Broke-Ass Tag: Embellished Wedding Dress

3/10

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This week’s request comes from reader Tammi for a very unique look:

“Can’t Afford it – I’m looking for something like the green version of Jenny Packham’s Joy dress. You did such a great job finding alternatives with the JP dress before, I’m hoping you can help me. I can’t find anything else even remotely similar anywhere. My budget is under $1500, preferably closer to the $1000 mark.”

The dress in question is a shimmery, 20’s-esque, emerald gown from designer Jenny Packham, and you may have seen it on the red carpet in the past.  Often these kinds of dresses can be super difficult to find, with the color and amazing shimmery detail.  Many designers might stay away from such contrast in colors.  Let’s see what similar styles we can find to replicate this eye-catching gown!

Can't Afford It

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Joy by Jenny Packham via BRIDES, retail $4,600+

Green version can be found via Chic Vintage Brides

Get Over It

Davids Bridal 1712P2451

Illusion Mermaid Dress with Beaded Embellishment (style #1712P2451); $390 at David’s Bridal

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Beaded Short Sleeve Gown; $320 by Adrianna Papell at Dillards

Unique Prom Green Floral Floor Length GownGreen Floral Floor-length Gown, $388 from Unique PromAdrianna Papell 4543416

Beaded Short Sleeve Blouson Gown; $209 by Adrianna Papell at Dillards

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Rounded Neck Sleeveless Beaded Gown; $379 by Adrianna Papell at Dillards

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Beaded X Seam Gown; $262 by Adrianna Papell at Dillards

Unique Vintage Emerald Lace Sheer Illusion GownEmerald Lace Sheer Illusion Gown, $188 from Unique VintageAdrianna Papell 5116587

Embellished Mesh Fit & Flare Gown; $369 by Adrianna Papell at Nordstrom

Unique Vintage Mint and Nude Embellished Lace Dress

Mint and Nude Embellished Lace Dress, $240 from Unique Prom

What do you think Tammi? Some of the dresses in these colors may be listed under “Prom” instead of “Bridal”, but don’t let that discourage you … it may mean that it doesn’t come with as hefty a price tag! Hopefully we’ve found something that strikes your fancy with shimmery embellishments on a column or trumpet gown, and I think we even found some in a similar emerald hue.

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.
  • 7/30

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    Whew! Does time ever fly in the hot summer sun, BABs! I hope you’re enjoying whatever weather you have in your corner of the world (and not suffering sunburn like I am as I write this post — oops!). Today’s inspiration comes from a New Jersey bride. I’ll let BAB reader and bride Karen tell you in her own words:  

    “I’m in love with Maggie Sottero’s dress Demi in the ivory over light gold. Problem is I can’t find it anywhere in a bridal shop in NJ. Not to mention the fact that it’s $$$ and I’m probably going to only be able to spend $ on my dress. But what other dresses could emulate such a magnificent dress?!? Can’t get it out of my mind 🙁 please help!!!! I don’t want to spend more than $1200. And what I love about this particular dress is not only the idea that it has straps and a low back but also and obviously the beading detail and the fact that it’s not pure white. It has an ivory layer over a light gold sheath. I love the antique look it has. And I love the slim line of the dress. Its not too much gown but it is breathtaking.”

    I can see why you’d love that gown, Karen. It looks as comfortable as it is stunning! So let’s get to work!

    Can't Afford It

    Maggie Sottero Demi

    Maggie Sottero Demi, $1,398

    Get Over It

    Mori Lee V-Neckline Gown with Beaded Illusion Straps

    Mori Lee V-Neckline Gown with Beaded Illusion Straps, $1,180 at Best Bridal Prices

    David's Bridal Tank Tulle V-Neck Gown with Metallic Beaded Detail

    Tank Tulle V-Neck Gown with Metallic Beaded Detail, $700 at David’s Bridal

    Adrianna Papell Gold Beaded Mesh Mermaid Gown

    Adrianna Papell Gold Beaded Mesh Mermaid Gown, $170 at 6pm

    David's Bridal Chiffon A Line with Beaded Bodice

    Chiffon A-Line Gown with Beaded Bodice, $99 at David’s Bridal

    Sue Wong Beaded & Floral Embroidered Gown

    Sue Wong Beaded & Floral Embroidered Tulle Gown, $510, Saks Fifth Avenue

    BHLDN Emeline Dress

    Emeline Dress, $495 at BHLDN

    Badgley Mischka Champagne Floral Embroidered Tulle Gown

    Badgley Mischka Champagne Floral Embroidered Tulle Gown, $990 at Neiman Marcus

    BHLDN Brooklyn Dress

    Adrianna Papell Brooklyn Dress, $280 at BHLDN

    Maggie Sottero Magnolia

    Maggie Sottero Magnolia Gown, $1,198 at Best Bridal Prices

    David's Bridal A-line Gown with Illusion Straps and Beaded Lace

    A-line Gown with Illusion Straps and Beaded Lace, $99 at David’s Bridal

    Moonlight Tango A-Line Metallic Embroidered Gown

    Moonlight Tango A-Line Metallic Embroidered Gown, $548 at Best Bridal Prices

    Kennedy Blue Sadie

    Sadie Gown, $190 at Kennedy Blue

    (with the leftover $ you can have a seamstress add metallic embellishments!)

    Lisa’s Bonus Pro Tip: When gown hunting for specific features (like an embellishment or silhouette), try a web search using the terms that come to mind, then look to see how similar gowns in the search results are described to get ideas for additional search terms. 

    Karen, are these gowns as magnifique as the Demi? I hope I’ve helped you to get over it! Drop me a line below to let me know how your search is going.

    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.

    *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.