Posts in the 'lace' Category

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} Lace Coverlets, Capelets, Jackets, & Shrugs for Under $100

Winter brides still want to look beautiful while staying warm, right? This week we’re focusing on  beautiful lace boleros, shrugs, and capelets for brides who choose to say “I do” in colder temperatures. We’re using the BHLDN first light capelet, which sells for $150, as our “Can’t Afford It” ideal. Our alternatives will cost under $100.


First Light Capelet ($150 at BHLDN)


Ivory Short Sleeve Lace Wedding Bolero Jacket Shrug ($49.99 at Alex Bridal via Etsy)

Bridal White Lace Bolero Jacket ($82 at Angelina Design via Etsy)

Short Sleeve Tulle Jacket with Lace Embroidery ($99 at David’s Bridal)

Short Sleeve Lace Jacket ($79 at David’s Bridal)

Sweeping Waltz Capelet ($48.99 at Ruche)

Mandarin Collar Lace Bolero ($69.99 at Tulip Bridal)

Admittedly, a little lace won’t keep you warm. But it’s pretty… and pretty necessary in the winter. Any BABs out there find a super cute coverlet they’d like to share? (P.S. Send your “CAI/GOI” requests to!)

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} A Luxury Lace Maggie Sottero Look For A Slightly More Everyday Price

Caitlin has a dress she can’t stop thinking about.

I have a dress I can’t get over…it’s the Maggie Sottero “Bernadette.”
I found one on, but it was $1,500, and not in my size :(

I’ve been there; literally. My dress was a sample — so there was only one made. Despite its beauty, it was a dress that would never be reproduced. Even if it was, I couldn’t afford the retail price. Thankfully, with only the man power of the smallest of my bridesmaids, we left with dress during a going out of business sale. It’s hard to get over it once you have found “the one.” But even so, we’ve got a few fab options for you to consider.


Maggie Sottero Bernadette (Retails for about $1,650)


Romantic Lace Wedding Dress, Ivory Lace Open Back Wedding Dress ($799 at RuffleNBustle via Etsy)


Lace Wedding Dress Backless ($559 at Leontina Couture via Etsy)

Scalloped Lace Cut Out Mermaid Wedding Dress ($499.99 at For Her and Him)

Backless Mermaid Wedding Dress with Lace Cap Sleeves ($529.99 at For Her and Him)


Lace Over Satin Gown with Illusion Back ($749 at David’s Bridal)

Cap Sleeve Lace Over Satin Gown with Illusion Back ($724 at David’s Bridal)

There you have it. Most of these options clock in at about half the price tag of that Maggie Sottero. You CAN create a luxe lace look for less, without creating too much debt.

Got a CAI/GOI request for the gang? Email it to, and she’ll pass it on to Tori and Heather, our CAI/GOI mavens! 

{Can’s Afford It/Get Over It} An Agreeably Priced St. Pucchi Lace Wedding Gown Alternative

Candice is smitten with a loverly and lacey gown that is way our of her budget!  Poor thing!  Let’s see what Candice had to say….

So I thought it would be worth a shot… I LOVE the The St. Pucchi Avine 506! The  lace is gorgeous and the back is to die for! However, I too am a BROKE ass bride and I can’t afford the thousands of dollars this dress costs. I am open to any suggestions you may have.
Thank you for your help and thank you for being there for those brides that live on a budget but still want to be beautiful on their wedding day!


Candice is in adoration of one of the top bridal designers out there – and of course, she’s not alone!  Many a BAB drools over a designer dress, knowing in our heart of hearts that it will never happen for us. BUT, what we can do is create an optical illusion – tricking our guests into thinking that we spent a boat load when, in reality, we won’t be going into debt for a once in a lifetime dress on a once in a lifetime day!  We at BAB are quite the magicians!  So without further ado, ALAKAZAM!
Can’t Afford It
Get Over It
Watters & Watters
Watters Lourdes $1,640.00
I am obsessed with this dress!
Lace Fit & Flare style # KP3221
Alfred Angelo #1816
this dress is also available here:
Jim Hejlm Style # JH8763 $2,500.00 OBO
Lace Wedding Dress inspired by Jim Hejlm $769.00
Jim Hjelm style #1104 $900.00
There you go, dear! Seven alternatives to the $7,000 St. Pucchi. Save your seven grand for a new car or a down payment on a house! Your big day will be magical enough with out having over paid for a dress you’ll likely only wear once.  The real magic is that you and your hubby to be are in love and happy.  Poof!  No additional slight of hand required!

Loverly Lace Accessories For Your Big Day

Lace  is a feminine, romantic classic – and it’s so IN right now. Whether you’re on the hunt for a gorgeous lace gown, shoes, or hair accessories, we’ve made you a little lace primer. So without further ado, here are some affordable lacy pieces for your wedding day.


Dress $298 // Shoes $165 // Clutch $64 // Gloves $40 // Headband $85 // Shrug $70 // Necklace $20



Mix and Match Wedding Separates

Who says that you have to wear a dress to your wedding? It’s very en vogue now to wear a top with a bottom, and even to swap out your skirt between your ceremony and reception. Best of all, you can wear most of these items post-wedding with more casual items. Win-win, y’all!

Here are some mix and match separates for any price range. Which would you pair together?


Tops: Modcloth $60 // Free People $148 // Old Navy $40 // Karen Kane $62 // American Apparel $46 // Elie Tahari $239

Bottoms: Adam $295 // Club Monaco $140 // BHLDN $800 // BCBG $298 // Talbots $40 // Wyatt $98

 - Dana F. 

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} Chic, Lace, Mermaid Style Gowns With Boho Flare

This bride was so eager for me to find her a round of get over it gown picks that she submitted her request in a post comment.  I love a bride who knows what she wants and goes for it, so homegirl gets the spotlight today.

I REALLY can’t afford this dress and I love it so much and haven’t seen anything like it:

Can’t Afford It:

” Erato” by Elie Saab

Get Over It:

1. Nightcap Clothing. $630.

2. Marina Dress. $111.44.

3. David’s Bridal. $599.99.

4. Tadashi Shoji. $552.

5. Landa. $397.99.

6. Hippie Bride. $795.

7. Altelier Tami. $1150.

8. Davinci Bridal. About $1000.

9. Anjolique Bridal. About $1000.

10. Justin Alexander. About $1000.

11. Allure Bridals. Under $1000.

12. Oleg Cassini at David’s Bridal. Between $1000 and $1500.

13. Claudine for Alyce Designs. Between $1000 and $1500.

14. Lo-Ve-La by Liz Fields. Between $1000 and $1500.

14. Luna Novias. Between $1000 and $1500.

15. Allure Couture. Between $1000 and $1500.

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