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{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} A Romantic, Le Spose di Gio-Inspired Gown For $1,400 Or Less

This week’s BAB Sofia has some amazing couture taste! The wonderfully unique neckline created by the detailed draping of the sleeves on her Le Spose di Gio dream dress is truly to die for.


I am in love with a wedding dress from Le Spose di Giò. It is the dress CL31 from the Classica Collection. I am not sure about the price but I don’t want to pay more than $1,500. Would you be able to give me any ideas? I really like the neckline and sort of transparent sleeves.

Thank you!


So, Sofia, I’m starting with an apology. I failed to find the retail price for this European designer. It might be worthwhile to check local shops in your area in case it’s more affordable than it appears. Until then, here are some wonderful alternatives for you to covet.


Le Spose di Gio gown


Honeychurch Wedding Gown ($1,200 at English Dept via Etsy)

Savoir Faire Gown ($1,400 at BHLDN)


Off the Shoulder Chiffon Wedding Gown ($295.99 at For Her and For Him)


One Shoulder Metallic Detail Fit-and-Flare Gown ($699.99 at David’s Bridal)


Florence Gown by Reem Acra ($400 rental through Rent the Runway)

Off Shoulder Trumpet Bridal Gown by Rami Kashou ($462.50 at Bebe)

Fit to Flare Wedding Gown with Illusion Neckline ($1,100 at David’s Bridal)

Finding something that matches your inspiration’s super beautiful neckline was super difficult. After looking really closely at lots of necklines – a strange way to spend a Sunday evening – these came up as noteworthy alternatives. Hopefully you’ll find something here that makes your heart swoon!

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} Wtoo “Olivia” Gown-Inspired Wedding Dress for Under $800

“Budget” has always been a word I kind of hate. It really kills the joy of shopping for, well, anything. But of course, it’s a very important factor when it comes to BAB weddings.

I fell in love with the Wtoo Olivia gown in oatmeal. I went to try it on and absolutely love it. I have been trying to find a used one to buy, but they are still out of budget. Do you have any ideas of similar looks I could try? I can’t seem to find anything like it. Thanks!!!

After chatting with our BAB, it turns out her magic number is $800. There’s always an opportunity to have fun on a budget. This is no different. As always, the key is being open-minded when it comes to all the little details…


Wtoo Olivia Gown ($1,344 at Best Bridal Prices)



Nicole Miller Keyhole Goddess Gown ($630 retail, $100 rental at Rent The Runway)


Reem Acra Florence Gown ($3,000 retail, $400 rental at Rent The Runway)

Taffeta Ball Gown with Layered Tulle Skirt ($299.99 at David’s Bridal)

Badgley Mischka Strapless Lace Gown ($715 at Shopbop)

BCBG Max Azria Magnolia Strapless Gown ($523.60 at Shopbop)

Silk Strapless Vintage Wedding Dress ($550 at Ann Taylor)

Tulle Ball Gown with Asymmetrical Draped Skirt ($699.99 at David’s Bridal)

The color is the hardest thing to really match up. Not all these options hit that hue right on the head, but we play around with a palette that goes from white to peachy pink to a golden, movie star hue. Hopefully there is something in here that catches your eye!

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} Vintage Hollywood Wedding Gown for Under $1,000

Melissa wrote in to The Broke-Ass Bride for some help with her Hollywood Glam Wedding.  Here’s what’s up with Ms. Mel…

‘I just got engaged ! I’m new to your site, but your CAI/GOI is a freakin’ godsend!  I am usually pretty budget savvy  and I’m coming in under budget for everything… Except the dress! I fell in LOVE with a Reem Acra dress and it’s WAY more than I’d ever dream of spending. 

Whilst perusing the internet for a different dress, at a better price, I found another one I liked (Angel Sanchez) but it too was almost $5k!!!! UGH!! I can’t seem to find a dress that isn’t literally half of my intended budget.

I’d like my overall budget for the dress to be $1000 with alterations etc.  I’m guessing sticker price, from reading your blog, should be about $800 or less?  The overall feeling I want is beautiful/sexy/classy like an old Hollywood red carpet event.  The kind of dress that, with a veil and some flowers, looks bridal but without, looks like something you might see at the Oscars.  Chapel length train or less and I love sparkle!  In the buildin’ and I’m stunning myself,


Alrighty, Ms. Melissa, here’s the skinny on your {Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} request….you gotta look for Evening, Prom & Pageant dresses!  I went on the hunt and I gotta say, you really are gonna be stunned when you see all the sparkly old Hollywood glam I got!  So, as they say in show business, “Let’s get this show on the road!”

Can’t Afford It

Reem Acra 


Get Over It

Open Back Beaded White Gown

Cache $238.00

Faviana style 6711

edressme $398.00

Aidan Mattox Beaded Gown

Bloomingdale’s $475.00

Aidan Mattox Gown- Illusion Tulle

Bloomingdale’s $420.00

Nicole Miller- Stretch Sequin Halter Gown

Bloomingdale’s $650.00

GiGi by La Femm #17428

edressme $490.00

Aidan Mattox- Mermaid Sequin

edressme $495.00

Aidan Mattox- Deep V Beaded Gown

edressme $495.00

Adrianna Pappell- Sequin Evening Dress

edressme $278.00

Unique Vintage

Champagne Beaded Deep V Low Back $798.00

There you go, Ms. Melissa!  The shutter bugs will be swarming!  You’ll be the picture of old Hollywood glamour in your wedding gown!  I surely hope some of these gowns meet your starlet expectations.  If so, don’t just sit on the casting couch – snag your dream dress ASAP.

Ciao, bella!