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11/5

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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 based in Europe. While I never saw myself getting stuck on a “dream dress”, I seem to be stuck dreaming of a dress by Katya Katya Shehurina – her “Rosa” dress. It incorporates lace, which I love! But she quoted the price as 2500 pounds (over $3000). Which is waaaay over my budget! Please help :(

The Rosa has a romantic lace bodice dotted with pearls, a smooth silk taffeta skirt, and scalloped lace cap sleeves in a ballgown silhouette, so to find lookalike gowns I’m on the hunt for a vintage-inspired ballgown silhouette with a ladylike lacy bodice and a defined waist. Ready? Set! GO!

Can't Afford It

Rosa by Katya Katya Shehurina

Rosa Gown by Katya Katya Shehurina, >$3,000

Get Over It

Deep V-Cut Lace Chiffon Wedding Dress by BailynnBouNique

Deep V-Cut Lace Chiffon Wedding Dress, $250 by BailynnBouNique

Tulle Wedding Dress with High Illusion Neck David's Bridal

Tulle Wedding Dress with High Illusion Neck, $700 at David’s Bridal

Impression Wedding Dresses Lace Bateau A Line

Impression Wedding Dresses Style 10352, $850 at Best Bridal Prices

Jenny Yoo Claudine Marseille Lace & Tulle Dress

Claudine Marseille Lace Tulle Dress by Jenny Yoo, $950 at Nordstrom

Cap Sleeve Tulle Wedding Dress with Illusion Neck David's Bridal

Cap Sleeve Tulle Ball Gown with Illusion Neckline, $700 at David’s Bridal

(Christen tried this dress on in this post)

Maggie Sottero Elka

Elka Gown by Maggie Sottero Wedding Dresses, $1,089 at Best Bridal Prices

(I know this one is a stretch for the budget, but I had to include it because of it’s vintage feel.)

Sexy Wedding Ballgown by Loveand520

Sexy Wedding Ballgown, $149 by Etsy seller Loveand520

Tulle and Chantilly Princess Cut Wedding Dress with Long Sleeves

Princess Cut Wedding Dress with Long Sleeves, $680 at Tulle and Chantilly

Jewel Cap Sleeve Illusion Neck Wedding Dress David's Bridal

Jewel Cap Sleeve Illusion Neck Wedding Dress, $775 at David’s Bridal

One option to get the look of those darling cap sleeves is to find a simpler taffeta or lace gown and add some epaulets (also known as epaulettes or shoulder jewelry) like one of these:

Luciana Topper by Jenny Yoo at BHLDN

Luciana Topper by Jenny Yoo, $250 at BHLDN

Crystal Bridal Shoulder Jewelry by PowderBlueBijoux

Crystal Bridal Shoulder Jewelry, $141 by Etsy seller PowderBlueBijoux

Mika Embroidered Lace Topper by Jenny Yoo

Mika Embroidered Lace Topper by Jenny Yoo, $425 at Nordstrom

Daisy Topper by Tadashi Shoji at BHLDN

Daisy Topper by Tadashi Shoji, $190 at BHLDN

Add over a gown like this:

Calla Gown by Wtoo by Watters at BHLDN

Calla Gown by Wtoo by Watters, $600 at BHLDN

Or this:

Mori Lee Voyage Wedding Dresses Style 67471 Taffeta Strapless Ballgown

Mori Lee Voyage Wedding Dresses Style 67471, $479 at Best Bridal Prices

Lisa’s Bonus Pro Tip: If you’re not finding what you want in a gown, ask your bridal salon (or seamstress) if there’s any way to swap out fabrics or styles. If you’re working directly with a gown designer, the chances are good that they’ll be able to offer some customization. For instance, many of the gowns above have lovely lacy tops with chiffon skirts, so if you’d prefer taffeta, ask if they’re able to recreate it with your desired fabric. Or if you love the bodice of a mermaid style with the skirt of a ballgown, they might be able to swap out the segments. There will likely be an up-charge for making changes to the design, but if you’ve budgeted with some wiggle room you should still fall within your gown budget. If designer customization is outside the budget, look for bridal separates, which are becoming increasingly popular for this very reason!

Do any of these gowns capture that vintage vibe for ya, Amanda? Let me know when you’ve found “the one” in the comments below, and thanks for submitting your Can’t Afford It? request!

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.

 

  • 10/29

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewHappy 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 sale? (Also I’m open to second hand and preowned stuff.)

    I like your thinking about sales and buying secondhand, Sarah. Broke-Asses need to be on top of all their options when it comes to scoring a great deal on their wedding needs, and you are totally on top of it! When it comes to sales, many websites offer a discount or coupon code when you first sign up for their newsletter/email list, so be on the look out for those types of deals when shopping online. Also, if you’re not in a hurry to get your gown and have some patience, sometimes you can hold out on an item until a sale (think holiday, semi-annual, etc.) pops up. I scored an awesome dress from Nordstrom for almost 50% off just by waiting a couple of months for a sale. Now, the caveat to this is that not only do you have to be patient, you also run the risk of your dress of choice running out of your size or out of stock altogether while you wait. I’m throwing it out as an option, but you know your timeline and will have to decide if that’s a good option for you.

    As for secondhand gowns, there are a number of websites you can use to search for dresses by designer, size, style, and price (preownedweddingdresses.com, stillwhite.com, oncewed.com come to mind at the moment). Unfortunately, given that the Rue de Seine gown retails for over $3000, it probably won’t show up as a secondhand option for under $700, but you can still try for similar looking gowns.

    One of the most striking features about Rue de Seine’s “Violet” is the Battenburg lace. Created in the 1800s, this type of lace combines machine-woven tapes with hand stitching and gives the look of graphic, embroidered designs interwoven with fine mesh or netting. It seems like this style of lace has been cropping up a bit more lately on the wedding dress scene and, frankly, it is cool as heck. So, with Battenburg lace in mind, let’s check out some affordable gowns!

    Can't Afford ItRue de Seine VioletRue de Seine’s “Violet”, $3,200

    Get Over ItBHLDN August gown“August” Gown By Tadashi Shoji (Style: 36453108), $700 at BHLDN

    Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Embroidered Lace Mermaid GownAdrianna Papell Sleeveless Embroidered Lace Mermaid Gown (Style: 1787950), $349 at Macy’s

    Tadashi Shoji Embellished Lace GownTadashi Shoji Embellished Lace Gown (Style: 958111), $256.80 at Nordstrom

    BCBGMAXAZRIA BCBGMAXAZRIA “Kelley” Woven Lace Evening Gown (Style: 8329016), $269.99 at 6PM.com

    BHLDN Ines gown“Ines” Gown By Tadashi Shoji (Style: 33157579), $500 at BHLDN

    Watters Encore Andrea lace gownWatters Encore Wedding Dress “Andrea” in your choice of lace and liner colors (Style: 5220E), $376 at BestBridalPrices

    Close Embrace Maxi Dress By Adelyn RaeClose Embrace Maxi Dress By Adelyn Rae (Style: 342_337), $114.50 at Ruche

    Marivana Lace Gown BHLDN“Marivana” Lace Gown By Tadashi Shoji (Style: 35575612), $650 at BHLDN

    Vintage Lace Wedding Gown via EtsyVintage Lace Wedding Gown // Battenburg by AdelaideHomesewn (liner not included), $325 via Etsy

    Nova Lace gown BHLDN“Nova” Lace Gown By Tadashi Shoji (Style: 34317685), $600 at BHLDN

    After Six Wedding Dress 1041 laceAfter Six Wedding Dress (Style: 1041), $425 at The Dessy Group

    If you ask me, that last gown and the vintage number from Etsy above are pretty darn close to the “Violet” gown. Also, it’s worth noting that about half of those GOI gowns were designed by Japanese-born American designer Tadashi Shoji. His style aligns with the kind of dresses you’re on the hunt for, Sarah, so searching for his gowns at stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, BHLDN, Bloomingdale’s, and the like could lead you to even more gowns you love, many at very reasonable price points.

    Good luck with your search and let us know in the comments if BAB has successfully helped you find your dream wedding look for less. 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.
  • 10/15

    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

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    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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  • 10/2

    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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    9/11

    Black Halo Jackie Jumpsuit

    Happy Friday, BABs! You know how much we love a solid wedding dress around here, and while we're still on the fence about rompers (though they look super cute on some) we are definitely on board with wedding pants options. After digging through the archives and realizing we, um, haven't really covered wedding pants, I figured it was high time we had a Five for…

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  • 9/3

    Allure 9117 lace gown with buttons front

    Happy Thursday, BABs! Today's CAI/GOI request comes from reader Lauren, who commented on this previous post asking for help finding an Allure 9117 look-alike for under $1600. She wrote: "Im in love with the Allure 9117. I love the scalloped hemline, all-over lace, covered buttons all the way down the back, and the chapel length train. With alterations it will be about 1600$ leaving no…

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