Inga Nataya River Fairy in Lilac

River Fairy dress in Lilac, $900 by Inga Nataya

Get Over It

Nordstrom - Embellished Lace Gown 319

La Femme Embellished Lace Gown; $319 at Nordstrom

ASOS - Lace Paneled Flutter Sleeve Maxi Dress 113

Lace Paneled Flutter Sleeve Maxi Dress in blue; $113 at ASOS

ASOS - Needle & Thread Daisy Embroidery Maxi Dress With Cold Shoulder 376

Needle & Thread Daisy Embroidery Maxi Dress With Cold Shoulder; $376 at ASOS

Macys - Adelyn Rae Lace Maxi Dress 148

Adelyn Rae Lace maxi Dress; $148 at Nordstrom

Macys - J Kara Beaded V Back Capelet Gown 289

J Kara Beaded V-Back Capelet Gown; $289 at Macy’s

Macys -Adrianna Papell Beaded Mesh Gown 349

Adrianna Papell Beaded Mesh Gown; $349 at Macy’s

Macys -Adrianna Papell Embellished Popover Xapelet Gown 369

Adrianna Papell Embellished Popover Capelet Gown; $369 at Macy’s

Dillards - JS Collection Romantic Ruffle Sheer Matte jersey Gown 258

JS Collections Romantic Ruffle Sheer Matte Jersey Gown; $258 at Dillard’s

Dillards - R&M Richards Sequined Lace and Chiffon Jacket Dress 130

R & M Richards Sequined Lace & Chiffon Jacket Dress in Lavender; $130 at Dillard’s

Dillards - Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Sequin Lace Organza Riffle Tiered Gown 219

Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Sequin Lace & Organza Ruffle Tiered Gown; $219 at Dillard’s

So what do you think, is there a dress here for your vow renewal, Sandra?  I wish you 30 more years of married bliss.

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.
  • 11/28

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    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 on Weddingland. From dresses to bridal party gifts to freaking HONEYMOONS, there are deals like whoa in here. Happy shopping!

    Cyber Monday Deals for Your Wedding Top row, l to r:

    Take 25% off + free shipping on personalized gifts (like these awesome flasks for your groomsmen) at Things Remembered when you use code A130 at checkout.

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    Get wedding cards, photo books and guestbooks with Mixbook’s buy more save more deals, up to 55% off with code CYBER16.

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    Modcloth is one of our faves for affordable wedding attire, and everything on the site is 30% off with code CYBER16.

    Save on honeymoon airfare and travel in serious style with Virgin America, where you can get up to 30% off.

    Save your crew some cash and get their dresses from Rent the Runway (or get a killer engagement party dress for yourself). Save 30% on all rentals with code CM2016.

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    From stationery to gifts and everything in between, get custom and awesome details from Zazzle for up to 70% off + 30% off sitewide with code CYBERMONSAVE.

    Get your beauty on the pure way with 20 gifts from 100% Pure marked at just 10 each.

    Save big on your honeymoon and book a romantic getaway at a Sandals resort.

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  • 7/6

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