Broke-Ass Category: Christen

2/22

Affiliate Disclaimer NewShare Your Love Story with LovebookI’m a total sucker for those “just because” gestures — and not just being on the receiving end of them. My husband is the very most fun person to surprise with little whimsies, whether it’s a photo book of our elopement or commissioning awesome family artwork. So when I found out about Lovebook and got the chance to create one just for him, I dove in head first. Because nothing makes happier than seeing my husband get misty over a gift I give him.

And guys, he was stupid excited about it.

The small hardcover book featured a little story of our stick figure alter egos that detailed many (but far from all) of the reasons why I love him … and was aptly titled “Everything’s Better With You.” Though I found the customization options a tad limited, I was able to create our likenesses enough that they bore enough of a resemblance to us — down to his side-part hair. Luckily, with stick figures, there isn’t much you can do in the way of effing up someone’s features, so you def. can’t offend them with your rendition of them. (My super non-artsy self sees this as a maj. bonus.)

Lovebook reasons whyIf you’re lacking in overall creative juices, as I’ve been (apparently sleeplessness and infants go hand-in-hand), Lovebook has a huge variety of templates to choose from, which allows you to craft a cute story without having to wring your creativity dry. You can edit text and add images as you see fit or you can build the whole damn thing from scratch. I opted to add likenesses of our cats into a couple of the scenes, but otherwise went with prefabbed pages. Of course I toiled over what order to put them in, whether it was sweet enough or too cheesy, etc. I finally — realizing I’d have to just DO IT at some point — decided it was done and sent it off for printing. After a relatively quick turnaround — like a couple weeks, max! — it was in my mailbox and ready for my husband.

Lovebook cuddling with kittiesHe loved it, and I love that he did.

We tend not to do things like celebrate Valentine’s Day or get overly standardly romantical, instead opting for fun and meaningful gifts at unexpected times, and my Lovebook creation was perfect for exactly this.

Lovebook end pageAt around $40 for a 5.5″x8.5″ glossy hardcover, it’s a lasting gift that won’t break the bank and can be revisited often. I love this idea as a gift for your partner on your wedding day, for your anniversary or just because. I also think it would make for a fun present for a ring bearer or flower girl, and be something of a keepsake for those littlest wedding crew members.

Get started with your first Lovebook and score 10% off with code LOVEALWAYS10 at checkout!

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  • 2/15

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewWe’re all about finding fab frocks for less, and we’re always super thrilled to get an amazing deal. Whether it’s your priority to not spend a ton of dollars on your dress because you think you’ll only wear it once and you’d rather allocate the cash to something that lasts longer (hello, photography!) or you’re boot-scootin’ it to the courthouse — big party be damned! — we’re here for you. And that’s why we got giddy as hell when we noticed ModCloth had some serious wedding dress inventory marked down … like, way down. Like, under $100 down. I mean, GIRL.

    If you’ve been considering getting a reception dress, now’s your chance. If you’ve been dying to find something super unique and retro-adorbz, get on it. If you really just want a few options to wear to various pre-wedding parties, GET ON IT.

    Here are a few of our favorite wedding styles currently under $100 at ModCloth:

    ModCloth A Love Above the Rest Dress

    A Love Above The Rest Dress, $69.99

    ModCloth At a Rosette Time Dress

    At A Rosette Time Sequin Dress, $59.99ModCloth Beauty Beyond Words Dress

    Beauty Beyond Words Dress, $44.99ModCloth Bliss Way Up Dress

    Bliss Way Up Dress, $74.99ModCloth Bride and Precedence Dress

    Bride and Precedence, $29.99ModCloth Cast an Elegance Dress

    Cast an Elegance Dress, $44.99ModCloth Collar ID Lace Dress

    Collar ID Dress, $44.99

    ModCloth Cordially Delighted Lace Dress

    Cordially Delighted Dress, $89.99ModCloth Dignified Delivery Shirt Dress

    Dignified Delivery Dress, $26.99ModCloth Enchants Encounter Dress

    Enchants Encounter Dress, $87.99ModCloth Fast Track to Fanciful Dress

    Fast Track to Fanciful Dress, $52.99ModCloth Grand Staircase Entry Dress

    Grand Staircase Entry Dress, $44.99ModCloth Here Comes the Stride Dress

    Here Comes the Stride Dress, $39.99ModCloth Let it Betrothed Dress

    Let It Betrothed, $37.99
    ModCloth Make some Poise Dress

    Make Some Poise Dress, $87.99ModCloth Memorable Matrimony Dress

    Memorable Matrimony Dress, $74.99ModCloth Ritzy Wishes Sheath Dress

    Ritzy Wishes Sheath, $44.99
    ModCloth Slow Dance Splendor Dress

    Slow Dance Splendor, $52.99ModCloth Synchronized Sweetness Dress

    Synchronized Sweetness Lace Dress, $29.99ModCloth The Exchanging of Wows Dress

    The Exchanging of Wows Dress, $89.99ModCloth The World Was Full of Wonderful Dress

    The World Was Full of Wonderful Dress, $29.99ModCloth Tulle Love and Cherish Dress

    Tulle Love and Cherish Dress, $34.99ModCloth Wedding Belle Lace Dress

    Wedding Belle Lace Dress, $34.99ModCloth Where There's Life, There's Elope Dress

    Where There’s Life There’s Elope Dress, $52.99

    Oh, and there are lots, lots more.

    With this kind of selection, why even bother shelling out oodles of cash for a wedding dress? Head over to ModCloth to shop these styles now!

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  • 2/1

    Amy and Rick's Chittendon, VT Wedding | Lakeside Portrait || Boucher Visuals

    The time has finally come to see Real Bride Amy's intimate Chittendon, Vt., wedding. Amy and Rick escaped to a gorgeous lakeside lodge with a few of their nearest and dearest to tie the knot. They did away with all the extras and prioritized their dollars on what made sense for them -- the true broke-ass way. Boucher Visuals did a wonderful job of capturing…

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    1/30

    Essence Photography

    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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    1/19

    #GownHunter Wanted

    It's wedding planning season, and the team at The Broke-Ass Bride has been inundated with Can't Afford It? Get Over It! requests, and we need a fashion-savvy contributor with an eye for detail and spend-thriftiness to help divvy out the broke-ass friendly versions of fabulous designer gowns. Does that sound like something you'd be super good at doing? Awesome! Here are the things we need from…

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  • 12/23

    Happy Holidays from Team Broke-Ass

    Hey BABs! Whew, what a year! We had some great times, some hard times and some just flat out rad times. Huge things happened near and far -- from the very scary to the very wonderful (hello, marriage equality!) in 2016. There were amazing Real Weddings; some seriously rad DIYs; riveting, overwhelming and always relatable Real Bride Stories; and sage, on-point advice from our stellar wedding pros. Behind the…

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    12/15

    Nicole Miller Ashley Gown

    Hey BABs! This week, we have a request from reader Katelynn who commented on this post saying: Nice Work! I love BAB!! I've got my own CAI/GOI conundrum: I've fallen in love with the Ashley bridal gown by Nicole Miller (http://www.nicolemiller.com/as... but it's more than I wanted to spend at $1800. Ideally, I'd love a dress between $500-$800. I love the lace, low back, and halter…

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    12/2

    The Broke-Ass Bride's 2016 Gift Guide: A Snuggly Winter

    It's that time of year again! Gift guides are back! From now until the holidays, we'll be rounding up some of our favorite gift ideas, mostly in broke-ass budget range (but with one or two splurges thrown in). Whether you're shopping for your best gal, your favorite dude, your family or yourself, you're going to find some stellar ideas for everyone on your shopping list.…

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  • 12/1

    Matthew Christopher Tiger Lily

    Whew, you guys. These posts are super tough for me. Y'all have some exquisite taste! This week, we're tackling reader Maria's request on this post: We are looking for a gown "inspired" by the designer Matthew Christopher. The exact gown is called "Tiger Lily". We perused all the websites in your great article - do you have any other websites or resources for this $5,000…

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