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David’s Bridal Busts Out A Big Ol’ Heaping of Savings

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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 discounts of $50-$200 off David’s Bridal’s largest selection of frocks.

* All bridesmaids dresses (except Special Value dresses, which are marked as such) are $20 off.

* Regular priced jewelry and shoes are Buy One, Get One 50% off (heeeyyyy bridesmaid gifts)!

* And for the extra cherry on top, all clearance accessories, shoes and gifts are an extra 40% off.

OK, that’s a lot of info, right? And what are you supposed to do, just amble on into the store and try to figure out what’s what amid the chaos? Nah, we wouldn’t do that to you. To start, if you dug any of the dresses in this post then you’re in luck — those beauties are all game for some dollar-saving action! But I’mma go ahead an do you an even bigger solid.

I pulled together a few favorite looks and worked with the team at David’s to pair them with accessories that (shock! gasp!) are also on sale so you can attack this awesomeness with a game plan and come out on top. Cool? I thought so.

Gown YP3344, Necklace MNJ2905, Earring CZ108

Gown: $774 Necklace: $50 Earrings: $10

Style Tip: strapless gowns are perf for a statement-making necklace. Keep your other bedazzlers sweet ‘n’ simple — a pair of simple studs pull the look together without being too much.

Gown WG3672, Blusher WPD17121

Gown: $649 Headpiece: $79

Style Tip: Want vintage? Get a blusher. Bonus: They’re versatile, so if you decide to slip into something shorter for the dance floor, this little baby will easily work for both outfits.

Gown WG3532, Headpiece 35986C001, Bracelet 9721

 

Headpiece: $19.95 Bracelet: $12 Gown: $499.99

Style Tip: Though small, a little clip with a dash of sparkle is a good way to add some pizazz to your hair without rocking a veil. The flower clip complements the beaded floral applicque bodice. Throw on some arm candy and you’re all set!Gown V9409, Veil 850, Veil WPD17939

 

Veil, Top: $299.95 Veil, Bottom: $49.95 Gown: $449
Style Tip: Want to ooze that bridal feeling on your big day? Grab a veil.  mid-length tulle style with a pencil edge (bottom) is soft and subtle while a longer cathedral-length amps up the drama. Try on various styles to see what works best for you.
Gown KP3696, Veil V390, Necklace 80018Necklace: $10 Veil: $129.95 Gown: $649

 

Style Tip: Traditional and timeless, pearls are a gorgeous option without the bling overload. They add a little shimmer without blinding anyone and are a very classic bridal accessory.Bridesmaid in Sangria F15530, Headband H22490, Shoe Feliz

 

Headband: $8.99 Shoe: $49.95 Dress: $139.95
Style Tip: Gold + jewel tones = holy regal, Batman! However, the metallic hue also works well with neutrals and pastels. So, of course, gold wins.Bridesmaid F16004 in Petal, Shoe Andrea, Shoe Savannah in BegoniaShoe, Top: $59.50 Shoe, Bottom: $59.95 Dress: $79.99

Style Tip: Blush is an ever-popular color for your brigade. Go with the sweet and feminine look by pairing a light pink frock with gold, or make a statement and go bold.Bridesmaid F15749 in Marine, Bracelet 10034318BR, Earring 10034316Er

Dress: $149.95 Earrings: $19.95 Bracelet: $25.95

Style Tip: Pull together a coordinating look by adding baubles in a color palette that matches their dresses. The two tone accessories here only help enhance the dark blue dress.Bridesmaid F15711 in Apple, Bracelet J8007B, Earring 70503124

Dress: $129.95 Bracelet: $30 Earrings: $15.95

Style Tip: A short ‘n’ flirty dress gets a glamorous makeover with some serious #sparklez. Skip the necklace with an illusion neckline, and opt instead for earrings and a bracelet.Bridesmaid F15701 in Begonia, Handbag Dazzle, Shoe Jazz

Bag: $49.95 Shoes: $79.95 Dress: $99.95

Style Tip: If your crew is donning something bright, metallic shoes and accessories are probz the way to go. In styles of their choosing but in one shimmery hue, they’ll look coordinated without being too matchy-matchy. Plus, um, can we talk about that knuckleduster clutch?
Bridesmaid F1555 in Horizon, Bag Mayan

Dress: $69.99-$79.99 Clutch: $29.95

Style Tip: Let your crew customize their look — you pick the frock, they get the say over how they accessorize. Perhaps gift them with a gorgeous clutch that will complement their styles.

Well, Broke-Asses, what are you waiting for? Get thee to David’s Bridal and save some skrilla on your wedding day goodies!

Which of the above looks is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!

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Real Wedding: A Sweet and Sentimental Family Affair

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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

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

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 some of the flowers and some alcohol.

How would you describe your wedding: A truly magical day!

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

What was your favorite part of your wedding? Bride: Walking down the aisle to Andrew, it was like time stopped and it was just me, Andrew and my dad. For me, one of the most memorable parts was the moments when my dad and I were standing at the head of the aisle waiting for the music to start. Once it started, he asked me when we should go and I just said “I’m ready when you are.” Other memorable parts were saying our vows — I remember vividly the “with this ring, I thee wed.” For guests I guess the memorable parts were probably our groomsmen Austin’s little words he spoke about me and Andrew as a couple and advice for us.

Groom: Us looking at each other doing our vows.

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

What did you splurge on?  The biggest expense was the catering and alcohol.

What did you save on? Hands down the invitations — We had wanted to DIY to save money but it ended up getting extremely complicated–last minute we got them on Vistaprint with a 40% coupon for $160!! That’s a invitation and RSVP card and envelopes for both. They were gorgeous!

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

One money saver was finding a private alterations person instead of doing it through David’s Bridal. We only paid $175 for alterations (bustle, sweetheart neckline, hemming multiple layers and taking in around the waist) whereas the David’s Bridal consultant said alterations are generally around $300. A big money saver was not having a lot of flowers. The only ceremony decor we had was two urns of flowers at the end of the aisle.

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

Also — if you don’t have an Amazon Prime membership, sign up and get the 30 day trial free (just make sure you set up a reminder to cancel otherwise your card gets charged).I ordered a TON of stuff off Amazon and got it all within two days — I was so thankful! Some Amazon purchases include Hersheys Kisses, hangers for dresses, tissue paper for hotel bags, gift boxes for bridesmaids shirts and glitter paint for champagne glasses.

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

 

Was there anything you would have done differently, in retrospect?  I think the only thing we wish we had done differently was serve ourselves dinner. The head table was served a little bit of everything from the buffet but we both wish we had gotten our own plates so we could have had more of what we specifically wanted.

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

What was your biggest challenge in planning?  The biggest challenges was the guest list — we should have had a final number allotment for each side and cut it off after that instead of allowing it to fluctuate.

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

What lessons did you learn from planning or from the wedding itself? Don’t overwhelm yourself with tons of DIY projects! I’m so glad I didn’t!

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

What was the best piece of wedding advice you received? Enjoy every moment and stick to your guns about things that are really important to you.

Any other bits of wisdom? It was important to me to incorporate as many family heirlooms as possible. I wore my maternal grandmother’s pearl necklace and my parents had earrings made for me that had amethysts that belonged to my paternal grandmother. My bouquet was wrapped in my paternal grandmother’s scarf. My family heritage is English/Scottish and it is tradition for wishes to be read aloud at the reception from family who were unable to make the trip.

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

SONY Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

Vistaprint coupons all the way — there are often Groupons for Vistaprint and I used them to get bridal shower thank you cards, wedding thank you cards and invitations. Getting a day-of coordinator was the best decision EVER!!! Ours was absolutely amazing. Don’t feel like you have to spend hundreds of dollars. Ask around churches to find someone who is experienced and is willing to just do it on the side.

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

Hack: instead of floral centerpieces on tables we had rose petals sprinkled on the tables and it gave such a romantic feel. It was only $45 for all the rose petals and there were tons leftover.

Tip: One of the things I was complimented on the most was the program, I made it myself in Publisher but people loved that it listed a timeline for the evening and the menu so people knew where to be and when. It was really helpful to have a big turnout for the sparkler send-off because everyone knew what time it was at!

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

Photo by Andie Freeman Photography

Budget breakdown?

Total: Approx. $20,000

Venue & Caterer: Approx. $2,000 and $6,500

The Brickyard at Riverside

 

Cake Art: $500

 

Photographer: $3,500

Andie Freeman Photography

 

Hair & Makeup: $300

Amanda Jane Salon

 

Dress: $700

Galina by David’s Bridal

 

Groom’s Attire: $150

Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse

 

Bridesmaid Dresses:

David’s Bridal

 

Floral: $900

Lawrence Mayer Florist

 

Music: $1100

Milligan

 

 

“But How Will It Look on Me?” A Wedding Gown Test Drive at David’s Bridal

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 budget-friendly gowns for a spin on my decidedly not-model body.

While David’s has certainly gotten a bad wrap in the past, it has undergone a beautiful makeover in recent years and remains a top destination for brides on a budget to still frolic among the tulle and lace of their dreams. (Don’t even get me started on Vera’s White line … guh … ) I’ve always appreciated David’s, especially as I got my wedding dress there for about $100 and that worked just fine for me. All the gowns in this post are under $1000, which is nicely nestled in a BAB’s budget range. I was not compensated for this, and all opinions are my own.

On the Model:

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Strapless A-Line Lace Gown with Side Split (Style: YP3344), $774

On the BAB Staffer:

David's Bridal YP3344

David's Bridal YP3344

It doesn’t take much convincing to get me into something lace-y and sparkly. Many of the dresses I tried on had corset backs, including this one. Man, y’all, corset backs are great. They cinch you in all the right places without being overly restrictive. While this A-line felt a little more like a trumpet silhouette to me, the dress was pretty lightweight and definitely made me feel stunning.

On the Model:

David's Bridal wg3532Sweetheart Trumpet Beaded Applique Gown (WG 3532), $499.99

On the BAB Staffer:

David's Bridal WG3532

David's Bridal WG3532

Now this one actually was a trumpet, and I can pretty honestly say that while it makes my curves all kinds of va-va-voom-y, I felt a bit self-conscious about my little pooch (and that’s not being self-deprecating. I drink beer. It’s a thing). The boning in the dress is a bit stiff, but of course that’s what helps it keep shape and make sure those curves stay in check, yo!

On the Model:

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Strapless Sweetheart Trumpet Wedding Gown (Style: V3476), $724

On the BAB Staffer:

David's Bridal V3476

David's Bridal V3476

 

Holy satin, Batman! Shannon loved this gown when she saw it. Y’all, there’s a lot to this dress: the ruching, the appliques, the sparklez and dat train! All of this goodness also makes this dress a little heavy, and the train was a little tough to maneuver. Of course, at 5’2″, dresses that have a lot going on can be a little overwhelming, but I can’t argue with how this beauty made the girls look.

On the Model:

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A-Line with Chiffon Split Front Overlay (Style: V9010), $399.99

On the BAB Staffer:

David's Bridal V9010

David's Bridal V9010

David's Bridal V9010

If ever you want that true “I feel like a princess!” moment, get thineself into this frock! It’s so classically beautiful with the split front, subtle detailing, super flattering A-line and chapel train. Hell, they even put a veil on me and I was a little taken aback. This tomboy felt straight up royal in this gown, and with its removable straps, it can easily convert for ceremony and reception. I’m a bit surprised at how much I loved it, and really loved it on me.

On the Model:

 

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Chiffon A-Line Gown with Side Draped Bodice (V9409), $449

On the BAB Staffer:

David's Bridal V9409

David's Bridal V9409

David's Bridal V9409

Confession: I freaking love chiffon. And tulle (#duh). But chiffon is so soft and flowy and makes for a super lightweight dress. Much like the A-line gown before it, I marveled at myself a bit in this one because it’s such a classic line, but the draping of the skirt gives it a bit more of a fun beachy appeal. The beading on the bodice is subtle and not overbearing and this gown is super easy to move around in.

On the Model:

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Cap Sleeve Tulle Ball Gown with Illusion Neckline (WG3672), $649

On the BAB Staffer:

David's Bridal WG 3672

David's Bridal WG 3672

David's Bridal WG 3672

Tulle: Check. Illusion neckline: Check. Sparklez: Check. Twirlability? NAILED IT! GUYS. This was the big winner for me during this shoot. There’s something very … secure (I guess?) about illusion necklines when you have a bust that’s on the larger side. Or maybe I just love them and like the way I look in them. When I put this pretty on, I immediately started grinning and knew that I’d have to take her for a twirl, because she looked too perfect for it. I kind of just want to wear it forever.

On the Model:

KP3696_SWHITE_GLNA_WEB_2060_H_FRONTStrapless Empire Waist Lace Gown (Style: KP3696), $649

On the BAB Staffer:

David's Bridal KP3696

David's Bridal KP3696

David's Bridal KP3696This gown was the other winner for me. She’s so soft and flowy. I imagine she’d be perfect for a garden party soiree or back yard wedding. I felt sweet as a peach in this girl. The accent draping at the waist is stunningly flattering and the material is one that’s nigh on impossible to stop caressing. And if you’re looking for a gown that is so lightweight you can flit around all night long without getting tired, she might be your match.

I’ve found as I’ve tried on many a gown for shoots that I learn to know what looks good on me, and what makes me comfortable. While these are not always one in the same (some gowns look great on my frame, but I don’t love the way I look and vice versa), I firmly believe that you keep going until you find one that makes you happy and comfortable.

David’s Bridal has been in the wedding gown biz for quite some time and they’ve lasted for a reason: The gowns are good quality, and they’re accessible for nearly any budget. Many of them come with corset backs, which make finding your fit considerably easier, and they’re flattering as hell. While the chain aspect might scare off many brides, if you’re on a budget and really don’t know what you want (or maybe you do, but you’re not sold), they’re a great resource to try on a number of different styles all within your reach. They also offer personalized service, which is super beneficial, as trying on wedding gowns can be stressful.

A huge thanks to the amazing team at David’s Bridal, to Alyssa at Small Town Girl Photography  (yo! North Texas brides: Her packages start at $1000 and she’s SUPER fun to work with! Get on it!) and Shannon, of course, for being my partner in crime

 

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 Shoptiques.com

_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. 

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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.

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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.

Can't Afford It

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

Get Over It

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

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

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 BestBridalPrices.com

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 BestBridalPrices.com

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

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

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?