8/4

Reader Maya emailed looking for help finding and affordable gown:

Hi, I really love the dress Inca by Grace Loves Lace, but can’t spend $3000 on a dress, I’m trying to keep it under $500. Is there a knock of it that I can afford? {sic}
Thank you!

The Inca gown is a gorgeous all lace gown with long sleeves and an open back.  It appears to have a nude underlay to give that sheer look. I’ll focus my search on similar sheer lace dresses, concentrating on those with sleeves in your budget. For those that don’t have sleeves, think about a shrug (something I did with my wedding gown for the reception!). Let’s see what I find …

Inca gown; $2,800 by Grace Loves Lace

Lace Trumpet Gown, style TR21722; $500 by Modest by Mon Cheri

Fallon dress; $490 at BHLDN

Long Sleeve Lace Mermaid Wedding Dress; $450 at David’s Bridal

Jessica Howard Lace Blouson Maxi Dress; $83 at Dillard’s

Scallop Beaded Lace Halter V-Neck Trumpet Gown; $450 at David’s Bridal

Right Here Right Wow Maxi Dress in Ivory; $140 at Modcloth

Slim Trumpet Wedding Dress, style 116138; $500 by Mon Cheri

And a couple slightly over your budget…

Umelia dress; $540 by Etsy Seller VictoriaSprinia

Long sleeve bohemian embroidered dress with sheer details; $550 by Adrianna Papell

Let us know what you think of these gowns!  And best of luck with your wedding planning!

-Jennifer

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.
  • 7/13

    Good morning BABs! Another bride has fallen in love with the style of designer Berta’s gowns, and CAI/GOI is here to help! Mandy J wrote on this post asking for help:

    Absolutely in love with Berta style 15-101 (long sleeves, backless, godet train, geometric inspired details). My budget is $3k and under. Thank you!!

    Happy to help, Mandy! Berta has a unique modern, yet romantic style, and I see why so many of you find inspiration from her designs.  I’ve focused my search on gowns with a backless design with sleeves, and kept an eye for any geometric or modern patterns to the lace details. I’ve also tried to stick with gowns with slimmer silhouettes, that aren’t full ballgown skirts. Here we go!

    Berta; Style 15-101; Fall/Winter 2015

    Soho gown; $2,070 by Grace Loves Lace

    Blanc gown; $2,250 by Grace Loves Lace

    Mai gown; $2,450 by Grace Loves Lace

    Style 694; $2,500+ by Demetrios

    Deirdre gown; $1,000+ by Maggie Sottero

     

    Karina gown; $2,000+ by Theia

    Monica gown; $1,550 at BHLDN

    Style 7702; $1,200+ by Ti Adora

    Lenora gown; $1,000+ by Watters

    My Love gown; $1,750 by Etsy seller WhiteMeadowBridal

    And this one doesn’t have sleeves, but the geometric lines look stunning and you might be able to add sleeves or a shrug…

    Style 6492; $1,500+ by Lillian West

    I hope we’ve found something with that modern geometric look you found so inspiring with the Berta gown.  Until next time!

    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.
  • 6/9

    Welcome back CAI/GOI lovers!  Today's request is from reader Terri, who commented on this post: Hi! I landed on this page while searching Amsale-inspired dresses! I'm in love with the Amsale-inspired May, specifically the minimalistic style and elegant sheer look and buttons on the back, and am hoping to find an alternative for under $1000! Please help!! Hi Terri! We are happy to see more…

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    4/20

    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…

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    3/23

    Hi BABs!  This week's request comes from reader Randi, who is in love with a Carol Hannah gown: "I love your Can't Afford It? Get Over It! posts... And your book. If I could climb a mountain (Hard to find in New Jersey...) and sing its praises, I would, but for now I've been recommending it to all my newly engaged broke-ass friends. I recently…

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    3/10

    This week's request comes from reader Tammi for a very unique look: "Can't Afford it - I'm looking for something like the green version of Jenny Packham's Joy dress. You did such a great job finding alternatives with the JP dress before, I'm hoping you can help me. I can't find anything else even remotely similar anywhere. My budget is under $1500, preferably closer to…

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    3/2

    Reader Rachel is searching for a dress for her fairy tale wedding: "Avina Valenta Style 9616.   Any dress you can recommend similar to this dress, which is over $2500 and I can't spend over $400 on a dress, but I want something sexy yet fairytale for my wedding! :) Love your blog, Thank you, Rachel" Thanks for the love, Rachel!  I hear you, this dress…

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    2/9

    Today’s CAI/GOI request is for a look-alike dress of "Edythe" from Pallas Couture's 2010 collection. Reader CircusorBust commented on this post with: "I love these posts! They have helped me so much. The gown I am trying to find an alternative to is Edythe by Pallas Couture. I am trying to find something under $400. Any kind of dress that is similar to this in style I…

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    1/27

    Reader Armarni was checking out this previous post, when she fell in love with a Get Over It gown we featured. Unfortunately, the Sabine Dress by Jenny Yoo was sold out and over budget, so Armani asked us for help: "Any suggestions for a similar vintage inspired dress for under $250? Was also thinking of adding a detachable train for the drama!" First off, if…

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