Meet The BAB Team!
The Broke-Ass Bride inspires and empowers you savvy, unique readers to make the most of what you have by using creative, outside-the-box ideas rooted in practical advice, to save your money and your sanity. From weddings to lifestyle and everything in between … we’re sharing the love and the know-how, kicking ass in every direction!
We’re all about bold and original approaches to weddings and budgets. Your wedding is a reflection of you and your partner; it should say something about what makes your love unique. And it is just one moment of your life, which should equally be a celebration of your spirit! I see so many people bury their heads in the sand and compromise their dreams… whether because its “easier” or “less expensive” or “its traditional” or “expected.” Ninja please! It’s YOUR day; you should do it YOUR way. And you can, yo!
Different people have different budgets — and while $25K is considered budget for New York City, elsewhere that could pay for a mini-mansion (maybe). But because we know that everyone’s circumstances are different, we don’t exclude people for living in higher-budget areas. Broke-Ass is a state of mind, not a dollar figure. We cater to everyone who is trying to save a little skrilla on their wedding day.
The Broke-Ass Bride was born when I got engaged and realized how broke and befuddled I was! I started this blog to chronicle my journey from broke-ass to bad-ass, and it quickly blossomed into a true passion for me. But, don’t get it twisted – this site isn’t just about having little to no dough… it’s about being smart, sassy and confident enough to make the most of what you’ve got. The core concepts that helped me save on my wedding easily translate to the rest of life as well…. Because it’s not about how much you spend, its how you spend it!
Dana LaRue is the creator of The Broke-Ass Bride, helping brides use creativity as currency to rock bad-ass weddings without breaking the bank. Her sassy, savvy approach to weddings and money delivers entertaining and informative outside-the-box planning inspiration. Because it’s not about how much you spend, its how you spend it!
In addition to The Broke-Ass Bride, LaRue’s writing has appeared elsewhere in the form of guest blogs and regular contributions to websites such as Weddingbee, Elizabeth Anne Designs, and Eco-Beautiful Weddings, among others. She has also been featured in Brides, The Bride & Bloom, Southern Weddings, Get Married, Kentucky Bride and Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazines and Destination I Do Magazine, as well as on several television networks. Dana regularly speaks about weddings, entrepreneurship and blogging at conferences both in the US and internationally. Her first book, The Broke-Ass Bride’s Wedding Guide, published via Random House/PotterStyle, is available wherever books are sold. She tweets a lot (@brokeassbride.)
Dana lives in Los Angeles, CA with her fiance, Paul, and their furbabies Watson and Paco. She writes about all things non-wedding at her other site, “LaRue.”
Liz Coopersmith: The (former) Industry Insider. Liz has been a wedding planner and the owner of Silver Charm Events since 2004, and an event planner since the early days of the Clinton administration, which was a bit longer ago then she cares to think about. Liz lives in Los Angeles with her husband and dog, and is happy, content, and ready to serve. Just let her know what you need.
Erstwhile Broke-Ass Team Members, whom we miss very much:
Melissa Leff: Editorial Manager Extraordinaire. Melissa (or Mellzah, as she’s better known ’round these parts) is a writer, blogger, maker of things, occasional makeup artist, and full time smart-ass. She loves throwing elaborate parties of all types, so wedding world has been a natural fit for her. Her only weakness is the lure of a promising roadside attraction. And shiny objects. And baby animals. And Twix. Ok, fine, she has several weaknesses! She joined the Broke-Ass team as a contributor in 2012 but rose to power in her current position in 2014 and has barely been able to contain her cackles of evil laughter since. You can check out more of her adventures (and misadventures) at Mellzah.com, hit her up on twitter (@Mellzah), or send pitches/exorbitant amounts of money/exotic vacation vouchers to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emily Anderson: (former) Editorial Assistant Extraordinaire. Emily is a full-time writer and blogger – she mans the BAB blog, wrangles contributors, and tweets and Facebooks a little for BAB too. She’s been on the BAB team for almost 3 years, and in that time, she’s done it all. Newsletters, social media, “Real Wedding” features – she even did her stint as a “Real Bride” – you can check out her gorgeous, vintage-tastic Georgia wedding here. In addition to freelancing for numerous other blogs and websites, she also runs a vintage Etsy shop and is currently blogging about her 6 month stint living in a 1973 Winnebago at Somewhere, Idaho.