11/28

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Hey, BABs! Y’all nice and stuffed from the turkey overload? As promised, I’ve compiled all the best Black Friday deals I could find. There are two exclusive deals just for Broke-Ass Brides, and some amazing discounts from your favorite stores. Planning on having twinkly lights at your wedding? Be sure to check out the Target and Home Depot links below. Love BHLDN’s dresses? It may have gotten marked down. You guys, there’s a ridiculous amount of awesome in here! Happy shopping!

Ten for the Weekend 52 Black Friday Deals

BAB Exclusives

Dessy is offering BABs 20% off SITEWIDE, y’all.

Silver Charm Events: Resident #RealTalk guru and L.A. wedding planner Liz Coopersmith has the hookup — including a great deal on her e-book.

DiamondStuds4Less: 1/2 carat genuine diamond earrings in 14K white gold $189 with code GETMETHESE – GUYS, these are normally $481

DiamondStuds4Less BAB Exclusive

Wedding-y

House of Brides: 20%-80% off retail with an extra 5% off with free shipping. Use code BLACKFRIDAY2014

BHLDN: Their biggest gown sale yet!

Ann Taylor50% Off Entire Purchase with code THANKS

LunaBazaar: 8% off Christmas Ornaments at Luna Bazaar! Enter code ORNAMENTS8 at checkout 

Beau-Coup.com: 25% off sitewide and Free Shipping with orders of $50+

A Gift Personalized: 15% off sitewide and Free Shipping with $35.00 order. Use code AGPFREESHIP11

Bloominous: Get 10% off with CLUBBLOOM10 at checkout

ModCloth: 50% off new arrivals

ModCloth

Stationery

Tiny Prints:  Save 30% + an EXTRA 10% with code BLACKFRIDAY

Minted: Enjoy 20% off your holiday card order of $150+ or 15% off your holiday card order of $100+

VistaPrint: Up to 60% off sitewide. Enter code BESTDEALS 

 ZazzleUp to 60% off with code ZAZCYBERWEEK

Wedding Paper Divas: 30% off sitewide with code BLCKFRI25
Wedding Paper Divas 25% Off Sitewide Black Friday 300x250

 

Jewelry

Stella & Dot:  25% off sale items

Kendra Scott: 15% off + free ground shipping with code BFCM2014

Her Fashion-y

Athleta:  20% off. Use code FIT20.  Restrictions apply.

Bluefly: Women’s Apparel Now Up To 80% Off

Nordstrom: Huge markdowns across all departments.

SheInside: ]Take an additional 10% off Black Friday prices with code BLACKFRIDAY

Express: 50% off online purchases

Free People: Save up to 50% off select items

BCBGSpend $200 save $50, spend $300 save $100, spend $400 save $150

Urban Outfitters: Take an additional 25% all sale online all day 

Forever21: Deals from $4! Extra 30% Off Sale Items! Free shipping on All Orders!

Piperlime:  25% off. Use code THANKFUL25. Restrictions apply. 

Old Navy: Up to 50% off everything online. Restrictions apply. 

Kiyonna: Select dresses $40

Rent the Runway: 20% off orders of $75+

J.Crew:  30% off select full-price, 40% off sale with code HOLIDAY

Hourglass Angel 20% off orders $79 or more + free shipping sitewide 

Saturday by Kate Spade: 30% off sitewide with code y DEALME

Asos: 30% off with code TGIBF

Banana Republic: 50% off 1 full priced item + 40% off your purchase. 50% off; use code BRFIFTY. 40% off; use code BRFORTY. Restrictions apply.

His Fashion-y

BlueFly: Men’s apparel, accessories and shoes up to 80% off

Bonobos: Receive 25% off a purchase of $150 or 30% off a purchase of $250 with code BLACKFRIDAY

 

Foodie / Kitchen-y

WineoftheMonthClub.com: 15% off gift assortments. Choose from 2 Bottle, 6 Bottle or 12 Bottle wine assortments.

World Market: 50% on many products with code SAVEBIG10

Flirty Aprons: 50% off + free shipping with code BLACKFLIRTY50

Sur la Table: Savings sitewide

Artsy

AllPosters.comSave 40% on all orders with coupon code VFF722 

Magic Murals: Take 10% off orders $57 to $200; 15% off orders $200 to $400; 20% off orders $400 and above

 Miscellany

Target: Sitewide sales

Craftsy: All classes $19.99 or less

Craftsy

Home Depot: Deals sitewide — BRIDES: Keep an eye out for deals on string lights!

Harry and David: Up to 50% off select items

Groupon: Deals on goods, services and more!

Fanatics.com: 25% off plus free shipping on orders over $50 with code TURKEY

ThinkGeek: Up to 60% off 100+ items and take up to 30% off sitewide with code ELFINSALE

Anthropologie: 25% off all items with code HOLIDAY  e

Fab.com: 30% off clearance

Poppin20% off $60+ and Free Shipping w/ code BFPOP2014. Excludes Furniture, Lighting, Wall Art, + Gift Cards

Amazon: Huge savings on pretty much everything

 

christen
  • 11/26

    Confession: I suck at writing thank you notes. It wasn’t something that was a thing, really, as I was growing up — I suspect my mother wrote them for me. Though, admittedly, this is NO excuse for not extending appreciation for someone else’s graciousness. I’ve recently been trying to change my stubborn ol’ ways (30 does that to you, y’all) and I found that if I have super awesome stationery, it helps because I really want to show that shizz off. However, when you’re writing thank you notes to dozens, if not hundreds of people — as you will in the days preceding and following your wedding — it can easily get overwhelming. So, BAB homegirls Emily and Rachel, who have literally written the book on thank you notes, are here to give us some pointers on how to get started, what to write and how to streamline the process.

    In Unison Thank-You Card from Minted

    In Unison Thank You Stationery from Minted

    Happy Thanksgiving Week everyone! It’s hard to believe the day we set aside for feasting with family and friends and giving thanks for all our blessings will be here in a few days. We know this time of year is extremely busy for everyone, especially brides. To help save you time saying “thanks” for the gifts you have received or will receive, we’re sharing some thank you note ideas today.

    Below are some sample thank you notes adapted from our book, “Something New: The Bride’s Complete Guide to Writing Thank You Notes.” These samples are geared toward popular gifts an engaged or newly married couple might receive during the fall season. The notes may easily be adopted for anyone’s use, though! Let us know if they help you.

    Sample #1:

    Dear Mrs. Oksan,

    Thank you for the pie server you gave Matt and me for our wedding. It is the perfect size for serving pie slices without tearing them. I also love that it is dishwasher safe.

    You were so kind to remember Matt and me with this wonderful gift we will be using frequently over the holidays. We both appreciate your thoughtfulness.

    Fondly,

    Mary

    November 11

     

    Sample #2:

    Dear Mrs. King,

    Thank you for the casserole dish you and Mr. King gave Jace and me for our wedding. It will be great to have a dish in our everyday china pattern for serving casseroles. I know we will use this often for the monthly potluck dinners we have with our friends.

    Thank you also for coming to our wedding. It was wonderful to have you join in the celebration of our marriage.

    Sincerely,

    Stacy

    November twenty-third

     

    Sample #3:

    Dear Mrs. Carmichael,

    The handmade quilt you gave Ben and me is lovely! Pink is my favorite color, and the design on the quilt is so intricate. It will be a wonderful heirloom to pass on to our children.

    Thank you and Mr. Carmichael again for such a beautiful and special gift. It truly is one-of-a-kind.

    Most sincerely,

    Dana

    November 31, 2014

     

    Here are a few other tips to help you write your thank-you notes:

    1) If in doubt as to whether or not you should write a thank-you note, go ahead and write one. People always love receiving personal mail!

    2) If you feel overwhelmed and are not sure how to start writing, just set aside 30 minutes to an hour one day to start writing. If you need to, start with a draft or two. Once you have written a few thank you notes, you will probably find them easier to write. You can then start fitting your writing into smaller time slots, like on your lunch break during the week!

    3) Write thank you notes for the same gifts or similar items at the same time, when possible. Did you receive 8 dinner plates from 8 different people? Write one thank you note and consider copying it for all the other people who gave you dinner plates; just change the names in the notes and slightly change the wording. It is unlikely that people will compare thank you notes, even if they live in the same area. Save yourself some time!

    4) It’s never too late to write a thank you note. We don’t mean that you should purposely wait a long time to write your thank you notes. However, if you have accidentally forgotten to write one or two, or if you have gotten behind on your thank you notes due to life events that often pop up at the most inconvenient times, you should still go ahead and write those thank you notes. People would much rather receive a late thank you note than no thank you note at all.

    5) Organization helps when it comes to writing thank you notes. It’s ideal to gather the supplies you will need before you start writing to minimize any frustration. This includes choosing your stationery, making sure you have a pen that works well and gathering the names and addresses of your contacts.

    6) Be yourself. Genuine is always best. If you are usually a more direct and to-the-point type of person, don’t write a thank you note that is exaggerated and elaborate or vice versa.

    In keeping with the spirit of Thanksgiving, we are offering a discount exclusively to The Broke-Ass Bride readers for purchases made through our website! Our print books and aluminum giftware will be available on our website at 20% off from now through Monday, December 1st. Please enter code THANKS14 during checkout in order to receive the discount. Quantities are limited, so be sure to place your order early if you are interested in something specific.

    Something New: The Bride's Complete Guide to Writing Thank You Notes

    Our eBook price is also reduced this week on Amazon from $7.99 to $2.99.

    If you have any questions about wedding thank you notes, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    christen
  • 11/26

    Beau-Coup Gold and Glitter Decor Kit

     With BAB taking the holiday off, save for an EPIC Ten for the Weekend full of Black Friday deals and other goodies — GUYS: Pay attention, because you will find out where to get rad deals on twinkle lights, OK? — it seemed like a good time to take a …

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    11/25

    Get Inspired Berry, Rose Gold and Cobalt




    While I’m always going to be the biggest advocate of black white and gold glitter, I have a lot of love for bright colors. Cobalt blue has been one of my favorites for as long as I can remember — my mother used to collect cobalt glass — and I …

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    11/25

    Real Bride Elissa Don

     




    When we first got engaged, my parents asked my fiancé and I what our “must haves” were for our wedding. His criteria included good food, great wine and an outdoor ceremony. But, knowing those were givens, my priorities were (in no particular order):

    1. All of the twinkle lights
    2. Gorgeous,
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  • 11/24

    2014 Gift Guide: Office Accessories for the Workaholic




    We all have that person in our lives — I, personally, AM that person — who just puts their all into work. She works well past the 5 o’clock cutoff time, and is often busted answering work emails while ordering the next round for happy hour. She loves her job, and …

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    11/24

    Lethal Rhythms, Atlanta DJ




    Lethal Rhythms, Atlanta DJ

    Hey everyone! I may be a Mrs. now, but that doesn’t mean I can’t look back and help guide y’all on your bride-to-be journeys. And one major component of any wedding is … the music!

    When Jersey and I began looking for an Atlanta DJ, …

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    11/21

    Fab.com Unicorn Corkscrew and Record Coasters




    Happy Friday, BABs! As we’re rolling into Thanksgiving Week, the deals are getting really good. Dessy is offering a great discount off their entire site, ModCloth is skimming a bit off the top of their selection of new arrivals and Fanatics has a great sale on autographed memorabilia. Oh, and …

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  • 11/21

    Five for Friday- The BubbleIsta's Favorite Bubbly on A Budget




    As of next week, the holidays are officially here. And you know what goes great with the holidays? Bubbly! (#duh) I love, love, love bubbles. Gimme a mimosa bar or even just a cheap bottle of Andre and I’ll be stoked. I live for it. So when my girl Davon …

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