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Ten for the Weekend: Stock up on Essentials and Wedding Gown Sale Alert for SoCal Brides

Happy Friday, everyone! I’ll be traveling to Charlotte, N.C., in the morning for a meeting with some of our partners and to see a friend, and Dana and Paul are officially on the second leg of their epic honeymoon tour, chilling in a great hotel in Seoul. But I’d never take off without leaving you with some great deals and discounts to help you kick your weekend off right. From Anthro to Tradesy and a super awesome deal on wedding dresses for those of you in the Southern California area, this Ten for the Weekend has got the goods to make your wallet happy.

Ten for the Weekend: Stock up on Essentials and Wedding Gown Sale Alert for SoCal Brides

1. I know I know, Halloween isn’t even here yet. But that doesn’t mean you can’t stock up on Thanksgiving cookware. Sur la Table is having a sale on various essentials — from roasting pans to immersion blenders to spiral slicers.

2. Man, there are few things better than a good dress sale, but one of those few things is a discount on already well-priced items. is knocking 15% off their dresses until 10/19.

3. You know what costs a lot? Wedding stationery. You know who’s taking $40 off orders of $99+ for new customers? Wedding Paper Divas, that’s who (when you enter WPD40 at checkout until 10/28).

Wedding Paper Divas Enchanting Forever Invitations

I’m loving these “Enchanting Forever” invites.

4. Discounts on discounts are a great thing, y’all. BCBG is taking an extra 30% off final sale items. Now that doesn’t suck.

5. Designer shoes and accessories and getting to feel like one of the cool kids? That’s how Cole Haan rolls with their 30% off Friends and Family deal until 10/21.

6. Need to stock up on basics? Anthropologie is having a 30% sale off select sweaters, tees and pants for a limited time.

7. Guys, have you checked out Dessy’s sale section? They just added three different styles of twist wrap dresses, as well as a whole gang of accessories. Go on, get on it!

8. Call all beer lovers! Craft Beer Club is skimming $10 bucks off when you gift a membership of 3 months or more this holiday season (until 12/31) when you use code iSave5.

9. Do you guys know Tradesy? You should. It’s like, the greatest consignment store / thrift shop, ever. Like, serious designer duds, but previously worn / used (gently), and therefor cheaper than normal. And right now Tradesy is having an accessory sale. So you know, do it.

10. SoCal Brides, this one’s just for you! Unique Vintage’s real, actual brick-and-mortar store in Burbank is having a real life sample sale this Sunday. Check out our Pinterest board for a sampling of the gowns on sale!

Unique Vintage 10/19 Sample Sale in Burbank, CA


Happy shopping, darlings!

Five for Friday: Spooktacular Frocks for Halloween

Are we sick of that play on words? Maybe? I don’t know. Puns. I dig ‘em. Anyway, since we’ve had oodles of convo surrounding Halloween weddings this week (I mean, you saw the HP Lovecraft-inspired shoot, right?), it seemed appropriate to find some great dresses for this haunted holiday, whether you’re hitting the parties or are planning your own eerie I Do’s — and all of them are frightfully budget-friendly at under $100!

Take Me There Black Long Sleeve Lace Dress - Lulu's

Take Me There Black Long Sleeve Lace Dress, $56 at Lulu’s The Body Eclectic Dress - ModCloth
The Body Eclectic Dress, $89.99 at ModCloth
Red & Black Lace Annabella Wiggle Dress - Unique Vintage
Red & Black Lace Annabella Wiggle Dress, $60 at Unique Vintage

Unique Vintage’s site has this styled in Dia de los Muertos style, with fabulous sugar skull makeup. I die.

Black Long Sleeve Bats Print Dress - SheInside
Black Long Sleeve Bats Print Dress, $17.59 at SheInside What a Spangled Web We Weave Dress - ModCloth What a Spangled Web We Weave, $94.99 at ModCloth

(Guys. The sparklez!)

How do you like these boo-tiful (sorry) dresses? How will you be dressing up for Halloween?

Words to Wed By: Blessings and Prayers

It’s come to our attention that while we talk a lot about smart ways to save money on your wedding day, we haven’t really addressed the wedding itself — more specifically the ceremony. And y’all, while the words you speak have very little to do with your budget, they are still a vitally important part of the day, because they help set the tone for your marriage … you know, the whole reason you’re doing this damn thing in the first place. So we’re kicking off the Words to Wed By series with a more traditional bent, specifically blessing and prayers for your marriage.

Words to Wed By Blessings and Prayers

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

New International Version (NIV) Bible

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

Traditional Irish Blessing

May the raindrops fall lightly on your brow

May the soft winds freshen your spirit

May the sunshine brighten your heart

May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you

And may God enfold you in the mantle of His love.

May the road rise to meet you

May the wind be always at your back

May the sun shine warm upon your face

and the rain fall soft upon your fields

And until we meet again my friend

May God hold you in the palm of his hand

May God be with you and bless you

May you see your children’s children

May you be poor in misfortunes and rich in Blessings

May you know nothing but happiness

from this day forward

May green be the grass you walk on

May blue be the skies above you,

And from this day forward.

May the joys of today

Be those of tomorrow.

Armenian Wedding Blessing

May you grow old on one pillow.

Blessing of the Hands

by Unknown

These are the hands of your partner, young and strong and full of love, holding your hands as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever. These are the hands that will work alongside yours as together you build your future. These are the hands that will hold you and comfort you in grief and uncertainty. These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes, tears of sorrow and joy. These are the hands that will hold your family as one. These are the hands that will give you strength. And these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.

Ecclesiastes: 4:9-12

King James Version Bible

Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
 10For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
 11Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?
 12And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

BABs, what traditional readings are you using in your ceremony? Tell us in the comments below, and we’ll add them to this list!

On Marriage: 9 Pieces Of Advice Married Couples Wish They Had Known On Their Wedding Day

Man, you know who really gets marriage? Married people. They get it. I mean, people who are on the threshold of marriage don’t get it because, well, they haven’t lived it yet. And divorced people might get some of it, but they don’t get the whole shebang. But this post, which originally appeared on The Huffington Post via a Reddit thread, is full of people who get it. So take it to heart, darlings.

On Marriage 9 Pieces Of Advice Married Couples Wish They Had Known On Their Wedding Day2

No one wants to live their life in the world of “shoulda, coulda, woulda” — especially when it comes to something as important as getting married.

Luckily for all you future brides and grooms out there, a Reddit thread popped upSunday asking those who have already tied the knot what they wish they had known on their wedding day.

Here’s their advice for your Big Day and all the days after:

1. Take time to appreciate your surroundings. 
“At some point in the evening while everyone is having dinner and talking amongst themselves, take a moment to look around at all the people who are there for the two of you, and take it all in.”

2. Focus on what really matters. 
“I wish I had known that the most important thing about my wedding day was that I got to marry and spend the rest of my life with my best friend – so who cares if thenapkins were placed on plates or tables?”

3. Your wedding day is fun, but marriage is even better.
“What is more fun than having sleepovers every night with your BFF? Or having spontaneous couch dates? Marriage is fun. There will be challenges, but anything worth having is worth the effort.”

To continue reading “9 Pieces Of Advice Married Couples Wish They Had Known On Their Wedding Day,” head over to The Huffington Post.

Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

With Halloween right around the corner and today being the 13th of the month — an ominous day for the superstitious among us — there’s no better time to bring out this amazing Lovecraft-inspired wedding shoot by Casey Fatchett Photography. Many of the vendors fall within budget range for BABs (the dress is right around $1000) and even Casey himself — as a photographer in NYC — starts his pricing around $3000 (Sunday-Friday, 8 hours + engagement sesh). Take it away, Casey!

Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

I toyed with the idea of an HP Lovecraft inspired wedding shoot for several years. It may seem like a bizarre concept for wedding inspiration, but I find that sometimes the best inspiration comes from the unlikeliest places. Lovecraft wrote horror stories in which often characters were driven mad with overwhelming terror — so basically how many couples feel when they are first starting to plan their weddings (that’s a joke, kind of … ).

Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

When putting the shoot together, I wanted to create something that was truly “inspired” by Lovecraft and rather than just “translate” one of his stories into photos. The monsters in Lovecraft’s stories very often have tentacles and there are often nautical themes. It would have been very easy to go overboard on that front.

Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

Luckily, I worked with some amazing vendors who helped create a shoot that is both beautiful and at times creepy. The makeup and hair styling evoked a Victorian/Tim Burton-esque feel while the flowers took on a look of blood and brains and tentacles. The amazing skull and tentacle cake featured eldritch designs imprinted on its sides. And the invitation suite incorporated actual names and addresses from Lovecraft’s life as well as a “handwritten” feel. In his short life, Lovecraft was a prodigious writer, sending thousands of letters to his family, fans and peers. Overall, we felt the shoot reflected aspects of both the man himself and his work.

Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

The final element was the location, Lovecraft Bar & Restaurant. What more perfect location? The setting provided a backdrop that ranged from “steampunk” mad scientist lab upstairs to the downstairs space which one could imagine a Cthulhu cult meeting in. The bronze, gold, and silver elements in the space (and in the other details) brought another common Lovecraft theme to the forefront: alchemy. For what is a marriage if not an alchemy of sorts? Bringing two people together and transforming them into one family.


Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

Get Inspired: Lovecraft-Inspired Wedding Shoot by Casey Fatchett

Photography: Casey Fatchett, | Venue: Lovecraft NYC, | Hair & Makeup: SB Beauty, | Cake: City Sweets, | Flowers: Blossom & Bee, | Dress: Saja Bridal, | Veil: Happily Ever Borrowed, Tentacle Rings & Black Rose Earrings: RockLove Jewelry, | Octopus Hair Pin: Elluna Fae Creative, | Jacket and Vest: DAS, | Masks: Eden Bachelder, | Stationery: Arobesque Design Studio,

Real Wedding: Elizabeth & Bryce’s Romantic and Rainy North Carolina Nuptials

 It’s been nearly two months since contributor Elizabeth married Bryce on a rainy day in Greensboro, N.C., and they partied down in a Gatsby-looking fashion on a $7K budget. Today, Elizabeth is back to share the details, Real Wedding-style.

Real Wedding: Elizabeth & Bryce's Traditional, Romantic North Carolina Nuptials

Name: Elizabeth & Bryce

Occupation: I work for study abroad at Duke University

Wedding location: Greensboro, NC

Wedding Date: August 9th, 2014

Budget: $7,000-ish

Real Wedding: Elizabeth & Bryce's Traditional, Romantic North Carolina Nuptials

How would you describe your wedding: It was somewhat traditional (married by a pastor) but also had non-traditional elements (groomsladies, no garter toss or cake, uneven wedding party, non-traditional vows)

What was your favorite part of your wedding? Besides the actual getting married part, the décor was amazing. The space was transformed into a floral-Gatsby-dream.

What did you splurge on? Photographer – and after getting my pictures back it was SO worth it!

What did you save on? Flowers. We spent $350 on farmers market flowers and used them for bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, and decorations

Real Wedding: Elizabeth & Bryce's Traditional, Romantic North Carolina Nuptials

Was there anything you would have done differently, in retrospect? I would have listened to my fiancé more, because I didn’t really realize until closer to the wedding how much he wanted to be involved. He was really great about letting me have my “vision,” but I realized he was a lot more hands-on than a “typical” groom.

What was your biggest challenge in planning? I was really good at the big picture things but absolutely horrible at the small details and making decisions. This drove my now-husband crazy, as he is VERY detail-oriented.

What lessons did you learn from planning or from the wedding itself? Pick your battles, and try to keep the goal (getting married) in sight.

Real Wedding: Elizabeth & Bryce's Traditional, Romantic North Carolina Nuptials

What were your top 5 favorite things about your wedding?

- I got married to my wonderful husband!!!!

- Seeing all my friends and family together

- The venue/decorations were amazing

- Our photographer took us on a walk downtown after the ceremony and that’s where we got the best pictures

- Our pastor made our ceremony super personal. He asked our bridal party questions about us as a couple prior to the wedding and used what they said in the ceremony.

Top 5 least favorite?

- It was pouring rain the morning of — trying to transport all the girls without getting our hair wet was a challenge!

-I couldn’t find my headpiece until an hour before the ceremony

- I can’t think of anything else!

Real Wedding: Elizabeth & Bryce's Traditional, Romantic North Carolina Nuptials

What was the worst piece of wedding advice you received? I don’t think we really got any bad advice.

The best? Our pastor emphasized that it would be really easy to “float” through the wedding day, since it’s so chaotic and busy and overwhelming. I thought of that several times throughout the day and consciously reminded myself to be in the moment.

Real Wedding: Elizabeth & Bryce's Traditional, Romantic North Carolina Nuptials

Any other bits of wisdom? Do pre-marital counseling! We had an awesome inter-faith minister who really knew what she was doing, and talked us through communication tactics, finances, and a whole bunch more stuff that I would have never even thought of. She gave us such a great foundation and lots of things to think about and work on for a successful marriage. Even though she’s in Minnesota, she said we can Skype her any time if we ever need a session.

We did a “first look” and I loved it. It really alleviated a lot of nerves and it was nice to have some time together before the ceremony to just chill out. Plus, the pictures are fantastic!

Also, I recognized my strengths and weaknesses in the wedding planning game. I hired my friend to come down and do all the decorating and day-of coordinating. In all honesty, I could not have done it without her, and it would have not looked nearly as fabulous as it did without Jenny. She has the creativity and eye for detail that I don’t have, and at the end of the night, people were asking for her card!

Real Wedding: Elizabeth & Bryce's Traditional, Romantic North Carolina Nuptials

Budget breakdown?* (These are all very approximate)

Pre-Marital Counseling: Amy Reisenberg: $300

Officiant: Jimmy Renslow: $300

Photographer: Jon Black Photography: $2,500

Venue: Carolina Theatre, Greensboro, NC $1,000 total, $700 for rental of lobby for ceremony and $300 for rental of the room where the reception was.

Catering: Stamey’s BBQ: $1,200 for BBQ for 100 –cole slaw, hushpuppies, baked beans, sweet tea, and peach cobbler.

Planner (friend): $400 for plane ticket

Alcohol: Total Wine: $400 (wine and beer)

Clothing: Dress, $400 Accessories and alterations: $300 Tux Rental: $200

Cake and macarons: Simply Scrumptious Bakery $327

Flowers: Greensboro Farmers Market: $350

DJ: Jason Barnes: $575 for music during ceremony until about 11:00 p.m.

Hair: Missy Gosset, Studio 4022, $30

Makeup: Chakaras Salon: $75

Decorations: $500

Save the dates: $200

Invites: $0 (gift from my aunt)

Real Wedding: Elizabeth & Bryce's Traditional, Romantic North Carolina Nuptials

Congratulations, Elizabeth and Bryce! We’ve enjoyed having you share your planning stories with us! xoxo

Ten for the Weekend: Flower Kits, Gorgeous Lace and Big Sales!

All right! The weekend is finally here! On top of the amazing Unique Vintage sale from this morning, I’ve found ten more awesome sales to make your heart, wallet and weekend a little more happy. From DIY flower kits to home goods and nearly everything in between, there are enough savings in this post to make even the brokest of asses smile.

1. Bloominous, purveyor of amazing DIY flower kits, is knocking 10% off when you use CLUBBLOOM10  at checkout.

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The Party Pop collection has been catching my eye big time lately.

2. Time for a new fall dress? Save 15% off full-price dresses at Anthropologie with code TWOTREATS.

3. Bluefly is having a huge Columbus Day sale, including up to an extra 50% off designer boots including Prada, Gucci, Charles David and Rebecca Minkoff.

4. A little lace never hurt anybody … especially at up to 50% off like it is at!

SheInside White Half Sleeve Lace Belt Mesh Yoke Pleated Dress


I’d love to see someone get married in this. And it’s less than $40. So, you know: #duh.

5. In need of a great roaster for Turkey Day? Head over to Sur la Table and take 20% off one item with COLUMBUS14 until 10/3.

6. C. Wonder has some great stuff on sale, and this weekend you can get an additional 50% off sale styles.

7. Get your home ready for the winter months and add some new touches at 15% off with Design Within Reach‘s semiannual sale.

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Um. This. Please. I love this elephant.

8. Wedding Paper Divas is knocking 25% off Save the Dates until 10/14 with 25SAVEOCT.

9. Grooms deserve accessories, too. Head to to get $5 off your order with CUFF5.

10. Not one to disappoint, Ann Taylor’s sale saves 40% off your entire purchase until 10/14.

Happy shopping, darlings!


Five for Friday: Dazzling Dresses from Unique Vintage + a Birthday Surprise

Happy Friday, darlings! I’m pretty stoked about this week’s Five for Friday, because the lovely, lovely peeps over at Unique Vintage and I schemed up something super special for you. In honor of this girl’s 30th birthday (which, you guys, I’ve been waiting FOREVER for this), Unique Vintage is knocking a cool 30% off select styles this weekend just for you, BABs, which knocks most of these dazzling darlings under $100. Here are my five favorite styles from the selection, and stay tuned for the special discount code at the end!

Unique Vintage High Society Ivory Floral Swing Dress

High Society Ivory Floral Swing Dress, $165 $115.50

Unique Vintage Black and Red Striped Strapless Fit 'n' Flare Dress

Black and Red Striped Fit ‘n’ Flare Dress, $128 $89.60

Unique Vintage Ivory Lace Countess Cocktail Dress


Ivory Lace Countess Cocktail Dress, $134 $93.80

Unique Vintage Black Flirty Cotton Mini Swing Dress

Black Flirty Cotton Mini Swing Dress, $110 $77

Unique Vintage Black and White Blanc Noir Fleur Scoopneck Belted Swing Dress

Black and White Blanc! Noir! Fleur! Scoop Neck Belted Swing Dress, $138 $96.60

I love them so! But the last black and white one is my favorite, easily. How about you, BABs? Get yourself over to Unique Vintage to check out the rest of the styles and use code BAB30 at checkout to get 30% off. Happy my birthday to you, darlings!

Winning Wednesday: Watch Your Timing with

My mother used to wear watches a lot, and she had a rather extensive collection (including this rad vintage-looking Mickey Mouse one she picked up when I was a kidlet in Disneyworld). I always admired the way they looked on her — and mind you, this was before the advent of cellphones-as-clocks. There’s something very classic and put together about a man or a woman in a nice watch.

Winning Wednesday Watch Your Timing with, which carries a metric butt-ton of watches, ranging from $30-ish to $600+ and created by designers including Citizen, Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs, is giving one lucky BAB a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to its site.

A watch might be a great gift for your handsome groom or best man, or maybe your lady of honor is v. professional, and this would up her awesome ante a bit. Hell, maybe you just want a watch for yourself. Regardless, get in on this, because it’s all about timing, baby!

As per usual, each task completed below earns one entry. The more tasks you complete = the more entries you earn = the better your chances to win. Good luck, darlings!

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