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Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! A Matthew Christopher Inspired Gown For Under $500

Hai Der, BABs! Does everyone have their holiday shopping done? I don’t, but I shop better under pressure anyway. And speaking of shopping, I really want to help Jen find something she loves because her big day is only 7 months away! She is really smitten by “Sofia” by Matthew Christopher.  It is full of lovely lace and intricate details. So who is this designer? Matthew was raised in Iowa on a pig farm and started sewing with his grandmother at a young age, winning blue ribbons in the local 4-H. When he was in high school he went to a bridal shop with a friend and met Lou Miller who would become his mentor. He knew right away he wanted to do bridal. He went to the Art Institute in Chicago, got an internship at Vera Wang and finally wound up at Galina Bridal where he met Martha Barbour, a patternmaker and designer who had 30 years experience working with names like Christos and Jim Hjelm. He and Ms. Barbour have created a beautiful collection together. BAB Jen really wants something with beautiful, unique lace detail. Here’s what she had to say:

“HEY BABs! I am in love with the Matthew Christopher Sofia dress but it is about 5 times my budget. I love the textures, stripes, polka dots, and bold LACE! I would love to keep the dress under 500. I love dresses with interesting lace like the Rivini Dari, and Pronovias Umana. I have been hunting pre-owned dress sites, but haven’t found anything even close to my budget. I’ve seen you do such a great job with others Please HELP! I’m 7 months out from my wedding!”

Can't Afford ItOriginalMatthew Christopher’s “Sofia” $$$$ 

Get Over It

LightInTheBox150 Lace Trumpet Gown With Sweetheart Neckline (Style: 01128411) $150 at LightInTheBox

LightInTheBox200Tulle & Lace Trumpet Gown With Spaghetti Straps (Style: 00604683) $200 at LightInTheBox

BHLDN240Strapless Gown With Eyelash Lace Details (Style: 31907009) $240 at BHLDN

JJHouse247Organza Mermaid Gown With V-Neck (Style: 002031865) $247 at JJsHouse

RainingBlossoms260Strapless Mermaid Gown With Sweep Train (Style: RB-0075) $260 at RainingBlossoms

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RainingBlossoms300Mermaid Wedding Dress With Lavish Appliques (Style: WD-3120) $300 at RainingBlossoms

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JJsHouse313Satin & Organza Dress With Lace Beading (Style: 002000249) $313 at JJsHouse

RainingBlossoms320Strapless Lace Gown With Chapel Train (Style: WD-1691) $320 at RainingBlossoms

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BHLDN480Beautiful Lace Gown Made From original Edwardian Lace (Style: 30850945) $480 at BHLDN

BAB480Strapless Gown With Scalloped Tiers Of Swirled Soutache Embroidery (Style: 30613871) $480 at BHLDN

Hope I was able to help, Jen! Lace on a budget can be tricky but there are a lot of great gowns under there. Have you looked at Etsy? There are a ton of great shops there with lace options under $500. Well, my lovelies, I will see you in a couple of weeks in a brand new year. I hope to come back to new requests. Just leave them in the comment section or on our Facebook page. Happy Holidays! Eat, Drink & Be Merry (Holidays). Xoxo.

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.

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000

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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 sure to always find her gowns on the red carpet. Reem Acra was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She worked in luxury interior design for 3 years before starting her career as a fashion designer saying herself that interior design is very much like designing clothes. Reem started her company in 1995 after she designed a wedding gown for a friend. She was able to get the dress in The New York Times and then invested $20,000 in luxury fabric. I would say she made a pretty good investment! So, we have got to help Erin out since her big day is just seven months away! Here is what Erin had to say:

“I’m in desperate need of help! My wedding is next July 2015 and I still don’t have my dress. I have my heart set on the Reem Acra dress Olivia Wilde wore. The only issue is it’s way out of my price range. Nothing I’ve tried on compares to that dress. I need help! Honestly I’d like to stay around $1000 but I have some wiggle room. Thank you so much for your help!!”

Damn that silk for being so luxurious and so damn expensive! No worries, girl! Chiffon still gives you that same, flowy, elegant feel.

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Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000Reem Acra Gown $5,950 at ShopBop

Get Over It

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000Floor-Length Sweetheart Chiffon Gown With Sequins (Style: 0020564725) $177 at JJsHouse.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000Chiffon Gown With Lace Cap Sleeves (Style: 11631) $310 at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000Charmuese Lace Gown With Off The Shoulder Lace Straps (Style: 11601) $330 at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000Lace Gown Over Sequin Bodice (Style: 1049) $550 at Dessy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000A-Line Chiffon Dress With Inverted Basque Waist (T670) $538 at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000

Tulle Gown with Crystal Embellishments by Tadashi Soji (Halcyon) $180 at BHLDN

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000A-Line Gown With Lace Cap Sleeves & A V-Back (Style: 325062) $750 at Ann Taylor

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000A-Line Gown With Soft Illusion Neckline & Flowing Tulle Skirt (Style: 33158643) $970 at BHDLN

Since you have a little wiggle room, I included these:

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000A-Line Dress With Silk Chiffon Skirt & Beaded Sleeves $872 – $1097 USD at Grace Loves Lace

I already did the US conversion so don’t worry about the prices on their website. The price depends on the length of the train you choose.

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000Sheath Gown With Paris Chiffon Over Rosario Crepe Back Satin (Style: Bryce 4MC897) $1,129 at BestBridalPrices.com

This dress offers free shipping as well as free shoes & a veil!

So, I’m feeling pretty good about this. (That Grace Loves Lace dress, tho!)  I really want to help because 7 months goes by even faster when you’re planning a wedding! Let me know what you think and if there is anything our team can help you with! Until next week, BABs …

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.

 

Get Inspired: LGBT Inspired Shoot by Two Sparrows Photography

When Ben and Jenni from Two Sparrows Photography contacted The Broke-Ass Bride little while back asking if we’d be interested in featuring a broke-ass LGBT shoot in honor of October’s roll as LGBT History Month — National Coming Out Day, Oct. 11, also happens to be my birthday – I responded with a resonating HELL YES. Gimme dat! So after hooking them up with some of our amazing homies, like DIY darling Tabitha (of geometric table numbers and cement planter fame) and of course BHLDN and Unique Vintage, I waited oh-so patiently for the photos (read: Not patiently at. all.) and guys, it was SO worth it. Here’s what Jenni has to say:

At Two Sparrows Photography we believe love is love, and when LGBT History Month came upon us we were inspired to celebrate the couples who finally have equal opportunity to exchange vows in California and a growing number of states across the country.

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We’ve found that gay and lesbian weddings don’t have nearly enough creative inspiration out there yet, so we wanted to do something bold, affordable, and fabulous to help give Broke-Ass-Brides some fresh new ideas. When we partnered up with Tabitha Johnson at Winston and Main her fabulous DIY style helped our vision came to life; pride rainbow colors with an elegant twist, a nod to 60s style, and some fun splashes of unique ideas.


We wanted to contrast our colorful scene with a natural background so we chose some beautiful landscapes around the Altadena trails to shoot, and we have to say, couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. The work certainly isn’t done for marriage equality, but we’re well on our way and are so grateful to have the opportunity to share our inspiration for couples of all kinds with BAB readers. #loveislove

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Check out this behind the scenes video:

Vendors:

Photography – Two Sparrows Photography
Photography – Behind the Scenes - Two Sparrows Blog
Event Design & Styling - Tabitha Johnson
Makeup – Vivian Tran 
Jewelry – Sophia Kaman 
Bridal Dresses – BHLDN
Bridesmaid Dresses and Accessories – Unique Vintage
Scooter – Route 66 Modern Classics
Cake – Bakebeth
Popcicles and Candy – Suck It Sweets And Treats
Tableware – Borrowed Blu
Video – Making of The Shoot – Richard Che 

Get Inspired: Go Bold and Beautiful with Red, Off-White and Black

 Real Bride Kate’s wedding was gorgeous — not only because of the uniqueness of it, but because the bold color palette was stunning. I mean, her DRESS. Come on. So I found it only appropriate to put together an inspiration board with a similar palette, featuring a bold red, ink black and smooth off-white. This combinations pairs so well, and gold, silver, gray or another easy neutral would easy sub in for the off-white.

Get Inspired Red, Off-White and Black

Top row, from left: ‘S Marvelous Heel in Scarlet, $39.99 at ModCloth | High-Shine Heels, $160 at BHLDN | Black Rotten to the Core Fit ‘n’ Flare Dress, $48 at Unique Vintage | Shortcake Story Dress in Red, $54.99 at ModCloth

Middle row, from left: Striped Affair Wedding Invitations in Red Lantern, starting at $1.59 at Wedding Paper Divas | Small Red Vintage Glass Bottle (Cylinder Design), $2.95 at Luna Bazaar | Dude-Quet of Calla Lillies with Ruscus, starting at $40 from The Bouqs | Stun, Moon and Stars Dress, $99.99 at ModCloth | Ivory Lux Lace Swing Dress, $123 $50 at Unique Vintage

Bottom row, from left: Mignon White Pleated Chiffon Evening Gown, $718 at Unique Prom | Red Beaded Lace Mesh Cap Sleeve Long Dress, $200 at Unique Prom | Faye Gown, $1000 $240 at BHLDN | Another Late Night Backless Black Lace Maxi Dress, $69 at Lulu’s

What do you think of this bold combination, BABs?

Get Inspired: Deck Your Wedding in Jade, Ivory and Taupe

 Happy Monday, BABs! I hope your Halloweekend was wonderful and amazing and so wildly full of fun and candy. For today’s Get Inspired styleboard, I thought I’d get a jump on the holiday season and the soon-to-be abundance of greens and reds and holly jolly that will surround us everywhere we go. Jade is a really striking color of green that will pop in photos, but is a little softer in shade than kelly green, making it a little easier for a variety of skin tones to pull off. Taupe as a neutral would look amazing here and there to tone down the high-energy jade, and ivory isn’t as stark as white so it blends well with the other two.

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Top row: Decorative Moss Chandelier, $46.95-$55.95 at Beau-Coup.com | Peaceful and Quiet Votive Candle Holder Set in Sunset, $39.99 at ModCloth | Paper Pennant Banner, $5 at Beau-Coup.com | Ornate Vintage Framed Chalkboard, $55.95 at Beau-Coup.com | Glass Leaf Tea Light Holders, $33.50-$37.22 for set of 8 at Beau-Coup.com

Middle Row: That’s A Wrap Teal Green Long Sleeve Dress, $49 at Lulu’s | Leyna Gown, $600 $240 at BHLDN | Ethereal Deal Dress, $59.99 at ModCloth | Honora Gown, $1800 $600 at BHLDN | Lavish and Lovely Dress in Jade, $94.99 $65.99 at ModCloth

Bottom Row: Top of the World Taupe Sequin Maxi Dress, $44 at Lulu’s | Reliably Refined Necklace, $34.99 at ModCloth | Top: Jade Upgrade Heel, $69.99 at ModCloth | Bottom: Architectural Tour Heel in Cement, $69.99 at ModCloth | LULUS Exclusive Bead Me Up Beaded Taupe Dress, $40 at Lulu’s

What colors would you like to see together? What’s your scheme look like?

Get Inspired: Gore-geous Details for a Hallowedding

With Real Bride Katie‘s heart set on a Halloween wedding, and the spooky holiday staring us down at the end of the week, it seems like the right time for a great Halloween wedding — er, Hallowedding — style board. Rather than go with the standard black-and-orange approach, I glammed it up the morbid black with some dark purple and added a little glistening gold, so it still exudes the classiness of a wedding but with a darker feel appropriate for this spooky spectacle.

Hallowedding Style BoardDecor at top: Plum Purple Block Printed Square Paper Lantern, $12.95 at Luna Bazaar | Black 15-Inch Tissue Paper Pom-Pom (striped design), $2.75 at Luna Bazaar | Black Little Classic Hurricane Lantern, $5.50 at Luna Bazaar | Bats and Cats Paper Lantern String Lights, $19.75 at Luna Bazaar | Gild Gold Paper Hand Fan, $1.70 at Luna Bazaar | Small Gold Mercury Glass Trinket Box (pumpkin design), $14.75 at Luna Bazaar

Attire from left: Maximum Shine Black and Gold Sequin Maxi Dress, $88 at Lulu’s | Shortcake Story Dress in Purple, $54.99 at ModCloth | Odette Dress, $430 at BHLDN | Craft Cocktails Dress, $59.99 at ModCloth | Irina Dress, $330 at BHLDN

Shoes from left: Eoweriri in purple, $89.99 at Heels.com | Head of the Sass Flat in Black, $34.99 at ModCloth | Fleur Those About to Walk Heel by Poetic License, $139.99 at ModCloth

What do you think of this spooktacular styleboard, darlings? How would you style a Hallowedding?

 

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! “Mia” & “Ellie” Inspired Gowns By Christos For Under $2,000

Hey BAB’s! This week we have a twofer! Lauren wrote in requesting two, beautiful gowns by Christos Fall 2015 line. Christos Yiannakou is the woman behind the brand. Christos was established in 1984 and after retiring in 2005, Christos asked Amsale (Keep yo eyes peeled for Amsale in the very near future) to take over for her. These dresses are timeless and very beautiful. They’re known for using Alençon lace which is sometimes called the “Queen of Lace.” Also, they create airy silhouettes which can only be described as fairytale-like. Here is Lauren’s request:

“I love these features! You guys always find the best dresses. I’m really in love with two gowns from the new Christos Line (Mia and Ellie). But sigh, they are pricey. Any ideas for options under $2000? :)”

Thank you, Lauren! Absolutely I can find you some options for under $2,000!

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ChristosOriginal“Mia” by Christos $$$$

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ChristosOriginal2“Ellie” by Christos $$$$

Get Over It

BBP671Ball Gown With Intricately Beaded Lace Appliques (Style: T657) $671 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP790 A-Line Gown With Lace & Organza (Style: 1477) $791 at BestBridalPrices.com

BHLDN970Flowing A-Line Tulle Skirt With A Floral Covered Bodice (Style: 33158643) $970 at BHLDN

BBP1001A-Line Gown With Beaded Appliques Over Lace (Style: M1239Z) $1,001 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP1190Fit-N-Flare Gown With Layers Of Tulle (Style: 2076) $1,190 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP1245A-Line Gown With Illusion Neckline (Style: Rier) $1,245 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP1375A-Line Dress With Rich Re-Embroidered Lace & Petite Flowers Of Organza (Style: R7410) $1,375 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP1407Ball Gown With Draped Bodice & Tonal Colored Swarovski Crystal Embellished Flower (Style: 17732) $1,407 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP1449Sheath Gown Of Beaded Embroidered Lace On Soft Tulle (Style: 4Sm002) $1,449 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP1641A-Line Gown With Illusion Sweetheart Neckline (Style: 12608) $1,641 at BestBridalPrices.com

Guys: This is Christen’s favorite dress from her brides in glasses shoot!

BHLDN1800-1A-Line Gown With Layers Of Tulle Over Silk Charmeuse (Style: 27178839) $1,800 at BHLDN

BHLDN1800Soft, Grey Gown With Corded Lace & Hand-Embroidered Silver Beading (Style: 32031668) $1,800 at BHLDN

 

I tried to tie in a lot of elements from both dresses so I could combine this post. Let me know if you need help finding anything else or have another gown request. We’re always here to help!Until next week, BABs …

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.

 

Get Inspired: Grey, Teal and Bursts of Yellow for Your Fall Wedding

I was browsing through some fall weddings on a big, well-known wedding website, and I was struck by how many were kind of … meh. I mean, sure, there is TONS of gold in fall weddings — and we all know how much I love gold — but the palettes, for the most part, seem so muted or they’re the same basic jewel tones over and over. Guys, c’mon! Let’s bring some color into this bitch, yeah? Sunflowers happen to be in season for autumn, and it doesn’t get much more bright than these fun blooms! For complementary colors, I didn’t have to look far — inspiration is everywhere! Teal and grey are great bedfellows for cheery yellow, as teal’s richness is mellowed out by a lighter grey tone, which is great for silver lovers!

Get Inspired: Grey, Teal and Bursts of Yellow for Your Fall Wedding

Top row, from left: Paper Tassel Garland, Beau-Coup | Country Charm Bridal Bouquet, Bloominous | Charcoal Grey Recycled Glass Vase, Luna Bazaar | Teal Tissue Paper Pom-Pom, Luna Bazaar | Middle row, from left: “Ainsley” Dress in Sunlight, BHLDN | Mignon White Pleated Chiffon Evening Gown, Unique Prom | Fête to Print Dress, ModCloth | Jeweled Strap Wedding Dress, Ann Taylor | Sunny Socializing Dress, ModCloth | Bottom row, from left: Make a Scene Heel, ModCloth | Dance Instead of Walking Heel in Grey, ModCloth

What are your wedding colors, darlings? Are you having trouble coming up with ideas? Tell us in the comments below!

Get Inspired: Glam Black + White + Gold With Dash of Plaid

It’s no surprise that I uber heart gold and pretty much anything black + white patterned. I mean really, it’s kind of the perfect color scheme and can translate easily to almost any wedding theme. But what about wintry weddings that are trying to go a little more cozy than ultra-glam? Welp, plaid, my dears. Think about it: Sleigh rides, flannel shirts, fleecy throws. Plaid, plaid, plaid. I’ve had this idea swimming around in my brain, so natch, a style board to help translate the idea was necessary. My intention was to go full bore with flowers and table decor, but I got so stuck on outfits and before I knew it I was out of time, so there may be another post with this theme in the future. But for now …

Black + White + Gold Mood BoardBlack, White and Gold Star Paper Lanterns: Luna Bazaar | Sleeveless “I Am Glam” Dress: ModCloth | “I Now Pronounce You” Dress: ModCloth | “International Acclaim” Dress: ModCloth | “Livia” Gown: BHLDN | “See a Pattern” Dress: ModCloth | “Just Sway the Word” Dress, ModCloth | “Monaco” by rsvp: Zappos | “Yes I Candescent” Heel: ModCloth