Broke-Ass Category: Broke-Ass Brilliance

5/24

There’s a growing trend to purchase a faux wedding cake and because I am not opposed to any tactic that may help with our budget, I am exploring if faux is the way to go.

In addition to the cost savings, I’m open to my options after we’ve had not one but three subpar cake tasting experiences. It all started with a cake baker referral that was slow to respond to my emails — like over a month slow and once she did reply, she shared that we would need to pay $50 for a tasting … say what?!?! The second encounter was an underwhelming tasting with a very nice baker who instructed us to meet her at a sushi restaurant near her job to try out her cakes … huh?!?! Third, we made an appointment to taste cakes while we were in the town that we are getting married in (an hour away from where we live) and when we arrived they had no record of us being scheduled.

We did manage to have one successful cake tasting! The options were delicious and I am about 60% sold on moving forward with the baker. The 40% of doubt is based on the fact that she has not yet sent over a quote and we last met with her over a month ago.

Is it just me or are all of these signs pointing me in the faux direction?

We LOVED each and every option…just waiting on the quote!

My experience with faux cake designers has been drastically different.

 I identified three on Etsy and promptly received a reply after I inquired about each of their services and sent a picture example of the design of my wedding cake. I narrowed down the search to one potential vendor and she has been patient as I sent over a series of questions about how this faux cake process works: Will I need to assemble it when it arrives? What if it breaks during shipping? Does it have a knife slit so that we can stage our pictures? … and the list goes on and on.

As with all of my decisions, the most economical and seamless decision will be my solution.

What cake options are you exploring? Have you considered a fake cake?

  • 5/23

    Gift-giving is perhaps one of my favorite pastimes. Michael thinks I’m insane for getting the amount of sheer joy I get from purchasing/making, wrapping and giving gifts to others. I also love getting gifts, too. Yes, I have come to terms with the fact that I’m a small child trapped in a grown person’s body. That being said, I have known, even before we got engaged, what I wanted to get Michael as a wedding present: boudoir photos.

    Credit: Celebrate Your Sexy

    You just had either two reactions after reading that: abject horror or the intrigued little head tilt that you see on puppies. Don’t worry, I’ve had both reactions too. I have never been more nervous about doing something in my entire life, but now that it is done and I’ve seen the results, I couldn’t be more pleased.

    A girlfriend of mine who is getting married attended a bridal show and won a pretty sweet package session with a company that offers their services nationwide called Celebrate Your Sexy. She knew this was something I had been dying to do and gave it to me. The entire experience was super professional and I would highly recommend it to literally anyone who identifies as female.

    Credit: Celebrate Your Sexy

    In some states, CYS has their own studios. In New York, they rent a suite in an upscale hotel to do all the photos. I dragged my sister, Angela, along for moral support and we met our photographer, Michelle, in the lobby. The session lasted an hour and a half, and I was allowed four outfit changes.

    Credit: Celebrate Your Sexy

    Michelle was super chill, funny and patient as she explained and sometimes demonstrated what positions she wanted me to be in. That, by far, was the hardest part of the session. She’d lean on the wall in some seductive-looking pose and ask me to do the same and I was totally like, I can do that. Then I attempt to do the same thing and realize I look like a wooden voodoo doll propped against the wall. Despite my lack of being a natural at posing for the camera, she still managed to coax my inner goddess out to capture on film. She’d show me some of the photos as we were going and I kept being surprised at how awesome they looked. Who knew you could look sexy with your ass stuck up in the air like that?

    If you decide to get boudoir photos done, here are a few tips you might appreciate:

    Wear an obscene amount of deodorant

    I get really hot when I’m nervous. Like, clinical strength Dove kind of hot. You will be sprawled all over a room in your skivvies with a stranger. Both of you will appreciate your foresight.

    Put your least favorite outfit on first

    The first few photos Michelle shot were not my best work. I was still running with a dose of terrified in my system and the camera knew. I didn’t smile as well in these ones and overall ordered less of them when I bought photos. I’m glad that I didn’t waste shots in the outfit that I loved the most.

    Stretch before you shoot

    Your body will be in positions you never knew existed unless you’re a model or yoga master. Do yourself a favor and stretch before you start. It will help relax you a bit and you won’t get an ass cramp while trying to arch your back on a chaise lounge.

    Make sure you are comfortable in what you pick to shoot in

    Being comfortable in your own skin can be really hard. Every man and woman is conditioned from an early age with a view of what a “perfect” body looks like. There’s no such thing as a perfect body. Everyone has a beauty of their own that can only be found after you embrace it yourself first. Remember, the person you are marrying loves you for who you are, including every single dimple, roll and stretch mark. Keep this in mind when you purchase your lingerie or whatever you decide to shoot in. Try it on, too, and wander around in it to make sure when you’re asked to strike an insane pose, you can do this without busting a seam and smacking yourself in the face with a nipple.

    Have fun

    This was one of the single coolest, most fun things I have ever done. The three of us laughed so hard we cried at moments. I realized that, holy crap, I AM sexy, who knew?! I would do this again in a heartbeat and I’m telling everyone I know (who would get it) that they should give it a try.

    Credit: Celebrate Your Sexy

    I would 400% recommend checking out Celebrate Your Sexy if you are looking to get boudoir photos done. They were awesome and professional and made me feel like a total sexy boss. They were also nice enough to let me use their photos so you got an idea of their work quality.  

    Are you getting boudoir photos done? Have you considered it?

  • 5/22

    So, after my slight breakdown , I'm back on track. Chris, the girls and I had a wonderful Mother's Day, we went to Busch Gardens and had a really fun, relaxing day, which I think helped my overall mood a lot. My mother came down today to help me with the kids, which is always great. I have a race on Sunday, but their dad is…

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    5/19

    Hello gals & gents. I'm back to recant a bit of my experiences in the Twin Cities with my partner, Kristofer. He's spent a lot of time there, being a Minnesota native himself, but it was my first time. Below are just a few of the places we hit. Wise Acre Eatery is a great place for lunch — they're known for their INSANELY amazing…

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    5/18

      Hi BABs!  This week’s request comes from reader Stephanie, who wrote to us on this post and is inspired by several Hayley Paige gowns: I'm a broke-ass-bride and I love Hayley Paige! I am trying to find a style with her signature layered, flowy skirt look, spaghetti straps with a v-neck, and some kind of shimmer or fun detail! My favorites of hers are the…

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  • 5/16

    As someone who has only seen episodes of Say Yes to the Dress in the time it takes for the channel to load and me to flip to the next channel, I was completely unprepared for wedding dress hunting. I was a "good" bride/friend and invited my mom and two besties to Charleston for the process.  I made appointments at 3 different bridal shops (Bridals by…

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    5/15

    To do notepad available from Etsy seller marrygrams Here's the thing: I've been gifted with a degree of creativity and innovation, however, I'm really, really bad at delegating. With a project as colossal as a wedding, this is not a good thing. I'm pretty sure if I try to micromanage every little thing, I'll be so busy that I wont have time to enjoy one…

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    5/10

    Pinterest is a wonderful wedding planning tool. There are so many options, suggestions and design ideas that quite possibly anyone, even without a "crafting thumb" could follow the instructions and make something wonderful. For months, I have collected these ideas on my special secret wedding planning board and I even shared with others that my planning progress was right on track, primarily because I had…

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  • 5/9

    An older person once told me that you shouldn’t marry someone unless they were your best friend. At the time I didn’t really understand what he meant, but I think I have a better idea now. Michael and I have been going out for almost eight years now. We’ve fought as fiercely as siblings at times. We’ve laughed so hard we cried and cried so…

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