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Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine’s “Sadi” Gown for Under $1000

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Reader Katelyn challenged the BAB team to help with her search after seeing this post:

Hi, Lisa! I about died when I read this post. I have the exact same affliction but with a different dress. It’s the Sadi gown by Rue de Seine. Baseline cost is $3,000 at the retailer closest to me. My baseline budget is 1k but I would prefer not to go over that if I can help it. I’ve tried local dress shops but they don’t have very good comparisons to it. Do you think you and team Broke-Ass can help me?

Of course we can, girl!

The Rue de Seine Sadi gown is a divine goddess-inspired georgette number with a beaded flutter sleeve, beaded waist, and loose fit. The silhouette is a romantic classic, but that sleeve detail is an utterly unique feature — quite the challenge for the #GownHunter!

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Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's "Sadi" Gown for Under $1000

Rue de Seine Sadi, collection ranging between $2,375-$3,725

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Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's "Sadi" Gown for Under $1000

Phoenix Capelet, $450 at BHLDN

I have a thing for layering pieces to create a personalized look for less. To create a similar look as the inspiration gown, try building your own by choosing a goddess-style gown and then layering it with a beaded capelet like the Phoenix above or one of the others below.

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's "Sadi" Gown for Under $1000

Trickling Capelet, $140 at BHLDN

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's "Sadi" Gown for Under $1000

Trickling Pearl Capelet, $120 at BHLDN

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's "Sadi" Gown for Under $1000

Badgley Mischka Antigua Bay, $150 Rental at Rent The Runway

Goddess-style gowns often have deep-V necks (and sometimes backs), and a flowy silhouette with plenty of gathering. Sometimes they have higher empire waists, but others have a slightly lower natural waist. Fabrics will be light and airy in this style — perfect for a warm-weather wedding!

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's "Sadi" Gown for Under $1000

Alice + Olivia, Mya Gathered Handkerchief Gown, $495 at Bloomingdales

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's "Sadi" Gown for Under $1000

Mori Lee Voyage Wedding Dresses, Style 6766, $599 at Best Bridal Prices

(Also in white and ivory.)

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's "Sadi" Gown for Under $1000

Nicole Miller Monroe Twist Gown, $140 Rental at Rent The Runway

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's "Sadi" Gown for Under $1000

Theia Ruched Chiffon Gown, $895 at Shopbop

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's "Sadi" Gown for Under $1000

Laundry by Shelli Segal Gown, $325 at Bloomingdales

Below are a few all-in-one options:

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's "Sadi" Gown for Under $1000

Retro Grecian, Ashley BH130901, $600 at Ieie’s Dress Boutique

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's "Sadi" Gown for Under $1000

Moonlight Tango Wedding Dresses, Style T670, $583 at Best Bridal Prices

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's "Sadi" Gown for Under $1000

ABS by Allen Schwartz Gown, Cold Shoulder Deep V-Neck Jersey, $425 at Bloomingdales

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's "Sadi" Gown for Under $1000

Unique Prom Champagne Rhinestone Sleeveless Gown, $148 at Unique Vintage

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's "Sadi" Gown for Under $1000

Aidan Mattox Dolman Sleeve Beaded Godet Gown, $595 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's "Sadi" Gown for Under $1000

Mark James by Badgley Mischka, Rhodes Harbor Gown, $80 Rental at Rent The Runway

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's "Sadi" Gown for Under $1000

Impression Destiny Wedding Dresses, Style 11631, $310 at Best Bridal Prices

If you have another $200 wiggle room in the budget, one of these might meet your criteria:

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's "Sadi" Gown for Under $1000

Maggie Sottero Wedding Dresses, Style Taren 4MC022, $1,139 at Best Bridal Prices

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's "Sadi" Gown for Under $1000

Sottero & Midgley Wedding Dresses, Style Rosemary 4SW044, $1,198 at Best Bridal Prices

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! Rue de Seine's "Sadi" Gown for Under $1000

Maggie Sottero Wedding Dresses, Style Alicia 4MS993, $1,198 at Best Bridal Prices

Lisa’s Bonus Pro Tip: Start your gown hunt by identifying the silhouette that suits your shape and style, in the fabric that suits your wedding season, and add details by layering pieces or ask a professional seamstress to embellish — or bedazzle — your gown, if that’s your thing. (It’s totally mine!) 

Katelyn, I hope you find these gowns to be helpful in your search. Let me know in the comments below what you think, and thanks for providing the inspiration!

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.

Summer Refreshers: Cucumbery Big-Batch Cocktails

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We have talked a few times about saving money on your bar by cutting down to beer, wine and a signature drink. And sure, your signature drink could very well be whatever you and your beloved love to throw back from time to time (moi? Old fashioneds, all the way), or you can get all kinds of creative and make up an easy big-batch cocktail that can be prettied up with some simple garnish, but will be suuuuper easy on your wallet and just as simple to replenish if the well runs dry.

I’ve recently discovered the absolute amazingness that is Pearl Cucumber Vodka, thanks to a friend of mine who drinks it on the regs (and gave me one of the below recipes). One of the things I really enjoy about it is that it is versatile enough for both a sweet and less-sweet drink, but isn’t overwhelming. It just adds a crispness without overpowering the other ingredients — totally key when it comes to making a good cocktail.

Unchained Melony

The first time I tried the cucumber vodka, I started thinking of this recipe and how to make it work. I knew watermelon would be a wonderful complement, but I figured it needed more … something. As luck would have it, the amazing folks at Woodbridge sent me a couple bottles of Moscato to test. Moscato is a really sweet wine — slightly too sweet for me, when it’s on its own. However, stirred up into a nice summery cocktail, it’s absolutely perfect.

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Ingredients (adjust based on number of guests. This recipe made about 20 cocktails.):

– 1 750 ML bottle Pearl Cucumber Vodka

– 1 1.5 Liter bottle Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Moscato

– Watermelon, cubed (with some reserved for garnish)

– A few sprigs of fresh mint (reserve some leaves for garnish)

1 Liter seltzer water

How to:

In a drink dispenser, combine vodka, moscato, watermelon and mint. Stir, breaking up some of the watermelon cubes to extract their juices. Add seltzer as needed to cut the sweetness (everyone’s palates differ, so adjust accordingly.)

Pour over ice, garnish with a watermelon cube and mint leaf.

Such a Tease

This is my friend’s recipe, and is perfect for someone who doesn’t super love sweet drinks but enjoys a good, refreshing beverage. We frequently get together to cook amazing meals, and this is our go-to drink for those nights. But be warned! The vodka has a way of sneaking up on you, faster than you may expect.

Such a Tease Ingredients

Ingredients:

– 1 750 ML bottle Pearl Cucumber Vodka

– 1 liter seltzer water

– 1 gallon green tea (got a favorite brand? Go with that. I like Stash.)

How to:

Make the tea: For each gallon I want to yield, I use five tea bags. I bring water in a saucepan to a boil. Turn off heat, add tea bags and let steep about 4 minutes.

Meanwhile, fill beverage dispenser with ice. When tea is done, pour over ice, and add water so contents equal one gallon. Refrigerate.

Once tea is cool, add vodka and seltzer (as desired).

Serve over ice, add cucumber garnish (if desired).

 

Do you have any great big-batch cocktail ideas? Tell us in the comments below!

 

 

Memorial Day Weekend Sales and Deals

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Lace Shift Dress, normally $139, on sale for about $84

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6. Making big-batch cocktails at your wedding? Save up to 50% on beverage jars at SurLaTable.com! Offer valid for a limited time.

Sur la Table Beverage Dispensers

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10. Need some new glasses for your wedding? Get 20% off at GlassesShop.com!

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Minted Gilt Agate Invitation

These Gilt Agate wedding invitations look like the inside of a geode!

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Modcloth First Orchard of Business Dress

Oh, hello wedding dress under $100! ModCloth First Orchard of Business Dress, $95.99

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Five for Friday: Swimsuits Built for Summer Fun

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Memorial Day Weekend is kind of the unofficial ushering in of summer. Barbecues, parades, graduation … the warm months have arrived! And if you’re anything like me, that means getting thee to a body of water as frequently as possible to beat the heat (or hangover … I swear it’s the best cure). Obviously, then, that means upping your swimsuit game — especially if you’re going on a beachy honeymoon. Here are five hot suits under $100: Five for Friday: Swimsuits Built for Summer Fun

Doughnut Print Longline Bikini Top, $33 and

Doughnut Print Cutout Side Bikini Bottom, $25 at Asos Unique Vintage Esther Williams Hibiscus Print Swimsuit || Five for Friday: Swimsuits Built for Summer Fun

Esther Williams 1950s Style Peach Hibiscus Sheath Swimsuit, $82 at Unique Vintage

Five for Friday: Swimsuits Built for Summer Fun

Reversible Striped Bandeau, $10.45 and

Reversible Striped Peekaboo Bikini Bottoms, $12.90 at Forever21 Five for Friday: Swimsuits Built for Summer Fun

Aerie Blakely Lace-up Bikini Top, $14.98 and

Aerie Hi-Rise Convertible Bikini Bottom, $14.98 at American Eagle Outfitters Five for Friday: Swimsuits Built for Summer Fun High Tide Style One Piece, $59.99 at ModCloth

Which is your favorite, BABs? Do you have any great plans this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Beautiful Blush Plus Size Wedding Dress Options Under $500

Affiliate Disclaimer New When BAB Cynthia hit us up on Facebook, she had a solid idea of what she wanted. As we set out to give her some inspiration, a disappointing fact became obvious: even though more and more brides are opting for some color on their wedding day, designers don’t have nearly as many offerings for the plus size ladies out there, especially not at budget-friendly prices.

As time ticks down toward Cynthia’s October nuptials, she’s still on the hunt for a blush, A-line dress with lace and sleeves that doesn’t look too “off the rack,” all for about $500. Unfortunately, an in-stock dress is the safest bet when you’re down to the wire, but never fear, Cynthia! We scoured our favorite sources and came up with a few ideas for you to consider when finding your frock.

Forget the categories!

Slap sleeves on a dress with some color and a lot of manufacturers want to call it a “Mother of the Event” dress. We’re not buying it because we’ve found some dresses all available in plus sizes that are anything but matronly!

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Watters Special Occasion Lace Dress, $490+ at Best Bridal Prices

This fully-lined, all-over lace dress is displayed in a deep red on the store page, but head over to the Watters website to customize your lace and lining colors. This one is shown with blush lace over a cameo lining. There is a premium for sizes over 18, but you get a $50 shoe credit with the purchase, so it evens out!

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Cameron Blake Slim A-line Chiffon Gown, $498 at Best Bridal Prices

With the gorgeous details on the sleeves and the hint of a train, no one has to know you nabbed this from the special occasion section. It’s shown in a pinky-beige color called foundation, but it’s also available in rose. This one also comes with the $50 shoe hook-up!

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Watters Chiffon and Chantilly Lace Special Occasion Dress, $390+ at Best Bridal Prices

Like the first gown, this one comes completely customizable with several options for the lace and chiffon. This, too, comes with that $50 shoe credit AND sits comfortably under budget.

Skip the bridal salon!

You’ve probably heard that adding “wedding” or “bridal” before anything makes the price double. It’s not always an exaggeration. Department stores are full of beautiful special occasion dresses that could leave enough room in your budget for some serious customizing (more on that later)!

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Adrianna Papell Plus Embellished Cap-Sleeve Gown, $319 at Lord & Taylor

We took a little liberty with the sleeve length with this one, but it’s sooooo pretty! Plus, at nearly $200 below budget, you can accessorize with a pretty wrap if you’re hoping to keep your arms covered.

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VM by Mori Lee Plus Lace Bolero Gown, $448.50 at Dillard’s

A bolero is a great way to keep your arms covered while maintaining the option to ditch it if you get too warm. This fancy lace gown is permanently reduced to a budget-friendly price.

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Teriani Couture Plus Beaded Sleeve Ruched Gown, $478 at Dillard’s

While the sleeves aren’t lace, the sparkly embellishment and ruched bodice make this a figure-flattering option that still looks more than appropriate for a wedding.

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R&M Richards Plus Size Lace Jacket Gown, $149.99 at Macy’s

This gown leaves you with so many options. At just a fraction of your budget, you can opt to wear it as is, but since we’re aiming for a custom look, you can 86 the bolero and opt for some of the pretty additions we’ve found!

Layer it on!

Since Cynthia is looking for something that isn’t too formal, but still looks wedding-y, lace toppers, boleros and capes are a great way to dress up a simple gown with something decidedly “bridal.”

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Chantilly Lace Ivory Bridal Topper, $66.99 from Etsy seller UptoDateFashion

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Ivory Lace Bridal Cape, $80-95 from Etsy seller gebridal

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Amelia Lace Bolero, $195 from Etsy Seller BeLovedmyBeLoved

Since most of your lace accessories are going to come in traditional white or ivory, consider tying your whole ensemble together with a sash that combines shades of ivory and pink for a truly one-of-a-kind look.

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Bridal Sash with Shades of Ivory and Pink, $49.99 from Etsy seller HeavenlyAvonlee

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Pink Bridal Sash with 3D Floral Cluster, $49.99 at David’s Bridal

The long and short of it!

One way to ensure a truly unique look on your big day is to consider different lengths. Cocktail and party dresses can be worn on their own or transformed with a tulle or chiffon skirt for a gown you haven’t seen anywhere else before.

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Blush Long Sleeved Alencon Lace Party Dress, $168.99-189.99 from Etsy Seller UptoDateFashion

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Marina Embellished Stretch Lace Dress, $109 at Nordstrom

A simple lace dress is completely transformed when you add a long skirt, plus it leaves you with the option to leave it behind after the ceremony and dance all night in lightweight comfort!

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Floor Length Tulle Skirt with Your Choice Colors, $275 from Etsy Seller darkponydesigns

Your budget doesn’t have to be a set-back when finding a unique design that perfectly compliments your style. Don’t be afraid to experiment and look in unlikely places. As Broke-Ass Brides, creativity is our currency — and sometimes the best solution is where you’ve never thought to look.

Are you having trouble finding the dress of your dreams? Holler at us and maybe we can help!

Happy hunting!

Five for Friday: Art for Your Beyonce-Lovin’ Crew (or You)

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Admittedly, I’m not quite the Queen Bey worshipper that much of the world seems to be, but I respect the shit out of her. I get it though — homegirl has some tight game. She’s a stone cold fox, has pipes for days (and legs to match) and she’s solid about feminism and being a woman. She’s a mother, a wife (in a seemingly pretty solid relationship) and a business woman. What she also has, though, is some schamazing song lyrics that pretty much make perfect art that I can totally get behind, and I’d venture to guess all of the Beygency would, too. Here are my five favorite pieces of art inspired by Beyonce herself that could make rad gifts for your bridal brigade … or yourself:

Beyonce Pad Thai Print, Etsy

$7 from Etsy seller PrintPunch

This is probably my extra-favorite, because it’s a quote from “The Mindy Project” (RIP). And I love pad thai. Drunk in Love Print, Etsy

$10 from Etsy seller EmilyChalkDesigns

This one kind of covers all the bases: In love? Check. Drunk? Check. Drunk and In Love? Nailed it!

Run the World Print, Etsy

$3 from Etsy seller PartoutDesigns

Because a little daily, bossy reminder never hurt. Single Ladies Dance, Etcy

$10 from Etsy seller DrawMeASong

I mean, I know you already know the steps, but juuuuust in case. Surfboard Print, Etsy

$10 from Etsy seller DrawMeASong 

Subtle enough that your folks won’t know what the song lyrics allude to, yet pretty enough to display prominently.

Bonus: I’m also madly in love with this mug, because, #duh.

Which of these Beyonce-inspired prints is your favorite, BABs?

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Vera’s Burgundy Karen Dress for Under $800

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One of our readers found us an incredible inspiration gown full of drama and sophistication, the Vera Wang Burgundy Karen.

Here’s what she had to say about it:

I fell IN LOVE with the 2013 Burgundy Karen dress by Vera Wang. It retailed at about $4500 but I can’t get it out of my head! I contacted a ton of Etsy sellers but nothing came close to my budget of about $700-800!

Hold onto your hats, because this gown is hawt, as in haute couture. The rich, deep, vampy red-purple (like Pantone’s color of the year, marsala!) commands attention, and the sharply angled neckline, beadwork and layered tulle are nothing short of regal. I love this kind of challenge because it takes uber confidence to wear an intensely colored gown (and why the heck not???), but also because it takes great faith in the #GownHunter to find a couture-inspired gown for under $800! With those awesome vibes (confidence and faith) on my side, I knew this would be a fun hunt!

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Vera Wang Karen, $4,500

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Alyce Paris 9140

 Alyce Paris, Style 9140, $550 at Best Bridal Prices

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Black & Red Knoxville Mermaid Gown 2015, $192 at Unique Vintage

Allure Q166

Allure Quinceanera Dresses, Style Q166, $737 at Best Bridal Prices

Studio 17

Studio 17 Prom Dresses, Style 12432, $286 at Best Bridal Prices

(Also in Sangria, a wine-y red.) 

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Alice + Olivia Roxie Lace Diamond Back Dress, $440 at Neiman Marcus

Alyce Designs

Alyce Designs, Style 6327, $498 at Best Bridal Prices

Etsy Burgundy

Burgundy Organza Gown, Style RW33, $390 by Etsy seller Aegeanbridal

Alyce Paris 6328

Alyce Paris, Style 6328, $498 at Best Bridal Prices

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Alyce Paris, Style 35692, $318 at Best Bridal Prices

Dessy 2922

Dessy Collection Style 2922, $250-$300, available at Dessy

If you find a simpler style gown like this one in a price under your max budget, ask a seamstress or crafty friend to add embellishments! 

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Black Halo Eve Aspen Drop-Waist Shimmery Brocade Gown, $201 at Neiman Marcus

Lisa’s Bonus Pro Tip: When hunting for colored gowns, don’t skip the evening/cocktail, bridesmaid, prom, and quinceanera sections! Gowns in those categories often come in a wide array of colors — and for a fraction of the cost of a bridal gown!

So what do you think of these daring gowns? How will you use all the extra cash you’ve saved on the gown? Let me know in the comments below!

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.

BHLDN Punches Up the Fun with Spring/Summer ’15 Line

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Have y’all been over to BHLDN lately? No? Go ahead. I’ll wait.

OK, ya back? Good. Now let’s chat. Because this line is awesome. Immediately I spied a few hot, new numbers well under the $1000 line — making them bona fide Broke-Ass friendly — and totally almost fell of my chair when I saw how much color and floral awesomeness is included. Let’s go through a few of my faves, shall we?

BHLDN Becca Dress

Becca Dress, $560

Florals fave been ruling the runways, and we’re totally on board with the gorgeous blooms. For a bride looking for something a little less traditional, but still drop-dead gorgeous, THIS.

BHLDN Cate Gown

Cate Gown, $800

Needle & Thread has been popping up on my radar, mostly thanks to my endless scrolling through Asos. The designers crafted this beaded stunner, and if it’s anything like the beaded BHLDN dresses I know, it’s probably a treasure to twirl in.
BHLDN Claudia Dress

Claudia Dress, $595

Aidan Mattox does it again with his beading and shimmering and elegance. The forgiving blouson shape hints at a boho feel, but the texture and shine are fancy. The best of all worlds, really.

BHLDN Floriography Pumps

Floriography Pumps, $160

My jaw literally hit the keyboard when I saw these beauties. I mean, wow! And at under $200, they clock in well below most of BHLDN’s shoes.
BHLDN Juliette Dress

Juliette Dress, $275

OK, so the Juliette dress isn’t really new, per se, but the convertible Jenny Yoo creation hasn’t come in ivory yet (that I can recall). And now that it does? Well, here’s your $300 BHLDN wedding dress, darling!

BHLDN Kennedy Skirt + In Perpetuity Camisole

In Perpetuity Camisole, $160 + Kennedy Skirt, $500

Granted, this is some hefty dough to shell out for separates, but that ivory silk camisole definitely has more life in it than just your wedding day, as does the Kay Unger lace skirt. If you’re worried about dropping cash on an outfit for just one day, this might be your answer.

BHLDN Marivana Lace Gown

Marivana Lace Gown, $650

Tadashi Soji strikes again with another gorgeous, intricate lace number, and I’m far from complaining.  BHLDN Trailing Floral Maxi

Trailing Floral Maxi, $335

Another winner from Needle & Thread! This dress is firing on all cylinders: Flowers, tulle and an under-$500 price tag.

BHLDN Veda Dress Veda Dress, $430

This one immediately scored with me because of the name (if only Anna Chlumsky was modeling), but sealed the deal with the pewter color and sequin detail.

Which of the new items in BHLDN‘s Spring/Summer line is your favorite, BABs?

Real Bride Laura: Couples That Bake Together Take the (Cup)Cake!

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In our quest to save money we have decided to bake our own “wedding cake” or in this case a cupcake tower “cake.” Friends and family have called us totally crazy for undertaking this. However, I think we can pull it off. We are a pretty crafty and capable pair … or that’s what I keep telling myself. We decided to make red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting for the wedding. We’ve, of course, taken on a few batch runs since the decision: We’ve tested cake mixes, piping tips and frosting. However, the last test run we did for a charity bake sale was our most successful!

To prepare for this DIY job we bought the following supplies on Amazon:
– Wilton 418-1704 Icing Tip Set, X-Large ($6)
7 Tier Round Acrylic Cupcake Maypole Stand MPR9022 -holds 100 cupcakes ($79.95)
Filigree Little Vine Lace Laser Cute Cupcake Wrapper Liner ($11 for 100)
Wilton Disposable 16 Inch Decorating Bags ($6 for 12)

We used the following ingredients for our most recent test run, which yield 24 cupcakes. We are just going to multiply this recipe by five for the big day!
– 1 Box of Betty Crocker Red Velvet Cake Mix (the best!)
– 2 packs of Philadelphia Cream Cheese
– 2 cups of powdered sugar
– 1 stick of butter

First we made the red velvet cupcakes from the directions on the box. It was super simple and straightforward. Then we prepared the frosting by mixing the cream cheese, powdered sugar and butter all together until smooth.

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After letting the cupcakes cool for a while we scooped the frosting in the disposable piping bags. Using the 2D tip from the Wilton icing tip set we created a rose like swirl on top. It’s actually really easy. YouTube was a fabulous teacher to learn how to pipe frosting — the video below will make you a frosting pro in no time!

Below are my cupcakes. What do you think??

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Lastly, we wanted to try out the filigree cupcake wrapper to see how they would look for the wedding. They are actually really cute. Just be sure to drop the cupcakes in the filigree wrap after they are frosted. Otherwise, it is pretty hard to frost them.

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It only took about an hour, not including bake time, to make 24 of these bad boys. It was a really fun and tasty activity (it’s hard not to lick the spoon!) for my fiance and I to do together. Our plan is to make these the day before our wedding and refrigerate them for the wedding day. We are staying at our home the night before the wedding since the venue is just 20 minutes from our house so we have a bit more flexibility when it comes to wedding prep.

If DIY dessert for your wedding is out of the question I’d still highly recommend trying these cupcakes out for another event. They are so pretty and easy!

Are you taking on any huge wedding DIYs? What’s your planned project? Tell us in the comments below!