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Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! A BHLDN Emma Inspired Gown under $700

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Greetings, BABs! My name is Caitlyn, and I’m the newbie tackling your requests for The Broke-Ass Bride’s Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! posts. I’m excited to be here, so let’s go ahead and save you some $$$.

Bride Bex wrote in asking us to find her a gown similar to BHLDN‘s Emma for under $700. A part of the Theia collection, the Emma gown features a cherry blossom inspired look, with laser-cut petals appliqued onto a tulle base. This beautiful dress comes in ivory or blush ombré and usually retails for $1295. Before I get into some Get Over It options though, I wanted to point out that if you happen to be a size 10 (ivory) or a size 4 (blush), you are in great luck, because the real deal Emma gown is on sale RIGHT NOW for, wait for it…..$600! Not your size? Fret not, as I’ve listed a handful of options below that I think are pretty similar to the Emma, all under $700.

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32930570_011_aEmma Gown by Theia Bridal for BHLDN, originally $1295, on sale for $600

Get Over It8719068_fpxAidan Mattox Gown – Bustier Bodice & Rosette Skirt, $365 at Bloomingdale’s

imagesTemperley London Long Petal Dress, $685 at

_10333767Adrianna Papell Embellished Petal Chiffon Ballgown, $278 at Nordstrom

imageServiceRose Petal Spaghetti Strap Wedding Dress, $499.99 at Ann Taylor

dbi_s13_kp3519_whisperpink_frontTulle Wedding Gown with 3D Floral Details, $299.99 at David’s Bridal

cdd6a2731b76f808b1013214928e5c05Tulle Gown with Lace Applique and 3D Flowers, $249.99 at David’s Bridal

Well, Bex if you can’t get ahold of the Emma gown, I hope the options I’ve shown you fit the bill for your dream wedding dress. The BAB has actually featured the Emma gown before in a CAI/GOI post, so you can check that out for even more suggestions! 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.

Real Bride Laura: Be Considerate of your Broke-Ass Bridesmaids

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 been in haven’t been extravagantly expensive (a friend of mine who was a bridesmaid last year had to spend $450 on a Marchesa dress!).

After much deliberation I finally decided on four bridesmaids. These are my ride or die bitches — the kind of girls that you can be your absolute total gross self with and they still love you. Now that I had my girls I had to find that damn dress for them all to wear. I wanted something different and not your run of the mill chiffon dress. However, I didn’t wan’t my girls to spend more then $100 on the dress — a bit of a tall order. I scoured Pinterest but half those dresses I pinned were stupid expensive or I couldn’t find them. I went to bridal salons, tried on bridesmaid dresses myself and hated them all. I spent hours scrolling through department store sites. I considered renting them from a particular site but the Yelp reviews turned me off. I browsed through bridal store catalogs and magazines. Defeated, I eventually ignored my task of finding their dresses.

In February, my six-month mark before the wedding, my bridesmaids told me I had to get my shit together and pick a dress. I finally found the dress through an online clearance event from David’s Bridal. I found out about it via a promotional email, the ones I normally trash right away. So always make sure you read through those emails when you are on the hunt for wedding savings. Then when you get what you want, re-route those emails to spam … I shouldn’t say that though since I am an a digital advertising professional … actually open those promotional emails and click on banners often.

OK I digress. Anyway, I found a pretty dress on sale from $149 marked down to $79. Plus one of my crafty bridesmaids found a promo code for free shipping so I felt triumphant in my frugal find. It ended up being friggin chiffon but that’s OK. I have made peace with it.  To make it “different” I had the girls order two different shades of purple so they would have alternating colors. 


My Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal Chiffon Sweetheart Short Dress with Cap Sleeves Style F15406

I nervously waited for the dresses to be delivered to my girls. I had read the reviews, which I highly recommend always reading, and saw it was a mixed bag averaging out at 3.5 out of 5 hearts. The dresses came in and yep, they were a solid 3.5 out of 5. I was disappointed when I first saw them. The picture showed an A-line cut with capped sleeves. In real life it is a bit limp and has more of a thick strap. I kept asking the girls, ” Are they comfortable? Do you like the color?” No one told me they hated them and they did say they were comfortable so I settled. I am ultimately happy with them, though. 

My Advice: 

*Be wallet friendly to your bridal party. These are suppose to be your bestest friends. You don’t want them bitching behind your back for making them spend $300 on a dress they will never wear again. You may not get to have them in your dream dresses but you’ll be sure to find something that will satisfy you.

*Sign up for wedding email lists and be on the look out for promotions in your inbox. If I didn’t know about that clearance event from David’s Bridal I’d still be searching feverishly. 

*Always Google promo codes before you order something online. (Or pay attention to BAB’s Ten for the Weekend column) You never know how much you can save!

*BTW Did you know Target sells cute bridesmaid dresses?? None of the colors worked for me but they might work for you! Just search “Bridesmaid Dresses” on their website.

Real Bride Katie: Dipping My Toes into Gown Shopping

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 up actually loving when they try it on, so I’ve decided to share all of that with all of you!

I did already go on one try-on mission to David’s, because I was worried (foolishly, it turns out, because of course the sale got extended) that their $99 dress sale would end before my appointment. I tried on two dresses.

First, a clear no. I think this dress has promise for someone, especially at $99, but it isn’t proportioned right for me.


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This next one is a contender. I don’t particularly love the fit in these photos, but I also stopped in just after work, and wasn’t wearing appropriate foundational garments. My mom and I both want to see this one again with shapewear this weekend.




Pardon my awkward face!

When you look at my Pinterest board, it looks like I know exactly what I want. There’s a clear silhouette that I’m looking for:

2015-01-14 14.51.50 (L-R, Mori Lee Julietta,  Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner Style 2608, Dressily Me Style WWD57342,)2015-01-14 14.52.52(L-R Essence of Australia D1848Essence of Australia D1615, Essence of Australia D1617)

But until I get into the shop and try things on, who knows? Maybe I’ll end up buying a big floofy ball gown because that’s what looks best. Stay tuned for more trying on pictures and *crosses fingers* hints at the winner (or a post begging Christen to do a Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! for me)!


Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Amsale’s “Harbor” Inspired Gown Between $1,000 & $1,500

What up, BABs?! This week we are helping yet another lovely, bride-to-be, Lauren find the perfect dress. Yay! Something about Amsale’s “Harbor” dress spoke to her and she has fallen in love. The almost $5,000 price tag, however, is NOT so lovable. I fell in love with Amsale myself a few years ago when I watched an episode of “Brothers & Sisters” where Rachel Griffiths’ character gets married. After I saw her gown, I went on a mission to find out who designed it … and #duh. Amsale! Actually, Amsale Aberra, a couture bridal designer from Ethiopia. She couldn’t find a dress she loved for her own wedding day in 1985 so she began making custom gowns in her New York City loft. Today she is a leading designer in luxury bridal wear. But enough about the designer … what about the bride to be? Here is Lauren’s request:

“I adore this feature! Thank you! I have been searching for my dream dress and recently fell in love with Amsale’s Harbor dress … I know I can’t afford it…got any ideas on how to get over it for around $1000 to $1500? Thanks!! You rock!”

Thanks, lady! Let’s help you find something AWESOME.


sarah&lucsWeddingRachel Griffiths wearing Amsale in Brothes & Sisters.

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Original“Harbor” by Amsale $4,435 at Amsale

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LightintheBox179Satin Mermaid Gown With One Shoulder Neckline (Style: 00466963) $180 at

TBDess227Sleeveless Mermaid Gown With Ruched Chapel (Style: 03818881) $227 at

JCREW695Sleek A-Line Gown With Stunning Open Back (Style: a9994) $695 at J. Crew

BBP774One Shoulder Satin Memaid Gown With Beading On Shoulder (Style: Datsun) $774 at

AnnTaylor800Silk Georgette Pleated One Shoulder Gown (Style: 278256) $800 at Ann Taylor

BBP810One Shoulder Ruched Fit And Flare Gown With Sweetheart Neckline (Style: Dakota) $810 at

BBP909One Shoulder Silky Satin Wedding Dress With Sweetheart Neckline (Style: 19893) $909 at

BBP1080Trumpet Gown With Pearl & Lace Appliques (Style: 1902) $1,080 at

TrulyZacPosen1150Strapless Duchess Satin Fit And Flare Gown (Style: ZP345004) $1,150 at David’s Bridal

Hopefully you find what you’re looking for! Let me know what you think and if the BAB team can help you out in any other way. 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.

Real Bride Emma: A Dress Dream Realized

OK, a ridiculously amazing thing happened.

Remember how I fell in love with a dress, but couldn’t afford it, so went to San Diego to buy another one?

Remember how it seemed like that was the end of the story?

It wasn’t.

I know, I was as shocked as you.

As much as I really liked the dress I bought in San Diego, I still couldn’t quite let go of the one I had fallen in love with all those months ago — the dream dress. I kept those feelings to myself though, and tried to just forget about it. But, one evening at work, I let it all out to a colleague and friend who is also planning her wedding. Not in a gushy, tears over the PCs kind of way. I just finally admitted that I really wasn’t over Mr Justin Alexander 8711. Her advice was simple, but elegant.

“Just buy the bloody dress.”

That night I called the bridal shop to ask whether the sample was still in stock. “Why, yes,” they replied. Grudgingly I asked them to remind me just how much the dress cost. “Oh well, it’s in the sale now so it’s £799.” (~$1300)

Whaaaaa? Is this a dream?

Well, what is a girl to do when the dress she dreamed of suddenly falls into her lap at an affordable price? I marched in there the very next morning and whisked that lacy goddess right out of the shop.

Does anyone in the UK want to buy a dress from David’s Bridal, never worn and very pretty (no seriously, guys. We’ll get you the deets later this week- Ed.)?

Amdram Bride – out.

Real Bride Emma: Saying Yes to A Dress …

I am a very lucky girl. Earlier this year my fiancé came top in the UK in a competition for Kinect Sports Rivals (an XBOX game that requires you to throw yourself around as if you were climbing, jet-skiing, bowling etc. ). This meant that we were given an all-expenses-paid trip to San Diego Comic Con, where he would be competing in the World final.

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Mike and I with all the other KSRivals finalists! Credit- my iPhone!

What does this have to do with wedding planning?  Two words: David’s Bridal. Once I knew we were going to San Diego, I became obsessed with the idea of bringing back an absolutely bargainous gown. One that would blow that Justin Alexander dress out of the water, that no other UK bride will have ever worn. I scoured their site, I saved my favourites and repeatedly checked the exchange rates whilst rubbing my grubby little broke-ass hands with glee.

To add to this, Microsoft kindly gave us a very decent whack of spending money, and Michael gladly (I think) earmarked some of it for the wedding dress. I was all set.

On the day we arrived, after traveling for roughly 16 hours, and jet lagged beyond all belief, I marched into my appointment at David’s Bridal. I was alone but determined.

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David’s Bridal, San Diego. Credit – Mike’s Go Pro

(Poor Michael was stranded outside the shop for about an hour and a half, with only a small beetle for company. Like I said, we were horrendously jet lagged and more than a little delirious).

The appointment went well, despite it being a bit odd that I had no one else with me — not even a beetle. Still, the sales assistants were very helpful, and after trying on pretty much everything in my price range we found a dress. Through my barely open eyes I looked at myself in the mirror and breathed a sigh of relief. I had found a gorgeous dress and it had cost just $350. Brilliant.

I rang the bell, which is apparently what you guys do over here, and handed over my cash. Job done.

Since it was a sample dress I took it home that night. It hung up in our hotel room for the rest of the trip, before being carefully squished into my suitcase for the long journey home.

Mission: Accomplished.

Am dram Bride – out.

What was your dress-finding story? Did you luck out at one spot, or did you have to go through a few different places to get to your winner?


Cant Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki’s “Evie” For Under $1,000

Hey BABs! I’m pretty excited about this week’s Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Reader Shannon wrote in about “Evie” by House of Mooshki.  Owned by Vicki McCarthy, House of Mooshki is a team of people in London who cater to the modern day bride but with a dash of vintage flair. I discovered them earlier this year and I’ve pretty much been OBSESSED ever since. Sadly, they don’t have any stockists in the US but a little birdie told me that will probably change in the future! “Evie” is an elegant, tea-length gown with tiers of tulle & hand-dyed guipure lace. This dress reminds me of the way women used to dress. All you need is some lace gloves and a veil and it’s perfection. I hope you like what I’ve found for you!

  Can't Afford It


Original“Evie” by House Of Mooshki. $2,600


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ModclothA-Line Silhouette With Layers Of Tulle & 3/4 Sleeves (Gilded Grace Dress) $140 at ModCloth

ForHimAndHerTea Length Gown With Illusion Neckline (Style: 0117134) $280 at

SimplyBridalSatin Tea Length Gown With V-Neck & Scalloped Lace (Style: 80464) $288 at

UniqueVintageEmbroidered Lace Tea Length Dress With Jacket (Style: P9515) $298 at Unique Vintage

BestBridalPrices2Tea Length Wedding Dress With Sweetheart Neckline & Tulle Skirt (Style: 6749) $394 at

BHLDNGlimmering Lace Dress With Shear V-Neck (Style: 31882756) $420 at BHLDN

BestBridalPricesTea Length Tulle & Satin Bridal Gown With Zipper Back (Style: 1550) $658 at

(Free Veil & Shoes!)

BestBridalPrices3Mid-Century Inspired Tea Length Gown With Rho Lace (Style: Rho 6741E) $670 at

253225-JJ_Davids_Bridal_03_008Cap Sleeve Wedding Dress With Illusion Neckline (Style: CMK513) $700 at David’s Bridal

EtsySweetheart Neckline Floral Ivory Embellished Dress With Gold Sequin Detailing $700 by Amanda Archer

I would definitely look further into Etsy, too. There are so many bridal shops, just when I think I’ve found them all, I discover 50 more. There are so many styles to choose from for every budget. Let us know if you have anymore questions. 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! Watters “Kerry” Inspired Dress For Under $1,200

Hey, BAB’s! Can you believe summer is almost over?! I don’t want to so I’m just going to pretend I’m writing this from a beach somewhere with the kind of drink that has a tiny umbrella. This week I am helping Tina get over “Kerry” by Watters. It’s her dream dress and I really want to help this lady out. With its chantilly lace and silk charmeuse, it’s easy to see why she is swooning hard for this dress. Vatana Watters is the AMAZING lady behind these wonderful designs. About 26 years ago she started making gowns by hand for her close friends and family and not long after that had her own line, Watters, which is highly respected in the bridal industry today. She also designs bridesmaids dresses, flower girl dresses and she has a line called WTOO which offers beautiful gowns with a more BAB-friendly price tag. I have a feeling this won’t be my last Watters request. Here goes!


  Can't Afford It

OriginalWatters “Kerry” (Style: 4096B) $2,296 

Get Over It

BestBridalPrices2Fit And Flare Wedding Gown With Lace Illusion Sleeves (Style: 12923) $679 at

Free Veil & Shoes!

DavidsBridal3/4 Sleeve All Over Lace Trumpet Gown (Style: WG3684) $749 at David’s Bridal

BestBridalPricesChantilly Lace Gown With Sequin Floral Appliques On Tulle (Style: 4MW836) $1,049 at

EtsyV-Back Lace Wedding Gown With Built-In Corset $1,050 at Etsy

DavidsBridal2Trumpet Chantilly Lace Gown With Embroidered Lace Appliques (Style: MS251089) $1,150 at David’s Bridal

I don’t know how familiar you are with other Watters dresses but I would recommend checking out WTOO. Most of the dresses in that line are under $1,500 and very pretty. Otherwise, I hope I’ve given you some options to choose from. Let me know what you think, Tina! 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 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.