Broke-Ass Tag: Wedding Inspiration

5/18

 

Hi BABs!  This week’s request comes from reader Stephanie, who wrote to us on this post and is inspired by several Hayley Paige gowns:

I’m a broke-ass-bride and I love Hayley Paige! I am trying to find a style with her signature layered, flowy skirt look, spaghetti straps with a v-neck, and some kind of shimmer or fun detail! My favorites of hers are the Laney, Chandon, and Pepper gown. All have a similar silhouette!

These Hayley Paige gowns all have a similar silhouette with an airy, modern, and romantic feel to them. They features a low-cut spaghetti strap neckline, natural waist and full tulle skirt with flounces to give the skirt shape and lightness. The Laney gown definitely has a bit of sparkle.

I’ll focus my search on gowns with full flounced and ruffled skirts. Anything with some shimmer details and straps (remember you can always add some) will take top priority. Let’s see them.

Hayley Paige’s Laney gown; $4,000-$4,500

Lace v-neck dress with organza tiered skirt; $800 at Camille la vie / Group USA

Strapless Lace Wedding Dress with Removable Train; CWG739, $800 at David’s Bridal

Style BL219 Sweet; $750+ by Casablanca Bridal

Horsehair Wedding Dress; $790 by Etsy Seller AngellureBridal

Sadie dress; $875 by Etsy seller thepeppermintpretty

Strapless ballgown wedding dress; $600 at at Camille la vie / Group USA

Lace and Organza Wedding Ball Gown with Beading; WG3830; $649 at David’s Bridal

Strapless Organza Wedding Dress with Ruffles; MK3667; $400 at David’s Bridal

And here are some options for separates, just pair these skirts with a fabulous top or bodysuit:

Almira skirt; $810 at BHLDN

Floral Lace and Cascading Mesh Two-Piece Dress; $170 at David’s Bridal

Ruffled Organza Ball Gown Wedding Dress Skirt, Style 2643; $795 by Alfred Angelo

I think the first one there from Camille la vie / Group USA hits a bunch of aspects — the V-neck with straps, definitely some sparkles and WOW factor, and the horsehair trim skirt. But there are lots of dresses in this lineup to look at. I hope this helps you out, Stephanie. Happy dress 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. 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.
  • 5/10

    Pinterest is a wonderful wedding planning tool.

    There are so many options, suggestions and design ideas that quite possibly anyone, even without a “crafting thumb” could follow the instructions and make something wonderful.

    For months, I have collected these ideas on my special secret wedding planning board and I even shared with others that my planning progress was right on track, primarily because I had this board with a million ideas “pinned” and I felt somewhat accomplished.

    Then I had a lightbulb moment and I sat down to read through all of my pins and figured out what ideas would become a reality.

    It was a mess!

    I was all over the place and needed to figure out what DIY projects would fill my to do list. I tried to do this by myself by printing out everything, laying it all out on the floor and checking to see how much it would cost to make my design dreams come true. Again, the process was a mess!

    I needed help.

    I called Leigh Strong a real life Superhero but also known as a designer and stylist. Leigh assured me that she could whip my plan into shape and we scheduled a meeting.

    Leigh Strong, Designer Extraordinaire

    We started talking at 7 a.m., and two hours later I had a solid plan and realized that I would save tons of money by focusing on what I REALLY wanted vs being solely inspired by my Pinterest board.

     

    Planning on a budget? Make sure you think about the following:

    • Pinterest ideas still require time and money. Do your homework before you commit to the DIY project, price out how much the materials will be as well as the investment of your time!
    • It’s amazing how a little instruction/how to lesson can open your eyes to the additional items that you will need to make DIY project come to life! When I made my wedding budget, I  didn’t plan on buying power tools or a Cricut machine.
    • DIY + non-DIY projects, are not always created equal. Take inventory on what you plan to make, buy and/or rent and ensure there is a good design flow. You don’t want some things to look better than others.

    How did you organize all of your creative ideas? What tips do you have? Share in the comments below!

     

     

  • 4/21

     This sponsored post is brought to you by Evite® and Olive Garden as part of the Evite® Influencer Program Wouldn't we all love to jet off and have a romantic destination wedding, especially somewhere as gorgeous as Tuscany? Unfortunately, with Broke-Ass budgets, dreamers can dream ... but, in that same vein, doers can make a dream come to life without even stepping on a plane.…

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    3/22

    Buying the ring for that first question -- that all-important question that gets couples started down the road on their next chapter together -- tends to come with a lot of pressure. What style? What size? And especially, how damn much will this cost? It's that last question that can really send any broke-ass couple into a tailspin -- especially when you start hearing things…

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    2/22

    I'm a total sucker for those "just because" gestures -- and not just being on the receiving end of them. My husband is the very most fun person to surprise with little whimsies, whether it's a photo book of our elopement or commissioning awesome family artwork. So when I found out about Lovebook and got the chance to create one just for him, I dove in…

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  • 1/16

    My fiancé and I are social and at times private people. We enjoy both quiet and unpublicized time with loved ones as well as social media engagement and interactions. It's a healthy balance. With that being said, our wedding website needed to reflect both sides. We desired to create an informative and functional wedding website to share our love story with visitors and inform our…

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    11/14

    Brides planning their own wedding often get inspiration from wedding-related shows and movies. You can check out a number of different wedding shows in order to learn some helpful tips, gain some insight into the industry, and even help decide your own theme, dress style, color scheme, and other wedding choices. There are 5 main wedding shows to watch that will inspire your dream day.…

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    10/31

    Credit: Carole Cohen The word cliché is the last word you want to use to describe your wedding. But the fact of the matter is weddings are full of clichés because they are time-honored traditions. Most weddings have a number of similarities since they consist of traditional elements that are largely shaped by religion, law and cultural norms. Some brides buck tradition, but even the most…

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  • 9/26

    Maybe someone is about to be deployed, or perhaps it’s slightly less dramatic, like the fall semester is about to begin. There are many reasons why couples choose to get hitched on the fly, and in most cases, money is a factor -- or lack thereof anyway. Fortunately, there are ways to pull off a great broke-ass wedding on short notice, as the following guide…

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