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Ten for the Weekend: Sales, Deals and Discounts

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1. Calling all geeks! ThinkGeek is taking 30% off all apparel until 3/1 when you use code DRESSUP.

2. Rue La La has some stellar deals right now, complete with winter close-out gear starting at $20 and some Kate Spade NY goodies.

3. BAB favorite Fab.com has an ongoing list of 100 featured deals. You should probably always be checking them.

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 I heart this print ($27)

4. Calling all craft beer fans! At Craft Beer Club, get $10 off prepaid Gift membership of 3 months or longer and an additional $25 off prepaid 12 month gift membership with bonus gifts included with code iSave10.

5. Get your save the dates at 25% off at Wedding Paper Divas until 3/3 with code SAVE25MAR.

6. Get your groom all gussied up and save 20% off at Bonobos as a new customer until 3/2 with code SPRINGSTYLE.

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Hellooo, handsome!

7. Start thinking summery thoughts and stock up on swimwear. Target’s buy one, get one at 50% off women’s swimwear (online only) ends 2/28.

8. Play ball! Fanatics is still gearing up for baseball season with MLB gear marked down up to 40% off.

9. Gloss Jewelry’s February sale ends tomorrow! Get 65% off + free shipping with code LOVE65.

10. Stock up on pretty underthings at True & Co and get 40% off until 3/2 with code TOOMUCH40.

 

Five for Friday: Bold and Beautiful Wedding Invitations

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For you brides that got engaged over the holidays and are looking at a wedding this summer, you’ve very likely starting to put your feelers out for invitation styles that you enjoy. As I’ve sat browsing through some of the new styles this season, I keep finding myself drooling over bright, bold and beautiful designs. Eye-catching jewel tones and simple but striking patterns make a statement without being overly dizzying. Here are my five favorites for this week’s Five for Friday:

Five for Friday: Bold and Beautiful Wedding Invitations

 

In Bloom Wedding Invitation, 50 for $140 at Love vs. Design
Five for Friday: Bold and Beautiful Wedding Invitations
Minimal Mod Wedding Invitations, $2.34 each at Minted
Five for Friday: Bold and Beautiful Wedding Invitations
Circular Geometric Wedding Invitation, $4.50 each or for digital file for at-home printing by RubyMayDesigns at Etsy
Five for Friday: Bold and Beautiful Wedding Invitations
Deep Romance Wedding Invitations, $144.50 for 50 at Wedding Paper Divas
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Floral Watercolor Invitation, $1.50 each at MagnetStreet

Do you like these bold designs, BABs? Which is your fave?

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! A Sottero & Midgley Inspired Gown For Under $800

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Hello BABs! It’s that time of the week again where I make someone’s wedding dress dreams come true!  This week we’re helping Nickie who had a few dresses in mind and finally narrowed it down to the lovely Sottero & Midgley gown, “Simone.” This gown features gorgeous swarovski crystals, something Maggie Sottero is known for. Nickie, I know you had some other gowns in mind, too. I actually did a post about that BHLDN, “Onyx.”  Now let’s help you get over this dress!

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SOTTERO and MIDGLEY www.sotteroandmidgley.com “Simone” by Sottero & Midgley $2,899

Get Over It

Etsy380 Mermaid Gown With Lacy Open Back & Sweetheart Neckline $379 at ThingsInLove on Etsy

BHLDN400 Lace Gown With Sheer Chiffon Crossing The Bodice (Style: 30924260) $400 at BHLDN

Etsy425 Hand Beaded Flower Applique Lace Gown $425 at Lace Marry on Etsy

BBP438 Strapless Sweetheart Beaded Tulle Over Lace Gown (Style: 97012) $438 at BestBridalPrices.com

Ruche550 Mesh Overlay With Silver-Toned Beading (Style: 38466) $550 at Ruche

BBP598 V-Neck Gown With Cap Sleeves Embellished With Silver Tones (Style: 82112M) $598 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP630 Lace Tulle Gown With Chapel Train (Style: 11583) $630 at BestBridalPrices.com

BBP798 Lace & Tulle Gown With Cap Sleeves (Style: 78844D) $798 at BestBridalPrices.com

BHLDN800 Embroidered Gown With Gold Thread & Cap Sleeves (Style: 31167885) $800 at BHLDN

I hope I was able to help you Nickie! I know that last gown is a little splurge-worthy but it’s just so purty I had to include it AND it’s actually a $2,400 Jenny Yoo gown so, it’s quite a bargain.  Treat yoself 2015!!! Let us know if we can help you with any other aspect of your wedding planning. Until we meet again, BABs …

Got a gown that you just can’t get off your mind? We’re happy to help you get over it! Just tell us in the comments below! Please remember to include the budget you’re working with so we can find you the best alternative for you.

*As always, please do your own research before buying a gown online. Team Broke-Ass is here to provide you with inspiration and resources, but it is up to the consumer to know what they’re purchasing.

Real Bride Shannon: Beating the Bridal Gown Blues

As brides, we have a lot to stress over. Whether it’s the environmental stress of an industry demanding we spend, spend, spend, the intimidating task of pleasing everyone, or the stuff we completely make up (I’m not alone in that, right?), planning a wedding can wreak havoc on your chill. I knew before I got engaged, hell, before I was even sure that I was ever getting married, my wedding dress would cause a mountain of stress.

To start things off, I never qualified for my “Love Your Body” card. I’m a hateful nitpicker in front of the mirror, saying things to myself that no one would ever think of me and I certainly wouldn’t think of anyone else. As I admitted to you last week, I tend to have this strange, backward way of thinking where the more compliments I get, the more afraid I am of not living up to what I perceive as lofty expectations of me. So, needless to say, I was already in a hole the first time I went shopping, and to make things even more difficult, I didn’t really have a budget.

My mom, on the other hand, was reeeeeeally excited. She had hauled me all over the Dallas- Fort Worth Metroplex in high school to find the perfect prom dress (two years in a row!), and she was still getting over her disappointment that my sister only tried two dresses on, so she was ready for some hardcore wedding dress shopping.

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Our first trip was to an outlet mall with racks and racks of every size dress. We weren’t so much shopping as testing the waters. I never had a vision of what my dress would look like. I just didn’t want to look bad, so we pulled several dresses from the racks and I headed back to the dressing room with minimal fanfare.

These were the best of the bunch and you can see I was none too pleased. I didn’t think either of them were worth half of their $899 price tags, which terrified me for the day I actually got my budget set. Looking back at the pictures now, both dresses seem nice, but I obviously didn’t see it then:

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Not exactly a “yes to the dress” expression.

While my overly dramatic look of disgust might suggest that it was an epic waste of time, we actually accomplished the two things we set out to do, both of which were a surprise to me: I learned that a mermaid silhouette complimented my figure best and that true white or a very pale ivory washed out my already-pale skin the least. If you have major questions that likely can’t be answered without trying something on, I highly recommend a trial run at a similar store where you won’t be pummeled with high-pressure sales.

My second trip was still an “I’m just looking” venture, but this time my mother, sister and I went to one of the largest bridal salons in Dallas. At this point, I knew my fiance was willing to spend a lot more on a dress than I originally expected, but I was still pretty iffy on where that budget was coming from. Sensing that I probably wasn’t buying that day, the saleswoman told me to pick out eight dresses and hang them on a hook. It wasn’t exactly customer service, but at least there wasn’t any high pressure.

capbead As feared, the first dress I tried on looked much better on the hanger than it did on me. At a street size 8, I’m right in that sample size area and this one was just a hair too big through the middle while practically bursting at the hip seams. I had been warned, but perhaps didn’t put enough credence into the notion that it’s extremely rare to fit perfectly into a sample size without alterations, but I was already disappointed.

smdress This one fit quite nicely and I really liked the illusion neckline. Although I wasn’t overly excited, this was my mother’s favorite and it took no more than her saying so for me to feel overwhelmed with (perceived) pressure. When I told my mom, “I guess this would be ok if I don’t find something better,” she told me it was time to try something else on. I’m sure what I was sensing was not her irritation, but my assumption that she was upset that I wasn’t equally in love, and I reluctantly headed back to the dressing room. I got in and out of a few dresses without any “wow” moments. I was beginning to think that I was just going to settle for something that “worked” even if it didn’t make me feel beautiful or special or like a “real” bride.

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The strapless dress just seemed lackluster and I was inclined to avoid strapless anyway. I adored the lace and beading on the silvery dress on the right, but it was a discontinued sample and was only available to buy off the rack in a size that I knew wouldn’t fit properly without some extreme dieting. I shimmied out of it and pulled out the last dress – the one I had intentionally saved for last.

ac1 This Allure Couture dress was the most expensive I pulled that day. Coming it at a staggering $2250, it was more than I was willing to commit to, but not impossible if I cut corners elsewhere. Yes, the sample was a bit too snug, but what left me really disappointed was when mom said unemotionally, “It’s…nice.”

“That does that,” I thought.

Mom was ready for me to choose another eight gowns and I was just ready to get out of there. I wasn’t sure if I was hangry because I was hungry or because stuffing my face just sounded like a good idea, but I used it as an excuse and we headed to grab lunch.

Things were tense between my mother and me for the next couple of weeks. I allowed myself to get crippled by fear. I was afraid of disappointing her. I was intimidated by her pages of handwritten notes of designers and dresses and where they were sold in the area and how much they were. I was scared to death of my then-unestablished budget. Things culminated in a particularly nasty fight that tentatively resolved with, “I love you, but I can’t be your Wedding Barbie.” I explained that while we have the same decadent taste, “decadent” wasn’t in my budget. We ended on the kind of understanding you only get from family. She hasn’t pressured me since (even if I invent reasons to feel pressure).

After making peace with my mom, I went home for a visit. That weekend my dad handed me an envelope with $1,500 in it and explained that if he could do anything, he wanted to buy my dress. I knew it was more than he had to give, but it was also something he desperately wanted to do. Sometimes the sacrifices we make for people we love are far outweighed by our joy in doing something to help. This was one of those times. I hugged him and thanked him and knew I had a budget.

I was still feeling the pull from Mom to go shopping again, and despite our successful reconciliation, I was still feeling overwhelmed. I was also more than miffed that the store that was supposed to be THE store in Dallas was … really disappointing in terms of both selection and staff. I had heard good things about Bridal Boutique in Lewisville, about 15 miles south of my house, and on a whim one day, I made an appointment to go … all by myself.

The purpose was twofold. I didn’t want to drag my mother across the world to be annoyed that dresses we had Pinned and researched weren’t actually there, and I wanted to see how I felt about dresses without her opinion.

Full disclosure: I am in no way being compensated for this statement.

Oh my goodness, if you live within whatever distance you’d be willing to travel of Bridal Boutique Lewisville, you want to go to there. My associate Candice was so warm from the get-go that I knew I was going get through this! She asked me questions to know how to best help me and, boy, did she ever help! She even talked me out of trying on a dress that I adored, but knew was outside of my budget. In what seemed like seconds, we had a load of dresses to take back to the dressing room.

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She got me out of my comfort zone, while still embracing my style. One thing she mentioned that will be helpful to anyone shopping is that she was glad I had my hair and makeup done. Even though my hair was just a messy updo, being a little extra made-up will give you more of the over-all bride feeling when you’re checking yourself out. You may want to consider bringing some jewelry, too!

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She even took the pictures for me and gave me a little pose coaching so they were ready to show my family. You can see her in the mirror up there. I knew from my last excursion that I favored the modesty of the illusion neckline, so we had plenty of those to try on.

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She retook that picture several times, but apparently I was so excited, I blinked every time. It was getting a little silly so, it was time to take it and run. I tried on a few more; not all of them were great, but we even got to visit my old friend, this time without rips and tears!

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In the privacy of a Tuesday afternoon, just Candice and me, I found THE one, for $1,250, which was under my (gifted) $1,500 budget. It happened to be the first dress she pulled for me based on what I told her I was looking for. And all that customer service and enthusiasm? It came AFTER I told her I wasn’t going to buy anything until my parents were there! Before I had even made an appointment to bring the folks in, I got a sweet, hand-written letter in the mail from Candice telling me how wonderful it was to work with me!

I was so nervous to tell my mom that I’d actually found my dress without her, but once I showed her pictures, she couldn’t argue. I learned that sometimes, whether other people are making you feel overwhelmed or you’re overwhelmed because you’re stressing out about other people, taking some alone time, even for something you’re putting a lot of emphasis on, is a really empowering, yet calming way to go. I made my appointment to try the dress on again for Mom and Dad and when I did, I caught Dad tearing up. Success!

So which dress made my daddy cry? It’s not here. It’s too obvious! You’ll have to wait another seven months (Y’all. I’m getting married in seven months!), but I’ll tell you all about my shoes next time!

Nix the Fuss with Send ‘n’ Seal Invitations from Ann’s Bridal Bargains

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Nix the Fuss with Send 'n' Seal Invitations from Ann's Bridal Bargains

A standard invitation suite has a whole helluva lot of components: Outer envelope, inner envelope, the invitation itself, RSVP card, reception card and that random piece of tissue paper that is seemingly v. important … but no one can figure out its true purpose (poor tissue paper). And each one of those components costs money — which is how invitations to your truly amazing, but still broke-ass, party can start costing you an arm, a leg and half your soul.

It’s cool, though. Ann’s Bridal Bargains has the easiest, simplest, prettiest and most cost-effective way to get your invites out and without sending you into debt: Send & Seal Invitations. Because: #duh. Nix the Fuss with Send 'n' Seal Invitations from Ann's Bridal Bargains

 

Get rid of all the fluff — sorry, extra tissue paper — and send your guests everything they need in one adorbz little package. It’s an envelope, invitation and RSVP card all in one. You just fold up the invitation and the RSVP postcard — conveniently attached at the bottom — and seal it with the included seals. Slap a stamp on that bad boy, drop it in the mail box and chillax until the RSVPs start arriving — in swarms, likely, because your invites are just that rad.

There’s no need to assemble anything. There’s no super spendy postage to consider because of odd-shaped or uber heavy card stock. And there’s no need to worry about making sure that each suite has all of its pieces. Which, let’s be real, is pretty awesome. Who’s got time for that bullsh, anyway?

Nix the Fuss with Send 'n' Seal Invitations from Ann's Bridal Bargains

Ann’s Bridal Bargains has a buttload of other invitation options, too, y’all. And they’ve got ‘em at broke-ass friendly prices, because they get that great style doesn’t have to come at a frightening price. Since Ann’s Bridal Bargains is special homies with Invitations by Dawn, they have access to the prettiest, most up-to-date designs but are able to offer them at a bigger discount. That’s pretty baller.

And, of course, they have a special offer just for you, Broke-Asses! Head over to Ann’s Bridal Bargains and get 20% off your purchase of $99+ when you use code BROKE20. Good for any damn thing on the site until 3/31.

 

Real Bride Elissa: The Bridesmaid Conundrums

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Photo: Clane Gessel Photography

One of the first questions I kept getting asked after “When’s the big day?” and “Where’s the big day?” was “And how many bridesmaids are you going to have?” I increasingly felt like the number of close female friends I could force to buy a dress was somehow crucial to my marriage’s success; I have only a few close ladyfriends, and I didn’t want anyone to feel left out if they weren’t a bridesmaid. I briefly considered just asking all of them, but a double-digit wedding party just didn’t fit my smallish garden wedding, not to mention the additional budget for bouquets, gifts, etc. And knowing my own tight budget, I definitely didn’t want to stretch anyone else thin on my behalf. I decided pretty definitively that I wasn’t going to have bridesmaids, and therefore avoid myriad potentially awkward situations. (We’ve all seen the movie.)

As things got rolling with wedding planning, though, I realized that a few of my friends were already performing wedding party duties, unasked: researching vendors, sending me recommendations, offering to go shop for supplies, even starting to plan my bachelorette! I had been part of two of their weddings already, as bridesmaid and coordinator, and had been talking mutual bridesmaid duties for years with the third, so I knew that official or not, they were already going to be there for me – why not recognize them?

When I actually asked them to be bridesmaids, I was weirdly nervous. I knew they wouldn’t say no, but kept thinking about how nerve-wracking it must have been for my fiancé to propose, if I was feeling the jitters even for this! Seeing their excitement made all of that disappear though, and I knew I’d made the right choice to honor our friendships in this way. They all even said some version of “I wondered when you were going to get around to it!” followed by “I’ve actually already started dress shopping!” Friends: They know you better than you know yourself …

That left me finding ways to incorporate my other awesome ladyfriends into the day. I had heard the term Bridal Brigade somewhere along the way and decided to just run with that concept; while my most involved friends are designated bridesmaids, another dear friend will do a reading, one will help coordinate, others can help me craft, bake and decorate, but in the end, they’ll all be part of my Bridal Brigade. I’m also going to invite them to come finish getting ready with me at the venue, so they’ll be a part of my pre-ceremony photos, and of course we’re all planning the biggest bachelorette brunch buffet there ever was (no matter what other plans we make, THERE WILL BE BRUNCH).

As good as I feel about this plan though, I’m still feeling pretty guilty about making my bridesmaids buy dresses. Granted, they’ve all expressed their excitement at an excuse to buy a pretty new dress, but I’m trying to figure out the best way to go about offering flexibility in style and budget, but still having the overall look be cohesive. On top of that, between crazy work schedules and with one on the East Coast, we won’t be able to go shopping together.  Since my girls are three totally different heights and styles, we’re definitely doing the “similar color, different dress” route. Beyond that though, I’m kind of at a loss at where to start.

I’d prefer not to go the bridal shop route, since I’d like for them to get dresses that can ostensibly be worn again. Some of the dresses I’m liking at places like Nordstrom, Ann Taylor, and even ModCloth are still upwards of $200, and I’d like to keep costs as reasonable as possible. My wedding has a vintage aesthetic, too, which rules out a lot of the trendier (re: cheaper) dress options. Before sending everyone out into their respective cities to scour the sale racks for some sort of blue-ish, knee-length concoction that we hope looks good together, we’re considering ordering from a site like eShakti or Azazie. Both of these sites lets you order a dress customized to your measurements, for basically the price of an off-the-rack dress at a department store. And this way, we know they’re all literally cut from the same cloth, so they’ll be the same color, and the girls can all choose the style that is most flattering to their body type. Sounds awesome, right? But, since none of us have ever tried something like this before, we’re all a little anxious about putting our bridesmaid budgets into the great unknown. eShakti has awesome reviews and the most flexibility in style, but Azazie is a newer site, geared more toward the bridal party, with styles and colors that we especially love.

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The Ingrid from Azazie, $109

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The Allison from eShakti, $59

I’d love to know if anyone has tried one of these sites before! If so, how was your experience? Are there any similar sites we should check into?

Five for Friday: Floral Frocks that Scream Spring

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You guys are ready for spring, aren’t you? I know I am, and I live somewhere that saw 70-degree-plus weather last week. So while we wait for the blooms to rise from the frozen ground, how about we just pretend that patio-drinking weather is right around the corner? These gorgeous frocks, all under $60, evoke a considerably brighter, cheerier season ahead.

Five for Friday: Floral Frocks that Scream Spring

You Spring Me Joy Dress, $54.99 at ModCloth 

Five for Friday: Floral Frocks that Scream Spring

Talk of the Terrace dress, $43 at LuLu’s

Five for Friday: Floral Frocks that Scream Spring

Vintage Floral Dress, $54 at AmericanArchive on Etsy

Five for Friday: Floral Frocks that Scream Spring

1960s Style Floral Pleated Short Sleeve Flare Dress, $50 $37 at Unique Vintage

Five for Friday: Floral Frocks that Scream Spring

Ethereal Bouquet Floral Dress, $44.99 at Ruche

Which one of these pretty floral frocks do you like, BABs?

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700

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Hello my lovely BABs! Are there any Bostonians out there? I don’t know whether to be thankful the midwest hasn’t seen THAT much snow, or jelly because of how much fun yous guys are having. I mean, snow tunnels to get to work?! Sledding off roofs? C’mon, can it be that bad? OK, I know snow sucks but at least you’re having fun with it, East Coast. So, I’m excited because we’re featuring a designer that hasn’t been requested before – Saja Wedding. Saja in Korean means “the lion.” They were founded in 2000 by Yoo Lee and if you’re as obsessed with BHLDN as we are, you’ve more than likely seen some of her dresses. Her gowns are simple yet timeless and won’t break your bank. So, they’re a must for any BAB-to-be. The dress we’re helping Erin with this week is for someone who wants to make a statement without being too flashy. It’s got a little bit of Greek goddess flair because of the beautiful dropped shoulder. Here’s what Erin had to say:

 “Help me please! I’m head over heels for this dress (http://www.sajawedding.com/collectionpages/hb6285.html), but costs twice as much as my budget! If you can find a more affordable alternative I would be eternally grateful!”

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Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700 Saja Wedding (Style: HB6285) $1,200

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Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700 Reem Acra’s “Florence Gown” Rent for $70 at Rent the Runway (Retail Price: $3,000 !!!)

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700 Crepe Gown With Wrap Neckline & Fluttering Sleeves (Style: b6547) $188 at J. Crew

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700 A-Line Gown With Metallic Lace Shoulders (Style: 33208661) $260 at BHLDN

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700 A-Line Gown With Crisscrossed Sweetheart Body (Style: 1046170) $280 at Nordstrom

(These straps can be worn conventionally, off-the-shoulder, as a halter neck or removed altogether.)

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700 Shoulder Skimming Neckline With Ruched Bodice (Style: 428527) $295 at Nordstrom

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700 Flowing A-Line Chiffon Gown With Plunging Neckline (Style: 624233) $340 at Asos

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700 Draped V-Neck Wedding Gown With Crossover Front (Style: 294718) $400 at Ann Taylor

Get an extra 50% off right now!

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700 Off The Shoulder Organza Gown With Chapel Train (Style: 0113824) $420 at For Her and For Him

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Saja Wedding Inspired Gown For Under $700 A-Line Gown With Off The Shoulder Lace & Sweetheart Bodice (Style: AT4575) $481 at BestBridalPrices.com

Hopefully I was able to give you some ideas. Did you SEE that Reem Acra gown Rent The Runway has for only $70?! I can’t believe it. More and more women are using this type of service because they usually end up packing their dress away and never wearing it again anyway. I encourage everyone to check them out. I know when I buy a nice dress for an occasion it’s rare I’ll ever put it on again. However, if you really want to save your gown, that’s totally OK, too. Do what makes you happy! Let us know if you need some guidance with anything else big day related. We’re always happy to help! Until next week, BABs …

 

Got a gown that you just can’t get off your mind? We’re happy to help you get over it! Just tell us in the comments below! Please remember to include the budget you’re working with so we can find you the best alternative for you.

*As always, please do your own research before buying a gown online. Team Broke-Ass is here to provide you with inspiration and resources, but it is up to the consumer to know what they’re purchasing.

 

DIY or DIE: A Snowy, Woodsy and Budget Centerpiece

While the last wintery centerpiece had longer banquet or family-style tables, this cozy style is better suited for the roundtops typically found at a wedding reception. Simple, natural and super budget friendly, this one is just a slight spinoff of the last design.

DIY or DIE: A Snowy, Woodsy and Budget Centerpiece

Step 1:

Start with the piece of fabric that says “winter!” I stayed with the winter feel by using red plaid. But feel free to use whatever speaks to you (even if it’s some of Uncle Bubbas old flannel shirts … think outside the box!). Thanks Uncle Bubba $$ saved. I went straight for my favorite craft store. I paid $5.99 a yard with a 40% off coupon. Place the blanket it on top of your existing tablecloth or plain table in a loose bunch. Play around a bit, until the piece is centered and looks flowy (not flat).

Step 2:

Find 3 cylindrical vases in various sizes for each table. Some local florists or event coordinators may be willing to rent out their vases for a relatively inexpensive price. If you are a hunter and a gatherer, check good ol’ thrift shops, Goodwills and yard sales.

Step 3:

Making your own SNOW! I made two types of snow from paper towels and baking soda. I can’t take credit for this genius idea – I found it here.

DIY or DIE: A Snowy, Woodsy and Budget Centerpiece

 Baking soda snow
DIY or DIE: A Snowy, Woodsy and Budget Centerpiece
Paper towel snow

I found my Magic Bullet was perfect for shredding paper towels. The instructions I read mention using damp paper towels, but I found it worked best with a mix of damp and dry pieces of paper towel. Don’t forget to rip the paper towel up into pieces before shredding it in the blender more. Both my baking soda and paper towels were bought at the dollar store to stay within budget.

Step 4:

Hello nature –here we come again! This is an easy step. After filling your vases with the desired level of snow, simply place 2-3 pinecones in one vase. Then, place some branches from a pine tree in the second vase. (I used a circular placement). Thanks pine tree, you have been a big help! Last, I used a branch from the crape myrtle bunch and cut it with a saw into cute little mini logs. Take some twine and tie the log bunch together, before placing it in the vase. I added a little piece of that holly branch from the last design to this one for the pop of red!

DIY or DIE: A Snowy, Woodsy and Budget Centerpiece

DIY or DIE: A Snowy, Woodsy and Budget Centerpiece

DIY or DIE: A Snowy, Woodsy and Budget Centerpiece

Step 5:

Don’t forget to sprinkle some of your extra snow all over for that real snow feel! And as always candles, candles, candles. This is where a craft store is a big help.Without a coupon, a box of 24 votives at Michael’s is $7.99.

DIY or DIE: A Snowy, Woodsy and Budget Centerpiece

And voila! Your centerpiece is done, and for fairly cheap!

Photos: Danielle Angell Photgraphy

What do you think of these winter-inspired centerpiece ideas, BABs?