Broke-Ass Category: Wedding Dress Shopping

8/17

Hi again BABs!  Today we bring you a bridge in love with a unique sparkly gown. Reader Natz Hay commented on this post looking for her dream gown:

Thank you for what you do! I just discovered your site and it’s helping me figure things out since my recent engagement. I have fallen in love with the Galia Lahav – Bella dress but the pocket hasn’t caught up with that price yet. It would be a big help if you could find similar alternatives for less than $3000 especially in that color. Thank you.

That’s gorgeous, no wonder you fell in love! This gown is particularly special in it’s materials. It is sewn clear beading on top of a nude colored fabric to give the impression of sparkling water. Other than the clear sparkly beads and the nude underlay, I don’t see any other color, so that is what I am going to work on for you. I’ll try to find some gowns for you that have a similar feel, of a nude underlay with beaded or lace on top to give a somewhat sheer and sexy look. Let’s see what I can scour the internet to find, Natz …

‘Bella’ by Galia Lahav; $10,000+

Ivory and Nude Lace Backless Long Sleeve Bridal Dress JB32987; $1,500+ by Jovani Bridal

Nadine; $2,000+ by Calla Blanche

Galina Signature style SWG719; $1,000 by David’s Bridal

Roberta; $1,500+ by Adrianna Papell

Jasmine gown; $2,500+ by Calla Blanche

Lucia; $2,500+ by Eddy K

Florinda; $1,500 by Sottero and Midgley

Long Sleeve Illusion Lace Wedding Dress; $1,400 by David’s Bridal

Couture Style CT165; $2,500+ by Eddy K

Ivory/Nude Floor Length Beaded Dress, style 37687; $1,500+ by Jovani Bridal

How’s it looking, Natz?  Do any of these hit the mark for the sexy, shimmery, beaded lace  look you liked in the Bella gown?

-Jennifer

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.
  • 8/9

    Credit: A Sight of Love

    I know a while back I posted about some of my adventures trying to find a dress for a little bit cheaper. I ended up going the route of buying a sample, partially — but not entirely — for the purpose of savings.

    Let me explain:

    I set a budget for approximately $2000 CAD (About $1500 USD) for my dress. I went to a few dress shops, and tried on a few dresses I liked a lot, but a lot of the ones I liked were just slightly out of my price range. I tried searching online for dresses in a similar style that might cost a little less. More than a few sample sales and Google searches later, I was feeling a bit defeated.

    Suddenly, I came across a gorgeous little number that was beautiful and unique … but had been discontinued. Thankfully, the designer had a list of stores in my city that had carried the design in the past. I called about six stores before I got through to one that did have it, a sample. I booked an appointment and came down to try it on that same day. Lo and behold, it fit, albeit it was a touch snug. It retailed for $2200, but the saleslady offered my 10% off, since it was the sample. Naive as I was, I accepted, thinking that was a great deal (it really wasn’t). I was right on budget and I had my dream dress — it was “the one”.

    Unfortunately, by now I’ve realized that there was a TON of extra costs associated with buying the dress.

    Firstly, I had to have more alterations done to the sample than if i had ordered a new dress. I would have been better off ordering one size up, and then having it taken in, rather than having the sample taken out. Then, I had to have it dry cleaned due to several marks left from all the people who had tried it on, and the cost of dry cleaning a dress of that style was MORE than the money I had saved!

    More than $400 in alterations and a $275 dry cleaning bill later, I ended up spending more than my budget and probably more than I would have if I had bought a new dress.

    Beware!

    Sometimes all the cost saving hacks aren’t as great as they might seem. Had I been a little more savvy, had I read a few more blogs … maybe I would have known that!

    However, this dress is amazing and I’m in love with it, so in the end, I wouldn’t have changed it. But I sure would have tried to haggle myself a better discount!!

     

  • 8/4

    Reader Maya emailed looking for help finding and affordable gown: Hi, I really love the dress Inca by Grace Loves Lace, but can't spend $3000 on a dress, I'm trying to keep it under $500. Is there a knock of it that I can afford? {sic} Thank you! The Inca gown is a gorgeous all lace gown with long sleeves and an open back.  It appears…

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    7/13

    Good morning BABs! Another bride has fallen in love with the style of designer Berta's gowns, and CAI/GOI is here to help! Mandy J wrote on this post asking for help: Absolutely in love with Berta style 15-101 (long sleeves, backless, godet train, geometric inspired details). My budget is $3k and under. Thank you!! Happy to help, Mandy! Berta has a unique modern, yet romantic style,…

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    6/23

    Happy Thursday, BABs! Today’s CAI/GOI request is from reader Jenny, who is searching for a Rue de Seine “Haze” look-alike for under £1,000 (approximately $1,300) and available in the UK. She writes: “Hi, I really love Rue de Seine's Haze dress but only have a budget of max £1000. Do you know of any similar but cheaper dresses out there & available in the UK?…

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    6/9

    Welcome back CAI/GOI lovers!  Today's request is from reader Terri, who commented on this post: Hi! I landed on this page while searching Amsale-inspired dresses! I'm in love with the Amsale-inspired May, specifically the minimalistic style and elegant sheer look and buttons on the back, and am hoping to find an alternative for under $1000! Please help!! Hi Terri! We are happy to see more…

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    5/18

      Hi BABs!  This week’s request comes from reader Stephanie, who wrote to us on this post and is inspired by several Hayley Paige gowns: I'm a broke-ass-bride and I love Hayley Paige! I am trying to find a style with her signature layered, flowy skirt look, spaghetti straps with a v-neck, and some kind of shimmer or fun detail! My favorites of hers are the…

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    5/16

    As someone who has only seen episodes of Say Yes to the Dress in the time it takes for the channel to load and me to flip to the next channel, I was completely unprepared for wedding dress hunting. I was a "good" bride/friend and invited my mom and two besties to Charleston for the process.  I made appointments at 3 different bridal shops (Bridals by…

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    5/4

    Welcome BABs! We have another CAI/GOI for you today with a gorgeous Rue de Seine gown inspiration. Reader Haley commented on this post looking for a boho dress for her wedding: Rue de seine Blake or Raven for under $1000. I like the bohemian, festival, hippie style. Thanks! Haley Okay, Haley -- I hear you on these great Rue de Seine gowns! These gowns are both lovely…

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