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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

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

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

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

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

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.

Winning Wednesday: Say Cheers with Personalized Glassware from Judi Painted It

As a lover of wedding things, I’ve found that it’s not often I get googly-eyed over kitschy bridal stuff — bedazzled hoodies, hot pink sashes, underwear with words printed on the booty. I know that some homies love this stuff, but it’s never really been my deal.

However, there was one “bride” focused item I always found super drawn to — stemware.

Man, a Champagne flute with the word “bride” etched in a super swirly and artistic font? Gimme. I’m a sucker for glassware as is (proof), but glassware for drinking fancy things that bubble, would serve as a reminder of a day that I put a helluva lot of of work into … and was designated just for me? DONE. In fact, I bought a Champagne coupe with just such a design for one of my oldest and dearest friends whose wedding I can’t attend this summer. I hope it becomes a wedding keepsake she treasures … or at least makes her feel a little bit more bride-y on the day of her wedding.

But what about custom, hand-painted glassware? Don’t even get me started. And unfortunately, personalized awesomeness like this is usually one of those little wedding extras that fall right out of BAB’s budget … because we just can’t justify it.

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Judi Painted It, purveyor of pretty, picturesque vessels, ups the fancy wedding drinkware game in a big way. With her personalized, customized, hand-painted, dishwasher-safe, made in the US of A awesomeness, it’s pretty easy to say that you’ll be at awesome status while sipping out of one of these bad boys.

In colors to match your wedding scheme, and with pretty designs raging from bride and groom stick figures to wedding day outfits to gorgeous flowers, you can pretty much have a field day with your stemware look.

One lucky Broke-Ass Bride can get her manicured mitts on a $50 gift card to Judi Painted It so that she can drink in the glory that is personalized wedding stemware!

Just because you might not be the winner of the giveaway, doesn’t mean you’re not a winner in our hearts: Judi Painted It is still offering up a hefty 15% discount for BABs when they use the code BAB15 at checkout! Head on over to her website or Etsy shop and get to lookin!

As usual, each method earns you an entry. The more you do, the higher your chance of winning. Good luck!

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Win It: Win 50 Invitations + RSVP Cards from WildHeart Paper

You’ve heard it a thousand times: Your wedding stationery is the first impression guests will get of your wedding. Whether it’s classically traditional, whimsically romantic or the ubiquitous rustic-chic, your invitations should convey your wedding vision.

Whether you swoon for Claire Pettibone-esque florals or dig clean and chic typography, WildHeart Paper has a mountain of gorgeous offerings to … well … drive your heart wild.

With a lifelong love for weddings and a hearty passion for color and design, shop owner Kathleen took her decade-plus graphic design hobby and morphed it into a beautiful gift for crafting wedding stationery. Her love for love helps her creative juices continue to flow:

 “I believe wedding planning is all about ‘falling in love.’ It’s about falling in love with your dream guy,  falling in love with the dress and then it’s about falling in love with the wedding invitation. The invitation is the face of the event so it has to look good!”

Girl, you got this.

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And lucky you, BABs! WildHeart Paper is giving away 50 Shabby Chic Chalkboard wedding invitations, matching RSVP cards and Kraft paper envelopes so you can share your love with your guests!

And even if you don’t win (sorry, darlin!), you can still knock off a pretty 10% — on an order of 50 or more invitations + RSVP cards — when you like WildHeart Paper’s Facebook page and message her through her Etsy shop.

As per usual, each task earns an entry. Open to US residents only.

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Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Short Vintage-Inspired Delphine Manivet Dress For Under $1500

Bonjour to all of you fabulous BAB’s out there! This week we’re helping a fellow BAB to get over this super cute, Delphine Manivet dress. Delphine is a French designer and her latest 2014 collection is very versatile. This collection is definitely vintage-inspired with most of the dresses capturing the style of the early 20th century. You’ll see sheer, long sleeves and the popular ’30s drop waist style. She even keeps it fresh and modern by adding separates. I never thought about getting married in shorts but there are a pair in her collection that are so cute, I might even consider it!


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DelphineOriginalUnai Short Dress by Delphine Manivet $$$$ ($3271)

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Modcloth3Bring The Poise Back Cream Shift Dress $55 at ModCloth

Modcloth2A-Line Dress With Glittering Lace $85 at ModCloth

Modcloth4A-Line Dress With Layers Of Tulle & Metallic Lace Swirls $140 at ModCloth

Ruche Romantic Lace Dress With Slight Ruffle At Waist (Style: 34482) $143 at ShopRuche

ForHer&HimLace Peplum Cap Sleeve Dress (Style: 0116003) $210 at For Her and For Him

AnnTaylorStrapless Embroidered Lace Peplum Dress (Style: 317324) $268 at Ann Taylor

AnthropologieVered Lace Shift Dress (Style: 4130077005500) $298 at Anthropologie

BHLDNEmbroidered Lace Shift Dress (Style: 30850648) $300 at BHLDN

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BCBGV-Neck Lace Tiered Dress (Style: YYQ61A46-1J4) $368 at BCBG

SueWongRibbon Trim Illusion Bodice Dress (Style: 649953) $398 at Nordstrom

EtsyVictorian Style White Lace Dress $925 at Etsy

As always, you have options and there are a million and one ways to achieve your perfect bridal look. While I didn’t find a lot of dresses with those pretty, sheer, long lace sleeves, you can always add something like this  or a sparkly, lacy cover-up. And be sure to browse the websites I’ve featured because there are a lot of other choices you might like. Let me know what you think! 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!

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! A BHLDN “Onyx” Inspired Wedding Gown For $900 Or Less

Hello from the land of the BABs! One of our readers, Diana, wrote in asking if we could help her find something as romantic as BHLDN’s “Onyx” Gown for her Spring wedding.  This dress was designed by Catherine Deane, who has designed some of the prettiest dresses evvverrrr for BHLDN. This happens to be one of MY favorite dresses as well! The back of the dress is INSANELY GORG. In fact, I think all of her BHLDN designs are just AMAZE … OK, enough about me. I’m here to help you out, girl.

This is her request:

“I have a Can’t afford it? Get over it! request. I absolutely love BHLDN’s Onyx gown in champagne. The lace details and tulle give the perfect romantic vibe for my spring wedding. Unfortunately, I need to find a dress for half the price. Can you help me find something with the same vintage feel? Thanks so much!” 

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BHLDNOriginalRomantic Layers Of Ivory Tulle Over Silk Charmeuse For A Full Skirt (Style: 27178839 / Onyx) $1800 at BHLDN.

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Etsy419Sleeveless V-Neck Tulle And Lace Wedding Gown $419 at Etsy.

Etsy550Beaded Tulle Wedding Dress With Beautiful Embroidery $550 at Etsy.

MadameBridal622Crystal Beading Edging Alencon Lace On Delicate Chiffon (Style: 6767) $622 at Madame Bridal.

BestBridalPrices628Long Chiffon Flowing Gown With Wide Beaded Straps (Style: PA168) $628 at

BestBridalPrices691Sweetheart Lace Bodice With Tulle Straps That Are Finished With A Beaded Motif. (Style: PA9165) $691 at

AnnTaylor750Lace V-Neck Wedding Dress With Lace Inset & Lace Cap Sleeves (Style:325062) $750 at Ann Taylor.

Etsy798Illusion Neckline Wedding Dress With Tulle Skirt $798 at Etsy.

MadameBridal812Lacy V-Neck Design With A Flowing Sophisticated 1950′s Feel (Style:SL045) $812 at Madame Bridal.

If you’re a fan of BHLDN (who isn’t?) you should also check out some of their sale dresses. This dress is also quite romantic and how often do you see a Badgley Mischka wedding dress for $600?! Fingers crossed that I’ve helped you find something you love so you don’t have to stress about it and you can focus on more important things, like pampering yourself. Xo.

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! A Gown Inspired by Three Israeli Designers for Under $2K

Sarah wrote in this week looking for a Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! gown that embodies three lovely dresses she found. She was surprised that so many unique bridal designers are out of Israel. To be honest, I kind of was, too. These dresses (in Jem fashion) are “truly outrageous!” The construction, beautiful fabrics and detail that go into these one-of-a-kind designs are some of the loveliest I’ve EVER seen. Here’s what Sarah had to say:

“I’m having such a can’t afford it moment right now! I’m absolutely IN LOVE with all of the Israeli designers out there (who knew that Israel is where the creme de la creme of wedding fashion resides … not this girl … until now!). And while I know you aren’t going to get the same high quality fabrics as you would with these dresses. I want something that hits the same tone as any of these dresses for under 2k”

I couldn’t find exact prices for these dresses but let’s just say you could have a pretty spectacular honeymoon for any one of them.

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Chiffon A-line gown with a small cowl neckline with flowing open sleeves (Style: 11669) $338 at Madame Bridal.


Chic Vintage V-Neck Lace Wedding Gown $376 at Etsy.


Satin Strapless Mermaid Gown With Embellishment (Style: 111209 Khloe) $778 at


Satin Strapless Gown With Sweetheart Bust Line (Style: 11237) $898 at Madame Bridal.


An Elegant Combination Of Crepe And Romantic Lace (Style: 28923803 / Odessa) $1095 at BHLDN.


Shimmering Beaded Embellishments Showcase The Lovely Illusion V-Neckline (Style: 15535) $1,149 at Madame Bridal.


Crystal Edged Alencon Lace On Lustrous Satin (Style: 1967) $1,196 at House of Brides.


Sweetheart Tank Bodice With Figure Flattering Corset (Style: ZP345006) $1250 at David’s Bridal.


Crystal Beaded Embroidery On An Allover Alencon Lace Gown (Style: 2675) $1450 at


This Hand-Embellished Gown Glimmers With Beads From The Double-Strap Back To Floor Skimming Hem (Style: 31883556 / Elsa) $1495 at BHLDN

You should also check out Grace Loves Lace because they have a KILLER selection of unique dresses. A couple of my favesies are, “Giselle” and “Dillon.” This boutique is in Australia so if you convert AUD to USD, most of them will still fall within your $2K budget even with S&H. BAM! Please let me know what you think or if you would like more suggestions just let me know in the comments!

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Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Vera Wang’s Eliza For Under $1500

Hello again! Did you miss me? Last week Bev wrote in wondering if we could help her find something as beautiful as Vera Wang’s Eliza gown.

“I can’t get over the dreamy textured skirt of Vera Wang’s “Eliza,” but even as a used or sample dress it’s priced at $3K-$4K!”

Oh, Vera, how do you do it every time? Anyone that is even a tiny little bit obsessed with bridal fashunz KNOWS Vera Wang is the holy grail of wedding dresses. The textures, the taffeta, the tulle, (drool) she just GETS IT. Last year, this dress hit the bridal market by storm, and trust me Bev, there are a TON of other ladies who fell in love with this dress. The only thing that isn’t so great about it, is its price tag…10K! EEEK! Most of us are trying to plan our entire dream wedding for 10K, amirite? I will admit this was a little bit of a challenge simply because Vera is one-of-a-kind but I believe I found you some lovely alternatives.



Vera Wang’s “Eliza” $10,000 at Vera Wang



Ball Gown Strapless Floor-Length Tulle Wedding Dress With Sashes $249.99 (Style: #00171536) at Light in the Box


Fascinating Strapless Floor-Length Ruffles Beading Ball Gown Wedding Dress $308 (Item Code: 10879918) at


Ball Gown with Corded Lace Bodice and Tulle Skirt (Style: VW351065) $749 at David’s Bridal (Psst! It’s a Vera!)


 A-Line Natural Waist Ball Gown With Strapless Sweetheart Bodice With Re-Embroidered Lace and Tulle (Eden Black Label Style: 2421) $799 at


Strapless Tulle Ball Gown with Lace Appliques (Style:VW351162) $1100 at David’s Bridal (This is also Vera!)


Strapless A-Line Silhouette With Lace Overlay (Casablanca Style:2145) $1280 at Madame Bridal


Tulle Ball Gown With Sweetheart Neckline And Beautifully Ruched Fabric On The Bodice (Style: Chimere 3MD787LU) $1398 at


Ball Gown In Sequin Tulle With Lace Sweetheart Bodice Finished With A Crystallized Beading At The Waist (Style:BL064) $1406 at

I also wanted to point out there are a lot shops out there like this where you can find a replica or pay someone else to make the dress for you, but I’ve heard mixed reviews, so I’ll leave that up to you. I hope this helps you find your dream dress for less or at least gives you some good ideas. Let us know what you think!

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! Vintage Lace Chiffon Tea Length Dress For Under $200

Hello my lovelies! This week we have lovely bride-to-be, Shane. She already found her dream wedding dress but wants something she can move a little more freely in at her rehearsal dinner. She found this lovely, vintage tea length dress but unfortunately, they were sold out. Harrumph! BUT, never fear … Elaine is here! And totally up for the challenge. Here we go …



Vintage 50′s Lace Chiffon Tea Length Wedding dress $172 at Etsy.



Ivory Mori Girl Bohemian Romantic Fairy Beach Wedding Dress $120 at Etsy.


Vintage Ivory Lace High-Low Beach Wedding Dress $150 at Etsy.


Vintage Inspired Swing Dress With An Ivory Floral Overlay (Style: 35378) $156 at Unique Vintage


One-of-a-kind vintage inspired tea length dress $169 at Etsy


Tulle Lined Lace Dress With Illusion Neckline And Delicate Lace Overlay $170 at ModCloth.

(I am GUSHING over the back of this dress)


Short Sleeved Lace Wedding Dress $189 at Etsy.


Sleeveless Scoop Neck Lace Dress $189 at Etsy.


Boat Neckline Lace Dress $190 at For Her and For Him.


Delicate A-Line Spaghetti Straps Knee-Length Embroidery Georgia’s Lace Wedding Dress (Style: 03818871) $192 at


If you want to add a little oomph to any of these dresses there are plenty of petticoats available. Petticoats everywhere! Like here and here. I hope you find something you love out of this selection of dresses. Let me know what you think!

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Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Sparkly, Illusion Neckline Marchesa Dress

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Hey there, Broke-Ass Babes! Sadly, no ladies wrote in this week about their wedding dress budget woes. So, this week, I decided to pick one of my favorite dresses from the Marchesa Fall 2014 collection (Style: B10812) and WOWZA, she’s a beaut! A trend that has become very popular in the last few years is the illusion neckline, and if you love to spend hours gazing at gowns like me, you’re sure to see this in every jaw-droppingly beautiful collection of dresses. The neckline in this Marchesa dress is especially dazzling since it’s decked out in pearls and crystals, and the hand-pleated chiffon makes this dress look effortless, yet ethereal like something a Greek goddess would get married in. Are you ready to see it? Here goes, in all of its supreme, flowy, glittering awesomeness:



Marchesa $$$$ ($3001-$5000)



Sleeveless dress in airy, woven fabric with beading and rhinestone embroidery at top (Style: 66-3399) $99 at H+M.


A-line Princess Scoop Sweep/Brush Train Charmeuse Wedding Dress (Style: 604656) $119 at

White Chiffon & Stone Cap Sleeve Gown (Style: 40778) $224 at Unique Vintage

Cap Sleeve A Line Wedding Gown with Decorative Buttons (Style: 0113925) $419.99 at For Her and For Him

Romantic  Chiffon Wedding Dress Wedding Gown $438 at Whiterose on Etsy

Satin sheath with hand-beaded illusion neckline and cap sleeves (Style: KI1307) $822 at
An illusion tulle neckline ornamented with beaded embroidered lace drapes the bodice, culminating in a gathered skirt that flows from an empire waist. (Style: 4MC890) $988 at
This floor-skimming silhouette balances the sleekness of flowing silk with intricately beaded shoulders and bias-cut styling. Harlow gown, $1,000 at BHLDN
Accordion pleated Paris Chiffon combines with embellished illusion tulle to create this Grecian inspired dress (Style: 4MK790) $1,049 at

Another option you can consider is adding a beautiful, bridal capelet to your dress. They have some amaze options from the websites above (Like THIS stunner at BHLDN ) and will give your look even more versatility. Enjoy your weekend, BAB’s! Until we meet again…

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!