Broke-Ass Tag: Nicole Miller


Affiliate Disclaimer NewHey, hey BABs! Today’s CAI/GOI request is a stunner! Reader Alix commented on this post with:

My mom always said I had champagne taste with a beer budget, she was right. I found a Galia Lahav dress, from the Dolce Vita Collection, the Dolce, and I fell in love with it before I looked at the price tag. I love the v neck, its fitted, the partial lace with stretch satin, keyholes on the sides and the back is to die for. Its sexy and elegant at the same time. Trying to find anything similar for under $3,000!

The “Dolce” has so many gorgeous details! Russian-born Galia Lahav has been designing couture gowns for over 30 years. Known for her lavish, luxurious designs, Galia prides herself in producing items in her Israeli home studio to custom made standards. Every gown is crafted by highly trained specialists using top of the line materials and equipment. Galia is world-renowned, and with that, her gowns do not come cheap, ranging $6,000-$19,500. Yep, Alix…champagne taste. But your $3,000 dress budget is definitely something we can work with. Let’s check out some “Dolce”-inspired gowns!

Can't Afford ItGalia Lahav-Dolce-FGalia Lahav-Dolce-BGalia Lahav’s “Dolce” from La Dolce Vita Collection, $10,000+

Get Over ItMori Lee Voyage Wedding Dresses - Style 6793Mori Lee Voyage Wedding Dresses (Style: 6793), $699 at BestBridalPrices

Mori Lee Wedding Dresses - Style 1954Mori Lee Wedding Dresses (Style: 1954), $1,020 at BestBridalPrices

Nicole Miller Blake“Blake” Bridal Gown (Style: HO10000), $1,700 at Nicole Miller

Pronovias Wedding Dresses - Style MadridPronovias Wedding Dresses “Madrid,” $1,971 at BestBridalPrices

satin and tulle by dresseslionessSexy Lace and Tulle Wedding Dress by DressesLioness, $2,819.55 via Etsy

Desiree Hartsock - Style Alera 5HW157Desiree Hartsock for Maggie Sottero “Alera” (Style: 5HW157), $1,098 at BestBridalPrices

Kristina lace and satin wedding gown by dresseslioness on etsy“Kristina” Lace Wedding Dress by DressesLioness, $2,211.41 via Etsy

Mori Lee Voyage Wedding Dresses - Style 6811Mori Lee Voyage Wedding Dresses (Style: 6811), $1,099 at BestBridalPrices

Katie May MonacoKatie May “Monaco” (Style: KATIM30004), $1,950 at Shopbop

Sophia Tolli Wedding Dresses - Style Rexana Y11629Sophia Tolli Wedding Dresses “Rexana” (Style: Y11629), $1,460 at BestBridalPrices

bohemian lace wedding dress by dresseslioness on etsyBohemian Lace Wedding Dress by DressesLioness, $2,819.55 via Etsy

David Tutera - Style Briony 215276David Tutera “Briony” (Style: 215276), $1,573 at BestBridalPrices

Jules Bridal Gown by Nicole Miller“Jules” Bridal Gown (Style: KS10001), $2,400 at Nicole Miller

Impression Wedding Dresses - Style 10341Impression Wedding Dresses (Style: 10341), $850 at BestBridalPrices

Katie May BarcelonaKatie May “Barcelona” (Style: KATIM30003), $2,500 at Shopbop

Mori Lee Wedding Dresses - Style 2809Mori Lee Wedding Dresses (Style: 2809), $1,398 at BestBridalPrices

Rara Avis Dezory on etsy“Dezory” Wedding Dress by RaraAvisAngeEtoiles, $1,597.74 via Etsy

Not every dress listed above has all of the features of the “Dolce” gown, but some come pretty close. The Mori Lee gowns all have beautiful back details, so be sure to click through the links to check those out. I think the closest look-alikes to the “Dolce” would be the gowns made by DressesLioness (Lioness & Lioness Couture) on Etsy. That shop, from France, produces a number of dresses that are fitted, with bits of lace and many other sexy little details, much like the Galia Lahav number.

Well, Alix, how did we do? If you love any of these lookalikes, please let us know in the comments. Good luck on your gown search!

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.
  • 3/14

    We’ve got a special request this week. It’s super special actually because this Bay Area bride hasn’t fallen head over heels for a dress she can’t afford yet – she just needs help.

    Looking for an elopement dress idea for San Francisco City Hall June 2013. I wear size 14 in bridal gowns, I’m pear shaped, and I want something long, romantic, and unique. I go back and forth between ‘”traditional elopement” dress or something short, from white to cream or champagne…

    Our girl wants options! And, her plans changed since she first asked for our help. They’re still planning for something small and intimate but possibly at a chapel now. Courtney wants to spend no more than $700 and wants a soft, flowing romantic look but doesn’t like all over lace. She likes a little something extra but not full-blown bling. Girl, do we have serious options for you – long, short, strapless, one-shoulder, color and white.


    One Shoulder Mesh Gown with Beaded Waist ($179 at David’s Bridal)

    Swiss Dot Tulle Empire Waist Soft Wedding Gown ($349 at David’s Bridal)

    Margarete in Sand ($478.99 at Ruche)

    Lively Chevrons Dress ($480 at BHLDN)


    David Meister Your Royal Highness Gown ($110 rental through Rent The Runway)


    Nicole Miller Exquisite Eliza Gown ($110 rental through Rent The Runway)

    It’s kind of fun to not have boundaries when looking through dresses. There’s a definite variety available here. Not all have a little extra something but, being below your budget, you could easily be made special with a beautiful belt. Having your size was really helpful – these are all available in size 14.

    Having such an open mind may make it difficult to really decide. Be sure to check the return policy if you’re unsure. Any other BABs have some suggestions for courthouse/city hall/elopement wedding dresses for Courtney to consider?

  • 3/5

    Adri has designer dreams but of course, not the designer budget. She actually loved a whole collection of dresses from Israeli designer Inbal Dror. I found these Inbal Dror dresses and I'm in love with them. Could you please help me find some similar ones at a $2,000-$2,500 price range? Thanks!! Adri After an email follow up, Adri sent me the two dresses that really…

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    "Budget" has always been a word I kind of hate. It really kills the joy of shopping for, well, anything. But of course, it's a very important factor when it comes to BAB weddings. I fell in love with the Wtoo Olivia gown in oatmeal. I went to try it on and absolutely love it. I have been trying to find a used one to…

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