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9/3

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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 money for shoes, accessories, a beaded belt, or a veil! My budget is about 1600$ total. HELP!!!! I like David Tutera for Mon Cheri, Allure, and Mori lee.”

It’s awesome that you are keeping your total wardrobe budget in mind, Lauren; it’s easy to forget the added costs of alterations, shoes, and accessories. Kudos for being on top of things!

The Allure 9117 is a beauty, for sure. The all-over lace is lovely, and the buttons all the way down the back (to the floor!) are definitely something you don’t see very often. Before I show you what I’ve found across the interwebs for scalloped laced, buttoned, chapel-length, strapless gowns, I did also want to share that if you happen to be a size 12 (label, 8-10 street size), there is a new, unworn Allure 9117 on Tradesy for $800. If that doesn’t work, check out the alternatives I’ve found for you below.

Can't Afford ItAllure 9117 lace gown with buttons frontAllure 9117 lace gown with buttons backAllure Bridals Style 9117, ~$1400

Get Over ItMori Lee Blu 5102 lace gownMori Lee Blu Wedding Dress (Style: 5102), $1,159 at BestBridalPrices

strapless_lace_trumpet_wedding_dresses_by_camille_la_vie_1_2Lace Trumpet Wedding Dress by Christian Michele from Camille La Vie (Style: 9353W), $800 at edressme

off the shoulder lace trumpet gown Davids BridalOff The Shoulder Chantilly Lace Trumpet Gown (Style: CWG533), $1,250 (after discount) at David’s Bridal

Da Vinci 50203 mermaid gown with lace and buttonsDavinci Wedding Dress (Style: 50203), $1,050 at BestBridalPrices

BHLDN Seraphina gownSeraphina Gown from Tadashi Shoji (Style: 32065971), $600 at BHLDN

Maggie Sottero FredrickaMaggie Sottero “Fredricka” (Style: 5MT670), $998 at BestBridalPrices

Mori Lee 1862 mermaid lace gownMori Lee Wedding Dress (Style: 1862), $1,188 at BestBridalPrices

Lace Over Charmeuse Gown with Soutache Detail Davids BridalSAMPLE Lace Over Charmeuse Gown with Soutache Detail (Style: AI26030034), $498.98 at David’s Bridal

Eden Black Label BL001c lace with buttonsEden Black Label Wedding Dress (Style: BL001), $1,190 at BestBridalPrices

Alright, Lauren, what do you think? That last gown on the list could be Allure 9117’s twin sister! And it’s priced just low enough that you should still have enough cash leftover to do some alterations and pick up your belt and shoes (be on the lookout for coupons and sales to help keep your budget in check even more). Splurge a little, save a little. It’s a Broke-Ass way of life!

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.

  • 8/27

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    Hello BABs and happy Thursday! Is it Thursday again already?! This summer has gone by so fast! School starts this week — or has already started — here in Northeast Ohio, and there’s something about back-to-school that always reminds me of the movie Grease. Maybe it’s because that’s how the movie begins … Anyway, the tail end of summer’s soundtrack is always a Grease medley for me. (Ok now I’m totally dating myself, whatever. ) I may or may not know the lyrics to “Hopelessly Devoted to You” well enough to sing karaoke. Even my local drive-in movie theater (which I still have yet to get to this year) plays some of the same vintage commercial trailers that you see in the movie.
    Right on cue comes reader Hannah’s nostalgia-filled request (via comment on this CAI/GOI post), complete with a full, tea length skirt, a ’50’s vintage vibe and some swiss dot fabric:

    I can’t afford this dress and I need to get over it! What I love about this dress is that it screams me: polka dots, a bow, pretty pearl buttons. It’s feminine but not overwhelming, quirky, cute, and fun. My future honeydew and I don’t have a whole lot to work with so I would like to spend under $400 on my dress! Help, please, and thank you! <3, Hannah

    Well aren’t you adorably polite, Hannah! A veritable Sandra Dee! Thank you for submitting your request, now let’s see what we can find!

    Can't Afford It

    House of Mooshki Daisy 1

    House of Mooshki Daisy 2

    House of Mooshki Daisy, >$2,000

    Get Over It

    Unique Vintage 1950s Ivory Dot High Society Swing Dress

    1950’s Style Ivory Dot High Society Swing Dress, $138 at Unique Vintage

    Polka Dot Tea Length 50's Wedding Dress MillyCouture

    Polka Dot Tea Length 50’s Wedding Dress, $199 by Etsy seller MillyCouture

    Candy Dot Dress AmandaArcher

    Candy Dot Dress, $385+ by Etsy seller AmandaArcher

    BHLDN Chloe Dress

    Chloe Dress by Jenny Yoo, $250 at BHLDN

    Vintage Inspired Tea Length Wedding Gown

    Vintage Inspired Tea Length Wedding Gown, $350 by Etsy seller EllanaCouture

    1950's Ivory Swiss Dot Strapless Swing Dress Unique Vintage

    1950’s Ivory Swiss Dot Strapless Swing Dress, $98 at Unique Vintage

    (TWO FIGURE PRICE TAG)

    1950's Style Swiss Dot Sundress xtabayvintage

    1950’s Style Swiss Dot Sundress, $325 by Etsy seller xtabayvintage

    Retro Polka Dot Tulle Tea Dress 50shouse

    Retro Polka Dot Tulle Tea Dress, $160+ by Etsy seller 50shouse

    J.Crew Ivory Clara Dress in Silk Chiffon

    Ivory Clara Dress in Silk Chiffon, $295 at J. Crew

    White Polka Dot Tulle Wedding Dress MichyLouDotCom

    White Polka Dot Tulle Wedding Dress, $350 by Etsy seller MichyLouDotCom

    BHLDN Celia Dress

    Celia Dress by Hitherto, $180 at BHLDN

    (Other colors available at different price points.)

    1950's Mary Jane Style Polka Dot Dress

    1950’s Mary Jane Style Polka Dot Dress, $358 by Etsy seller PixiePocket

    Retro Polka Dot Illusion Wedding Dress 50shouse

    Retro Polka Dot Illusion 3/4 Sleeve Wedding Dress, $180+ by Etsy seller 50shouse

    Aisle Be There Dress ModCloth

    Aisle Be There Dress in Lily by Trashy Diva, $165 at ModCloth

    1950's Style Wedding Dress with Petticoat

    1950’s Style Wedding Dress with Petticoat, $399 by Etsy seller PixiePocket

    Kennedy Blue Ashton

    Ashton Dress, $160 at Kennedy Blue

    (Also in white.)

    Retro V-Neck Polka Dot Wedding Dress

    Retro V-Neck Polka Dot Wedding Dress, $165+ by Etsy seller 50shouse

    Lisa’s Bonus Pro Tip: Add a petticoat slip (maybe in a bright color?) under a fuller skirt for that ’50’s retro vibe, and rock out in a beehive or victory rolls ‘do! Take it up a notch by learning to swing dance for your first dance with your boo. 

    Hannah, I hope some of these alternatives will help you to find the pinup-inspired gown of your dreams! Let me know in the comments below! I’ll just be over hear craving a vintage soda float with the soundtrack to Grease stuck in my head. 😉

    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.
  • 8/20

    Have you seen BHLDN's Fall 2015 line yet? Well, you should get on that because, as always, it is gorgeous! Today's CAI/GOI request is from reader Kyla, who emailed us looking for some help finding a dress similar to BHLDN's Valentina gown, from the Spring 2015 collection. Oh, the ruffles on the back of that gown! What an unexpected surprise as you walk down the…

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    8/13

    Hello again BABs! Today the #GownHunter is wearing a different hat, as the #ShoeHunter! This week's challenge has been uber-fun, and I wouldn't hate it if you sent a few more shoe hunts my way! Today's inspiration shoes are the BHLDN Golden Rose pumps, designed by Freya Rose and made in Spain using 100-year-old 24K gold leaf fabric -- yes, you read that right! As Carrie Bradshaw…

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    8/7

    BHLDN Rose Dress

    It's that time again, and I LOVE IT. Whenever our beloved BHLDN drops a new line, I spend hours ogling it and dreaming of beautiful brides twirling in their gowns ... and this line is no exception. Especially with the twirl factor. The dresses are so fluffy and flowy that given my druthers, I'd never, ever stop twirling. Ever. Inspired by fairytales but realistically affordable,…

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  • 6/23

    Persiphone Gown

    Oh man, it's like Christmas in (almost) July, you guys. Our love, BHLDN, has graced us Broke-Asses with their Big Summer Sale, knocking down prices on some of your very favorite gowns (uh, helloooo Persiphone) and accessories. While BHLDN always has a pretty stellar sale section, this event includes over 80 styles across the site. UH, yes plz. Gorgeous gowns are down to as low as…

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    6/4

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    It's that time again! Today's CAI/GOI request comes from Melanie, who commented on this post a little while back looking for a different House of Mooshki-inspired gown. Her dress of choice? The lovely Juliette, a fun and functional two-piece mid-length lace dress with detachable tulle train. Melanie wrote: "Hi There. I'm also in love with a House of Mooshki gown...Juliette. I love the option of the…

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    5/13

    Aisle Perfect launched their own app, and to celebrate they're giving away an Apple Watch. Struggling with the guest list? You're not alone. Every Last Detail took a poll and posted the results about who's in and who's out. Trying to find an area to cut back on costs? Kiss My Tulle has five ways to save on centerpieces. How do you find complementary wedding…

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  • 5/12

    BHLDN Cate Gown

    Have y'all been over to BHLDN lately? No? Go ahead. I'll wait. OK, ya back? Good. Now let's chat. Because this line is awesome. Immediately I spied a few hot, new numbers well under the $1000 line -- making them bona fide Broke-Ass friendly -- and totally almost fell of my chair when I saw how much color and floral awesomeness is included. Let's go…

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