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{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} A Claire Pettibone “Versailles”-esque Gown For $1500 Or Less

Krista definitely deserves an amazing dress for her big day, but her budget is keeping her from living the couture dream.

Hi. 

I’m a mom. I put my wedding on hold for almost three years because our son is a regular at sick kids’ hospital and my fiancé and I wanted to focus on him and his health and put everything else on the backburner. Now that he is doing much better, the wedding plans are back on, and I’ve found a dress. I think about it in my sleep. I scour the internet in hopes of finding either a decent replica or pre-owned… It is stunning and I am irrevocably in love with it. 

I present to you the Claire Pettibone “Versailles”. I swear Claire Pettibone is the devil trying to make all poor brides cry… Help me get over it. I cannot throw $7,000 at this. That’s nearly half the budget.  

Sincerely,
Krista

Don’t worry Krista, lots of BABs fall victim to the Claire Pettibone lust trap! Consider checking out this post or  this post for more dresses inspired by the same designer. Those picks were inspired by a different designs, of course, but you never know if one of those options might be your next dream dress. Then we have the following dresses, of course, chosen to match your inspiration.

CAN’T AFFORD IT

Claire Pettibone Versailles ($7,000+ through Claire Pettibone)

GET OVER IT

Divine Downpour Gown ($1,300 at BHLDN)

Alexandria Gown ($749.99 at Ruche)

Rose Petal Spaghetti Strap Wedding Dress ($750 at Ann Taylor)

 

Carolina Lace Wedding Dress (£550 at Phase Eight)

 

Tulle Gown with Lace Applique and 3D Flowers ($1,100 at David’s Bridal)

Straps Sweeatheart A-Line Tulle With Flowers ($255 at Lemandy Wedding Dress via Etsy)


Cap Sleeve Fit-and-Flare Lace Gown ($950 at David’s Bridal)

Falling in love with couture often means zeroing in on a detail you love best then trying to match that. You could always add a gold sash, for example, to a dress that has the appliqués in the amazing inspiration gown. Also, often times Etsy shops have wonderful sample sales. If you shop for your size on Etsy, you could find beautiful gowns like the Lauren from Natural Bridals.

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} A Long Sleeved, Le Spose di Gio Style Gown For Under $1200

Finding a long-sleeve dress that doesn’t look like a separate part of the dress – that’s this week’s challenge.

I need your help!  I can’t afford Le Spose di Gio’s CL11 but am having trouble getting over it.  Any ideas on stylish dresses where sleeves don’t look like add-ons?

Thanks!

Katie wants to spend no more than $1,200. Her budget wasn’t actually a challenge. Finding something that has stylish sleeves, however, was.

CAN’T AFFORD IT

Le Spose di Gio

GET OVER IT

                                    Mignon White Ruched Chiffon Cap Sleeve ($598 at Unique Vintage)

 

White Long Sleeve Lace Cutout ($625 at BirdyJames via Etsy)

 

Amanda Wakeley Draped Silk-Satin Gown ($728 at Outnet)

Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti Silk-Chiffon Gown ($917.60 at Outnet)


Evelyn Lace Beaded Wedding Gown (£750 at Phase Eight)

 

ISSA Cutout Long Sleeve Gown ($913 at Shopbop)

Another option to consider, if you can find a seamstress you trust, is buying a dress that provides the base you want – like the Angelique gown by J. Crew – and hiring someone to create the beautiful tulle overlay. This could create a look that’s closer to your vision while keeping you under budget. Given the modern look of your dress, going the route of having a dress made may be your best bet. Consider researching dress makers in your area. Perhaps you can save even more by having something specially made for you.