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Can’t Afford It? Get Over It!: Dress Yo Mother All Fancy-Like for Under $300

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Helloooo, my dah-ling BABs! This week we are helping one of our Real Brides, Jubilance, find her mother a dress and she has her eye on two designers: Watters and Adrianna Papell. We’ve had a couple of Watters requests lately and but Adrianna Papell is a new one. I’m so excited about it, too! Adrianna Papell is a fantastic brand. They’ve been around for 30 years. They make gorrrgeous gowns that are AFFORDABLE (see our Wedding Dresses under $1K Pinterest board). They also have an awesome collection for plus-size gals out there. I think more brands need to embrace their plus-size audience because, um, we’re out here, too, and we want pretty clothes!! All of them, in fact. So, here is what Jubilance had to say:

My mom is looking for a nice gown that is ‘mother appropriate’ but not old lady. I’ve banned her from wearing anything with a jacket. She actually really loves this Watters & Watters gown but at $465 she can’t afford it — It’s the Watters Coriander Dress Style 3218. She also really likes this Adrianna Papell gown but the $300 price is more than she wanted to pay.”

So, Jubilance is looking for a rad MOB dress in a petite size 14 for $200 or less. I totally get the jacket thing, by the way. My Mom would never wear one of those types of Mother of the Bride dresses and with so many options, why should you? Most of these are available in petite but if not, you won’t have to pay too much to get it hemmed.

Can't Afford It

WattersOriginal402Watters Bridesmaid Gown (Style: 3218) $402


Original2Adrianna Papell Beaded Illusion Bodice Mesh Gown (Style: 518406) $287 at Nordstrom

Get Over It

6PM72Adrianna Papell Gown With Ruching & Brooch On The Side (Style: 8278266) $72 at

Overstock97Women’s Petite Lace-Top Long Dress With Tie Belt (Style: 16245439) $97 at

6PM100Adrianna Papell Dress With Lace & Scalloped Neckline (Style: 8278630) $100 at

LightInTheBox130Lace & Chiffon Floor Length Mother Of The Bride Gown (Style: 00723119) $130 at

JJsHouse139A-Line Satin Mother Of The Bride Gown (Style: 008002216) $139 at

JJsHouse187Chiffon Mother Of The Bride Gown With Beading Sequins (Style: 008019704) $187 at

I didn’t realize petite was so hard to come by! I would definitely recommend looking more into these websites because they have a ton of options and something else might catch your eye. I really hope this helps! Also, I’m curious to know what YOU’RE wearing, Jubilance?! Let us know if we can 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! 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.

BHLDN’s New Annabelle Dress May be the Answer to Your Wedding Gown Quandary

Annabelle Dress

Truth: It’s no secret that I love BHLDN. I’ve always had a little crush on Anthro, but when BHLDN was introduced a few years ago, I died. There have been days where I’ve lost hours ogling sweet styles and dreaming up different weddings based on their lines. And while the prices can be a little high, the quality is soooo wildly worth it.

So when I got an email yesterday introducing the new Annabelle gown, designed by Jenny Yoo, there was no way I could keep it to myself. YOU GUYS. This fantastic frock can be styled in 15 different ways. While it is touted as a bridesmaid dress on the website, I can’t help but think how gorgeous it would be as a beach wedding dress or gown for an easygoing restaurant reception. Also, it’s available in white, soo … you know, that makes it easy. At $260, it’s also a steal for a wedding dress! And you can change up the look between your ceremony and reception. So much bang for your buck!

Would you be open to wearing a “bridesmaid” dress as your wedding gown? Which style of the Annabelle dress is your favorite?

{Real Bride: Carrie} The Rest of the Dress Saga

Last time I talked about dress shopping, I shared my internal conflict over this flattering but perhaps too traditional David’s Bridal dress:

David’s Bridal Allover Lace Trumpet Gown

If you recall, I had originally envisioned myself in a short white dress with a little bit of funk.  Then I stumbled into this gown on a “just for fun” shopping trip with my mom and bestie.  I tried it on and, “Bam!” I felt like a bride.  Next I agonized over my simultaneous disdain for David’s Bridal and love for this dress.  I pondered looking for a used dress online and many of you told me to go for it.  In fact, in the days following that post, I came *this close* to buying a used version in my size off of Recycled Bride.

What I didn’t tell you last time is that all along, there was another dress…

One day, months ago, before I even took that trip to David’s Bridal, I was wandering through Etsy in search of short wedding dresses.   Somehow, looking through pages of dress pictures that didn’t really strike my fancy, I stumbled upon one dress that made me pause and look closer.

It was short!  And cute!  And a little bit vintage but still a little bit funky!  All of a sudden, I was enamored.  It turned out that the dress was made by a super-talented designer, the lovely Iselle of The Little White Dress.  To torture you, I’m not going to tell you which of these dresses is the one, but here are a few of her pieces.






One of these dresses (sorry, I’m really not going to tell you which one) literally made my heart flutter.  I had to get more info!  And that’s when I discovered THE BEST PART!  Iselle is based in San Diego!  “OMG, it’s meant to be!” I thought.  I was hesitant to buy a dress online without trying it on, but because we now live in San Diego, I contacted Iselle and arranged a visit to her studio to try on a sample of my dream dress!  Of course, I was terrified that the dress wouldn’t wow me in person and I’d be back at square one.  Luckily, despite all my stress about whether it would actually look good on me, I LOVED IT.  Waves of relief washed over me as I realized, “Yesssssssss!  This IS the one!”  Mission accomplished!

Plus, Zach and I totally stole a page out of Dana’s book and negotiated a labor exchange with Iselle, the dress designer.  Although totally worth it for the awesome hand-craftsmanship of her dresses, the $500 price tag was a little high for us!  So, we figured, “It doesn’t hurt to ask!” and inquired if she’d be open to discounting the dress in exchange for us helping her out with something.  It turned out she really needed help building a website, and Zach just so happens to be experienced in that area!

Basically, I am thrilled that my dress-finding journey has reached a successful “end.”  (Nearly the end since the dress isn’t actually made or in my hands yet.)  I am so so SO glad that I held out and ended up getting a dress made by a small, independent designer, and one that fits my initial vision much better!

Has anyone else gotten a discount by offering up your labor or skills?  Anyone buy their dress off of Etsy?  Which one do you think is “mine?”