10/6 Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! A Lace and Tulle Ballgown for Under $200

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Hey BABs! Much as I’d love to play Fairy Godmother and conjure each of you the perfect gown with a flick of my sparkly wand, I am but a mere mortal, confined to hunting for wedding dresses from among those that already exist. It’s been my honor and pleasure being a #GownHunter for you, but now it’s time for me to pass the torch. This will be my last CAI / GOI post for the foreseeable future (:sniff:), but DON’T PANIC! Caitlyn’s got your back, and the CAI / GOI posts will continue, so keep sending your requests!

For my last trick — er, post — I’m tackling a request for three inspiration gowns, so buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Hey! 🙂 My name is Hanna and I am looking for a wedding dress that is under $200. We are paying for everything ourselves and I cannot afford to spend a lot of money on a dress but I still want it to look amazing. I am in love with the wedding dresses by Allure but they are way too expensive. Can you please help me find something like these dresses but in my price range?

Can't Afford It

Allure Bridals 2809

Allure Bridals 2809, $750-$999

Allure Bridals 2858

Allure Bridals 2858, $1,000-$1,499

Allure Bridals 9272

Allure Bridals 9272, $1,000-$1,499

Get Over It

Ivory Lace Open Back Wedding Dress by Dresssupermaker

Ivory Lace Open Back Wedding Dress, $149+ by Etsy seller Dresssupermaker

Enchants Encounter Dress in Peach

Enchants Encounter Dress in Peach, $175 at Modcloth

A-line Sheer Ivory Lace and Tulle Wedding Dress by MermaidBridal

A-line Sheer Ivory Lace and Tulle Wedding Dress, $199 by Etsy seller MermaidBridal

Fete of the Union Maxi Dress in Ivory

Fete of the Union Maxi Dress in Ivory, $150 at Modcloth

Own the Ceremony Maxi Dress in White

Own the Ceremony Maxi Dress in White, $175 at Modcloth

Allison Parris Sugar Coat Dress

Allison Parris Sugar Coat Dress, $70 rental at Rent the Runway

Simply Liliana Wedding Dress

Simply Liliana Wedding Dress, $65 at Tradesy

A Love Above the Rest Fit and Flare Dress in Blush

A Love Above the Rest Fit and Flare Dress in Blush, $175 at Modcloth

Tulle Love and Cherish Lace Dress in White

Tulle Love and Cherish Lace Dress in White, $175 at Modcloth

The Depth of Your Delicacy Fit and Flare Dress in Petal

The Depth of Your Delicacy Fit and Flare Dress in Petal, $60 at Modcloth

Marabelle Lace Dress

Marabelle Lace Dress, $65 at Ruche

Fancy Forecast Lace Dress

Fancy Forecast Lace Dress, $40 at Modcloth

Short Lace Wedding Dress by ieie

Short Lace Wedding Dress, $200 by Etsy seller ieie

What do you think, Hanna? Can any of these gowns stand in for an amazing Allure wedding dress? Stop by and let us know in the comments! 

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.
Lisa Paladin is the owner of Event Plan-It, a wedding planning and design company located in The Heart of It All. Lisa loves helping creative couples to plan EPIC weddings without any highway robbery, and believes there is no such thing as too much glitter. Or color. Or animal print. Lisa is a volunteer cat/kitten foster mom, a collector of neon things, an Argentine Malbec aficionado, a treehugger, a dabbler in all things crafty and a word nerd (despite excessive use of exclamation points and parenthetical statements). Follow Lisa on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, or email Lisa at info (at) eventplanit (dot) com about your Cleveland wedding or The Walking Dead.