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Ten for the Weekend: Sales, Deals and Discounts

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1. Love yoga but hate going to classes? Yoga Download is offering their Yearly Elite membership for $60 (normally $90) with code EARTH15YE until 4/23.

2. Etsy seller WonderfullyHooked2U is hooking BABs up with 20% off at her shop when you use Coupon20 at checkout. Oh, and score free shipping with code Brokebride.

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Love these personalized hangers!

3. Want to show off your engagement pics? Shutterfly is knocking 50% off hard cover photo books and 30% off everything else with code 50AND30 until 4/22.

4. At Wedding Paper Divas, save 15% off program, menu, place card, table card, napkin and coaster orders of $49 or more or 20% off orders of $99 or more using the code 20DAYOFAPR until 4/21.

5. Need some new glasses for your wedding day? GlassesShop.com is having a Buy One Get One sale with code B1G1 until 4/30.

6. Head to MagnetStreet where you can get 15% off + free shipping on wedding products with codeWEAA4FS until 4/27.

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I’m digging this new invitation style!

7. Get your groom looking dapper with 20% off at Bonobos when you use code SPRINGSTYLE through 4/30.

8. Want some pretty wedding day accessories without spending tons? Gloss Jewelry is taking 80% off everything on the site + free shipping with code GLOSS80FREE until 4/30.

9. Being a Broke-Ass Bride has its perks, yo! Get 5% off sitewide at LunaBazaar with code BROKEBRIDE5.

10. Size 10+? We got you. Kiyonna is taking 20% off orders of $150+ with code SPRING2015 until 5/15.

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The Luna Lace dress is so pretty and super on-trend!

Happy Shopping, BABs!

 

Five for Friday: Fabulous Etsy Finds for Your Wedding

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Happy Friday, darlings! Since you’re in the midst of wedding planning, I’m sure you know Etsy is a dearth of amazing handmade goodness, often for fairly broke-ass friendly prices. From a fun guest book to a gorgeous gown to a wine-lover’s way to commemorate marriage milestones, this week’s Five for Friday is chock-full of great Etsy finds.

Mix and Match Bridesmaid Dresses  Mix and Match Bridesmaid Dresses, $98+ by RenzRags

I know BABs are into having their brigade choose their own style of dress, because one style doesn’t always work for everyone. These gorgeous dresses can come in different lengths and a whole swath of colors, and have a pretty nice price tag to boot.

Etsy EKG Heart Necklace

Heartbeat Necklace, $26 by HalalMill

Your partner makes your heart go pitter-patter, so why not show that on your wedding day? This necklace would make a gorgeous day-of accessory.

Etsy Drop Top Guest Book

DropTop Wedding Guest Book, $145+ by ACFCustoms

Yes, this one is a little spendy, but it’s an idea I have yet to see for a wedding guest book. Considering it reminds me of Connect Four (remember that game?) and will make a gorgeous piece of wall art after the big day, I’d say it’s worth a bit of a splurge.

Bohemian Lace dress

Bohemian Lace Wedding Dress, $470 by PolinaIvanova

This dress caught my eye and I’m totally digging it. The lace detail is gorgeous, it looks soft and flowy, it has built-in bra cups and it’s under $500. That’s a lot of awesome for one dress.

Etsy Marriage Milestone Wine Labels

6 Custom Married First Wine Labels, $26.99 by LabelWithLove

Calling all oenophiles! This is such a great idea — even better if the wine comes from friends and family in the form of engagement / wedding presents. Then you have a special bottle from a special person to celebrate those special milestones during your marriage.

What do you think of these Etsy finds BABs?

Five for Friday: Dots to Die For

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Few patterns are more fun and bubbly in my eyes than polka dots. I recently received the absolute cutest dress from ModCloth (sadly now out of stock) and it’s totally revitalized my love for the spotted adorableness. For this Five for Friday, I found five of my favorite dotted delights to share with you!

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Print (available for instant download), $5 DesignsByBiancaB on Etsy

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Dream a Whistle Dream, $59.99 at ModCloth
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Crowned Leaf Mug, $12 at Anthropologie

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Confection Perfection Flat, $49.99 at ModCloth

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Beautiful Inside and Out Shower Curtain, $69.99 at Dot & Bo

Which of these bespeckled beauties is your favorite?

 

Cool Wedding-y Shizz Around the Web

Deciding whether to have a big wedding or a small affair can be tough. Brisbane Weekly lays down the pros and cons.

Looking for budget-friendly blooms? Check out Nouba’s post full of bougainvillea inspiration.

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Credit: Anna Delores

For even more floral inspiration, KnotsVilla has compiled a gorgeous collection of flowery bridesmaid dresses.

For you summer brides, it’s about time to start thinking about your paper goods. The Big Fat Indian Wedding rounded up 2015’s hottest wedding stationery trends.

Nothing screams spring and summer like some pretty pastel dresses. Kiss My Tulle rounded up a bevvy of beauties for your brigade.

Kiss My Tulle Pastel Colored Bridesmaid Dresses

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DIYing your bridesmaid gifts? Something Turquoise conjured up these adorable notebooks to bestow upon your buds!

Not sure what to wear to all those weddings this summer? Head to Aisle Perfect for 15 gorgeous ideas to rock during your pal’s nuptials!

The Budget Savvy Bride has bestowed us with another one of her amazing budget wedding tips.

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There’s No Hand-Wringing over Walmart’s Affordable Wedding Rings

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Guys, let me tell you: It’s super easy to find the national average of what couples spend on engagement rings (a single search yielded steady results ranging from $4,000-$6,000+) but wedding bands are a whole ‘nother ball game. After four search attempts and even asking a group of other wedding bloggers, the best I could come up with is a post from 2014 on NYTimes.com that cites couples spent an average of $1000 on her band and $500 on his (uh, discrepancy much?). Holy bananas, guys.

This immediately led to me thinking about the number of my friends and family who’ve lost their rings. And that number is a bit staggering. In fact, I have one friend-couple who both lost their wedding bands separately of one another but almost at the same time (his was hidden by their 3-year-old daughter, hers remains lost in the abyss). And this isn’t the first time for them, either. Google “lost wedding band” and the results are plentiful. Think about that.

While the wedding band itself is ceremonial and has changed in meaning in recent years — it used to signify the alliance between families, now it’s a physical reminder of the vows you’re making to one another — the desire to spend oodles of money on these tiny circles has also changed. Plus, y’all, we’re broke-asses. We want affordable options for ALL THE THINGS.

Logically, why should you spend a bajillion dollars on a wedding ring that is apparently so easy to lose? For my first wedding, we spent $50 total and had gorgeous rings that were extremely personalized. We wanted to stay under budget, and realized we could always get new rings later, if we decided it was something we wanted to invest the money in  (given the circumstances, I’m SUPER glad we went the cheap route).

Walmart has a great variety of wedding bands in real metal with real diamonds for not real expensive. Sure, the spendiest one tops out around $12K, but there is a huge variety for under $250.

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Tungsten Wedding Band, $20.57
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14K White Gold and Diamond Ring, $230.96
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Titanium Rose Gold Plated Band, $10.95

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Diamond Accent 14K White Gold Wedding Band, $239

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Palladium Comfort Fit Band, $174.99

While Walmart may not be a place you would turn to for all of your wedding needs (though they certainly have some cute dresses that would looks adorbz  on your brigade), it’s worth considering for your wedding rings. I know many a couple who face trepidation about wearing their rings during work because they’ve shelled out so much skrilla for them and fear damage or loss. While the sentimental heartache might be more difficult to overcome, there may be some solace found in purchasing your wedding bands at more reasonable prices.

Five for Friday: Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Under $500

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Guys, I was hanging out on Pinterest a lot this week (let’s be real, I do that every week) and realized much to my dismay that we totally lacked a board full of pretty wedding dresses under $500. WHUT? How is that even possible for us, the queens of “Can’t Afford It? Get Over It!“? Anyway, I’m v. sorry for the oversight, and the ship has been righted, I assure you, and you can check out our full Wedding Dresses Under $500 board, which will be updated as we find more and more droolworthy styles. Many of these dresses may not be labeled as actual Wedding Dresses, but damnit, why do they have to be? A wedding dress is anything that you put on and it makes you feel amazing and you’re comfortable getting married in. Hey, y’all, you’re at The Broke-Ass Bride! There are no rules.

  BHLDN480 Lucca Maxi Gown, $480 (ivory only) at BHLDN

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Chi Chi London Metallic Lace Dress, $121 at Asos

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Vera Wang Deep V-Neck Lace Gown, $341 at Bloomingdales

Ouma Gold Sequin Sweetheart Strapless Tea Length Party Dress

Sequin Strapless Sweetheart Tea Length Party Dress, $460 by Ouma on Etsy

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Monique Lhullier Bridesmaid Shirred Chiffon Gown, $258 at Nordstrom

Which is your favorite, BABs? Tell me in the comments below! (Want to know mine? I’ll bet you can figure it out.)

Cool Wedding-y Shizz Around the Web

Supermarket arrangements aren’t always, the prettiest. Kiss My Tulle has a great how-to on giving those bunches a gorgeous makeover.

How to Make an Ugly Supermarket Arrangement into a Lovely Wedding Bouquet

Speaking of bouquets — Something Turquoise has some tips on how to fill out your floral arrangement.

Getting your ideas from the fairest of them all? Inspired by Dis created a great Snow White-inspired styleboard for your bridesmaids.

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Not sure what wedding dress style will best compliment your shape? Head over to Tidewater & Tulle for a solid guide on flattering silhouettes for you.

Gift etiquette can be sticky. Brenda’s Wedding Blog has 8 do’s and don’ts for your wedding registry.

Budget Savvy Bride’s latest wedding tip is something we totally stand by.

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What awesome things have you seen on the web this week?

Ten for the Weekend: Dresses, Bling, Sports Gear and More

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1. Head over to BCBG to get 25% off all regular-priced items until 3/29 with code BECHIC25OFF.

2. Hey sports fans! Fanatics.com is having a spring sale, offering 15% to 50% off hundreds of items until 3/31.

3. Hunting for your wedding jewelry? Get 25% off at Helzberg Outlet with code OUTLET25.

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This pretty lady is under $100. 

4. First time customers can save $25 off orders of $75 from Rent the Runway until 4/24 with code 25OFFNEW.

5. Wedding Paper Divas is taking 40% off save the dates, 30% off premium save the date products and magnets and 40% off cards, postcards and coasters until 3/30 with code 0327DEAL.

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Well, these coasters are pretty much the cutest.

6. Hey big eyes! Julep is taking 50% off their knockout Lashes for Days mascara duo until 5/1 with code BIGEYES.

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7. Wearing shapewear under your gown? Hourglass Angel is taking $10 off lowback shapers with code LOW10 through 4/1.

8. Get a great deal on your beauty needs at Beauty Store Depot with 25% off orders $49+ until 3/30 with code BUZZ.

9. Head to Target for an extra 10% off home deals with code MADNESS until 3/28.

10. True & Co. is faced with the slightly enviable problem of having too much of a good thing: They’re overstocked with their pretty lingerie, so they’re knocking 40% off when you use code TOOMUCH40.

 

Five for Friday: Sunny Yellow Dresses

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The weather in North Texas this week has been absolutely gorgeous, which is awesome because I feel like it’s making up for my less-than-awesome last couple of days in Mexico last week (more on that Monday). It’s been patio-drinking weather, even running on the side of hot more than once this week. I’m starting to see the telltale sundresses of summer emerge, and one color that keeps catching my eye right now is yellow, which doesn’t look all that great on me but is fun and bright regardless. Here are my five favorite yellow dresses right now: Five for Friday: Sunny Yellow Dresses

That’s a Wrap Dress, $49 at Lulu’s

I love me a good wrap dress, and I’ve sort of been obsessing over them lately. I love the super bright color of this one — classic shape, unexpected color. That’s a great match.

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Jessica Howard Floral Belted Dress, $99 at Macy’s

Put your bridesmaids in this dress, plz. Five for Friday: Sunny Yellow Dresses

ML Monique Lhuillier Ever After Dress, $35-$55 to rent at Rent the Runway

Or, better yet, rather than making them buy a dress, put them in a scmancy designer dress that they can just rent for the occasion. So much winning. Five for Friday: Sunny Yellow Dresses

Ain’t It Sunny? Dress, $49.99 at ModCloth

Y’all know how I feel about polka dots. This dress is so cute for summer and spring, and there’s a really adorbz keyhole detail on the back. Five for Friday: Sunny Yellow Dresses

Petite Strappy Midi Dress in Crepe, $27 at Asos

For all you little ladies out there (woot!) this dress is sooo pretty. Throw ‘er on with some sandals and sick shades and you just sashay yourself all over town, mmkay?

What’s your favorite spring shade, BABs? Do you love any of these dresses? Tell me in the comments below!