11/5 Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Katya Katya Shehurina’s Rosa for Under $1000

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Reader Amanda has been bitten by the lace gown bug, and left a request on this CAI / GOI post:

I have been searching for a vintage-inspired gown that fits my budget. I can’t see spending over $1000 for a dress (and would feel more comfortable if I spent under $1000). Most of the dresses that I like are made by designers based in Europe. While I never saw myself getting stuck on a “dream dress”, I seem to be stuck dreaming of a dress by Katya Katya Shehurina – her “Rosa” dress. It incorporates lace, which I love! But she quoted the price as 2500 pounds (over $3000). Which is waaaay over my budget! Please help 🙁

The Rosa has a romantic lace bodice dotted with pearls, a smooth silk taffeta skirt, and scalloped lace cap sleeves in a ballgown silhouette, so to find lookalike gowns I’m on the hunt for a vintage-inspired ballgown silhouette with a ladylike lacy bodice and a defined waist. Ready? Set! GO!

Can't Afford It

Rosa by Katya Katya Shehurina

Rosa Gown by Katya Katya Shehurina, >$3,000

Get Over It

Deep V-Cut Lace Chiffon Wedding Dress by BailynnBouNique

Deep V-Cut Lace Chiffon Wedding Dress, $250 by BailynnBouNique

Tulle Wedding Dress with High Illusion Neck David's Bridal

Tulle Wedding Dress with High Illusion Neck, $700 at David’s Bridal

Impression Wedding Dresses Lace Bateau A Line

Impression Wedding Dresses Style 10352, $850 at Best Bridal Prices

Jenny Yoo Claudine Marseille Lace & Tulle Dress

Claudine Marseille Lace Tulle Dress by Jenny Yoo, $950 at Nordstrom

Cap Sleeve Tulle Wedding Dress with Illusion Neck David's Bridal

Cap Sleeve Tulle Ball Gown with Illusion Neckline, $700 at David’s Bridal

(Christen tried this dress on in this post)

Maggie Sottero Elka

Elka Gown by Maggie Sottero Wedding Dresses, $1,089 at Best Bridal Prices

(I know this one is a stretch for the budget, but I had to include it because of it’s vintage feel.)

Sexy Wedding Ballgown by Loveand520

Sexy Wedding Ballgown, $149 by Etsy seller Loveand520

Tulle and Chantilly Princess Cut Wedding Dress with Long Sleeves

Princess Cut Wedding Dress with Long Sleeves, $680 at Tulle and Chantilly

Jewel Cap Sleeve Illusion Neck Wedding Dress David's Bridal

Jewel Cap Sleeve Illusion Neck Wedding Dress, $775 at David’s Bridal

One option to get the look of those darling cap sleeves is to find a simpler taffeta or lace gown and add some epaulets (also known as epaulettes or shoulder jewelry) like one of these:

Luciana Topper by Jenny Yoo at BHLDN

Luciana Topper by Jenny Yoo, $250 at BHLDN

Crystal Bridal Shoulder Jewelry by PowderBlueBijoux

Crystal Bridal Shoulder Jewelry, $141 by Etsy seller PowderBlueBijoux

Mika Embroidered Lace Topper by Jenny Yoo

Mika Embroidered Lace Topper by Jenny Yoo, $425 at Nordstrom

Daisy Topper by Tadashi Shoji at BHLDN

Daisy Topper by Tadashi Shoji, $190 at BHLDN

Add over a gown like this:

Calla Gown by Wtoo by Watters at BHLDN

Calla Gown by Wtoo by Watters, $600 at BHLDN

Or this:

Mori Lee Voyage Wedding Dresses Style 67471 Taffeta Strapless Ballgown

Mori Lee Voyage Wedding Dresses Style 67471, $479 at Best Bridal Prices

Lisa’s Bonus Pro Tip: If you’re not finding what you want in a gown, ask your bridal salon (or seamstress) if there’s any way to swap out fabrics or styles. If you’re working directly with a gown designer, the chances are good that they’ll be able to offer some customization. For instance, many of the gowns above have lovely lacy tops with chiffon skirts, so if you’d prefer taffeta, ask if they’re able to recreate it with your desired fabric. Or if you love the bodice of a mermaid style with the skirt of a ballgown, they might be able to swap out the segments. There will likely be an up-charge for making changes to the design, but if you’ve budgeted with some wiggle room you should still fall within your gown budget. If designer customization is outside the budget, look for bridal separates, which are becoming increasingly popular for this very reason!

Do any of these gowns capture that vintage vibe for ya, Amanda? Let me know when you’ve found “the one” in the comments below, and thanks for submitting your Can’t Afford It? request!

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.


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.