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Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! A Justin Alexander Inspired Gown For Under $500

Hey BABs! This week is exciting because we’re helping the wonderful Real Bride Emma all the way in the jolly old England! She is one of our very own (and very awesome) columnists here at The Broke-Ass Bride! She wanted to get married in something simple, “perhaps in lace” she thought. Then she tried on a Justin Alexander gown and fell in love. Well, it’s definitely not simple and not in this lovely bride-to-be’s budget.  No worries, though. You know I got you covered! Justin Alexander is a leading and award-winning designer label of couture wedding dresses and bridal gowns. And yes, I have probably said this before but his dresses are what wedding dreams are made of. I really want to help her find something beautiful so here we go!


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OriginalJustin Alexander (Style: 8711) $$$ His dresses range from $1,350-$2,850

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JJsHouse2Taffeta & Tulle Ball Gown With Ruffle Lace Beading Sequins (Style: 002040675) $200 at

JJsHouseTaffeta Ball Gown With Sweetheart Neckline & Lace Beading Flowers (Style: 00600680) $226 at

TBDress3Ball Gown With Sweetheart Neckline & Floor Length Chapel Flowers (Style: 08882467) $227 at

TBDress2Gorgeous Ball Gown With Flower Embellishments (Style: 0195419) $230 at

TBDressBall Gown With Lace Up Sash & Flowers On The Train (Style: 10898445) $250 at

DreamPromBall Gown With Watteau Train Flowers (Style: 301789775) $250 at

DreamProm (2)Ball Gown With Flower Embellishments (Style: 301735368) $253 at

SimplyBridal2Romantic A-Line Gown With Flower Embellishment & Lace and Organza Skirt (Style: 80009) $342 at Simply Bridal

Pssst! This gown is call “Emma.” Serendipitous, no?

DavidsBridalTulle Ball Gown With Pick Up Skirt (Style: CWG435) $399 at David’s Bridal

This dress was originally $950….HELLO!

SimplyBridalSleeveless A-Line Taffeta Dress With Chapel Train (Style: 80843) $450 at Simply Bridal

Well, Emma, I know how much you loved this gown and every bride should be able to get married in something she absolutely loves.  I hope was able to find something to give you that same “WOW” moment. There are lots of beautiful ball gown options out there for you, lady, that won’t cost you a small fortune. Let me 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.

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! A Monique Lhuillier “Valentina” Inspired Dress For Under $1,000

Oh hai der, BAB’s! You ladies have been keeping me busy with such lovely requests, and this week is no exception. The friend of a BAB hit us up on Twitter to see if we could help her friend get over a heavenly Monique Lhuillier dress from her Fall/Winter 2014 collection. The vine and lattice motif details are truly unique and give the dress a very romantic feel. I am not even surprised this dress is $7,000! But once again, we are talking about a dress that could pay for an entire wedding and that’s just not gonna fly. Here’s what she is looking for:

“Illusion neckline, kind of drape-y, short sleeves, floor length with no train, lots of lace.”

So, without further ado, let’s do this.


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MoniqueLhuillierMonique Lhuillier’s “Valentina” $7,000

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ModClothA-Line Dress With Illusion Neckline & Waist Sash $120 at ModCloth

JJsHouseA-Line Tulle Dress With Lace Beading (Style: 002004543) $233 at

TBDressTrumpet Mermaid Gown With Short Sleeves & High, Illusion Neckline (Style: 10469083) $280 at

BestBridalPrices2Lace & Chiffon Gown With Short Sleeve Illusion Neckline & V-Back (Style: GA2223) $481 at

DavidsBridalCap Sleeve Chiffon Sheath Gown With Lace Detail (Style: WG3686) $724 at David’s Bridal

EtsyWedding Dress With Lace Overlay, Sweetheart Neckline & V-Back $779 at Etsy

I hope I was able to help your friend find something a little more BAB friendly. Sometimes it’s hard to find all of the elements you want in one dress so let me know what you think. Please write in with any other requests as 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!

*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 Maggie Sottero Inspired Dress For Under $1000

This week a BAB reader wrote in to see if we could possibly help her get over this very purdy Maggie Sottero dress, at a budget of under $1000 including alterations. Of course!! I love Maggie Sottero dresses like,  A LOT. A couple of years ago my very best friend got married in one and it was one of the most beautiful dresses I’ve ever seen. Also, for the quality of her work, I think most of her dresses are very reasonably priced. Now, THAT’S what we like to hear at The Broke-Ass Bride! So even though this gorgeous gown rings in right at the $1K mark, we have to be on the hunt that will allow for some alterations wiggle room. Huzzah! Let’s get this poppin’…

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MAGGIE SOTTERO DESIGNS www.maggiesottero.comMaggie Sottero Lace & Paris Chiffon Wedding Dress (Style: Mayla A3658) $998.

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BestBridalPrices4Romantic Tulle Gown With Drop Waist Bodice (Style: 11644) $330 at

DavidsBridalStrapless A-Line Satin Gown With Dropped Waist (Style: V3330) $450 at David’s Bridal.

BestBridalPrices3Satin A-Line Gown With Lace Appliques On The Bodice (Style: 50070) $630 at

MadameBridalChiffon Bridal Gown With Elegant Strapless Neckline & Lace Detail (Style: 50053) $630 at Madame Bridal

UniqueVintageStrapless Dress With Sweetheart Lace Bodice (Style: P3094) $678 at Unique Vintage

BestBridalPricesSatin Gown With Sparkling Beaded Neckline (Style: AT4555) $733 at

BestBridalPrices2Satin Gown With Ruched Bodice And Beaded Embellishment (Style: 50143) $750 at

MadameBridal2Organza & Tulle With Crystal Beading Over Lace (Style: 4971) $775 at Madame Bridal

BestBridalPrices5Paris Chiffon Sheath With Sweetheart Neckline Adorned In Swarovski Crystals (Style: Jacee 21093) $798 at

This is also Maggie Sottero!

There ya go, girlie.  Just a little reminder. When you’re dealing with alterations, look for an independent seamstress in your town that has experience with wedding gowns because chances are, they’re going to quote you a much better price than a bridal salon. I hope this helps you to find your perfect dress! Let us know if you have any other questions. There are tons of talented ladies here that can help with just about anything. 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!

*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 Pnina Tornai Inspired Ball Gown For Under $1,000

Hi ladies! Ya know, I have to say I can’t believe it took as long as it did before I received a Pnina Tornai CAI/GOI request. Upon doing a little research on Pnina, I discovered she is from Israel. Remember a couple weeks back I did that post on 3 different Israeli designers? Remember how beautiful and unique those designs were?! Well, Pnina gowns are cut from a similar cloth. In fact, in a few short years without any sewing skills whatsoever, she was able to become Kleinfeld’s (as in “Say Yes To The Dress”) top wedding gown vendor. She is the kind of designer whose frocks you could EASILY pick out of a crowd. There is a Pnina gown for EVERY bride out there. No matter how you want to look or feel, she’s got ya covered. Jessica wrote in this week asking if we could help her get over a particular gown so let’s do just that before I get carried away. Bwahaha. Here we go:

“I am in love with the beaded lace-up corset, lower but not drop-waist waistline, and straight tulle skirt. I haven’t been able to find all of those things at a more budget friendly price. Help me please!! Thanks, Jess.”

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OriginalPninaTornaiPnina Tornai Sweetheart Ball Gown In Tulle (Style: 32848210) $$$ ($5001 – $8000) at Kleinfeld Bridal

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TBDress2Elegant Ball Gown With Chapel Train (Style: 1408107) $139 at

LightInTheBoxA-line Sweetheart Strapless Tulle Gown (Style: 00432812) $200 at LightintheBox

TBDressFloor-Length Ball Gown With Appliques (Style: 08883021) $216 at TBDress

TBDress3Ball Gown With Ruched Flower Beading At The Waist (Style: 10458828) $270 at TBDress

DavidsBridalStrapless Tulle Ball Gown With Beaded Satin Bodice (Style: NT8017) $449 at David’s Bridal

MoriLee3Tulle Wedding Gown With Removable Beaded Satin Tie Sash (Style: 6788) $649 at

MoriLee2Ball Gown With Corset-Style Bodice, Boning & Swarovski Crystal-Embellishment (Style: 5107) $750 at

MoriLee1Ball Gown With Sparkling Crystal Beading On Tulle (Style: 5216) $900 at

So there you have it, all of the tulle I could find. I feel like this is the kind of dress every little girl sees herself getting married in. I would love to hear from you and what you think about these dresses I’ve picked out for you. I hope this helps! 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!





Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Jimmy Choo’s “Fayme” Inspired Shoes for $100 Or Less

Hey ladies! Week after week BABs from all over write in asking if we can help them find a dress to make them swoon without destroying their budget. I love it, but it always leaves me wondering, “what else do these gals wish they could find on the cheap?” OMG…SHOES!! Casey and the women in her family have been hypnotized by the lovely sparkle that is Jimmy Choo’s “Fayme.” I’ve seen everyone from Carrie Underwood, to my fellow ginger, Jessica Chastain, wearing these heels on the red carpet. In other words, they’re HOT.

Here is what Casey had to say:

“Hi! I found some Jimmy Choo wedding shoes that I’ve fallen in love with (plus all the women in my family) but they are about $1,000! Help! I’ve seen your blogs where you find less expensive, similar versions of designer items. Could you help me find something similar to Jimmy Choo’s “Fayme”? (Or “Fable” which has a slightly lower heel.) Thank you!! … I read your book and love it!”

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Well, thank YOU, Casey. Let’s see what we can do to help you out right now.


 Fayme (Lace) $995 at Jimmy Choo

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TBDressChunky Open-Toe Lace Heel (Style:10572016) $34 at


ModClothGlitz And Gleam Heel With Ivory Lace Panels $35 at ModCloth

AmazonParty Ankle Strap Peep Toe Glitter Lace Sandal $42.99 – $45.99 at Amazon

DavidsBridalGlitter And Lace High Heel Sandal (Style:AVICE26) $59.50 at David’s Bridal

BHLDNBetsy Johnson’s “Stardust” Heel (Style:32190597) $69 at BHLDN


Satin And Lace Peep Toe Platform High Heel Pump With Bowknot (Style:00748293) $80 at

MadameBridalSparkly Metallic Glitter Platform Sandal $90 at Madame Bridal

Whaddya say, Casey? Did we help you find anything? Also, keep in mind that you can bling the hell out of shoes on your own. We even had a tutorial about it a while back.

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.

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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!


Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Vera Wang’s Eliza For Under $1500

Hello again! Did you miss me? Last week Bev wrote in wondering if we could help her find something as beautiful as Vera Wang’s Eliza gown.

“I can’t get over the dreamy textured skirt of Vera Wang’s “Eliza,” but even as a used or sample dress it’s priced at $3K-$4K!”

Oh, Vera, how do you do it every time? Anyone that is even a tiny little bit obsessed with bridal fashunz KNOWS Vera Wang is the holy grail of wedding dresses. The textures, the taffeta, the tulle, (drool) she just GETS IT. Last year, this dress hit the bridal market by storm, and trust me Bev, there are a TON of other ladies who fell in love with this dress. The only thing that isn’t so great about it, is its price tag…10K! EEEK! Most of us are trying to plan our entire dream wedding for 10K, amirite? I will admit this was a little bit of a challenge simply because Vera is one-of-a-kind but I believe I found you some lovely alternatives.



Vera Wang’s “Eliza” $10,000 at Vera Wang



Ball Gown Strapless Floor-Length Tulle Wedding Dress With Sashes $249.99 (Style: #00171536) at Light in the Box


Fascinating Strapless Floor-Length Ruffles Beading Ball Gown Wedding Dress $308 (Item Code: 10879918) at


Ball Gown with Corded Lace Bodice and Tulle Skirt (Style: VW351065) $749 at David’s Bridal (Psst! It’s a Vera!)


 A-Line Natural Waist Ball Gown With Strapless Sweetheart Bodice With Re-Embroidered Lace and Tulle (Eden Black Label Style: 2421) $799 at


Strapless Tulle Ball Gown with Lace Appliques (Style:VW351162) $1100 at David’s Bridal (This is also Vera!)


Strapless A-Line Silhouette With Lace Overlay (Casablanca Style:2145) $1280 at Madame Bridal


Tulle Ball Gown With Sweetheart Neckline And Beautifully Ruched Fabric On The Bodice (Style: Chimere 3MD787LU) $1398 at


Ball Gown In Sequin Tulle With Lace Sweetheart Bodice Finished With A Crystallized Beading At The Waist (Style:BL064) $1406 at

I also wanted to point out there are a lot shops out there like this where you can find a replica or pay someone else to make the dress for you, but I’ve heard mixed reviews, so I’ll leave that up to you. I hope this helps you find your dream dress for less or at least gives you some good ideas. Let us know what you think!

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 For Under $1000 Inspired By BHLDN’s “Omelia”

What happens when a bride wants to buck the strapless trend and not spend more than $2,000 on a wonderful gown? You get a bride in need of some shopping help.

Hey all, I could use some help in the CAI/GOI category: BHLDN Omelia. The sheath silhouette, the gorgeous lace detail, the fact that it’s not strapless (I just can’t be bothered to worry about things falling down/out), and it looks flowy/movable!… but the $2+k price tag is a serious downer. I might be up a creek with this one. I’d love to look at places like Etsy but, to be honest, I just can’t bring myself to spend hundreds of dollars on something that I can’t return sight-unseen. In a perfect world I’d love to be able to try it on (or have there be a return policy). Help?

Non-strapless, lace with movement – your wish is our command.


Omelia ($2,200 at BHLDN)


High Neck Sheath Wedding Dress with Lace Details and Front Slit ($339.99 at For Her and For Him)


White Sheer Strap Sweetheart Wedding Dress ($918 at Unique Vintage)

Ivory Illusion Bateau Wedding Dress ($538 at Unique Vintage)

White Ruched Chiffon Cap Sleeve Prom Dress ($598 at Unique Vintage)


Cap Sleeve Fit-and-Flare Lace Gown ($950 at David’s Bridal)

Angeline ($639.99 at Ruche)

Etsy could also offer some wonderful options. On the other hand, your point about a return policy is valid. Consider using Etsy’s “Shop Local” feature to find vendors in your area. Meeting the designer in person and trying things on is always preferable to crossing your fingers and hoping it works out. Any BABs out there have suggestions for shopping on  Etsy for such an important dress?

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} A Romantic, Le Spose di Gio-Inspired Gown For $1,400 Or Less

This week’s BAB Sofia has some amazing couture taste! The wonderfully unique neckline created by the detailed draping of the sleeves on her Le Spose di Gio dream dress is truly to die for.


I am in love with a wedding dress from Le Spose di Giò. It is the dress CL31 from the Classica Collection. I am not sure about the price but I don’t want to pay more than $1,500. Would you be able to give me any ideas? I really like the neckline and sort of transparent sleeves.

Thank you!


So, Sofia, I’m starting with an apology. I failed to find the retail price for this European designer. It might be worthwhile to check local shops in your area in case it’s more affordable than it appears. Until then, here are some wonderful alternatives for you to covet.


Le Spose di Gio gown


Honeychurch Wedding Gown ($1,200 at English Dept via Etsy)

Savoir Faire Gown ($1,400 at BHLDN)


Off the Shoulder Chiffon Wedding Gown ($295.99 at For Her and For Him)


One Shoulder Metallic Detail Fit-and-Flare Gown ($699.99 at David’s Bridal)


Florence Gown by Reem Acra ($400 rental through Rent the Runway)

Off Shoulder Trumpet Bridal Gown by Rami Kashou ($462.50 at Bebe)

Fit to Flare Wedding Gown with Illusion Neckline ($1,100 at David’s Bridal)

Finding something that matches your inspiration’s super beautiful neckline was super difficult. After looking really closely at lots of necklines – a strange way to spend a Sunday evening – these came up as noteworthy alternatives. Hopefully you’ll find something here that makes your heart swoon!