5/28 Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine’s “Sadi” Gown for Under $1000

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Reader Katelyn challenged the BAB team to help with her search after seeing this post:

Hi, Lisa! I about died when I read this post. I have the exact same affliction but with a different dress. It’s the Sadi gown by Rue de Seine. Baseline cost is $3,000 at the retailer closest to me. My baseline budget is 1k but I would prefer not to go over that if I can help it. I’ve tried local dress shops but they don’t have very good comparisons to it. Do you think you and team Broke-Ass can help me?

Of course we can, girl!

The Rue de Seine Sadi gown is a divine goddess-inspired georgette number with a beaded flutter sleeve, beaded waist, and loose fit. The silhouette is a romantic classic, but that sleeve detail is an utterly unique feature — quite the challenge for the #GownHunter!

Can't Afford It

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's

Rue de Seine Sadi, collection ranging between $2,375-$3,725

Get Over It

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's

Phoenix Capelet, $450 at BHLDN

I have a thing for layering pieces to create a personalized look for less. To create a similar look as the inspiration gown, try building your own by choosing a goddess-style gown and then layering it with a beaded capelet like the Phoenix above or one of the others below.

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's

Trickling Capelet, $140 at BHLDN

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's

Trickling Pearl Capelet, $120 at BHLDN

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's

Badgley Mischka Antigua Bay, $150 Rental at Rent The Runway

Goddess-style gowns often have deep-V necks (and sometimes backs), and a flowy silhouette with plenty of gathering. Sometimes they have higher empire waists, but others have a slightly lower natural waist. Fabrics will be light and airy in this style — perfect for a warm-weather wedding!

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's

Alice + Olivia, Mya Gathered Handkerchief Gown, $495 at Bloomingdales

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's

Mori Lee Voyage Wedding Dresses, Style 6766, $599 at Best Bridal Prices

(Also in white and ivory.)

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's

Nicole Miller Monroe Twist Gown, $140 Rental at Rent The Runway

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's

Theia Ruched Chiffon Gown, $895 at Shopbop

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's

Laundry by Shelli Segal Gown, $325 at Bloomingdales

Below are a few all-in-one options:

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's

Retro Grecian, Ashley BH130901, $600 at Ieie’s Dress Boutique

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's

Moonlight Tango Wedding Dresses, Style T670, $583 at Best Bridal Prices

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's

ABS by Allen Schwartz Gown, Cold Shoulder Deep V-Neck Jersey, $425 at Bloomingdales

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's

Unique Prom Champagne Rhinestone Sleeveless Gown, $148 at Unique Vintage

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's

Aidan Mattox Dolman Sleeve Beaded Godet Gown, $595 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's

Mark James by Badgley Mischka, Rhodes Harbor Gown, $80 Rental at Rent The Runway

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's

Impression Destiny Wedding Dresses, Style 11631, $310 at Best Bridal Prices

If you have another $200 wiggle room in the budget, one of these might meet your criteria:

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's

Maggie Sottero Wedding Dresses, Style Taren 4MC022, $1,139 at Best Bridal Prices

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's

Sottero & Midgley Wedding Dresses, Style Rosemary 4SW044, $1,198 at Best Bridal Prices

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's

Maggie Sottero Wedding Dresses, Style Alicia 4MS993, $1,198 at Best Bridal Prices

Lisa’s Bonus Pro Tip: Start your gown hunt by identifying the silhouette that suits your shape and style, in the fabric that suits your wedding season, and add details by layering pieces or ask a professional seamstress to embellish — or bedazzle — your gown, if that’s your thing. (It’s totally mine!) 

Katelyn, I hope you find these gowns to be helpful in your search. Let me know in the comments below what you think, and thanks for providing the inspiration!

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.