Dearest BAB readers, you never cease to amaze me. Your taste in gowns is outstanding, and your requests are so humble, kind and grateful. Truly, it’s my pleasure to help in whatever small way I can. This, week, though, reader Stefanie’s request (in a comment to this post) hit like a punch to the gut — because her generosity is precisely part of what makes her a BAB:
Hi~ I am having a destination wedding in Hawaii but since my closest family members (sister, niece, grandmother) won’t be able to afford to come, most of the budget for the wedding will be spent on them and giving them a nice week long vacation (their FIRST EVER).
I fell in LOVE with Maggie Sottero’s dress Phyllis 5MR054 . I found it for $1,400 but am looking for something less than $500. I absolutely love the detailed back and goddess style. Can you use your super powers for me?
Stefanie, with that heart of gold you’d be stunning in a burlap sack, but let’s see if we can find you some alternatives that will help you to provide your family with their first vacation ever … in picturesque Hawaii!
The Maggie Sottero Phyllis is a breezy goddess-style chiffon gown with beaded underbust detailing and a show-stopping, ornate back design, so I’ll be looking for gowns that combine an airy silhouette with just a touch of glam.
La Femme 21505, $398 at Best Bridal Prices
Pair a strapless chiffon goddess gown with some back bling:
Like I said, Stefanie, it’s incredibly generous of you to prioritize your family’s trip over your own gown — and yet, I have no doubt that you will be radiant in whatever you choose to wear! I hope your Hawaii wedding is magical and that you and your family enjoy the vacation (and of course, the wedding)! Let me know if any of these gowns caught your eye. I love hearing about the happy endings to your Can’t Afford It? / Get Over It! stories. And please share the wedding with us — especially if you wind up with one of these beauties!
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.