Broke-Ass Tag: affordable


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 to have a nude underlay to give that sheer look. I’ll focus my search on similar sheer lace dresses, concentrating on those with sleeves in your budget. For those that don’t have sleeves, think about a shrug (something I did with my wedding gown for the reception!). Let’s see what I find …

Inca gown; $2,800 by Grace Loves Lace

Lace Trumpet Gown, style TR21722; $500 by Modest by Mon Cheri

Fallon dress; $490 at BHLDN

Long Sleeve Lace Mermaid Wedding Dress; $450 at David’s Bridal

Jessica Howard Lace Blouson Maxi Dress; $83 at Dillard’s

Scallop Beaded Lace Halter V-Neck Trumpet Gown; $450 at David’s Bridal

Right Here Right Wow Maxi Dress in Ivory; $140 at Modcloth

Slim Trumpet Wedding Dress, style 116138; $500 by Mon Cheri

And a couple slightly over your budget…

Umelia dress; $540 by Etsy Seller VictoriaSprinia

Long sleeve bohemian embroidered dress with sheer details; $550 by Adrianna Papell

Let us know what you think of these gowns!  And best of luck with your wedding planning!


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.
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    The Broke-Ass Bride is proud to partner with Brides Against Breast Cancer, turning gently used designer gowns into a beacon of hope in the worldwide fight against breast cancer. If you’d like to donate your gown, here’s how. If you’re in need of a gown, Brides Against Breast Cancer runs a nationwide tour of gowns, and you should most definitely check it out when it rolls into your town!


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    Boston, MA April 4 – 5, 2014 Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
    Boca Raton, FL April 4 – 5, 2014 Embassy Suites Boca Raton
    St. Louis, MO April 4 – 5, 2014 Holiday Inn St. Louis South County Center
    Mobile, AL April 6, 2014 The Battle House Hotel & Spa
    Columbus, OH April 6, 2014 The Fawcett Event Center
    Reston, VA – Washington DC Area April 11 – 12, 2014 Sheraton Reston Hotel
    Wichita, KS April 12, 2014 Holiday Inn Wichita East I-35
    San Ramon, CA – SF Area April 12 – 13, 2014 Crow Canyon Commons
    Austin, TX April 19, 2014 Hyatt Regency Austin
    San Diego, CA April 19, 2014 Hilton Garden Inn San Diego/Del Mar
    Cincinnati, OH April 19, 2014 Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
    Columbia, SC April 26, 2014 Hilton Columbia Center
    St. Petersburg, FL May 4, 2014 NOVA 535 Event Space
    New Brunswick, NJ May 4, 2014 Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
    Philadelphia, PA May 9 – 10, 2014 Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
    Sioux Falls, SD May 10, 2014 Sheraton Sioux Falls Hotel & Conference Center
    Richmond, VA May 10, 2014 The Westin Richmond
    Metairie, LA – New Orleans Area May 10, 2014 Four Points by Sheraton New Orleans Airport
    Tulsa, OK May 16 – 17, 2014 Hyatt Regency Tulsa
    Providence, RI May 16 – 17, 2014 Hilton Providence
    Dover, DE May 18, 2014 Maple Dale Country Club
    Charlotte, NC May 23 – 24, 2014 Embassy Suites Charlotte
    Roanoke, VA May 24, 2014 Sheraton Roanoke Hotel & Conference Center
    Arlington, VA – DC Area May 31 – June 1, 2014 Le Meridien Arlington
    Woodland Hills, CA – LA Area May 31 – June 1, 2014 Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles
    Bangor, ME June 1, 2014 Four Points by Sheraton Bangor Airport
    Erie, PA June 8, 2014 Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel
    Henderson NV – Lake Las Vegas Area June 14 – 15, 2014 The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa
    Lombard, IL – Pretty in Pink June 21 – 22, 2014 Jasmine Galleria
    Laramie, WY June 21, 2014 Hilton Garden Inn Laramie & UW Conference Center
    Carbondale, PA June 21, 2014 Best Western Pioneer Plaza
    Bakersfield, CA June 22, 2014 Four Points by Sheraton Bakersfield
    Weehawken, NJ June 28, 2014 Sheraton Lincoln Harbor Hotel
    Marietta, GA – Atlanta Area June 28 – 29, 2014 Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center
    Louisville, KY July 12 – 13, 2014 Ramada Plaza Louisville Hotel & Conference Center
    Orlando, FL July 19 – 20, 2014 DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown
    Emeryville, CA – San Francisco Area July 26 – 27, 2014 Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge
    Whittier, CA – LA Area August 15 – 16, 2014 Radisson Hotel Whittier
    Fort Worth, TX August 22 – 23, 2014 Renaissance Worthington Hotel
    Beachwood, OH – Cleveland Area September 12 – 13, 2014 DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland East – Beachwood
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    Jacksonville, FL September 20 – 21, 2014 Sheraton Jacksonville
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    York, PA – Lancaster Area October 17 – 18, 2014 The Holiday Inn Conference Center of York
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    Riverhead, NY – Long Island January 30 – 31, 2015 Atlantis Banquets & Events
    Bloomington, MN February 27 – 28, 2015 The Park Plaza Hotel Bloomington
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    Angela and Jay had their beautiful wedding in January of this year, incorporating meaningful locations, the support of their community, and some Arizona flair. Seriously, how cute are these cactus favors? It goes to show that you don't need to spend $30,000 to have a beautiful, memorable wedding day...and since their family and friends were involved throughout, they were able to start their married lives…

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    Brides Against Breast Cancer is an amazing charity that we've partnered with--they accept new and used gown donations, which they then send on roadshows across the country to sell to brides like you for an average price of $600! They also do "Run and Renew" 5K events as fundraisers, and every year, they raise around a million dollars for those impacted by cancer. Incredible, no?…

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    I found my dress! If there is one part of planning a wedding that makes it feel real, I'd say that is up there. I had never even been dress shopping with anyone before (and I've been in quite a few weddings), so it was definitely a little overwhelming. Having seen far too many episodes of Say Yes the Dress, I planned my entourage very…

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