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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”

Can't Afford It

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?

 

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! An Enzoani Inspired Gown For Under $800

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Hey BABs! I hope you lovelies had a fabulous and sparkly New Years with lots of sequins (’cause you can never have enough). We’re already one week into 2015! I feel revived and ready to conquer all of your CAI/GOI requests so BRING IT! Starting with Candace: She is having a navy/gold wedding and wants those colors incorporated in her gown. She has fallen in love with this GORRRG single shoulder Enzoani gown with polychromatic lace in blue and beige. Enzoani is mega swoonworthy. They’ve been successfully designing wedding dresses since 2006 and have a flair for mixing traditional and modern European styles. Here’s what she had to say:

“My name is Candace and I’m a Broke-Ass Bride! I have absolutely fallen in love with the Enzoani 12409 dress, especially because of the a-line shape and the intricate and colorful lace (my wedding colors are navy and gold). I really want to find a similar dress with navy and/or gold lace accents over a white or ivory a-line or similarly shaped dress. Can you please please help?! My budget is $800.”

 

 

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Can't Afford It? Get Over It! An Enzoani Inspired Gown For Under $800Enzoani (Style: 12409) $$$$ at

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Can't Afford It? Get Over It! An Enzoani Inspired Gown For Under $800Camille La Vie Wedding Dress $200 at Tradesy

If by luck of the wedding Gods you’re a size 6, the above dress would be amazing.

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! An Enzoani Inspired Gown For Under $800Beaded & Embroidered Gown With Ruched Bodice (Style: 35670) at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! An Enzoani Inspired Gown For Under $800A-Line Gown With Stunning Lace Overlay (Style: 32869075) $430 at BHLDN

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! An Enzoani Inspired Gown For Under $800Floor Length Gown With Beaded V-Neck (Style: 15171) $434 at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! An Enzoani Inspired Gown For Under $800Nude Tulle Gown With Colored Lace Overlay (Style: 15091) $458 at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! An Enzoani Inspired Gown For Under $800Strapless Tulle Gown With Sweetheart Neckline & Blue Sequins (Style: S7611) $458 at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! An Enzoani Inspired Gown For Under $800A-Line Gown With Lace & Organza (Style: 15-112) $498 at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! An Enzoani Inspired Gown For Under $800Matte Satin Print Gown With Pockets (Style: 8008) $498 at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! An Enzoani Inspired Gown For Under $800Tulle Mermaid Gown With Gold Accents (Style:15196) $506 at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! An Enzoani Inspired Gown For Under $800Sleeveless Tulle & Mermaid Gown With Illusion Bateau Neckline (Style: 115961) $518 at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! An Enzoani Inspired Gown For Under $800Strapless Lace Trumpet Gown With Sweetheart Neckline (Style: 21993) $672 at BraruvaProm.com

Well I hope you liked what I found for you, Candace. Since you’re going the nontraditional route, have you thought about doing something like wearing a navy wedding dress with gold bridesmaids dresses? I saw more beautiful navy gowns than anything when I was putting this together.  Just a thought! Let us know 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 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

25% Off Right Now. Use Code: WEDDING25

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

25% Off Right Now. Use Code: WEDDING25

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

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

25% Off Right Now. Use Code: WEDDING25

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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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?