Posts in the 'Christen' Category

Ten for the Weekend: Pre-Turkey Day Sales to Make Your Wallet Happy

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Happy Friday, BABs! As we’re rolling into Thanksgiving Week, the deals are getting really good. Dessy is offering a great discount off their entire site, ModCloth is skimming a bit off the top of their selection of new arrivals and Fanatics has a great sale on autographed memorabilia. Oh, and next week? The post-Turkey Day Ten for the Weekend won’t be limited to just ten: I’m going to find all of the best deals to make your holiday shopping the most amazing ever. Cool?

1. Tiny Prints is having a killer 30% off sitewide sale until 11/23 when you use code 30SWSALE.

Tiny Prints Chic Greeting Stationery

True story: This is my own personal stationery. And I get compliments on it like WHOA.

2. Get your favorite sports fan a great gift and save some money: Knock $30 off $100 purchases of autographed memorabilia + free shipping at until 11/23 with code SIGNED.

3. SheInside is having a ridiculously huge sale until 11/25.

4. Need a low-maintenance gift for the boozehound in your life? Get a Wine of the Month Club  membership for 10% off. 

5. If holiday cards just don’t cut it, head to Shutterfly and get 40% off anything on the site — personalized calendars, mugs or other gifts with code SHAREIT until 11/24 .

6. BRIDES: Dessy is taking 20% off everything on the site. Have you seen their gorgeous wedding dresses, all under $1000? Use code HOLIDAY until Dec. 1.

7. Your one-stop shop for all things fun and awesome,, is taking an extra 20% off clearance. Unicorn Corkscrew and Record Coasters

If you feel so inclined to get your favorite BAB editor a holiday gift, this would totally do.

8. TBDress is having a whopping Thanksgiving presale with items on sale up to 85% off. and $5 off orders $69+ with code PreBF until 11/24.

9. If your closet needs a little sprucing up before the holiday party, get over to ModCloth where you can score 50% off brand new styles until 11/26.

ModCloth Always Gotta Sparkle Dress

Who needs a sparkly new dress?

10. Need a killer engagement party outfit? White House Black Market has a huge selection of hot little white dresses and they’re taking 25% off your entire purchase until 11/30.

Happy Shopping, darlings!

Five for Friday: The Bubbleista’s Favorite Bubbly on a Budget

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As of next week, the holidays are officially here. And you know what goes great with the holidays? Bubbly! (#duh) I love, love, love bubbles. Gimme a mimosa bar or even just a cheap bottle of Andre and I’ll be stoked. I live for it. So when my girl Davon over at the soon-to-be-launched and I started chatting about holiday drink options, she jumped right in with an offer to share her top five budget-friendly bottles of sparkling wine and Champagne, which obv. makes the perfect pre-holiday Five for Friday. Or, if you’re dead-set on a Champagne toast at your wedding, but you’re working on a PBR budget, these bottles could be the answer to your issues. Because even broke-asses need a nice bottle of bubbly, amirite?

Five for Friday- The BubbleIsta's Favorite Bubbly on A Budget

Just because a girl is watching her pennies doesn’t mean she should have to deny herself the pleasures of sipping a little bubbly. The problem is, though, that it’s hard to find a sparkler that’s in the Broke-Ass Bride’s budget range that also tastes good. So what’s a girl to do?

Don’t worry, The Bubbleista has got you covered. As a self-proclaimed Champagne and sparkling wine lover and aficionada, it is my duty to drink as much sparkling wine and Champagne as humanly possible, so that I can provide suggestions for you, the bubbly lover, to enjoy. I am so selfless.

But I digress! Without further ado, here are my picks for 5 great sparkling wines for $10 and under. Yep, you read that right. Ten. Dollars. And. Under. Read on!

1. Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut ($8):

Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava

This is my go-to for making bubbly cocktails like mimosa and kir royales. It a dry, lemony sparkler which makes it perfect for mixing.

2.) Chateau Ste. Michelle ($10):

An apple-y, citrus-y slightly sweet fizzer that works well with fried appetizers.

3.) Poema Cava Brut ($10):

Poema Brut Cava

This sparkling wine has a wonderful, fruity aroma—think pears and apples and peaches.  This is a dry wine but it’s a really easy-drinking one. A versatile option, you can serve this from appetizers right through dinner.

4.) Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava ($9):

Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava

This is a Spanish sparkler made in the French champagne style, so this has great creaminess and bubbles. This one is great for sipping solo as well as pairing with a variety of foods.

5.) Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Rose ($9):

Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Rose Cava

Drink pink! This beautifully colored cava is full of cherry-berry aromas, strawberry flavors, and a touch of sweetness—perfect for lightly sweet dessert, fresh fruit, and even appetizers.

 There you have it! Even babes on a budget can bust open a bottle of bubbly. If any of these sparklers aren’t available at your local liquor store, or you just don’t have time to swing by, have no fear: all of these wines can be found at Cheers, and happy sipping!

LaRue to You: How to Cook the Perfect Holiday Turkey in Only One Hour

Now that she’s back from her crazy honeymoon tour, Dana’s cooking up some awesomeness over at her personal blog, LaRue … like literally. Since Turkey Day is like, literally around the corner, it’s a pretty perfect time to show you how to make that big ol’ bird in no time at all. Because, let’s be real, who has time to fuss over fowl for hours at a time? Broke-Asses gotta work, y’all. Check it!

LaRue to You How to Cook the Perfect Holiday Turkey in Only One Hour This is not a joke, nor an exaggeration. Indeed, it is a promise. A gift to you, from the bottom of my heart. Because you CAN cook the perfect turkey in one hour, and transform your Thanksgiving experience forever. Believe me, you and your guests deserve it. Not only is it perfectly juicy, tender, and flavorful every time… but the skin is crisp and gorgeous, too. It’s everything you want your bird to be… in a fraction of the time.

How to Cook the Perfect Turkey in One Hour

I’ve been cooking turkeys this way for a few years now, ever since my high school bestie posted her father-in-law, Ron’s, youtube instructional… and I’m never going back. Nor are the friends and family that I’ve turned onto this style. Why in gobble’s name should anyone slave over a bird for hours on end, basting and fussing and checking temperatures… when you could be kicking back with a glass of wine and good conversation and family and friends?!?

To continue reading and see how the whole shebang is pulled off, head over to LaRue.

Words to Wed By: Excerpts for the Kids at Heart

Full disclosure: I’ve been waiting to do this Words to Wed By, and really, it could be FOREVER long. Kids, man, they get all the good shit — toys, clothes, books that have wise and sweet words nestled nicely inside. It must have something to do with the inherent innocence and lack of jadedness. There were many more readings that will be awesome for your wedding ceremony that I wanted to include, but these are just a few of my favorite excerpts pulled from awesome books (that are supposedly for the little ones).

Words to Wed By Excerpts for the Kids At Heart

Credit: 50Peach’s Instagram

From “Winnie-the-Pooh,” by A.A. Milne

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” 

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered.
“Yes, Piglet?”
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. “I just wanted to be sure of you.” 

“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.” 

From “Charlotte’s Web,” by E. B. White

“‘Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’
‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.’”

From “Peter Pan,” by J. M. Barrie

“You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.”

From “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” by Dr. Seuss

“You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous an deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.”

From “Your Personal Penguin,” by Sandra Boynton

I like you a lot.
You’re funny and kind.
So let me explain
What I have in mind.
I want to be your personal penguin.
I want to walk right by your side.
I want to be your personal penguin.
I want to travel with you far and wide.

From “I Like You,” by Sandol Stoddard Warburg

I like you and I know why
I like you because you are a good person to like
I like you because when I tell you something special, you know it’s special
And you remember it a long, long time
You say, Remember when you told me something special
And both of us remember

When I think something is important you think it’s important too
We have good ideas
When I say something funny, you laugh
I think I’m funny and you think I’m funny too

I like you because you know where I’m ticklish
And you don’t tickle me there except just a little tiny bit sometimes
But if you do, then I know where to tickle you too
You know how to be silly – that’s why I like you
If I am getting ready to pop a paper bag,
then you are getting ready to jump

I like you because when I am feeling sad
You don’t always cheer me up right away
Sometimes it is better to be sad
You can’t stand the others being so googly and gaggly every single minute
You want to think about things
It takes time

I like you because if I am mad at you
Then you are mad at me too
It’s awful when the other person isn’t
They are so nice and oooh you could just about punch them on the nose

I can’t remember when I didn’t like you
It must have been lonesome then
Even if it was the 999th of July
Even if it was August
Even if it was way down at the bottom of November
I would go on choosing you
And you would go on choosing me
Over and over again
And that’s how it would happen every time

What are you reading during your wedding ceremony? What inspired you?

On Marriage: 5 Obscure Wedding Traditions We Should Definitely Bring Back

I know our On Marriage series can usually focus on the poignant and serious, but this little ditty was just calling my name. I mean, MARRIAGE KITTENS, YOU GUYS. Written by Amanda Scherker for The Huffington Post, this article covers five wedding traditions of yore that definitely deserve to be brought back, in the way JT brought sexy back, ya heard?

While we love a good hora, there are plenty of wedding traditions we’re more than happy to skip (er, Garter belt, anyone?)

That’s because a lot of wedding traditions are pretty deeply rooted in old-school gender norms that don’t accurately represent modern relationship dynamics.

That said, there are a few forgotten weddings traditions of yesteryear that we think deserve a revival, simply because they are absolutely, positively awesome. Here are five of our favorites:
1. Giving kittens to new brides.

metro and dolly Metro and Dolly think wedding kittens sound like a great idea. I mean, #duh.

Vikings used to give new brides the best gift ever: house cats! This was done to honor Freyja, the goddess of love, who, according to legend, drove a chariot led by cats. A brand new kitten probably beats that blender you got from Bed, Bath & Beyond.
2. Wearing a flame-colored wedding veil.

Ribboning Cirque Veil from BHLDN Ribboning Cirque Veil from BHLDN.
“Pardon me, but is this available in the lava color?”

Ancient Roman brides wore veils with pictures of flames on them to ward off evil spirits. The happy side effect was looking seriously badass.

To continue reading “5 Obscure Wedding Traditions We Should Definitely Bring Back,” head on over to HuffPo.

Get Inspired: LGBT Inspired Shoot by Two Sparrows Photography

When Ben and Jenni from Two Sparrows Photography contacted The Broke-Ass Bride little while back asking if we’d be interested in featuring a broke-ass LGBT shoot in honor of October’s roll as LGBT History Month — National Coming Out Day, Oct. 11, also happens to be my birthday – I responded with a resonating HELL YES. Gimme dat! So after hooking them up with some of our amazing homies, like DIY darling Tabitha (of geometric table numbers and cement planter fame) and of course BHLDN and Unique Vintage, I waited oh-so patiently for the photos (read: Not patiently at. all.) and guys, it was SO worth it. Here’s what Jenni has to say:

At Two Sparrows Photography we believe love is love, and when LGBT History Month came upon us we were inspired to celebrate the couples who finally have equal opportunity to exchange vows in California and a growing number of states across the country.


We’ve found that gay and lesbian weddings don’t have nearly enough creative inspiration out there yet, so we wanted to do something bold, affordable, and fabulous to help give Broke-Ass-Brides some fresh new ideas. When we partnered up with Tabitha Johnson at Winston and Main her fabulous DIY style helped our vision came to life; pride rainbow colors with an elegant twist, a nod to 60s style, and some fun splashes of unique ideas.

We wanted to contrast our colorful scene with a natural background so we chose some beautiful landscapes around the Altadena trails to shoot, and we have to say, couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. The work certainly isn’t done for marriage equality, but we’re well on our way and are so grateful to have the opportunity to share our inspiration for couples of all kinds with BAB readers. #loveislove

















Check out this behind the scenes video:


Photography – Two Sparrows Photography
Photography – Behind the Scenes - Two Sparrows Blog
Event Design & Styling - Tabitha Johnson
Makeup – Vivian Tran 
Jewelry – Sophia Kaman 
Bridal Dresses – BHLDN
Bridesmaid Dresses and Accessories – Unique Vintage
Scooter – Route 66 Modern Classics
Cake – Bakebeth
Popcicles and Candy – Suck It Sweets And Treats
Tableware – Borrowed Blu
Video – Making of The Shoot – Richard Che 

Ten for the Weekend: Dessy Discounts, Personalized Gifts and More Steals

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Happy Friday, BABs! I fully intend on spending my weekend being as warm as possible, especially if it’s going to stay cold like this. But that means it’s also a good weekend to snuggle up with my fella and my kitties and get some early holiday shopping done and peruse some recipe for the friends-giving we’ll probably be doing at the bar my guy works at. Speaking of early shopping, there are some stellar deals in this Ten for the Weekend, from huge sales at Julep to a nice little discount on bridal accessories at Dessy to everything in between.

1. If your mani needs a little pick-me-up ahead of the holidays, get thee to Julep where they’re having a 40% off Friends and Family sale until 11/16. Use code SHOPEARLY at checkout.

2. Want to surprise your honey or family with one of your gorgeous engagement photos to hang on the wall? Canvas on Demand is offering 25% off + free shipping through 11/17 when you use code GATHER25.

3. Get your favorite sports fan all decked out at with 25%-60% off all tees and caps until 11/17.

4. Planning a holiday bash? Wedding Paper Divas is taking 15% off party invitation orders through 11/18 when you use code NOVPARTY15.

Wedding Paper Divas Glowing toast Party Invitations

These invitations are so fun, that if I received these I’d HAVE to go to the party.

5. For the craft beer lover in your life, consider getting them a subscription to Craft Beer Club … and go ahead and take $5 off that first shipment in ongoing orders + score a free bottle opener until 12/2 with code iSave5.

6. Go get yourself a new party outfit at Express and take 40% off purchases of $200 or more or 20% off purchases of $50 until 11/16 with code 1559.

7. For your dude(s), A Gift Personalized is knocking 25% off orders of $50 + free shipping on Gifts for Him until 11/15.

A Gift Personalized Wall Mounted Bottle Opener

Nothing says love like a personalized wall-mounted beer opener. I’d like one, plz.

8. Love the look of foil-pressed, but hate their price? Minted is taking 20% off foil-pressed stationery and cards until 11/17, so get on it!.

9. Brides, act fast! Dessy is taking 20% off bridal accessories and menswear for this month + free shipping on orders over $100 when you use code NOV20FS.

The Dessy Group Vintage Look Embellished Bridal Headband

I love me a sparkly headband, especially when it’s on sale from its already awesome $21 price tag.

10. Where my plus-size ladies at? Kiyonna, purveyor of gorgeous lace dresses and all things curvy, is skimming 20% off orders of $150 or more with code HOLIDAY2014.

Five for Friday: Cool-Girl Coats and Jackets to Keep You Looking Hot

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So, this cold front, you guys. It’s cold, isn’t it? I swear I moved to Texas to try to get away from the cold, but it’s following me. And what are you supposed to do if one of these jerk cold fronts come in just in time for what you thought was going to be a temperate autumn wedding? Well, you get a rad cover-up, that’s what. Sure, jackets or nice sweaters can be an investment — but it’s just that: An investment. If you spend a little money on a good piece, then it should last a while. And whenever you wear it, you’ll likely think back to your wedding, which is like a double-plus bonus. So for this Five for Friday, I hunted down five smokin’ hot jackets, coats and sweaters to keep you looking cool on your wedding day and all these beauties clock in at under $120.

ModCloth By Innovation Only Blazer in White


By Innovation Only Blazer, $39.99 at ModCloth

Classic blazer. Not-so-classic cut. This would be so great with a ballgown or A-line dress. Bonus if the dress has a ton of sparklez.

Unique Vintage Black Button Up Cropped Cape Coat


Black Button Up Cropped Cape Coat, $62 at Unique Vintage

A cape, you guys. A CAPE.

Lulu's Glamorous Furry Up Oversized Cream Shearling Coat


Glamorous Furry Up Oversized Cream Shearling Coat, $111 at Lulu’s

Going for an Old Hollywood feel on your wedding day? Channel the glamour pusses of  Tinsel Town and rock this bad boy.

SheInside Red Long Sleeve Oblique Zipper Pockets Coat


Red Long Sleeve Oblique Zipper Pockets Coat, $32.99 at SheInside

Who said you have to wear white? If red is part of your color scheme, don this gorgeous number for some outdoors shots. ModCloth Visibility Oak Jacket in White Visibility Oak Jacket, $69.99 at ModCloth

You know you’d feel like a total badass rocking a moto jacket with your gorgeous dress. I mean, come on.

How are you planning on staying warm during your wedding, all you winter BABs out there?

Real Wedding: Ansley and Derrick’s $13K New York DIY Dance Party Bash

Reader Ansley emailed her wonderful wedding to us, and my jaw dropped: Homegirl had a $13,000 wedding. In New York. For 80 people. YOU GUYS. It can be done! She focused a lot of time on DIY, sure, but she and her hubs also prioritized in a big way: They wanted food, pretty things and a good time … but she didn’t want to waste money on flowers that she didn’t really care about or other things she found extraneous. So in a city with an average wedding cost hovering around $63,000, Ansley and Derrick pulled of a superfun bash for a good $50K less than that. And they make it look goooood.

Ansley and Derrick Laughing

Name or how you would like it to appear: Ansley and Derrick

Occupation: Quality Assurance Specialist and Mechanical Engineer

Wedding location: Aurora Gallery, Queens

Wedding Date: 10/25/2014

Budget: $13,000

Animal Place Card Holders

How would you describe your wedding: Secular handfasting/dance party/ DIY

What was your favorite part of your wedding? I loved getting pampered before the wedding and hanging out in my hotel suite with my family and friends. I had a blast eating and dancing at the reception … the highlight was spending time with friends and family.

Mother Son Dance

Greeting Guests

What did you splurge on? Food! About 25% of the budget went to the buffet of comfort food including chicken parm, pulled pork, mac n cheese and 11 other dishes!

Cake Topper and Cupcakes

Sharing Cupcakes

What did you save on? Rings. I got tungsten and cubic zirconia rather than diamonds and gold. I also saved on flowers. I used a paper flower bouquet from Etsy and baby’s breath. Total cost- under $100


Paper Bouquet and Shoes

Was there anything you would have done differently, in retrospect? I probably would have skipped a DJ and made my own playlist, as neither of us really like house music.

What was your biggest challenge in planning? Getting people to reply to RSVPs! I feel like I chased down half the people we invited.

Sweet Ceremony Moment

What lessons did you learn from planning or from the wedding itself? I learned that you really determine your own experience. I visualized a fun, happy wedding and I felt relaxed all day and really enjoyed the food, dancing and fun with my friends.

Gettin' Down!

What were your top 5 favorite things about your wedding? The food, the cake, the dress, the dancing and the decor.



Top 5 least favorite? The DJ… the fact that the venue didn’t have an outdoor space … Not much else.

What was the worst piece of wedding advice you received? “The last week you will panic, you will freak out.” … All the people who told me how nervous I would be.

Ansley and Derrick Black & White

The best? Take time to eat.

Any other bits of wisdom? Skip anything that isn’t important to you. People won’t care/notice/mind. Your wedding is more important to you than anyone else, so be true to yourself.

Bridal Portrait

Dancing with Fun Lights

Budget breakdown:

Buffet, drink mixers and service: $3400, T&C Catering

Cakes: $200, Sugar Sweet Sunshine

Dress and Alterations: $1000, David’s Bridal

Booze: $1000

Paper Bouquets and Boutonnieres: $75, The Paper Flowerbed on Etsy

Venue Rental (including tables and chairs): $2100, The Aurora Gallery

Photographer: $700, Daria Wheaton

DJ: $800

Table linens: $200, Linen Tablecloth

Decor (including candles, spray paint and other craft materials):$300, Save on Crafts and Quick Candles

Cake and cupcake Toppers: $30, Modern Blooms on Etsy

Stationery: $500, Type Ten on Etsy and VistaPrint

Jewelry and veil: $100, Brenda’s Bridal Veils and Glitzette, both on Etsy

Groomswear: $300, Men’s Wearhouse

Hotel and Rental car: $500, The Paper Factory Hotel

Favors: $200, The Knot Shop

Hair and Makeup: $120, Jeannie Lopez and Kristin Bray

Rings: $100, Amazon

Day of Coordinator/Decoration: $500, Sofia Orellana

 Congratulations, you guys! If you want to submit your Broke-Ass wedding, email christen {at} brokeassbride {dot} com to get the how-to!