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Five for Friday: Fabulous Etsy Finds for Your Wedding

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Happy Friday, darlings! Since you’re in the midst of wedding planning, I’m sure you know Etsy is a dearth of amazing handmade goodness, often for fairly broke-ass friendly prices. From a fun guest book to a gorgeous gown to a wine-lover’s way to commemorate marriage milestones, this week’s Five for Friday is chock-full of great Etsy finds.

Mix and Match Bridesmaid Dresses Mix and Match Bridesmaid Dresses, $98+ by RenzRags

I know BABs are into having their brigade choose their own style of dress, because one style doesn’t always work for everyone. These gorgeous dresses can come in different lengths and a whole swath of colors, and have a pretty nice price tag to boot.

Etsy EKG Heart Necklace

Heartbeat Necklace, $26 by HalalMill

Your partner makes your heart go pitter-patter, so why not show that on your wedding day? This necklace would make a gorgeous day-of accessory.

Etsy Drop Top Guest Book

DropTop Wedding Guest Book, $145+ by ACFCustoms

Yes, this one is a little spendy, but it’s an idea I have yet to see for a wedding guest book. Considering it reminds me of Connect Four (remember that game?) and will make a gorgeous piece of wall art after the big day, I’d say it’s worth a bit of a splurge.

Bohemian Lace dress

Bohemian Lace Wedding Dress, $470 by PolinaIvanova

This dress caught my eye and I’m totally digging it. The lace detail is gorgeous, it looks soft and flowy, it has built-in bra cups and it’s under $500. That’s a lot of awesome for one dress.

Etsy Marriage Milestone Wine Labels

6 Custom Married First Wine Labels, $26.99 by LabelWithLove

Calling all oenophiles! This is such a great idea — even better if the wine comes from friends and family in the form of engagement / wedding presents. Then you have a special bottle from a special person to celebrate those special milestones during your marriage.

What do you think of these Etsy finds BABs?

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Monique Lhullier’s Sienna Chantilly Lace Gown under $1,500

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Before we get down to the business of Gown Hunting, let’s take a moment to welcome our new BAB team member, Caitlyn, who did a bang-up job on her post last week! Kudos, Caitlyn!

And now back to the fashion frenzy, reader fanfanstella had the most eloquent way of phrasing her dress dilemma. In her comment to another CAI/GOI post, she said the Monique Lhuillier Sienna Chantilly Lace Gown “doesn’t come with a price tag as beautiful as the gown.” I hear ya, hon! That Chantilly lace is divine, and it has such an understated elegance in a delicate column silhouette with eyelash trim at the sweetheart neckline, so let’s get to work finding a replacement for under $1,500!

(And hey, if you weren’t already aware, we pay close attention to reader comments, so drop us a line if you need help finding that perfect gown!)

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Monique Lhuillier Sienna Chantilly Lace Gown

Monique Lhuillier Sienna Chantilly Lace Gown, $3,890 at ShopBop

Get Over It

Nicole Miller Jamie

Nicole Miller Jamie Gown, $1,400 at BHLDN

Faviana Lace Scoop Neck Dress Zappos

Faviana Lace Scoop Neck Dress (Style: 7439), $278 at Zappos

Theia Sweetheart Strapless Lace Gown ShopBop

Theia Sweetheart Strapless Lace Gown, $1,495 at ShopBop

Zappos Nicole Miller Nina Gown

Nicole Miller Nina Bridal Gown, $1,200 at Zappos

Watters Lucinda

Watters Lucinda, $400 at BHLDN

Lace Georgette Ann Taylor

Lace Georgette Spaghetti Strap Gown, $795 at Ann Taylor

J. Crew Brianna

Brianna Gown, $450 at J. Crew

Best bridal Prices Watters Tina

Watters Tina, Style 52138, $778 at BestBridalPrices

Nicole Miller Lace Fantasy Gown

 Nicole Miller Lace Fantasy Gown, rent it for $185 at Rent The Runway

Etsy IdoCouture Sheath Lace Sweetheart Silhouette

Sweetheart Lace Sheath Silhouette, $950 by Etsy seller IDoCoutureBridal

V-Neck Etsy

V-Neck V-Back Lace Wedding Gown, $500 by Etsy seller BrendasBridal

Lisa’s Bonus Pro Tip: The column style gown, otherwise known as a sheath style, can be curve hugging to the point of restricting movement. If you plan to break it down at your reception, do a “dress rehearsal” in the dressing room while trying on the gown. Test out a few of your signature moves so you’ll know what you’ve got to work with.  

So did you get your Chantilly lace fix? I know I sure did! Which gown is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

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.

Five for Friday: Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Under $500

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Guys, I was hanging out on Pinterest a lot this week (let’s be real, I do that every week) and realized much to my dismay that we totally lacked a board full of pretty wedding dresses under $500. WHUT? How is that even possible for us, the queens of “Can’t Afford It? Get Over It!“? Anyway, I’m v. sorry for the oversight, and the ship has been righted, I assure you, and you can check out our full Wedding Dresses Under $500 board, which will be updated as we find more and more droolworthy styles. Many of these dresses may not be labeled as actual Wedding Dresses, but damnit, why do they have to be? A wedding dress is anything that you put on and it makes you feel amazing and you’re comfortable getting married in. Hey, y’all, you’re at The Broke-Ass Bride! There are no rules.

 BHLDN480Lucca Maxi Gown, $480 (ivory only) at BHLDN

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Chi Chi London Metallic Lace Dress, $121 at Asos

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Vera Wang Deep V-Neck Lace Gown, $341 at Bloomingdales

Ouma Gold Sequin Sweetheart Strapless Tea Length Party Dress

Sequin Strapless Sweetheart Tea Length Party Dress, $460 by Ouma on Etsy

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Monique Lhullier Bridesmaid Shirred Chiffon Gown, $258 at Nordstrom

Which is your favorite, BABs? Tell me in the comments below! (Want to know mine? I’ll bet you can figure it out.)

Pinch Me! Dreamy Greenspiration for St. Patty’s Day

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If your blood is whisky tinged and you’re swelling with pride today, these gorgeous green details might be perfect for your Irish self. Etsy has a huge dearth of St. Pat’s inspiration (y’all get their newsletter, right? Because the wedding one is RIDICULOUS for inspiration. Be prepared to drool), so after much deliberation, I picked some of my fave pieces that would be rad for your wedding — whether it’s on this v. rad holiday or you just want to show off a little of your heritage.

Art Deco Hair Comb

 

Art Deco Hair Comb, $32.61 at IgnaDesignShop
Green garland
Green Circles Paper Garland, $11 at HoopsyDaisy
Green Invitations
Triangle Mountains Wedding Invitation and RSVP Card, download or print starting at $39 by LucyLovesPaper
Green Tutu
Green Newborn Tutu, $11 by MyTuTuCuteBoutique

I know the BAB debate rages on about kids vs. no kids, but HOW CUTE IS THIS???

LOVE Cookies

Love Shamrock Cookies, $36 for 1 dozen by KatieDuran

LUCK Mason Jars

Set of 4 Handpainted Mason Jars, $34 by curiouscarrie
Lucky in Love Notebook
Lucky in Love Couples Notebook, $8 by MrScribbles

Green Sea Glass Ring

Double Sea Glass Kelly Green Ring, $29 by seaglassin

Sloth Plush

St. Patrick’s Day Sloth Felt Plush, $17 by wishwithme

Guys, I have no idea how you’d use this little dude, but he’s TOO FREAKING CUTE to not include.

I hope you all have a wonderful St. Pat’s! Be careful, and may the road rise up to meet you. Sláinte!

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000

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Hello darling BABs! Before we start checkin’ out all these gorgeous gowns, I wanna give a little shout out to our newest Broke-Ass Bride CAI/GOI contributor, Lisa! Welcome to the team, lady! Lisa is a wedding planner with a knack for writing and a passion to help all brides have epic weddings without blowing their budget. Perfect, right?! We thought so. Lisa did a great job on her first post helping Anne get over a stunning Ersa Atelier gown.

NOW, let’s help another bride-to-be, Lychele, get over her dream gown, which is by Stella York. Man, the back of this dress is SICK you guys. Stella York is a design team located in Australia. Stella means star and you’re definitely going to shine like a star in one of their dresses when you walk down that aisle! ‘CAUSE THEY’RE JUST THAT PRETTY! Here’s what Lychele had to say:

“I love can’t afford it get over it. I’m in love with this Stella York gown. It’s style 6064. I looked at it and knew it was the one but now I’m sad it’s above my 1,000.00 budget. It’s classic and sexy with a modern touch. The back adds interest. I was wondering if you could help me find something similar.”

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Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Stella York (Style: 6064) $$ ($1,001-$2001)

That back, though…

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Told ya so..

Get Over It

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Mermaid Gown With Sweetheart Neckline & Illusion Back $298 at RoseHauteCouture via Etsy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Mermaid Gown With Spaghetti Straps & Low Back $396 at Lace Bridal via Etsy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Mermaid Gown With Lace Straps (Style: VN6789) $418 at BestBridalPrices

AND LOOK AT THE BACK:

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Bam!

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Mermaid Gown With Alencon Lace & Open Back (Style: T627) $548 at BestBridalPrices

Swarovski encrusted sash included.

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Lace Mermaid Gown With Sheer Halter Neckline (Style: 21389) $558 at BestBridalPrices

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Sweetheart Ivory Lace Champagne Gown $600 at ieie via Etsy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Embroidered Illusion Taffeta Wedding Gown (Style: 1314WR) $650 at edressme.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Corded Lace Trumpet Gown With Tulle Detail (Style: MS251052) $750 at David’s Bridal

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Mermaid Wedding Gown With Straps & Plunging Back $799 at WeddingDressFantasy via Etsy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Lace A-Line Gown With Keyhole Open Back $898 at BridalBlissDesigns via Etsy

The satin with lace overlay makes this dress very similar to your CAI gown.

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Guipure Lace Mermaid Gown With Tulle Skirt (Style: M442) at $973 at BestBridalPrices

Free Veil & Gown With This Dress!

So Lychele, what do you think? I hope I was able to help you find something you looove?! I hope so. Always be sure to check for sample sales, too. You never know what you’ll find! Please let us know if there is anything else we can help you with! Until we meet again, BABs …

xoxo.

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 Katie: Finding the Little Things to Bring It All Together

The dress is, of course, the largest part of a bride’s look, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. With my dress in the hands of my lovely seamstress, I’ve set to work thinking about accessories.

It’s important to my fiance that I wear a veil of some kind. He doesn’t really care what kind, but that’s just something he’s always pictured when he imagined his bride. I’m happy to oblige … because they’re pretty, #duh! I tried on some options when I was dress shopping, from a long cathedral veil to the short fascinator birdcages. After searching the options on Pinterest, I decided on a bandeau veil, like this one I found on Etsy.

Because I’m a BAB, I’m choosing to DIY my veil. I just bought the jewelry pieces I’m going to put on the sides, and I am SO. EXCITED.

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(Sorry, Abe!)

I realize most brides won’t be looking for quite the same things I am, because my Halloween influences are pretty specific, but you can totally look in the same kinds of places! Vintage jewelry, especially brooches and earrings, are perfect pieces to accent a veil. I bought two of this lovely spider from PinkFoxFindings on Etsy, and there are tons of other great pieces in her collection and in others on Etsy. I love these spiders particularly because they fit the Halloween theme, but also have some of that art deco feel that’s coming in as well. Next, I’ll need to buy a piece of tulle and get to work figuring out whether I want to attach them with bobby pins, combs, or some other method. I’d like to be able to remove the veil but leave the spiders in for the reception, so that will take some research.

My dress will also have a belt. When I tried on the ones in the store, I loved how they changed the look of the dress to accent my waist, but hated their absolutely ridiculous price tags. $200 for a piece of ribbon and some fabric flowers? NO. My seamstress will be making it for me with some blingy appliques, but I also wanted a Halloween item as the centerpiece. It took some patience, but eventually the same seller as the spiders came across this bat, and he’s perfect.

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Now if I can only find shoes in time for my next fitting, I’ll be set!

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Ersa Atelier “Melisse” Inspired Gown Under $1000

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Hello dear BABs! I’m Lisa, the newest Broke-Ass Bride team member, and I’ll be your tour guide today in the Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! I’m psyched to be helping out with these posts every other week!

This week’s CAI/GOI request comes from Anne, who has superb taste in gowns, I might add. She’s fallen in love with the Ersa Atelier “Melisse” gown, and who could blame her? With its frothy tulle skirt and delicate lace bodice detailing, I find myself wanting to twirl (dance, prance, float) around in it, too! (I also have an inexplicable desire to eat the gown … I swear it looks like fine spun sugar and cotton candy! YUM! This must be what Sugar Plum Fairies look like!) Anne likes sweetheart necklines, lacy sleeves, and beautiful backs.

Anne, honey, you’re in good company! Like I said, superb taste! But Anne’s gown budget is maxed out at $1,000, so the search is on!

It just so happens that the very details Anne is drawn to are also the same classic features that designers have been using to woo brides for decades. Sleeves are just beginning to make a comeback in modern wedding gowns, but if you’re looking for a princess-inspired gown like the “Melisse,” you’ll find a wide variety of unique, affordable options in vintage ’50’s and ’80’s styles, when lace sleeves and sweetheart necklines were also quite popular (and stunning!). If you find a gown that has great “bones” you can always have it altered to look more au courant, too!

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Ersa Atelier “Melisse” (Collection ranges from $7,000-$12,000)

Get Over It

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Vintage Embroidered Lace Gown, $650 by Etsy seller Merletto

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Vintage 1950’s Lace and Tulle Wedding Dress, $198 by Etsy seller LaceAndYarn

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Vintage Embroidered Lace Gown, $299 by Etsy seller Foreverus999

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 Princess Style Wedding Dress with Lace Sleeves, $898 by Etsy seller bridalblissdesigns

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Lace Wedding Dress with Sleeves and Keyhole Back, $898 by Etsy seller bridalblissdesigns

How gorgeous is that back!?!?

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Bride of Frankenstein Inspired Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress $898 by Etsy seller bridalblissdesigns

My personal favorite option for you, Anne, is a two-parter. In the 1950s (and as early as the 1920s and 1930s), many gowns were made to be worn again later as evening dresses, so they came with a removable lace overlay. I think this option could really work well for you!

First, find a plain-ish strapless or spaghetti strap gown in the silhouette and price range you love. There are tons of options with sweetheart necklines and flowy tulle skirts! Like one of these:

 

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After Six Wedding Dress 1027, $275 at Dessy

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 After Six Wedding Dress 1049, $525 at Dessy

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Avery, $799 at Kennedy Blue

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Mignon Strapless Chiffon Gown, $398 at Dillard’s

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Annabelle, $260 at BHLDN

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Claudine Wedding Dresses Style 7003, $275 at BestBridalPrices.com

Then, add the BHLDN Marnie Topper! This gorgeous lace cover-up ($220) can be layered over virtually any sleeveless style gown to achieve a similar look as the Ersa Atelier “Melisse” inspiration gown. Check out that deep-v back!

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Marnie Topper, $220 at BHLDN

 If that topper’s not quite your style, I’ve got others!

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Celine Bridal French Lace Bolero Cover-Up Shrug in Ivory, $320 by Etsy seller girlwithseriousdream

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Lace Top, $40 at Dessy

So Anne, I hope I’ve helped to solve your Can’t Afford It dilemma with some Get Over It wedding gowns. How’d I do at finding alternatives? Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

Bonus Pro tip: When ordering from an online retailer, sign up for their email updates and wait for the discount codes to come rolling in! But I’m sure you savvy BABs already thought of that. 

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.

Five for Friday: Bold and Beautiful Wedding Invitations

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For you brides that got engaged over the holidays and are looking at a wedding this summer, you’ve very likely starting to put your feelers out for invitation styles that you enjoy. As I’ve sat browsing through some of the new styles this season, I keep finding myself drooling over bright, bold and beautiful designs. Eye-catching jewel tones and simple but striking patterns make a statement without being overly dizzying. Here are my five favorites for this week’s Five for Friday:

Five for Friday: Bold and Beautiful Wedding Invitations

 

In Bloom Wedding Invitation, 50 for $140 at Love vs. Design
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Minimal Mod Wedding Invitations, $2.34 each at Minted
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Circular Geometric Wedding Invitation, $4.50 each or for digital file for at-home printing by RubyMayDesigns at Etsy
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Deep Romance Wedding Invitations, $144.50 for 50 at Wedding Paper Divas
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Floral Watercolor Invitation, $1.50 each at MagnetStreet

Do you like these bold designs, BABs? Which is your fave?

Five for Friday: Floral Frocks that Scream Spring

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You guys are ready for spring, aren’t you? I know I am, and I live somewhere that saw 70-degree-plus weather last week. So while we wait for the blooms to rise from the frozen ground, how about we just pretend that patio-drinking weather is right around the corner? These gorgeous frocks, all under $60, evoke a considerably brighter, cheerier season ahead.

Five for Friday: Floral Frocks that Scream Spring

You Spring Me Joy Dress, $54.99 at ModCloth 

Five for Friday: Floral Frocks that Scream Spring

Talk of the Terrace dress, $43 at LuLu’s

Five for Friday: Floral Frocks that Scream Spring

Vintage Floral Dress, $54 at AmericanArchive on Etsy

Five for Friday: Floral Frocks that Scream Spring

1960s Style Floral Pleated Short Sleeve Flare Dress, $50 $37 at Unique Vintage

Five for Friday: Floral Frocks that Scream Spring

Ethereal Bouquet Floral Dress, $44.99 at Ruche

Which one of these pretty floral frocks do you like, BABs?