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{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} A Gown For Under $1000 Inspired By BHLDN’s “Omelia”

What happens when a bride wants to buck the strapless trend and not spend more than $2,000 on a wonderful gown? You get a bride in need of some shopping help.

Hey all, I could use some help in the CAI/GOI category: BHLDN Omelia. The sheath silhouette, the gorgeous lace detail, the fact that it’s not strapless (I just can’t be bothered to worry about things falling down/out), and it looks flowy/movable!… but the $2+k price tag is a serious downer. I might be up a creek with this one. I’d love to look at places like Etsy but, to be honest, I just can’t bring myself to spend hundreds of dollars on something that I can’t return sight-unseen. In a perfect world I’d love to be able to try it on (or have there be a return policy). Help?

Non-strapless, lace with movement – your wish is our command.

CAN’T AFFORD IT

Omelia ($2,200 at BHLDN)

GET OVER IT

High Neck Sheath Wedding Dress with Lace Details and Front Slit ($339.99 at For Her and For Him)

 

White Sheer Strap Sweetheart Wedding Dress ($918 at Unique Vintage)


Ivory Illusion Bateau Wedding Dress ($538 at Unique Vintage)

White Ruched Chiffon Cap Sleeve Prom Dress ($598 at Unique Vintage)

 

Cap Sleeve Fit-and-Flare Lace Gown ($950 at David’s Bridal)


Angeline ($639.99 at Ruche)

Etsy could also offer some wonderful options. On the other hand, your point about a return policy is valid. Consider using Etsy’s “Shop Local” feature to find vendors in your area. Meeting the designer in person and trying things on is always preferable to crossing your fingers and hoping it works out. Any BABs out there have suggestions for shopping on  Etsy for such an important dress?

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} A Gown Inspired By BHLDN’s “Ortensia” For Under $600

It’s rare that one dress embodies everything a bride wants in her wedding gown. Often we’re split between many options because of small details. Jane, on the other hand, knows exactly what she wants, but it’s twice her budget.

I would be SO grateful if you would use your amazing dress-finding skills to help me out with a sudden and major case of CAI/GOI:

I just fell in love with BHLDN’s new Ortensia gown  It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for – a flowing, floor length skirt that starts from the natural waist, a beautiful deep V neckline, pretty (but not blingy) details – but it’s double what I can afford ($1500 is my absolute maximum).

Thank you!
Jane

Jane, you did the hard part: Describing your perfect dress and including the budget. Now we’ve found some options that are less than half the budget. This way, you can add extra bling – if needed – through pretty shoes, a belt or maybe a pair of statement earrings.

CAN’T AFFORD IT

Ortensia Gown ($3,000 at BHLDN)

GET OVER IT

Evelyn ($544.99 at Ruche)

Aidan Mattox Sheer-Back Ruched Gown ($475 at Neiman Marcus)

Badgley Mischka Antigua Bay Gown ($150 rental through Rent The Runway)

Sequin Bodice Chiffon Gown ($375 at Badgley Mischka)

 

Goddess V-Neck Wedding Dress ($550 at Ann Taylor)

V Neck Chiffon A Line Wedding Gown ($369.99 at For Her and For Him)

Be sure to check out the back of these options, Jane. Some have fantastic detail that you wouldn’t guess from the front — something I’m assuming you’d like given the inspiration. Finding the perfect dress is a tricky thing to do online – do read the return policies before ordering!

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} A Claire Pettibone “Versailles”-esque Gown For $1500 Or Less

Krista definitely deserves an amazing dress for her big day, but her budget is keeping her from living the couture dream.

Hi. 

I’m a mom. I put my wedding on hold for almost three years because our son is a regular at sick kids’ hospital and my fiancé and I wanted to focus on him and his health and put everything else on the backburner. Now that he is doing much better, the wedding plans are back on, and I’ve found a dress. I think about it in my sleep. I scour the internet in hopes of finding either a decent replica or pre-owned… It is stunning and I am irrevocably in love with it. 

I present to you the Claire Pettibone “Versailles”. I swear Claire Pettibone is the devil trying to make all poor brides cry… Help me get over it. I cannot throw $7,000 at this. That’s nearly half the budget.  

Sincerely,
Krista

Don’t worry Krista, lots of BABs fall victim to the Claire Pettibone lust trap! Consider checking out this post or  this post for more dresses inspired by the same designer. Those picks were inspired by a different designs, of course, but you never know if one of those options might be your next dream dress. Then we have the following dresses, of course, chosen to match your inspiration.

CAN’T AFFORD IT

Claire Pettibone Versailles ($7,000+ through Claire Pettibone)

GET OVER IT

Divine Downpour Gown ($1,300 at BHLDN)

Alexandria Gown ($749.99 at Ruche)

Rose Petal Spaghetti Strap Wedding Dress ($750 at Ann Taylor)

 

Carolina Lace Wedding Dress (£550 at Phase Eight)

 

Tulle Gown with Lace Applique and 3D Flowers ($1,100 at David’s Bridal)

Straps Sweeatheart A-Line Tulle With Flowers ($255 at Lemandy Wedding Dress via Etsy)


Cap Sleeve Fit-and-Flare Lace Gown ($950 at David’s Bridal)

Falling in love with couture often means zeroing in on a detail you love best then trying to match that. You could always add a gold sash, for example, to a dress that has the appliqués in the amazing inspiration gown. Also, often times Etsy shops have wonderful sample sales. If you shop for your size on Etsy, you could find beautiful gowns like the Lauren from Natural Bridals.

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} An Ersa Atelier-Inspired One Shoulder Wedding Dress for Under $600

This week’s request is particularly special – well, for me. It comes from an adopted little sister of mine. Leann is my high school boyfriend’s little sister. I still picture her as a girl in middle school, despite the fact that she’s a beautiful, independent woman now. She knows she can ask me for help anytime. This week, I got a request from her via Pinterest. Her note was brief:

I want this but can’t have it! Help? :)

The dress is a preview for the Ersa Atelier 2013 collection. I failed to find a price for it (but we can assume it’s in the 4-5 digit range). Leann has a budget of about $600. She’s having a bit of a non-traditional wedding but loves this look.

CAN’T AFFORD IT

Ersa Atelier Gown

GET OVER IT

David Meister One-Shoulder Metallic Gown ($570 at Saks Fifth Avenue)

Angeline ($639.99 at Ruche)

Silk Georgette Pleated One Shoulder  ($550 at Ann Taylor)

Beaded One-Shoulder Soft Charmeuse Gown ($349.99 at David’s Bridal)

One-Shoulder Gown with Asymmetrically Draped Skirt ($528 at David’s Bridal)

Allure Bridal Diamond White & Silver Ruched One Shoulder Wedding Gown ($508 at Unique Vintage)

 

Xscape Beaded One Shoulder Sheer Mesh Gown ($165 at Nordstrom)

Don’t kill me for throwing in a couple more traditional options. It’s always best to consider all options. And, with that in mind, I had a crazy additional thought. What about renting an amazing sequin dress and making a tulle overlay? Rent the Runway has some amazing options for a base to such a dress, like this Badgley Mischka gown for $125. With that price, you could rent it one weekend just to get the measurements then again for the wedding and still be under budget. Since this look is more gown-like, perhaps another BAB out there has a lead on a dress they’d like to share?

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} Lace Coverlets, Capelets, Jackets, & Shrugs for Under $100

Winter brides still want to look beautiful while staying warm, right? This week we’re focusing on  beautiful lace boleros, shrugs, and capelets for brides who choose to say “I do” in colder temperatures. We’re using the BHLDN first light capelet, which sells for $150, as our “Can’t Afford It” ideal. Our alternatives will cost under $100.

CAN’T AFFORD IT

First Light Capelet ($150 at BHLDN)

GET OVER IT

Ivory Short Sleeve Lace Wedding Bolero Jacket Shrug ($49.99 at Alex Bridal via Etsy)

Bridal White Lace Bolero Jacket ($82 at Angelina Design via Etsy)

Short Sleeve Tulle Jacket with Lace Embroidery ($99 at David’s Bridal)

Short Sleeve Lace Jacket ($79 at David’s Bridal)

Sweeping Waltz Capelet ($48.99 at Ruche)

Mandarin Collar Lace Bolero ($69.99 at Tulip Bridal)

Admittedly, a little lace won’t keep you warm. But it’s pretty… and pretty necessary in the winter. Any BABs out there find a super cute coverlet they’d like to share? (P.S. Send your “CAI/GOI” requests to emily@brokeassbride.com!)

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} Wtoo “Olivia” Gown-Inspired Wedding Dress for Under $800

“Budget” has always been a word I kind of hate. It really kills the joy of shopping for, well, anything. But of course, it’s a very important factor when it comes to BAB weddings.

I fell in love with the Wtoo Olivia gown in oatmeal. I went to try it on and absolutely love it. I have been trying to find a used one to buy, but they are still out of budget. Do you have any ideas of similar looks I could try? I can’t seem to find anything like it. Thanks!!!

After chatting with our BAB, it turns out her magic number is $800. There’s always an opportunity to have fun on a budget. This is no different. As always, the key is being open-minded when it comes to all the little details…

CAN’T AFFORD IT

Wtoo Olivia Gown ($1,344 at Best Bridal Prices)

GET OVER IT

 

Nicole Miller Keyhole Goddess Gown ($630 retail, $100 rental at Rent The Runway)

 

Reem Acra Florence Gown ($3,000 retail, $400 rental at Rent The Runway)


Taffeta Ball Gown with Layered Tulle Skirt ($299.99 at David’s Bridal)

Badgley Mischka Strapless Lace Gown ($715 at Shopbop)

BCBG Max Azria Magnolia Strapless Gown ($523.60 at Shopbop)

Silk Strapless Vintage Wedding Dress ($550 at Ann Taylor)

Tulle Ball Gown with Asymmetrical Draped Skirt ($699.99 at David’s Bridal)

The color is the hardest thing to really match up. Not all these options hit that hue right on the head, but we play around with a palette that goes from white to peachy pink to a golden, movie star hue. Hopefully there is something in here that catches your eye!

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} Monique Lhuillier-Inspired Bridesmaid Dress For Under $150

Weddings aren’t just about your own budget. Being in a wedding can be costly for everyone involved. It totally makes sense to want to keep costs down for those supporting you on the big day. This week’s request is for for sexy, full length bridesmaid dresses…

Hello,

This is a submission for can’t afford it, get over it.

I’m looking for my bridesmaids dresses and everything I’ve found that I like so far is a little over their budgets. I love this Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaid dress, but it’s too expensive. I love the grape color, the one shoulder strap and even the slit! Please help if you can to find a dress under $150.

Thank you!

Purple was my wedding color! Personally, I’m OK with dress styles not matching. So I gave ladies a color and basics that I wanted in the dress, and let them pick something within their own budget. Thankfully, finding a variety of long, matching grape-colored dresses for cheap isn’t too difficult.

CAN’T AFFORD IT

ML Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids Pleated One Shoulder Chiffon Gown

GET OVER IT

Carlos Miele Amazon Rain Gown ($150 rental at Rent The Runway)

 

Strapless Long Charmeuse Dress with Slit ($129 at David’s Bridal)

One Shoulder Satin Dress ($159 at David’s Bridal)

 

American Living One-Shoulder Dress ($80 at JC Penney)

Tinley Road Ruffle Front Maxi ($21.97 at Piperlime)

 

Purple Chiffon Floral Applique Strapless Gown ($126 at Unique Vintage)

Don’t worry, that glaring red David’s Bridal dress also comes in grape! Also,  I realize one option is over $150. But, it’s so close to your inspiration, it would have been criminal not to include it. At least now you have a number of options to offer the girls. Happy shopping.

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} A Claire Pettibone-Inspired Gown For Under $1,000

Kate’s got caviar taste but not enough clams to fund it. And she doesn’t want to sell her precious pets in order to snag a real Claire Pettibone.

Hello, I have been enjoying reading through your blog, lots of great tips written in a humorous way ;)

I’m a UK bride to be and we seem to have a lot less choices wedding dress and price wise than in the US. I have been totally lusting over the Claire Pettibone Chantilly wedding dress, along with a few of her others. However, unless I remortgage my pets there is no way I could afford even a quarter of one of the CP dresses. If you have any ideas for alternatives I would really appreciate it. I’m looking for a lace/vintage style wedding dress with an interesting or unique back.

Thank you!

Kate

Kate, you’re right; Claire Pettibone does amazing things with lace. No one will argue with you there. Unfortunately, few people have her touch. Also, the amazing lace backs that she features aren’t easy to find. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t find something vintage-inspired with lace to have without sacrificing Fido. Stick with that open-minded attitude and let’s look at some options that are less than a sixth of the cost of your inspiration.

CAN’T AFFORD IT

Claire Pettibone Chantilly (Estimated retail $6,000 to $6,200)

GET OVER IT

Ivory French Lacy Chiffon Wedding Dress ($800 at Paula Studio via Etsy)

Beaded Cap Sleeve Gown ($995 at Grace Loves Lace via Etsy)

Scalloped Lace Cut Out Mermaid Wedding Dress ($499.99 at For Her and For Him)

 

Paloma Wedding Dress (£450 at Phase Eight)

Maria Wedding Dress (£495 at Phase Eight)

If the dream isn’t here, consider piecing it together. BLDHN, for example, has a pretty bridal lace tank top that can be put over a simple white dress. Or, David’s Bridal offers a variety of lace jackets that can be similarly used. Since you seem a little open to other vintage styles, consider checking out a some of our older posts, like the ones inspired by the Catherine Deanes Lita Gown or Pronovias Petunia dress. Lastly, if you’re going to stretch your budget, it doesn’t hurt to check out sites where brides re-sell their dresses, like Pre-OwnedWeddingDresses.com or Once Wed’s used wedding dress listings.  Claire Pettibone is quite popular on those sites.

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} Vera Wang Joy-Inspired Gown for Under $1,500

Is your wedding dress a splurge-worthy occasion? That’s what Ya-ting is trying to decide.

Hello!  I’m kind of in a dilemma about a wedding dress…  I’m in LOVE with the Vera Wang Joy dress from Fall 2012. but I’m not in love with the price tag ($6000+).  I have been to a couple of wedding dress shops but have not found a similar style yet and I feel as if I won’t be able to.  I have some people telling me to splurge, and some saying it’s not worth it.  What do you think and can you help me find similar styles??  Thank you!!

-Ya-ting

Personally, I wanted to splurge on my dress,  but also keep it within reason. For me, $700 was a stretch in what I was comfortable with. Later, after buying my dress, my fiancé told me he had envisioned me spending $1,000 to $1,500. Basically, people differ on what a “splurge” actually constitutes. It’s all relative! Is an authentic Vera Wang paramount to your wedding vision? And are you willing to cut back in other ways to compensate?  I can’t answer these questions for you, but I can give you other options to consider before you decide to throw down 6 large on a real Vera Wang. I found several, far more affordable blush and off-white options that I think you’ll love…

CAN’T AFFORD IT

Vera Wang Joy gown

(Estimated retail price $6,500)

GET OVER IT

Organza Fit and Flare ($1,248 at David’s Bridal)

Strapless Wedding Gown ($1,350 at upoppy via Etsy)

Tadashi Shoji Strapless Dress ($798 at Nordstrom)

Reem Acra Florence Gown ($400 rental through Rent The Runway)

Theia Tiered Organza Mermaid Gown ($1,495 at Neiman Marcus)

Blossom Sheer Mermaid Evening Dresses by Mignon ($398 at eDressme.com)

I have to caution people about being in love with a dress they’ve never tried on. It’s a beautiful dress, but that lower waist, for example, wouldn’t look good on me. The dress I ended up with, in fact, wasn’t what I would have envisioned for myself. But it looked amazing. Try some things on. Give it a try, and, if the price is still too much, pick the features you truly love, and focus on finding those details in a cheaper dress.