Broke-Ass Tag: wedding gowns

5/12

Affiliate Disclaimer NewIllusion necklines are becoming increasingly popular in wedding dress land these days, and there’s no denying that they make a great alternative to a strapless gown. Reader Becca has fallen in love with one such illusion gown from David’s Bridal, commenting on this previous post with:

I’m stuck in a similar conundrum. I’ve tried on several different silhouettes of what I thought I liked, and ended up falling for this. The problem being I’m on a really tight budget, and realistically can’t spend more than $500 for a dress. All of the Chinese dress sites scare me because of the horror stories. What’s a truly broke bride to do?

Never fear, Becca! We’ve got plenty of dresses under $500 that feature a similar silhouette, airy tulle, and illusion details. Let’s check them out!

Can't Afford ItMelissa Sweet Tank Tulle Wedding Dress with Beads at Davids BridalMelissa Sweet Tank Tulle Wedding Dress with Beads (Style: MS251114), $1,050 at David’s Bridal

Get Over ItTulle Wedding Dress with Floral Lace Applique at Davids BridalTulle Wedding Dress with Floral Lace Applique (Style: WG3712), $399.99 at David’s Bridal

Amsale 'Alyce' Illusion V-Neck Pleat Tulle GownAmsale “Alyce” Illusion V-Neck Pleat Tulle Gown in Ecru (Style: 5090208), $310 at Nordstrom

Georgia Gown at BHLDNGeorgia Gown by Etoile (Style: 34991810), $400 at BHLDN

SAMPLE Illusion Tank Wedding Dress with Deep V Back at Davids BridalSAMPLE Illusion Tank Wedding Dress with Deep V Back (Style: AI10020564), $448.48 at David’s Bridal

Illusion neckline lace retro feel tulle wedding dress with sash by 50shouse on etsyIllusion neckline lace retro feel tulle wedding dress with sash, $260+ by Etsy seller 50shouse

Off White Embellished Chiffon Long Dress 2016 Prom Dresses at Unique VintageOff White Embellished Chiffon Long Dress 2016 Prom Dresses (Style: P27146), $120 at Unique Vintage

Own the Ceremony Dress in White at ModclothOwn the Ceremony Dress in White, $175 at ModCloth

Short Sleeve Beaded Illusion Tulle Sheath Gown at Davids BridalShort Sleeve Beaded Illusion Tulle Sheath Gown (Style: SWG680), $499.99 at David’s Bridal

Dessy Collection Style 2964Dessy Collection in Ivory (Style: 2964), $250 at The Dessy Group

Jenny Yoo 'Aria' Illusion Yoke Pleated Tulle GownJenny Yoo ‘Aria’ Illusion Yoke Pleated Tulle Gown in Alpine (Style: 1046237), $260 at Nordstrom

Ivory Lace Cap Sleeve Long Dress 2016 Prom Dresses at Unique VintageIvory Lace Cap Sleeve Long Dress 2016 Prom Dresses (Style: P33704), $145 at Unique Vintage

Chi Chi London Bridal Tulle Maxi DressChi Chi London Bridal Tulle Maxi Dress (Style: 797893), $106 at ASOS

hand beaded Slim A line Bridal Gown by GorgeousBridalGowns on etsyHand beaded Slim A line Bridal Gown, $489 by Etsy seller GorgeousBridalGowns

Lovely illusion gowns at an even lovelier pricepoint! What do you think, Becca? Are any of these dreamy gowns a winner? Let us know in the comments. Good luck with your search. Happy shopping!

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.

  • 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

    Galia Lahav-Dolce-F

    Hey, 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,…

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    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

    Julie-Vino-814-1-Wide

    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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