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Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Elie Saab’s “Louisse” Inspired Dress For Under $1,500

Hello my BAB’s! I hope you all had a fantastic 4th of July weekend filled with plenty of sparklers! Summer sure is flying by. We’ve been getting lots of requests from you ladies which is so awesome. This week we’re helping a BAB get over this very lovely gown from the 2014 collection of Elie by Elie Saab for Pronovias. I have spent many days just staring at Elie Saab dresses, trying to lift my jaw off the floor because they’re … perfect. He started designing wedding dresses over 30 years ago and every collection is more beautiful than the last. There are always some beautiful, intricate details that make his gowns really stand out.


Can't Afford It

ElieSaabElie Saab’s “Louisse” $8,800 at Pronovias

Get Over It

JJsHouseV-Neck Floor Length Chiffon Charmeuse With Ruffle Lace Beading (Style: 017019722) $176 at

*Comes In Ivory, too.

LightInTheBoxV-Neck Charmeuse Court Train Wedding Dress (Style: 01538210) $250 at

BHLDNFull Ball-Gown Skirt With Delicate Lace, Tulle & Crystal Embellishments (Style: 30369367) $380 at BHLDN

UniqueVintageBeaded Ruched Bodice & Cap Sleeves Are Embellished With Exquisite Crystals (Style: P4672) $538 at Unique Vintage

AnnTaylorA-Line Gown With Lace Cap Sleeves & V-Neck With Lace Inset (Style: 325062) $750 at Ann Taylor

HouseofBridesA-Line Gown Gown Made In Royal Duchess Satin & Tulle Overlay (Style: BL083) $776 at

BestBridalPricesCrystal Beading Trims The Embroidered Lace On Organza (Style: 5202) $1,049 at

BestBridalPrices2Crystal Beaded Embroidery & Alencon Lace Appliques On Net With Wide Hemline (Style: 2616) $1,180 at

I hope I was able to find some other dresses you can love just as much. 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! 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: Five BHLDN Looks for Under $1500

Happy Friday, BABs! You know how much we love BHLDN, so I’m sure you can only imagine how excited I was when the gorgeous wedding retailer got in touch to collaborate on this Five for Friday! The team and I brainstormed to bring you not just dresses or accessories, but 5 full ensembles for your wedding day, for budgets ranging from $500 to $1500! Because girl, we’ve got your back and your budget!

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Annabelle Dress, $260 | Stardust Heels, $69 | Petite Crystal Drops Earrings, $60Crystallized Satin Sash, $100

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Hanna Dress, $450 | Fleur-Pearl Bracelet, $60Joyau d’Orsay Heel, $225

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Seraphina Gown, $600 | Mint Sprig Booties, $110 | Perle Bracelet, $60 Silverbloom Comb, $150 | Sea Flora Posts, $50

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Corsica Sandals, $160 | Dewed Vines Hairpin, $140 | Droplet Earrings, $80 | Rosemary Dress, $600

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Dakota Gown, $1,035 | Addison Heels, $180 | Rosaceae Sash, $160 | Arabella Drops, $120

Just because you’re on a budget, BABs, doesn’t mean you can’t pull together a stunning look for not too much money.

What do you think? Which of these looks is your favorite?

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Short Vintage-Inspired Delphine Manivet Dress For Under $1500

Bonjour to all of you fabulous BAB’s out there! This week we’re helping a fellow BAB to get over this super cute, Delphine Manivet dress. Delphine is a French designer and her latest 2014 collection is very versatile. This collection is definitely vintage-inspired with most of the dresses capturing the style of the early 20th century. You’ll see sheer, long sleeves and the popular ’30s drop waist style. She even keeps it fresh and modern by adding separates. I never thought about getting married in shorts but there are a pair in her collection that are so cute, I might even consider it!


Can't Afford It


DelphineOriginalUnai Short Dress by Delphine Manivet $$$$ ($3271)

Get Over It

Modcloth3Bring The Poise Back Cream Shift Dress $55 at ModCloth

Modcloth2A-Line Dress With Glittering Lace $85 at ModCloth

Modcloth4A-Line Dress With Layers Of Tulle & Metallic Lace Swirls $140 at ModCloth

Ruche Romantic Lace Dress With Slight Ruffle At Waist (Style: 34482) $143 at ShopRuche

ForHer&HimLace Peplum Cap Sleeve Dress (Style: 0116003) $210 at For Her and For Him

AnnTaylorStrapless Embroidered Lace Peplum Dress (Style: 317324) $268 at Ann Taylor

AnthropologieVered Lace Shift Dress (Style: 4130077005500) $298 at Anthropologie

BHLDNEmbroidered Lace Shift Dress (Style: 30850648) $300 at BHLDN

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BCBGV-Neck Lace Tiered Dress (Style: YYQ61A46-1J4) $368 at BCBG

SueWongRibbon Trim Illusion Bodice Dress (Style: 649953) $398 at Nordstrom

EtsyVictorian Style White Lace Dress $925 at Etsy

As always, you have options and there are a million and one ways to achieve your perfect bridal look. While I didn’t find a lot of dresses with those pretty, sheer, long lace sleeves, you can always add something like this  or a sparkly, lacy cover-up. And be sure to browse the websites I’ve featured because there are a lot of other choices you might like. Let me know what you think! Until next week, BAB’s…

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!

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! A BHLDN “Onyx” Inspired Wedding Gown For $900 Or Less

Hello from the land of the BABs! One of our readers, Diana, wrote in asking if we could help her find something as romantic as BHLDN’s “Onyx” Gown for her Spring wedding.  This dress was designed by Catherine Deane, who has designed some of the prettiest dresses evvverrrr for BHLDN. This happens to be one of MY favorite dresses as well! The back of the dress is INSANELY GORG. In fact, I think all of her BHLDN designs are just AMAZE … OK, enough about me. I’m here to help you out, girl.

This is her request:

“I have a Can’t afford it? Get over it! request. I absolutely love BHLDN’s Onyx gown in champagne. The lace details and tulle give the perfect romantic vibe for my spring wedding. Unfortunately, I need to find a dress for half the price. Can you help me find something with the same vintage feel? Thanks so much!” 

Can't Afford It

BHLDNOriginalRomantic Layers Of Ivory Tulle Over Silk Charmeuse For A Full Skirt (Style: 27178839 / Onyx) $1800 at BHLDN.

Get Over It

Etsy419Sleeveless V-Neck Tulle And Lace Wedding Gown $419 at Etsy.

Etsy550Beaded Tulle Wedding Dress With Beautiful Embroidery $550 at Etsy.

MadameBridal622Crystal Beading Edging Alencon Lace On Delicate Chiffon (Style: 6767) $622 at Madame Bridal.

BestBridalPrices628Long Chiffon Flowing Gown With Wide Beaded Straps (Style: PA168) $628 at

BestBridalPrices691Sweetheart Lace Bodice With Tulle Straps That Are Finished With A Beaded Motif. (Style: PA9165) $691 at

AnnTaylor750Lace V-Neck Wedding Dress With Lace Inset & Lace Cap Sleeves (Style:325062) $750 at Ann Taylor.

Etsy798Illusion Neckline Wedding Dress With Tulle Skirt $798 at Etsy.

MadameBridal812Lacy V-Neck Design With A Flowing Sophisticated 1950′s Feel (Style:SL045) $812 at Madame Bridal.

If you’re a fan of BHLDN (who isn’t?) you should also check out some of their sale dresses. This dress is also quite romantic and how often do you see a Badgley Mischka wedding dress for $600?! Fingers crossed that I’ve helped you find something you love so you don’t have to stress about it and you can focus on more important things, like pampering yourself. 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!



Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! A Gown Inspired by Three Israeli Designers for Under $2K

Sarah wrote in this week looking for a Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! gown that embodies three lovely dresses she found. She was surprised that so many unique bridal designers are out of Israel. To be honest, I kind of was, too. These dresses (in Jem fashion) are “truly outrageous!” The construction, beautiful fabrics and detail that go into these one-of-a-kind designs are some of the loveliest I’ve EVER seen. Here’s what Sarah had to say:

“I’m having such a can’t afford it moment right now! I’m absolutely IN LOVE with all of the Israeli designers out there (who knew that Israel is where the creme de la creme of wedding fashion resides … not this girl … until now!). And while I know you aren’t going to get the same high quality fabrics as you would with these dresses. I want something that hits the same tone as any of these dresses for under 2k”

I couldn’t find exact prices for these dresses but let’s just say you could have a pretty spectacular honeymoon for any one of them.

 Can't Afford It

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Get Over It




Chiffon A-line gown with a small cowl neckline with flowing open sleeves (Style: 11669) $338 at Madame Bridal.


Chic Vintage V-Neck Lace Wedding Gown $376 at Etsy.


Satin Strapless Mermaid Gown With Embellishment (Style: 111209 Khloe) $778 at


Satin Strapless Gown With Sweetheart Bust Line (Style: 11237) $898 at Madame Bridal.


An Elegant Combination Of Crepe And Romantic Lace (Style: 28923803 / Odessa) $1095 at BHLDN.


Shimmering Beaded Embellishments Showcase The Lovely Illusion V-Neckline (Style: 15535) $1,149 at Madame Bridal.


Crystal Edged Alencon Lace On Lustrous Satin (Style: 1967) $1,196 at House of Brides.


Sweetheart Tank Bodice With Figure Flattering Corset (Style: ZP345006) $1250 at David’s Bridal.


Crystal Beaded Embroidery On An Allover Alencon Lace Gown (Style: 2675) $1450 at


This Hand-Embellished Gown Glimmers With Beads From The Double-Strap Back To Floor Skimming Hem (Style: 31883556 / Elsa) $1495 at BHLDN

You should also check out Grace Loves Lace because they have a KILLER selection of unique dresses. A couple of my favesies are, “Giselle” and “Dillon.” This boutique is in Australia so if you convert AUD to USD, most of them will still fall within your $2K budget even with S&H. BAM! Please let me know what you think or if you would like more suggestions just let me know in the comments!

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!


Five for Friday: Stunning Looks from BHLDN’s Summer Lookbook

Happy Friday, BABs! My love for BHLDN grows ever stronger, especially with the release of it’s Summer Lookbook this week. The first image in the lookbook featured one of its gorgeous gowns coupled with an ethereal flowing tulle skirt, and I DIED. Far be it from me to keep the love all to myself, so for this week’s Five for Friday, I picked my five favorite looks from BHLDN’s Summer Lookbook.

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Ellie Gown, $1,395.

I’ve been finding myself loving lace a little more these days, and the cap sleeves paired with the slight keyhole in the back plus buttons made me swoon a bit.

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Valley Dress, $800.

I’m a sucker for short white dresses, and this one nails it. I love the lace shoulders and the faint tie at the back of the neck is such an unexpected but sweet addition.Screen Shot 2014-05-08 at 4.29.05 PM

Elsa Gown, $1,495 + Elsa Tulle Skirt, $595.

You guys, I can’t even with this. The Elsa Gown on its own is stunning — beading, slim lines and totally reminiscent of flapper-ish style. Add in the tulle skirt? Game over. I would wear the shit out of that skirt even well after my wedding day.

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Nuptia Dress, $500.

The Nuptia Dress just screams out to be worn for a pretty, casual garden wedding or a bohemian beach bash. Normally, tiers and ruffles aren’t really my jam, but I feel like this dress is so well balanced and subtle, that it makes me second-guess my hesitation.

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Waterfall Dress, $850.

I have to admit, sleeves have been growing on me. And I think this particular sleeved beauty would be perfect for one of those late-summer/early-fall weddings when the air starts turning crisp and you have to start toting a cardigan everywhere with you.


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Mint Sprig Booties, $110.

I’d be completely remiss if I left these shoes out, because I love them so. For no other reason than they’re so gorgeous and slightly surprising in color and shape, but still completely elegant.

What do you think, darlings? Which of these new looks from BHLDN is your favorite? Tell me in the comments!

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Sparkly, Illusion Neckline Marchesa Dress

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Hey there, Broke-Ass Babes! Sadly, no ladies wrote in this week about their wedding dress budget woes. So, this week, I decided to pick one of my favorite dresses from the Marchesa Fall 2014 collection (Style: B10812) and WOWZA, she’s a beaut! A trend that has become very popular in the last few years is the illusion neckline, and if you love to spend hours gazing at gowns like me, you’re sure to see this in every jaw-droppingly beautiful collection of dresses. The neckline in this Marchesa dress is especially dazzling since it’s decked out in pearls and crystals, and the hand-pleated chiffon makes this dress look effortless, yet ethereal like something a Greek goddess would get married in. Are you ready to see it? Here goes, in all of its supreme, flowy, glittering awesomeness:



Marchesa $$$$ ($3001-$5000)



Sleeveless dress in airy, woven fabric with beading and rhinestone embroidery at top (Style: 66-3399) $99 at H+M.


A-line Princess Scoop Sweep/Brush Train Charmeuse Wedding Dress (Style: 604656) $119 at

White Chiffon & Stone Cap Sleeve Gown (Style: 40778) $224 at Unique Vintage

Cap Sleeve A Line Wedding Gown with Decorative Buttons (Style: 0113925) $419.99 at For Her and For Him

Romantic  Chiffon Wedding Dress Wedding Gown $438 at Whiterose on Etsy

Satin sheath with hand-beaded illusion neckline and cap sleeves (Style: KI1307) $822 at
An illusion tulle neckline ornamented with beaded embroidered lace drapes the bodice, culminating in a gathered skirt that flows from an empire waist. (Style: 4MC890) $988 at
This floor-skimming silhouette balances the sleekness of flowing silk with intricately beaded shoulders and bias-cut styling. Harlow gown, $1,000 at BHLDN
Accordion pleated Paris Chiffon combines with embellished illusion tulle to create this Grecian inspired dress (Style: 4MK790) $1,049 at

Another option you can consider is adding a beautiful, bridal capelet to your dress. They have some amaze options from the websites above (Like THIS stunner at BHLDN ) and will give your look even more versatility. Enjoy your weekend, BAB’s! Until we meet again…

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! 

Five for Friday: Stay Wonderfully Warm on Your Wedding Day with a Wrap

Happy Friday, Broke-Asses! This week, we got a super special request from a super specialer (yup, making up words here, folks) bride-to-be: My former roommate from way back when, who is getting married in a very amazing location needs something to keep herself warm and cozy for her fall nuptials. So, she hollered at yours truly with a mission to find a toasty wrap or shawl for her usually chilly self that would greatly compliment the long-sleeved short antique-y dress she plans on donning. So, Kate, here’s what I found … and I know you would rock the hell out of any and all of these. Bonus: All ring in at under $80!

Carlotta Wrap, BHLDN $78

Carlotta Wrap, BHLDN $78

Daydream Confetti Shawl, Ruche $28.99

Daydream Confetti Shawl, Ruche $28.99

Pashmina Shawls, The Dessy Group $30.00

Mandy Boucle Tassel Shawl, $32
Mandy Boucle Tassel Shawl, $32

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Alpaca Wool Winter Shawl Wrap, Amazon $49.99

Whaddya think, Kate? Any of these make you fall head over heels? How are the rest of you Broke-Asses staying warm on your wedding day?

BHLDN’s 2014 Line Has Arrived and it’s Delicious

YOU GUYS. BHLDN has done it again. If their offerings weren’t already completely drool-worthy, they’ve solidified their reign as the Bringers of Bridal Beauty, the Providers of Pretty, the Sultans of Swoon, the … whoops, I’m getting a little carried away. You get the point. BHLDN’s 2014 line – The Heirloom Collection – of dresses and accessories is gorgeous, and some of it is shockingly affordable. Set your sights on pretty mode and ogle along with me:
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 Tamsin Gown, $1,600

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Amada Gown, $800

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Faye Gown, $1,000

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Caspian Drops, $170

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Tiffany Gown, $1,800

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Crystallized Satin Sash, $100

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Champagne Sparkle Heels, $139

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Martine Dress, $650

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Sterling Lace Dress, $650

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Hyacinth Dress, $425

Those heels, the Tamsin Gown and Sterling Lace Dress kill me. Which are your faves from BHLDN‘s newest additions?