Broke-Ass Tag: wedding gowns

2/17

Affiliate Disclaimer NewYou guys, today’s CAI/GOI request was quite a challenge! Reader Jane wrote in on this post with:

“Hello! I was wondering if you could work you’re magic and help me out! I recently fell in love with Ersa Atelier’s lacy Eirene dress (darn Pinterest!) & it is WAY over my budget. This might be too big a big leap, but my budget is really more towards $500 or less. If you could point me in the right direction, I’d be so grateful! Thanks for your time & any help!”

Ersa Atelier gowns, designed by twin sisters Cristina and Gabriela Antonescu in Romania, feature fashion-forward, contemporary details and are made with luxurious materials. The gowns are incredibly unique and beautiful, which makes them not exactly Broke-Ass affordable at a cool $7,000-$12,000. The “Eirene” gown features an all-over lace sheath with 3/4 sleeves and a high neckline. The skirt portion has a tulle overlay that allows the lace to peek through.

Admittedly, Jane, I did not find a gown that looks exactly like the “Eirene” for under $500, so for today, I am sharing with you dresses that are inspired by different features of the Ersa Atelier gown. Namely, I searched for gowns that have a tulle layer over lace, or some combination of the two. In the second half of the post, I’m offering you a handful of lace gowns and a couple of suggestions for you to add your own tulle skirt to the mix. Let’s see if we can overcome that darned Pinterest find of yours!

Can't Afford ItErsa Atelier EirineErsa Atelier’s “Eirene” from the Spring 2015 Collection, Prices range $7,000-$12,000

Get Over ItMcKenna Day Dress from BHLDN“McKenna” Day Dress By The Jetset Diaries (Style: 36884377), $350 at BHLDN

Chandler Dress at BHLDN“Chandler” Dress By Bailey 44 (Style: 38129623), $295 at BHLDN

Georgia Gown at BHLDN“Georgia” Gown By Etoile (Style: 34991810), $400 at BHLDN

Tulle Over Lace Trumpet Gown with High Neckline at Davids BridalTulle Over Lace Trumpet Gown with High Neckline (Style: SWG678), $449.99 at David’s Bridal

Alright, since there aren’t a lot of gowns with tulle over lace all ready to go, here are my suggestions for lace gowns you can pair with a separate tulle over-skirt. (Some pairings will put you just a bit over $500 if you can swing it.)

Long Lace Wedding Dress by Lusso Dresses on etsyLong Lace Wedding Dress By LussoDresses, $500 via Etsy

Right Here and Vow Dress in Ivory at ModClothRight Here and Vow Dress in Ivory, $250 at ModCloth

Long Sleeves Wedding Dress features Vintage French Lace and Satin Sash by GorgeousBridalGowns on etsyLong Sleeves Wedding Dress features Vintage French Lace and Satin Sash By GorgeousBridalGowns, $459 via Etsy

Free People Lace White River Maxi DressFree People Lace White River Maxi Dress (Style: FREEP42617), $99 at Shopbop

Gorgeous Ivory_Nude Lace Long Sleeves Wedding Dress by GorgeousBridalGowns on etsyGorgeous Ivory/Nude Lace Long Sleeves Wedding Dress By GorgeousBridalGowns, $459 via Etsy

Victorian Lace Evening Dress by Nika at edressmeVictorian Lace Evening Dress by Nika (Style: Nika N9309), $458 at eDressMe

And the skirts:

Lazio Skirt at BHLDN“Lazio” Skirt From Willowby by Watters (Style: 37597804), $260 at BHLDN

Tulle Over Skirt by TulleSkirtShop on etsyTulle Over Skirt By TulleSkirtShop, $75+ via Etsy

If you’d like even more options, the lovely Lisa wrote a CAI/GOI post last year for someone looking for anothe, somewhat similar Ersa Atelier gown (the “Melisse”). Some of her suggestions are also under $500.  What do you think, Jane? Did we help you get over “Eirene”? Let us know in the comments!

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.
  • 11/12

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewHey, hey BABs! Today’s CAI/GOI request is a stunner! Reader Alix commented on this post with:

    My mom always said I had champagne taste with a beer budget, she was right. I found a Galia Lahav dress, from the Dolce Vita Collection, the Dolce, and I fell in love with it before I looked at the price tag. I love the v neck, its fitted, the partial lace with stretch satin, keyholes on the sides and the back is to die for. Its sexy and elegant at the same time. Trying to find anything similar for under $3,000!

    The “Dolce” has so many gorgeous details! Russian-born Galia Lahav has been designing couture gowns for over 30 years. Known for her lavish, luxurious designs, Galia prides herself in producing items in her Israeli home studio to custom made standards. Every gown is crafted by highly trained specialists using top of the line materials and equipment. Galia is world-renowned, and with that, her gowns do not come cheap, ranging $6,000-$19,500. Yep, Alix…champagne taste. But your $3,000 dress budget is definitely something we can work with. Let’s check out some “Dolce”-inspired gowns!

    Can't Afford ItGalia Lahav-Dolce-FGalia Lahav-Dolce-BGalia Lahav’s “Dolce” from La Dolce Vita Collection, $10,000+

    Get Over ItMori Lee Voyage Wedding Dresses - Style 6793Mori Lee Voyage Wedding Dresses (Style: 6793), $699 at BestBridalPrices

    Mori Lee Wedding Dresses - Style 1954Mori Lee Wedding Dresses (Style: 1954), $1,020 at BestBridalPrices

    Nicole Miller Blake“Blake” Bridal Gown (Style: HO10000), $1,700 at Nicole Miller

    Pronovias Wedding Dresses - Style MadridPronovias Wedding Dresses “Madrid,” $1,971 at BestBridalPrices

    satin and tulle by dresseslionessSexy Lace and Tulle Wedding Dress by DressesLioness, $2,819.55 via Etsy

    Desiree Hartsock - Style Alera 5HW157Desiree Hartsock for Maggie Sottero “Alera” (Style: 5HW157), $1,098 at BestBridalPrices

    Kristina lace and satin wedding gown by dresseslioness on etsy“Kristina” Lace Wedding Dress by DressesLioness, $2,211.41 via Etsy

    Mori Lee Voyage Wedding Dresses - Style 6811Mori Lee Voyage Wedding Dresses (Style: 6811), $1,099 at BestBridalPrices

    Katie May MonacoKatie May “Monaco” (Style: KATIM30004), $1,950 at Shopbop

    Sophia Tolli Wedding Dresses - Style Rexana Y11629Sophia Tolli Wedding Dresses “Rexana” (Style: Y11629), $1,460 at BestBridalPrices

    bohemian lace wedding dress by dresseslioness on etsyBohemian Lace Wedding Dress by DressesLioness, $2,819.55 via Etsy

    David Tutera - Style Briony 215276David Tutera “Briony” (Style: 215276), $1,573 at BestBridalPrices

    Jules Bridal Gown by Nicole Miller“Jules” Bridal Gown (Style: KS10001), $2,400 at Nicole Miller

    Impression Wedding Dresses - Style 10341Impression Wedding Dresses (Style: 10341), $850 at BestBridalPrices

    Katie May BarcelonaKatie May “Barcelona” (Style: KATIM30003), $2,500 at Shopbop

    Mori Lee Wedding Dresses - Style 2809Mori Lee Wedding Dresses (Style: 2809), $1,398 at BestBridalPrices

    Rara Avis Dezory on etsy“Dezory” Wedding Dress by RaraAvisAngeEtoiles, $1,597.74 via Etsy

    Not every dress listed above has all of the features of the “Dolce” gown, but some come pretty close. The Mori Lee gowns all have beautiful back details, so be sure to click through the links to check those out. I think the closest look-alikes to the “Dolce” would be the gowns made by DressesLioness (Lioness & Lioness Couture) on Etsy. That shop, from France, produces a number of dresses that are fitted, with bits of lace and many other sexy little details, much like the Galia Lahav number.

    Well, Alix, how did we do? If you love any of these lookalikes, please let us know in the comments. Good luck on your gown search!

    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.
  • 11/3

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    Source Dress shopping has brought me equal parts excitement and anxiety. You're shopping for the dress. I've never been a spectator for anyone's shopping experience before, and have only been bridesmaid dress shopping once. Ten years ago.  I'd like to add that I sort of hate shopping. I don't like to try on clothes. I have a solid idea of what looks good on me, and purchase 90%…

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    7/21

    Gown WG3532, Headpiece 35986C001, Bracelet 9721|| David's Bridal Busts Out A Big Ol' Heaping of Savings

    It's Christmas in July! No, not really, but pretty damn close, y'all. David's Bridal is having their hugest sale of the season. And by huge, we mean RIDICULOUS. For serious. From wedding dresses to styles for your entourage to all those pretty little sparkly adornments, prices are slashed across the board: * Wedding dresses that were originally $300-$600 are now as low as $99, with…

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    6/3

    David's Bridal WG 3672 || Photo: Small Town Girl Photography

    You guys really dug my BHLDN wedding gown test drive post and The Broke-Ass Bride received a number of requests to keep the party going. As luck would have it, David's Bridal was totally into the idea, so with Alyssa from Small Town Girl Photography and Real Bride Shannon in tow, we hit the store in Lewisville, Texas, to take a few of their gorgeous and…

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  • 6/1

    So, you found your gown. It feels super lovely, like you're floating on a dream of unicorns and kittens and yes, you totally teared up a little when you looked in the mirror. It looks amazing, wonderful, fantastic and totally YOU. Right? Good. But how does it feel? And no, I'm not talking about those butterflies in your tummy or the floofiness of the tulle.…

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    5/7

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    Hey, y'all! We're on the hunt today for some seriously gorgeous gowns. Bride Megan writes: "I'm looking for a Julie Vino type dress, specifically the Orchid Spring Collection 2014. [Here] I know you all do the "Can't Afford It, Get Over It" pieces. Just wondering if you know of any designers who carry similar items. The sleeved dresses interest me the most." That collection is…

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    3/23

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    For all the talk we have on BAB about trying on wedding gowns, we rarely discuss our level of expectation when it comes to a gorgeous gown we've been ogling online vs. the reality once it hits our likely not-model bodies. With this in mind, I put my head together with the amazing team at BHLDN who came down to Dallas for a trunk show…

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  • 8/4

    The Broke-Ass Bride is proud to partner with Brides Against Breast Cancer, turning gently used designer gowns into a beacon of hope in the worldwide fight against breast cancer. If you'd like to donate your gown, here's how. If you're in need of a gown, Brides Against Breast Cancer runs a nationwide tour of gowns, and you should most definitely check it out when it…

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