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“But How Will It Look on Me?” A Wedding Gown Test Drive

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For all the talk we have on BAB about trying on wedding gowns, we rarely discuss our level of expectation when it comes to a gorgeous gown we’ve been ogling online vs. the reality once it hits our likely not-model bodies. With this in mind, I put my head together with the amazing team at BHLDN who came down to Dallas for a trunk show and managed to finagle an appointment for me to actually try on their gowns live and in person. I recruited the help of my girls at The Purple Pebble (the amazing photographers behind the brides in glasses shoot) and brought Real Bride Shannon with me for hair, makeup and emotional support.

The last time I put on a real wedding gown was during the aforementioned shoot with The Purple Pebble — which was also about 17 pounds ago. On my 5’2″ frame, 17 pounds is a pretty good chunk to add — especially given I already have a fairly large bust (36C) and a curvy frame. So, you could definitely say I’m not an exemplification of the girls you see modeling the BHLDN gowns on the regs. And that’s exactly why I wanted to do this shoot: You guys are just as real as I am — we come in all shapes and sizes. And because we feature BHLDN gowns so often, I felt it necessary to be able to have my own experience with the dresses. I made sure to try on a few favorites — Persiphone with her gorgeous tulle, Wisteria in all her shimmering goodness, Elsa with her removable skirt and Cascada who was just the softest and flowiest.

On the model:

Persiphone

Persiphone Gown, $1350

On the BAB staffer:

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How It Felt:

Oh, Persiphone. I love you. This Watters gown is so pretty. The beading at the top is heavier than I anticipated, but not overbearing. The dress overall is gorgeous, but since I was in a sample size and I probably should have sized up one or two, the sheath skirt underneath was a little tight and bunchy, but had it been my size it would have likely been perfect. For ladies looking for a little bosom bump without being too risque, the V-neck is showing but in a modest kinda way. The stylist added the Pearl Petal Halo, which is not necessarily how I, personally, would wear a headpiece, but I thought it complemented the look in a really fun, whimsical way.

On the model:

Wisteria

Wisteria Gown, $2,100

On the BAB staffer:

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How it felt:

When this BHLDN line first hit the Internetz, contributor Elaine emailed me IMMEDIATELY with this dress saying she thought it was just so me. And she was totes right. This gown has nearly everything I like — shimmer, twirliness, a surprising color and straps. I kept getting nervous with the detail, though, because I’m totally one of those people whose jewelry will get caught on everything and I was so scared to rip one of those gorgeous metallic lace pieces. Wisteria has a little bit of an edgy punk-rock kind of feel to her, which I’m totally drawn to. And she’s light as hell — seriously. I put her on and, with the exception of the million extra feet of material since I’m obviously closely related to a hobbit, it was so easy to move in.

On the model:

Elsa Skirt

ElsaElsa Gown, $1494 and Elsa Tulle Skirt, $595

On the BAB staffer:

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How it felt:

With all her intricate beading, Elsa is kinda heavy, but she slinks over your body in such a way that it feels really good and she makes a great sound when you walk. The removable tulle skirt is super fun, but I kind of wish that rather than having to step out of it or slip it over my head, there was a button so you can just undo it and let ‘er drop, a la snap pants style. Its hook-and-eye closure does streamline the removal process, though. This look was styled with the Floret Tulle Sash as a headpiece, which again, isn’t really my style, but it did make me realize that this dress is incredibly versatile — you can totally do anything with it. I was very surprised by how I felt in Elsa, because she’s certainly the slinkiest of the bunch which made me a little trepidatious at first, but she made my curves stand out in such a way that I felt sexy and gorgeous and confident, which is exactly how I want to feel in a wedding gown. Her beading is so, SO gorgeous in person. I truly thought that one of the gowns that would show off my upper half while camouflaging my lower half and highlighting my waist would be my preference, but Elsa did a significantly better job of making me feel wonderful than some of the others.

On the model:

CascadaCascada Gown, $1600

On the BAB staffer:

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How it felt:

If ever there is a reason to venture outside your preconceived notions with your wedding vision, Cascada is it. With her little strips of fabric and uber boho look, she is so not what I would gravitate toward, but I fell in love with her the second I put her on. She’s light, she’s soft and she totally brought out a sassy side in me. Cascada is comfortable to walk around and sit down in, and she flows like you wouldn’t believe. Getting married in the woods, in a back yard or on the beach? This could be your homegirl. Cascada was styled with the Honeysuckle Halo, which I also really liked, but would be more apt to wear traditional headband style. I’m just not a halo person, I guess.

Overall, I was just as thrilled with the BHDLN gowns as I hoped I would be, which is awesome — because how much does it suck to love something until you personally experience it? There were definitely a few surprises: Never in a million years would I think that a slinky sheath would make me feel more confident than a ballgown or fit and flare, which — adversely — made me feel a little more self-conscious about my height. But it’s a good reminder that as my body changes, it’s important to explore outside my standard comfort zone to figure out what makes me feel the best — because when you feel good, it shows.

A good tailor is always key when it comes to wedding gowns, too, because they’ll make the fit right for you and your body type. I, personally, recommend using an independent seamstress who is knowledgeable about wedding gowns and their structures, because those things can be complicated. A seamstress like this may often be cheaper than your average bridal salon, and s/he could have a faster turnaround.

A special thanks goes out to Ally and Megan at The Purple Pebble, Jessica and team at BHLDN, the crew at Anthropologie in Southlake, TX and Real Bride Shannon.

 

 

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Ersa Atelier “Melisse” Inspired Gown Under $1000

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Hello dear BABs! I’m Lisa, the newest Broke-Ass Bride team member, and I’ll be your tour guide today in the Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! I’m psyched to be helping out with these posts every other week!

This week’s CAI/GOI request comes from Anne, who has superb taste in gowns, I might add. She’s fallen in love with the Ersa Atelier “Melisse” gown, and who could blame her? With its frothy tulle skirt and delicate lace bodice detailing, I find myself wanting to twirl (dance, prance, float) around in it, too! (I also have an inexplicable desire to eat the gown … I swear it looks like fine spun sugar and cotton candy! YUM! This must be what Sugar Plum Fairies look like!) Anne likes sweetheart necklines, lacy sleeves, and beautiful backs.

Anne, honey, you’re in good company! Like I said, superb taste! But Anne’s gown budget is maxed out at $1,000, so the search is on!

It just so happens that the very details Anne is drawn to are also the same classic features that designers have been using to woo brides for decades. Sleeves are just beginning to make a comeback in modern wedding gowns, but if you’re looking for a princess-inspired gown like the “Melisse,” you’ll find a wide variety of unique, affordable options in vintage ’50’s and ’80’s styles, when lace sleeves and sweetheart necklines were also quite popular (and stunning!). If you find a gown that has great “bones” you can always have it altered to look more au courant, too!

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Ersa Atelier “Melisse” (Collection ranges from $7,000-$12,000)

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  Etsy Sweetheart Hollywood 03.05.15

Vintage Embroidered Lace Gown, $650 by Etsy seller Merletto

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Vintage 1950’s Lace and Tulle Wedding Dress, $198 by Etsy seller LaceAndYarn

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Vintage Embroidered Lace Gown, $299 by Etsy seller Foreverus999

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 Princess Style Wedding Dress with Lace Sleeves, $898 by Etsy seller bridalblissdesigns

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Lace Wedding Dress with Sleeves and Keyhole Back, $898 by Etsy seller bridalblissdesigns

How gorgeous is that back!?!?

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Bride of Frankenstein Inspired Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress $898 by Etsy seller bridalblissdesigns

My personal favorite option for you, Anne, is a two-parter. In the 1950s (and as early as the 1920s and 1930s), many gowns were made to be worn again later as evening dresses, so they came with a removable lace overlay. I think this option could really work well for you!

First, find a plain-ish strapless or spaghetti strap gown in the silhouette and price range you love. There are tons of options with sweetheart necklines and flowy tulle skirts! Like one of these:

 

Dessy Ivory 1027 03.05.15

After Six Wedding Dress 1027, $275 at Dessy

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 After Six Wedding Dress 1049, $525 at Dessy

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Avery, $799 at Kennedy Blue

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Mignon Strapless Chiffon Gown, $398 at Dillard’s

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Annabelle, $260 at BHLDN

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Claudine Wedding Dresses Style 7003, $275 at BestBridalPrices.com

Then, add the BHLDN Marnie Topper! This gorgeous lace cover-up ($220) can be layered over virtually any sleeveless style gown to achieve a similar look as the Ersa Atelier “Melisse” inspiration gown. Check out that deep-v back!

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Marnie Topper, $220 at BHLDN

 If that topper’s not quite your style, I’ve got others!

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Celine Bridal French Lace Bolero Cover-Up Shrug in Ivory, $320 by Etsy seller girlwithseriousdream

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Lace Top, $40 at Dessy

So Anne, I hope I’ve helped to solve your Can’t Afford It dilemma with some Get Over It wedding gowns. How’d I do at finding alternatives? Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

Bonus Pro tip: When ordering from an online retailer, sign up for their email updates and wait for the discount codes to come rolling in! But I’m sure you savvy BABs already thought of that. 

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 Sottero & Midgley Inspired Gown For Under $800

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Hello BABs! It’s that time of the week again where I make someone’s wedding dress dreams come true!  This week we’re helping Nickie who had a few dresses in mind and finally narrowed it down to the lovely Sottero & Midgley gown, “Simone.” This gown features gorgeous swarovski crystals, something Maggie Sottero is known for. Nickie, I know you had some other gowns in mind, too. I actually did a post about that BHLDN, “Onyx.”  Now let’s help you get over this dress!

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SOTTERO and MIDGLEY www.sotteroandmidgley.com “Simone” by Sottero & Midgley $2,899

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Etsy380Mermaid Gown With Lacy Open Back & Sweetheart Neckline $379 at ThingsInLove on Etsy

BHLDN400Lace Gown With Sheer Chiffon Crossing The Bodice (Style: 30924260) $400 at BHLDN

Etsy425Hand Beaded Flower Applique Lace Gown $425 at Lace Marry on Etsy

BBP438Strapless Sweetheart Beaded Tulle Over Lace Gown (Style: 97012) $438 at BestBridalPrices.com

Ruche550Mesh Overlay With Silver-Toned Beading (Style: 38466) $550 at Ruche

BBP598V-Neck Gown With Cap Sleeves Embellished With Silver Tones (Style: 82112M) $598 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP630Lace Tulle Gown With Chapel Train (Style: 11583) $630 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP798Lace & Tulle Gown With Cap Sleeves (Style: 78844D) $798 at BestBridalPrices.com

BHLDN800Embroidered Gown With Gold Thread & Cap Sleeves (Style: 31167885) $800 at BHLDN

I hope I was able to help you Nickie! I know that last gown is a little splurge-worthy but it’s just so purty I had to include it AND it’s actually a $2,400 Jenny Yoo gown so, it’s quite a bargain.  Treat yoself 2015!!! Let us know if we can help you with any other aspect of your wedding planning. Until we meet again, 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.

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700

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Hello my lovely BABs! Are there any Bostonians out there? I don’t know whether to be thankful the midwest hasn’t seen THAT much snow, or jelly because of how much fun yous guys are having. I mean, snow tunnels to get to work?! Sledding off roofs? C’mon, can it be that bad? OK, I know snow sucks but at least you’re having fun with it, East Coast. So, I’m excited because we’re featuring a designer that hasn’t been requested before — Saja Wedding. Saja in Korean means “the lion.” They were founded in 2000 by Yoo Lee and if you’re as obsessed with BHLDN as we are, you’ve more than likely seen some of her dresses. Her gowns are simple yet timeless and won’t break your bank. So, they’re a must for any BAB-to-be. The dress we’re helping Erin with this week is for someone who wants to make a statement without being too flashy. It’s got a little bit of Greek goddess flair because of the beautiful dropped shoulder. Here’s what Erin had to say:

 “Help me please! I’m head over heels for this dress (http://www.sajawedding.com/collectionpages/hb6285.html), but costs twice as much as my budget! If you can find a more affordable alternative I would be eternally grateful!”

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Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700Saja Wedding (Style: HB6285) $1,200

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Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700Reem Acra’s “Florence Gown” Rent for $70 at Rent the Runway (Retail Price: $3,000 !!!)

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700Crepe Gown With Wrap Neckline & Fluttering Sleeves (Style: b6547) $188 at J. Crew

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700A-Line Gown With Metallic Lace Shoulders (Style: 33208661) $260 at BHLDN

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700A-Line Gown With Crisscrossed Sweetheart Body (Style: 1046170) $280 at Nordstrom

(These straps can be worn conventionally, off-the-shoulder, as a halter neck or removed altogether.)

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700Shoulder Skimming Neckline With Ruched Bodice (Style: 428527) $295 at Nordstrom

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700Flowing A-Line Chiffon Gown With Plunging Neckline (Style: 624233) $340 at Asos

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700Draped V-Neck Wedding Gown With Crossover Front (Style: 294718) $400 at Ann Taylor

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Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700Off The Shoulder Organza Gown With Chapel Train (Style: 0113824) $420 at For Her and For Him

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700A-Line Gown With Off The Shoulder Lace & Sweetheart Bodice (Style: AT4575) $481 at BestBridalPrices.com

Hopefully I was able to give you some ideas. Did you SEE that Reem Acra gown Rent The Runway has for only $70?! I can’t believe it. More and more women are using this type of service because they usually end up packing their dress away and never wearing it again anyway. I encourage everyone to check them out. I know when I buy a nice dress for an occasion it’s rare I’ll ever put it on again. However, if you really want to save your gown, that’s totally OK, too. Do what makes you happy! Let us know if you need some guidance with anything else big day related. We’re always happy 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.

 

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki’s “Zara” For Under $1,000

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Hey der, BABs! I’m super excited to help Clare get over this retro, tea length gown. I think tea length gowns are MY favorite, too. I think it’s so feminine and vintage annnnd your shoes are probably fabulous on your wedding day so everyone needs to see them. Also, it’s easier to get around without a long train. Hello, dance floor! Not that trains aren’t lovely but to each their own. As Clare mentions, I have done another CAI/GOI featuring a House Of Mooshki gown. Olivia Wright is their head designer and no two dresses are ever the same. However, each dress is insanely detailed and beautiful and I want them all … NBD. So, I’m ready to help you get over it, girl! Clare wrote in:

“Love your CAI/GOI posts, they’re my favourites! I think you did a great job on this one.

Could you help me out? I love ‘Zara’ by House of Mooshki but really only wanted to spend under $1000 (its over $2k here in Australia). I know you’ve done one of their dresses before but I like different specific things about this particular gown; the higher tea length and the open yet sweetheart neckline (wanna show a little bit of cleavage ;) ). I do like the long sleeves and the limited lace (many tea length gowns seem to be all lace…) but they are secondary considerations. Your help would be much appreciated :)”

Well, aren’t you the SWEETEST! Thank you so much. I really love helping you ladies out with such an important purchase.

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Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000House Of Mooshki’s “Zara”, $2777

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Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000V-Neck Tea Length Tulle Gown (Style: 002014379) $165 at JJsHouse.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000Tea Length Tulle Gown With 3/4 Sleeves $270 at 50Timeless on Etsy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000Tea Length Wedding Gown With Lace Sleeves (Style: H7001 Marina) $380 at ieie on Etsy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000Tea Length Gown With Lace Sleeves (Style: Jocelyn N13004) $380 at ieie on Etsy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000Lace Tea Length Wedding Dress  (Style: Divan LG140303) $390 at ieie on Etsy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000Full Length Tea Gown With Rho Lace & Netting (Style: Rho6741E) $670 at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000Taffeta Dress With 3/4 Sleeves & Gathered Detail (Style: Janie Jones) $850 at ThePeppermintPretty on Etsy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000Silk Tulle Skirt With Tailored Bodice & Delicate Lace (Style: 32196206) $850 at BHLDN

What do you think, Clare? I talk a lot about bridal toppers like this one. I noticed there were a lot more options for tea length dresses that didn’t have sleeves so a topper could end up giving you more dresses to choose from.  Sometimes I’ll add more dress options in the comments if I come across something good after I’ve posted it, so be sure to check back. Good luck in your search and let us know if we can help you in any other way! With Valentine’s Day coming up, I expect even more dress requests! <3 Until next week, BABs … xo.

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! BHLDN Persiphone Inspired Gown For Under $600

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Hello my BAB’s! BHLDN strikes for a 3rd time since I started writing this column. Don’t worry, though, in this case 3 strikes doesn’t mean you’re out. We love you too much here! I am not surprised one bit either. They always have a super stunning collection of gowns from some totally amazing designers. This week we’re helping Katie get over a WTOO by Watters gown. “Persephone” was the goddess queen of the underworld and “Persiphone” is the gown we’re helping Katie get over.  This dress is definitely fit for a greek goddess, or any goddess really.  It has tons of lovely tulle (which never gets old IMO) and pretty sequins all over the bodice. You guys know I love me some Watters and I know you do, too, as this is definitely not the first time Watters made someone fall in love only to experience sticker shock. Well, it’s cool ’cause that’s what I’m here for and it’s always a blast trying to help you ladies find something you can feel special in, without breaking the bank. That’s what I did for Katie. At least I hope so. Here’s what Katie had to say:

“Who can I submit a “Can’t Afford it” photo to? I’ve become slightly obsessed with this WTOO by Watters ‘Persiphone Gown’ but the $1350 price tag is about twice what I was hoping to spend. I love the whole look and if you can help me find something similar for less than $600 you will be my wedding heroes.”

 

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Can't Afford It? Get Over It! BHLDN Persiphone Inspired Gown For Under $600“Persiphone Gown” WTOO by Watters for BHLDN (Style: 34509968) $1350 

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Can't Afford It? Get Over It! BHLDN Persiphone Inspired Gown For Under $600

 A-Line Gown With Beaded, Mesh Illusion Neckline – Currently on sale! $174.99 (30% Off!) at ModCloth

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! BHLDN Persiphone Inspired Gown For Under $600Convertible Dress With Sweetheart Neckline (Style: 33364852) $275 at BHLDN

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! BHLDN Persiphone Inspired Gown For Under $600Floor Sweeping A-Line Gown Covered In Shimmering Beads (Style: 932750) $298 at Nordstrom

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! BHLDN Persiphone Inspired Gown For Under $600A-Line Crinkled Silk Chiffon Gown (Style: 86996) $310 at Nordstrom

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! BHLDN Persiphone Inspired Gown For Under $600Sleeveless A-Line Gown With Illusion Neckline (Style: S7533) $398 at Zappos

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! BHLDN Persiphone Inspired Gown For Under $600Chiffon Dress With Sheer Neckline & Embroidery (Style: 21005) $438 at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! BHLDN Persiphone Inspired Gown For Under $600Floor Length Tulle Gown With Stunning Hand-Fashioned Embroidery (Style: 33161548) $480 at BHLDN

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! BHLDN Persiphone Inspired Gown For Under $600A-Line Gown With Swarovski Crystals On Neckline (Style: T626) $548 at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! BHLDN Persiphone Inspired Gown For Under $600Strapless Lace Gown Over Sequin Bodice (Style: 1049) $550 at Dessy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! BHLDN Persiphone Inspired Gown For Under $600Floor Sweeping Silk Chiffon Gown With Crossover Neckline (Style: 08899) $595 at J. Crew

Am I your wedding hero yet? I certainly hope so. BHLDN has other dresses that are similar to the one you love and the two from BestBridalPrices.com are really close. Please let me know what you think and if you have any other questions for us here at Broke-Ass Bride! 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.

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! A Jim Hjelm Inspired Gown For Under $1,000

Hey BAB’s! It’s that time again, where I, your CAI/GOI guru, help you find a wedding dress you can love as much as the one with the hefty price tag. This week Gloria wrote in trying to help her sister out. She is a busty girl with a petite frame and she has her eye on something strapless. More specifically, a strapless Jim Hjelm gown. He is known for his unique and delicate embroidery. This gown is oh-so lovely. The tulle cascading in the back has beautiful lace, floral embroidery. Did I mention how romantic it is?  The back is truly unique. I look at dresses allllll the time and I haven’t seen many out there with this design. I really lerve this one.  *Sigh* But enough about me, this gal is gettin’ hitched in June! Also, since the wedding is going to be country, rustic and the bride will be wearing her boots (which I love, by the way!) I tried to find gowns that would look kick-ass with some cowgirl boots! I am blessed in the chest region, too, so I know the importance of finding the right fit for your body type. Strapless is actually a great style for the girls. I focused on a sweetheart neckline because something that is dipped is better than something going straight across your bust line. We don’t want the girls looking like a shelf on our wedding day if you know what I mean. Also, as Christen added in the comments, adding a strap isn’t a costly alteration. It’s all about what you feel your best in. You want to feel beautiful but still be comfortable. You’ll definitely need a good, strapless bra although some women do just fine with the built-in cup. Here’s what Gloria wrote in:

“My sister is getting married in June 2015 and has found the dress.  The problem is she is quite endowed in the chest department and the dress is strapless.  What would you suggest for a cheaper alternative that would look great on her petite (large chest) frame?  The dress she has found is Jim Hjelm style 8002.  The dress is gorgeous but the price and the fact that it’s strapless is a concern.

Thank you,

Gloria”

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jim-hjelm-spring-2010-wedding-dresses-deep-sweetheart-hints-of-lace-flower-applique.fullJim Hjelm (Style:JH8002) $3,700

Get Over ItForHerAndHim410Strapless A-Line Wedding Gown With Layered Skirt (Style: 0113878) $410 at For Her and For Him

BHLDN480A-Line Gown With Scalloped Tiers Swirled Soutache (Style: 30613871) $480 at BHLDN

BHLDN600Floral Lace Gown With Sweetheart Neckline (Style: 32065971) $600 at BHLDN

(This sash is currently sold out but they have plenty of others that would look amaze.)

SimplyBridal640Romantic Gown With Princess Body (Style: 80326) $640 at Simply Bridal

TulleAndChantilly690Mermaid Lace Wedding Dress With V-Neck (Style: TCCMD1006) $690 at Tulle & Chantilly

AnnTaylor795Lace Spaghetti Strap Gown (Style: 358266) $795 at Ann Taylor

BBP799Strapless Tulle & Organza Ball Gown (Style: 4973) $799 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP850Tulle Gown With Lace Appliques (Style: 50315) $850 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP853Tulle Ball Gown With Shimmery Bodice & Lace Motifs (Style: Agatha 13074) $853 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP899Tulle Ball Gown With Crystal Beading (Style: 5302) $899 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP950Tulle Ball Gown With Alencon Lace (Style: 3178) $950 at BestBridalPrices.com

So, Gloria, do you think your sister will like some of these alternatives? BestBridalPrices has some REALLY amazing dresses and a HUGE selection. I use them a lot because I know they’re a good company with fantastic ratings/reviews and quality dresses. They have some great prices, too, and a lot of these gowns come with a free veil & shoes! Doesn’t get much better than free!  Has she been to David’s Bridal? They have really been bringing the pretty lately and you can always find something within your budget there. I hope she is able to find something soon because June is right around the corner. We’re here if you have any other questions! 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.

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! A Berta Inspired Dress For Under $3,000

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Hey BAB’s! I don’t know where y’all are at, but here in Chicago or “Chiberia”, it’s BRRRRZZ. So, stay warm and drink lots of hot toddies, and watch all of the ’90s cheese on Netflix, (’cause there’s a lot of it) while you still can. Anywho, the real reason we’re here: Berta strikes again. I did a request a while back featuring some Israeli designers and I believe she was included. Her designs have captured the heart of reader Ashley and nothing has been quite the same since she saw this dress. Well, we have to do something about that! With all the pretty out there, surely we’ll be able to find something for you, lady! Here’s what Ashley had to say:

“Hi! Hopefully you can help. Thanks to the all powerful…and EVIL…Pinterest, I have fallen in love with a wedding gown. A Berta Wedding Gown. An $8,580 Berta Wedding Gown. And every dress I have tried on since, does not remotely compare! My budget for the dress is below $3K. HELP PLEASE!”

Damn you, Pinterest! But also, THANK YOU you evil, evil thing … but so awesome. The Pinterest struggle is real, you guys.

Can't Afford It

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Berta Inspired Dress For Under $3,000Berta 2015 Collection $8,580

Get Over It

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Berta Inspired Dress For Under $3,000Sparkling Venice Lace Appliques On Chiffon Georgette (Style: 5306) $1,050 at BestBridalPrices.com (Satin Belt Not Included)

Free Veil & Shoes

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Berta Inspired Dress For Under $3,000Majestic Embroidered Appliques Combined With Chantilly Lace (Style: 2725) $1,120 at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Berta Inspired Dress For Under $3,000Modern French Lace Gown With Handmade Rosettes $1,164 at Grace Loves Lace

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Berta Inspired Dress For Under $3,000Sheath Gown With Lace Illusion Sleeves (Style: Inga) $1,189 at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Berta Inspired Dress For Under $3,000A-Line Lace Gown With Swarvoski A Crystal Belt (Style: Darla 5MW108) $1,199 at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Berta Inspired Dress For Under $3,000Sheath Gown With Scalloped Lace & Plunging V-Back (Style: 33349630) $2,000 at BHLDN

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Berta Inspired Dress For Under $3,000Sheath Off-The-Shoulder Gown With Fringe Accents (Style: 2169) $1,235 at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Berta Inspired Dress For Under $3,000Lace Sheath Gown With 3 Dimensional Flowers (Style: Dahlia 5HS158) $1,349 at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Berta Inspired Dress For Under $3,000Fit And Flare Gown With Venice Lace Appliques (Style: 2701) $1,350 at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Berta Inspired Dress For Under $3,000Embroidered Lace On Tulle Over Orlando Lace (Style: Anastasia 4SW933) $1,889 at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Berta Inspired Dress For Under $3,000Sheath Gown With Sheer Tulle Neckline & Deep V-Back (Style: 34787713) $2,890 at BHLDN

I know you really like the long, lacy sleeves so I tried to stick with that, but I wanted to include a couple different options still featuring those lovely lace details. Plus, since BHLDN just released their new line, I HAD to include something from them because: PRETTY. ALL OF IT. SO MUCH. I hope I gave you some ideas to help you find that perfect dress! Please let me know if I can help in any other way. 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.

Five for Friday: Under-$1000 Gowns from BHLDN’s Secret Garden

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With a new year comes a new line from BHLDN and this one makes us weak in the knees. Over 30 new dresses were introduced as part of the “Secret Garden” line, and while many are $1500+, BHLDN holds true to the reason we well in love in the first place: They have gowns as low as $280 and a very large amount are nicely in a BAB-friendly zone of under $1000. Behold, our BHLDN faves:

Five for Friday: Under-$1000 Stunners from BHLDN's "Secret Garden" -- Alhambra Gown

Alhambra Gown, $800

I love love love the intricate lace on Alhambra. Paired with breathtaking earrings, it’s perfect for a formal or casual wedding.

Five for Friday: Under-$1000 Stunners from BHLDN's "Secret Garden" -- Daphne Dress

Daphne Dress, $280

Calling all boho brides! Daphne is simple and classy. The deep V back is a little unexpected, in the best way possible.

Five for Friday: Under-$1000 Stunners from BHLDN's "Secret Garden" -- Melinda DressMelinda Dress, $220

I’m sure BHLDN intended for this to be a bridesmaid or MOB dress, but I would LOVE to see a bold BAB wear the Melinda Dress for her wedding. Because OMG.

Five for Friday: Under-$1000 Gowns from BHLDN's Secret Garden -- Aria Gown

Aria Gown, $800

Hello, glamour! This slinky number shines with beaded detail and brings a sexy sophistication to any event.

Five for Friday: Under-$1000 Stunners from BHLDN's "Secret Garden" -- Viola Dress

Viola Dress, $485

Again, I don’t think Viola was intended for brides specifically, but it SHOULD be. Pockets? Sleeves? Super-flattering silhouette? Yeah, she nailed it.

BHLDN‘s “Secret Garden” collection includes a number of gorgeous accessories as well, like these glitter shoes (#duh) and this amazing cuff. And when a company introduces a new line, they usually mark down some of the older stuff, so you should get your booty over to BHDLN’s sale section to see what goodies are now a total steal.

Which of the gowns from the new line is your favorite, BABs?