Broke-Ass Tag: Wedding planning


Affiliate Disclaimer NewBoy, did I have a challenge for today’s CAI/GOI post, you guys! Reader Lauren commented on this previous post with a request for an Anna Campbell look-alike. Specifically, she’s on the hunt for a gown like the “Lucinda,” which features all-over scalloped lace, a natural waist, and a sparkly, beaded belt. Finding a dress exactly like the “Lucinda” for under $1000 was tough, but I hope the dresses I’ve listed below come close to matching what you’re looking for in your wedding gown, Lauren. Let’s check them out!

Can't Afford ItAnna Campbell Lucinda“Lucinda” by Anna Campbell, $2,999

Get Over ItMori Lee Voyage 6792 Embroidered chiffon with appliquesMori Lee Voyage Chiffon Gown (Style: 6792), $699 at BestBridalPrices

Francine BHLDNFrancine Gown From WTOO by Watters (Style: 33158528), $850 at BHLDN

Faviana Beaded Cross Back Chiffon Dress 6916Faviana Beaded Cross Back Chiffon Dress (Style: 6916), $358 at

Marys F15-6387 All-over lace bridal sheath gownMary’s Bridal All-Over Lace Gown (Style: F15-6387), $698 at BestBridalPrices

Annabelle gown JcrewAnnabelle Gown (Style: A9654), $349.99 at J. Crew

Ivory Luxury Sleeveless Lace Applique Chapel Train Wedding Dress Dazzling Day on etsyIvory Luxury Sleeveless Lace Applique Chapel Train Wedding Dress by Dazzling Day, $213.68 via Etsy

Zora BHLDNZora Gown by Candela (Style: 36204204), $800 at BHLDN

ERIN Fetherston Odette gownERIN Metallic Ivory Floral Lace Woven “Odette” Sleeveless Gown by Erin Fetherston (Style: 359652801), $244.30 at Bluefly

Wtoo by Watters Pallas“Pallas” from WTOO by Watters (Style: 11502), $988 at BestBridalPrices

Bohemian Wedding gown by cocon bridal via etsy“Abba” Bohemian Wedding Gown by Cocon Bridal, $820 via Etsy

Brooke-Chiffon-Lace-Bridesmaid-Dress-White“Brooke” Lace and Chiffon Gown, $190 at Kennedy Blue

Canyon Moon Mesh Gown from free peopleCanyon Moon Mesh Gown From Spell & the Gypsy Collective x Free People (Style: 35937671), $775 at Free People

Eden Silver Label SL063 luxe chiffonEden Silver Label Luxe Chiffon V-neck Gown (Style: SL063), $600 at BestBridalPrices

Marivana Lace Gown BHLDNMarivana Lace Gown By Tadashi Shoji (Style: 35575612), $650 at BHLDN

French Lacy Wedding Dress Chiffon by paulastudio via etsyFrench Lacy Chiffon Wedding Dress by Paula Studio, $700 via Etsy

Adrianna Papell Sleeveless V-Neck Lace GownAdrianna Papell Sleeveless V-Neck Lace Gown (Style: 8589544), $220 at

Some of these dresses lack a bling-y embellished belt, but not to worry. We’ve got that covered too! I think your best bet may be to find a lace dress that matches the silhouette you like the most, and then add your own sash or belt to complete the look. Below are a few affordable options from Etsy, which is a great resource for finding sparkly belts and sashes in a huge range of prices and styles.

FalabellaBridal beaded sashWedding Belt by FalabellaBridal, $24.90 via Etsy

EventbyEunice wedding beltWedding Belt by EventbyEunice, $48.99 via Etsy

BridalByCrysteliz silver wedding beltSilver Wedding Belt by BridalByCrysteliz, $54.99 via Etsy

Princesa bridal sash by BellaCescaBoutique via etsy“Princessa” Bridal Sash by BellaCescaBoutique, $69 via Etsy

Those are some sparkly belts! Remember, if you purchase a bridal belt separately, make sure you coordinate your sash color with the color of your dress. And if you’re DIY-savvy, the Interwebs abound with instructions for making your own bridal sash. So Lauren, how about those lovely lacy gowns above? Keep us posted on what gown you choose as THE gown for your wedding. Good luck, and 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.
  • 9/29

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  • 9/24

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    You guys. I’m getting married this weekend. In fact, by the time you’re reading this, I may already be married and suffice it to say, I AM ALL OF THE EXCITE. The DIYs are done. The booze is bought. All I have left to do is zip up that dress and marry the love of my life. In the style of silly tradition, several of…

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        But seriously, right? Print via Etsy seller Mooredor Creations Let me start this off by saying I don’t think you need to be any particular size to be a beautiful bride. I don’t think that a number on a scale always denotes your overall health. Beautiful, healthy brides (and grooms) come in all shapes and sizes and ultimately, how you look on the…

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    I never thought I'd ever be a Broke-Ass Bride. I expected when I got married it would be an awesome, fun, nontraditional party for our friends and family, but I've never been great at DIY, crafting, negotiating or thrift shopping. In January, my super hot, smart, amazing boyfriend was starting his own business. I had taken a big pay cut for what I thought was a step…

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  • 9/14


     Pinterest Wedding Card by Patterson Paper Social media is killing weddings. I'm on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter ... you name it. I've been sucked into the world of wedding planning that is mason jars and chalkboard signs, but I was recently doing makeup for a bridal party and it made me see that perhaps it has gone too far. I was four bridesmaids into the gig…

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      Sign available from Etsy seller HeroSigns Every 53 hours, says the statistic. Every 53 hours a life is cut short, a family is torn apart and brothers and sisters behind the badge mourn one of their own. Every 53 hours an officer is killed in the line of duty. I understood this statistic going in. I accepted the responsibility to wait calmly and patiently…

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    Long weekends are often a treasure trove of sales and deals, and what better time is there for a Broke-Ass to score some killer discounts on wedding-y shizz? No better time, damnit. Because us savvy shoppers have to stick together. I've been watching my inbox fill up with the notifications of Labor Day sales, and I've been saving them just for y'all. Here are some…

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  • 8/28


    Photo: Andie Freeman Photography Dear Liz, My fiancé and I are in the very beginning of planning our wedding. Naturally, we started with the venue hunt. But now we have a small problem. I  found a beautiful venue, it barely needs decoration, and it's sooo unique. However, they  only have one exclusive caterer, and they don't impress me. With our budget we would only be able to afford a…

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