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Five for Friday: Slip into Something Sexy

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Let it be known: Team Broke-Ass fully believes in the power of lingerie. Like any solid foundation, good lingerie has the power to transform the way an outfit looks on you and how you carry yourself. And it feels damn sexy, to boot. You’ve likely thought about what you might wear on your wedding night or on your honeymoon, but what about all the sexy times during the engagement? Man, if there ever was a great way to blow off some steam, getting frisky with your partner is definitely one of them. Here are five gorgeous underthings to ramp up your sexy swagger.

Five for Friday: Slip into Something Sexy -- True & Co. Macaroon Set

Macaroon Set with plunging longline bra and cheeky hipster, $50 from True & Co.

Five for Friday: Slip into Something Sexy -- Helen Kukovski on Etsy

Black lace triangle bra and string bikini set, $55 from HelenKukovski

Hips and Curves

Red and black cheeky lace panty, $9.95, and soft lace bra, $26.95 from Hips and Curves

Five for Friday: Slip into Something Sexy -- Turquoise Bra and Panties from Etsy Seller LoveLeviLa

Black and turquoise lace bra, $45, and panties, $21, from LoveLeviLa

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A La Rose mesh and satin set, $50 from True & Co.

Which one of these is your favorite sexy set, BABs?

Cool Wedding-y Shizz Around the Web

#RuinAWeddingIn5Words is pretty much the greatest hashtag since #duh.

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Guys, the Game of Thrones author made my life with this.

Tidewater and Tulle has been killing it with the DIYs lately, and these little Queen of Hearts favors are no exception.

Are you an introvert? Budget Savvy Bride has some great tips on weddings for wallflowers.

If supermarket flowers are kinda your only option due to your budget, then Kiss My Tulle is going to show you how to do them all purdy-like for your wedding bouquet.

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Thinking of a tropical honeymoon? Elizabeth Anne Designs is offering up the chance to win a honeymoon in Martinique. I’ve been, it’s stunning.

One of the first rules of wedding planning is figuring out how many people you’re going to invite. United With Love has some guidelines to get you started on building your guest list.

You had me at sparkling: I will be making this violet ombre cocktail from Classic Bride.

I’m dying over this entire country wedding on Love My Dress, but it’s the dress that cost about $30 that seals the deal. Or, really, ALL of the fashunz.

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Photography Copyright (c) 2015,  Assassynation via I Love My Dress

Finally, did you see that we’re looking for a few good peeps? We need help with our Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! column and we’d love to have a few of you darlings share your wedding planning adventures!

Got a Passion for Fashion? You Might Be Our Person

Got a Passion for Fashion? You Might Be Our Gal

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 it’s high time we brought on a second fashion-savvy contributor with an eye for detail and spend-thriftiness to help our girl Elaine 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 you:

- Be willing to commit to posting 2x a month. This is every other week, darling, and the deadline is real.

- Have a Pinterest board showing your budget-savvy, fashion-focused prowess

- Know how to string a few words together

- Be super stoked about helping brides find a good broke-ass friendly dress of their dreams, and a general love of weddings

- Understand that we’re a baby biz, and for right now we can only compensate in high-fives, possible freebies, discounts and the potential for moving into a paid position, as well as stellar recommendations and a chance to enhance your writing/blogging skillz

Sound like something you’d dig? Email Christen at christen@brokeassbride.com with a short cover letter introducing yourself and link to your relevant Pinterest board showing your ability to help a bride who #CantAffordItGetOverIt! Accepting applications until 2/15.

Cash Registries Get Beautiful with Tendr

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Have you figured out what you’re doing for your registry? More and more couples are going the cash registry route for their wedding wishlist – whether they’re saving up for a house down payment, are whittling away at starting their marriage debt-free or are looking to go on an adventure of a lifetime with their honeymoon.

Cash Registries Get Beautiful with Tendr

And, y’all, there are a TON of cash registry options out there. But Tendr blows ‘em all out of the water, just on looks alone.

Tendr provides the most aesthetically pleasing interface that actually feels like a gift-giving/receiving experience, rather than just the shuffling of cash over the Internetz. Tendr is set up to be elegant and streamlined, but still incredibly personalized and wildly in touch with modern technology.

You as the couple registering, get to set up your own unique page welcoming your guests and giving your friends and family the lowdown on how you plan on using their gifts and all the monies are slid right into your personal bank account for safe-keeping. Simple, right? You have no idea.

Cash Registries Get Beautiful with Tendr

Your guests give you a monetary gift in three easy steps:

1. Personalize a card from Tendr’s collection.

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2. Fill-a with skrilla.

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3. Hit send!

Oh, and you can hit ‘em right back with an instant, free thank-you card to let your guests know you got their gift and are super grateful. The rates to use are comparable to other cash sites (5% paid from the couple’s gifts, not on top of the gift paid by the guest), but the personalized cards and pretty interface are really what makes Tendr stand out from the rest of the pack.

 

 

DIY or DIE: Fancy Mercury Glass Centerpieces

My friend Shannon is planning a super-budget wedding in the fairly expensive market of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and she’s been sharing her little nuggets of broke-ass wisdom with me, but it wasn’t until she told me about this amazing DIY for mercury glass centerpieces that I decided it was high time for her to share it with y’all, too. Guys, I love this so much. Mercury glass can definitely be a pricey addition to your wedding budget, but Shannon nailed this DIY in totally Broke-Ass fashion. Have at it, lady!

My long-time love affair with vintage vessels began as a kid in my grandmother’s house. Aged, but elegant mercury glass peeked from behind lamps and picture frames, leaving me with a sense of nostalgia for an era I never experienced. It was so wistful, so romantic, that started planning my wedding to a man who gives me that warm and wistful feeling, I knew I wanted to decorate with it.

DIY or Die Fancy Mercury Glass Centerpieces

Then price tags shot me straight back into reality. Searching for “mercury glass compote” yielded beautiful pieces — that cost $30, $50, even $75. “Ok,” I thought, “I can have two flower arrangements.”

Being the personification of “champagne taste on a beer budget”, I’ve learned to compromise, but since I’ve been insisting “I’ll do it myself!” since the days of pigtails and Pampers, I decided to do a little (OK, a lot of) scouring of the Interwebz before throwing the towel in on my vision. Dozens of DIY tutorials promised faux mercury glass was easy to create with the right supplies, and — no lie — it’s not that hard at all! My goal was to keep the cost of vases under $10. All supplies included, these came out to less than $4 for 15 compote-style bowls. Broke-Ass score!

Your one non-negotiable, have-to-have-it, don’t-cut-corners supply is the paint. If it isn’t Krylon’s Looking Glass spray paint, you’re going to be disappointed. Because I wanted a gold finish to my pieces, I went with Krylon’s Foil Metallic spray paint to back the silver. One can of each provided more than enough paint for 15 finished compotes.

DIY or DIE: Fancy Mercury Glass Centerpieces

I picked up my glass pieces (candlesticks and bowls) for a buck a pop at Dollar Tree, but you can use any clear glass for this technique. You’ll need an adhesive that is specifically made for glass-on-glass, a spray bottle with a “mist” setting filled with 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water, some rubbing alcohol and a handful of paper towels. Make sure to cover your surface to protect it from rogue spray paint and wear gloves to keep it off of your fingers.

DIY or DIE: Fancy Mercury Glass Centerpieces

Remove any price tags or stickers and rub the candlestick with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any lingering stickiness. Give it a generous mist with the water/vinegar mix so you see runny droplets.

DIY or DIE: Fancy Mercury Glass Centerpieces

Spray the gold Foil Metallic paint in short, quick bursts, leaving some of the glass exposed. This uneven application gives you an antiqued look when the process is complete, so don’t worry if the paint pools in places and doesn’t cover others. If you just want a silver finish, skip this step entirely.

DIY or DIE: Fancy Mercury Glass Centerpieces

The foil paint dries quickly, so immediately blot the surface with a paper towel. The paint will crack and shift leaving exposed patches where your water/vinegar left droplets.

Spray the candlestick again with the vinegar/water solution and using the same short, quick bursts, apply a thin layer of the Looking Glass paint.

DIY or DIE: Fancy Mercury Glass Centerpieces

This paint is much thinner and runnier, so rather than blotting immediately, give it about 5 seconds to set, then gently blot. Through some major trial and error, I found the best technique was to fold the paper towel, hold it at one end and just sort of smack the glass with the other. This absorbs those drops of water, but doesn’t smear the paint or take too much off. If you’re looking for a more silvery and reflective finish, mist, paint and blot again.

The bowl portion needs to be painted from the inside, so you’re going to start with the Looking Glass paint.

DIY or DIE: Fancy Mercury Glass Centerpieces

DIY or DIE: Fancy Mercury Glass Centerpieces

Use the same technique of misting, spraying and gently blotting on the inside of the bowl. I used two coats of Looking Glass on mine before adding the gold. The color will look transparent, but once the gold is added, the finish turns much more opaque. For a silvery mercury glass finish, eliminate the gold paint and add coats- alternating between misting with the spray bottle and applying the paint until you achieve your desired finish.

DIY or DIE: Fancy Mercury Glass Centerpieces

DIY or DIE: Fancy Mercury Glass Centerpieces

Mist your bowl one last time with the water/vinegar mixture and lightly spray the Foil Metallic paint, blotting away the bubbles. Again, an uneven application leaves you with a more antiqued look, so imperfections are actually, well, perfect. From the outside of the bowl you’ll see silver, gold and clear spots. Admire your work; you’ve done a bang-up job!

DIY or DIE: Fancy Mercury Glass Centerpieces

DIY or DIE: Fancy Mercury Glass Centerpieces

Run a generous ring of glue around the top of your candlestick. You want enough to form a good seal with the bowl, but not so much it squishes out. Let that glue sit for about two minutes, then attach the candlestick to the bowl. Leave it upside down to set for 20 to 30 minutes, or according to your adhesive’s instructions.

DIY or DIE: Fancy Mercury Glass Centerpieces

Give the candlestick a little tug to see if it’s sticking to the glass. If it stays, flip the entire piece over and let it sit for a day to make sure the glue has really cured and you’re left with one solid piece of DIY delightfulness!

DIY or DIE: Fancy Mercury Glass Centerpieces

If you plan on using a floral arrangement that needs water, line your compote with a disposable picnic bowl to keep water from ruining your paint. This way you can also transport the vases to your venue wrapped safely in a box with the flowers waiting in your liner bowl.

DIY or DIE: Fancy Mercury Glass Centerpieces

Now you and your guests can enjoy your budget-conscious decor that’s both on-trend and timeless. And it’s one of those items that’s perfect to use in your house after your wedding!

Five for Friday: My Favorite Things from Luna Bazaar

I love Luna Bazaar products, not just for a wedding, but for my home too. Last year, Luna sent me a few things to test out, and I’m totally hooked. Those disco ball string lights? Still totally in my house. So, they did it again. Luna Bazaar gave me a chance to pick my five favorite things from their site, as long as it was no more than $25 worth of products. And I had a heyday … though I was only able to pick 4 products for the allotted amount, I totally splurged and bought myself a little something extra.

Five for Friday: My Favorite Things from Luna Bazaar Right Now

Turquoise Blue Little Round Hurricane Lantern, $5

This little guy hangs out on my pegboard where I store my pots and pans and totally pops against the pale yellow, but I think this would be a great, colorful option for the wintery centerpiece DIY.

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Gilt Gold Paper Straws – 25 pack, $3.95

I like straws. I like gold. I like drinking bubbly out of gold straws because it makes me feel fancy, OK? Besides, how cute were the black iterations in Ally’s bridesmaid brunch?

Five for Friday: My Favorite Things from Luna Bazaar Right Now

Small Scalloped Framed Tin Sign with Chalkboard, $6.98

This adorable little chalkboard is so cute! We use it in our house to write stupid stuff to one another, but for a wedding it would be great to denote a treat table or drinks or just hang sweet love notes around — written by your guests!

Five for Friday: My Favorite Things from Luna Bazaar Right Now

Small Hanging Glass Ball Vase, $3.75

I have every intention of filling mine with glitter. There is absolutely nothing else I would use it for in my own house, and I think that everyone should do this for their wedding, too. Or just use this vase as shown, with a pretty stem. A GLITTER STEM.

Five for Friday: My Favorite Things from Luna Bazaar Right Now

Small Gold Mercury Glass Trinket Box (Oval Design), $19.95

My kitten loves nothing more in the whole wide world than to steal my rings, earrings and hair ties, so I got this to keep her sticky little paws out of my stuff. However, this is also a great alternative to a ring pillow — have your flower girl or ring bearer carry this pretty piece down the aisle, and you won’t have to worry about the ribbon coming loose or other potential disasters.

 

 

Fear-Mongering, Shaming and Budget Weddings

Fear-Mongering, Shaming and Budget Weddings

Credit: Elizabeth Bates Photography

It can be a cruel world out there for brides on a budget. So much of the pretty can be out of reach, and it gets exhausting trying to keep up with the Joneses. Bridal Burnout can take place way early on, because there is a butt-ton of brain juice going into your wedding. That’s why, here at The Broke-Ass Bride, we stress the importance of priorities and focusing your energy in the areas that matter most to you, rather than tossing your hard-earned cash at something you don’t necessarily care a great deal about. The Wedding Industrial Complex has a way of pre-shaming brides into having the biggest, the best and the prettiest, and the this and the that and just the absolute MOSTEST BESTEST.

And also why I want to bring attention to this really shitty thing that happened around the web this week. Our girl Jessica at The Budget Savvy Bride posted a great wedding tip in her series of budget wedding tips — which includes advice on cutting the guest list, bringing in your own booze or even doing non-floral florals. The particular tip in question? No. 18: DJ your own wedding. You know, like set up the iPod to rock the soundtrack to your reception. Not unheard of, right? Well, Jessica did it for her own wedding. We’ve had many Real Weddings featured that have done the same. I mean, I did it. Hell it’s something we’ve been suggesting on BAB since 2010, y’all.

But once Budget Savvy Bride’s tip hit Facebook? A massive shitstorm of vitriolic vile flooded the comments … from “professional” DJs. One even went so far as to use “#killyaself”. UM. Really? Budget Fairy Tale compiled some of the other putrid spew that came forth from this.

If having a big ol’ dance party isn’t your thing, and you’re just not that into the music, DIYing your wedding music is a really great way to provide ambiance — and even just make sure you get the version of a song you want, because not everyone has a copy of Me First and the Gimme Gimme’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” laying around — without shelling out the big bucks that it takes to have a professional, whether it’s a DJ, band or a fucking opera singer, at your wedding. But hey, man, if you can afford it and it’s a priority for you, DO IT. But there should be absolutely no shaming involved.

Weddings are super, super personal. And they should be. They should represent you as a couple, and they should be something you’re comfortable with. Because, really, what good does it do you to host a party that you don’t want to attend? No good at all. Really.

But here’s the thing for us bitches on a budget: We put priority on different things. Tiffany and Justin totally cared about booze, so they got married at a brewery. Kate gave zero fucks about real flowers, but wanted literature — hence, her book flowers. Courtney and Carli got married in the morning in the loft of a barn. Bianca bought her dress for $10 and it’s still one of my all-time favorites while her groom spend $200 on his duds. Each wedding is different and special, because each couple is different and special. Weddings are personal.

No couple, ever, should be made to feel bad about the decisions they make for their wedding, as long as it’s right for them and their circumstances. Family may be involved, for some, and not for others. Budgets may be huge for some, and not for others. And sure, some weddings might not be super amazing for all the guests, but it’s not really about the guests. It’s about celebrating love.

And if a vendor, or anyone really, gets pushy and especially if they dare venture into being condescending or start shaming you? You might not want to work with them. Know who you’re hiring. It’s important, because it’s your money.

As Liz once said:

“A lot of time  brides feel pushed to do this or that, but really, there aren’t any “haves” in Wedding World, just “wants.” If you don’t want to spend the money, and you don’t see the value of it, don’t do it. That goes for all of your future wedding choices, too.”

So, let’s stop being assholes about the decisions people make for their own weddings and appreciate the differences and similarities we all have. Let’s not compare ourselves to the next person, nor expect them to measure up to us.

 

Cool Wedding-y Shizz Around the Web

Issue 3 of the gorgeous Love Inc. Mag just launched, and you can see the whole shebang here.

Valentine’s is still a little ways away, but The Big Fat Indian Wedding’s  heart-shaped cookies are so pretty.

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Aside from the stunning images, Wedding Sparrow is also great for DIY tutorials, such as a fabric dyeing how-to using nuts.

Kiss My Tulle rounded up a solid list of the best bridesmaids flats.

I want to cover my entire refrigerator with the magnets from this glittery DIY on The Budget Savvy Bride.

Tidewater & Tulle has a dreamy inspiration board focused on Pantone’s Color of the Year: Marsala.

Buzzfeed compiled a ridiculously swoonworthy collection of tattooed brides.

This microgarden would be the absolute coolest wedding present/bridal shower/Valentine’s Day present for you cooks.

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What cool things have you seen in wedding world, BABs?

 

Ten for the Weekend: Crafts, Wedding Things and More!

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Friday! Woop woop! I’m headed to Las Vegas this weekend for a conference and get to hang out with the oh-so rad Budget Savvy Bride and talk to some of our partners, like Luna Bazaar and ModCloth, about how to make more awesome things happen for you guys. So, while I’m boob-deep in meetings, I hope you guys enjoy this Ten for the Weekend. There are tons of good wedding-y deals in here!

1. Craftsy’s New Year New You Flash Sale is going on until 1/18.

Ten for the Weekend: Deal and Discount Roundup 1/16

 

Try your hand at making your own thank you cards.

2. Need some bling? DiamondStuds4Less is taking 15% off all orders + free shipping with code LOVE2015.

3. Save yourself some hand cramps and get 15 % off address labels with wedding announcements from Shutterfly until 1/20.

4. Save some skrilla on wedding decor with 5% off sitewide at Luna Bazaar with code LUNASAVE5.

5. Get killer at-home hair color and take 20% off with your first purchase at Madison Reed.

6. Flirty Aprons is having a huge sale until 1/19. 

Ten for the Weekend: Crafts, Wedding Things and More!

This new design totally needs to belong in my collection.

7. Score some jewels with 80% off at Gloss Jewelry with code NEWYEAR80.

8. Plus-size gals, head over to Kiyonna to get 20% off orders $150 or more with code NEWYOU15.

9. Give your yoga kit an upgrade and get 10% off at YogaAccessories.com with code JANKITS.

10. Get your bling on and shop BaubleBar’s Sparkle Stash: Buy 2 items save 15%, buy 3 and save 25%, buy 4 save 30%! Use codes STASH15, STASH25, or STASH30.

Ten for the Weekend: Crafts, Wedding Things and More!

Will someone please wear this for their wedding?

Happy Shopping, BABs!