Broke-Ass Tag: davids bridal

11/1

Affiliate Disclaimer New$500, that’s all that I budgeted for my wedding dress. Many said that it would be  impossible to find a dress under $1000, many told me that I should splurge a little because it’s my once in a lifetime “big day,” many told me it was too early in my planning process to understand how much dresses cost. All of the feedback was shared with good intentions, so I figured that I would set out to find my perfect dress and not worry too much about the cost … at least not right away.

I rallied the Bride Tribe and we set out to David’s Bridal. I have never tried on wedding dresses before and I didn’t have my heart set on a specific style, so I figured that the appointment would be good to at least narrow down the style that I like. The appointment was set for 10 a.m. on a Saturday morning, my plan was to not take up too much of their time so I planned to be out of there in an hour and then we could all grab lunch!

Real Bride Ciji's Wedding Dress Shopping Adventure

All of my local bridesmaids joined me and those out of state participated in the fun by sharing their thoughts in our GroupMe. I tried on each and every style and while I have to admit that I have never been one to enjoy trying on clothes, there was something special about the experience! Although a somewhat overwhelming adventure considering that I had never thought about ivory, champagne or white and trumpet vs. mermaid. The best part was NOT looking at the price tags. After trying on about eight dresses and enjoying the time with my favorite ladies who sipped on sparkling grape juice while I sucked it in and allowed a stranger to tug, pull and zip; I left knowing my favorite top two styles and ready to dig deep into finding my budget friendly dress.

It’s been three months since that day and I have learned more about wedding dresses than I could have possibly have ever wanted to know. I’ve considered re-purposing a dress that I wore 13 years ago when I was a debutante. I’ve hit the heart button for all of my favorite sellers on Etsy and weighed the pros and cons of having a dress made and shipped from China or Bulgaria. I’ve researched EVERY bridal consignment store in America and negotiated with strangers on Facebook trading pages.  I’ve considered taking sewing classes, primarily for my reception decor but it wouldn’t hurt to know how to make a wedding dress, right?  I’ve become obsessed with PreOwnedWeddingDress.com and I check my size and price range daily to find a deal. I’ve done all that I can and just when I was thinking about giving up, something amazing happened. Actually multiple amazing things happened …I found the dress of my dreams, honestly I found four dresses of my dreams.

Finally after weeks of searching every site known to (wo)man, I found not one but three dresses that I love from PreOwnedWeddingDress.com, all under $100 each. So I bought them all, I just couldn’t take any chances with leaving one for someone else to snag before me. Five days after making the purchase and confirming the shipping plan, I decided to attend a “run for the dress” sale. I really just wanted to go and jump in on the fun and I was pretty confident that unless I saw an “I can’t live without it” dress that fit me with no alterations and was under $150 that I would leave the store empty handed.

I stood in line for an hour, I met wonderful people, we discussed our wedding planning progress and we took selfies to distract us from the long wait to get inside. The store provided a DJ and employees walked around pumping up the crowd. I started to get more and more excited as the time passed and a couple of pumped up text messages from my Matron of Honor/Best Friend were icing on the cake! I was READY and even though I didn’t plan to buy anything, I felt like it was game day.

There was a countdown and then the doors opened and Brides, mothers and friends rushed into the store.

I followed suit, ran in and started to look thru the racks. All of the dresses were outside of my budget so I started to help a new friend that I met in line find her perfect dress. I had all but given up on finding anything for myself and was happy to help her since I didn’t plan to make a purchase until I saw the ONE. There it is was hanging on a picked over rack of dresses as if it was waiting for me to walk over and grab it. As I neared, I decided to grab it and try it on, why not? That was a mistake. I put it on, some of the other brides stopped shopping to help me zip it up, I walked over to a mirror and immediately knew that it was the one. I had to have it, so I bought it.

In one week, I became the owner of four wedding dresses. Oh boy! Now all that I have to do is narrow down which one will be the one that is the ultimate one.  My hope is that I say YES to the dress soon!

  • 9/29

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewMan, oh man, today’s CAI/GOI post may be the most challenging request we’ve had yet! Reader

    “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 upwards of 40k, Is it possible to find it for my budget of 1,000?”

    The dream gown in question is an incredibly unique design from Ashi Studio, based in Beirut. The gown features a number of structural elements, including a corset-like, off-the-shoulder, low-back top, and a high-low, bubble-like skirt with large-ruffled back and bold embroidered details. It’s crazy high fashion couture, and you’re right, Teneasha, Ashi gowns START at $40,000.

    So to answer your question, could I find your dream gown for under $1,000? Well, no. The Ashi gown is so, so unique that there just isn’t anything exactly like it out there. Instead, what I am going to share with you is a broad selection of gowns that share certain elements of the Ashi gown. I’ve categorized them based on most prominent similar feature, including gowns with hip action, back details, embroidery, high-low skirts, and other sculptural-like qualities. Let’s face it, Ashi gowns are works of art … very expensive art. I hope with all of the options I’m giving you, Teneasha, that there are some gowns that speak to what you’re looking for. Let’s check them out!

    Can't Afford ItAshi Studio S_S 2015Ashi Studio S_S 2015-BackAshi Studio S/S 2015 #6, Ashi gowns range ~$40,000-$100,000

    Get Over ItGowns with hip swag

    Oleg Cassini High Neck Satin Short Wedding Dress at David's BridalOleg Cassini High Neck Satin Short Wedding Dress (Style: CRL661), $399.99 at David’s Bridal

    LIMITED EDITION Oleg Cassini Silk Wedding Dress with Beaded Detail at David's BridalLIMITED EDITION Oleg Cassini Silk Wedding Dress with Beaded Detail (Style: CWG703), $899.99 at David’s Bridal

    LIMITED EDITION Oleg Cassini Satin Wedding Dress with Beading at David's BridalLIMITED EDITION Oleg Cassini Satin Wedding Dress with Beading (Style: CWG702), $949.99 at David’s Bridal

    Truly Zac Posen Tank Bonded Lace Wedding Dress at David's BridalTruly Zac Posen Tank Bonded Lace Wedding Dress (Style: ZP341555), $949.99 at David’s Bridal

    LIMITED EDITION White by Vera Wang Beaded Lace Wedding Dress at David's BridalLIMITED EDITION White by Vera Wang Beaded Lace Wedding Dress (Style: VW351268), $999.99 at David’s Bridal

    Dress nr1 by AgnesMiraRosa on EtsyWedding Dress (Style: nr1), $949.14 by Etsy seller AgnesMiraRosa

    High-low gowns

    SAMPLE Organza and Tulle High-Low Gown with Beaded Flower at David's BridalSAMPLE Organza and Tulle High-Low Gown with Beaded Flower (Style: AI26010039), $348.98 at David’s Bridal

    FINAL SALE Truly Zac Posen Lace High Low Tank Wedding Dress at David's BridalFINAL SALE  Truly Zac Posen Lace High Low Tank Wedding Dress (Style: ZP341412), $399.99 at David’s Bridal

    Hi-low Style Ivory Lace Sweetheart Neckline Organza Wedding Dress by Etsy seller ValiantWangHi-low Style Ivory Lace Sweetheart Neckline Organza Wedding Dress, $229 by Etsy seller Valiantwang

    The Exchanging of Wows Wedding Dress in White at modclothThe Exchanging of Wows Wedding Dress in White, $300 at ModCloth

    allison parris Sugar Coat Dressallison parris Sugar Coat Dress, $70 rental at Rent the Runway

    Brocade Hi-low Prom Dress by Camille La VieBrocade Hi-low Prom Dress by Camille La Vie (Style: 28440-57454Z), $190 at edressme

    ML Monique LhuillierOne-Shoulder Metallic Ball GownML Monique Lhuillier One-Shoulder Metallic Ball Gown (Style: NMF17_TBJGT), $798 at Neiman Marcus

    Ruffled-back gowns

    SAMPLE Mikado Gown with Ruffle Back at David's BridalSAMPLE Mikado Gown with Ruffle Back (Style: AI10030248), $248.48 at David’s Bridal

    Oleg Cassini Satin Cascading Detail Wedding DressOleg Cassini Satin Cascading Detail Wedding Dress (Style: CPK650), $649.99 at David’s Bridal

    SAMPLE Truly Zac Posen Strapless Satin Wedding Dress at David's BridalSAMPLE Truly Zac Posen Strapless Satin Wedding Dress (Style: AI34010003), $998.48 at David’s Bridal

    Leila-cotton wedding dress by Etsy seller Victoriaspirina“Leila” cotton wedding dress, $840+ by Etsy seller VictoriaSpirina

    Gowns with bold accents

    SAMPLE Metallic Lace Ball Gown with Peek-a-Boo Back Panel at David's BridalSAMPLE Metallic Lace Ball Gown with Peek-a-Boo Back Panel (Style: AI14010369), $398.98 at David’s Bridal

    NEW! Halter A-Line Wedding Dress with Lace Appliques at David's BridalNEW! Halter A-Line Wedding Dress with Lace Appliques (Style: OP1276), $449.99 at David’s Bridal

    Gowns with a sculptural feel

    Truly Zac Posen Wedding Dress with Tank Bodice at David's BridalTruly Zac Posen Wedding Dress with Tank Bodice (Style: ZP341565), $549.99 at David’s Bridal

    Truly Zac Posen Satin Corseted Wedding Dress at David's BridalTruly Zac Posen Satin Corseted Wedding Dress (Style: ZP341564), $758+ at David’s Bridal

    Issue New York Off The Shoulder Mesh Gown

    Issue New York Off The Shoulder Mesh Gown in Ivory (Style: 390590003), $279 at Bluefly

    What do you think, Teneasha? These gowns may not be Ashi Couture, but they all have unique qualities that could make for your knock-out wedding gown. If these dresses still aren’t cutting it for you, you could also consult with a dressmaker directly. Provide them with examples of what you love and be clear on your budget, and they may be able to make something custom just for you! Good luck!

    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.

  • 7/28

    Berta Bridal 14-20

    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

    Gabriela Gown from BHLDN

    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

    Oleg Cassini Cap Sleeve Illusion Wedding Dress from David's Bridal

    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

    Melissa Sweet Illusion Lace Mermaid Wedding Dress at Davids Bridal

    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

    Oleg Cassini Organza Veiled Lace Wedding Dress from David's Bridal

    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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    6/3

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    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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  • 5/26

    Bien Savvy Addicted to Your Lips

    Today's CAI/GOI request comes from Miss Ashley, who is looking for a stunner of a reception dress; an alternative to Bien Savvy's "Addicted to Your Lips" gown. Ashley didn't have much luck finding a knock-off version, so she's asked the mighty BAB gown hunters for some assistance. I have to admit, there are few dresses that look exactly like the Bien Savvy gown under the…

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