Broke-Ass Category: Danielle

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Ladies, let’s talk accessories and all those little glitters that add to your look. If you are a tomboy like me, you may be completely out of your league when it comes to this. I know I felt like I was. I think the thing I had the absolute hardest time finding was shoes and a veil.

When you’re in the bridal shop trying on a billion dresses, and you think you’ve found the dress, magical bridal shop fairies descend from upon high and begin tossing accessories at you to go with it. Oh, well let’s try on this veil, see how you feel. You want a belt, sure, bling or no bling dear? Tiara, we’ve got 20! That’s actually how I landed on my hair sparkly. I went to Low’s Bridal in Arkansas to buy my wedding dress (yes that is 1200 miles from my house … long story). I’d finally found the dress and the shop fairies had descended with every single veil in the entire store. I had at least 20 pinned, clipped or draped over my head. Conclusion? I apparently CANNOT make a veil look attractive. You know it’s bad when your grandmother cocks her head and says, “are you sure you like that one?” No hurt feelings grandma, I know I look like a dork, thanks for at least telling me though.

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At Lows there are also apprentice shop fairies who haven’t earned their wings yet. I had two apprentice shop fairies to go with my shop fairy. One of the apprentices had been quietly watching the proceedings and was hit with inspiration. She came over, pulled my hair back into a twist, and stuck in her hair sparkly. I looked into the mirror and knew that we were done, it was lovely. There is a rushing of wind and bells when you find the perfect accessory … or perhaps that is the sound of a fairy getting her wings.20161228_135239

So boom, I landed the dress and hair stuff all in one trip. Now for shoes.

Confession time: I bought my dress in July.

I just now have been able to find my shoes, the perfect shoes. I am a tomboy and lack the ability to walk in heels without looking like a newborn giraffe. So, I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of Mary Jane style shoes for months now. The strap makes me feel less like I’m going to tip out of them and onto my nose and Mary Janes generally have a shorter heel. I did fall in love with these heels by Ruby Shoo on Modcloth, but the heel was surprisingly high. I’m also a solid 7.5, and the European sizes just do not get me close to that.

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Feature Presentable Mary Jane Heel, $79.99 from ModCloth

Amazon was good to me and recommended the ones I will be going down the aisle in. These Chase & Chloe Kimmy-21s are adorable. I plan on adding glitter around the edge stitching to give them a little more flash. I may also glitter the heel. At $27 they are crazy cheap and comfy. Be careful if you go the super cheap shoe route. The first pair I ordered came wrapped in all the paper that shoes no one has ever worn them, but there was a gash on the side of one of them. Inspect your cheap shoes thoroughly before your return window closes.

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Chase & Chloe Kimmy-21 Mary Janes, $26.45 from Amazon

No I just need to find a necklace and earrings.

How did you find your accessories? Did you have to hunt them down or was it super easy? Share your story in the comments!

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    Danielle's bridal party invitations

    “Will you be my bridesmaid” card I made

    Bridesmaids. This single word can hold so many emotions, meanings, joys, and nightmares. I have a whole gang of important women in my life that I want to stand by me on my special day. My fiance, Michael, has a lot fewer friends than I, so I’ve always known that the number of bridesmaids I had would be dictated by how many brothers he could rally to his side. Even numbers are a must in my book.

    After Michael popped the question, I asked my sweetie to go out and find himself five groomsmen. We had already discussed making his older brother his Best Man and my little brother one of his groomsmen, that left him three gents to hunt down. Needless to say, I was a tiny bit peeved when Michael called me and happily declared that he had rallied all six of the groomsmen. Six … that number doesn’t at all sound like five. They don’t even start with the same sounds … how could you not underst- … *SIGH* yes, thank you dear. *Quietly grinding teeth*. Yeah, it’s a bit tacky to “unask” a guy to be one of your groomsmen so, I had to go rally another bridesmaid.

    I had taken pains to ask all of them individually in a unique way to be my bridesmaid. I had a lass in mind, but it was legit MONTHS after I had asked all the other girls to be my bros. How do you ask a lass to be your wingman without making it look crazy obvious that you need her to fill a quota? Then, how do you tactfully drop the, oh by the way, we have an appointment this weekend to go look at bridesmaid dresses, I hope your Sunday is open?

    A huge smile, a tiny bit of groveling, and a really nice card (with a killer presentation) help along your case if you land yourself in the same spot. She took it well, didn’t even blink or bat an eye when I gave her the card I’d made. Panic levels? Dropping back to manageable levels. Oh yeah, and thanks for saying you’d be a bridesmaid Ashlee, did I mention that we are going dress shopping in four days? Got plans this Sunday? *Panic-meter jumps* What? No plans you say? Great, meet you at David’s Bridal at 10am then.

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    My junior bridesmaid begging for a dress

    For the complete trainwreck asking my girls to stand with me was, I’m surprised at how well they all got along while we went dress shopping. We hit David’s Bridal and Alfred Angelo that day with a lunch break in between. I had asked them all to look at some dresses beforehand so we had some ideas of what they wanted. I secretly wanted everyone to pick the same dress, but as long as it was the same fabric and color, it didn’t matter. They all have vastly different body shapes, especially my just recently flowered junior bridesmaid who’s only 11. After at least 20 dresses and two stores, they were all leaning towards one dress that I pretty much hated but they all seemed rabid over … or so I thought.

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    The dress we all apparently hated

    We decided to order that dress in March to give some of them a chance to finish their weight loss plans. Weeks crawl into months and one by one they casually mention to me how much they also hate the dress. Seriously y’all, why didn’t anyone say something in the store? One of my ‘maids is a bit more … outspoken, than the others and must have led them down that path of least resistance. So … we find ourselves back at square one again. My sister, Angela, and I went out over Christmas break and picked a fabric, color and two designers. I think this time I will just pick a handful of dresses that I don’t think suck and just ask them to pick one from that selection instead. This way, if they hate the dress, they are the ones who picked it. I made it super clear that if all the ones I picked suck, to let me know and I can hunt out another dress they’ll like. I love all of them, but picking a dress is apparently like herding cats.

    What about you, any bridesmaid moments that make you want to scream and pull out your hair?

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    Cupcake paper mason jar embellishment Ah the holidays, a wonderful time of year where families hemorrhage money trying to get each other awesome and thoughtful gifts. I don’t know about your broke ass, but mine has a long list of people that I’m obligated to gift to. When I was still in college (and even more broke), I struggled to check everyone off my list…

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    11/30

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    Aite y’all, so I finished painting about half of the centerpiece bases before I ran out of warm weather to work in. How dare spray paint not be able to dry in weather below 30 degrees right?! Taping off bases After the first coat of white dried, we taped off the tops and the edge above the flaps. I found entire sheets of painters tape…

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    11/16

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    I have always planned on having different centerpieces at each table. I saw a photo of another bride’s wedding that had her escort cards as little ticket stubs with each person’s name on one side and the name of their table on each. I completely fell in love with the idea. Unfortunately, the Etsy seller who made her cards no longer makes them. I found…

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    BlissPaperBoutique Printable Envelope Template

    Howdy my fellow Broke-Asses! Envelope template available from Etsy seller BlissPaperBoutique It's official, we are officially getting married. I just dropped off the Save the Dates at the post office. With a huge wink and promise of future cookies to the post master, he lovingly hand-cancelled each of my postcards. I feel like a mother bird watching all my fledglings leaving the nest. Who knew…

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    10/19

    Real Bride Danielle Engagement Photo1

    So you’ve got the ring, booked the date, and found your photographer. It's time for an engagement shoot! If your photographer offers an engagement shoot for free (all the ones I looked at did) then jump on getting these prints. I’ve been anxiously awaiting the date for our engagement photos so I could put them on our wedding website. Our pending nuptials brought me face…

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    10/5

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    Long before Michael officially asked me to marry him, we had discussed our wedding plans in detail. We both wanted to cover the entire cost of the wedding on our own. I knew certain things weren’t as important to me as others. For instance, I didn’t really want a crazy expensive dress or huge ceremony. Neither of those things really defines who we are. If…

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  • 9/21

    Danielle Invites 2

    As a DIY, oh-so-poor bride, I have always planned on making my own invitations. I have been fussing with designs, envelopes, and patterns for about two years solid. I even went through a phase where I planned on having an Etsy shop to give brides invitations on the cheap. Then I realized I have no artistic ability. Sadly, that’s kind of a prerequisite for being a…

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