Broke-Ass Tag: davids bridal


Affiliate Disclaimer NewIllusion necklines are becoming increasingly popular in wedding dress land these days, and there’s no denying that they make a great alternative to a strapless gown. Reader Becca has fallen in love with one such illusion gown from David’s Bridal, commenting on this previous post with:

I’m stuck in a similar conundrum. I’ve tried on several different silhouettes of what I thought I liked, and ended up falling for this. The problem being I’m on a really tight budget, and realistically can’t spend more than $500 for a dress. All of the Chinese dress sites scare me because of the horror stories. What’s a truly broke bride to do?

Never fear, Becca! We’ve got plenty of dresses under $500 that feature a similar silhouette, airy tulle, and illusion details. Let’s check them out!

Can't Afford ItMelissa Sweet Tank Tulle Wedding Dress with Beads at Davids BridalMelissa Sweet Tank Tulle Wedding Dress with Beads (Style: MS251114), $1,050 at David’s Bridal

Get Over ItTulle Wedding Dress with Floral Lace Applique at Davids BridalTulle Wedding Dress with Floral Lace Applique (Style: WG3712), $399.99 at David’s Bridal

Amsale 'Alyce' Illusion V-Neck Pleat Tulle GownAmsale “Alyce” Illusion V-Neck Pleat Tulle Gown in Ecru (Style: 5090208), $310 at Nordstrom

Georgia Gown at BHLDNGeorgia Gown by Etoile (Style: 34991810), $400 at BHLDN

SAMPLE Illusion Tank Wedding Dress with Deep V Back at Davids BridalSAMPLE Illusion Tank Wedding Dress with Deep V Back (Style: AI10020564), $448.48 at David’s Bridal

Illusion neckline lace retro feel tulle wedding dress with sash by 50shouse on etsyIllusion neckline lace retro feel tulle wedding dress with sash, $260+ by Etsy seller 50shouse

Off White Embellished Chiffon Long Dress 2016 Prom Dresses at Unique VintageOff White Embellished Chiffon Long Dress 2016 Prom Dresses (Style: P27146), $120 at Unique Vintage

Own the Ceremony Dress in White at ModclothOwn the Ceremony Dress in White, $175 at ModCloth

Short Sleeve Beaded Illusion Tulle Sheath Gown at Davids BridalShort Sleeve Beaded Illusion Tulle Sheath Gown (Style: SWG680), $499.99 at David’s Bridal

Dessy Collection Style 2964Dessy Collection in Ivory (Style: 2964), $250 at The Dessy Group

Jenny Yoo 'Aria' Illusion Yoke Pleated Tulle GownJenny Yoo ‘Aria’ Illusion Yoke Pleated Tulle Gown in Alpine (Style: 1046237), $260 at Nordstrom

Ivory Lace Cap Sleeve Long Dress 2016 Prom Dresses at Unique VintageIvory Lace Cap Sleeve Long Dress 2016 Prom Dresses (Style: P33704), $145 at Unique Vintage

Chi Chi London Bridal Tulle Maxi DressChi Chi London Bridal Tulle Maxi Dress (Style: 797893), $106 at ASOS

hand beaded Slim A line Bridal Gown by GorgeousBridalGowns on etsyHand beaded Slim A line Bridal Gown, $489 by Etsy seller GorgeousBridalGowns

Lovely illusion gowns at an even lovelier pricepoint! What do you think, Becca? Are any of these dreamy gowns a winner? Let us know in the comments. Good luck with your search. 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.

  • 12/3

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewGrace Notes by Cindy Blank Cards with Wedding Dress

    Blank note cards available from Etsy seller GraceNotesByCindy

    Being a super-awesome, unique BAB, I was looking for the perfect dress; one that looked great on me and was as off-beat as I am. I decided I wanted a tea length dress to show off my legs and my individuality.

    One place I was sure I wouldn’t find the dress of my dreams was David’s Bridal. As the largest bridal-chain store in North America, I saw David’s as the embodiment of the wedding establishment I was trying so hard to rebel against. Since there was no way this BAB was going chain shopping in a no frills warehouse (the horror!), I decided to head off to the coolest and funkiest boutiques.

    Since I had been engaged for a full week by this time (a year until my wedding), and since everyone, their mother, and the entire cast of “Say Yes to the Dress” had been telling me how long it takes to get a dress ordered and altered, I jumped right in.

    Off I went, bringing three of my aunties, my mother and my super generous (in my mind) budget of $500 to the most popular bridal shops in the Twin Cities. Not quite right. None of the dresses were truly me and they didn’t have tea length I was dreaming of.

    Real Bride Emily tries on Dresses

    Too long …

    Real Bride Emily tries on wedding gowns

    Too Tinkerbell …

    On my second trip out, I called ahead to make sure the shop I was considering had shorter dresses. I brought my married-the-year-before-and-trusted-frank-opinioned-friend, Megan. I tried a few on. I fell in love. I cried. I had my “Say Yes” moment. And then I saw the price tag — $1,300. Ooops.

    Real Bride Emily's adventures in wedding dress shopping

    Too pricey …

    After that, I tried almost everything. I looked all around for some other option. Sample sales, vintage stores, online knock-offs from China. Finally, Megan asked “Are you ready to go to David’s now?”

    I was.

    I grabbed Megan, my mom, and a flask (just in case it got dicey) and headed over. The sales woman was trying to work with five different women while working with me, so we just headed over to the rack and started trying on dresses (it’s very important you have the right people with you on an outing like this.)

    Everything I had thought about David’s Bridal was true. The dressing rooms are small and have no amenities, the consultants don’t have the time or experience of the boutique associates. No one carefully zips you in each dress and waits for your “awws.” {Eds. Note: Everyone’s experiences are different, and this opinion does not reflect The Broke-Ass Bride as a whole.}

    Emily tries on wedding dresses at David's BridalNot quite …

    BUT, they also have the largest selection of affordable dresses (and tea length dresses!) I’ve ever seen. I was able to try on a lot of different dresses that were almost “THE Dress.” So close.

    Then I went home and looked online. There it was, the goldilocks of dresses — everything I had loved all on one dress. And it was on sale. Of course, I found it online at David’s.

    I moved fast — after everything everyone in the bridal industry had told me about dresses taking months to get shipped, and why would David’s be any different that the rumors I had heard? I was shocked when 3 days later, a huge box containing my dress arrived! It was exactly what I was hoping for it to be.

    Emily found her dress!Dress redacted for wedding purposes.

    My handsome fiancé doesn’t want to see the dress before the wedding, meaning I won’t post the full picture here, so here is our cats’ reaction shot:

    Emily's cats are in it for the love ... of boxes

    Are they excited about the dress … or just the box?

    Being a Broke-Ass Bride, there are many ways to be unique … sometimes you find unique inside a giant chain store. David’s Bridal may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it does have the biggest selection of wedding dresses anywhere, most of them incredibly affordable. That amount of selection and options (especially online) allowed this BAB to find exactly the unique dress she was looking for at the right price. 

    How did your wedding dress shopping go? Tell us in the comments!

  • 8/20

    BHLDN Valentina front

    Have you seen BHLDN's Fall 2015 line yet? Well, you should get on that because, as always, it is gorgeous! Today's CAI/GOI request is from reader Kyla, who emailed us looking for some help finding a dress similar to BHLDN's Valentina gown, from the Spring 2015 collection. Oh, the ruffles on the back of that gown! What an unexpected surprise as you walk down the…

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    Gown WG3532, Headpiece 35986C001, Bracelet 9721|| David's Bridal Busts Out A Big Ol' Heaping of Savings

    It's Christmas in July! No, not really, but pretty damn close, y'all. David's Bridal is having their hugest sale of the season. And by huge, we mean RIDICULOUS. For serious. From wedding dresses to styles for your entourage to all those pretty little sparkly adornments, prices are slashed across the board: * Wedding dresses that were originally $300-$600 are now as low as $99, with…

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    Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

    Name: Jessica Knowles and Andrew Long Occupation: Jessica - Sales and Marketing Manager for Housing Company; Andrew - Landscape Designer Wedding location: Brickyard at Riverside Golf Club, Macon, Georgia Wedding Date: May 16, 2015 Budget: Around $15,000. The amounts below add up to around $20,000, however my parents paid about $15K, I paid for photography, hair/makeup and rings. Groom's family paid for his tux and…

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  • 6/3

    David's Bridal WG 3672 || Photo: Small Town Girl Photography

    You guys really dug my BHLDN wedding gown test drive post and The Broke-Ass Bride received a number of requests to keep the party going. As luck would have it, David's Bridal was totally into the idea, so with Alyssa from Small Town Girl Photography and Real Bride Shannon in tow, we hit the store in Lewisville, Texas, to take a few of their gorgeous and…

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    As a Broke-Ass Bride I want to be as equally wallet conscious for my Broke-Ass bridesmaids. As much I love being in many weddings, I have been known to silently shed a tear looking at my bank account during wedding season. Between the dress, shoes, makeup, hair, bridal shower, bridal shower gift, bachelorette and wedding gift, it adds up. However, I am lucky that the weddings I have…

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  • 1/15

    With the holidays over and the nine-month mark just behind us, it's time to get this wedding train a-movin'! On Saturday, my mom, my fiance's mom, and two of my best friends are accompanying me to Luxe Bridal and David's Bridal, and hopefully we will find me a dress. I think it's interesting to look at what people think they want versus what they end…

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