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Cool Wedding-y Shizz Around the Web

Aisle Perfect launched their own app, and to celebrate they’re giving away an Apple Watch.

Struggling with the guest list? You’re not alone. Every Last Detail took a poll and posted the results about who’s in and who’s out.

Trying to find an area to cut back on costs? Kiss My Tulle has five ways to save on centerpieces.

Kiss My Tulle -- Save on Centerpieces

How do you find complementary wedding dresses without being completely matchy-matchy? Love Inc. has a few tips for you.

Looking for flower girl dresses that hover under around $70? Head to Brenda’s Wedding Blog.

ICYMI: BHLDN’s new line is pretty awesome.

Budget Savvy Bride busts out her Budget Wedding Tip #34 with a piece of advice that may surprise you.

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BHLDN Punches Up the Fun with Spring/Summer ’15 Line

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Have y’all been over to BHLDN lately? No? Go ahead. I’ll wait.

OK, ya back? Good. Now let’s chat. Because this line is awesome. Immediately I spied a few hot, new numbers well under the $1000 line — making them bona fide Broke-Ass friendly — and totally almost fell of my chair when I saw how much color and floral awesomeness is included. Let’s go through a few of my faves, shall we?

BHLDN Becca Dress

Becca Dress, $560

Florals fave been ruling the runways, and we’re totally on board with the gorgeous blooms. For a bride looking for something a little less traditional, but still drop-dead gorgeous, THIS.

BHLDN Cate Gown

Cate Gown, $800

Needle & Thread has been popping up on my radar, mostly thanks to my endless scrolling through Asos. The designers crafted this beaded stunner, and if it’s anything like the beaded BHLDN dresses I know, it’s probably a treasure to twirl in.
BHLDN Claudia Dress

Claudia Dress, $595

Aidan Mattox does it again with his beading and shimmering and elegance. The forgiving blouson shape hints at a boho feel, but the texture and shine are fancy. The best of all worlds, really.

BHLDN Floriography Pumps

Floriography Pumps, $160

My jaw literally hit the keyboard when I saw these beauties. I mean, wow! And at under $200, they clock in well below most of BHLDN’s shoes.
BHLDN Juliette Dress

Juliette Dress, $275

OK, so the Juliette dress isn’t really new, per se, but the convertible Jenny Yoo creation hasn’t come in ivory yet (that I can recall). And now that it does? Well, here’s your $300 BHLDN wedding dress, darling!

BHLDN Kennedy Skirt + In Perpetuity Camisole

In Perpetuity Camisole, $160 + Kennedy Skirt, $500

Granted, this is some hefty dough to shell out for separates, but that ivory silk camisole definitely has more life in it than just your wedding day, as does the Kay Unger lace skirt. If you’re worried about dropping cash on an outfit for just one day, this might be your answer.

BHLDN Marivana Lace Gown

Marivana Lace Gown, $650

Tadashi Soji strikes again with another gorgeous, intricate lace number, and I’m far from complaining. BHLDN Trailing Floral Maxi

Trailing Floral Maxi, $335

Another winner from Needle & Thread! This dress is firing on all cylinders: Flowers, tulle and an under-$500 price tag.

BHLDN Veda DressVeda Dress, $430

This one immediately scored with me because of the name (if only Anna Chlumsky was modeling), but sealed the deal with the pewter color and sequin detail.

Which of the new items in BHLDN‘s Spring/Summer line is your favorite, BABs?

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! A Discontinued ModCloth Dress for Under $300

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Man, did I have a challenge for the Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! post this week! Alyssa commented on this CAI/GOI post with the following:

“Love this feature — it’s given me so many links to check out in my search for the perfect dress! Unfortunately, I’ve fallen in love with this ModCloth dress which is sadly discontinued. I love the lace and the halter top neckline. I’m trying to find something similar for under $300 !”

First off, thanks for the love, Alyssa! We love that you love BAB! Secondly, that dress is totally adorable! The floral lace in ModCloth‘s “I Do Declare!” dress is delicate and feminine, while the short length keeps if fun and flirty. The halter neckline is not something you see too often in wedding dresses (hello, strapless everything), but it lends to the retro vibe that makes this dress unique. Finding a similar dress with both lace and a halter neckline (specifically, one with light, gauzy straps) was no easy feat, but here goes!

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Get Over Itc779d1585697b3aaab3f3dec1a4d9cc9Jaunty Jive Dress, $59.99 at ModCloth

(This is currently out of stock but never fear! If you sign up, ModCloth will notify you when it’s back in action!)

 

7b63628e947c9f2842489042afa677cbThis Blissful Moment Dress, $149.99 at ModCloth

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Hailey Logan ‘Megan’ Cutout Textured Skater Dress, Item #1011643, $89 at Nordstrom

2273491-p-4xMax and Cleo Rose Cut Out Lace Dress, SKU: #8147943, $41.40 at 6pm.com

31018Mori Lee Affairs Bridesmaid Dresses, Style 31018, $174 at BestBridalPrices.com

3090396-p-4xBB Dakota Fenton Dress, SKU 8497261, $88 at Zappos

S9EQNDoZsE_Unique_Vintage_1950s_Style_Ivory_Midtown_Halter_Swing_Dress1950s Style Ivory Midtown Halter Swing Dress, Item #:P10214, $59 at Unique Vintage

il_570xN.620144872_p2xuVintage 1950s Lace Dress, $134 at PickledVintage via Etsy

il_570xN.607029077_bvccMarilyn Monroe Inspired Wedding Dress, $245 at DyStyle via Etsy

il_570xN.470717453_ekbgKnee Length Lace Wedding Dress, $217 at LaceMarry via Etsy

il_570xN.643301738_mw8mKnee Length Halter Neckline A Line Lace Wedding Dress, Style WD022, $158 at RoseHauteCouture via Etsy

BHLDN Chloe Dress

Chloe Dress, $250 from BHLDN

ivory-dress-ML-31005-dMori Lee Short Strapless Ivory Lace Dress, Style ML-31005, $99 at Simply Dresses

For the last dress, you could bring it to a seamstress and have them add on material to make it a halter neckline. And for $99 for the dress, you’d definitely still be under budget!

I hope one of these dresses is the one for you, Alyssa! The shorter length means they’re not only good alternative wedding dresses, but great options for showers, reception dresses, or (for as low as $41.40, WHAT!?), I’d justify wearing one on the couch whilst eating pizza just because. Broke-Ass Brides can be fancy pizza eaters too, you guys. Good luck with your search and happy shopping!

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! Monique Lhullier’s Sienna Chantilly Lace Gown under $1,500

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Before we get down to the business of Gown Hunting, let’s take a moment to welcome our new BAB team member, Caitlyn, who did a bang-up job on her post last week! Kudos, Caitlyn!

And now back to the fashion frenzy, reader fanfanstella had the most eloquent way of phrasing her dress dilemma. In her comment to another CAI/GOI post, she said the Monique Lhuillier Sienna Chantilly Lace Gown “doesn’t come with a price tag as beautiful as the gown.” I hear ya, hon! That Chantilly lace is divine, and it has such an understated elegance in a delicate column silhouette with eyelash trim at the sweetheart neckline, so let’s get to work finding a replacement for under $1,500!

(And hey, if you weren’t already aware, we pay close attention to reader comments, so drop us a line if you need help finding that perfect gown!)

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Monique Lhuillier Sienna Chantilly Lace Gown

Monique Lhuillier Sienna Chantilly Lace Gown, $3,890 at ShopBop

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Nicole Miller Jamie

Nicole Miller Jamie Gown, $1,400 at BHLDN

Faviana Lace Scoop Neck Dress Zappos

Faviana Lace Scoop Neck Dress (Style: 7439), $278 at Zappos

Theia Sweetheart Strapless Lace Gown ShopBop

Theia Sweetheart Strapless Lace Gown, $1,495 at ShopBop

Zappos Nicole Miller Nina Gown

Nicole Miller Nina Bridal Gown, $1,200 at Zappos

Watters Lucinda

Watters Lucinda, $400 at BHLDN

Lace Georgette Ann Taylor

Lace Georgette Spaghetti Strap Gown, $795 at Ann Taylor

J. Crew Brianna

Brianna Gown, $450 at J. Crew

Best bridal Prices Watters Tina

Watters Tina, Style 52138, $778 at BestBridalPrices

Nicole Miller Lace Fantasy Gown

 Nicole Miller Lace Fantasy Gown, rent it for $185 at Rent The Runway

Etsy IdoCouture Sheath Lace Sweetheart Silhouette

Sweetheart Lace Sheath Silhouette, $950 by Etsy seller IDoCoutureBridal

V-Neck Etsy

V-Neck V-Back Lace Wedding Gown, $500 by Etsy seller BrendasBridal

Lisa’s Bonus Pro Tip: The column style gown, otherwise known as a sheath style, can be curve hugging to the point of restricting movement. If you plan to break it down at your reception, do a “dress rehearsal” in the dressing room while trying on the gown. Test out a few of your signature moves so you’ll know what you’ve got to work with.  

So did you get your Chantilly lace fix? I know I sure did! Which gown is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

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.

“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:

 

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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.

Can't Afford It

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

Get Over It

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.