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Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700

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Hello my lovely BABs! Are there any Bostonians out there? I don’t know whether to be thankful the midwest hasn’t seen THAT much snow, or jelly because of how much fun yous guys are having. I mean, snow tunnels to get to work?! Sledding off roofs? C’mon, can it be that bad? OK, I know snow sucks but at least you’re having fun with it, East Coast. So, I’m excited because we’re featuring a designer that hasn’t been requested before — Saja Wedding. Saja in Korean means “the lion.” They were founded in 2000 by Yoo Lee and if you’re as obsessed with BHLDN as we are, you’ve more than likely seen some of her dresses. Her gowns are simple yet timeless and won’t break your bank. So, they’re a must for any BAB-to-be. The dress we’re helping Erin with this week is for someone who wants to make a statement without being too flashy. It’s got a little bit of Greek goddess flair because of the beautiful dropped shoulder. Here’s what Erin had to say:

 “Help me please! I’m head over heels for this dress (, but costs twice as much as my budget! If you can find a more affordable alternative I would be eternally grateful!”

Can't Afford It

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700Saja Wedding (Style: HB6285) $1,200

Get Over It

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700Reem Acra’s “Florence Gown” Rent for $70 at Rent the Runway (Retail Price: $3,000 !!!)

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700Crepe Gown With Wrap Neckline & Fluttering Sleeves (Style: b6547) $188 at J. Crew

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700A-Line Gown With Metallic Lace Shoulders (Style: 33208661) $260 at BHLDN

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700A-Line Gown With Crisscrossed Sweetheart Body (Style: 1046170) $280 at Nordstrom

(These straps can be worn conventionally, off-the-shoulder, as a halter neck or removed altogether.)

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700Shoulder Skimming Neckline With Ruched Bodice (Style: 428527) $295 at Nordstrom

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700Flowing A-Line Chiffon Gown With Plunging Neckline (Style: 624233) $340 at Asos

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700Draped V-Neck Wedding Gown With Crossover Front (Style: 294718) $400 at Ann Taylor

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Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700Off The Shoulder Organza Gown With Chapel Train (Style: 0113824) $420 at For Her and For Him

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700A-Line Gown With Off The Shoulder Lace & Sweetheart Bodice (Style: AT4575) $481 at

Hopefully I was able to give you some ideas. Did you SEE that Reem Acra gown Rent The Runway has for only $70?! I can’t believe it. More and more women are using this type of service because they usually end up packing their dress away and never wearing it again anyway. I encourage everyone to check them out. I know when I buy a nice dress for an occasion it’s rare I’ll ever put it on again. However, if you really want to save your gown, that’s totally OK, too. Do what makes you happy! Let us know if you need some guidance with anything else big day related. 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! 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: Hot, Affordable Pieces from Rent the Runway’s 5Y Collection

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Rent the Runway, a fashion candyland of sorts for broke-asses with spendy taste, is celebrating their 5th birthday in style (#duh) with super hot, exclusive designs from some of my favorites — Marchesa, Monique Lhullier, Lela Rose, etc. — at totally affordable prices for rent. Darlings, if you have a must-be-seen holiday party this year (newly promoted? Gunning for a promotion? Newly engaged and want to shine like your sparkler? All great excuses.) you may want to consider very seriously throwing down a bill to rent one of these stunners that would otherwise cost you many, many Benjamins. Plus, new customers can get $25 off orders of $75+ with coupon code 25OFFNEW, so there’s that. Here are my five fave pieces under $200 from Rent the Runway’s 5Y Collection:Marchesa Voyage Dress Five for Friday: Hot, Affordable Pieces from Rent the Runway's 5Y Collection

En Masse Dress by Marchesa Voyage, $650 retail, $100 rental

Kenneth Jay Lane Outlook Cuff Five for Friday: Hot, Affordable Pieces from Rent the Runway's 5Y Collection

Outlook Cuff by Kenneth Jay Lane, $500 retail, $70 rental

Christian Siriano Pink Tulip Dress Five for Friday: Hot, Affordable Pieces from Rent the Runway's 5Y Collection

Pink Tulip Dress by Christian Siriano, $995 retail, $115 rental

I feel like wearing this dress would take a considerable amount of balls … so if any of you rents this and pulls it off and sends us photo evidence, I will send you a signed copy of our book, “The Broke-Ass Bride’s Wedding Guide.” CHALLENGE ON.

Oscar de la Renta Blue Chic Ring Five for Friday: Hot, Affordable Pieces from Rent the Runway's 5Y Collection

Blue Chic Ring by Oscar de la Renta, $375 retail, $55 rental

Badgley Mischka Windswept Skirt Five for Friday: Hot, Affordable Pieces from Rent the Runway's 5Y Collection

Windswept Skirt by Badgley Mischka, $495 retail, $75 rental

Which piece from this 5Y Collection do you love? There are a few items that would make for AMAZING wedding dresses, if you’re so bold and inclined. Or, if more traditional is your speed, Rent the Runway has a great wedding section.

Ten for the Weekend: Cold-Weather Shopping Deals for Budget Babes

Happy Friday, BABs! I think fall has finally decided to show it’s face — albeit shyly — here in North Texas … just in time, too, since all the cutest stuff seems to be on sale! This Ten for the Weekend has oodles of gorgeous and cozy fashion finds that won’t destroy your budget, but will leave you looking the bestest.

1. A super fancy dress at a quarter of the price? Yep, Rent the Runway does just that. And go ahead and score $20 off orders $75+ until 11/1 when you use code TREAT2014.

Marchesa Notte gown from Rent the Runway

I’d love to see this gorgeous Marchesa Notte dress on a fall bride (Rent for $200, retails at $1395).

2. Speaking of fashion: Ann Taylor (#duh) is offering 50% off your entire purchase with code FASHION50 utnil 10/28.Take 50% off Entire Purchase with code FASHION50. 

3. Not one to be left behind, Lord & Taylor is taking an extra 25% off women’s, men’s and kids with their Friends & Family sale until 10/26 with code FRIENDS. 

4. Stock up on cool, casual essentials with American Eagle’s 25% off new arrivals offer — use code NEWVIBES until 10/27. 

AEO Striped V-Back Sweater Dress

This striped sweater dress (with a V-back!) would be in constant rotation — with my pajamas. Erry day, y’all.

5. Cooler weather calls for sox, but not just any old sox … Save 10% on all orders from the Sox Box using code SAVE10.

6. Flaunt your team spirit at Fanatics with 15% off NCAA sweatshirts and jackets until 10/31.

7. Get a head start on holiday shopping and get home decor, cards, calendars, etc., with Shutterfly and go ahead and save 40% off while you’re at it.

8. YO, DIY BRIDES! If you’re printing your invitations at home, you need this: Comp and Save is offering $5 off your $5 order (+ you get a free wristband) until 11/2 with code 5BC5 at checkout — so stock up on ink and toner!

9. Still in denial that winter is, indeed, coming? Book a vacation with Expedia where you can save up to 55% in Los Cabos, Mexico, plus get a 20% spa discount at select resorts until 10/31.

10. Of course, the best for last:, my own personal favorite place for all things fun, funky and design-y, is knocking 10% off sitewide (you must use this link)! Get on it!

Heart Gloves Grey Cherry by  Yastikizi

Got a cold-weather engagement shoot? These gloves would be perfect!

Happy shopping, BABs!

Five for Friday: Wedding-Worthy Frocks to Rent for Under $100

We talk a lot about buying pretty dresses around here, but sometimes that’s not in a person’s budget or on their list of must-purchase items, due to skepticism of throwing down hefty bills for a dress they’ll presumably only wear once. What we don’t mention a whole heap is renting your dress. Renting is often a considerably cheaper alternative, thanks to companies like Rent the Runway (or, for bridesmaids, Little Borrowed Dress) and you can get super hot designer duds for a fraction of the price, plus you don’t have to fuss or fiddle with alterations, which help jack up the cost considerably. So, for this week’s Five for Friday, here are five schamazing wedding-worthy dresses you can snag from Rent the Runway, all for under $100. Now that’s some Broke-Ass savings, yo.

Florence Gown

Reem Arca “Florence” gown, $70 (Retail: $3000)

Rita GownCatherine Deane “Rita” gown, $80 (Retail: $2450)

Rolling In The Glitz Gown

Badgley Mischka “Rolling in the Glitz” gown, $80 (Retail: $650)

Snow Mountain Maxi

Yumi Kim “Snow Mountain” maxi dress, $100 (Retail: $385)

Noir Timeless Love Gown

Nha Khanh “Noir Timeless Love” gown, $80 (Retail: $1200)

I would looooovvveee if someone were bold enough to rent that last one and then share their wedding day pics with BAB. You guys, picking just five was so tough (because of gowns like this and this), but I’m so madly in love with the idea that you can wear a favorite or top designer for your wedding day, and not have to shell out  all your hard-earned skrilla to make it happen, nor are you stuck with a gown that you have no idea what to do with and ends up just chillin’ in a closet for all of eternity.

Would you consider renting a dress for your wedding day? Did any of these beauties strike your fancy? Tell me in the comments below!

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} A Badgley Mischka-Inspired, Non-Traditional Wedding Gown For Under $1000

Ever sat on the couch dreaming of delicious food? All of your favorite dishes in one place, making your day extra special; it’s the kind of vision a girl diets to enjoy. This week’s BAB has food on the brain – my kind of gal.


I have been searching non-stop for the past three months to find the right dress. I think my problem is that my entire life, I have never dreamed of the dress I would wear down the aisle. Instead, I dreamed of the food I would serve (how silly is that?). As a result, finding the right dress has been hard, but I think I finally found something that fits my tom-boy, non-traditional, non-white dress taste. The downside is that this dress is probably way too expensive for me. Do you think you can help me out? I have fallen in love with Badgley Mischka’s Cressida Dress. I would love it if you could help me find a similar dress for $2500 or less. Thank you so much!! -Vi 

Well Vi, you may not be traditional, but you are open to showing off your curves, rocking color, and having a dress with a little something extra. That made finding you alternatives really, really fun!


Badgley Mischka’s Cressida Dress


Adrianna Papell Beaded One Shoulder Gown ($298 at Nordstrom)

Theia Heaven on Earth Gown ($150 rental via Rent The Runway)

Aidan Mattox Blouson Beaded Gown ($530 at Dillards)

Long Champagne Sequined Tank Gown ($658 at Unique Vintage)

Blush Red Carpet Ready Strapless Gown ($638 at Unique Vintage)

Badgley Mischka Strapless Lace Gown ($715 at Bloomingdales)

Given that your inspiration has yet-to-hit the sales floor, it might be worth it to call around and get the prices once the dress is in showrooms. You’d be surprised what a $2,500 budget can get you. On the other hand, I’m hoping one of these budget-friendly options will mean you can put more cash toward making your food dreams come true.


{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} A Gown Inspired By BHLDN’s “Ortensia” For Under $600

It’s rare that one dress embodies everything a bride wants in her wedding gown. Often we’re split between many options because of small details. Jane, on the other hand, knows exactly what she wants, but it’s twice her budget.

I would be SO grateful if you would use your amazing dress-finding skills to help me out with a sudden and major case of CAI/GOI:

I just fell in love with BHLDN‘s new Ortensia gown  It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for – a flowing, floor length skirt that starts from the natural waist, a beautiful deep V neckline, pretty (but not blingy) details – but it’s double what I can afford ($1500 is my absolute maximum).

Thank you!

Jane, you did the hard part: Describing your perfect dress and including the budget. Now we’ve found some options that are less than half the budget. This way, you can add extra bling – if needed – through pretty shoes, a belt or maybe a pair of statement earrings.


Ortensia Gown ($3,000 at BHLDN)


Evelyn ($544.99 at Ruche)

Aidan Mattox Sheer-Back Ruched Gown ($475 at Neiman Marcus)

Badgley Mischka Antigua Bay Gown ($150 rental through Rent The Runway)

Sequin Bodice Chiffon Gown ($375 at Badgley Mischka)


Goddess V-Neck Wedding Dress ($550 at Ann Taylor)

V Neck Chiffon A Line Wedding Gown ($369.99 at For Her and For Him)

Be sure to check out the back of these options, Jane. Some have fantastic detail that you wouldn’t guess from the front — something I’m assuming you’d like given the inspiration. Finding the perfect dress is a tricky thing to do online – do read the return policies before ordering!

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} Long & Short Elopement Wedding Dresses For Under $500

We’ve got a special request this week. It’s super special actually because this Bay Area bride hasn’t fallen head over heels for a dress she can’t afford yet – she just needs help.

Looking for an elopement dress idea for San Francisco City Hall June 2013. I wear size 14 in bridal gowns, I’m pear shaped, and I want something long, romantic, and unique. I go back and forth between ‘”traditional elopement” dress or something short, from white to cream or champagne…

Our girl wants options! And, her plans changed since she first asked for our help. They’re still planning for something small and intimate but possibly at a chapel now. Courtney wants to spend no more than $700 and wants a soft, flowing romantic look but doesn’t like all over lace. She likes a little something extra but not full-blown bling. Girl, do we have serious options for you – long, short, strapless, one-shoulder, color and white.


One Shoulder Mesh Gown with Beaded Waist ($179 at David’s Bridal)

Swiss Dot Tulle Empire Waist Soft Wedding Gown ($349 at David’s Bridal)

Margarete in Sand ($478.99 at Ruche)

Lively Chevrons Dress ($480 at BHLDN)


David Meister Your Royal Highness Gown ($110 rental through Rent The Runway)


Nicole Miller Exquisite Eliza Gown ($110 rental through Rent The Runway)

It’s kind of fun to not have boundaries when looking through dresses. There’s a definite variety available here. Not all have a little extra something but, being below your budget, you could easily be made special with a beautiful belt. Having your size was really helpful – these are all available in size 14.

Having such an open mind may make it difficult to really decide. Be sure to check the return policy if you’re unsure. Any other BABs have some suggestions for courthouse/city hall/elopement wedding dresses for Courtney to consider?

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} An Ersa Atelier-Inspired One Shoulder Wedding Dress for Under $600

This week’s request is particularly special – well, for me. It comes from an adopted little sister of mine. Leann is my high school boyfriend’s little sister. I still picture her as a girl in middle school, despite the fact that she’s a beautiful, independent woman now. She knows she can ask me for help anytime. This week, I got a request from her via Pinterest. Her note was brief:

I want this but can’t have it! Help? :)

The dress is a preview for the Ersa Atelier 2013 collection. I failed to find a price for it (but we can assume it’s in the 4-5 digit range). Leann has a budget of about $600. She’s having a bit of a non-traditional wedding but loves this look.


Ersa Atelier Gown


David Meister One-Shoulder Metallic Gown ($570 at Saks Fifth Avenue)

Angeline ($639.99 at Ruche)

Silk Georgette Pleated One Shoulder  ($550 at Ann Taylor)

Beaded One-Shoulder Soft Charmeuse Gown ($349.99 at David’s Bridal)

One-Shoulder Gown with Asymmetrically Draped Skirt ($528 at David’s Bridal)

Allure Bridal Diamond White & Silver Ruched One Shoulder Wedding Gown ($508 at Unique Vintage)


Xscape Beaded One Shoulder Sheer Mesh Gown ($165 at Nordstrom)

Don’t kill me for throwing in a couple more traditional options. It’s always best to consider all options. And, with that in mind, I had a crazy additional thought. What about renting an amazing sequin dress and making a tulle overlay? Rent the Runway has some amazing options for a base to such a dress, like this Badgley Mischka gown for $125. With that price, you could rent it one weekend just to get the measurements then again for the wedding and still be under budget. Since this look is more gown-like, perhaps another BAB out there has a lead on a dress they’d like to share?