Broke-Ass Tag: bridal


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.
  • 4/1

    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!


    Hurst, TX – Dallas/Ft. Worth Area April 4 – 5, 2014 Feragne Villa Wedding & Event Venue
    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
    Welches, OR – Mount Hood Area September 13 – 14, 2014 The Resort at the Mountain
    Jacksonville, FL September 20 – 21, 2014 Sheraton Jacksonville
    Bridgeville, DE October 5, 2014 Heritage Shores Club
    York, PA – Lancaster Area October 17 – 18, 2014 The Holiday Inn Conference Center of York
    Birmingham, AL October 24 – 25, 2014 The Harbert Center
    Ontario, CA – Inland Empire Area October 31 – November 1, 2014 Radisson Ontario Airport
    Minneapolis, MN November 1 – 2, 2014 Millenium Hotel Minneapolis
    Riverhead, NY – Long Island January 30 – 31, 2015 Atlantis Banquets & Events
    Bloomington, MN February 27 – 28, 2015 The Park Plaza Hotel Bloomington
  • 3/10

    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?…

    Read the full article →
    Share this!


    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…

    Read the full article →
    Share this!


    A reader wrote in recently that she'd been struggling to find the perfect dress...until she saw it walk down the carpet at the Golden Globes on Sarah Hyland.  Perfect, except for the color and the couture pricetag, that is. Let's see what we can do--we're looking for something with a bateau neckline, a dropped waist, and some frothy goodness at the bottom! CAN'T AFFORD IT…

    Read the full article →
    Share this!


    It takes the alloying of two metals to create rose gold: gold and copper. When blended together, they make a gorgeous pink hue that's not only romantic, but also symbolic of the merging of your lives. On-trend for 2014 but also a classic, the blush tones of a rose gold wedding will be warm, inviting, and nothing short of breathtaking. To prevent rose gold overload,…

    Read the full article →
    Share this!


    What happens when a bride wants to buck the strapless trend and not spend more than $2,000 on a wonderful gown? You get a bride in need of some shopping help. Hey all, I could use some help in the CAI/GOI category: BHLDN Omelia. The sheath silhouette, the gorgeous lace detail, the fact that it's not strapless (I just can't be bothered to worry about…

    Read the full article →


    With previews for the new “The Great Gatsby” movie playing everywhere, it’s no surprise that chic '20s style is catching the eye of modern brides. Sadly, that kind of glitz isn’t always nice to the pocketbook, as this week’s BAB quickly realized. I've been looking for a quasi-20's feeling dress for a while, and low and behold I've fallen in love with this Jenny Packham…

    Read the full article →
    Share this!


    This week’s BAB Sofia has some amazing couture taste! The wonderfully unique neckline created by the detailed draping of the sleeves on her Le Spose di Gio dream dress is truly to die for. Hi! I am in love with a wedding dress from Le Spose di Giò. It is the dress CL31 from the Classica Collection. I am not sure about the price but…

    Read the full article →
    Share this!