Broke-Ass Tag: wedding gowns

7/21

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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 discounts of $50-$200 off David’s Bridal’s largest selection of frocks.

* All bridesmaids dresses (except Special Value dresses, which are marked as such) are $20 off.

* Regular priced jewelry and shoes are Buy One, Get One 50% off (heeeyyyy bridesmaid gifts)!

* And for the extra cherry on top, all clearance accessories, shoes and gifts are an extra 40% off.

OK, that’s a lot of info, right? And what are you supposed to do, just amble on into the store and try to figure out what’s what amid the chaos? Nah, we wouldn’t do that to you. To start, if you dug any of the dresses in this post then you’re in luck — those beauties are all game for some dollar-saving action! But I’mma go ahead an do you an even bigger solid.

I pulled together a few favorite looks and worked with the team at David’s to pair them with accessories that (shock! gasp!) are also on sale so you can attack this awesomeness with a game plan and come out on top. Cool? I thought so.

Gown YP3344, Necklace MNJ2905, Earring CZ108

Gown: $774 Necklace: $50 Earrings: $10

Style Tip: strapless gowns are perf for a statement-making necklace. Keep your other bedazzlers sweet ‘n’ simple — a pair of simple studs pull the look together without being too much.

Gown WG3672, Blusher WPD17121

Gown: $649 Headpiece: $79

Style Tip: Want vintage? Get a blusher. Bonus: They’re versatile, so if you decide to slip into something shorter for the dance floor, this little baby will easily work for both outfits.

Gown WG3532, Headpiece 35986C001, Bracelet 9721

Headpiece: $19.95 Bracelet: $12 Gown: $499.99

Style Tip: Though small, a little clip with a dash of sparkle is a good way to add some pizazz to your hair without rocking a veil. The flower clip complements the beaded floral applicque bodice. Throw on some arm candy and you’re all set!Gown V9409, Veil 850, Veil WPD17939

Veil, Top: $299.95 Veil, Bottom: $49.95 Gown: $449
Style Tip: Want to ooze that bridal feeling on your big day? Grab a veil.  mid-length tulle style with a pencil edge (bottom) is soft and subtle while a longer cathedral-length amps up the drama. Try on various styles to see what works best for you.
Gown KP3696, Veil V390, Necklace 80018Necklace: $10 Veil: $129.95 Gown: $649

Style Tip: Traditional and timeless, pearls are a gorgeous option without the bling overload. They add a little shimmer without blinding anyone and are a very classic bridal accessory.Bridesmaid in Sangria F15530, Headband H22490, Shoe Feliz

Headband: $8.99 Shoe: $49.95 Dress: $139.95
Style Tip: Gold + jewel tones = holy regal, Batman! However, the metallic hue also works well with neutrals and pastels. So, of course, gold wins.Bridesmaid F16004 in Petal, Shoe Andrea, Shoe Savannah in BegoniaShoe, Top: $59.50 Shoe, Bottom: $59.95 Dress: $79.99

Style Tip: Blush is an ever-popular color for your brigade. Go with the sweet and feminine look by pairing a light pink frock with gold, or make a statement and go bold.Bridesmaid F15749 in Marine, Bracelet 10034318BR, Earring 10034316Er

Dress: $149.95 Earrings: $19.95 Bracelet: $25.95

Style Tip: Pull together a coordinating look by adding baubles in a color palette that matches their dresses. The two tone accessories here only help enhance the dark blue dress.Bridesmaid F15711 in Apple, Bracelet J8007B, Earring 70503124

Dress: $129.95 Bracelet: $30 Earrings: $15.95

Style Tip: A short ‘n’ flirty dress gets a glamorous makeover with some serious #sparklez. Skip the necklace with an illusion neckline, and opt instead for earrings and a bracelet.Bridesmaid F15701 in Begonia, Handbag Dazzle, Shoe Jazz

Bag: $49.95 Shoes: $79.95 Dress: $99.95

Style Tip: If your crew is donning something bright, metallic shoes and accessories are probz the way to go. In styles of their choosing but in one shimmery hue, they’ll look coordinated without being too matchy-matchy. Plus, um, can we talk about that knuckleduster clutch?
Bridesmaid F1555 in Horizon, Bag Mayan

Dress: $69.99-$79.99 Clutch: $29.95

Style Tip: Let your crew customize their look — you pick the frock, they get the say over how they accessorize. Perhaps gift them with a gorgeous clutch that will complement their styles.

Well, Broke-Asses, what are you waiting for? Get thee to David’s Bridal and save some skrilla on your wedding day goodies!

Which of the above looks is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!

Dana
The Broke-Ass Bride
  • 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 budget-friendly gowns for a spin on my decidedly not-model body.

    While David’s has certainly gotten a bad wrap in the past, it has undergone a beautiful makeover in recent years and remains a top destination for brides on a budget to still frolic among the tulle and lace of their dreams. (Don’t even get me started on Vera’s White line … guh … ) I’ve always appreciated David’s, especially as I got my wedding dress there for about $100 and that worked just fine for me. All the gowns in this post are under $1000, which is nicely nestled in a BAB’s budget range. I was not compensated for this, and all opinions are my own.

    On the Model:

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    Strapless A-Line Lace Gown with Side Split (Style: YP3344), $774

    On the BAB Staffer:

    David's Bridal YP3344

    David's Bridal YP3344

    It doesn’t take much convincing to get me into something lace-y and sparkly. Many of the dresses I tried on had corset backs, including this one. Man, y’all, corset backs are great. They cinch you in all the right places without being overly restrictive. While this A-line felt a little more like a trumpet silhouette to me, the dress was pretty lightweight and definitely made me feel stunning.

    On the Model:

    David's Bridal wg3532Sweetheart Trumpet Beaded Applique Gown (WG 3532), $499.99

    On the BAB Staffer:

    David's Bridal WG3532

    David's Bridal WG3532

    Now this one actually was a trumpet, and I can pretty honestly say that while it makes my curves all kinds of va-va-voom-y, I felt a bit self-conscious about my little pooch (and that’s not being self-deprecating. I drink beer. It’s a thing). The boning in the dress is a bit stiff, but of course that’s what helps it keep shape and make sure those curves stay in check, yo!

    On the Model:

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    Strapless Sweetheart Trumpet Wedding Gown (Style: V3476), $724

    On the BAB Staffer:

    David's Bridal V3476

    David's Bridal V3476

    Holy satin, Batman! Shannon loved this gown when she saw it. Y’all, there’s a lot to this dress: the ruching, the appliques, the sparklez and dat train! All of this goodness also makes this dress a little heavy, and the train was a little tough to maneuver. Of course, at 5’2″, dresses that have a lot going on can be a little overwhelming, but I can’t argue with how this beauty made the girls look.

    On the Model:

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    A-Line with Chiffon Split Front Overlay (Style: V9010), $399.99

    On the BAB Staffer:

    David's Bridal V9010

    David's Bridal V9010

    David's Bridal V9010

    If ever you want that true “I feel like a princess!” moment, get thineself into this frock! It’s so classically beautiful with the split front, subtle detailing, super flattering A-line and chapel train. Hell, they even put a veil on me and I was a little taken aback. This tomboy felt straight up royal in this gown, and with its removable straps, it can easily convert for ceremony and reception. I’m a bit surprised at how much I loved it, and really loved it on me.

    On the Model:

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    Chiffon A-Line Gown with Side Draped Bodice (V9409), $449

    On the BAB Staffer:

    David's Bridal V9409

    David's Bridal V9409

    David's Bridal V9409

    Confession: I freaking love chiffon. And tulle (#duh). But chiffon is so soft and flowy and makes for a super lightweight dress. Much like the A-line gown before it, I marveled at myself a bit in this one because it’s such a classic line, but the draping of the skirt gives it a bit more of a fun beachy appeal. The beading on the bodice is subtle and not overbearing and this gown is super easy to move around in.

    On the Model:

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    Cap Sleeve Tulle Ball Gown with Illusion Neckline (WG3672), $649

    On the BAB Staffer:

    David's Bridal WG 3672

    David's Bridal WG 3672

    David's Bridal WG 3672

    Tulle: Check. Illusion neckline: Check. Sparklez: Check. Twirlability? NAILED IT! GUYS. This was the big winner for me during this shoot. There’s something very … secure (I guess?) about illusion necklines when you have a bust that’s on the larger side. Or maybe I just love them and like the way I look in them. When I put this pretty on, I immediately started grinning and knew that I’d have to take her for a twirl, because she looked too perfect for it. I kind of just want to wear it forever.

    On the Model:

    KP3696_SWHITE_GLNA_WEB_2060_H_FRONTStrapless Empire Waist Lace Gown (Style: KP3696), $649

    On the BAB Staffer:

    David's Bridal KP3696

    David's Bridal KP3696

    David's Bridal KP3696This gown was the other winner for me. She’s so soft and flowy. I imagine she’d be perfect for a garden party soiree or back yard wedding. I felt sweet as a peach in this girl. The accent draping at the waist is stunningly flattering and the material is one that’s nigh on impossible to stop caressing. And if you’re looking for a gown that is so lightweight you can flit around all night long without getting tired, she might be your match.

    I’ve found as I’ve tried on many a gown for shoots that I learn to know what looks good on me, and what makes me comfortable. While these are not always one in the same (some gowns look great on my frame, but I don’t love the way I look and vice versa), I firmly believe that you keep going until you find one that makes you happy and comfortable.

    David’s Bridal has been in the wedding gown biz for quite some time and they’ve lasted for a reason: The gowns are good quality, and they’re accessible for nearly any budget. Many of them come with corset backs, which make finding your fit considerably easier, and they’re flattering as hell. While the chain aspect might scare off many brides, if you’re on a budget and really don’t know what you want (or maybe you do, but you’re not sold), they’re a great resource to try on a number of different styles all within your reach. They also offer personalized service, which is super beneficial, as trying on wedding gowns can be stressful.

    A huge thanks to the amazing team at David’s Bridal, to Alyssa at Small Town Girl Photography  (yo! North Texas brides: Her packages start at $1000 and she’s SUPER fun to work with! Get on it!) and Shannon, of course, for being my partner in crime

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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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    5/14

    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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    5/9

    Happy Friday, BABs! My love for BHLDN grows ever stronger, especially with the release of it's Summer Lookbook this week. The first image in the lookbook featured one of its gorgeous gowns coupled with an ethereal flowing tulle skirt, and I DIED. Far be it from me to keep the love all to myself, so for this week's Five for Friday, I picked my five…

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