Broke-Ass Tag: wedding gowns

4/20

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Reader Sandra commented on this post looking for a floaty dress for her 30th anniversary vow renewal:

“Just found “Can’t Afford It” today. Wonderful! My husband and I will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary in 2018, and would like to have a vow renewal and small party. I really like Inga Nataya’s “River Fairy” dress in Lilac, but $900 is too much for me to spend on a dress. (My original wedding dress, veil and shoes cost less than $300). I love the Edwardian look of Jenny Packham’s Azalea as well. I’d only like to spend $400 or less, and I hope to be able to wear the dress again to occasions like a graduation party or someone else’s wedding.
Also, I’m 52 and love vintage clothing. While I love the floaty look of the above dresses, I don’t want anything too youthful.
Hoping this is not all impossible!
Can you help? Thanks!!!”

Sandra, first off — congratulations on your soon-to-be 30 married years! For your renewal dress, I’ll focus my search on simpler “floaty” dresses without trains and won’t limit it to just traditional white gowns. The River Fairy gown has a soft shrug overlay with sleeve look, and I’ll see if I can find this kind of versatility in the dresses in my search, and keep it from going to “young” looking.  I’ll also keep an eye for some Edwardian dresses, which is also a lovely style.  Let’s see them …

Can't Afford It

Inga Nataya River Fairy in Lilac

River Fairy dress in Lilac, $900 by Inga Nataya

Get Over It

Nordstrom - Embellished Lace Gown 319

La Femme Embellished Lace Gown; $319 at Nordstrom

ASOS - Lace Paneled Flutter Sleeve Maxi Dress 113

Lace Paneled Flutter Sleeve Maxi Dress in blue; $113 at ASOS

ASOS - Needle & Thread Daisy Embroidery Maxi Dress With Cold Shoulder 376

Needle & Thread Daisy Embroidery Maxi Dress With Cold Shoulder; $376 at ASOS

Macys - Adelyn Rae Lace Maxi Dress 148

Adelyn Rae Lace maxi Dress; $148 at Nordstrom

Macys - J Kara Beaded V Back Capelet Gown 289

J Kara Beaded V-Back Capelet Gown; $289 at Macy’s

Macys -Adrianna Papell Beaded Mesh Gown 349

Adrianna Papell Beaded Mesh Gown; $349 at Macy’s

Macys -Adrianna Papell Embellished Popover Xapelet Gown 369

Adrianna Papell Embellished Popover Capelet Gown; $369 at Macy’s

Dillards - JS Collection Romantic Ruffle Sheer Matte jersey Gown 258

JS Collections Romantic Ruffle Sheer Matte Jersey Gown; $258 at Dillard’s

Dillards - R&M Richards Sequined Lace and Chiffon Jacket Dress 130

R & M Richards Sequined Lace & Chiffon Jacket Dress in Lavender; $130 at Dillard’s

Dillards - Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Sequin Lace Organza Riffle Tiered Gown 219

Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Sequin Lace & Organza Ruffle Tiered Gown; $219 at Dillard’s

So what do you think, is there a dress here for your vow renewal, Sandra?  I wish you 30 more years of married bliss.

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.
  • 10/27

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewToday’s CAI/GOI request is for a seriously gorgeous Galia Lahav gown. Reader Jasmine commented on this post asking for some help finding a “Loretta” lookalike. She writes:

    Hi! I too am in love with a Galia Lahav “Loretta” dress. Would like to keep my budget around $3000 (and lower if possible :D) but there might be some wiggle room if truly necessary ;). I am floored by this dress, like it is the epitome of a dream dress for me but it’s upwards of $10,000. I hope that you can help me out, cuz I clearly have champagne taste, and while I’m not much of a beer drinker, I definitely only have ‘cheap wine’ money lol. Thanks much!

    We can get you some pretty good “wine” for $3,000, Jasmine! For similar gowns, I searched for mermaid silhouettes with a body-hugging lace bodice and tulle skirt. I kept an eye out for gowns with extra volume in the skirt and lace up top. Let’s check them out!

    Can't Afford ItGalia Lahav Loretta back Galia Lahav Loretta front Galia Lahav’s “Loretta” Gown, “Tales of the Jazz Age” Collection, ~$12,000

    Get Over ItLIMITED EDITION Oleg Cassini Tank Lace Mermaid Wedding Dress at David's BridalLIMITED EDITION Oleg Cassini Tank Lace Mermaid Wedding Dress (Style: CWG709), $1,099.99 at David’s Bridal

    Leigh Gown from BHLDNLeigh Gown By Eddy K (Style: 39250873), $1,600 at BHLDN

    Truly Zac Posen Criss Cross Back Wedding Dress at David's BridalTruly Zac Posen Criss Cross Back Wedding Dress (Style: ZP341638), $949.99 at David’s Bridal

    Rosa Clara 'Estrada' Beaded Mesh Lace Mermaid Dress (In Stores Only)Rosa Clara’Estrada’ Beaded Mesh Lace Mermaid Dress (In Stores Only) (Style: 5104082), $2,962 at Nordstrom

    Judil Lace Gown by etsy seller RaraAvisAngeEtoiles“Judil” Wedding Dress, $2,188.48 by Etsy seller RaraAvisAngeEtoiles

    Illusion Deep Plunge Neckline Lace Trumpet Gown at David's BridalIllusion Deep Plunge Neckline Lace Trumpet Gown (Style: SWG681), $799.99 at David’s Bridal

    Rosa Clara 'Volga' Beaded Tulle Trumpet Dress (In Stores Only)Rosa Clara ‘Volga’ Beaded Tulle Trumpet Dress (In Stores Only) (Style: 5104083), $2,312.50 at Nordstrom

    Katie May Charleston GownKatie May “Charleston” Gown (Style: KATIM30009), $1,650 at Shopbop

    Beaded Venice Lace Trumpet Wedding Dress at David's BridalGalina Signature Beaded Venice Lace Trumpet Wedding Dress (Style: SWG723), $958 at David’s Bridal

    Casablanca Casablanca “Daffodil” Gown, $1,550 at Shoptiques

    Oleg Cassini Strapless Mermaid Wedding Dress at David's BridalOleg Cassini Strapless Mermaid Wedding Dress (Style: CWG737), $1,158 at David’s Bridal

    Teini Lace Wedding Gown by etsy seller RaraAvisAngeEtoiles“Teini” Lace Wedding Gown, $2,121.48 by Etsy seller RaraAvisAngeEtoiles

    Rhinestone Drop Waist Wedding Dress by Camille La VieRhinestone Drop Waist Wedding Dress by Camille La Vie (Style: 42423-4267W), $1,600 at edressme

    Oleg Cassini Lace Cap-Sleeve Trumpet Wedding Dress at David's BridalOleg Cassini Lace Cap-Sleeve Trumpet Wedding Dress (Style: CWG750), $1,258 at David’s Bridal

    Lovely tulle-y, lace-y, mermaid-y goodness! In my humble opinion, the Casablanca “Daffodil” gown is pretty darn similar to the Galia Lahav “Loretta” gown. Even the back views are on par! What do you think, Jasmine? Any of the above got you thinking “cheap wine” might not be so bad after all? 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. 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.
  • 5/12

    Illusion 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…

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    2/17

    You 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…

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    11/12

    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

    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

    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

    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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