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Ten for the Weekend: Pre-Turkey Day Sales to Make Your Wallet Happy

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Happy Friday, BABs! As we’re rolling into Thanksgiving Week, the deals are getting really good. Dessy is offering a great discount off their entire site, ModCloth is skimming a bit off the top of their selection of new arrivals and Fanatics has a great sale on autographed memorabilia. Oh, and next week? The post-Turkey Day Ten for the Weekend won’t be limited to just ten: I’m going to find all of the best deals to make your holiday shopping the most amazing ever. Cool?

1. Tiny Prints is having a killer 30% off sitewide sale until 11/23 when you use code 30SWSALE.

Tiny Prints Chic Greeting Stationery

True story: This is my own personal stationery. And I get compliments on it like WHOA.

2. Get your favorite sports fan a great gift and save some money: Knock $30 off $100 purchases of autographed memorabilia + free shipping at Fanatics.com until 11/23 with code SIGNED.

3. SheInside is having a ridiculously huge sale until 11/25.

4. Need a low-maintenance gift for the boozehound in your life? Get a Wine of the Month Club  membership for 10% off. 

5. If holiday cards just don’t cut it, head to Shutterfly and get 40% off anything on the site — personalized calendars, mugs or other gifts with code SHAREIT until 11/24 .

6. BRIDES: Dessy is taking 20% off everything on the site. Have you seen their gorgeous wedding dresses, all under $1000? Use code HOLIDAY until Dec. 1.

7. Your one-stop shop for all things fun and awesome, Fab.com, is taking an extra 20% off clearance.

Fab.com Unicorn Corkscrew and Record Coasters

If you feel so inclined to get your favorite BAB editor a holiday gift, this would totally do.

8. TBDress is having a whopping Thanksgiving presale with items on sale up to 85% off. and $5 off orders $69+ with code PreBF until 11/24.

9. If your closet needs a little sprucing up before the holiday party, get over to ModCloth where you can score 50% off brand new styles until 11/26.

ModCloth Always Gotta Sparkle Dress

Who needs a sparkly new dress?

10. Need a killer engagement party outfit? White House Black Market has a huge selection of hot little white dresses and they’re taking 25% off your entire purchase until 11/30.

Happy Shopping, darlings!

Five for Friday: The Bubbleista’s Favorite Bubbly on a Budget

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As of next week, the holidays are officially here. And you know what goes great with the holidays? Bubbly! (#duh) I love, love, love bubbles. Gimme a mimosa bar or even just a cheap bottle of Andre and I’ll be stoked. I live for it. So when my girl Davon over at the soon-to-be-launched TheBubbleista.com and I started chatting about holiday drink options, she jumped right in with an offer to share her top five budget-friendly bottles of sparkling wine and Champagne, which obv. makes the perfect pre-holiday Five for Friday. Or, if you’re dead-set on a Champagne toast at your wedding, but you’re working on a PBR budget, these bottles could be the answer to your issues. Because even broke-asses need a nice bottle of bubbly, amirite?

Five for Friday- The BubbleIsta's Favorite Bubbly on A Budget

Just because a girl is watching her pennies doesn’t mean she should have to deny herself the pleasures of sipping a little bubbly. The problem is, though, that it’s hard to find a sparkler that’s in the Broke-Ass Bride’s budget range that also tastes good. So what’s a girl to do?

Don’t worry, The Bubbleista has got you covered. As a self-proclaimed Champagne and sparkling wine lover and aficionada, it is my duty to drink as much sparkling wine and Champagne as humanly possible, so that I can provide suggestions for you, the bubbly lover, to enjoy. I am so selfless.

But I digress! Without further ado, here are my picks for 5 great sparkling wines for $10 and under. Yep, you read that right. Ten. Dollars. And. Under. Read on!

1. Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut ($8):

Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava

This is my go-to for making bubbly cocktails like mimosa and kir royales. It a dry, lemony sparkler which makes it perfect for mixing.

2.) Chateau Ste. Michelle ($10):

An apple-y, citrus-y slightly sweet fizzer that works well with fried appetizers.

3.) Poema Cava Brut ($10):

Poema Brut Cava

This sparkling wine has a wonderful, fruity aroma—think pears and apples and peaches.  This is a dry wine but it’s a really easy-drinking one. A versatile option, you can serve this from appetizers right through dinner.

4.) Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava ($9):

Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava

This is a Spanish sparkler made in the French champagne style, so this has great creaminess and bubbles. This one is great for sipping solo as well as pairing with a variety of foods.

5.) Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Rose ($9):

Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Rose Cava

Drink pink! This beautifully colored cava is full of cherry-berry aromas, strawberry flavors, and a touch of sweetness—perfect for lightly sweet dessert, fresh fruit, and even appetizers.

 There you have it! Even babes on a budget can bust open a bottle of bubbly. If any of these sparklers aren’t available at your local liquor store, or you just don’t have time to swing by, have no fear: all of these wines can be found at Wine.com. Cheers, and happy sipping!

Weeding out Your Wedding Nightmares

There is one wedding-related recurring nightmare that I hear about over and over and over. Yes, more than the one where you look awful, despite hours of hair and make-up. Yes, more often than your groom/bride not showing up. Or the one the one where you can’t show up because you’ve locked your keys in your car. Somewhere in Siberia, which is  even worse because you’re afraid of bears … like the one staring at you over the hood of your locked car.  Okay, fine, that was just one bride.

Hey Nearlywed That Wedding Nightmare It's Probably Not Going To Happen

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The most often recurring wedding nightmare I hear about is where none of your guests are having a good time. Over and over and over. They’re going to hate the food, they’re not going to dance, they’re not going to talk, they’re going to ignore the candy buffett/photo booth/chocolate fountain, and stand around and stare at each other, and at you, with deep regret and condemnation.  You wake up in a cold sweat (again) at 4:00 a.m. One thought goes through your head: It’s going to be the worst wedding ever.  All the hard work, all your vision, for naught. YOU. WILL. FAIL.

Instead of anticipating the day, you’re stuck future-tripping over, dreading all the horrible things that could occur.

#REALTALK

This is 10 years of wedding planning experience talking to you right now: Things might go entirely according to plan, or just go wrong, this is true. But all of your guests having a bad time at your wedding? With the one or two exceptions that you can name — because you know how they are —  It’s not going to happen.

(yes, it will, you’re thinking at me)

No, it won’t. Why? Because you have gathered your favorite people, some of whom you haven’t seen for years, in one room. As much as you’re looking forward to seeing them, they are looking forward to seeing you, and seeing each other. And that’s what they are going to do.

(they won’t like anything, you mumble in your head)

Not true, but your guests will follow your lead. If you’re having fun, they’re going to have fun. So, open the photo booth by dragging a couple of bridesmaids into it. Grab your brother and attack the candy buffet. Go up to the bar and order a signature cocktail. Be the first one on the dance floor. Tell everyone you talk to how glad you are that they came. You created this wonderful day, you’re marrying the love of your life, while surrounded by everyone you both love. Look forward to it. And when you when you get there, enjoy it, all of it, and your guests will, too. I promise. Repeat this as often as you need to: “I’m going to have fun, so everyone else will have fun.”

Seriously, who doesn’t turn into a giddy 3-year old at the sight of a candy buffet?

So, what’s your other recurring wedding nightmare? Let me know in the comments and I’ll share mine with you from my wedding 500 years ago.

See you at the end of the aisle,

 

 

 

 

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Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! An Allure-ing Lace Gown For Under $500

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Hey BABs! This week we’re helping Sara get over a lovely lace Allure Bridals gown. Allure started as a retail store in 1998 and and has since expanded into a bridal manufacturer. Women go crazy for the meticulous attention to detail that make up these elegant gowns. We are helping Sara find something similar to the gowns in the Allure Modest Collection. Sooo, errthang you see here might not look the same but that is OK. Variety is the spice of life. Let’s go!

Can't Afford It Allure Bridals (Style: M524) ellure Bridals (Style: M524) $1,600

Get Over It

Tulle & Lace Ball Gown With Ruffle Beading Sequins (Style: 002056250) $200 at JJ's House Tulle & Lace Ball Gown With Ruffle Beading Sequins (Style: 002056250) $200 at JJ’s House

Lace Ball Gown With Appliques (Style: 11048464) $207 at TBDress.com Lace Ball Gown With Appliques (Style: 11048464) $207 at TBDress.com

Off The Shoulder Ball Gown With Appliques (Style: 11066916) $216 at TBDress.com Off The Shoulder Ball Gown With Appliques (Style: 11066916) $216 at TBDress.com

Tulle Wedding Dress With Lace & Sequins (Style: 002056486) $350 at JJ's House Tulle Wedding Dress With Lace & Sequins (Style: 002056486) $350 at JJ’s House

A-Line Lace Gown With Scalloped Neck (Style: 5220E) $376 at BestBridalPrices.com A-Line Lace Gown With Scalloped Neck (Style: 5220E) $376 at BestBridalPrices.com

Strapless Tulle Gown With Beaded Belt And Lace On Bodice (Style: VN6816) $418 at BestBridalPrices.com Strapless Tulle Gown With Beaded Belt And Lace On Bodice (Style: VN6816) $418 at BestBridalPrices.com

Lace & Organza Wedding Gown (Style: 0117153) $430 at ForHerandForHim.com Lace & Organza Wedding Gown (Style: 0117153) $430 at ForHerandForHim.com

V-Neck Ball Gown Wedding Gown (Style: 0113853) $430 at ForHerandForHim.com V-Neck Ball Gown Wedding Gown (Style: 0113853) $430 at ForHerandForHim.com

V-Neckline With Dropped Waist & Side Flower Accent (Style: TB7564) $458 at BestBridalPrices.com V-Neckline With Dropped Waist & Side Flower Accent (Style: TB7564) $458 at BestBridalPrices.com

There you go, Sara! Most of these dresses come in other colors if you’re looking for something other than ivory/white.

For a more convertible option, consider a lace topper to go over a strapless or spaghetti strap ballgown. Dessy has a cute one for $47 and BHLDN has a few options, starting at around $180.

Also, check out the Venus Bridal Collection at Best Bridal Prices  – They have some great, affordable options, too! Hope I was able to help and of course you know we’re always here!  I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving with their families & frands! BAB won’t be posting on Thursday, because we’ll all be too busy eating and drinking. I am going to eat ALL OF THE FOOD because it’s one of those days when you actually CAN and it’s OK … or that’s what I’m going to tell myself at least. Gobble, gobble!

Got a gown that you just can’t get off your mind? We’re happy to help you get over it! Just tell us in the comments below! Please remember to include the budget you’re working with so we can find you the best alternative for you.

*As always, please do your own research before buying a gown online. Team Broke-Ass is here to provide you with inspiration and resources, but it is up to the consumer to know what they’re purchasing.

LaRue to You: How to Cook the Perfect Holiday Turkey in Only One Hour

Now that she’s back from her crazy honeymoon tour, Dana’s cooking up some awesomeness over at her personal blog, LaRue … like literally. Since Turkey Day is like, literally around the corner, it’s a pretty perfect time to show you how to make that big ol’ bird in no time at all. Because, let’s be real, who has time to fuss over fowl for hours at a time? Broke-Asses gotta work, y’all. Check it!

LaRue to You How to Cook the Perfect Holiday Turkey in Only One Hour This is not a joke, nor an exaggeration. Indeed, it is a promise. A gift to you, from the bottom of my heart. Because you CAN cook the perfect turkey in one hour, and transform your Thanksgiving experience forever. Believe me, you and your guests deserve it. Not only is it perfectly juicy, tender, and flavorful every time… but the skin is crisp and gorgeous, too. It’s everything you want your bird to be… in a fraction of the time.

How to Cook the Perfect Turkey in One Hour

I’ve been cooking turkeys this way for a few years now, ever since my high school bestie posted her father-in-law, Ron’s, youtube instructional… and I’m never going back. Nor are the friends and family that I’ve turned onto this style. Why in gobble’s name should anyone slave over a bird for hours on end, basting and fussing and checking temperatures… when you could be kicking back with a glass of wine and good conversation and family and friends?!?

To continue reading and see how the whole shebang is pulled off, head over to LaRue.

Words to Wed By: Excerpts for the Kids at Heart

Full disclosure: I’ve been waiting to do this Words to Wed By, and really, it could be FOREVER long. Kids, man, they get all the good shit — toys, clothes, books that have wise and sweet words nestled nicely inside. It must have something to do with the inherent innocence and lack of jadedness. There were many more readings that will be awesome for your wedding ceremony that I wanted to include, but these are just a few of my favorite excerpts pulled from awesome books (that are supposedly for the little ones).

Words to Wed By Excerpts for the Kids At Heart

Credit: 50Peach’s Instagram

From “Winnie-the-Pooh,” by A.A. Milne

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” 

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered.
“Yes, Piglet?”
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. “I just wanted to be sure of you.” 

“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.” 

From “Charlotte’s Web,” by E. B. White

“‘Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’
‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.’”

From “Peter Pan,” by J. M. Barrie

“You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.”

From “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” by Dr. Seuss

“You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous an deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.”

From “Your Personal Penguin,” by Sandra Boynton

I like you a lot.
You’re funny and kind.
So let me explain
What I have in mind.
I want to be your personal penguin.
I want to walk right by your side.
I want to be your personal penguin.
I want to travel with you far and wide.

From “I Like You,” by Sandol Stoddard Warburg

I like you and I know why
I like you because you are a good person to like
I like you because when I tell you something special, you know it’s special
And you remember it a long, long time
You say, Remember when you told me something special
And both of us remember

When I think something is important you think it’s important too
We have good ideas
When I say something funny, you laugh
I think I’m funny and you think I’m funny too
Hah-hah!

I like you because you know where I’m ticklish
And you don’t tickle me there except just a little tiny bit sometimes
But if you do, then I know where to tickle you too
You know how to be silly – that’s why I like you
If I am getting ready to pop a paper bag,
then you are getting ready to jump
HOORAY!

I like you because when I am feeling sad
You don’t always cheer me up right away
Sometimes it is better to be sad
You can’t stand the others being so googly and gaggly every single minute
You want to think about things
It takes time

I like you because if I am mad at you
Then you are mad at me too
It’s awful when the other person isn’t
They are so nice and oooh you could just about punch them on the nose

I can’t remember when I didn’t like you
It must have been lonesome then
Even if it was the 999th of July
Even if it was August
Even if it was way down at the bottom of November
I would go on choosing you
And you would go on choosing me
Over and over again
And that’s how it would happen every time

What are you reading during your wedding ceremony? What inspired you?

Real Bride Meg: Why We Chose To Splurge on Photography

Dinner, dancing, dresses, oh my! When you came up with your wedding budget, did you base it on how much every individual detail would cost? How about all of those little details — did you decide any of them weren’t worth it?

You’ve heard about our venue hunting adventure, and how we jumped right on it a month after our engagement. Just a few weeks after we booked where our happily ever after would start, we got to my favorite, and in my opinion, one of the most important details — the photographer.

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Courtesy of Sharyn Frenkel Photography

Steve and I sat down and listed what parts of our day are the most important to each of us, and we decided on this:

1. Photographer
2. Booze
3. Music

I think it’s safe to say that every bride has that one thing they really want on their wedding day, and that they’d cut out other parts to fit it in their budget (you should’ve seen my mother’s face when I said I wanted pizza delivered to our reception).

I’m definitely not alone in thinking the photographer is the most important vendor. Numerous times, I’ve heard that finding the perfect photographer is something you should put a little extra money into. They’re the ones that will capture your precious wedding day moments for you to have until the end of time!

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Courtesy of Sharyn Frenkel Photography

I decided that if we were going to spend a little more money on anything, it would be on a great photographer. We’re already saving a ton of money by using the many talents of our families. With that said, photographers can be really, and I mean really, pricey. But you know what? They’re professionals, and they dedicate their weekends to you.

I have to tell you, before you decide on whatever that one thing you must have on your wedding day is, do your research. Check out the average price for your area or you might end up like us — totally shocked. We absolutely could not justify spending a quarter of our budget for a few hours time. So, like any BAB, we did more research.

I have to admit that I was pretty picky during this process, but that’s what happens when you have this one thing in mind! I knew I wanted our photos to look natural, but awkward poses and bright flashes flooded vendor websites. Even so, I emailed a few for pricing packages and none of them really did it for me, until I found a LivingSocial deal for a session with this super cute, vintage-feeling photographer.

I was in love, and continued to be more in love along the way — from her portfolio, her price adjustment (thanks to the LivingSocial deal) to our engagement photos, which we still get compliments on. The extra bit of money has already been worth it, and we’re not even married yet!

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Courtesy of Sharyn Frenkel Photography

The only way we’re able to spend a little more cash on something we really care about is to cut some corners on things we’re less excited about. In order to save paper (literally), we ditched envelopes for our save the dates and opted for postcards. Our simple aisle decor will be reused for the reception. We’ll be taking the DIY approach when it comes to favors, which are often left behind anyway. While we love the idea of a photo booth, a corner where a family friend will be taking photos for guests to take home will be set up. Same idea, much smaller price tag.

We’re also saving a ton on much bigger things, thanks to the help of family and friends, but we’ll get to that later.

So, BABs, I want to hear from YOU! What is that one thing you need on your wedding day, and what are you going to cut to get it?

On Marriage: 5 Obscure Wedding Traditions We Should Definitely Bring Back

I know our On Marriage series can usually focus on the poignant and serious, but this little ditty was just calling my name. I mean, MARRIAGE KITTENS, YOU GUYS. Written by Amanda Scherker for The Huffington Post, this article covers five wedding traditions of yore that definitely deserve to be brought back, in the way JT brought sexy back, ya heard?

While we love a good hora, there are plenty of wedding traditions we’re more than happy to skip (er, Garter belt, anyone?)

That’s because a lot of wedding traditions are pretty deeply rooted in old-school gender norms that don’t accurately represent modern relationship dynamics.

That said, there are a few forgotten weddings traditions of yesteryear that we think deserve a revival, simply because they are absolutely, positively awesome. Here are five of our favorites:
1. Giving kittens to new brides.

metro and dolly Metro and Dolly think wedding kittens sound like a great idea. I mean, #duh.

Vikings used to give new brides the best gift ever: house cats! This was done to honor Freyja, the goddess of love, who, according to legend, drove a chariot led by cats. A brand new kitten probably beats that blender you got from Bed, Bath & Beyond.
2. Wearing a flame-colored wedding veil.

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“Pardon me, but is this available in the lava color?”

Ancient Roman brides wore veils with pictures of flames on them to ward off evil spirits. The happy side effect was looking seriously badass.

To continue reading “5 Obscure Wedding Traditions We Should Definitely Bring Back,” head on over to HuffPo.

Get Inspired: LGBT Inspired Shoot by Two Sparrows Photography

When Ben and Jenni from Two Sparrows Photography contacted The Broke-Ass Bride little while back asking if we’d be interested in featuring a broke-ass LGBT shoot in honor of October’s roll as LGBT History Month — National Coming Out Day, Oct. 11, also happens to be my birthday – I responded with a resonating HELL YES. Gimme dat! So after hooking them up with some of our amazing homies, like DIY darling Tabitha (of geometric table numbers and cement planter fame) and of course BHLDN and Unique Vintage, I waited oh-so patiently for the photos (read: Not patiently at. all.) and guys, it was SO worth it. Here’s what Jenni has to say:

At Two Sparrows Photography we believe love is love, and when LGBT History Month came upon us we were inspired to celebrate the couples who finally have equal opportunity to exchange vows in California and a growing number of states across the country.

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We’ve found that gay and lesbian weddings don’t have nearly enough creative inspiration out there yet, so we wanted to do something bold, affordable, and fabulous to help give Broke-Ass-Brides some fresh new ideas. When we partnered up with Tabitha Johnson at Winston and Main her fabulous DIY style helped our vision came to life; pride rainbow colors with an elegant twist, a nod to 60s style, and some fun splashes of unique ideas.


We wanted to contrast our colorful scene with a natural background so we chose some beautiful landscapes around the Altadena trails to shoot, and we have to say, couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. The work certainly isn’t done for marriage equality, but we’re well on our way and are so grateful to have the opportunity to share our inspiration for couples of all kinds with BAB readers. #loveislove

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Check out this behind the scenes video:

Vendors:

Photography – Two Sparrows Photography
Photography – Behind the Scenes - Two Sparrows Blog
Event Design & Styling - Tabitha Johnson
Makeup – Vivian Tran 
Jewelry – Sophia Kaman 
Bridal Dresses – BHLDN
Bridesmaid Dresses and Accessories – Unique Vintage
Scooter – Route 66 Modern Classics
Cake – Bakebeth
Popcicles and Candy – Suck It Sweets And Treats
Tableware – Borrowed Blu
Video – Making of The Shoot – Richard Che