Posts in the 'Watters' Category

Can’t Afford It/Get Over It: A Fit N’ Flare Wedding Gown A La Watters’ “Hera”

Stephanie is dying over the Watters Hera dress, but is also looking not to bust her budget of $1000. Your wish is my command, Stephanie! Watter you waiting for? Let’s get you a fit & flare gown with a textured bodice and flowy flare!


Watters Hera gown, $$$$


Sweetheart Fit and Flare Beaded Applique Gown ($549 at David’s Bridal)

Strapless Lace Fit and Flare Gown With Side Split ($749 at David’s Bridal)

Beaded Sweetheart Mermaid Wedding Dress ($249 at ForHerAndForHim)

Lace Crystal Beaded Net Over Satin dress ($999 at Alfred Angelo)

Crystal Beaded Satin Organza Dress With Chapel Train ($799 at Alfred Angel0)

There you have it, Stephanie – some fit and flare options that give you more twirl for your dollar! The heavy texture on the top of the Watters dress is unique, but you can keep that visual interest with some lace, beading, or ruching for a fraction of the price. Happy dress shopping!

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} A Watters Adelaide-esque Gown For Under $500

Let’s start the New Year by rocking a reader’s “CAI/GOI” challenge. Today’s challenge: Finding a new dress for Julianne to love!

I am absolutely in love with this Watters gown; however it is completely out of my price range. I would love something for under $500 with similar detailing on the bottom. Do you have any suggestions on where I should be looking?



Julianne, I’m happy to help! Finding something super detailed and sticking to a tight budget can be super difficult but starting a new year is all about resolutions, right? We’ve got this.



Adelaide Gown (Retails for $3,400)


Strapless Pleated Bodice Gown with Pick Up Skirt ($399.99 at David’s Bridal)

Beaded Tiered Tulle Gown with Sweetheart Neckline ($349.99 at David’s Bridal)

Organza Gown with Pleated Tier Skirt and Lace ($449.99 at David’s Bridal)

Organza A-Line Gown with Angled Draped Pick-Ups ($349.99 at David’s Bridal)

Tiered Organza Wedding Dress ($419.99 at For Her and Him)

Strapless A Line Wedding Gown ($399.99 at For Her and Him)

Adrianna Papell Strapless Rosette-Skirt Gown ($238 at Dillard’s)

To get the detailing you want for under $500, sales and clearances are going to be your best bet. Lots of places have sales around this time of year. Get out there and look around. If you’re close to a sample size, consider going to stores to see which samples are on sale. I grabbed a sample dress and paid much less for it. It was a tad dirty, but a quick trip to the cleaner made the savings worthwhile.



{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} A Watters “Anouk”-Inspired Gown for Under $1,000

This one is a simple and understandable request.

I need a Can’t Afford It/Get Over It for this beautiful Watters Anouk gown.  I tried it on in the bridal shop but cannot justify over 2k for a wedding dress. Is there anything out there closer to the $1,000 range?


Well BAB, you’re in luck. The dress you covet is a classic design. If you’re willing to shop around, you’ll find a number of options with similar details. Here are just a few.


Watters Anouk Gown (Retail about $2,500)


Strapless Shantung Taffeta Gown ($449 at David’s Bridal)

Satin A-Line Gown ($179 at David’s Bridal)

Fall Brittany Dress ($950 at Ting via Etsy)

Faviana Ruched Taffeta Strapless Gown ($979.90 at Nordstom)

Daphne ($694.99 at Ruche)

Ella Rosa ($973 at House of Brides)

This is just a glimpse of your options. If there’s time before your wedding, be open to visiting small shops and going to sample sales. It’s the latter option that allowed me to get a $2,000 dress for $700, with tax – a steal, I know! Just be sure to take trusted critics with you so you don’t buy a final sale gown without making sure it’s “the one”.

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} Watters “Tyler” Look-A-Likes Under $1000

Ladies, I have a gorgeous CAI gown this week that I am sure many of you have lusted over.  It’s strapless, it’s curvaceous, it’s layered in organza, and I’ve got a whole round of gorgeous look-a-likes for under $1000. But first let’s see what Bride Tori wrote:

Hi, Dana! I am in love with the Watters dress called Tyler but I just can’t make myself love the price! Also, I have yet to find a retailer in my area so I can even try the darn thing on! Please help me out here. I’ve found a few sites that claim to have the same dress for a fraction of the cost but dishing out $600 for a knockoff that might not be right makes me cringe. I’ve tried on a similar dress by Marisa but it just didn’t fit the bill. Can you please find me a Tyler look-a-like for a price that’s lookin’ right?! 

Thanks a bunch,


Can’t Afford It:

Get Over It:

1. Jovani. $800.


3. Nicole Miller. $1035.

4. Mignon. $558.

5. Liz Fields. $898.

6. ABS. $489.

7. Theia. $1095.

8. Rebecca Taylor. $695.

9. Halston Heritage. $486.50.

10. Oleg Cassini. $850.

11. David’s Bridal. $199.

12. David’s Bridal. $599.

13. Galina. $449.

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