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Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Naomi Neoh’s “Fleur” For Under $1500

Hey there, BABs! This week we’re helping Cassie get over a very pretty, very romantic gown inspired by the style of Audrey Hepburn. The designer is Naomi Neoh from London. She debuted she first bridal collection in 2008 and has been wowing us ever since.  She likes to use only the very best fabrics available. “Fleur” is actually one of the most popular designs from her collection, with its pale blush corset and removable French lace long sleeved jacket. Both jacket and sash can be removed to switch up the look. Here is what Cassie had to say:


I’m trying to find a look alike dress for the Naomi Neoh “Fleur” style. My budget is around 1500, and I’m IN LOVE with this dress, but they won’t ship to the U.S. :(. Do you have any suggestions?

Thanks so much,



I got this, Cassie!

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OriginalNaomi Neoh’s “Fleur” from her 2014 Secret Garden Collection. Her gowns range from $3,382 – $5,073.

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SimplyBridalBall Gown With Scalloped Illusion Neckline & Lace Sleeves (Style: 80723) at $306 at Simply Bridal.

JJsHouseOrganza Ball Gown With Long Lace Sleeves (Style: 002015462) $317 at

Etsy4Illusion Back Lace Wedding Dress (Style: W40403) $400 at Etsy (Flower belt not included)

Etsy2A-Line Lace Wedding Gown With Removable Beading Sash $438 at Etsy

BestBridalPricesIllusion Beaded Bodice With Lace Appliques & 3/4 Illusion Sleeves (Style: AT4576) $586 at

(This dress comes with free shoes & a free veil!)

EtsyFitted Lace Gown With Lace Sleeves $727 at Etsy

Etsy6Lace & Silk Chiffon Wedding Gown $1,305 at Etsy

Etsy3Ivory & Cream Silk Gown With See-Through Back $1,055 at Etsy

You’ll have to let me know what you think, Cassie. If you can’t find the right dress for you there are also cover ups like this one at BHLDN. It actually resembles Fleur very closely. There area also a TON of flower sash/belts available, too, in whatever color & style you could ever want. Check out Etsy for literally thousands of options. I hope this helps. It really is a VERY beautiful gown. Let us know if we can help with anything else! 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.

Winning Wednesday: Rock Upcycled, Eco Bling from Topaz and Opal

Upcycling and being a Broke-Ass go hand-in-hand. Add some hot color, fun designs, eco-friendliness and an Etsy seller? Looks like we’ve got a BAB match made in heaven with Topaz and Opal.

Kim, the mastermind behind Topaz and Opal, has a history of teaching, but a passion for making these super fun, bright baubles. Her decoupage skillz give bright new life to regular items (check out the jewelry trays) and add a fun pop to your bauble routine. Of her shop, Kim says this:

If Topaz and Opal is anything it’s a lesson [many lessons] in how to use, reuse, re-imagine, and create new things using old or new, but not so spectacular things, and turning them into jewelry, art, and accessories.

Doesn’t that sound like a page right out of the BAB Manual? I thought so, too. And those bangles would be a super fun, bright gift for your amazing bridesmaids, no? I’m glad we’re on the same page.

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And because it’s Wednesday, lucky you! Kim is doling out one $150 gift certificate (including the price of shipping + handling) to Topaz and Opal.

As per usual, each option below is one entry method. The more tasks you complete, the more entries you get.

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Winning Wednesday: Strut Your Stuff with a Tote from Digital Printsess

One of the things I notice about wedding planning is the amazing accrual of stuff – from planners to printouts to swatches, you have stuff that you’re toting around to various meetings, fittings and brunch with the ladies. It would certainly be nice to have a place designated just for wedding stuff, because everything should have a place, right?

Etsy seller Digital Printsess makes sturdy, tough (go on, put it in the wash) and super cute tote bags that can get the job done. And she designed one for a little show you might have heard of … “The Bachelorette.” Digital Printsess‘ bags appeared in Ashley Herbert and JP Rosenbaum’s wedding special.



Aside from making these super awesome and customizable totes — I can totally see carrying this one while honeymooning on the beach — Digital Printsess also creates beautiful save the dates and invitations. Oh, and she’s totally Broke-Ass friendly: the totes start at $20 (bridesmaid gift, anyone?) and her save the dates and invites start at $15 for the digital file.

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And now to the good stuff: You can score a Digital Printsess tote of your own which can be customized with your own info!

As per usual, completing each task below earns you one entry — you must click on the green box saying “I completed.” Open to US residents only (sorry darling!) Good luck!

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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

(PSST!!! Today only – 6/12 — get FREE SHIPPING from BHLDN with BHLDNBABFREE at checkout!)

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!

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!