Broke-Ass Tag: wedding gown

9/29

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“I need help. I’ve never seen a bridal gown that felt like the gown for me. I’m starting to lower my expectations to a gown that is slimming because there’s no way that I can afford my dream gown that’s rumored to be upwards of 40k, Is it possible to find it for my budget of 1,000?”

The dream gown in question is an incredibly unique design from Ashi Studio, based in Beirut. The gown features a number of structural elements, including a corset-like, off-the-shoulder, low-back top, and a high-low, bubble-like skirt with large-ruffled back and bold embroidered details. It’s crazy high fashion couture, and you’re right, Teneasha, Ashi gowns START at $40,000.

So to answer your question, could I find your dream gown for under $1,000? Well, no. The Ashi gown is so, so unique that there just isn’t anything exactly like it out there. Instead, what I am going to share with you is a broad selection of gowns that share certain elements of the Ashi gown. I’ve categorized them based on most prominent similar feature, including gowns with hip action, back details, embroidery, high-low skirts, and other sculptural-like qualities. Let’s face it, Ashi gowns are works of art … very expensive art. I hope with all of the options I’m giving you, Teneasha, that there are some gowns that speak to what you’re looking for. Let’s check them out!

Can't Afford ItAshi Studio S_S 2015Ashi Studio S_S 2015-BackAshi Studio S/S 2015 #6, Ashi gowns range ~$40,000-$100,000

Get Over ItGowns with hip swag

Oleg Cassini High Neck Satin Short Wedding Dress at David's BridalOleg Cassini High Neck Satin Short Wedding Dress (Style: CRL661), $399.99 at David’s Bridal

LIMITED EDITION Oleg Cassini Silk Wedding Dress with Beaded Detail at David's BridalLIMITED EDITION Oleg Cassini Silk Wedding Dress with Beaded Detail (Style: CWG703), $899.99 at David’s Bridal

LIMITED EDITION Oleg Cassini Satin Wedding Dress with Beading at David's BridalLIMITED EDITION Oleg Cassini Satin Wedding Dress with Beading (Style: CWG702), $949.99 at David’s Bridal

Truly Zac Posen Tank Bonded Lace Wedding Dress at David's BridalTruly Zac Posen Tank Bonded Lace Wedding Dress (Style: ZP341555), $949.99 at David’s Bridal

LIMITED EDITION White by Vera Wang Beaded Lace Wedding Dress at David's BridalLIMITED EDITION White by Vera Wang Beaded Lace Wedding Dress (Style: VW351268), $999.99 at David’s Bridal

Dress nr1 by AgnesMiraRosa on EtsyWedding Dress (Style: nr1), $949.14 by Etsy seller AgnesMiraRosa

High-low gowns

SAMPLE Organza and Tulle High-Low Gown with Beaded Flower at David's BridalSAMPLE Organza and Tulle High-Low Gown with Beaded Flower (Style: AI26010039), $348.98 at David’s Bridal

FINAL SALE Truly Zac Posen Lace High Low Tank Wedding Dress at David's BridalFINAL SALE  Truly Zac Posen Lace High Low Tank Wedding Dress (Style: ZP341412), $399.99 at David’s Bridal

Hi-low Style Ivory Lace Sweetheart Neckline Organza Wedding Dress by Etsy seller ValiantWangHi-low Style Ivory Lace Sweetheart Neckline Organza Wedding Dress, $229 by Etsy seller Valiantwang

The Exchanging of Wows Wedding Dress in White at modclothThe Exchanging of Wows Wedding Dress in White, $300 at ModCloth

allison parris Sugar Coat Dressallison parris Sugar Coat Dress, $70 rental at Rent the Runway

Brocade Hi-low Prom Dress by Camille La VieBrocade Hi-low Prom Dress by Camille La Vie (Style: 28440-57454Z), $190 at edressme

ML Monique LhuillierOne-Shoulder Metallic Ball GownML Monique Lhuillier One-Shoulder Metallic Ball Gown (Style: NMF17_TBJGT), $798 at Neiman Marcus

Ruffled-back gowns

SAMPLE Mikado Gown with Ruffle Back at David's BridalSAMPLE Mikado Gown with Ruffle Back (Style: AI10030248), $248.48 at David’s Bridal

Oleg Cassini Satin Cascading Detail Wedding DressOleg Cassini Satin Cascading Detail Wedding Dress (Style: CPK650), $649.99 at David’s Bridal

SAMPLE Truly Zac Posen Strapless Satin Wedding Dress at David's BridalSAMPLE Truly Zac Posen Strapless Satin Wedding Dress (Style: AI34010003), $998.48 at David’s Bridal

Leila-cotton wedding dress by Etsy seller Victoriaspirina“Leila” cotton wedding dress, $840+ by Etsy seller VictoriaSpirina

Gowns with bold accents

SAMPLE Metallic Lace Ball Gown with Peek-a-Boo Back Panel at David's BridalSAMPLE Metallic Lace Ball Gown with Peek-a-Boo Back Panel (Style: AI14010369), $398.98 at David’s Bridal

NEW! Halter A-Line Wedding Dress with Lace Appliques at David's BridalNEW! Halter A-Line Wedding Dress with Lace Appliques (Style: OP1276), $449.99 at David’s Bridal

Gowns with a sculptural feel

Truly Zac Posen Wedding Dress with Tank Bodice at David's BridalTruly Zac Posen Wedding Dress with Tank Bodice (Style: ZP341565), $549.99 at David’s Bridal

Truly Zac Posen Satin Corseted Wedding Dress at David's BridalTruly Zac Posen Satin Corseted Wedding Dress (Style: ZP341564), $758+ at David’s Bridal

Issue New York Off The Shoulder Mesh Gown

Issue New York Off The Shoulder Mesh Gown in Ivory (Style: 390590003), $279 at Bluefly

What do you think, Teneasha? These gowns may not be Ashi Couture, but they all have unique qualities that could make for your knock-out wedding gown. If these dresses still aren’t cutting it for you, you could also consult with a dressmaker directly. Provide them with examples of what you love and be clear on your budget, and they may be able to make something custom just for you! Good luck!

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.

  • 7/4

    Photo: Jon Black Photography

    Credit: Jon Black Photography

    Last week I got an email with “exciting news” from my bridal store that my gown had arrived! I wasn’t expecting it until next month, so I was pleasantly surprised that it was ahead of schedule! I didn’t take my mom along during the dress shopping phase, so I brought her with me to pick it up.

    We headed to the bridal shop and were greeted by the owner, who is now more of a friend. We had a sip of champagne and got down to business. I was anxious to see my dress since it was made by a smaller Brooklyn designer, so the sample I tried on looks nothing like the real thing. For one, I am no where near a sample size, and I ordered a different color then the sample I tried on. I’m not sure what I expected. Sometimes I feel like people make a bride’s gown out to have magical powers, like you should unzip the garment bag and a brilliant light will surround the dress. That didn’t happen for me. The dress is pretty — of course it is. The color is a bit different than I expected. The thousand different names for shades of white is misleading. This “ivory” looks more like “candlelight” to me. Good news is it fits!!! Despite being a foot too long for my 5’2″ frame, it should only need minor alterations.

    So as I tried it on, and stood on the little pedestal and spun around, my mother sat there silently. She didn’t have much to say, just that it is pretty. Yep, we’ve established that already. I later got it out of her that “it’s not what she pictures when she thinks of a wedding dress.” Well gee, thanks, Mom. So we were both rather lackluster about the whole thing. You always see and hear about the tears and yelps of joy and champagne flowing when you try on THE dress, but I don’t think that’s real life. It’s a great moment, yes, but it’s also a business transaction. That kind of takes the fun out of it. I handed over my credit card, and left with the most expensive article of clothing I will ever own, that I will wear for all of a few hours and then pack it away.

    I guess I’m the bummer bride, but this is one of the times in the wedding process where there is a lot of hype, but reality just can’t live up to it. It was actually all kind of sad for me. Not only was it anticlimactic, but it really is starting to feel like the beginning of the end. It makes it all very real and very soon, that it will be over soon, and this beautiful gown and everything else will just be memories. It’s just a day. And it’s just a dress.

    Have you experienced any pseudo letdown moments during your planning? Anything you thought would be way more exciting that ended up being just kind of … meh?

  • 3/1

    So I’ll be honest, I’ve been a bit hesitant to discuss the purchase of my gown on here. While part of that has to do with a price tag that feels a bit over the Broke-Ass budget (and indeed did push me beyond my original budget limits), it more has to do with the fact that while I absolutely adore my dress, the process of purchasing…

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    12/17

    Rue de Seine Mackenzie Gown Front

    Hey BABs! How's your holiday shopping coming along? If you're still on the hunt, check out The Broke-Ass Bride Gift Guides!   Today's Can't Afford It gown is a two-fer. Bride Hailey fell in love with the Free People Gold Chalice gown, a stunning bohemian number with a strappy, open back and tribal-esque golden embellishments. But Hailey's true love is the Rue de Seine Mackenzie gown, complete with…

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    12/10

    ReemAcraOriginal

    Hey BABs! Long time, no see. Can you believe we're only a few weeks away from 2015?! Me either. I haven't forgotten about you my BABs, things just get a little crazy around this time of year but I'M BACK! And this week we're helping Erin get over a Reem Acra gown that Oliva Wilde wore to the 2008 Emmys. It's no surprise, as you're…

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  • 10/2

    Hey BAB's! I was starting to wonder when someone would come around with a Vera Wang request, as she IS the absolute QUEEN of bridal wear. This week we are helping lovely bride-to-be, Alana. She, like many of us, (me, me, me!) has fallen in love with Vera's Fall 2014 collection. This collection is EVERYTHING. It is all about the pink, and I mean all…

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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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    3/27

    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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  • 3/13

    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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