Broke-Ass Tag: Wedding Gown Under $1000

5/18

 

Hi BABs!  This week’s request comes from reader Stephanie, who wrote to us on this post and is inspired by several Hayley Paige gowns:

I’m a broke-ass-bride and I love Hayley Paige! I am trying to find a style with her signature layered, flowy skirt look, spaghetti straps with a v-neck, and some kind of shimmer or fun detail! My favorites of hers are the Laney, Chandon, and Pepper gown. All have a similar silhouette!

These Hayley Paige gowns all have a similar silhouette with an airy, modern, and romantic feel to them. They features a low-cut spaghetti strap neckline, natural waist and full tulle skirt with flounces to give the skirt shape and lightness. The Laney gown definitely has a bit of sparkle.

I’ll focus my search on gowns with full flounced and ruffled skirts. Anything with some shimmer details and straps (remember you can always add some) will take top priority. Let’s see them.

Hayley Paige’s Laney gown; $4,000-$4,500

Lace v-neck dress with organza tiered skirt; $800 at Camille la vie / Group USA

Strapless Lace Wedding Dress with Removable Train; CWG739, $800 at David’s Bridal

Style BL219 Sweet; $750+ by Casablanca Bridal

Horsehair Wedding Dress; $790 by Etsy Seller AngellureBridal

Sadie dress; $875 by Etsy seller thepeppermintpretty

Strapless ballgown wedding dress; $600 at at Camille la vie / Group USA

Lace and Organza Wedding Ball Gown with Beading; WG3830; $649 at David’s Bridal

Strapless Organza Wedding Dress with Ruffles; MK3667; $400 at David’s Bridal

And here are some options for separates, just pair these skirts with a fabulous top or bodysuit:

Almira skirt; $810 at BHLDN

Floral Lace and Cascading Mesh Two-Piece Dress; $170 at David’s Bridal

Ruffled Organza Ball Gown Wedding Dress Skirt, Style 2643; $795 by Alfred Angelo

I think the first one there from Camille la vie / Group USA hits a bunch of aspects — the V-neck with straps, definitely some sparkles and WOW factor, and the horsehair trim skirt. But there are lots of dresses in this lineup to look at. I hope this helps you out, Stephanie. Happy dress shopping!

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.
  • 9/29

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewMan, oh man, today’s CAI/GOI post may be the most challenging request we’ve had yet! Reader

    “I need help. I’ve never seen a bridal gown that felt like the gown for me. I’m starting to lower my expectations to a gown that is slimming because there’s no way that I can afford my dream gown that’s rumored to be upwards of 40k, Is it possible to find it for my budget of 1,000?”

    The dream gown in question is an incredibly unique design from Ashi Studio, based in Beirut. The gown features a number of structural elements, including a corset-like, off-the-shoulder, low-back top, and a high-low, bubble-like skirt with large-ruffled back and bold embroidered details. It’s crazy high fashion couture, and you’re right, Teneasha, Ashi gowns START at $40,000.

    So to answer your question, could I find your dream gown for under $1,000? Well, no. The Ashi gown is so, so unique that there just isn’t anything exactly like it out there. Instead, what I am going to share with you is a broad selection of gowns that share certain elements of the Ashi gown. I’ve categorized them based on most prominent similar feature, including gowns with hip action, back details, embroidery, high-low skirts, and other sculptural-like qualities. Let’s face it, Ashi gowns are works of art … very expensive art. I hope with all of the options I’m giving you, Teneasha, that there are some gowns that speak to what you’re looking for. Let’s check them out!

    Can't Afford ItAshi Studio S_S 2015Ashi Studio S_S 2015-BackAshi Studio S/S 2015 #6, Ashi gowns range ~$40,000-$100,000

    Get Over ItGowns with hip swag

    Oleg Cassini High Neck Satin Short Wedding Dress at David's BridalOleg Cassini High Neck Satin Short Wedding Dress (Style: CRL661), $399.99 at David’s Bridal

    LIMITED EDITION Oleg Cassini Silk Wedding Dress with Beaded Detail at David's BridalLIMITED EDITION Oleg Cassini Silk Wedding Dress with Beaded Detail (Style: CWG703), $899.99 at David’s Bridal

    LIMITED EDITION Oleg Cassini Satin Wedding Dress with Beading at David's BridalLIMITED EDITION Oleg Cassini Satin Wedding Dress with Beading (Style: CWG702), $949.99 at David’s Bridal

    Truly Zac Posen Tank Bonded Lace Wedding Dress at David's BridalTruly Zac Posen Tank Bonded Lace Wedding Dress (Style: ZP341555), $949.99 at David’s Bridal

    LIMITED EDITION White by Vera Wang Beaded Lace Wedding Dress at David's BridalLIMITED EDITION White by Vera Wang Beaded Lace Wedding Dress (Style: VW351268), $999.99 at David’s Bridal

    Dress nr1 by AgnesMiraRosa on EtsyWedding Dress (Style: nr1), $949.14 by Etsy seller AgnesMiraRosa

    High-low gowns

    SAMPLE Organza and Tulle High-Low Gown with Beaded Flower at David's BridalSAMPLE Organza and Tulle High-Low Gown with Beaded Flower (Style: AI26010039), $348.98 at David’s Bridal

    FINAL SALE Truly Zac Posen Lace High Low Tank Wedding Dress at David's BridalFINAL SALE  Truly Zac Posen Lace High Low Tank Wedding Dress (Style: ZP341412), $399.99 at David’s Bridal

    Hi-low Style Ivory Lace Sweetheart Neckline Organza Wedding Dress by Etsy seller ValiantWangHi-low Style Ivory Lace Sweetheart Neckline Organza Wedding Dress, $229 by Etsy seller Valiantwang

    The Exchanging of Wows Wedding Dress in White at modclothThe Exchanging of Wows Wedding Dress in White, $300 at ModCloth

    allison parris Sugar Coat Dressallison parris Sugar Coat Dress, $70 rental at Rent the Runway

    Brocade Hi-low Prom Dress by Camille La VieBrocade Hi-low Prom Dress by Camille La Vie (Style: 28440-57454Z), $190 at edressme

    ML Monique LhuillierOne-Shoulder Metallic Ball GownML Monique Lhuillier One-Shoulder Metallic Ball Gown (Style: NMF17_TBJGT), $798 at Neiman Marcus

    Ruffled-back gowns

    SAMPLE Mikado Gown with Ruffle Back at David's BridalSAMPLE Mikado Gown with Ruffle Back (Style: AI10030248), $248.48 at David’s Bridal

    Oleg Cassini Satin Cascading Detail Wedding DressOleg Cassini Satin Cascading Detail Wedding Dress (Style: CPK650), $649.99 at David’s Bridal

    SAMPLE Truly Zac Posen Strapless Satin Wedding Dress at David's BridalSAMPLE Truly Zac Posen Strapless Satin Wedding Dress (Style: AI34010003), $998.48 at David’s Bridal

    Leila-cotton wedding dress by Etsy seller Victoriaspirina“Leila” cotton wedding dress, $840+ by Etsy seller VictoriaSpirina

    Gowns with bold accents

    SAMPLE Metallic Lace Ball Gown with Peek-a-Boo Back Panel at David's BridalSAMPLE Metallic Lace Ball Gown with Peek-a-Boo Back Panel (Style: AI14010369), $398.98 at David’s Bridal

    NEW! Halter A-Line Wedding Dress with Lace Appliques at David's BridalNEW! Halter A-Line Wedding Dress with Lace Appliques (Style: OP1276), $449.99 at David’s Bridal

    Gowns with a sculptural feel

    Truly Zac Posen Wedding Dress with Tank Bodice at David's BridalTruly Zac Posen Wedding Dress with Tank Bodice (Style: ZP341565), $549.99 at David’s Bridal

    Truly Zac Posen Satin Corseted Wedding Dress at David's BridalTruly Zac Posen Satin Corseted Wedding Dress (Style: ZP341564), $758+ at David’s Bridal

    Issue New York Off The Shoulder Mesh Gown

    Issue New York Off The Shoulder Mesh Gown in Ivory (Style: 390590003), $279 at Bluefly

    What do you think, Teneasha? These gowns may not be Ashi Couture, but they all have unique qualities that could make for your knock-out wedding gown. If these dresses still aren’t cutting it for you, you could also consult with a dressmaker directly. Provide them with examples of what you love and be clear on your budget, and they may be able to make something custom just for you! Good luck!

    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.

     

  • 8/4

    Reader Tempest has a CAI/GOI request for a hot, hot Galia Lahav-inspired number. She commented on this post with: "I am in love with the Galia Lahav La Dolce Vita collection; in particular the Antonia. I could also go for the Galia Lahav Empress Collection -- the Juno -- but with a satin fabric, lace is not really my thing. My ideal budget is to…

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    6/17

    As a special treat this month, we’re partnering with David’s Bridal to bring you four special edition Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! posts (catch the first two here and here), featuring their very own gorgeous styles. David’s Bridal, a name synonymous with affordable wedding gowns in a huge variety of styles, has been dressing women for all types of special occasions for over 60 years…

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    5/19

    I've never met a Rue de Seine gown I didn't love. Case in point, the Fox Gown. It rides the line between free-spirited bohemian and romantic formal, with a corseted bustier bodice and floral patchwork lace that outlines all the curves your mama gave ya. All that hotness comes at a price, though, so reader Amy asked if we could find her some lookalikes for about a…

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    4/21

    Lemme tell ya, BABs, I am ga-ga for this week's inspiration gown! Reader Becca made her request in a comment to this post:  I don't suppose you could help me find a dream dress? The gown I've fallen in love with is by Paolo Sebastian, and my budget is preferably $1,000 or lower. It's just got the most romantic neckline, so feminine and sweet (without being…

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    4/7

    What's dripping with delicate lace, sporting long, semi-sheer sleeves, and on-trend with Spring 2016's cold-shoulder look? It's the Pronovias Kampara gown! With a deep sweetheart neckline and similarly deep-cut low back, both with scalloped illusion lace, and mermaid silhouette with subtly gathered train in allover, the Kampara is a modern, sultry adaptation of a classic gown.  BAB reader Kara contacted us to request help finding…

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    12/17

    Hey BABs! How's your holiday shopping coming along? If you're still on the hunt, check out The Broke-Ass Bride Gift Guides!   Today's Can't Afford It gown is a two-fer. Bride Hailey fell in love with the Free People Gold Chalice gown, a stunning bohemian number with a strappy, open back and tribal-esque golden embellishments. But Hailey's true love is the Rue de Seine Mackenzie gown, complete with…

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