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I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a very rainy Thanksgiving, visiting family, eating some amazing food and mourning a Green Bay Packers loss. This time of year naturally gets me thinking about what I’m thankful for. There have been a few life changes this year that come to mind; a new job that I love and a man who, for some crazy reason, decided to put up with me for life. It’s also our three-year anniversary on December 1st. It feels like time has flown, but I’m happier every day that he’s in my life.

So with Thanksgiving and our anniversary in mind, at the risk of being extra cheesy, I’d like to share just a few of the reasons I’m thankful for my fiance.

When I say that he’s willing to put up with me, I mean exactly that. I believe, in the most honest of ways, that my way is the right way when it comes to just about everything. It’s possible that I may also be a bit of a control freak. I am thankful that he stands his ground when he would like to do certain things his way, but he’s also open to trying things my way.

Along those same lines, my overly responsible, slightly high strung ways are tempered by his laid back approach to just about everything. At work, it’s great that I make sure everything is accounted for and that things are done efficiently, but it’s really less necessary when we’re talking about doing the dishes or other less life-or-death things. I am thankful that he has the ability, whether he knows it or not, to dial me back a little, and that we have the ability to balance each other out.

There are many who say they are marrying their best friend, and I am no exception. My fiance is always the first person I think of when I want to check out a new restaurant, see a band, or when something funny happens at work and I just have to tell him about it. I will be forever thankful that he’s in my life. Happy Anniversary, Babe!

What are all of the other BABs out there thankful for this year?

  • 11/30

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewWhile our Black Friday post was a hodge-podge in the truest sense, we try to focus our Cyber Monday efforts specifically on wedding-y deals, so you can get the most bang for your buck while planning your badass wedding. Being that we are The Broke-Ass Bride, we understand the too legit value of getting the v. best deal possible, and what better way to do so than from the comfort of your own chair with us dishing up the goods, just for you? None. That’s what I say. There is no better way. So, without further adieu …

    Cyber Monday Deals for Your Broke-Ass Wedding


    Give your brigade personalized, customized gifts from Zazzle where everything is up to 65% off and you get an extra 20% off all orders with code ZMONDAYSALES.

    For the sportsfan among your crew, is taking 30% off all orders over $50 with code CYBERMONDAY.

    If you have a total foodie in your crew, up their cooking style with a killer apron from Flirty Aprons and get 60% off plus free shipping with code SHOP60.

    Urban Outfitters has some of the best shit, and now you can get $15 off your purchase of $75 or more or $50 off your purchase of $150.

    Get some great, quirky gifts for your gals and save 20% + free shipping from Swoozies.

    Beauty / Grooming

    Get your pretty on and save 50% at Julep with code YAYTODAY.

    Score some of your favorite brands at killer prices and get 26% off plus free shipping at Beauty Store Depot.

    We love us some Stila Cosmetics, and we love it even more when they have a warehouse sale with tons of sparkly goodness up to 85% off!

    Hair tools can be hard to justify, but NuMe is offering two of their classic wands for just $34 when you use code 34WANDS.


    Save the Dates, invitations, thank-you cards … you name it! Save 30% sitewide at Wedding Paper Divas with code CYBERSALE30.

    Get your wedding goods and holiday cards in one fell swoop: Save 25% on Minted products and 20% on holiday cards with code CM2015.

    Use one of your wedding pics for a Christmas card and save 33% on Life Moments stationery from MagnetStreet.

    Paperless Post is having its biggest sale of the year with 35% off plus free ground shipping with code SHOPNOW.


    Get yourself set for all the parties with gorgeous separates from Kiyonna — at just $25!

    Whether for your girls or yourself, ModCloth has some great dresses for your big day, and they’re taking 25% off everything with code FUNDAY.

    If you’re considering renting your dress rather than buying, head to Rent the Runway where you’ll save $40 off orders of $100.

    Menswear can be spendy, so get your heinie over to Bonobos and save 30% on those dapper duds with code MONDAY.

    Kennedy Blue has some gorgeous gowns at already affordable levels, but now you can save 15% + free shipping with code GOBBLEGOBBLE.

    For all you boho lovers out there, Free People is taking 50% off select styles and an extra 25% off sale items.

    From super smart menswear to sleek, classic dresses, Banana Republic has great style and is taking 40% off with code BESTCYBER.

    We all know Anthro is a great spot for gorgeous goods — so go on and rejoice now that they’re taking an extra 25% off sale items + free shipping with code XTRAGOOD.

    SUIT UP! Head to Jos. A. Bank to get up to 70% off sitewide, with 25% off purchases over $100.


    If you’re the DIY sort, head to Craftsy to save huge on both online classes and craft supplies.

    Stock up on garlands, centerpieces, placecard holders, favors and more at Beau-Coup and save 20% + free shipping.

    Did you know Fab has a wedding shop? Now you do. And now you also know that Fab has a bunch of great Cyber Monday deals that you should probz check out.


    Whether you’re giving them as gifts or bedecking yo-self, Stella & Dot’s delicate pieces are perfect for a wedding, and now all sale items are an extra 25% off.

    Stock up on pretty baubles from BaubleBar and get 25% off one item with code GOGIFT25 or 35% off two-plus items with code GOGIFT35.

    Make sure his steeze is on lock with 25% off sitewide at


    Caribbean dreamin’? Sandals & Beaches Resorts are having a huge Cyber Monday sale. Get on it!

    Save up to 50% when you book your hotel through (and there aren’t any booking fees)!

    Save an extra 5% on all bookings through

    Team Broke-Ass LOVES flying Virgin America, and now you can too with fares up to 25% off!

  • 11/27

    BAB approved black friday sales and deals

    Just as we do every year, because we know and appreciate the importance of a good sale but also recognize the very real need to not want to leave your house and deal with crowds, we've put together an exhaustive list of Black Friday deals from our partners. There are huge discounts on wedding-y things and just regular old everyday stuff, too. Stay tuned for…

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    Gratitude Tips Jar

    Gratitude Tips Jar, $14 by Etsy seller WonderfulJourney If you're reading this from the U.S., may I be the umpteenth person to wish you a Happy (belated) Thanksgiving! It's a holiday tradition to express thanks at this time of year, and today I'd like to start by thanking you, BABs, for helping to grow this awesome community, and to the BAB staffers for inviting me to come…

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    Holy cow, you guys, it's already Thanksgiving! The holidays are upon us. But before I run off to be thankful, let's see if I can help out our dear reader, Hannah, who is on the hunt for a gown for her December wedding. She writes: "Please! I need your help in the worst way!! I have fallen head-over-heels for the "Londyn" dress by Hayley Paige…

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  • 11/25

    DIY or DIE: Easy Ink-Stained Wine Glasses

    Last time, I shared some of the DIY Details of my elegant, jewel-toned wedding, so now I'm back to give you the low down on how you can make some of those projects work for you. One of the easiest (promise!) and most fun projects I tackled was turning plain, inexpensive wine glasses into gorgeous, favor-worthy works of art with alcohol ink. Actually, I used this…

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    Hey guys! I am writing this to you today as a married lady! Yay! Here's proof that we really did tie the knot in front of God and everything! Married life thus far is pretty awesome. Matt and I just got back from our “mini-moon” at Patriot Place in Foxborough, Mass. If you ever have a reason to be in that area, it’s pretty great…

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    Wouldn't wedding planning just be a breeze if you could create a wishlist, share it on one platform and get matched with pros and rentals that fit into your ideal budget? Even better if you earned points toward dollars off said rentals and purchases? Well, you know that if I brought it up, it's because it's a REAL THING YOU CAN DO. No, for serious.…

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  • 11/23

    Etsy Alligator Food Design Let's Elope Print

    Wedding planning and preparation can be stressful. It has it's ups and downs, twists and turns. There's drama with friends, family and vendors. Decisions upon decisions. Money. Money. More money. It can be a lot for a person or a couple to handle. Throughout my planning process, I've certainly experienced some stress!  There's been changes with my venue, my coordinator and disagreements with good friends. As I'm…

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