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Ten for the Weekend: Scary Good Deals for Your Halloweekend

And the time has come for Ten for the Weekend! We’ve got plenty of scary good early gift ideas, and hell, we’ve even got a great offer on diamonds! So when you’re recovering from you candy-and-booze-induced hangover tomorrow, check out these deals and take the pain away with the killer discounts below!

1. Before you get to writing those holiday cards and taping up those gifts, grab some bright and fun office products to help out! Head to Poppin to get 20%-60% off select products!

2. The holidays are around the corner, and that usually means fancy parties. Make sure the dudes in your life are stocked up on neckwear with12% off any size order at Use ISAVE12 at checkout. 

Ten for the Weekend: Scary Good Deals for Your Halloweekend

3. Head over to BB Dakota and check out their spooktackular Black Edit in honor of Halloween … and go ahead and save 15% off the collection today only with HALLOWEEN15 at checkout.

4. ThinkGeek is one of our newest homies, and I couldn’t be more stoked. And they’re having their super awesome 20% off sale right now! Use SUGARSKULL until 11/2.

5. Have you gotten your wedding pics back? Get thee over to Shutterfly and get 50% off hard cover photo books … and 30% off everything else!

6. Purveyors of darling attire, Ruche, is having their huge Red Ticket sale with 50%-75% off select items!

Ten for the Weekend: Scary Good Deals for Your Halloweekend

I would like this panda sweater, plz and thx.

7. Another fashion favorite is cuddling up with critters! ModCloth is knocking 20% off animal-isnpired styles until 11/1.

8. Guys, this one is a good one: is taking 20% off all orders + free shipping when you use code DS4LLOVE.

9. Need some new jammie-jamz? SleepyHeads is taking 25% off footed pajamas with code COSTUME  until 11/2.

10. If you’re in need of a fancier shopping spree, head over to and save up to 70% on top brands (and check out the wedding shop)!

Happy Shopping, Darlings!

Five for Friday: Small Treats For Your Big Day … or Any Day

Happy Halloween, loves! I hope you’re all dolled up in your most awesome ensemble and are ready to have a total blast this weekend! I’m stoked that this weekend is finally here, because it means the end of one helluva busy month, and the beginning of a two-month stretch where I have practically nothing planned — the first time this has happened in nearly a year. So I fully plan on relaxin’ to the max and pampering myself on every occasion (which, let’s be real, sometimes a treat just means a mimosa and bagel for breakfast). So, in honor of this opportunity for me to slow down, I’m dedicating this Five for Friday to five of my favorite ways to treat myself, whether it be for a big occasion or just a little extra way to be kind to me.

Aerie Softest Robe

Aerie Softest Robe, $39.95

Luxuriating in a super soft, pretty robe first thing in the morning or after a nice hot shower is one of my favorite things. I’ll take extra time to do my hair and makeup … and pretty much anything other than getting dressed when cloaked in a comfortable robe.

Sally Hansen Salon Manicure in Golden Rule,

Sally Hansen Salon Manicure in Golden Rule, $8.18

This is my favorite nail polish, possibly ever. It’s like a mutha-effin party on my fingers, and there hasn’t been a single time I’ve worn it and have not received a compliment. Unlike many of those glittery polishes, this is so chock-full of sparkly specks that two coats will suffice (I use three, because #duh).

24/7 T-Shirt Bra in Black

ThirdLove 24/7 T-Shirt Bra in Black, $55

I live in this bra. I shit you not. I’m wearing it right now. ThirdLove is a tiny company that really surprised me with its quality of products, and y’all, I used to work in a lingerie store. I know my shit when it comes to the boulder-holders (plus I’ve been growing these things for 20 years now, so there’s that). But this bra is the single best things I’ve caged my girls in, and they love me for it.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil - Face

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil – Face, $13.15

Palmer’s sent me some of this a while back. I love cocoa butter — it’s the only kind of lip balm I’ll use and I prefer moisturizer that contains it — so it was only natural for me to jump at this opportunity. I’ll totally admit that I was wary about putting oil on my face, but it feels SO. FREAKING. AWESOME. It’s not super greasy, soaks in pretty quickly and leaves my face feeling uber soft. I’ve also not suffered a horrendous breakout since I started using it (which is a rarity after switching products).  Plus it’s got a great smell and it’s kind of a calming ritual after washing my face. The only downside is that I have to use a second product to get my necessary SPF coverage when I’m spending time outside.

Anthropologie Serena Ring in Black Onyx

Anthropologie Serena Ring in Black Onyx, $118

Also available in laborodite, moonstone and chalcedony.

Y’all, sometimes you really have to treat yo-self, and I’m of the opinion that a sweet little ring that you buy for yourself is a great way to do that. Jewelry tends to be an investment, and I know it’s not exactly cheap — but really, this one isn’t that expensive, either — but the dainty, classic silhouette is one that can easily translate through a variety of looks.

Go on, darlings. Treat yo-self this weekend. You earned it! What’s your favorite way to do so?

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! A Beautiful Tulle Ball Gown For Under $1,500

Hey BABs! This week we are helping Payton to get over a beautiful strapless tulle ball gown with a beaded sash. This is a super popular, classic design that brides all over are still wearing today.  You will see a strapless ball gown in nearly any bridal collection. This particular designer is Essense of Australia, though other details are scarce … but I can tell you one thing: I found some GREAT alternatives for you, lady. Check them out!

Can't Afford It

Original Strapless Tulle Ball Gown $3,000, Essense of Australia

Get Over It

BBP490 Mori Lee Tulle Ball Gown (Style: 6775) $499 at

BBP650 Strapless Tulle Wedding Gown With Sweetheart Neckline & Ornate Beading (Style: 8445) $650 at

BBP807 Satin Tulle Strapless Ball Gown With Asymmetrical Rouched Top (Style: 20721) $807 at

BBP934 Ball Gown Wedding Dress With Alencon Lace On Tulle (Style: 1917) $934 at

BBP950 Venice Lace Edged With Crystal Beading On Tulle (Style: 5162) $950 at

BBP1020 Tulle Overlaying Beaded Alencon Lace Appliques (Style: 1959) $1,020 at

BBP1038 Knotted Tulle Bodice With Sweetheart Neckline (Style: M359) $1,038 at

BBP1049 Alencon Lace On A Tulle Wedding Gown With Beaded Organza Sash (Style: 5263) $1,049 at

BBP1100 Soft Tulle Pick-Ups Over Silky Satin Accented With Heavily Beaded Bodice (Style: 2052) $1,100 at

BBP1100-2 Embroidered Lace Appliques On Tulle, Edged With Crystal Beading (Style: 2614) $1,100 at

BBP1280 Soft Tulle Gown With 3-Dimensional Organza Flowers At The Waist (Style: 2103) $1,280 at

BBP1329 Strapless Tulle Ball Gown With Sweetheart Neckline And Detailed With Feathered Applications (Style: Barbate) $1,328 at

On Sale – Originally $2,214!

Let me know what you think, Payton! I wasn’t sure of your budget but all of these dresses are under $1,400. Best Bridal Prices is a great website and some of those dresses come with a free veil and shoes! Let us know if you need if you need anything else from the BAB team! 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.

Winning Wednesday: Bedeck One of Your Bridesmaids with TopWedding

Oh, it’s been a minute since we’ve had a giveaway, hasn’t it? Well, TopWedding is here to change that.

In honor of their beautiful new arrivals of bridesmaids gowns, TopWedding is giving away one of the sleek silhouettes, perfect for a formal affair or wintry bash. With a huge range of colors and styles available, and since they’re manufactured overseas, TopWedding has dresses to complement any style of wedding theme with prices accessible to nearly any budget.

Winning Wednesday: Bedeck One of Your Bridesmaids with TopWedding

This is a sampling of the dresses TopWedding has to offer. A few of these styles are eligible for the giveaway.

One lucky BAB will get one dress out of their pick of  six different styles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). As per usual, each task below earns one entry. The more tasks completed, the more entries earned, the greater chances of winning, ya dig?

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Real Bride Jubilance: Finding the Right Invitations Is Harder Than I Thought

Back when we first got engaged, I had a specific plan in mind for our Save the Dates and wedding invitations. I initially wanted our Save the Dates to look like a tweet (because we met on Twitter) and for our invitations to have a nerd theme. In those first exciting days of our engagement, I started Googling, looking for possible ideas that matched what was in my head. And I didn’t find much, which was surprising (I touched on this a bit here).

Nerd invitations were pretty easy to find, but the type of nerd invitations I was looking for was scarce. My fiancé is a mathematician and I’m a chemist, and I wanted invitations that reflected both. I found some chemistry invitations, and some math invitations, but no general “nerd” invitations. There were also lots of video game nerd invites, and while my fiancé and I forged our bond over animated games of Super Mario on my Wii, I couldn’t call us gamers by any stretch of the imagination.

While I was lamenting the lack of cute nerdy invitations, I also realized a crucial point – custom invitations can be expensive, and expensive invitations are not a part of our budget wedding plan. We also realized that we didn’t have to share our wedding theme before the wedding – we could save it for the wedding and wow our guests on our wedding day. Once we decided to do invitations that weren’t custom, I started visiting invitation vendors and checking out both selection and prices.

I figured the best way to decide on an invitation suite is to get our hands on some actual samples, right? I love getting wedding-related things, so discovering that lots of online companies provide free samples gave me great joy. I wound up ordering samples from a variety of companies, including Wedding Paper Divas, Minted, MagnetStreet, and Invitations by Dawn. As I expected, designs that I originally loved online didn’t wow me once I had a physical invitation in my hand. But this wasn’t just my decision – my fiancé had a vote as well. I kinda expected him to defer to me, but surprisingly he has very strong opinions on what our invitations should look and feel like.

My BFF got married this past July, and his new wife raved about Wedding Paper Divas. I liked a lot of their designs online and also that you could receive 8 samples free! I’m all about the free stuff.

Real Bride Jubilance's Wedding Paper Divas Samples

Some of the Wedding Paper Diva invitation samples we received

Real Bride Jubilance's MagnetStreet Samples

Our samples from MagnetStreet

Once we received all the samples, we laid them all out and started comparing. First we whittled down all the ones we liked, and then we compared prices, paper options, and the ability to customize. For us it really came down to 2 companies – MagnetStreet and Wedding Paper Divas. Both are comparable in price, and both had options that we liked, both in designs and paper options.

So what broke the tie? We considered what we’d already chosen. In August we got these awesome Save the Dates from MagnetStreet, which featured a chalkboard theme in green. We thought “why mess with a good thing? The chalkboard theme totally fits into our nerd wedding so let’s carry it through to the wedding invitations”. We adore our Save the Date magnets and our guests have all raved about them and the quality. The great products and fast service have made us big MagnetStreet fans.

Real Bride Jubilance's Save the Date

Our chalkboard Save the Dates from MagnetStreet — ain’t we cute???

And that’s how we ended up choosing the Chalkboard Sweetheart Invitations from MagnetStreet. But the best part is the 25% off coupon we’re using to order them! Initially my coupon was set to expire before we attended our food tasting, but they were more than willing to allow us to use our coupon after the expiration date. Now THAT is customer service! I’m super excited to order these and I can’t wait to get them – yay!

*checks “decide on invitations off the wedding to-do list*

Next up – figuring out wedding decor!

Real Bride Katie: Planning for My Own Halloween Wedding

Hey everyone!

I’m so excited to report that things have gotten much better since my last post. The biggest and best news is that we set a date! We were getting very frustrated over the decision, which was really hard at a time of year when we’re both very busy anyway. I was even having stress dreams over it, and it is *WAY* too early in the planning process for that nonsense! We found out that the couple at the venue we wanted had confirmed their booking for 10/24, and my little sister informed us that she wouldn’t be able to attend on 10/31 either. Fed up, I made two mood boards, one for 11/7/15 and one for 10/10/15, and told Andrew to decide. He chose 10/10, and now the contract is dropped off and the deposit is paid (thanks to a lovely gift from his parents). What a load off!

Of course, 10/10 isn’t Halloween, but since our decorations are up well before October 1st every year, we’re usually deep into the spirit and we have no issues incorporating it into our wedding. We feel like it’s a win all around — we get Halloween inspired decor, no one expects to be in costume, no one has a trick-or-treat issues and all the must-have people can attend.

We decided with very little time to spare, too. Now, in addition to looking at things from the awesome post Christen made me, I get to shop Halloween clearance this weekend! Saturday will be the biggest day, because a lot of stores drop prices right away on 11/1. I’ll also be checking in throughout the week for items that are just on the Nice To Have list to get deep discounts. Here are my top 3 wants:

3. Non-Orange Pumpkins


Our colors will be a range of purples, grays, black and ivory. No orange allowed! But we still want to incorporate pumpkins. I will be looking for some like this one from Target to include. We will also probably get some real white pumpkins next year. {Psst! Katie! Check out these silver pumpkins – Eds.}

 2. Spiderweb Table Accents


Maybe not this one specifically, but lacy spiderweb table runners seem like the perfect accent for a Hallowedding table! These are also usually super reasonable, so it’s a great little decor boost with minimal budget impact.

1. Crow Lanterns


These lanterns are my number one goal for the whole trip. The orange backing is removable, so I plan to replace it with purple and have the bridesmaids carry these down the aisle instead of traditional bouquets (though I will probably have the florist embellish them a little bit). I’m a little worried because the closest Target to me is already sold out, but one of the great things about living in the city where Target is headquartered is that we’re even more saturated than everywhere else! I’ll search the whole metro if I have to!

What’s on your Halloween shopping list?

Get Inspired: Gore-geous Details for a Hallowedding

With Real Bride Katie‘s heart set on a Halloween wedding, and the spooky holiday staring us down at the end of the week, it seems like the right time for a great Halloween wedding — er, Hallowedding — style board. Rather than go with the standard black-and-orange approach, I glammed it up the morbid black with some dark purple and added a little glistening gold, so it still exudes the classiness of a wedding but with a darker feel appropriate for this spooky spectacle.

Hallowedding Style Board Decor at top: Plum Purple Block Printed Square Paper Lantern, $12.95 at Luna Bazaar | Black 15-Inch Tissue Paper Pom-Pom (striped design), $2.75 at Luna Bazaar | Black Little Classic Hurricane Lantern, $5.50 at Luna Bazaar | Bats and Cats Paper Lantern String Lights, $19.75 at Luna Bazaar | Gild Gold Paper Hand Fan, $1.70 at Luna Bazaar | Small Gold Mercury Glass Trinket Box (pumpkin design), $14.75 at Luna Bazaar

Attire from left: Maximum Shine Black and Gold Sequin Maxi Dress, $88 at Lulu’s | Shortcake Story Dress in Purple, $54.99 at ModCloth | Odette Dress, $430 at BHLDN | Craft Cocktails Dress, $59.99 at ModCloth | Irina Dress, $330 at BHLDN

Shoes from left: Eoweriri in purple, $89.99 at | Head of the Sass Flat in Black, $34.99 at ModCloth | Fleur Those About to Walk Heel by Poetic License, $139.99 at ModCloth

What do you think of this spooktacular styleboard, darlings? How would you style a Hallowedding?


Ten for the Weekend: Cold-Weather Shopping Deals for Budget Babes

Happy Friday, BABs! I think fall has finally decided to show it’s face — albeit shyly — here in North Texas … just in time, too, since all the cutest stuff seems to be on sale! This Ten for the Weekend has oodles of gorgeous and cozy fashion finds that won’t destroy your budget, but will leave you looking the bestest.

1. A super fancy dress at a quarter of the price? Yep, Rent the Runway does just that. And go ahead and score $20 off orders $75+ until 11/1 when you use code TREAT2014.

Marchesa Notte gown from Rent the Runway

I’d love to see this gorgeous Marchesa Notte dress on a fall bride (Rent for $200, retails at $1395).

2. Speaking of fashion: Ann Taylor (#duh) is offering 50% off your entire purchase with code FASHION50 utnil 10/28.Take 50% off Entire Purchase with code FASHION50. 

3. Not one to be left behind, Lord & Taylor is taking an extra 25% off women’s, men’s and kids with their Friends & Family sale until 10/26 with code FRIENDS. 

4. Stock up on cool, casual essentials with American Eagle’s 25% off new arrivals offer — use code NEWVIBES until 10/27. 

AEO Striped V-Back Sweater Dress

This striped sweater dress (with a V-back!) would be in constant rotation — with my pajamas. Erry day, y’all.

5. Cooler weather calls for sox, but not just any old sox … Save 10% on all orders from the Sox Box using code SAVE10.

6. Flaunt your team spirit at Fanatics with 15% off NCAA sweatshirts and jackets until 10/31.

7. Get a head start on holiday shopping and get home decor, cards, calendars, etc., with Shutterfly and go ahead and save 40% off while you’re at it.

8. YO, DIY BRIDES! If you’re printing your invitations at home, you need this: Comp and Save is offering $5 off your $5 order (+ you get a free wristband) until 11/2 with code 5BC5 at checkout — so stock up on ink and toner!

9. Still in denial that winter is, indeed, coming? Book a vacation with Expedia where you can save up to 55% in Los Cabos, Mexico, plus get a 20% spa discount at select resorts until 10/31.

10. Of course, the best for last:, my own personal favorite place for all things fun, funky and design-y, is knocking 10% off sitewide (you must use this link)! Get on it!

Heart Gloves Grey Cherry by  Yastikizi

Got a cold-weather engagement shoot? These gloves would be perfect!

Happy shopping, BABs!

Five for Friday: Stunning Engagement Rings Under $1K from Mia Donna

One of the things I hear from many future BABs is that they have their hearts set on certain styles of engagement rings, but are often hard-pressed to find their favorite stunners at a price that fits their budget. Y’all, I’m here to tell you that finding your dream ring at your price point is totally doable. Longtime friend and partner of The Broke-Ass Bride, Mia Donna, is a prime example: Mia Donna has a whole gang of gorgeous engagement rings and wedding bands in the $500 to $1,000 range. This Five for Friday highlights my five faves, all under $1,000.

Mia Donna Amore Engagement Ring

Amore Vintage Engagement Ring starting at $980

Amore is definitely a classic design with a vintage feel. It’s the kind of ring that will be timeless, and always a little unique.

Mia Donna Allure Wedding Ring
Allure Wedding Band starting at $569

Not everyone is into the center-stone look, and many who work with their hands or are pretty active, the prong settings can get snagged and you could lose your stone. A pave band is a great way to incorporate the sparklez without putting your precious in peril.

Mia Donna Daci Engagement Ring

Daci Solitaire Engagement Ring starting at $795

I’ve been digging tension settings like this lately — it’s just a clean, different line than what you typically see from solitaire rings.

Mia Donna Peaches Engagement Ring
Peaches Engagement Ring starting at $973

Peaches is just gorgeous, in my opinion. I’m not usually super into the halo look, but I think this ring pulls it off quite successfully.

Mia Donna Poppy Accentend Engagement Ring
Poppy Engagement Ring starting at $894

Aside from the shorter, less protruding prongs, my favorite thing about this simple ring is the teeny bezel-set diamond in the setting base.  Sometimes it’s the little details that make it.

Which is your favorite, darlings? Anything from Mia Donna catch your eye?