Broke-Ass Tag: davids bridal

3/28

Affiliate Disclaimer NewI am so happy to report that I have finally made a concrete decision on something … THE DRESS! About a week and a half ago I hauled my mom, my bridesmaid Shay and my two girls to David’s Bridal in the hopes that I could finally get this ball rolling and make a decision on something. Chris has recently taken on a paramedic certification class on top of his full time job and National Guard duties, so a lot of planning is going to fall on me (and my wonderful, Type-A mother), so I’m starting to buckle down and try and get things done.

I actually really enjoyed this experience, even though I typically am not a huge fan of extended shopping experiences or having all eyes on me for a long period of time. My consultant, Iman, was amazing. She knew what she was doing, and even though I think she had 2-3 other brides and bridesmaids appointments, she was very attentive without being overbearing. When we walked in, she pulled some of the dresses that I had indicated I liked on their website, and then a couple other ones that were within my budget, which was $500. I’ve known the kind of dress I want to wear on my wedding day for a long time: off-white or champagne (I’m very pale and I feel like pure white would wash me out. Plus, I have two kids, so I’m not trying to look virginal), definitely lace, straps, and form-fitting. So Iman pulled some dresses for me that met my criteria and then one big, poofy ball gown to try on just for fun and so my girls could see me in a princess dress, which my 4-year-old really wanted.

Poofy ball gown

Me and my “princess dress”

So the ball gown was definitely not my style.

However, I did fall in love with a dress that had a faux button up back and lace that went all over my back. It was gorgeous … but very itchy. I hadn’t had it on for two minutes before I wanted it off. Luckily, Iman really was amazing and told me to wait a minute and she’d be right back. She then came back with THE dress. It was everything I wanted, and only $100 over my budget. I had already had a mental discussion with myself on whether or not I was willing to compromise on my budget, so this didn’t worry me too much. Iman had been very good about my budget concerns as well, so I wasn’t worried about hurting her feelings or being made to feel bad if I didn’t pick the dress because of money issues. My mother loved it, Shay cried and Y was in love. The only person I had to convince was L, my 7-year-old, who had fallen in love with the second dress I tried on. I promised her that she could wear it to her wedding, which smoothed over the hurt feelings and she jumped on board. I told Chris I found the dress and told him 500 times that no, he couldn’t see it before I walked down the aisle. I got to ring the bell and make a wish, order my dress, and voila! One piece of my wedding is done. Only 1000 more pieces to go!

Hair pic

What kind of bra do you wear with a keyhole back dress?!

I would definitely recommend David’s Bridal to a bride on a budget. The consultants seemed to be very good at sticking to your budget, and I receive emails constantly about sales and coupons that they offer. I said no to quite a few dresses, and quite a few accessories, and no one made me feel bullied or pressured, which I really appreciated. Definitely Broke-Ass Bride friendly!

How was your dress-shopping experience? Did you have luck on the first go, or did you have to make multiple trips to find The One?

 

 

 

  • 3/2

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    Reader Rachel is searching for a dress for her fairy tale wedding:

    “Avina Valenta Style 9616.   Any dress you can recommend similar to this dress, which is over $2500 and I can’t spend over $400 on a dress, but I want something sexy yet fairytale for my wedding!
    🙂 Love your blog,
    Thank you,
    Rachel”

    Thanks for the love, Rachel!  I hear you, this dress is sparkly and gorgeous and I can see why you love it.  I’m going to focus my search on a sexy fairy tale gown for your wedding, with beading or crystals in the bodice, a sweetheart neckline, and a full tulle skirt.  If I can, I’ll include some blush colored options.  Let’s check them out!

    Can't Afford It

    Avina Valenta Style 9616

    Alvina Valenta Style 9616; $2,500+

    Get Over It

    Davids Bridal WG9927

    Satin and Tulle Wedding Dress with Bodice Beading; $299 at David’s Bridal

    Etsy Seller customdress1900 - 1

    Elegant White/Ivory Sweetheart Wedding Gowns Handmade Crystal Beading Tulle A-Line Sweep Train Wedding Dress; $269 by Etsy Seller Customdress1900

    Etsy L'Amei Simple Ivory Wedding Ballgown

    Beaded Corset and Tulle Skirt Ivory Ballgown, $115.71 from Etsy seller L’Amei

    Davids Bridal WG3750

    Strapless Tulle Over Lace Sheath Wedding Dress (Style #WG3750); $399 at David’s Bridal

    Etsy Seller customdress1900 - 2

    A-Line Sweetheart Handmade Crystal Beading Tulle Wedding Dress White/Ivory Sweep Train Elegant Wedding Gowns; $289 by Etsy Seller Customdress1900ballgown with lace corset davids bridal

    Ballgown with Lace Corset Bodice (Style #AI10012320); $398.48 at David’s Bridal

    etsy KPhillipsClothier Romantic Ivory Tulle Ballgown

    Ivory Tulle Ballgown, $200 from Etsy seller KPhillipsClothier

    So, what do you think, Rachel, did we find the sexy fairy tale dress for your wedding (and wedding budget)?

    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. Please be aware, though, that because you guys love this column so much, we can often build up quite the queue and it may be a while before we can get to your dream dress. Rest assured, though, Team Broke-Ass is on the case!

    *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.
  • 9/29

    Man, oh man, today's CAI/GOI post may be the most challenging request we've had yet! Reader Teneasha commented on this post with: "I need help. I've never seen a bridal gown that felt like the gown for me. I'm starting to lower my expectations to a gown that is slimming because there's no way that I can afford my dream gown that's rumored to be…

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    7/28

    Sometimes a gown calls to you like a low-backed, cap-sleeved, plunging neckline, lace siren, as the Berta 14-20 did for reader Jessica, who commented on this post: I'm obsessed with these posts and have a dilemma myself... I fell in love with the Berta 14-20 when a model at a bridal show walked past me. The $8,000 price tag is out of my budget, though. Do…

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  • 7/7

    Today's CAI/GOI post was super fun to put together! Reader Marta emailed us asking for something a little non-traditional. She wrote: "Help! I am not your conventional bride and am having such a hard time finding a dress. I love this one on BHLDN but of course this is their only dress at $2500: . Really like a low back but BHLDN's dress in particular…

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    6/24

    As a special treat this month, we’re partnering with David’s Bridal to bring you four special edition Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! posts (catch the first three here, here and here), featuring their very own gorgeous styles. David’s Bridal, a name synonymous with affordable wedding gowns in a huge variety of styles, has been dressing women for all types of special occasions for over 60 years —…

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    6/17

    As a special treat this month, we’re partnering with David’s Bridal to bring you four special edition Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! posts (catch the first two here and here), featuring their very own gorgeous styles. David’s Bridal, a name synonymous with affordable wedding gowns in a huge variety of styles, has been dressing women for all types of special occasions for over 60 years…

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  • 6/10

    As a special treat this month, we’re partnering with David’s Bridal to bring you four special edition Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! posts, featuring their very own gorgeous styles. David’s Bridal, a name synonymous with affordable wedding gowns in a huge variety of styles, has been dressing women for all types of special occasions for over 60 years — in fact, 1 in 3 brides…

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