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Real Bride Peach: 18 Days Left in Our Engagement!

I’ve been a busy Peach since my last ohmygodthisisgettingreal post! It really is true that no matter HOW long your engagement, the last month is straight up bonkers. Here’s what we have been up to:

We got our marriage license!

Courthouse Kiss

Booked our honeymoon: We are going to Costa Rica! I. CANNOT. WAIT. to get all toes-in-the-sand, coconut-drink, do-nothing-for-a-week. Remember how stressed I was about booking this late? Well, after pricing out many options with agents, we found that our best bet was to use my fiance’s hotel points for an all-inclusive resort. We managed to get 6 nights … FOR FREE. The only expense to us for our honeymoon will be our flights (booked!) and our rental car (booked!). All said? We will be honeymooning for under 2K. I’ll take it!

 

Via

Programs: Our final draft of our programs has been sent to the printer. I LOVE my Maid Of Honor for her serious design skillz and for using her printer hookup to get me a great rate on our tea-length, badass, peach & pewter programs. They’re going to look so great!

Guest book: Our retouched engagement pictures came in! We did have to pay extra to retouch about 50 of them from that sweaty, sticky day, but it was worth it! With our pics in hand, I immediately ran to some photo book sites for pricing options. I went with Shutterfly for their awesome classic guest book design, plus I had a $20.00 off coupon for them from David’s Bridal (we ordered the Mother of the Groom dress from there). As phenomenal luck would have it, Shutterfly had a 50% off of hard cover photo books promo going, too! So a book that should have cost me $115.00 only cost me $54.00 … but I had to pay $15.99 for expedited shipping.  Oh, well.

You guys, I had SO MUCH FUN designing the guest book with our pictures. Like, I forgot to eat dinner last night. *oops*  I’ve no doubt I’ll probably create our wedding album from them, too.

 

Yay! Funnnn!!!

Because I was so caught up, I also designed our thank you photo cards from MagnetStreet. I fell completely in love with this design, because it gives us the option to use many of our engagement pictures. Plus, MagnetStreet sends crazy-good promos via email {Eds Note: And the deals are usually in our Five for Friday columns}! So with their latest, I’ll be able to order 50 awesome thank yous for just one dollar a card. With that many pictures involved? Amazing deal!

 

Via MagnetStreet

And if that wasn’t enough picture goodness, I was also the lucky winner of a giveaway from PosterBlitz. YAY! I’m super happy for this, because our budget unfortunately couldn’t be stretched to include a bridal portrait session with our photographer. But I’m glad we’ll have a great big photo of the both of us to display for our guests on the day of.

And lastly, we met for the final time with our venue and our DJ. Everything is coming together nicely and I know I’m in good hands with both of them.

So what’s left?

  • We are awaiting the arrival of a bunch of bridal party gift purchases we made. That was definitely a chunk of our budget that we didn’t account for … at least not that much money. But thanking your people for standing up next to you as you commit your life to someone? Not to be taken lightly. It’s the least we can do for all the expenses they are taking on just to be a part of our day! So once the gifts arrive, I need to package them up in a way that is travel-AND-budget-friendly. Michaels … look out.
  • Pick up my dress when the final alterations are done
  • Final haircut/color — this weekend!
  • Welcome bags — my parents are handling, whew. I just have to print our thank you notes and our WeddingMix app instructions for them.
  • Final seating decisions and make my collage display for the day of
  • Try not to freak out as things start to go sideways
  • That, up there. ^^^ Yeah.

Till next time,

Get Inspired: Glam Black + White + Gold With Dash of Plaid

It’s no surprise that I uber heart gold and pretty much anything black + white patterned. I mean really, it’s kind of the perfect color scheme and can translate easily to almost any wedding theme. But what about wintry weddings that are trying to go a little more cozy than ultra-glam? Welp, plaid, my dears. Think about it: Sleigh rides, flannel shirts, fleecy throws. Plaid, plaid, plaid. I’ve had this idea swimming around in my brain, so natch, a style board to help translate the idea was necessary. My intention was to go full bore with flowers and table decor, but I got so stuck on outfits and before I knew it I was out of time, so there may be another post with this theme in the future. But for now …

Black + White + Gold Mood Board Black, White and Gold Star Paper Lanterns: Luna Bazaar | Sleeveless “I Am Glam” Dress: ModCloth | “I Now Pronounce You” Dress: ModCloth | “International Acclaim” Dress: ModCloth | “Livia” Gown: BHLDN | “See a Pattern” Dress: ModCloth | “Just Sway the Word” Dress, ModCloth | “Monaco” by rsvp: Zappos | “Yes I Candescent” Heel: ModCloth

 

Ten for the Weekend: Stationery Scores, Shoe Sales and Deals for Days

Whew! Another week done and dusted. Did you all get shit done this week? I know I sure as hell did, and I can’t wait to kick back and do a whole helluva lot of nothing. Well, and do a little retail therapy, of course. So, in that vein, here you go with this week’s killer deals, discounts and sales to get your guilt-free shopping on!

1. You know what would save you a buttload of time on those return envelopes? Custom stamps. And Paper Source is knocking 25% off all custom stamps until 9/29! 

Paper Source Custom Stamp

I mean, polka dots, y’all.

2. Ain’t no sale like an Anthro sale! Head on over to the fashion powerhouse and take an extra 25% off sale styles using SALEONSALE.

3. Time for a new pair of kicks? 6pm.com has Keds, U.S. Polo Assn., XOXO and more for up to 65% off until 9/27.

4. TODAY only, head over to Cents of Style where all things jewelry are $5.95 + free shipping when you use code SEPTEMBER.

5. Speaking of getting busy in the kitchen, head on over to SurLaTable.com and save 20% on KitchenAid bakeware until 9/30. 

6. Guys, let’s talk a pet peeve of mine real fast: Rugs. They’re expensive as hell, and get trampled all over. Which is why when a deal like this makes me super giddy: Get up to 60% off clearance area rugs at Home Depot.

7. Oh look! More shoes for sale! Head over to Nine West and get up to 30% off sale items!

Nine West Zeau laceup Oxfords

I would like these, plz. Because: Oxfords. #duh

8. I don’t know about y’all, but I’m ready for a vacation. Expedia can help save you up to 55% in Los Cabos plus a 20% spa discount at select resorts until 10/31.

9. SheInside is getting spooky with a huge BOGO + up to 30% off with their Annual Shopping Carnival when you enter code PREH30 through 11/2.

10. If you have any stationery needs WHATSOEVER, get your booty over to Shutterfly and save 40% off … well … anything with code GOOD4U until 9/28.

Five for Friday: Cooking Tools Perfect For Those Epic Fall Dinners

There’s something about the changing seasons that kick me right into high cooking gear — as if I didn’t already cook a holy buttload, I get all extra creative and fancy during the cooler months. And since there are usually more sauces and sides and sweets, but my kitchen isn’t any bigger, I’ve come to rely on some very handy tools to help me get the jobs done without too much anxiety over which burner to use, how big of a mess I’m making … and where the hell is the tarragon??? For this Five for Friday, I’mma share my favorite cooking tools for those awesome fall meals. Bon appétit!

Five for Friday: Cooking Tools Perfect For Those Epic Fall Dinners 7 qt Food Steamer, $32.17 

I just recently got one of these bad boys and it is far and away my mostest favoritest. I don’t have to dedicate a whole burner just to cooking rice, nor do I have to fiddle with my ghetto veggie-steaming method. I just plop the food in (and y’all, you can cook multiple things at once due to the two separate steamer baskets), crank the timer and go.

Five for Friday: Cooking Tools Perfect For Those Epic Fall Dinners Lodge Cast Iron 5 qt Dutch Oven, $38.96

You guys know how much I love my cast iron, and this beauty is no different. Obviously it’s great for things like soups and stews, but it’s also perfect for cooking a roast chicken, pork chops and the like. The lid can also be used as a skillet for cornbread … so there’s that.

Five for Friday: Cooking Tools Perfect For Those Epic Fall Dinners

Mocubo Cutting Board with Prep Storage, $39.99

I cannot tell you how often I find myself with bowls upon jars upon tupperware stacking up on my counter and often overflowing onto the table with my mise en place. I need this cutting board in my life oh, so desperately.

Five for Friday: Cooking Tools Perfect For Those Epic Fall Dinners

Chevron Stripe Apron with Yellow Bow, $36.95

I make so many sauces and tend to bake significantly more during the fall that an apron is really more of a necessity than anything. And I have two by Flirty Aprons, which is great, because if one is filthy from the previous cooking adventure, then I can use the other. And they’re pretty freaking cute.

Five for Friday: Cooking Tools Perfect For Those Epic Fall Dinners

Elemental, My Dear Spice Rack Set, $54.99

Oh man, organized spices. There are few things more frustrating to me than having to dig through a whole mess of different spice bottles to find the one I’m looking for. And I use an obscene amount of vegetable oil — since I cook in my cast iron pretty much daily — so having a cute decanter that I can leave out on my counter without it looking blergh-y is super essential. Having a cute, organized spice rack makes my whole cooking process considerably less chaotic.

 What’s your go-to kitchen tool? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Ask Heather: Are Wedding Favors Necessary?

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Image courtesy of Rosey Sugar Palace

Dear Heather,

Is it absolutely necessary to have favors aside from goodie bags you give to your traveling guests?

Brittney

Dear Brittney,

No.

I’m so incredibly tempted to just leave it at that … you have no idea. However, I’m guessing some of you would appreciate a little elaboration.

When it comes to a legally-binding wedding, the only things truly necessary are (1) people who want to get married, (2) a marriage license, and (3) someone to marry them (but not always — you can do a self-uniting ceremony in Pennsylvania, which doesn’t require an officiant). Other than that, it’s all optional. But you certainly wouldn’t know that from reading most wedding blogs or buying into the WIC.

When I was engaged, I got wrapped into the whole “OMG, must find the perfect favor!!!” mind trap, just like many of you. And you know what my perfect favor ended up being? A whole lot of nothing. That’s right — I had a wedding and *gasp* didn’t give my guests any favors. And nobody complained. They were too busy eating, drinking, dancing and socializing.

In addition to not needing to provide favors, you also don’t have to give goodie bags to your traveling guests. It’s a nice gesture, and will likely be appreciated by folks who get to their hotel and just want a bottle of water that doesn’t cost a fortune, but it’s not required. This is especially true if this will end up breaking the budget. Trust me — if I had to choose between inviting a couple more guests or providing out-of-town folks with a bag full of goodies, you can bet I’d choose to celebrate with those additional guests!

Are you planning on providing favors for your guests? What are you using? Or are you rebelling against the WIC and going without? Let us know in the comments below!

Ten for the Weekend: Sales and Deals Ripe for the Picking

All right, it’s Friday afternoon! Time for a little maxin’, relaxin’ and weekend shoppin’! This week, I’ve got a huge bridesmaid dress sale, sequin dresses, yoga gear and more! Happy shopping, darlings!

Ten for the Weekend: Sales and Deals Ripe for the Picking

1. Snuggle in for the cooler months. Sleepyheads Mall is knocking 30% off all fleece robes with code ROBE30 until 9/28.

2. If you’re a big plan-ahead type of person, then go ahead and stock up on cards, calendars and photo books from MixBook at up to 40% off when you use code FALL14.

3. Hey yogis! Save 20% off all prAna clothing during YogaDirect.com’s clearance sale when you use code PRANA20 at checkout. 

4. Get your personalized wedding party gifts from Zazzle and knock 10% off your order with YOURFALLDEAL.

5. Whether you’re in need of bridesmaid dresses or rockin’ party frocks, get thee to Dessy where you can get 15% off and FREE shipping on entire site until 10/1 with code DG915.

6. Winter brides and grooms! Head on over to Wedding Paper Divas and save 30% on your Save the Date order with code WPD30DATESEP.

7. We could all use more sequins in our lives, amirite? Head on over to LightInTheBox.com and take $5 OFF $50 on sequin party dress orders with code LITBBling.

8. Fall always puts me in nesting mode, with a constant yearn for new furniture an decor. Design Within Reach is having a once-a-year Knoll sale of 15% off + FREE shipping until 9/30.

9. Want to get those Instagram snaps of your delish lunch just right? Take a food photography class … or any of a wide range of other course during Craftsy’s fall sale, where you can get the how-to for up to 50% off through 9/22.

10. American Eagle and Aerie are having their big Friends & Family sales this weekend. Get 25% off at Aerie using code 69E798N1 and 25% off at American Eagle using code 69E798N1.

 

 

Five for Friday: ThirdLove has Hot Underthings For Your Wedding Night and Beyond

There’s a new bra game in town, you guys, and I’m pretty in love with them. I own one of the 24/7 T-shirt bras by ThirdLove, and it’s easily become my favorite bra. The company focuses entirely on fit and comfort, and gooood lawwwwd do they nail it. My 36C ladies definitely have the double-bubble issue, and by the end of the day, I’m usually pretty freaking exhausted of having the girls caged and restricted. I’ve worked for lingerie shops in the past, and am incredibly picky when it comes to my boulder holders. And I believe a good bra is totally worth investing in (ThirdLove’s bras top out at $64), because you’re going to be sporting the thing All. Damn. Day. They have a huge range of sizes — including half-cup sizes. And pretty colors! So, for this week’s Five for Friday, here are five gorgeous pieces from ThirdLove that are perfect to fan the flame on your wedding night … and many nights beyond!

Ivory Lace Balconet Bra from ThirdLove Ivory Lace Balconet, $64

ThirdLove lace thong

 

Lace Thong, $21 $14 Black Mesh Demi Bra by ThirdLove
Black Mesh Demi, $59

Lace Boyshort by ThirdLove

Lace Boyshort, $21

ThirdLove Deep Pink Mesh Plunge Bra

Deep Pink Mesh Plunge, $49

Which of ThirdLove’s pieces is your favorite?

 

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Jenny Packham’s “Strelitzia” Inspired Dress For Under $1,500

Hey BABs! As promised, I am doing Part Deux of a fabulous Jenny Packham request. Last week we were helping someone get over “Tease” and this week it’s “Strelitzia.” This dress is also from Jenny’s 2013 Fall Bridal Collection. If you view the entire collection, you’ll see it is very much influenced by the 1930′s but with a subtle, modern twist. It’s just so glamorous! In case you missed last weeks request, here’s what one of our readers had to say:

“Could you help me get over these two Jenny Packham dresses? Budget 2000 or less, but prefer to be 1500 or less. They are both unique and I haven’t seen anything else like them. Your help would be amazing!”

I definitely tried to keep it on the cheap this time around. None of these dresses are over $600! *Pats self on back*  I’mma keep this short and sweet so … scroll down for sparkles. Enjoy!

 

Can't Afford It

Original Jenny Packham’s “Strelitzia” $$$$

Get Over It

6PM164 Adrianna Papell Vines Beading On Blouse Gown (Style: 8356738) $164 at 6pm.com

Dillards238 Betsy & Adam Beaded Lace Gown (Style: 04325147) $238 at Dillards

Isabella274 Adrianna Papell Beaded Backless Mesh Gown (Style: 091881180) On Sale For $274 at Lord & Taylor

EDressMe330 Chevron Blouson Evening Dress by JS Collections (Style: 864421) $330 at Edressme.com

Bloomingdales370 Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Beaded Blouson Gown (Style: 1121437) $370 at Bloomingdales

Nordstrom396 Adrianna Papell Cap Sleeve Beaded Gown With Open Back Beaded Godet (Style: 1103403) $396 at Bloomingdales

Nordstrom420 Aidan Mattox Illusion Yoke Sequin Mesh Gown (Style: 596739) $420 at Nordstrom

SaksFifthAvenue450 Aidan Mattox Sequin Tulle Sleeveless Gown (Style: 0437012811049) $450 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Coast500 Ophelia Maxi Dress With Sheer Overlay (Style: 1327341) $550 at Coast

I wanted to give you as many options as I could. There are a lot of other amazing dresses from the websites I used so check ‘em out! I hope I was able to help you get over those beautiful gowns. Please let the babes here at BAB know if we can help you out in any other way. We have plenty of gurus here to cover almost every aspect of your big day! 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.

Real Bride Tiffany: When to BUY, not DIY

Thanks to the wonders of Pinterest, I often convince myself that I can create ANYTHING. Even though my brain and my severe lack of patience tell me otherwise. Even so, my wedding crafting to-do list reached about 10 items too many. To resolve this problem, I turned to my best Internet friend, Etsy.

BABs, if you are unfamiliar with Etsy, get outta town! But keep reading first. Etsy is like that one friend that can do anything and everything and oh, how you envy her skills. And every now and then you find such a well-priced handmade item on Etsy that you just simply can’t turn it down. Because the cost of supplies and patience to create it yourself are outweighed by the joy in making that little click to buy a homemade, handmade item from a small business. Here are some of the items I purchased for our wedding:

etsy

1. flower girl bracelet from Stargazing Lily | 2. cake topper from The Path Less Traveled | 3. clipart from Shh Maker Design | 4. garland from Funky Frills UK

Etsy browsing has become one of my many online hobbies, and I’ve purchased from quite a few different sellers. These ones in particular (with the exception of the clipart because you get to download it immediately and there is no interaction) feature great customer service and fast shipping. And trust me, I’ve had my bad Etsy experiences. We’ll talk flower girl dresses at a later date, maybe. But you guys already know my … ahem … skills as far as DIY is concerned, so for me it sometimes just made sense to throw money at it rather than try for the potential headache.

So BABs, my advice to you would be to take the time to browse a variety of Etsy sellers {Eds note: Aftcra is also a fabulous resource, and its wedding section is schamazing} before making a decision. Create lists of your favorites shops and items (within Etsy, not like actually on real paper). Check shipping costs and speeds. And if that cost is low enough, why not spend a little dough to check one of those many DIY projects off your list? Just click “buy” and let the Etsy pros do it for ya!