4/26 {Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} The Casual Reception Dress

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This week’s CAI/GOI request comes from a bride who needs a more casual wedding gown for her BBQ reception.  But since she has already spent the big bucks on the ceremony gown, she’s looking to spend way, way less on the reception look.  Check out bride Liz’s plea:

Hello – I was hoping for some help with my “Can’t afford it!” I am having a traditional wedding with a casual BBQ reception at a park, and therefore would like a shorter lace dress to wear at the reception. However, all of the ones I find seem to be in the $300+ range – not bad if it was my only dress, but this is #2 and I’m on a tight budget.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks! – Liz

Wanna see the $368 Lilly Pulitzer dress she’s got her eyes on?  Be careful, you may fall in love with it too… but luckily, I have put together an enormous list of beautiful, more affordable options below it.  Most of the Get Over It looks I found are under $100, and many of them are under $50!

Can’t Afford It:

Get Over It:

1. Lucky Brand. $89.99.

2. Rare. $75.31.

3. Free People. $98.00.

4. Top Shop. $98.00.

5. Pins and Needles. $79.00.

6. Cooperative. $59.00.

7. TFNC. $39.45.

8. Top Shop. $90.00.

9. Vava by Joy Han. $85.00.

10. Aqua. $88.00.

11. Top Shop. $90.00.

12. Top Shop. $98.00.

13. Lulu’s. $55.00.

14. Rebecca. $71.00.

15. Top Shop. $100.00.

16. Yumi. $64.55.

17. Asos. $35.86.

18. Free People. $49.95.

19. A Wear. $71.72.

20. Asos. $80.69

21. Vila. $44.83.

22. Free People. $128.

23. Mod Cloth. $89.99.

24. Soo Lee. $109.99.

25. Mod Cloth. $74.99.

26. H&M. $29.95.

27. Victoria’s Secret. $65.50.

28. TFNC. $41.24.

29. Warehouse. $44.83.

30. Asos. $39.45.

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  • brooklyncheapskate

    dude! Some of these would be absolutely outstanding casual ceremony dresses. I've been looking for a long-sleeve, short-skirt dress and they're always, like, a million dollars. brb, furiously bookmarking
    -shorty j

  • Jenn

    Dear Lord, not that many of those dresses aren't lovely, but please don't get #14! It looks like a hospital gown!

  • Dress Barn has a surprising amount of trendy and casual dresses, for $50-$75. Love this swiss-dot sun dress! http://www.dressbarn.com/detail/jacquard-dot-sun-

  • A little more expensive, but way less than $368: http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/produ

  • BLeighVicious

    I tried this dress on at TARGET!! It is SO pretty and I'm thinking of wearing it at my bridal shower… but it would be perfect for a more casual dress as well 🙂 sorry for such a long link! http://www.target.com/Merona-Collection-Tailyn-Kn

  • Lady C

    I just went to the Macy's near my house today and they had several really nice knee length white and ivory dresses in the clearance area. Some were jacquard, others had lace overlay, some had glass pearls sewn on the neckline. There is a sale tomorrow, and it's an extra 10 or 15% off most everything. I was actually looking for a dress for myself as a guest to another wedding, so the white ones are out for me, but I couldn't help but think what great reception frocks they'd be for someone else.

  • this may be my favorite can't afford it post ever! so many fantastic options in the mix! great finds 🙂

  • I just fell in love with half these dresses! Srsly I'm prob gonna buy more than one. Def my fave Can't afford it/Get over it post. Now my only problem will be which one to wear to the rehearsal dinner.

  • Rachel R

    Those dresses are so pretty! I loved my dress too much to take it off though!

    rrwrites at hotmail dot com

  • Liz

    This was my request – thanks for all of the great ideas/links! I feel much better about my chances of finding something now. 🙂

    @Lady C – thanks for the Macy’s tip. I got the same coupon, so I might just have to check out their sale. I always forget that so many stores have entirely different options in-store vs. online.

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  • Aimee

    H&M has even more that would be great in their new conscience line: http://www.hmconsciouscollection.com/price-list/ And they are super inexpensive!

  • it just amazing i love to see this collection in light color very nice collection.

  • Great finds! I think I’ve pinned like half of them. 🙂