8/4 Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Grace Loves Lace’s “Inca” for Under $500

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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!


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!

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