Broke-Ass Tag: bhldn


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Today’s CAI/GOI gown is GORGEOUS! Reader Hannah commented on this post with:

“I would LOVE it if you could find some alternatives to the Berta 15-107 …i’m looking for something with long sleeves and a deep v neck (to the bust…nothing that shows off the stomach etc, i’m not that daring!) with quite modern detailing….about $3-$4k”

The Berta 15-107 gown is from last year’s Fall/Winter collection and features an illusion long-sleeve top with deep v-neck and open back, scalloped embroidered lace throughout and jeweled accents. It’s sleek and sexy with modern details. Berta gowns are some of my favorites, Hannah, so I feel you on the gown-love here. For my search, I focused on long-sleeved gowns with a lower v-neck. I am also giving you a few gowns with modern accents or interesting features (glam sequins, ya’ll). Let’s check ’em out!

Can't Afford ItBerta Bridal Plunging Neckline Lace Gown Berta Bridal style 15-107Berta Bridal Fall/Winter Collection (Style: 15-107), Berta gowns range $7,800-$10,000+

Get Over ItLace Long Sleeve Illusion V-Neck Wedding Dress at David's BridalLace Long Sleeve Illusion V-Neck Wedding Dress By Galina Signature (Style: SWG727), $1,250 at David’s Bridal

Khione Gown at BHLDNKhione Gown By Sophia Kokosalaki (Style: 36999720), $2,150 at BHLDN

Vintage Style Lace Wedding Dress with Plunging Neckline and Long Sleeves by ieie on etsy“Amber” Vintage Style Lace Wedding Dress with Plunging Neckline and Long Sleeves (Style: Amber LG140701), $559.95+ via Etsy seller ieie

Long Sleeve Sheath with Illusion V-Neckline at David's BridalLong Sleeve Sheath with Illusion V-Neckline (Style: SWG719), $1,450 at David’s Bridal

Beilin Gown at BHLDNBeilin Gown By Watters (Style: 34788182), $2,300 at BHLDN

Lace wedding dress by Barzelai on etsyLace wedding dress $460 by Etsy seller barzelai
Badgley Mischka Sequined Long Sleeve V-Neck GownBadgley Mischka Sequined Long Sleeve V-Neck Gown (Style: 0400088885285), $695 at Saks Fifth Avenue

White by Vera Wang Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress at David's BridalWhite by Vera Wang Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress (Style: VW351270), $1,498 at David’s Bridal

Cibella Gown at BHLDNCibella Gown By Eliza Jane Howell (Style: 37869294), $2,000 at BHLDN

Sequin Wedding Dress by makemydresses on etsySequin Wedding Dress, $989 by Etsy seller MakeMyDress

Long Sleeve Beaded Lace Plunge Neckline Gown at David's BridalLong Sleeve Beaded Lace Plunge Neckline Gown (Style: SWG695), $799.99 at David’s Bridal

French Lace, Deep-V Neck Long Sleeve 1930's Art Deco Inspired Fitted-Flare Trumpet Bias Gown by Rebecca Schoneveld on etsy“Cora-Ingrid” French Lace, Deep-V Neck Long Sleeve 1930s Art Deco Inspired Fitted-Flare Trumpet Bias Gown, $2,620 by Etsy seller RebeccaSchoneveld

Theia Nicole Lace GownTheia Nicole Lace Gown (Style: THEIA30040), $1,495 at Shopbop

Long Sleeve Lace Trumpet Gown with 3D Flowers at David's BridalLong Sleeve Lace Trumpet Gown with 3D Flowers (Style: SWG677), $749.99 at David’s Bridal

Tribal Lace Open Back Hand Embellished Wedding Dress by IDoCoutureBridalTribal Lace Open Back Hand Embellished Wedding Dress, $2,650 by Etsy seller IDoCoutureBridal

Phew! Those are a lot of lovely, long-sleeved dresses! I think that last option comes pretty darned close to the Berta gown, don’t you? Hannah, did we help you get over the Berta 15-107? Let us know in the comments!

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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    ModCloth Perennial Dress

    Perennial Poise Dress, $250 from ModCloth

    Shopping for a wedding dress is one of the huge milestones of the wedding planning process — and can often be intimidating and overwhelming. This can be even more true when you’re a Broke-Ass Bride and are operating on a v. tight budget. While some broke-ass couples may allocate more for the wedding gown (because there are some of us who put that as a high priority, and good on ya, girl!), there are also a number of us who cringe at the thought of dropping some serious dough on a dress they may only wear once. Putting a strict threshold on the amount you’re willing to shell out for your gown may limit your options — you can pretty much count out that schmancy bridal salon — it does open up the doors for some creative shopping. For this week’s Five for Friday, I dug up some perhaps surprising places where you can get your wedding dress online, and for a measly $500 or less.


    While Asos is often known as an affordable stop for adorable clothes for work and play (guys, they have a great selection of extended lines, too — plus, tall, petite and maternity), they’re also a total hidden gem for gorgeous dresses that can easily translate to wedding attire. They have a huge selection under $500, which should leave enough room in your budget to accessorize the hell outta yourself!


    I mean, is anyone really surprised ModCloth made this list? Their super cute vintage styles are everything a Broke-Ass Bride could dream of — and in recent months, they’ve expanded to include very wedding-specific styles, all at a price point that would make any BAB happy.


    While Shopbop may be better known for high-end designers and labels, if you dig deep enough into their Wedding Boutique, you’ll find a plethora of gorgeous frocks that totally fit a Broke-Ass budget. With names like Badgley Mischka, Rachel Zoe and Jill Stuart, you can totally rock a designer gown without forking over too much cash.


    The well-known department store has a gorgeous selection of wedding dresses — but many fall well outside the parameters of what Broke-Asses may want to pay. The real hidden treasure at Nordstrom is in their bridesmaid dress selection — most of which come in some shade of white or off-white, and bear labels by the likes of Jenny Yoo and Monique Lhuillier. Score one of these beauties for a fraction of the cost of a wedding gown by the same designer and rock your wedding day in style!


    What’s not to love about Anthropologie‘s wedding line? Very little, in our opinions. Often a go-to resource for our “Can’t Afford It? Get Over It!” column because of their approachable price points, BHLDN has certainly become a mainstay here on BAB. While most of the gowns run in the $900-$2000 range, checking under the Reception Dresses or Sale tabs will yield a whole wonderland of beautiful options for well under $500.

  • 11/5

    Rosa by Katya Katya Shehurina

    Happy November, BABs! Reader Amanda has been bitten by the lace gown bug, and left a request on this CAI / GOI post: I have been searching for a vintage-inspired gown that fits my budget. I can't see spending over $1000 for a dress (and would feel more comfortable if I spent under $1000). Most of the dresses that I like are made by designers…

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    Rue de Seine Violet

    Happy Thursday, BABs! Today's CAI/GOI request is from reader Sarah, who is searching for a Rue de Seine "Violet" look-alike for under $700. She writes: "Honestly, I don't want to spend more than $700 and am even hoping to spend considerably less, if possible. But I'd love to see anything in the $100-$800 range in case there's anything I might be able to find on…

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    Naomi Neoh Clementine

    Is it really Thursday again? You bet! And that means a new CAI/GOI post is in order. This week's request was from reader Shannon, who wrote in looking for a gown like the "Clementine" from Naomi Neoh. Her request posed two challenges, as the "Clementine" is only available in the UK and it retails for £2,900 ... that would be over $4,400, a wee bit…

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  • 10/7

    Names: Meg & Steve Occupations: Development Coordinator for a community revitalization non-profit; high school Spanish teacher Wedding location: Pearl S. Buck Estate, Perkasie, PA Wedding Budget: $25,000 ** Number of Guests: 207 Wedding Date: June 20, 2015 How would you describe your wedding: Our wedding had a little bit of everything. We had some traditional elements, but also did things our own modern way. For example, we had…

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    BHDLN Sage Dress

    One of the things I really enjoy about fall and the approaching holidays is the fashion (it sure as shit isn't the cold). I mean, once holiday lines hit stores it's #sparkledress for daaaayyyyz, and I love that. But it also means that for you less traditional BABs out there, the abundance of billowy gowns in all sorts of shades and prints is multiplied by…

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  • 10/1

    Anna Campbell Lucinda

    Boy, did I have a challenge for today's CAI/GOI post, you guys! Reader Lauren commented on this previous post with a request for an Anna Campbell look-alike. Specifically, she's on the hunt for a gown like the "Lucinda," which features all-over scalloped lace, a natural waist, and a sparkly, beaded belt. Finding a dress exactly like the "Lucinda" for under $1000 was tough, but I…

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