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Ten for the Weekend: Cold-Weather Shopping Deals for Budget Babes

Happy Friday, BABs! I think fall has finally decided to show it’s face — albeit shyly — here in North Texas … just in time, too, since all the cutest stuff seems to be on sale! This Ten for the Weekend has oodles of gorgeous and cozy fashion finds that won’t destroy your budget, but will leave you looking the bestest.

1. A super fancy dress at a quarter of the price? Yep, Rent the Runway does just that. And go ahead and score $20 off orders $75+ until 11/1 when you use code TREAT2014.

Marchesa Notte gown from Rent the Runway

I’d love to see this gorgeous Marchesa Notte dress on a fall bride (Rent for $200, retails at $1395).

2. Speaking of fashion: Ann Taylor (#duh) is offering 50% off your entire purchase with code FASHION50 utnil 10/28.Take 50% off Entire Purchase with code FASHION50. 

3. Not one to be left behind, Lord & Taylor is taking an extra 25% off women’s, men’s and kids with their Friends & Family sale until 10/26 with code FRIENDS. 

4. Stock up on cool, casual essentials with American Eagle’s 25% off new arrivals offer — use code NEWVIBES until 10/27. 

AEO Striped V-Back Sweater Dress

This striped sweater dress (with a V-back!) would be in constant rotation — with my pajamas. Erry day, y’all.

5. Cooler weather calls for sox, but not just any old sox … Save 10% on all orders from the Sox Box using code SAVE10.

6. Flaunt your team spirit at Fanatics with 15% off NCAA sweatshirts and jackets until 10/31.

7. Get a head start on holiday shopping and get home decor, cards, calendars, etc., with Shutterfly and go ahead and save 40% off while you’re at it.

8. YO, DIY BRIDES! If you’re printing your invitations at home, you need this: Comp and Save is offering $5 off your $5 order (+ you get a free wristband) until 11/2 with code 5BC5 at checkout — so stock up on ink and toner!

9. Still in denial that winter is, indeed, coming? Book a vacation with Expedia where you can save up to 55% in Los Cabos, Mexico, plus get a 20% spa discount at select resorts until 10/31.

10. Of course, the best for last:, my own personal favorite place for all things fun, funky and design-y, is knocking 10% off sitewide (you must use this link)! Get on it!

Heart Gloves Grey Cherry by  Yastikizi

Got a cold-weather engagement shoot? These gloves would be perfect!

Happy shopping, BABs!

Five for Friday: Stunning Engagement Rings Under $1K from Mia Donna

One of the things I hear from many future BABs is that they have their hearts set on certain styles of engagement rings, but are often hard-pressed to find their favorite stunners at a price that fits their budget. Y’all, I’m here to tell you that finding your dream ring at your price point is totally doable. Longtime friend and partner of The Broke-Ass Bride, Mia Donna, is a prime example: Mia Donna has a whole gang of gorgeous engagement rings and wedding bands in the $500 to $1,000 range. This Five for Friday highlights my five faves, all under $1,000.

Mia Donna Amore Engagement Ring

Amore Vintage Engagement Ring starting at $980

Amore is definitely a classic design with a vintage feel. It’s the kind of ring that will be timeless, and always a little unique.

Mia Donna Allure Wedding Ring
Allure Wedding Band starting at $569

Not everyone is into the center-stone look, and many who work with their hands or are pretty active, the prong settings can get snagged and you could lose your stone. A pave band is a great way to incorporate the sparklez without putting your precious in peril.

Mia Donna Daci Engagement Ring

Daci Solitaire Engagement Ring starting at $795

I’ve been digging tension settings like this lately — it’s just a clean, different line than what you typically see from solitaire rings.

Mia Donna Peaches Engagement Ring
Peaches Engagement Ring starting at $973

Peaches is just gorgeous, in my opinion. I’m not usually super into the halo look, but I think this ring pulls it off quite successfully.

Mia Donna Poppy Accentend Engagement Ring
Poppy Engagement Ring starting at $894

Aside from the shorter, less protruding prongs, my favorite thing about this simple ring is the teeny bezel-set diamond in the setting base.  Sometimes it’s the little details that make it.

Which is your favorite, darlings? Anything from Mia Donna catch your eye?

On Marriage: 16 Things My Husband is Usually Doing Wrong (According To Me)

Guys, our On Marriage posts are usually pretty serious and talk about you know, like real stuff in regards to your relationship. But then I found this post on HuffPo and realized that well, I couldn’t not share it, because: awesome.

Eric and Erica's Real Wedding -- Photo by Persimmon Images


Photo by Persimmon Images

Like most loving, decent, kind and patient spouses, I don’t like to rag on my husband. I really don’t! But sometimes, his actions make me question if he is, in fact, watching an episode of The Office in his head instead of being marginally invested in whatever else he is doing. Like having a conversation with his wife or caring for our two tiny humans, for example.

I love my husband dearly. I’d marry him again if I could. Sometimes I wonder how we even found each other in this crazy, mixed-up world. In fact, I’d make a list of all the things he is doing right, but it would be too long and too gushy and I’d lose my street cred. Even so, I’ve had to practice patience over the last five years of my life as a spouse and a mother because though raising little ones is tough, I think co-parenting (and co-existing under the same roof at all times) might be even tougher.

Since my partner (for life, ahhh!!… still gets me) also happens to be such a good sport (remind me to add that to the “things he’s doing right” list), here are 16 things my husband is usually doing wrong (according to me):

1. Not answering questions. I talk. He doesn’t answer. I talk louder. He still doesn’t answer. I talk REALLY loud and he says, “Geez, why are you screaming?”

2. Not having breasts and therefore not being able to do the midnight feeding, the 2:30 a.m. feeding OR the 5 a.m. feeding.

3. Moving too slowly. This typically pertains to when bedtime is looming, when we have anywhere to be at a specific time or when one of our kids is about 30 seconds away from a huge meltdown. Enter: Slow mo.

4. Looking at his phone so much you’d think there was a real-life naked woman in there who talks to him and doesn’t leave a trail of breastmilk wherever she goes.

5. Coming home with 60 percent of what was on the grocery list and a whole bunch of stuff that wasn’t.

6. Two words: Selective. Hearing.

7. Two more words: Fake. Pooping.

Click here to continue reading  16 Things My Husband is Usually Doing Wrong (According To Me) on The Huffington Post.

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