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Not to Bag on the $3,700 Cat Purse But …

You guys. There’s a $3,700 cat bag.

No, really. It’s a thing. Because Bergdorf Goodman made it a thing, and Yahoo Style brought it to my attention.

Now, normally I totally dig Yahoo Style, because it’s well, awesome. I’ve seen some great ideas on there (seriously, the hair tie-through-jeans-buttonhole idea has saved me after a taco too many), but this animal accessory? It’s a bit much. I mean, you know I love cats (I made mine a wedding website, remember?) but um, you could have a cat-themed wedding for that kind of skrilla.

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Getaway purrfection, amirite?

Yes, of course I understand it’s Prada. I mean, Prada, y’all. But if Taylor Swift can eschew a kitten-shaped bag in favor of carrying around her actual kitten (named Olivia Benson, no less, because #duh) then there’s got to be some sanity behind being legitimately scared of dropping a lot of money on something frivolous.

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And there’s the kicker, isn’t it? I’m not saying your wedding is frivolous, but there are certainly a holy butt-ton of aspects surrounding your wedding that can be considered such. I mean, yes, designer dresses are schamazing — but there are also wonderful, stunning options that are similar and less spendy (see: Can’t Afford It? Get Over It!). And what about your ladies? They really don’t need to be dropping mega dimes when there are options to rent their bridesmaid dresses.

We talk a lot about saving money here, and sure, a lot of it is out of necessity, but there are a lot of you — at least 40%, according to our last reader survey — who are throwing broke-ass weddings because you want to. You don’t see the value in spending a huge, ton of money on your wedding. Just like you probably don’t see much value in buying a $3,700 cat purse. For many of you, spending money on things like flowers or expensive uplighting or fancy linens is a waste. And let’s not even discuss the literalness behind the bouquet toss for those flower-eschewing brides.

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A cat toss is probably a very bad, and potentially incredibly painful idea. But this picture is amazing. Via

The phrase “Creativity is our currency” is our tagline for a reason: So that you can use that big, beautiful brain of yours to make the wedding that you want happen without you having to go completely broke. Because it’s possible to have a beautiful, magical wedding on a broke-ass budget. And we’re going to help you do it.

PS: If we’re going to spend money on something cat related, I’d totally take the Catbird kitty ring in Yahoo Style’s Cat Lady Gift Guide.

Thank you Yahoo! for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Yahoo!, all content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Snap to It! Win a Wedding Photography Bundle + Mini-moon from Autographer!

** This post is brought to you by our friends over at Autographer.

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How ’bout a whole new perspective on your wedding day … like, literally? Autographer, who makes rad hands-free cameras that are mountable, clippable and wearable and operate on a long-life battery, is having a huge contest. Like, huge y’all. Like, help-you-with-your-photography huge (and there might be a trip in there, too).

See, Autographer’s little cameras can film all day and use sensors and algorithms to determine when to take photos — that is, when they’re not recording for time-lapse purposes, because they can totally do that. I, for one, would LOVE to see one of your weddings filmed in time-lapse from, say, your partner’s perspective? OMG. OR: Have y’all seen that wedding video with the whiskey bottle being passed around? You could totally do that with Autographer, too. And I’ll totally stand behind you on that decision. Any which way you cut it, Autographer is a great way to incorporate a new view on your wedding day. You can totally have all the fun with this.

One amazing couple (so, it should totally be a BAB, #duh) will win 3 Autographer cameras to use on your wedding day, £500 (~ $794 USD) toward the wedding photographer of their choosing + (YOU GUYS) a 3-night mini-moon in Paris with transportation to the city and accommodation at a 5-star hotel included int he prize package.

The contest is open internationally and is SUPER easy to enter: Follow Autographer on Instagram and Twitter. Upload your fave couple selfie — make sure it’s totally representative of y’all! — tag @Autographer and add #InTheNameOfLove. Srsly, how easy is that?

For all the entry details, head over to the contest page on Autographer’s blog. Winner will be announced Christmas Day (Dec. 25) via Autographer’s social channels.

Get on it, BABs and happy snapping!

2014 Gift Guide: Quirky’s Goods for Kitchenistas

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Yep, BABs, it’s that time. It’s when we begin to see red and green and mistletoe infiltrate our every being. Our ears start tingling with that all-too familiar chorus of carols and everyone pretends to be jolly while they’re secretly uber stressed about what to get for whom and where does one get such a thing, anyway? Welp, as per usual, I’m here to help.

We’re going to kick of our holiday gift guide series with one of two guides featuring Quirky (stay tuned for the second one in the coming weeks!), purveyor of super fun and awesome things. Quirky recently sent me their Mocubo cutting board (which I’ve posted about before because it’s the neatest, and is featured below) and then I got lost in the awesome that is their website. Keep in mind, brides, that these can also be added to your wedding registry!

So, here we go, with some amazing gifts for the Kitchenistas — er, cooks and hosts — in your life, all under $40!

Gifts for the Cook and Host from Quirky

Clockwise from Top Left: Nibble, $12.99 - This nonstick cake pan has a mini cake pan built in so you can, you know, make sure your deliciousness is coming out right (read: indulge without screwing up your cake). | Mocubo, $39.99 - Oh. Freaking. Man. I’m not really sure who loves this more — myself or my guy, who gets saddled with the dishes after one of my cooking frenzies. It minimizes counter clutter, organizes my prep shiz and is one solid cutting board. I love it so. | Vine, $2.99 - Vine would make a rad stocking stuffer, but aside from that LOOKIT HOW BRILLIANT. Sure, you may not keep wine chilling en masse in your fridge all of the time, but certainly it’s a possibility during the holidays, and that happens to be the time when fridge organization is of the utmost importance. Vine helps keep those bottles (and their very precious contents) from rolling all over the place. | Grill Wrangler, $29.99 - It’s a spatula! It’s a fork! It’s tongs! It’s significantly less utensils to wash after a great grill sesh! All-in-one tools are the best.

What sort of gift guides would you guys like to see? We have plenty of time for the holidays, so tell me who you’re shopping for, and I’ll help you find something rad!

Winning Wednesday: Get Your Big Day Set with Elegant Wedding Invites

We know that invitations are one of the first elements of your wedding that convey the look and feel guests can expect on the big day. We also know that wedding invitations can be super pricey. And holy bananas, are there options! Foil, letterpress, embossed, pocket, flat, square, shapes, laser cut … where do you even begin to begin?

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Well, you can start with Elegant Wedding Invites, which strives to provide both classic and contemporary designs at totally BAB-friendly prices, and throws in things like RSVP cards, envelopes, free shipping over $40 and easy customization. Borne from the concept of injecting humor into wedding stationery, Elegant Wedding Invites has grown to recognize the need for classic style at affordable prices.

But just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t get the gorgeous details that are filling up your Pinterest — Elegant Wedding Invites has stationery featuring lace, burlap, chevron … and yes, ones with a confetti-like motif. So, you know, they covered the bases. And it doesn’t stop with stationery — Elegant Wedding Invites also has favors and toppers to make sure you’re fully good to go on your wedding day.

And of course, since it’s Winning Wednesday, they’re going to shower you with some extra love: One lucky BAB will score $200 in credit to spend at Elegant Wedding Invites on anything from your full invitation suite to those little wedding extras.

As usual, each task earns you an entry. The more tasks you complete, the more entries you get, the better your chances of winning. Ya dig?

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Letterpress Printables Brings You Gorgeous Invitations on a Broke-Ass Budget

Guys, let’s talk paper. I know, we talk paper a lot. But we’re usually talking paper that’s already designed and mass-manufactured, which is great for those who are not putting huge stock (get it? Card stock? Heh.) into their stationery.

But what about those of us who yearn for the luxurious life of custom-designed letterpress invitations?

Well, darlings, let me introduce you to Letterpress Printables. Y’all can become fast friends. Because this girl gets it.

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Here’s what Kristen (great name, right?) has to say about how this whole party started:

In 2007, when planning my own wedding, details came together pretty quickly. Destination wedding? Yes please! Wedding gown? Third one I tried on! Invitations? $1300! Wait …WHAT?

So I searched … and searched and eventually wound up designing my own invitations and working directly with a letterpress printer for the “low” price of $700.

I thought, there HAS to be a better way.

Letterpress Printables Brings You Gorgeous Invitations on a Broke-Ass Budget

For years I worked as a print and packaging buyer for Fortune 500 companies. I knew how to work with printers, I knew how to find a good price. I knew that I could combine my love for letterpress and my skills as a print buyer to provide letterpressed stationery that was affordable. Seven years, two states and two children later, Letterpress Printables was born.

OK, so homegirl obv. knows where us broke-asses are coming from: You love the look and feel, but the price makes you cringe. So Letterpress Printables bridges that gap by bringing you the luxurious cotton, complete with the design element of your choice, and leaves the rest up to you.

Letterpress Printables Brings You Gorgeous Invitations on a Broke-Ass Budget

So you get gorgeous blank cards with a hot chevron stripe or gorgeous peonies adorning the sides, and then you knock out the wording and other details with a glass of wine in hand and hit print. Simple, right? And you get a helluva lot of control over how it looks and reads, which is awesome.

Letterpress Printables Brings You Gorgeous Invitations on a Broke-Ass Budget

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And at $38.99 for a pack of 20 invitations, you’re saving some serious skrilla. And don’t we all like that?

Head on over to Letterpress Printables to check out all her options!

BONUS: Kristen is gonna hang out with us from time to time for some awesome DIY or DIE action on how to do your invites at home. 

Winning Wednesday: Rock Upcycled, Eco Bling from Topaz and Opal

Upcycling and being a Broke-Ass go hand-in-hand. Add some hot color, fun designs, eco-friendliness and an Etsy seller? Looks like we’ve got a BAB match made in heaven with Topaz and Opal.

Kim, the mastermind behind Topaz and Opal, has a history of teaching, but a passion for making these super fun, bright baubles. Her decoupage skillz give bright new life to regular items (check out the jewelry trays) and add a fun pop to your bauble routine. Of her shop, Kim says this:

If Topaz and Opal is anything it’s a lesson [many lessons] in how to use, reuse, re-imagine, and create new things using old or new, but not so spectacular things, and turning them into jewelry, art, and accessories.

Doesn’t that sound like a page right out of the BAB Manual? I thought so, too. And those bangles would be a super fun, bright gift for your amazing bridesmaids, no? I’m glad we’re on the same page.

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And because it’s Wednesday, lucky you! Kim is doling out one $150 gift certificate (including the price of shipping + handling) to Topaz and Opal.

As per usual, each option below is one entry method. The more tasks you complete, the more entries you get.

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Winning Wednesday: Strut Your Stuff with a Tote from Digital Printsess

One of the things I notice about wedding planning is the amazing accrual of stuff – from planners to printouts to swatches, you have stuff that you’re toting around to various meetings, fittings and brunch with the ladies. It would certainly be nice to have a place designated just for wedding stuff, because everything should have a place, right?

Etsy seller Digital Printsess makes sturdy, tough (go on, put it in the wash) and super cute tote bags that can get the job done. And she designed one for a little show you might have heard of … “The Bachelorette.” Digital Printsess‘ bags appeared in Ashley Herbert and JP Rosenbaum’s wedding special.

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What-what!

Aside from making these super awesome and customizable totes — I can totally see carrying this one while honeymooning on the beach — Digital Printsess also creates beautiful save the dates and invitations. Oh, and she’s totally Broke-Ass friendly: the totes start at $20 (bridesmaid gift, anyone?) and her save the dates and invites start at $15 for the digital file.

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And now to the good stuff: You can score a Digital Printsess tote of your own which can be customized with your own info!

As per usual, completing each task below earns you one entry — you must click on the green box saying “I completed.” Open to US residents only (sorry darling!) Good luck!

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Winning Wednesday: Design Your Own Kicks with Project Shoe

When I was planning my first wedding, I had a very specific idea in mind for my shoes: I desperately wanted peep-toe, kitten-heel slingback pumps in turquoise and white polka dot. I’ll go ahead and let you Google that to see what you come up with …

A whole lot of nothing, right? Yeah, that’s what I got too, and not much has changed in the four years since my original search. And you know what? That sucked. Now, of course, my polka dot love has become a love for glitter, which is ubiquitous, so life is a little easier for this girl.

But if that hadn’t been the case, at least now I could turn to Project Shoe, a new company that allows for custom shoes from the bottom up. No, seriously, you can design damn close to whatever you want — loafers, slingbacks, high-heeled oxfords — let your shoe-lovin’ mind run wild.

I got to try my hand at it, and I was hoping to have my shoes well before this post, but since I’m extremely Libra (read: indecisive), I didn’t actually make up my mind until about a week ago. And since the shoes are custom, it takes a hot minute for them to be made and delivered (OMGGGG … I want them now). But, let’s chat about the awesomeness of this, shall we?

Project Shoe Design Screen

This is where you start. Are you starting to see my dilemma?

From there, it just gets … more. You can choose various toe shapes — pointed, round, cap, loafer, peep-toe, etc. — and heel shapes/heights. Then you start in with the fabric and color. And they’re all glorious.

There’s a whole heap of leather, textile, woven, silk, pony hair and — yep — glitter (11, to be precise) options. Depending on the design of your shoe, you can have as few as two different spots to choose the material or as many as five. Based on the swatches Project Shoe sent me, the materials are all solid, high-quality materials that won’t auto-destruct as soon as you wear them out a few times.

Project Shoe wants you to try it out for yourself: One lucky Broke-Ass will win the chance to design her own shoes!

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Each of the options in the box below is one entry method. The more you enter, the better your chance of winning! Share your shoe design on Twitter or Instagram, making sure to tag both @brokeassbride and @projectshoe, and leave the link URL in the comment section below! Open to US residents only (sorry, love!).

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Winning Wednesday: Easy Name Change is a Game-Changer

So, you’ve got your dress, your venue, your RSVPs have started flowing back in and the scene is set for one helluva rockin’ party. You’re gonna dance the night away with your love and share sweet and adorable moments with your best buds. You’ll be announced for the first time as “Mrs. Whatsisface” (assuming you’re changing your name) and a new wave of giddiness may wash over you. You’re married!

Now, make sure the name sticks!

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Easy Name Change makes it … well … easy to change your name. Rather than juggle a bunch of forms from a bunch of different branches and bureaus, Easy Name Change helps you build a kit on their website — just check off which departments need to be notified of the change — and Easy Name Change will figure out what forms fit your needs. And since all the paperwork is personalized, you can just throw down the ol’ Herbie Hancock and slip ‘em in the mail.

Considering, on average, a bride or groom changing their name needs to notify around 15 different organizations, it makes it easier like whoa to have a little help in the process. And you can even get a head start — forms tend to get changed and updated a lot, so it’s recommended to knock out this task within 3 months of your “I Do”s.

Oh, and lucky you! Easy Name Change is gonna hook you up! Either tweet about this giveaway or to leave a comment on this blog post to win a kit from Easy Name Change.

Use the Rafflecopter entry form below — you have to hit the green box with the checkmark for your entry to be counted!

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