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8/28

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I’m a huge fan of fall weddings. The air is a little crisper and longer length dresses are a little more en vogue as a result. Plus jewel tones and autumn affairs go together like cake and frosting, and I’m not complaining. In fact, this fall I’m coordinating a friend’s wedding and she’s rocking a gorgeous rose gold sequin gown while her bridesmaids will be donning their own floor-length jewel tone frocks. My heart is aflutter with anticipation¬†(as yours should be, because you bet your butt I’mma be posting that stunnah all up in this bish). As luck would have it, ModCloth has a seriously ridic selection of gorgeous gowns in jewel tones right now — mostly under $100 — and (natch) I found my five faves for you, darling!

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Receiving Line Dress, $53.99modcloth-beyond-compare-dress-garnet

Beyond Compare Dress in Garnet, $94.99modcloth-luxe-legacy-dress

Luxe Legacy Dress, $159.99modclith-velvet-rope-dress-noir

Velvet Rope Ready Dress, $89.99modcloth-honey-im-homecoming-dress

Honey, I’m Homecoming Dress, $89.99

Which one of these gorgeous gowns is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!

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  • 8/28

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    Photo: Andie Freeman Photography

    Dear Liz,

    My fiancé and I are in the very beginning of planning our wedding. Naturally, we started with the venue hunt. But now we have a small problem.

    I ¬†found a beautiful venue, it barely needs decoration, and it’s sooo unique. However, they ¬†only have one¬†exclusive caterer, and they don’t impress me. With our budget we would only be able to afford a small buffet, and most likely, we won’t be able to serve alcohol.

    On the other hand, there’s¬†venue number #2. It’s a cafe that serves a huge buffet of delicious Italian food, with complimentary and unlimited alcohol! And,it’s about the same price as venue #1. The space is also beautiful, even if it isn’t as unique, but we would have to do a lot more work to make it look the way we want.

    What do I do?

    Sincerely,
    Venue Blues

    Dear Blues,

    I figure I don’t have to tell you that you’re going to get more for your money with venue #2. So, if you want confirmation of that, there you go. You like the food, alcohol is included and you can afford it. If those are¬†your biggest concerns — the wedding¬†bar has some powerful guest-expectation mojo — My head says go for #2, and figure out how to make it work and make it pretty. That is, after all, why God invented Pinterest. Pinterest and preferred vendor lists.

    But there’s something about venue #1 … and it sounds like that might be where your heart is, which totally overrules my head.¬†If I’m right, we have a saying in Wedding World, “When in doubt, play it out.” Before you make the final call, crunch the numbers and all the options. Is it the food at venue #1 that you don’t like, or that there won’t be enough of it? There’s nothing wrong with a small buffet, as long as you have enough food for everyone. You don’t have to offer¬†five entrees and three side dishes. Most guests will only pick one entree and go through the line once, very few of them will go back for seconds. No one is going to fume because there’s no salmon or truffle mac and cheese, or whatever.¬†You can keep it simple. If it is the quality of the food¬†itself that’s a problem, talk to the caterer about¬†alternative menus and pick one or two that you’re more okay with.¬†Another benefit to a small buffet — if the food isn’t good, at least you’re serving less of it.¬†It never hurts to ask, always ask. The same goes with alcohol. You can¬†set your guests’ expectations.¬†Can’t afford a full bar,¬†cool, just serve beer and wine. Why, someone might ask? Because that’s what you’re serving. Again, people don’t care if there’s everything, just as long as there is something. Or, if you really were looking forward to cosmopolitans and tequila shots all night, find out exactly how much that will cost,¬†and more importantly, how long you have to decide to do it.¬†I’m pretty sure it doesn’t have to be right now. If you love the place, don’t give up, yet.

    Are you having the same dilemma choosing between two different venues or vendors? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll figure it out. And if you want to find out more about me and my corner of Wedding World, go to www.silvercharmevents.com.

    See you at the end of the aisle,

    Liz
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  • 8/27

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    Hello BABs and happy Thursday! Is it Thursday again already?! This summer has gone by so fast! School starts this week -- or has already started -- here in Northeast Ohio, and there's something about back-to-school that always reminds me of the movie¬†Grease. Maybe it's because that's how the movie begins ... Anyway, the tail end of summer's soundtrack is always a¬†Grease¬†medley for me.¬†(Ok now…

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    8/27

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    I‚Äôve always been a sucker for details. Little extras. Special additions. Something nice turns into something great with a little extra oomph and as I prepared to send out my formal wedding invitations, I needed that little something extra, so I armed myself with another calligraphy pen, some awesome vintage stamps I purchased on eBay and the sweetest little way to add an extra personal…

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    8/26

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    It's less than two months to go 'til¬†the wedding, and in my waking hours I am nothing but serene. Everything is progressing nicely, budget looks tight but good, and Mr Fiance and I are getting more and more excited about the big day. So why are my nights plagued by stress dreams? I know BAB has talked about wedding nightmares before (wedmares, anyone?), but I…

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  • 8/25

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    We love Minted -- we've always loved Minted -- because they have stunningly amazing stationery. But when we got word through a little birdie (in the form of an email from Minted) that they were launching Print-It-Yourself wedding stationery, we kind of died a little (in a good way). Because, you guys, this super affordable option¬†to get the gorgeous designs Minted offers up without spending…

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    8/25

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    As a brand new Real Bride Contributor, I thought I‚Äôd share with you how I became a Broke-Ass Bride in the first place. As a teenager, I worked at a hobby shop with an enormous magazine section covering every possible topic you can think of. I would cautiously walk past the bridal section but wouldn‚Äôt dare flip through any for some inane fear of jinxing…

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    8/24

    Remember this post? When I wrote it, I was right about at the 6 month mark. By the time you read this, I'll be right before the 6 WEEK mark. Holy crap, does time ever fly! And I am pleased to report that the checklist has been significantly reduced.¬† Of course, a couple of those projects are still enormous, and I definitely still have *plenty*…

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  • 8/21

    Happy Friday, Broke-Asses! I know we cover wedding stationery a lot -- I mean, we just did it for Five for Friday, but we rarely cover the other little paper goods extras. Menus, place cards, programs, thank yous ... they get skipped over a lot. Hell, once I started down the rabbit hole of non-save the date and invitation paper goods, I was blown away…

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