Broke-Ass Author: Laura

8/18

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It’s official: I have graduated from a Broke-Ass Bride to a Broke-Ass Wife! On Saturday, August 8th Kris and I got married and pulled off our DIY wedding without a hitch! Seriously, it went really well. Our homemade cupcake tower came out better than expected, Kris’ homebrewed beer and wine were delish and our decor was on point. To tell you the truth I had my doubts about some of our DIY stuff working out but because of all our hard work, it totally did.

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Last walk as a Miss!

So here is some advice for the DIY Bride that doesn’t want to turn into a Martha Stewart-esque Bridezilla:

Make sure you really love craft projects before you DIY your wedding

If I could make a good living event planning, crafting and doing little art projects, I totally would. I really enjoyed the process of coming up with ideas, shopping for supplies and executing my ideas at my dining room table … while watching “Housewives.” If you don’t like artsy stuff save yourself some frustration and source it out.

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Cupcake Tower Win

Amazon and Etsy are your wedding spirit guides.

I got more stuff for the wedding from Amazon than anywhere else and all at an unbeatable price. Need burlap in bulk on the cheap? Check. Need 50 LED tealights? Oh they got those. I.Love.AmazonEtsy was a great source as well. I got such unique and affordable items. I was even able to buy all my wedding flowers there as well! Etsy is the spot for personalized and special wedding gifts and items.

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My pretty dried lavender and wheat centerpieces from PaulaJeansGarden on Etsy

Let people know you made that!

It was incredibly satisfying to hear people compliment things we put so much work into. So when someone says, “Oh I love your pretty escort cards.” don’t be shy and say, “Hey, thanks! I made that!”

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In the words of the classic Doris Day “Que Sera, Sera. Whatever will be, Will Be.”

In the wedding planning process there were plenty of times where I started to feel overwhelmed. Our dining room table became crafts central and our spare bedroom literally turned into a wedding supply storage closet. Clutter to me = chaos so that added to the stress. That’s when I had to just say “eff it.” No matter what happened, the point of the wedding was to marry my love. If my coveted centerpieces came out lacking it wouldn’t have made a friggin’ difference. You’ll have a fabulous whirlwind of a day that will go by in a blink of an eye and leave you wed to your amazing spouse.

All pictures courtesy of the very talented Tonia Walsh of joy.life.art photography. If you’re in the tri-state area and in need of an awesome photographer check her out!

  • 7/21

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    Call me crazy, but I am doing my own makeup for my wedding — and I am excited about it! I am a kid in a candy shop at Sephora. I love finding new products and trying new trends. I find it therapeutic to sit down at my dining room table with my light up mirror and apply my makeup for a night out. I’m no professional but I because of my love of doing up my face, I decided to do my wedding day makeup myself. I have had my makeup done professionally as a bridesmaid for past weddings and $100 later I walked away a bit disappointed. It looked good but I was never wowed.

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    Smashbox and Too Faced and Benefit … Oh My!

    After doing a lot of Pinteresting and some trial runs, I have decided on a daytime smokey eye look with a red lip. Here are a list of my favorite products that I will be using on my wedding day.

    Face:

    – Primer Make Up For Ever Step 1 Base Matifiante Skin Equalizer (Travel Size $16)
    Great for a summer wedding to keep your skin looking even and matte.

    – Concealer – L’Oréal Visible Lift Serum Absolute Concealer ($10)
    Covers under eye dark circles and de-puffs. I even use it as a regular concealer for the rest of my face.

    – FoundationMake Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation (1.01 oz $43)
    This stuff was designed to use in front of high definition cameras for TV and Film. Since I will be in front of a camera all day long on the big day I am going to need this.

    – BronzerBenefit Hoola Matte Bronzer ($28)
    Hoola and I are in a long term relationship. I love it because it doesn’t have that sparkly junk in it like other bronzers do and it looks really natural.

    – BlushNARS Blush in Orgasm ($30)
    This blush is a cult classic. It gives a small amount of shimmer to make your cheekbones pop.

    – Setting SprayMake Up For Ever Mist and Fix (4.22 oz $30)
    Its like hairspray for your face…except its not sticky and gross.

    Eyes:

    – Eye shadow PrimerUrban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($20)
    If you want your eye makeup to look good and stay put for an extended period of time you got to use this stuff.

    – Eye Shadow – Smashbox On the Rocks Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette ($25.99)
    This palette has 12 colors ranging from black to champagne. I can do a ton of different smokey eyes with it including my daytime gold smoky eye for the wedding.

    – EyelinerMaybelline Master Kajal Cream Kohl Eyeliner ($6.99)
    Great to line the lower and upper waterline without destroying your eye.

    – Liquid EyelinerL’Oréal 12 Hour Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner ($6)
    THIS IS THE BEST LIQUID EYELINER EVER. PERIOD. END OF STORY. But seriously you can make cat eyes galore with ease. I can even apply it on the train in the morning.

    – MascaraToo Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System ($35)
    I have stubby lashes so I treasure this stuff. It comes with two tubes. The first is the mascara which is great by itself. The second is a small white tube with tiny nylon fibers in it. You brush on the mascara, then the nylon fibers and then the mascara again. You can repeat the steps to create bigger and better lashes. It looks amazing!

    – Faux LashesArdell Duralash Individuals in Flare Medium Black ($4)
    Ardell Brush on Lash Adhesive ($2)
    I never liked strips of lashes. It always looked way too fake. That’s why these little puppies are great at creating a believable “yes they’re real and fabulous” look.

    Lips:

    – Lip Mask Kaplan MD Perfect Pout Lip Mask and Balm Duo ($23)
    Yeah it sounds weird but this stuff gets your lips soft for an even application of lipstick. Its especially important if you plan on using longwear lipstick.

    – Lip StickNARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl ($26)
    I don’t get how they make this lipstick stays on your lips so well and for so long. Seriously, you can wear this stuff and eat sloppily and not have to reapply. It’s amazing and worth every penny. I will definitely be wearing this on my wedding day.

    Are you planning on doing your own makeup? What’s your go-to regimen look like? Tell us in the comments below!

  • 7/7

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    My wedding is 35 days away and I am officially over Pinterest. At this point in the game when I open my Pinterest app I start to experience a major case of FOMO and start to stress. "Aw aren't those centerpieces so cute?" I say to myself. "I love that wedding favor idea! Should I change my planned hairdo and go with this trendy braided…

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    6/23

    My fiancé and I are doing a lot of DIY projects for our wedding-including making our own wedding cake cupcake tower! So with the stress of projects that are time sensitive and need to be done close to the wedding date I worried we were overloading ourselves. I rather not walk down the aisle totally frazzled! Because of this time constraint I knew I had…

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    6/9

    Being a crafty lady I wanted to do something fun and different for my escort cards. My wedding theme is basically summed up in five words: Vintage Victorian Lace and Burlap which goes nicely with our venue. We are getting married in a Victorian-style historic home that is decorated with fireplaces, beautiful pastels and intricate crown molding. In keeping with the vintage theme I found some really…

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  • 5/26

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    I am a bit of a nail nerd. I am totally obsessed with nail art, collecting polishes and playing with nail accessories. I have a collection of over 90 nails polishes sitting neatly in a nail polish wall rack display I bought on Amazon (only $35!). In turn I have been thinking a lot about my wedding day nails. Instead of going to a salon I want…

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    4/28

    What is a wedding without flowers? I am starting to think that means it's a more affordable wedding! Why doesn't anyone tell you that these little short lived beauties are so damn expensive? I have helped plan large events before but they were for non-profit fundraisers and we didn't decorate with flowers so I had no clue what their cost was. When I started researching…

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  • 4/14

    I guess my fiancé and I are a little bit hipster: We brew our own beer and kombucha; we adopt old shelter dogs; we get our coffee from the local coffee bean roaster; and we're vegetarians. Good indie and alternative music is also important to us so coordinating the entertainment for our wedding made us nervous. I found it hard to find a DJ that fit our style and budget.…

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