11/12 Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Galia Lahav’s “Dolce” for Under $3,000

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Affiliate Disclaimer NewHey, hey BABs! Today’s CAI/GOI request is a stunner! Reader Alix commented on this post with:

My mom always said I had champagne taste with a beer budget, she was right. I found a Galia Lahav dress, from the Dolce Vita Collection, the Dolce, and I fell in love with it before I looked at the price tag. I love the v neck, its fitted, the partial lace with stretch satin, keyholes on the sides and the back is to die for. Its sexy and elegant at the same time. Trying to find anything similar for under $3,000!

The “Dolce” has so many gorgeous details! Russian-born Galia Lahav has been designing couture gowns for over 30 years. Known for her lavish, luxurious designs, Galia prides herself in producing items in her Israeli home studio to custom made standards. Every gown is crafted by highly trained specialists using top of the line materials and equipment. Galia is world-renowned, and with that, her gowns do not come cheap, ranging $6,000-$19,500. Yep, Alix…champagne taste. But your $3,000 dress budget is definitely something we can work with. Let’s check out some “Dolce”-inspired gowns!

Can't Afford ItGalia Lahav-Dolce-FGalia Lahav-Dolce-BGalia Lahav’s “Dolce” from La Dolce Vita Collection, $10,000+

Get Over ItMori Lee Voyage Wedding Dresses - Style 6793Mori Lee Voyage Wedding Dresses (Style: 6793), $699 at BestBridalPrices

Mori Lee Wedding Dresses - Style 1954Mori Lee Wedding Dresses (Style: 1954), $1,020 at BestBridalPrices

Nicole Miller Blake“Blake” Bridal Gown (Style: HO10000), $1,700 at Nicole Miller

Pronovias Wedding Dresses - Style MadridPronovias Wedding Dresses “Madrid,” $1,971 at BestBridalPrices

satin and tulle by dresseslionessSexy Lace and Tulle Wedding Dress by DressesLioness, $2,819.55 via Etsy

Desiree Hartsock - Style Alera 5HW157Desiree Hartsock for Maggie Sottero “Alera” (Style: 5HW157), $1,098 at BestBridalPrices

Kristina lace and satin wedding gown by dresseslioness on etsy“Kristina” Lace Wedding Dress by DressesLioness, $2,211.41 via Etsy

Mori Lee Voyage Wedding Dresses - Style 6811Mori Lee Voyage Wedding Dresses (Style: 6811), $1,099 at BestBridalPrices

Katie May MonacoKatie May “Monaco” (Style: KATIM30004), $1,950 at Shopbop

Sophia Tolli Wedding Dresses - Style Rexana Y11629Sophia Tolli Wedding Dresses “Rexana” (Style: Y11629), $1,460 at BestBridalPrices

bohemian lace wedding dress by dresseslioness on etsyBohemian Lace Wedding Dress by DressesLioness, $2,819.55 via Etsy

David Tutera - Style Briony 215276David Tutera “Briony” (Style: 215276), $1,573 at BestBridalPrices

Jules Bridal Gown by Nicole Miller“Jules” Bridal Gown (Style: KS10001), $2,400 at Nicole Miller

Impression Wedding Dresses - Style 10341Impression Wedding Dresses (Style: 10341), $850 at BestBridalPrices

Katie May BarcelonaKatie May “Barcelona” (Style: KATIM30003), $2,500 at Shopbop

Mori Lee Wedding Dresses - Style 2809Mori Lee Wedding Dresses (Style: 2809), $1,398 at BestBridalPrices

Rara Avis Dezory on etsy“Dezory” Wedding Dress by RaraAvisAngeEtoiles, $1,597.74 via Etsy

Not every dress listed above has all of the features of the “Dolce” gown, but some come pretty close. The Mori Lee gowns all have beautiful back details, so be sure to click through the links to check those out. I think the closest look-alikes to the “Dolce” would be the gowns made by DressesLioness (Lioness & Lioness Couture) on Etsy. That shop, from France, produces a number of dresses that are fitted, with bits of lace and many other sexy little details, much like the Galia Lahav number.

Well, Alix, how did we do? If you love any of these lookalikes, please let us know in the comments. Good luck on your gown search!

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.

*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.
Caitlyn is a science nerd who also happens to love weddings, marriage, and sparkly dresses. Originally from NY, she is currently finishing up her graduate degree a few states over, while dabbling in beekeeping, gardening, and arts and crafts. Caitlyn believes there is no coffee cup too large, or NCIS marathon too long, and the perfect day ends with snuggling on the couch with her handsome partner and their fur babies.