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10/22

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“I’m not ashamed of my curves” is a phrase we love to hear around here! Reader Meredith’s got-it, flaunt-it philosophy has her pining for a trumpet-style gown in satin:

Hello! I love your “Can’t Afford It? Get Over It!” features. Now that I’m engaged, I went and fell for a dress outside my budget and could really use your help. I love Allure’s 9252. The beading is stunning, it fits me beautifully, and it’s very sexy. I’m a lady who likes to have fun, and I’m not ashamed of my curves. Add that to my Art Deco wine bar wedding venue, and this dress is right up my alley. Can you offer any advice for getting something like this dress under $1000?

Oh, how I would LOVE to be a fly on the wall at your wedding, Meredith! You’re speaking my language with that art deco wine bar, and it’s a great example of how broke-ass brides can work out-of-the-box venues to suit their budgets and their personal style. We’d love to see photos and hear stories about your broke-ass wedding planning! And I know exactly what you mean about accidentally falling in love with stuff outside your budget — the Internet is such an enabler in that regard. So glad you like the CAI/GOI column!

Alright, I’m on the hunt for something sexy and fitted to curves (va-va-VOOM!) with a bit of beading for extra bling for an art deco-esque flair.

Can't Afford It

Allure Bridals 9252

Allure Bridals 9252 Back

Allure Bridals 9252, $1000-$1500

Get Over It

Jeweled Cap Sleeve Evening Dress by Mac Duggal

Jeweled Cap Sleeve Evening Dress by Mac Duggal, $578 at eDressMe

Davinci 50265

Davinci Wedding Dresses Style 50265, $750 at Best Bridal Prices

Luna Wedding Dress by RaraAvisAngeEtoiles

Luna Wedding Dress, $920 by Etsy seller RaraAvisAngeEtoiles

Champagne Corset Gown by Yasminelayani

Champagne Corset Gown, $890+ by Etsy seller Yasminelayani

(Also available in white and ivory.)

Mori Lee 5304

Mori Lee Blu Wedding Dresses 5304, $825 at Best Bridal Prices

Dream Gown Pink by MagicBridalDresses

Mermaid Dream Gown in Pink, $143 by Etsy seller MagicBridalDresses

(Also available in ivory and 5+ other colors.)

The next few options are more simple trumpet / fit and flare / mermaid silhouettes, but you can add a shimmery cape or shrug, wear a low, chunky rhinestone or pearl necklace, or a skilled seamstress can add some sparkly embellishments at the neckline and/or back.

Eden Black Label Wedding Dresses Style BL164

Eden Black Label Wedding Dresses Style BL164, $738 at Best Bridal Prices

Ann Taylor Duchess Satin Strapless Wedding Dress

Duchess Satin Strapless Wedding Dress, $600 at Ann Taylor

Bonny Wedding Dresses Style 422

Bonny Wedding Dresses Style 422, $921 at Best Bridal Prices

(Gorgeous in Rose, but also available in ivory and white.)

A-Line, V-Neck Sexy Wedding Dress

A-Line, V-Neck Sexy Wedding Dress, $225 by Etsy seller LaceMarry

Lisa’s Bonus Pro Tip: Selecting the proper underpinnings is essential for rocking your look. For curve-hugging gowns, choose undergarments that are smooth and seamless, close in color to your skin tone, and are not too lacy or embellished on their own. A backless gown requires a stick-on bra, a bra sewn into your gown, or a convertible bra with a super-low-back option — unless you’re letting the girls go “commando.” Always try on your gown with your undergarments before the big day to make sure you love the way you look and feel.  

I hope you find the gown that will let you strut your stuff and express your style, Meredith! Leave a comment to let me know if any of the gowns above fits the bill, or if not, which gown you choose. 

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.
  • 4/9

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    Greetings, BABs! My name is Caitlyn, and I’m the newbie tackling your requests for The Broke-Ass Bride’s Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! posts. I’m excited to be here, so let’s go ahead and save you some $$$.

    Bride Bex wrote in asking us to find her a gown similar to BHLDN’s Emma for under $700. A part of the Theia collection, the Emma gown features a cherry blossom inspired look, with laser-cut petals appliqued onto a tulle base. This beautiful dress comes in ivory or blush ombré and usually retails for $1295. Before I get into some Get Over It options though, I wanted to point out that if you happen to be a size 10 (ivory) or a size 4 (blush), you are in great luck, because the real deal Emma gown is on sale RIGHT NOW for, wait for it…..$600! Not your size? Fret not, as I’ve listed a handful of options below that I think are pretty similar to the Emma, all under $700.

    Can't Afford It

    32930570_011_aEmma Gown by Theia Bridal for BHLDN, originally $1295, on sale for $600

    Get Over It8719068_fpxAidan Mattox Gown – Bustier Bodice & Rosette Skirt, $365 at Bloomingdale’s

    imagesTemperley London Long Petal Dress, $685 at Shoptiques.com

    _10333767Adrianna Papell Embellished Petal Chiffon Ballgown, $278 at Nordstrom

    imageServiceRose Petal Spaghetti Strap Wedding Dress, $499.99 at Ann Taylor

    dbi_s13_kp3519_whisperpink_frontTulle Wedding Gown with 3D Floral Details, $299.99 at David’s Bridal

    cdd6a2731b76f808b1013214928e5c05Tulle Gown with Lace Applique and 3D Flowers, $249.99 at David’s Bridal

    Well, Bex if you can’t get ahold of the Emma gown, I hope the options I’ve shown you fit the bill for your dream wedding dress. The BAB has actually featured the Emma gown before in a CAI/GOI post, so you can check that out for even more suggestions! Happy 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.

    *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.
  • 2/19

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    Hello my lovely BABs! Are there any Bostonians out there? I don't know whether to be thankful the midwest hasn't seen THAT much snow, or jelly because of how much fun yous guys are having. I mean, snow tunnels to get to work?! Sledding off roofs? C'mon, can it be that bad? OK, I know snow sucks but at least you're having fun with it,…

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    12/10

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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…

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  • 10/16

    What up, BABs?! This week we are helping yet another lovely, bride-to-be, Lauren find the perfect dress. Yay! Something about Amsale's "Harbor" dress spoke to her and she has fallen in love. The almost $5,000 price tag, however, is NOT so lovable. I fell in love with Amsale myself a few years ago when I watched an episode of "Brothers & Sisters" where Rachel Griffiths'…

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    9/4

    Hey, BABs! This week we're helping Brianna get over the lovely "Emma Gown" by Theia for BHLDN. Don O'Neill is the designer/creative genius behind the Theia Collection, which was created to "bring out a woman's inner goddess." Theia, a Titaness in Greek mythology, possessed the power of light. So, basically, she made everything sparkle and we here at BAB lurve our sparklez. This particular gown was inspired by the…

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  • 8/29

    Welp, here it is. The end of summer (ish). The last long weekend to celebrate sun, fun and perfect day-drinking weather. School's back in sesh, or it will be very soon, and the insanity of wedding season is winding down. I, personally, fully intend on enjoying this weekend to its fullest extent, and therefore will be taking the whole weekend off. The Broke-Ass Bride will…

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