Broke-Ass Tag: wedding dress


Affiliate Disclaimer NewToday’s CAI/GOI request is for a fun and casual dress from BHLDN. Reader Kate commented on this post with:

“Y’all are incredible. So glad to have stumbled on these posts–have loved looking at some of the Etsy sellers you’ve mentioned! After a painful divorce a few years ago, I’m blessed to be a second-time-around bride, looking for something a tad more casual than the frothy confection I wore for my first wedding, but still romantic and bridal. We’re holding a small family wedding next spring. I’ve fallen for the Fig dress by Korovilas for Bhldn–love the unique swing silhouette, boatneck, and mix of textures. Ideally would like to spend less than $400 as we’re concentrating budget on footing the bill for our family to travel and celebrate with us. Would love your insights–this silhouette seems hard to find! xoxo”

Thanks for the love, Kate, and congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! Before I dive into look-alikes, I wanted to let you know that if you happen to be a size extra-small or small, you are in major luck because the “Fig” gown is on super sale right now! If that won’t work for you, I’m also posting a lineup of similar gowns that feature a flowing silhouette (you’re right, swing-style gowns are hard to find!), texture on the bodice, and a boatneck or high neckline. Let’s check them out!

Can't Afford ItFig Dress from BHLDNFig Dress By Korovilas (Style: 38292330), $250 at BHLDN

Get Over ItHigh Neck Chiffon Wedding Dress with Beading at David's BridalHigh Neck Chiffon Wedding Dress with Beading (Style: 231M75160), $179.99 at David’s Bridal

Jessalyn Dress at BHLDNJessalyn Dress From Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent (Style: 39813035), $200 at BHLDN

2016 Luxury A Line Boat Neck V Back Designs by Etsy seller flourishingli2016 Luxury A Line Boat Neck V Back Design Dress, $295 by Etsy seller flourishingli

Rachel Pally Anya DressRachel Pally Anya Dress in White or Cream (Style: 8114778), $255 at Zappos

Raga Crochet-Paneled Maxi Dress at Forever21Raga Crochet-Paneled Maxi Dress (Style: 2000168759), $118 at Forever 21

Illusion Neckline Crystal Bodice Chiffon Dress at David's BridalIllusion Neckline Crystal Bodice Chiffon Dress (Style: 182892DB), $159.99 at David’s Bridal

Paulette Dress at BHLDNPaulette Dress By Needle & Thread (Style: 37783354), $250 at BHLDN

Roselyn Off White Wedding Dress by Etsy seller GatsbyladyRoselyn Off White Wedding Dress, $189 by Etsy seller Gatsbylady

Love Runs High Ivory Maxi Dress at Lulu'sLove Runs High Ivory Maxi Dress (Style: 394212), $39 at Lulus

Off White Embellished Cutout Back Chiffon Long Dress at Unique VintageOff White Embellished Cutout Back Chiffon Long Dress (Style: P31760), $238 at Unique Vintage

What do you think, Kate? Is the original “Fig” dress the winner, or does something in the roundup above catch your eye? Let us know in the comments.

Any of you BABs out there think you can do better? We’re looking for a couple of frugal fashionistas to take on the task of helping our readers #GetOverIt! If you’re interested, send an email to with subject #CAIGOI and a link to a Pinterest board of a designer dress and your broke-ass worthy alternative finds!

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. Please be aware, though, that because you guys love this column so much, we can often build up quite the queue and it may be a while before we can get to your dream dress. Rest assured, though, Team Broke-Ass is on the case!

*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.
  • 9/14

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewOkay. So. We’ve been planning this shindig for like 14 months. That’s a long time (haha, just kidding … every bride-to-be know that shit flies by SO quickly). But in the real world, it really is a long time to plan one event. I cannot tell you how many individual decisions we’ve made, nor how many obstacles we’ve had to overcome. Russel and I are both pretty laid back by nature, so if we run into a problem, we just figure out how to fix it. We’ve had no freak outs, no Bridezilla moments, etc. We’re a little over two weeks from the big day, so isn’t RIGHT NOW the perfect time for me to have my first meltdown?? Of course!

    Etsy Echoroad Bridechilla T-ShirtT-shirt available from Etsy seller echoroad

    It starts with my dress. I love my dress. LOVE IT. I went to two shops and tried on about 10 or so total (I would guess). At the first store, I really liked two of them, but I didn’t love either. At the second store, I tried THE dress on last, and knew it was perfect. I had that bubbly, happy, euphoric feeling, even as the consultant was swiping my credit card at checkout. It felt like such a huge weight had been lifted, especially because I put off this very big, important decision until basically the last possible minute. That’s obviously a whole other story. So anyway. I love my dress, but it is rather … unique. I don’t want to spill all the details on the off chance Russel decides to read this. What I can say that it is making finding the right bra IMPOSSIBLE.

    Let us list the reasons it’s impossible.

    1. It has straps, but they are very thin. I knew going in that I could not wear a normal bra. Okay, no big deal. Who wears a normal bra on their wedding day? I am guessing hardly anyone.
    2. The back makes wearing a traditional strapless bra unfeasible. Kind of a bigger deal, but back when I bought the dress, it didn’t seem insurmountable. My mom, bridesmaid Adrienne, the shop consultant and I discussed it and figured I’d be able to find a solution.
    3. One of those solutions was sewing cups into the dress. We all agreed it could be a good option. Including the consultant … who worked there. So when I went in for my first fitting and the seamstress told me that their cups only go up to a size B, well LOL. That would have been fantastic to know. My boobs are effing huge, people. Like way too big. But there is not much I can do about them, so yeah … B cups are not gonna work. Even with cups, I am not sure it would offer quite enough support, thin-strapped dress and all.
    4. Okay. So now I know I need a strapless bra that is either backless, or has a very low one. Those exist, right? Yes. They do. I know that they do because I have now purchased four different options and tried on about 10 others — all without success, of course. Take it from me: the chicken cutlets and other stick-ons aren’t going to work if you have big chesties. And all of those low back bustiers or corsets? They aren’t going to come in your size, either.

    So here we are. Two weeks out and I am braless. I still haven’t done my final dress fitting because my seamstress (not the one at the store, btw — hated her) wants me to wear the actual undergarments I will be wearing on my wedding day. Which makes total sense, obviously. But I don’t own them yet. So yes, the meltdown has commenced. I now spend all my free time scouring the Interwebz looking for something — ANYTHING — that might work. I also spend every other day shopping in real stores, trying to find The One. Note to retailers and manufacturers: girls with boobs bigger than a D cup would love to have shapewear and strapless bras that fit them. Hell, I don’t even mind modifying something if I have to, which is starting to look like my only option.

    So if anyone needs me, I’ll be huddled over my phone or computer or popping in and out of shops all over Northeast Ohio and also having panic attacks in my car between stores.

    PS sorry this post was such a downer! But it feels good to vent, I must admit.

    Do you have any bra leads? What caused your Meltdown Moment? Share in the comments!

  • 7/7

    Gabriela Gown from BHLDN

    Today's CAI/GOI post was super fun to put together! Reader Marta emailed us asking for something a little non-traditional. She wrote: "Help! I am not your conventional bride and am having such a hard time finding a dress. I love this one on BHLDN but of course this is their only dress at $2500: . Really like a low back but BHLDN's dress in particular…

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    After procrastinating for several months, I finally went and ordered my dress. My friend came along for moral support, and she agreed that was the one. So I said "Yes," but there were no tears, no Champagne popping ... because I knew what was coming next. The dreaded measurements. (Cue scary music.) I had put off the appointment with the hope that I would loose a…

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    Cyber Monday Deals for Your Broke-Ass Wedding

    While our Black Friday post was a hodge-podge in the truest sense, we try to focus our Cyber Monday efforts specifically on wedding-y deals, so you can get the most bang for your buck while planning your badass wedding. Being that we are The Broke-Ass Bride, we understand the too legit value of getting the v. best deal possible, and what better way to do so…

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  • 7/2


    Hello BABs! Today's CAI?/GOI! is the Part 2 to yesterday's Part 1. Check it out if you missed it - there's a fantastic reader story!  And if you're looking for more goddess-inspired gowns, you might like the ones in the Rue de Seine Sadi post. Today's Part 2 is a hunt for reader Kary's home reception gown: For our home reception, I'd love a gown like…

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    We're all here for the same reason. We all want to find the best ways pinch pennies while planning our weddings, because let's face it: Anything with the word "wedding" tacked onto it is going to cost you a lot more than it normally would. My current favorite instance of this is transportation options. When I hear the words, "These are our wedding rates," it makes…

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  • 7/11

    Happy Friday, BABs! Summer's in session and it's a great time to be a BAB with all these killer deals! From hot kicks to cool swimwear and much more, there's a heap of amazing deals in this week's Ten for the Weekend! Wanna give a badass boost to your bridal look? is having a London Trash sale: Knock 50% off with code LT50. These…

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