10/20 Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! A Caped Berta Gown for Under $2500

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Affiliate Disclaimer NewOk, guys, I’m giving this column a go until I get one of you worthy darlings to step in for me (plz, do that. Email info@brokeassbride.com with #CAIGOI as the subject to apply. Details can be found here)! Until then, I’m scooting into the fashionista seat to see how I fare at finding you baller-ass Get Over It gowns. First up: Reader Sarah commented on this post asking:

Am loving the style 16-03 from Berta’s 2016 collection! Would love if it’s below 2.5k … Could you help please!

I gotchu, boo. Because all of the details of this regal gown together would add up to one hefty price tag, I’m going to include some body-skimming gowns, some killer lace detailing and some stunning low backs. Let’s see how I do, shall we?

Can't Afford It

Berta 16-03

Berta Bridal 16-03, retails at ~$10,000

Get Over It

Blossom Gown by Etsy seller BridalSampleCloset

Blossom gown, $825 from Etsy seller BridalSampleCloset

Badgley Mischka Open Back Gown from ShopBop

Badgely Mishka Open Back Gown, $695 at ShopBop

Barthelemy Gown at Revolve

Barthelemy Gown, $789 at Revolve

Etsy LaceMarry Sexy open back wedding dress

Sexy Open Back Lace Wedding Dress, $314 from Etsy seller LaceMarry

Etsy WearYourLovexo Fiona Dress

Fiona Dress, $1440 from Esty seller WearYourLoveXO

Etsy LaceBridal Spaghetti Strap Wedding Dress

Spaghetti Strap Wedding Dress, $458 from Etsy seller LaceBridal

Katie May Monaco Gown from ShopBop

Katie May Monaco Gown, $$1950 at ShopBop

Revolve Mariella Stone Cold Fox

Mariella Gown by Stone Cold Fox, $620 from Revolve

Etsy LaceMarry Extraordinary Asymmetric Illusion Gown

Asymmetric Illusion Neckline Gown, $364 from Etsy seller LaceMarry

Katie May Charleston Dress from Shopbop

Katie May Charleston Dress, $1650 from ShopBop

And with all the money you’ll save with these gowns, you can totally afford a cape:

BHLDN Sonora Cape

Sonora Capelet, $170 from BHLDNEtsy VannaBridal Cape

Bridal Cape, $35 from VannaBridal

Etsy LoveSparklePretty Farrah Capelet

Farrah Capelet, $220 from Etsy seller LoveSparklePretty

Etsy LennyUzan Bridal Cape

Tulle Cape, $65 from Etsy seller LennyUzanEtsy JuniperandGrace Kate wedding cape

Kate Capelet, $55.02 from Etsy seller JuniperandGrace

Well, Sarah, how’d I do? That Berta gown is seriously one of a kind, but with a little ingenuity and the right pieces, you can easily put together a similar look for wayyyy under budget!

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.