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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 the Vilora gown by Alena Gortskaya, Papilio Fashion House. Unfortunately, this gown is no longer produced. I love the flutter sleeves, soft ruffles, and subtle embellishment. I don’t care as much about the top angled layer of the skirt, but do love the movement and ease of the skirt. I would not want either dress to be stiffer, heavier fabric.

Kary’s instructions are clear: soft, fluttery, and subtle embellishment. Are you ready for the second half of my one-two punch? Here it comes!

Can't Afford It


Vilora Gown, Alena Goretskaya for Papilio Fashion House, $$$$

Get Over It

Bonny 6511

Bonny Wedding Dresses, Style 6511, $438 at Best Bridal Prices

AP Macy's

Adrianna Papell Cap-Sleeve Embellished Sunburst Gown, $180 at Macy’s

Pallas Athena

Pallas Athena PA9196, $670 at Best Bridal Prices

MS Payton

Maggie Sottero Payton 4MC034, $1,098 at Best Bridal Prices

AP Cap Sleeve Macy's

Adrianna Papell Cap Sleeve Tiered Gown, $239 at Macy’s

Jenny Yoo Cecilia

Jenny Yoo Cecilia, $275 at Nordstrom

J.Crew Heidi

Heidi Gown, $595 at J.Crew

Aidan Mattox

Aidan Mattox Dolman Sleeve Beaded Godet Gown, $357 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Haute Hippy

Haute Hippie Ruffled Hi-Low Maxi Dress, $238 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Tiered Chiffon Halter

Embellished Tiered Chiffon Halter Gown, $238 at Nordstrom

(Also available in white.)

Rachel Zoe Ruffled Maxi

Rachel Zoe Ruffle Maxi Gown, $595 at Shopbop

1920s' Flutter Sleeve

1920’s Flutter Sleeve Dress, $175 at Etsy seller AxisVintageClothing

ML Chiffon V-Neck

Monique Lhuiller Sleeveless V-Neck Chiffon Gown, $275 at Nordstrom

(Also in Champagne.)

Jenny Yoo Vivienne

Jenny Yoo Vivienne, $280 at Nordstrom

Want more coverage or breezy embellishment for any of the above? Check out the wispy capelets below:

Sheer Capelet Etsy

Sheer Wedding Capelet, $48 by Etsy seller bustle

Trickling Capelet

Trickling Capelet, $140 at BHLDN

Mikaella Cape M211

Mikaella Bridal Cape Style M211, $$$ at Mikaella Bridal

Lisa’s Bonus Pro Tip: While I’m a believer in breaking wedding “rules” that don’t work for you, choosing a gown that suits your venue not only keeps you comfortable, but it can also protect your purse. Gowns categorized as “destination gowns” are often more BAB-friendly and lightweight for beach or outdoor weddings. Know your fabrics, too: chiffon, poly blends, and silk will be lighter weight than taffeta, satin, crepe or dupioni. 

Kary, I hope I was able to help in your epic search for two ethereal gowns – let me know in the comments what you think!

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.
  • 3/2

    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 me feel sick to my stomach.

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    Lucky for my wedding budget, I’ve always been the bargain shopper. When I walk into a store, my first move is to go straight to the clearance rack. The same goes for wedding planning. I held out on a few things hoping a good sale would come along, and I was on point for a few of those things!

    Dress Shopping

    It didn’t take me long to get a clear image of how I wanted to look on my wedding day, and that image included something very specific about the dress I’d wear. Like any new bride-to-be, I started pinning pretty photos of dresses … and then I did some research on prices. The dress that Pinterest made me fall in love with was tens of thousands of dollars. TENS OF THOUSANDS. Back to the drawing board …

    Thanks to BAB’s “Can’t Afford It? Get Over It!” column, I was able to find more affordable bridal lines. I waited and waited for one affordable line to come out with that one specific feature I was looking for, and there it was — The One! After two separate appointments, I bought the first dress I tried on.

    At the same time, I found the ideal accessory to go with my dress, and in true bargain hunter fashion, I waited to buy it. About a year later, I got an email about a major sale. 40% off — sign me up!

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    Disclaimer: this is not “The One.”

    Suit Shopping

    Remember those to-do list items I had missed, and that little Valentine’s Day date at Macy’s I told you about? It literally paid for us to wait to buy Steve’s suit. We could not have lucked out any more with the sales we hit up that weekend!

    Macy’s has a reputation for having some amazing deals, so Steve and I knew that’s where we would go to find his wedding day look. Upon further research, I found out they were having a President’s Day sale, their “wear red for women’s heart health” promotion (buy a $2 pin, save 20%), AND we opened a Macy’s credit card … for another 20% off every purchase that day. What was originally a $550 suit ended up around $200 for my budget-savvy groom. Steve immediately told his groomsmen to head to Macy’s that weekend to take advantage of the same offers, and they did! Seriously, perfect.


    Ladies, he’s taken.


    Next to cutting the guest list, invitations were my next biggest nightmare. I know, I know. What’s the big deal about a few pieces of paper? For starters, it is so gosh. darn. expensiveI had such a hard time justifying the prices of invitations that it got pushed wayyyy back on the to-do list. After about four months of pinning and deleting and pinning again and customizing, I finally found invitations that I could deal with — design and price-wise. How? Like I said, all it takes is some patience. After finding a simple and elegant design, I waited a few days to order them. I wound up coming in about $50 under my invitation budget, thanks to another amazing sale!

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    These are just some of the recent examples of how my patience has paid off, but with crunch time in full swing, it’s getting harder to wait in order to save. With that said, you can trust that I am fully equipped with coupons when I walk into Michael’s for DIY projects, I always inform my ‘maids of dress and accessory sales that pop up in my inbox, and I even have my eye on Groupon Getaways for honeymoon destinations (a little late on that one, too).

    The moral of the story here is to learn how to love it or leave it. Don’t even look at dresses and accessories you know you can’t afford! As for the necessities (like invitations, bleh), get a good idea of what you like and keep one eye open for sales. Your wallet will thank you for being patient!

  • 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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    Katrina expressed her love for this Eden Black Label Wedding Dress (STYLE: BL093) and can you blame her? It's stunning! With its lovely tulle and crystallized beading, this dress is sure to make any girl feel like a true Princess Bride. She wrote, "It's beautiful but a bit over my price range." Well, every girl deserves to have her dream dress so let's find it! CAN'T…

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  • 4/1

    Real Bride Peach | I Found The Dress!

    Guess what, y'all?!?!  I found my dress! Wheeeeeee! As you saw from my boutique reviews, I didn't find my dress the first round. Or second. Or third or fourth or fifth!  In actuality, I found my dress on the SIXTH round of trying on.  Good grief, right? I think I stopped counting after 50-something dresses. And let me tell you, for a pretty simple, non-girly-girl, that's…

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    One of the first things I did after getting engaged was find my dress. This was purely by accident. It wasn’t on my to-do list to find my dress so early, but I was glad it happened! First, I have to show some love to The White Flower where I found my dress. It was wonderful! I went twice and both times had great associates…

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    Here we begin the slew of photos of the two of us where I'm looking at the camera and Travis is disinterested.  Why is it that, as soon as you tell vendors you’re inquiring about their services for a “wedding,” prices double and sometimes can even triple? It has become very clear over the past month that most hear the word “bride” and only see…

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  • 3/12

    YOU GUYS. BHLDN has done it again. If their offerings weren't already completely drool-worthy, they've solidified their reign as the Bringers of Bridal Beauty, the Providers of Pretty, the Sultans of Swoon, the ... whoops, I'm getting a little carried away. You get the point. BHLDN's 2014 line -- The Heirloom Collection -- of dresses and accessories is gorgeous, and some of it is shockingly affordable. Set your…

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