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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!

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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 ForHerandForHim.com

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

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 BestBridalPrices.com

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 BestBridalPrices.com

(Free Veil & Shoes!)

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

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 BestBridalPrices.com

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 BestBridalPrices.com

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

Get Over It

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

 

Can't Afford It

 

MoniqueLhuillierMonique Lhuillier’s “Valentina” $7,000

Get Over It

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

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

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

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

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.

Get Over It

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

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 BestBridalPrices.com

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 BestBridalPrices.com

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

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 BestBridalPrices.com

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.”

 Can't Afford It

 

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 TBDress.com

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 BestBridalPrices.com

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

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

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.

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 Fayme (Lace) $995 at Jimmy Choo

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

 

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

LightInTheBox

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

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!