Broke-Ass Tag: under $1000


With previews for the new “The Great Gatsby” movie playing everywhere, it’s no surprise that chic ’20s style is catching the eye of modern brides. Sadly, that kind of glitz isn’t always nice to the pocketbook, as this week’s BAB quickly realized.

I’ve been looking for a quasi-20’s feeling dress for a while, and low and behold I’ve fallen in love with this Jenny Packham dress. Unfortunately, it looks to be way outside my price range (found a used one for $4,000!).

I’m looking for something that is $1,200 or less – with interesting beading, or lace, or sparkle, that’s a little bit unconventional. Help!

Often these kinds of dresses can be super difficult to replicate. There is one over budget option, but it was too good not to include. Plus, I’m a big believer in watching for possible sales or online discounts that would drop something fab that’s been just out of your reach to comfortably within your budget.


Eden Gown by Jenny Packham


White Sheer Strap Sweetheart Dress ($918 at Unique Vintage)

Aiguille Gown ($1,200 at BHLDN)

 Delphina Art Deco Mermaid Romantic Gown ($998 at Dahlnyc via Etsy)

Grace 1930s-Inspired Bridal Gown ($1,402.60 at Rowan Joy via Etsy)

Ivory Lace Capped Sleeve Wedding Dress ($1,065.60 at Grace Loves Lace via Etsy)


Silk Lace Satin and Chiffon Romantic Wedding ($940.29 at Katherine L. Kerrison via Etsy)

If you’re looking for even more options, check out our October post about the BHLDN “Lita” gown, it’s a super similar, 1920’s-inspired style.

  • 4/4

    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!

  • 3/20

    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…

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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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    Caitlin has a dress she can’t stop thinking about. I have a dress I can't get'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…

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  • 2/28

    Welcome back to The Broke-Ass Bride! Boy, Oh Boy, do I have a looker for Y'all this week!  I'm just gonna come out and say it.  This one is CAI/GOI fate, kismet, destiny! It can't be coincidence!  Amber's in love with a wedding gown that just happens to have my name on it!  Okay, so you have to cut out some letters.  Picky, Picky! Here's what…

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    Reader Request: Hi there. I find myself looking for a modern wedding - clean lines, bauhaus-inspired - but everything that I can find at reasonable price has a more vintage/romantic or blingy/overwrought vibe.  I've included photos of two dresses that I like because they're 1. modern, 2. not strapless, and 3. kind of space agey.  Can you suggest budget options that would be similar? The…

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    Claire Pettibone gowns are things of beauty.  But they're also ass-expensive. Today's bride is having this very dilemma. So I'm about to throw her a (petti)bone and help her out.  Let's see what bride Nora had to say: I have fallen hard for this Claire Pettibone wedding dress. I love the lace and the sleeves and the back.  It's perfect.  It is also outside of…

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  • 12/3

    The '60s have always been my favorite fashion era, and I especially love mod fashion. If you're a bride-to-be who wants to channel Twiggy or Edie Sedgwick on your wedding day, check out some of these mod-inspired wedding dresses for under $1000. Ready, steady, go! Tibi $495 BHLDN $600 J. Crew $795 Kate Spade $425 Alice + Olivia $597 Warehouse $110 The Row $750 River…

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