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 This sponsored post is brought to you by Evite® and Olive Garden as part of the Evite® Influencer Program

Wouldn’t we all love to jet off and have a romantic destination wedding, especially somewhere as gorgeous as Tuscany? Unfortunately, with Broke-Ass budgets, dreamers can dream … but, in that same vein, doers can make a dream come to life without even stepping on a plane.

In partnership with Evite® and Olive Garden (helloooo, breadsticks!), we’re sharing some easy, creative and affordable ways to bring Tuscany into your wedding venue.

Simple sprigs of rosemary here and there — we especially love the idea of tying escort cards to them! — make for the perfect aromatic touch without breaking the bank. Super bonus if you have a huge rosemary bush in your garden! And any good Broke-ass knows that a few little string lights go a long way. Coil them into empty bottles, flip the switch and you’ve got stunning mood lighting with very little work.

As convenient as printing out thank you tags and escort cards may be, it does take some resources to pull off, and ink toner doesn’t come cheap. Add a super personal touch by hand-writing these little extras (and go ahead and take the occasional wine and spaghetti break to stave off hand cramps).

We’re huge proponents of only having favors that are useful, and in our book that means they have to be edible or drinkable. Send your guests off with a small bottle of olive oil with a sprig of rosemary and Olive Garden’s signature dressing.

And we all know that stationery costs can be a doozy to your overall budget, not to mention can add up to a lot of unnecessary environmental waste. So instead of racking up that cost sending invitations that will hang out on the fridge for a while, then likely wind up in the trash, look into sending a digital invitation. We’re loving this Tuscany-inspired design from Evite®, which perfectly complements the rest of these simple but big-impact decor ideas.

Which of these easy Tuscan-inspired ideas from Evite and Olive Garden is your favorite? Take a look and come back to tell us in the comments!

  • 3/31

    Yay! Wedding season is coming! You’ve gotten a stack of Save the Dates all stuck on your fridge, your calendar is filled out and you’re looking forward to it. It’s so full of love, fun, friends, reunions, Champagne …

    And wardrobe worries.

    With all these weddings, ranging from black tie to destination to cocktail dress codes, what’s a broke-ass to do? The same getup surely won’t suffice for this range of occasions.

    Luckily, the Gilt Wedding Event is going on RIGHT NOW, which means you can score a plethora of designer duds for a fraction of the retail price. Add a little bauble here, a strappy sandal there and mix in a new LBD … and voila! You’re stylin’ and high-profilin’ without breaking the bank!

    With the Gilt Wedding Event offerings, you can easily find super affordable pieces to update your current wardrobe, or if you sleuth hard enough, you could emerge with a whole new range of options just for this season’s events!

    Black Tie

    The wedding budget might be high, but that doesn’t mean you need to bust your own budget finding the right outfit! Here are 11 pieces we love under $150:

    Lotus Threads Floral Brocade Dress, $123.99 | Kenneth Jay Lane Triple Wire Ball Statement Earrings, $25| ABS by Allen Schwartz Lace Scalloped Inset Gown, $129.99 | Halston Heritage Jersey Twist Keyhole Dress, $114.99 | Lucca Couture Off Shoulder Maxi Dress, $65 | Kenneth Jay Lane Pearl Textured Oval Statement Ring, $25 | Ava & Aiden Bow Back High Heel Sandal, $79 | Amarita Singh Karina Drop Earrings, $14.99 | Ava & Aiden Cutout Leather Sandal $119 | Cara Couture Jewelry Black Line Drop Earrings, $39

    Daytime / Destination

    There’s nothing quite like a light, airy dress, fun pops of accessories and generally looking amazeballs in broad daylight. Here are some of our favorite items for under $150:

    Walter Baker Derdra Floral Dress, $99 | Shoshanna One Side Seam Fit and Flare Dress, $89.99 | Likely Avalon Pleated Midi Dress, $99 | Adrianna Papell Embellished Pleated A-Line Dress, $125 | Gorjana Mae Shimmer CZ Pendant Necklace, $35 | Ava & Aiden Gathered Flare Dress, $65 | Seychelles Thyme Wedge Sandal, $75 | Amrita Singh Sonia Cuff, $25 | Jules Smith Gemma Drop Earrings, $35 | Paper Crown Mesa Dress, $119 | Paper Crown Maricopa Dress, $109 | Elorie High Heel Two Piece Sandal, $69 | DVF Soiree Small Leather Crossbody, $109 | C/meo Collective Hold Tight Slip Dress, $65

    Cocktail Hour / All Dolled Up

    Somewhere between the more relaxed daytime event and the swanky black-tie soiree is the uber glam yet still fun cocktail hour wedding. We dug up 14 pieces perfect for one of these fun affairs for under $150:

    Rachel Rachel Roy Ombre Sequin Sheath Dress, $85 | Pure Navy V-Neck Choker Sheath Dress, $99 | Ava & Aiden Bow Back High Heel Sandal, $89 | Pure Navy Off the Shoulder Dress, $125 | Amrita Singh Cleo Drop Earrings, $25 | Rachel Rachel Roy Striped Sequin Shift Dress, $99 | Amrita Singh Ayla Drop Earrings, $29 | Schutz Glassy Strappy Leather Sandal, $89 | Cara Couture Jewelry Blue White Crystal Drop Earrings, $29 | Renvy Sequin Sheath Dress, $99.99 | Pure Navy Halter Fit ‘n’ Flare Dress, $49.99 | Kenneth Jay Lane Faceted Emerald Crystal Teardrop Earrings, $49.99

    Of course, these picks are only a small smattering of the options available, and if you have a little more to splurge, there are plenty of haute pieces available. Gilt is also a great destination for those wedding gifts, whether you’re building your own registry or buying for friends. But hurry! The Gilt Wedding Event ends in 2 days!

    Click here to shop the Gilt Wedding Event today!

  • 3/22

    Buying the ring for that first question -- that all-important question that gets couples started down the road on their next chapter together -- tends to come with a lot of pressure. What style? What size? And especially, how damn much will this cost? It's that last question that can really send any broke-ass couple into a tailspin -- especially when you start hearing things…

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    We love us some good wedding stationery. And we love us a good sale. It's like pure wedding planning bliss, though, when the two collide. Enter: Wedding Paper Divas' sublime Anniversary Sale. Let's back up a bit. See, our friends at Wedding Paper Divas don't mess around when it comes to stationery. They have perfected the fine art of making wedding paper goods approachable, affordable and…

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    Credit: Essence Photography Wedding planning can be stressful enough with plenty of time to plan, but when you're short on time and also short on the perfect vendors to fit your vision and budget, the stress can get real and real fast. Perhaps your ideal photographer booked up quickly or ended up being outside of your budget, and you put off your search until you…

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  • 9/13

    We love a good paper project, especially when that project can easily, beautifully and affordably replace a more expensive floral decoration. We're huge fans of paper flowers as a broke-ass decor option, but that's far from the only paper decoration option. For this project, made with the Cricut Explore Air machine for Cricut’s Wedding Campaign, “It’s Your Story, Make It Personal,” I found a beautiful lacy doily design…

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    Finding wedding stationery that suits you and your partner's style while not costing an arm and a leg can be one helluva daunting task, especially as stationery is the first taste your guests will get of your wedding style. With options ranging from huge mass-printing sites to small bespoke boutiques, it's easy to get overwhelmed and not even know where to begin. Which is why…

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  • 8/3

    Choosing what to give your bridal brigade as a thank you for standing by your side (and making sure you were nice and toasty during your bachelor/ette bash) is no small decision. You want to make sure it's something meaningful, but preferably that they'd actually use, too. You don't want to spend a bajillion dollars, but you don't want to go Dollar Store cheap, either.…

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