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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.
  • 8/15

    Weddings are one of the last grazing grounds where the nearly extinct thank you card can be seen. These rare beasts are comprised of mostly paper, ink and the occasional adhesive to hold it all together. Many find the art of creating these near mythical beasts difficult, but I’m here to lead you through this wilderness.

    Thank you cards generally have six parts.

    A greeting, the actual thank you, details, a personal touch, another thank you and closing.

    Assorted Thank You Card from Amazon for $12

    Greeting

    Dear Great Aunt Ethel.  

    Start your card with the person(s)’ name and a salutation. Make sure you have their name spelled correctly.

    Thank You For

    Thank you for the lovely blue KitchenAid Mixer.

    Thank you for the (insert descriptive adjective) gift of (insert gifts). Try to be as descriptive as possible to show that you actually appreciate the gift, even if you have every intention of returning the gift. If the gift was cash, avoid saying “thanks for the cash” but instead try something like, “thank you for your generous gift.”

    Details

    We are looking forward to mixing batches of cookies much quicker and easier.

    Explain what you plan to use the gift for. If it’s an appliance, describe using it in your home. If it is a decoration, explain where you will hang/use the item. When you’ve received cash, explain what you plan on spending it on. Added details makes it sound like you are genuinely appreciative for the item.

    Personal Touch

    We love you and are so glad you were able to share our special day.

    Let your gift giver(s) know that you care for them as more than a giver of swag. If you will see them somewhere in the near future, mention you are looking forward to it. If you haven’t seen them in a long time, mention how great it was seeing them and how happy you are they traveled miles/hours/days to see you.

    Restate Thank You

    Thank you again for helping make our little apartment into a home.

    Take the thank you given in step 2 and rephrase it.

    Closing

    With love, Michael and Danielle.

    You can also use sincerely if it’s a vague second cousin twice removed. Yours truly, regards, warm regards, or lots of love are also solid choices.

    Printable Thank you Card from Etsy Seller FawnAndFloral for $9

    Like with any rare animal, there are always special laws and rules that surround them.

    Do Not

    Write your cards in glitter, wild colors or a pencil. Pick a nice simple blue or black ink to write in. If you must be fancy, try a fountain pen or a calligraphy pen. Also try to get a quick drying ink to avoid smudging.

    Ramble. People don’t read anymore and standard card size is usually 4×6″. Keep your card short and sweet.

    Type your cards. You are trying to show appreciation, take the time to hand write this out.

    Do

    Use nice stationery. They don’t have to match your wedding invitations/decor, but a box of blank cards are very inexpensive. No need to break the bank.

    Send a thank you card. Late is better than never. Wedding thank you card expectation is between one and three months after the wedding. If you are sending yours super late, also include an apology for the lateness.

    Hand write your cards. Your spouse and you can divide and conquer the stack of cards needed. Only one person needs to sign, but if you are both able to sign it is a nice touch.

    And there you have it, the simple breakdown of the thank you card. Now go forth and let some of these magnificent beasts out into the wild.

  • 8/14

    So, I’ve felt like I’ve been kind of stagnant with the wedding planning lately, but I finally feel like the ball is actually rolling now. We had our second consultation with the wedding planner this past Saturday, which was Chris’s first actual in-person look at the venue and meeting her, made all the more interesting because he was coming off of an overnight shift at…

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    8/8

    Credit: Little Wedding Extras It has come to my attention that I may be a cheap-ass rather than a minimalist. Earlier this week, a friend called me in a crisis asking me for ideas on favors she might be able to do for another friend’s bridal shower. She was out of time, trying not to spend a lot and trying not to put forth that…

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    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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    8/1

    It's really weird: Growing up, my little sister and I did not get along together at all. We are five years apart and at a young age the difference is unforgivable. In more recent years we are both coming to the realization that it's possible that we are both humans. It's a strange tingly new feeling. We actually talk to each other now and hang…

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    7/27

    Shirt available from Etsy seller OldCollegeTryPress I'm starting to think that I'm the anti-bride. Not to mean "single woman" but rather "I do not meet the qualifications of being bride" besides that obvious engaged thing. This could be because society places a LOT of pressure on brides, granted society places a lot of pressure on many different realms of people, but I'm making this about…

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