7/29

Affiliate Disclaimer NewAs if it even needs mentioning, we’re suckers for some yummy food and delish beverages. I mean, #duh, right? Natch, we like to spread the wealth and share our fave goodies with our friends, family and even wedding guests (we’ve been known to espouse the concept that favors should be skipped unless they can be eaten or drank). So, for this Five for Friday, we’re sharing five of our fave food and drink related gift ideas — perfect for your wedding brigade, your spouse-to-be, parents in-law or even as favors for your guests!

Dark Chocolate Bourbon Sauce from Matthews 1812 House

Dark Chocolate Bourbon Sauce, $14.50 for 9 oz. jar from Matthews 1812 House

Guys, can we just agree to frost every cake for the rest of forever with this stuff? Chocolate + bourbon + sauce = forever love, amirite? Oh, chocolate not your jam? How about caramel bourbon sauce? Yeah, I didn’t think you’d be offended. Give this to your bourbon-loving best lady or your dad with the sweet tooth and revel in the thank-yous for the rest of forever.

 Snake River Farms American Wagyu Steak Flight

American Wagyu Steak Flight, $169 from Snake River Farms

I’m a huge fan of good steak, and growing up in the northwest has given me a solid taste for high quality USDA prime cut beef product. Snake River Farms ranks way high with me (go ahead, drool over my Instagrams). This steak flight consisting of two of each American Wagyu Filet Mignon, American Wagyu Sirloin Filet and American Waygu Ribeye Filet plus Espresso Brava Salt, a Snake River Farms hat and a cooking guide all come in a neatly packaged gift box. Perfect for any ardent meat lovers — whether that’s dad, future hubs or the culinary queen in your crew.

Mouth Rose Colored Glasses Taster

Rosè-Colored Glasses Taster, $86 from Mouth

For the rosè lover in your crew (there’s always one), this taster gift set is the perfect way to pop the cork and celebrate your friendship! With a bottle each of Matthiasson Rosé from Napa, Billsboro Rosé of Pinot Noir made in the Finger Lakes of New York and Pom Pomme sparkling cider by Descendant Cider Company in Queens and four stemless wine glasses, there’s no excuse not to be party-ready. Everything’s coming up rosè!

Dylan's Candy Bar Belgain Chocolage Covered Indulgence

Belgian Chocolate Covered Indulgence, $80 from Dylan’s Candy Bar

Whether it’s a late-night indulgence for your crew after partying hard with you or a little somethin’-somethin’ for your sweet-tooth-totin’ mother-in-law, it’s hard to go wrong with chocolate. The Belgian Chocolate Covered Indulgence gift set comes packed with eight gourmet Oreos dipped in chocolate and candies, four chocolate dipped gourmet brownies, four chocolate dipped pretzel sticks and six gourmet chocolate dipped graham crackers. Go on, give a little.

Carry On Cocktail Kit in Old Fashioned from Amazon

Carry On Cocktail Kit in Old Fashioned, $15.99 from Amazon

Traveling these days can be a little hectic and far from luxurious, and if your crew is coming from afar for your nuptials, you might want to treat them with this kit for the journey back (or pre-stock them for the trip to you). The Carry On Cocktail Kit comes with all the makings necessary to whip up two stellar Old Fashioneds, while still leaving your seatbelt buckled (though the tray table may not be in the upright position). Make your homies’ flights a little more enjoyable, and they’ll remember your wedding as the best ever.

What kind of food or drink related items would you love to get as a gift? Holler in the comments!

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  • 7/28

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    Sometimes a gown calls to you like a low-backed, cap-sleeved, plunging neckline, lace siren, as the Berta 14-20 did for reader Jessica, who commented on this post:

    I’m obsessed with these posts and have a dilemma myself… I fell in love with the Berta 14-20 when a model at a bridal show walked past me. The $8,000 price tag is out of my budget, though. Do you have any suggestions for similar dresses under $3,500? My wedding is October 15 of this year. Thank you!!

    When it does, who you gonna call? #GownHunters!

    Can't Afford It

    Berta Bridal 14-20

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    Berta Bridal 14-20, $8,000

    Get Over It

    Dezory Sexy Wedding Dress by RaraAvisAngeEtoiles

    Dezory Sexy Wedding Dress, $1,583 by Etsy seller RaraAvisAngeEtoiles

    Watters Ashland Illusion Lace Mermaid Dress

    Watters Ashland Illusion Lace Mermaid Dress, $2,010 at Nordstrom

    Kristina Sexy Lace Wedding Gown by DressesLioness

    Kristina Sexy Lace Wedding Gown, $2,262 by Etsy seller DressesLioness

    Elegant Champagne Lace Wedding Dress by Yasminelayani

    Elegant Champagne Lace Wedding Dress, $890 by Etsy seller Yasminelayani

    Watters Seaton Illusion Off-the-Shoulder Lace & Georgette Trumpet Gown

    Watters Seaton Illusion Off-the-Shoulder Lace & Georgette Trumpet Gown, $2,580 at Nordstrom

    Sexy Bohemian Lace Wedding Dress by DressesLioness

    Sexy Bohemian Lace Wedding Dress, $2,877 by Etsy seller DressesLioness

    Beaded Lace Wedding Dress with Illusion Details by Galina

    Beaded Lace Wedding Dress with Illusion Details by Galina, $858 at David’s Bridal

    Victoria Sexy Couture Bridal Gown by DressesLioness

    Victoria Sexy Couture Bridal Gown, $1,975 by Etsy seller DressesLioness

    Berta 14-45

    Berta 14-45, $3,500 at Preowned Wedding Dresses

    Watters Dune Silk Georgette Fit & Flare Skirt

    Watters Dune Silk Georgette Fit & Flare Skirt, $1,410 at Nordstrom

    Riccarda Lace Trumpet Wedding Dress by RaraAvisAngeEtoiles

    Riccarda Lace Trumpet Wedding Dress, $1,809 by Etsy seller RaraAvisAngeEtoiles

    Kate Lace Wedding Dress by DressesLioness

    Kate Lace Wedding Dress, $3,328 by Etsy seller DressesLioness

    And two that are over budget:

    Sexy Lace Wedding Dress with Low Back by DressesLioness

    Sexy Lace Wedding Dress with Low Back, $3,835 by Etsy seller DressesLioness

    Lazaro V-Neck Lace Trumpet Dress

    Lazaro V-Neck Lace Trumpet Dress, $3,950 at Nordstrom

    Only a few months to go, Jessica! Let us know in the comments which gown you’ve chosen for your October wedding.

    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.
  • 7/27

    Credit: Maria Burton Photography We did it! On June 4, 2016, we tied the knot on a beautiful (and hot!) day outside of Boston, Mass. After over a year of planning, everything came together just like we wanted, including everything we DIY'd with all of our friends. The biggest DIY of them all was my wedding dress, which was probably the hardest and most time-consuming sewing project…

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    7/26

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    Ah, the craft store ... for the DIY couple, it can start to feel like a second home. There are paints and paper, ribbons and trim and if you really start looking, you may start to realize that a lot of this stuff is really expensive. When it comes down to it, craft stores and the supplies therein are usually marketed towards women. If you're…

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    7/25

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    I made my first wedding craft!!! It was a lot of fun, and it helped to get me excited again about the wedding! When you spend the first part of your engagement trying to come up with a budget, venue, and all that goes with it, it's easy to start feeling overwhelmed. We have been through our fair share of ups and downs as I…

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  • 7/22

    Ring Security Polo Shirt by TheKnottedPalm

    Ring Security Polo Shirt, $22+ by Etsy seller TheKnottedPalm Will your ring bearer be the only security at your wedding? Hey guys, keep your advice questions coming! Dear Lisa, My MIL says I need to hire security for our wedding reception, but I don't really want to pay extra for security and it's a squeeze for our budget, plus I think it would offend our guests. Do…

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    7/21

    Eve Gown from Rue de Seine

    Today's CAI/GOI request is for a lovely Rue de Seine look-alike. Reader Emily commented on this post asking for help finding a gown similar to the New Zealand designer's "Eve" from the Young Love and Nomadic Love collections. Emily says she is addicted to Rue de Seine designs, and who can blame her?! Rue de Seine gowns are soft, feminine, and romantic. The "Eve" gown…

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    7/20

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    And that's okay! We're a little over two months out from our wedding, so Russel and I decided to check out the progress at our venue this past weekend. It was actually a triple-duty trip to Amish country -- we worked on our invitations, stopped by the fairgrounds, and spent QT with my parents. Our summer has been insanely busy, so we haven't been able…

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  • 7/19

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    There are places in my life that I feel so connected to by memories and experiences that they almost take on a life of their own. My parents' house (where Matt and I currently call home as we save to buy a house of our own) is like that. The campground where we got engaged, where I'm writing this from currently on a surprise trip…

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