Broke-Ass Category: Budget Concerns

4/24

I will fully admit that I used to judge brides who claimed they were “sooooo stressed over wedding planning.” Just as I’ve been forced to admit over the past seven years that I truly know nothing about parenting, I’m now eating my words about wedding planning. I got lucky in the fact that the venue comes with a built-in planner who will help me plan the food, decorations and music, but I didn’t realize there were so many other details that came with the territory before we even get to that point. I’m trying to piece them out so I don’t get completely overwhelmed, but I tend to not be a “live in the moment” kind of person; I like to plan things three or four steps ahead so that I’m not surprised by anything that pops up. So this week I decided to tackle the save the dates.

Chris and I have decided not to do an engagement shoot. I have a friend who is an amazing photographer, and I would definitely have chosen her to do a session, but she’s having her first baby and is due next week, so Chris and I talked it over and decided to just skip having engagement pictures taken. It doesn’t hurt that it saves us money, and it keeps me from having to worry that we’re going to have to cut it short and drive my friend to the hospital! I’m more worried about getting amazing wedding pictures, so I’m not too bummed. It does mean that when I was looking for save the dates, I was going to have to pick ones that either didn’t have a space for pictures or use pictures that we already have.

I decided to go with Vistaprint. The price was right (31 cents a piece), and I really liked the design. My mom, sister, and bridesmaid Shay all said the same thing: it’s not overly mushy, and it fits us well.

 

Real Bride Alissa's Save the Date

I think it’s cute and fits our personalities well. It’s fun and tongue-in-cheek, while not being dismissive, and it shows our genuine excitement! We don’t have a wedding website, so I took that part out, but everything else was very easy to fill out. Vistaprint shows you where to fill out your personal information, and it’s easy to take fields like the wedding website out. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out, and the price was right (it was less than $25 before tax), and they’ll be here Friday! Now to worry about other things, like flower girl dresses and bridesmaids dresses and invitations … oh my!

  • 4/21

     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!



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  • 4/19

    Honeymoon Vibes shirt available from Etsy seller TheDailyTay Hello, it's me ... that Broke-Ass Bride who has been MIA for a bit. Life has been nuts! But let's not dwell on that; let's talk about fun, happy things ... like a honeymoon with your new husband. Russel and I both love to travel. He's spent time in Europe and Colombia among other places, and I just…

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    4/18

    Print available from Etsy seller WishfulPrinting The biggest expense at any wedding are the guests. They are the consumers, so the more guests you have, the more expensive your reception will be (in theory, I'm sure someone can prove me wrong about that). We are opting to have a buffet dinner at our reception and we figured to keep costs down, we need less mouths…

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    4/17

    Work has calmed down a bit in the last few weeks, so Ev and I have started putting some official wedding prep in motion. I managed to wrangle everyone's address, and after entirely too much obsessing, I picked out an invitation I liked and customized it. We are just waiting on our engagement photos to come back so we can post them up on our…

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  • 4/11

    If you saw my last post, you know what I’m in the middle of packing and moving everything. I can’t find anything because most of it is already packed. A few days before I found out I was getting a new job and moving, I started doing trials on drying flowers. As a broke, DIY bride, I was hoping I could preserve my own wedding…

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    4/10

    I can't believe I'm saying this but ... I have a venue! Apparently when it comes to wedding planning I have two settings: try to hide and pretend I don't have literally everything to plan, and go go go! So now I've gone from this: To actually knowing where the heck I'm getting married! So my mom is actually the one who found the venue.…

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  • 4/3

    Did you miss Part I? Catch up here. Printable sign available from Etsy seller MonCheriPaperie Here are a few more bridal party norms in place that I’ve observed, which are also huge money suckers for both the marrying couple and the attendants: Bridesmaids and groomsmen must all wear the same dress/suit, and the bride/groom gets to choose it, and it must be expensive-looking and formal.…

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