Broke-Ass Category: Vintage Weddings

8/11

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Gals, I’m so in love with today’s inspiration gown that it pains me that I couldn’t find a closer match for it! Reader Kayla commented on this post with her request:

I, too, have fallen for a dress I cannot afford. Also a Hayley Paige, Lennon. I love the art deco feel to the top of the dress mixed with the modern feel to the bottom of the dress. I would like to find something similar under $700. Can you help me please?

Happy to help, Kayla! This was a tricky one because while deco-inspired gowns abound, most have a fluid sheath or slight trumpet silhouette. I compromised by finding gowns with deco-inspired bodices and more modern skirts or silhouettes. See if any of these work for ya:

Can't Afford It

Hayley Paige Lennon 3

Hayley Paige Lennon 2

Hayley Paige Lennon, $5,000-$6,000

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Glitz Been an Honor Dress in White

Glitz Been an Honor Dress in White, $250 at ModCloth

A Glimmer of Elope Dress in White

A Glimmer of Elope Dress in White, $350 at ModCloth

Tank Wedding Dress with Embellished Bodice

Tank Wedding Dress with Embellished Bodice, $499 at David’s Bridal

Spaghetti-Strap Beaded Blouson Gown by Adrianna Papell

Spaghetti-Strap Beaded Blouson Gown by Adrianna Papell, $259 at Macy’s

Ivory Beaded V-Neck Sheer Back Long Gown

Ivory Beaded V-Neck Sheer Back Long Gown, $311 at Unique Vintage

Grecian Inspired Illusion Back Prom Dress By Dave and Johnny

Grecian Inspired Illusion Back Prom Dress By Dave and Johnny, $290 at eDressMe

Pearl Encrusted Art Deco Wedding Dress by RetroVintageWeddings

Pearl Encrusted Art Deco Wedding Dress, $599 by Etsy seller RetroVintageWeddings

Floral Sequined Mermaid Gown by Adrianna Papell
Floral Sequined Mermaid Gown by Adrianna Papell, $299 at Macy’s

To Have and to Haute Dress in Ivory

To Have and to Haute Dress in Ivory, $300 at ModCloth

Long Mesh Dress with Illusion Beaded Neckline

Long Mesh Dress with Illusion Beaded Neckline, $180 at David’s Bridal

1930s Style Ivory & Gold Filigree Bias Cut Satin Gown

1930s Style Ivory & Gold Filigree Bias Cut Satin Gown, $150 at Unique Vintage

Champagne Beaded 1930s Inspired Wedding Dress by RetroVintageWeddings

Champagne Beaded 1930s Inspired Wedding Dress, $599 by Etsy seller RetroVintageWeddings

What do you think of these deco-inspired gowns, Kayla? Can you get over the ball gown skirt, or are you still on the hunt? Let me know in the comments! 

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.
  • 6/28

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewA few months ago, we had received some invitation samples from Minted and fell in love with their Delicate Dots design. I loved the extra elegance foil adds, and since we have a relatively short guest list, we decided to splurge on the invitations a little.

    We were finally able to get our order in this past weekend, and I can’t wait to receive them! My plan is to get burgundy paper or ribbon to use as bands, wrap some of the same jute string around them as I used for our Save the Dates, then use a wax seal to hold the string in place. We’ll see how DIY I’m feeling, given my overly ambitious Save the Date fiasco. They turned out great, I just spent way more time and effort on them than I had intended.

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    What’s perfect about this design is the kraft paper pulls in some rustic elements, the gold and lowercase type font feels a little vintage, and the modern calligraphy and gold brings out the industrial elements. I don’t think that you could say our wedding is rustic, or vintage, or industrial — it’s very much a mix of our favorite elements of each. These are a perfect indication of what guests can expect at our wedding, and I love that!

    Do you feel like your invitations were a good representation of what guests can expect from your wedding?

  • 6/13

    Hi there all my broke brides-to-be! After my engagement photos came back, I got a lot of questions about who did my hair in the 1920s finger waves style. Photo: Jessica Bailey Answer: I DID!! It was really simple, and really cheap, so I thought I would share with you the cost and the process! This is a great look for any occasion. You could rock…

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    5/3

    Photo available from Etsy seller KevinKlimaPhoto Hotels have been my largest vendor disappointment to date. Last year, I was really excited to learn that a brand new, boutique-style hotel was being built directly across the street from our ceremony location and venue. Couldn’t get much easier than that, right? I knew it would be a bit pricey, but was prepared to shell out some cash…

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    4/5

    Something that we value is shopping local or independent retailers when we’re able. We love supporting the Milwaukee economy and I’ve sort of made it a personal wedding mission. Obviously, most people’s wedding photographers or florists are local, but I thought I’d share a rundown of how we’re supporting local or other independent vendors elsewhere. Dress: While Maggie Sottero is an international designer, I was…

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    3/22

    BABs, can you believe it?! It’s officially been a year since we got engaged. Between wedding fervor, busy summers and the craziness of the holidays, I feel like it’s totally flown by. It has also occurred to me that I haven’t shared the story of how we got engaged! The whole week leading up to our engagement, I was trying to nail down plans for…

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    3/8

    It’s been really nice to take a breather from wedding planning for a bit. I feel like we’ve really stayed ahead of the game by scheduling roughly a task a month or so. It has always been a goal to make planning as stress-free as possible. I never wanted to look back at this experience as a frustrating or stressful time. It helps that my…

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    2/23

    If you caught my last post, life has been a little unpredictable lately, right in the midst of preparing for an industry talk at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and trying to DIY these Save the Dates. When I decided to make these myself, I knew that the industry talk was coming, but assumed I’d be able to manage both of those simultaneously. Our unexpected circumstances…

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