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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!

Can't Afford It

ChristosOriginal“Mia” by Christos $$$$

&

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

 

Doggone It, This is One Pawfect Wedding Video

Happy Monday, darlings! I stumbled across this adorable little video today, and I know how much you BABs love including your furry friends in your big day. So, natch, I hollered out to Danni Rivera, the mind behind Philly’s Danfredo Photos + Films to see if I could swoop it to share with y’all. And guys, YOU’RE WELCOME. Let’s start this week with a huge dose of awesome, shall we?

Photo + Video: Danfredo Photos + Films | Styling: Confetti & Co. | Floral Design: Kate Farley Design | Stationery + Calligraphy: hello, bird. | Desserts: Saylormade | Custom Pet Paintings + Watercolour Portraits: Pennys & Stamps | Bone Cookie Favors + Guest Bow Ties: Amelie’s Bark Shop | Decor + Place Settings: West Elm | Cake Stands: BHLDN +Anthropologie | Jewelry: J. Crew | Ties: The Tie Bar + Forage | Venue: Maas Building, Philadelphia, PA | Music: Song Freedom (“I Do”, Colbie Caillat)

See all the photos and get to know the inspiration behind the video idea over on the Dandfredo Photos + Films blog here.

And! She’s currently booking weddings for 2015, so for all you couples in the Philly-NYC area, GET. ON. IT.

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Jenny Packham’s “Tease” Inspired Gown For Under $2000

Hey BABs! This week we’re helping a lovely lady get over “Tease” by Jenny Packham. She is one of my absolute FAVORITE designers. Not only does she make some of the most stunning wedding gowns you’ll ever see, she also designs amazing ready-to-wear clothing. You’ll see all of Hollywood royalty from Angelina Jolie to Kate Winslet wearing her gowns and even Princess Kate who is, ya know, ACTUAL royalty. Jenny Packham is British herself and has been making these stunning creations since 1988. I become more and more obsessed with all things British each day so it’s no surprise I adore her. So, the gal we’re helping has her eye on two Jenny gowns but I’m going to save the other one for next week so you’ll have to wait … but I promise it’ll be worth it! Here is what she had to say:

“Could you help me get over these two Jenny Packham dresses? Budget 2000 or less, but prefer to be 1500 or less. They are both unique and I haven’t seen anything else like them. Your help would be amazing!”

Well, lady, there is a reason you haven’t seen anything else quite like them … because WOW. The neckline makes it truly unique. I am in love with all the vintage flair it has. Probably why Dita Von Teese (fashion ICON) herself rocked this gown

Can't Afford It

OriginalJenny Packham’s “Tease” $6,400

Get Over It

SimplyBridal2A-Line Chiffon Gown With Beaded Bateau Neckline (Style: 80356) $306 at Simply Bridal

BestBridalPrices2Chiffon Gown With Sparkling Crystal Beading (Style: 6773) $650 at BestBridalPrices.com

BestBridalPricesDress With Swarovski Crystal Beading Draped Neckline (Style: 4MS840) $1189 at BestBridalPrices.com

BestBridalPrices4Romantic Sheath Dress With Swarovski Crystals (Style: 4SW044) $1,198 at BestBridalPrices.com

BestBridalPrices3Dress With Beaded, Embroidered, Sheer Neckline (Style: 11219) $1,348 at BestBridalPrices.com

BestBridalPrices5Satin Wedding Gown With Beading At Illusion Neckline (Style: 10182) $1,490 at BestBridalPrices.com

BHLDN Silk Gown From Ranna Gill (Style: 33060351) $1,800 at BHLDN

The back of this gown is insanely gorgeous and this dress, also by Ranna Gill, is very similar and on sale!

I hope I was able to give you some ideas. I will help you get over Jenny Packham dress #2 next week so STAY TUNED. Until then, 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! Theia Collection’s “Emma” Gown for Under $700

Hey, BABs! This week we’re helping Brianna get over the lovely “Emma Gown” by Theia for BHLDN. Don O’Neill is the designer/creative genius behind the Theia Collection, which was created to “bring out a woman’s inner goddess.” Theia, a Titaness in Greek mythology, possessed the power of light. So, basically, she made everything sparkle and we here at BAB lurve our sparklez. This particular gown was inspired by the blossoms of the Japanese cherry tree. This petals were designed by using the laser cutting technique. This technique has been around for a long time, butack in the day you would have to spend beaucoup bucks as laser cutting was only used mostly for couture clothing. Now you can walk into most clothing chains and find something using this technique. So now that you know a little bit about it, here’s what Brianna had to say:

“Hello! I love this column and hope you can help with my own search. I absolutely love the detailed and textured look of the BHLDN Emma dress, but the price is a bit high for me. Something under $700 (honestly, the lower the better) would be awesome. Ombré or solid color, any help is welcome!”

Can't Afford It

OriginalEmma Gown by Theia Bridal for BHLDN (Style: 31233463) $1,295 

Get Over It

NordstromJS Collections Floral Applique Gown (Style: 564325) $240 at Nordstrom
RainingBlossoms3Taffetta & Organza Sweetheart A-Line Gown With Beaded Flowers (Style: RB-0032) $274 at Raining Blossoms
RainingBlossoms2Tulle Softly Curved Strapless Neckline A-Line Wedding Dress With Floral Decorations (Style: WD-2393) $319
at Raining Blossoms
RainingBlossomsTulle Softly Curved Strapless Neckline A-Line Wedding Dress With Floral Element Design (Style: WD-3264) $319
at Raining Blossoms
NeimanMarcusSue Wong Beaded & Floral Embroidered Beaded Gown (Style: 0474132235171) $510 at Saks Fifth Avenue
BestBridalPricesStrapless After Six Wedding Dress With Heirloom Lace & Full Shirred Skirt (Style: 1037) $540 at Dessy
AnnTaylorAnn Taylor Rose Petal Spaghetti Strap Wedding Dress (Style: 256364) $650 at Ann Taylor

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Brianna, I certainly hope I helped you find a great alternative for that gorgeous gown!

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’s “Kayleigh” Inspired Gown For Under $500

Hello, BAB’s! How y’all doin’? This week we’re helping KAYlin get over BHLDN’s KAYleigh (I had to).  When I first saw the dress I was like, “Grecian Goddess.” I know it’s been a while with all the amazing requests coming in, so I hope you’re out there, girl. Kayleigh wrote in saying:

 “Help me BABs, you’re my only hope!
I fell in love with the Bhldn “Kayleigh” dress, but it’s both way out of my budget (below $500) and discontinued! I’ve been scouring the internet for a comparable dress, but I can’t find anything. I’m in love with the simplicity and softness of the dress. Long time fan!
Thanks for all you do!”

 I won’t keep you waiting …

Can't Afford It

Original“Kaleigh Gown” Catherine Deane for BHLDN (Style: 2653000) $1,200

Get Over It

LightInTheBoxMermaid Sweetheart Halter Lace Wedding Dress (Style: 00604657) $142 at LightInTheBox.com

DailyLookLine & Dot Lace Halter Dress (Style: 112672) $171 at Daily Look

RainingBlossoms2Chiffon Halter Neckline Sheath Wedding Dress With Beaded Waistband (Style: WD-3269) $190 at GoodCheapWeddingDress.com

CastlePromAndBridalBeautiful Satin Gown With Sheer Lace Overlay by Alfred Angelo (Style: 7281L) $219 at The Castle

BestBridalPrices4Strapless Floor Length With Soft Net Over Lace (Style: 8614L) $239 at BestBridalPrices.com

BHLDN2Romantic Dress With Soft, Light Tulle by Jenny Yoo (Style: 31062417) $260 at BHLDN

Crystal Lattice Sash $180 sold separately.

BestBridalPrices2Lace Halter Dress With Scalloped Edge Detailing (Style: 2043) $270 at BestBridalPrices.com

BestBridalPrices3Elegant Gown With V-Neckline & Sash At The Waist by Impressions (Style: 11655) $298 at BestBridalPrices.com

BHLDNFull Ball Gown Skirt With Layers Of Tulle by Tadashi Shoji (Style: 30369367) $300 at BHDLN

RainingBlossomsLace Sweetheart Strapless Sheath Wedding Dress With Bow Back Waistband (Style: SI-0066) $320 at Raining Blossoms

JCREWBeautiful Gown With High Cutaway Neckline & A Bias Cut Skirt (Style: 69879) at J. Crew

Instead of focusing on the halter neckline (which is silk charmeuse, btw!) I tried to focus more on the soft, lace detail. I almost didn’t notice it when I first looked at this dress, but the Kayleigh dress is beautiful simplicity. Keep in mind, too, that finding a strapless sheath might be the way to go, and then have your seamstress or tailor add the halter strap — since straps are super easy to add to wedding dresses.

I hope I was able to give you some good ideas. Be sure to check out the websites that are featured ’cause you’ll probably find even more options. 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! Watters “Odette” Inspired Gowns For Under $700

Why, hello there, BAB’s! This week we are featuring another fabulous Watters gown! R.J. wrote in about “Odette” and how she just can’t get it off of her mind. Where do I begin? This dress is romantic, light and airy, ethereal, soft and unique. Did I forget anything?! Here’s what she had to say:

“Hi ladies!
You provide such great alternatives!
I love the tiered skirt (without ruffles) and the detail in the bodice. What’s a broke ass bride to do?!
Thanks!”

D’awww. Thanks, R.J.!!! It’s always fun helping all you BABs out. Finding your dream dress can already be pretty friggin’ stressful, especially when you do and it’s wayyy out of your budget. You ladies know! Some of you have tried on dozens of dresses and are still longing for that moment when you just KNOW. I always tell my friends I don’t know what I am going to do when I have to pick out my dress. I have trouble deciding what sammich to get at Jimmy John’s so can you imagine? I’ve even joked about getting married in a T-shirt and jeans. (Don’t worry, J/K!) Anyway, R.J., I might have thrown in some dresses you weren’t expecting, but these prices are AMAZINNNG. Vera Wang for $350 … say what?!

 

Can't Afford It

 

OriginalWatters “Odette” (Style: 2073B) $2,940 

Get Over It

LightIntheBoxA-Line Strapless Court Train Tulle Wedding Dress (Style: 00168303) $119 at LightInTheBox.com

TBDress1Gorgeous Sweetheart Tiered Chapel Wedding Dress (Style: 10526905) $234 at TBDress.com

RainingBlossomsSatin Sweetheart Neckline A-Line Wedding Dress (Style: WJLM-0057) $250 at Raining Blossoms

RainingBlossoms2Organza Sweetheart A-Line Tiered Wedding Gown (Style: WT-017) $260 at Raining Blossoms

TBDress2Gorgeous Strapless A-Line Tiered Gown (Style: 09685099) $267 at TBDress.com

RainingBlossoms3Chiffon Strapless A-Line Gown With Tiered Diagonal Skirt (Style: WD-3294) $270 at Raining Blossoms

DavidsBridalSatin Faced Organza Fit And Flare Gown (Style: VW351020) $350 at David’s Bridal

( Vera Wang Gown was $1,200!!)

BHLDNBeautiful Gown With Tiers Of Tulle & A Layered Skirt (Style: 31200777) $400 at BHLDN

(Badgley Mischka Gown — was $1,000!!!)

Pair with a sash like this one.

DessyGroupStrapless Organdy Dress With Draped Bodice (Style: 1044) $550 at Dessy

So, what do you think, R.J.? I know you have a little over a year before your wedding day so if you see something you like you should have enough time to try it on, even if you have to order it online. Have you gone to any of your local bridal boutiques yet, or are you just starting to look? I really hope I was able to help you out! Let us know what you think. 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!

*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.