Broke-Ass Category: Shopping


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, and I see why so many of you find inspiration from her designs.  I’ve focused my search on gowns with a backless design with sleeves, and kept an eye for any geometric or modern patterns to the lace details. I’ve also tried to stick with gowns with slimmer silhouettes, that aren’t full ballgown skirts. Here we go!

Berta; Style 15-101; Fall/Winter 2015

Soho gown; $2,070 by Grace Loves Lace

Blanc gown; $2,250 by Grace Loves Lace

Mai gown; $2,450 by Grace Loves Lace

Style 694; $2,500+ by Demetrios

Deirdre gown; $1,000+ by Maggie Sottero


Karina gown; $2,000+ by Theia

Monica gown; $1,550 at BHLDN

Style 7702; $1,200+ by Ti Adora

Lenora gown; $1,000+ by Watters

My Love gown; $1,750 by Etsy seller WhiteMeadowBridal

And this one doesn’t have sleeves, but the geometric lines look stunning and you might be able to add sleeves or a shrug…

Style 6492; $1,500+ by Lillian West

I hope we’ve found something with that modern geometric look you found so inspiring with the Berta gown.  Until next time!

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.
  • 7/6

    Download available from Etsy seller WhiteFeathersDesign

    I will admit, I am not on online shopping. I prefer the “touch and feel” shopping experience! On the other hand, when your time is limited, you need to buy a gazillion items and you are looking for the best deal, online shopping becomes your best friend!

    I’ve secured some awesome deals and sharing is caring, so here are my tips!

    Dollar Tree:

    I used to think that what made Dollar Tree special is that everything is truly a dollar, little did I know that there are so many other things that make Dollar Tree the best store EVER, like their website! I purchased the majority of my wedding decor online by the case, it was shipped to a store by my house (for free) and the manager loaded it in my car (in the rain). Amazing customer service and experience!

    Facebook Trading Groups:

    The experience can be a bit of a pain if you have to coordinate a pickup or delivery. At times I felt like it might just be easier to go to the store and buy what I need. On the other hand, the groups are a great for booking vendors. I “shopped” for vendors, used the comments and captions as recommendations and often times the vendors would offer a special Facebook special if you book their services! It’s a win-win situation. We secured our videographer  for 50% less than what we were quoted from other videographers, she scheduled a call with us to discuss our vision and she even threw in an engagement video session for FREE! An added bonus, I sold some empty wine bottles on a Facebook trading group that I was collecting for decor and no longer needed. Extra money that we were able to add to our wedding budget!


    The original plan was to order EVERYTHING online, however many of the items that we needed were not available via the website. This little hiccup did not slow down my online buying streak; I still created my shopping list on their website, I selected my store and they included on the shopping list the exact location for each item and we were in and out in less than an hour! If you’ve ever been to IKEA you know how much of an accomplishment that is.

    A quick trip to IKEA, thanks to our online shopping list!


    Um, where has this site been all of my life?!? One of my bridesmaids told me about it and I am hooked.  I not only set up my own “closet” so that I can sell stuff but I also found my wedding shoes. Yes, my wedding shoes!! These beauties from Nine West were listed for $30, had only been worn once and had minimal wear and tear. I offered $15 and did a happy dance when I received the notification that the owner excepted my offer. I received them four days later and I love them!

    I’ve scored so many deals online that I think that I have been completely converted and I may never enter a store ever again! In addition to the deals above, Amazon Prime is a winner for my last minute DIY projects. The cake topper and my garter were secured on Etsy. Many of the bridesmaids gifts were purchased from Charming Charlie, Old Navy and SheIn during online only sales and my reception linen was purchased online from CV Linen.

    I only have a few more items to grab and I am beyond excited each and every day that a new package lands at my front door!



  • 6/23

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