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Happy Friday, Broke-Asses! I’ve been thinking a lot about winter weddings (it’s coming, after all!) and I’m totally loving the idea of gorgeous, shimmery, non-traditional gowns set against the crisp white of winter snow. Winter weddings are also a great way to save some skrilla — it tends to be a bit of an offseason (save for the weeks around Christmas and New Years, as well as Valentine’s Day), as the vast majority of weddings take place from May through October. Gorgeous non-traditional dresses make for amazing, impactful wedding gowns, and they often run significantly less because you can buy them off-the-rack (just find a good seamstress or tailor) or rent them for incredibly cheap. And! You can def. wear them again if you buy — think New Years, black-tie weddings or just a super fancy night out. Here are five of my favorite non-traditional wedding gowns that would stun at a winter (or anytime) wedding for under $500:

Adrianna Papell Floral Beaded Gown from Dillards

Adrianna Papell Floral Beaded Gown, $300 at Dillards

Nha Khanh Silver Harmony Dress from Rent the RunwayNha Khanh Silver Harmony Gown, $125 Rental ($825 Retail) at Rent the Runway
Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman from Saks Fifth Avenue

Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman Embroidered Tulle Gown, $464 (Was $1160) at Saks Fifth Avenue

Sparkle Within Dress from ModCloth

Sparkle Within Dress, $329.99 from ModClothTeri Jon by Rickie Freeman Jacquard Trumpet Gown from Saks Fifth Avenue

Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman Jacquard Trumpet Gown, $384 (Was $960) at Saks Fifth Avenue

BONUS (because I couldn’t help myself):Badgley Mischka Night at the Oscars Dress from Rent the Runway

Badgley Mischka Night at the Oscars Gown, $120 Rental ($620 Retail) from Rent the Runway

Would you pick any of these for your wedding day? Which is your favorite?

  • 9/4

    Hey, BABs! This week we’re helping Brianna get over the lovely “Emma Gown” by Theia for BHLDN. Don O’Neill is the designer/creative genius behind the Theia Collection, which was created to “bring out a woman’s inner goddess.” Theia, a Titaness in Greek mythology, possessed the power of light. So, basically, she made everything sparkle and we here at BAB lurve our sparklez. This particular gown was inspired by the blossoms of the Japanese cherry tree. This petals were designed by using the laser cutting technique. This technique has been around for a long time, butack in the day you would have to spend beaucoup bucks as laser cutting was only used mostly for couture clothing. Now you can walk into most clothing chains and find something using this technique. So now that you know a little bit about it, here’s what Brianna had to say:

    “Hello! I love this column and hope you can help with my own search. I absolutely love the detailed and textured look of the BHLDN Emma dress, but the price is a bit high for me. Something under $700 (honestly, the lower the better) would be awesome. Ombré or solid color, any help is welcome!”

    Can't Afford It

    OriginalEmma Gown by Theia Bridal for BHLDN (Style: 31233463) $1,295 

    Get Over It

    NordstromJS Collections Floral Applique Gown (Style: 564325) $240 at Nordstrom
    RainingBlossoms3Taffetta & Organza Sweetheart A-Line Gown With Beaded Flowers (Style: RB-0032) $274 at Raining Blossoms
    RainingBlossoms2Tulle Softly Curved Strapless Neckline A-Line Wedding Dress With Floral Decorations (Style: WD-2393) $319
    at Raining Blossoms
    RainingBlossomsTulle Softly Curved Strapless Neckline A-Line Wedding Dress With Floral Element Design (Style: WD-3264) $319
    at Raining Blossoms
    NeimanMarcusSue Wong Beaded & Floral Embroidered Beaded Gown (Style: 0474132235171) $510 at Saks Fifth Avenue
    BestBridalPricesStrapless After Six Wedding Dress With Heirloom Lace & Full Shirred Skirt (Style: 1037) $540 at Dessy
    AnnTaylorAnn Taylor Rose Petal Spaghetti Strap Wedding Dress (Style: 256364) $650 at Ann Taylor

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    Brianna, I certainly hope I helped you find a great alternative for that gorgeous gown!

    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.
    Elaine Michalek
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    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…

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