Broke-Ass Tag: wedding gown

12/10

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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 sure to always find her gowns on the red carpet. Reem Acra was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She worked in luxury interior design for 3 years before starting her career as a fashion designer saying herself that interior design is very much like designing clothes. Reem started her company in 1995 after she designed a wedding gown for a friend. She was able to get the dress in The New York Times and then invested $20,000 in luxury fabric. I would say she made a pretty good investment! So, we have got to help Erin out since her big day is just seven months away! Here is what Erin had to say:

“I’m in desperate need of help! My wedding is next July 2015 and I still don’t have my dress. I have my heart set on the Reem Acra dress Olivia Wilde wore. The only issue is it’s way out of my price range. Nothing I’ve tried on compares to that dress. I need help! Honestly I’d like to stay around $1000 but I have some wiggle room. Thank you so much for your help!!”

Damn that silk for being so luxurious and so damn expensive! No worries, girl! Chiffon still gives you that same, flowy, elegant feel.

Can't Afford It

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000Reem Acra Gown $5,950 at ShopBop

Get Over It

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000Floor-Length Sweetheart Chiffon Gown With Sequins (Style: 0020564725) $177 at JJsHouse.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000Chiffon Gown With Lace Cap Sleeves (Style: 11631) $310 at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000Charmuese Lace Gown With Off The Shoulder Lace Straps (Style: 11601) $330 at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000Lace Gown Over Sequin Bodice (Style: 1049) $550 at Dessy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000A-Line Chiffon Dress With Inverted Basque Waist (T670) $538 at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000

Tulle Gown with Crystal Embellishments by Tadashi Soji (Halcyon) $180 at BHLDN

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000A-Line Gown With Lace Cap Sleeves & A V-Back (Style: 325062) $750 at Ann Taylor

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000A-Line Gown With Soft Illusion Neckline & Flowing Tulle Skirt (Style: 33158643) $970 at BHDLN

Since you have a little wiggle room, I included these:

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000A-Line Dress With Silk Chiffon Skirt & Beaded Sleeves $872 – $1097 USD at Grace Loves Lace

I already did the US conversion so don’t worry about the prices on their website. The price depends on the length of the train you choose.

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Reem Acra Inspired Gown for Under $1000Sheath Gown With Paris Chiffon Over Rosario Crepe Back Satin (Style: Bryce 4MC897) $1,129 at BestBridalPrices.com

This dress offers free shipping as well as free shoes & a veil!

So, I’m feeling pretty good about this. (That Grace Loves Lace dress, tho!)  I really want to help because 7 months goes by even faster when you’re planning a wedding! Let me know what you think and if there is anything our team can help you with! Until next week, BABs …

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.
Elaine Michalek
  • 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 of the best shades of pink from blush to vibrant coral. This particular dress, “Noelle,” that we’re helping her get over is a beautiful coral, strapless mermaid dress made from organza flange accented by faille blossom, pleated organza and floral beaded embroidery. I had some trouble finding a price for it but I’m pretty sure it’s between $8,000 and $10,000. Here’s what Alana had to say:

    “I have a DESPERATE plea for a “Can’t Afford It/Get Over It” post –
    Vera Wang’s Fall 2014 Noelle Gown – that drop-dead-gorgeous coral/orange color.  I called the store – it retails for $6500.  Ugh!!!!
    I need a dress like that (a bright coral/orange or a vibrant peachy), cheaper AND in plus size!! I need something super fabulous because I am the bride!!!  HELP!!!!!!! :)”

    xoxo

    Alana

    Well, let’s help this, plus-size bride find something as fabulous as she is!

    Can't Afford It

    OriginalVera Wang’s “Noelle” $$$$

    Get Over It

    WeddingDressTrend180Floor-Length Mermaid Sweetheart Neckline Dress (Style: wd81210187) Sizes 2 – 26W – $180 at WeddingDressTrend.com

    TBDress198Strapless Trumpet/Mermaid Floor-Length Tiered Wedding Dress (Style: 09647014) Sizes 2 – 26W – $198 at TBDress.com

    TBDress248Strapless Mermaid Gown With Cascading Ruffles (Style: 10467203) Sizes 2 – 26W – $237 at TBDress.com

    WeddingDressTrend240Strapless Mermaid Dress With Ruffles (Style: wd81210759) Sizes 2 – 26W – $240 at WeddingDressTrend.com

    TBDress331Strapless Mermaid Gown With Beaded Flowers At The Mid Bodice (Style: 10075856) Sizes 2 – 26W – $314 at TBDress.com

    BestBridalPrices498 Gown With Basket Weave Bodice That Flows Into A Slight Mermaid (Style: 4978F) Sizes 14W – 26W – $498 at BestBridalPrices.com

    RealSizeBride500Silk Taffeta Plus Size Ballgown  Sizes 10 – 30 – $499 at RealSizeBride.com (Flower & Bow come in other colors.)

    BestBridalPrices590Tulle Gown With Sweetheart Neckline & Beading On The Bodice. (Style: 6198) Sizes 00 – 24 – $590 at BestBridalPrices.com

    WeddingDressFantasy995Gothic Wedding Dress – Available In Every Color (Style: CP816) at WeddingDressFantasy.com

    This site has a ton of options. All dresses come in every color and are available in sizes 0 – 40! Or, you can even design your own dress and they will make it for you. Check out some of their custom designs.

    BestBridalPrices1699Opal Organza Gown With Ruched Bodice (Style: V7153BB) Sizes 0 – 28 – $1,699 at BestBridalPrices.com

    So, lemme just explain what I did. ‘Cause I know there are a lot of colors but most of these dresses come in different colors as well. All of the colors in fact! You could totally customize your own gown, girlfrand! Especially on the Wedding Dress Fantasy site where the Gothic gown above is from. There are so many dresses to choose from and you can get them in the colors you want — like peach and coral. Also, with some of these dresses, you can actually get them in any color, even if it’s not listed. So, I hope I was able to help. I really think getting some custom made is your best option. Please let me know what you think! Until next week, BABs …

    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.
    Elaine Michalek
  • 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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  • 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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    11/7

    We love Elizabeth St. John, and she's been especially sweet to our readers over the last few years - but this holiday season, she's rolling out a particularly eye-popping offer with savings that we can barely even fathom! Liz has agreed to sell a wide variety of her most popular wedding dress styles, gowns which usually retail for $400 - $2500, for...your best offer. Allow…

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  • 10/23

    From left to right: Guest of Wind Dress ($35), Blueberry Iced Tea Dress ($45), Effortlessly Enchanting Dress ($60), and Antique Photos Dress ($45).  One of our biggest cost-saving tips for bridesmaid dress shopping is don't shop for a "bridesmaid" dress. Any dress that is prefaced with the word "bridesmaid" will cost your favorite ladies at least $300, on average. ModCloth has a ton of bridesmaid-ey…

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