Broke-Ass Tag: dress shopping


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We asked our darling, wonderful and #rad friend Cris at Kiss My Tulle to pop by with a quick guest post on her top 5 places to shop for your elopement dress. KMT focuses on super budget, mostly rural weddings and is so freaking full of killer information for those of you operating with a tiny amount of dollars. Be sure to check out her series on wedding inspiration based on your state!

One of the easiest ways to save money on your elopement is to find a deal on a cute, short dress. Not only are they adorable but generally, the more informal dresses cost MUCH less than their full-length counterparts. Here are my top 5 places to buy a dress for your elopement:


ModCloth // Target // Etsy // BHLDN // J. Crew

Are any of you considering a cute dress for your elopement?

  • 1/22

    Hey BAB’s! It’s that time again, where I, your CAI/GOI guru, help you find a wedding dress you can love as much as the one with the hefty price tag. This week Gloria wrote in trying to help her sister out. She is a busty girl with a petite frame and she has her eye on something strapless. More specifically, a strapless Jim Hjelm gown. He is known for his unique and delicate embroidery. This gown is oh-so lovely. The tulle cascading in the back has beautiful lace, floral embroidery. Did I mention how romantic it is?  The back is truly unique. I look at dresses allllll the time and I haven’t seen many out there with this design. I really lerve this one.  *Sigh* But enough about me, this gal is gettin’ hitched in June! Also, since the wedding is going to be country, rustic and the bride will be wearing her boots (which I love, by the way!) I tried to find gowns that would look kick-ass with some cowgirl boots! I am blessed in the chest region, too, so I know the importance of finding the right fit for your body type. Strapless is actually a great style for the girls. I focused on a sweetheart neckline because something that is dipped is better than something going straight across your bust line. We don’t want the girls looking like a shelf on our wedding day if you know what I mean. Also, as Christen added in the comments, adding a strap isn’t a costly alteration. It’s all about what you feel your best in. You want to feel beautiful but still be comfortable. You’ll definitely need a good, strapless bra although some women do just fine with the built-in cup. Here’s what Gloria wrote in:

    “My sister is getting married in June 2015 and has found the dress.  The problem is she is quite endowed in the chest department and the dress is strapless.  What would you suggest for a cheaper alternative that would look great on her petite (large chest) frame?  The dress she has found is Jim Hjelm style 8002.  The dress is gorgeous but the price and the fact that it’s strapless is a concern.

    Thank you,


    Can't Afford It

    jim-hjelm-spring-2010-wedding-dresses-deep-sweetheart-hints-of-lace-flower-applique.fullJim Hjelm (Style:JH8002) $3,700

    Get Over ItForHerAndHim410Strapless A-Line Wedding Gown With Layered Skirt (Style: 0113878) $410 at For Her and For Him

    BHLDN480A-Line Gown With Scalloped Tiers Swirled Soutache (Style: 30613871) $480 at BHLDN

    BHLDN600Floral Lace Gown With Sweetheart Neckline (Style: 32065971) $600 at BHLDN

    (This sash is currently sold out but they have plenty of others that would look amaze.)

    SimplyBridal640Romantic Gown With Princess Body (Style: 80326) $640 at Simply Bridal

    TulleAndChantilly690Mermaid Lace Wedding Dress With V-Neck (Style: TCCMD1006) $690 at Tulle & Chantilly

    AnnTaylor795Lace Spaghetti Strap Gown (Style: 358266) $795 at Ann Taylor

    BBP799Strapless Tulle & Organza Ball Gown (Style: 4973) $799 at

    BBP850Tulle Gown With Lace Appliques (Style: 50315) $850 at

    BBP853Tulle Ball Gown With Shimmery Bodice & Lace Motifs (Style: Agatha 13074) $853 at

    BBP899Tulle Ball Gown With Crystal Beading (Style: 5302) $899 at

    BBP950Tulle Ball Gown With Alencon Lace (Style: 3178) $950 at

    So, Gloria, do you think your sister will like some of these alternatives? BestBridalPrices has some REALLY amazing dresses and a HUGE selection. I use them a lot because I know they’re a good company with fantastic ratings/reviews and quality dresses. They have some great prices, too, and a lot of these gowns come with a free veil & shoes! Doesn’t get much better than free!  Has she been to David’s Bridal? They have really been bringing the pretty lately and you can always find something within your budget there. I hope she is able to find something soon because June is right around the corner. We’re here if you have any other 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! 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.
    Elaine Michalek
  • 11/6


    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.…

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    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…

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    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…

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  • 1/24

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

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