2/21 {Can’t Afford It/ Get Over It} Blushing Bride

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This week, Smokey Mountain Mama, Kelly R. wrote in to tell us about her tulle troubles.  Here’s what Kelly has to say:

“I have a can’t afford it / get over it request!  I’m looking for a ball gown that’s simple (I’m quite petite) but statement-making with a BUNCH of tulle (or some other fluffy stuff) and in just the right shade of pink for my Smoky Mountain wedding. Something like this, but at about 1/3 of the price:”

Can’t Afford It

Alita Graham Wedding Gown

Style # 7708 $3,200.00

So, Kelly wants to be a blushing bride in more than one way!  No problem!  We are gonna make your pretty princess dress dreams come true for that fraction of the cost you mentioned.  We might just have to put on our Power Puff Girl underoos, think outside the box, and cowgirl up!  Here’s how it’s gonna work , Kelly!  I L-O-V-E your aesthetic and the powder puff pink gown you’ve chosen but the price leaves something to be desired.  So, I’m gonna give you a multitude of options that capture your vision.  I think you might find something that says pretty, sassy, and sexy, which I have a feeling is a bit more you!  I mean, after all,  you did write in to The Broke-Ass Bride!

Then I’m gonna blow your mind with some totally OUTSIDE the box thinking!  So, Kelly, are you ready to get over It?

Get Over It


Spaghetti Strap Princess Dress



1950’s Pink Tulle Prom Gown



Maggie Sottero style Maeve


etsy.com seller bridalblissdesigns

High Low Bubble Hem Wedding Dress $749.00

etsy.com seller ouma

recreates the Taylor Swift dress


etsy.com seller WeddingDressFantasy

Romantic Pink Wedding Dress


etsy.com seller MillStreetVintage

1950’s Pink Tulle Party Dress



Mori Lee style 3654 in white/pink



Vera Wang Floral Print Taffeta Ball Gown



Strapless Floral Printed Organza A-Line style # T3267



Impression Bridal style # 2975


PSbridal.com & misquincemag.com

Allure style Q200

$628.00 -$598.00


Vera Wang  style # VW351007 (Blush/Ivory)


There you go, Kelly!  You have 14 options to choose from.  All available in pink, all full skirted, and all under a G!  But if you didn’t find anything above that tickled your fancy, then here’s where I blow your mind!  A lot of bridal designers are  coloring outside the lines these days!  Vera Wang, Maggie Sottero, Allure Bridal, Impressions Bridal, and Jim Hjelm produce pink wedding gowns just to name a few! The wedding gown market is slowly becoming more and more diverse. But the options don’t end there! You can get a multitude of colors now.  I digress…we’re sticking to the petal pink pallet for this installment of CAI/GOI.

Even if you dislike all of the options above (which I highly doubt), you still have options.  You could always purchase a white dress and have it dyed to your color specifications.  Often times, the dress manufacturers will do this for you.  But if they don’t there are other professional dying companies who specialize in wedding gowns.  Do your research.  Check out companies with the Better Business Bureau.  Ask questions about quality and customer service guarantees. Ask to see samples and if they have any limitations.  Remember certain fabrics, like Silk, take color better than fabrics like Rayon and Polyester which are honestly next to impossible to dye.  So, be realistic. Check into the fabric your garment is or will be made of before committing to fabric dying.

Another option is to go to a designer and have your gown custom made.  There are several talented mavens on etsy.com.  However, if that worries you, you can certainly look into your local pool of seamstresses.  I’ll bet you’d be surprised at how many local ladies are capable of pulling, gathering, and stitching your dream dress into fruition!  I decided to take my own advice and I found 3 BBB accredited and well known bridal tailors in my immediate area who could build me a bridal gown or bride’s maids’ dresses!  So, My Misty Mountain Mama, I suggest you get your research on!  Ask around and see if any of your friends have used a phenomenal tailor for a special project. Ask your local bridal shops and prom shops for recommendations.  You’ll have a litany of information to pear down and investigate.

No matter what you decide, I hope that this CAI/GOI got your imagination bubbling with all the pink possibilities!  You will be a perfectly petite pixie in blushing bridal loveliness come the day of your Rocky Mount wedding day!  Remember if you Can’t Afford It, your gal pals at  BAB are always here to help you Get Over It! Best wishes on a B-E-A-utiful blush bridal union!