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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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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?

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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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Get Your Dudes Their Duds and Stress Less with Menguin

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

BABs, lets be real: Wrangling guys and outfits can often be kind of a pain. Sure, some dudes dig dressing up, but certainly not all do. Add in measurements, try-ons, tailoring … it’s easy to see why the task of finding a wedding suit would be one that continually gets put off. I mean, there’s gotta be a simpler way, right?

Duh. Of course there is. And, as per usual, The Broke-Ass Bride has the inside scoop.

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Menguin takes a huge ol’ chunk of that hassle of renting a tux and just chucks it on out the window. They help cut out time by doing pretty much all the dirty work online: You can style, fit and pay all from the comfort of your couch, and the tux will come right to the door … and can even be returned the same way thanks to the rockin’ prepaid Tuxbox. I mean, simple, right? Even the most Jeff Spicoli-ish of groomsmen would have a hard time mucking this up.

And of course, dear Type-A brides, you get to remain in control by not only styling the dudes, but also by being able to track where they are in the ordering process, so if good ol’ Spicoli happens to be in the party, you can dutifully light a fire under him when he needs a little jumpstart.

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No time to get the guys down to the shop for fittings? Menguin’s e-Tailor can do the work, as long as he has a webcam at his disposal. Or, you know, he can go the old-fashioned route and go to a regular tailor for measurements and input his specifications right in their system.

At $160, you’re getting all the pieces — jacket, pants, shirt, tie/bowtie, cummerbund/vest and shoes — and since it’s delivered right to the front door, you’re saving on gas. Which is always pretty rad. Color-matching helps ensure everyone is nicely coordinated, and if any piece of the tux doesn’t fit right, just holler at Menguin and they’ll overnight a replacement. I mean, that’s service, people.

And now for the really good shit:

From now through Aug. 8, the groom’s tux is $1 if he has 5 or more homies ordering from Menguin. YOU GUYS. $1. Just give ‘em a shout at 1-844-MENGUIN and mention you saw it on The Broke-Ass Bride.

Extra special double-plus bonus: A portion of all proceeds at Menguin go toward aiding penguins who’ve been affected by oil spills. I mean, comeon.

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It doesn’t really get much easier than that, does it, BABs? Get thee on over to Menguin to get the ball rolling!

 

 

 

MagnetStreet is Busting Out a Major Sale, Because: ‘Merica!

*This paid post has been brought to you by our friends at MagnetStreet.

You guys know our homies over at MagnetStreet, right? You should. Because they’ve been longtime partners with BAB and they’re always throwing some killer deals your way. But before we get to that good bit, for those of you newbie Broke-Ass Brides out there, lemme tell you a little about our pals.

- They care about you. And what you want. From customized color options (no, really. Custom color.) to free samples to MagnetStreet‘s Just One program that lets you get a single Save the Date, Wedding Invitation or Wedding Program fully dolled up with your wording and color so you can see it in real-life action to know you’re making the best decision for you. It’s like trying on an outfit before you buy it … but with card stock!

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Customized Color. For serious.

- They cover all the bases. Eight different invitation styles (tri-fold, pocket, rectangle, etc.), 14 Save the Date options — seven of which are magnets — and pretty much any other stationery option you could want. Choices, people.

- They know what they’re doing. Our current Real Bride Peach ordered her invites from MagnetStreet, so I’ll let her chat this one up:

Working with MagnetStreet has been one of the easiest things I’ve encountered in my wedding planning! Not only is their selection of designs is outstanding, but their ability to customize everything to suit your needs is what sets them apart. We loved our Save the Dates so much that we also purchased our custom invitation suite from them. We add major bonus points for their promotional discounts and speedy delivery, plus a social media presence (Twitter) that is fun and involved! Hands down, partnering with MagnetStreet for our wedding essentials has been nothing but a delight.

OK, so now that you know that MagnetStreet is all kinds of rad, hold on to your hats, because they’re about to lay down the hammer of awesome.

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From now until 7/14, get a gargantuan 25% knocked off your order of Wedding Stationery! *Cue fireworks!*

Guys, this isn’t just a deal, it’s a huge deal. So, say you’re getting 150 invites (which means you’re having a holy butt-ton of people at your wedding — Reminder: You only need one invitation per household, not per person) on smooth paper. At full price, that would come out to a hefty $225 + tax. With this sale? You save about $56, so that pummels that dollar amount down to around $175. And that could mean those cute earrings or, say, personalized Champagne flutes!

Head on over to MagnetStreet, figure out what it is you want and make sure to enter WEFOURTH at checkout to save 25% on your order of wedding stationery!

Winning Wednesday: Say Cheers with Personalized Glassware from Judi Painted It

As a lover of wedding things, I’ve found that it’s not often I get googly-eyed over kitschy bridal stuff — bedazzled hoodies, hot pink sashes, underwear with words printed on the booty. I know that some homies love this stuff, but it’s never really been my deal.

However, there was one “bride” focused item I always found super drawn to — stemware.

Man, a Champagne flute with the word “bride” etched in a super swirly and artistic font? Gimme. I’m a sucker for glassware as is (proof), but glassware for drinking fancy things that bubble, would serve as a reminder of a day that I put a helluva lot of of work into … and was designated just for me? DONE. In fact, I bought a Champagne coupe with just such a design for one of my oldest and dearest friends whose wedding I can’t attend this summer. I hope it becomes a wedding keepsake she treasures … or at least makes her feel a little bit more bride-y on the day of her wedding.

But what about custom, hand-painted glassware? Don’t even get me started. And unfortunately, personalized awesomeness like this is usually one of those little wedding extras that fall right out of BAB’s budget … because we just can’t justify it.

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Judi Painted It, purveyor of pretty, picturesque vessels, ups the fancy wedding drinkware game in a big way. With her personalized, customized, hand-painted, dishwasher-safe, made in the US of A awesomeness, it’s pretty easy to say that you’ll be at awesome status while sipping out of one of these bad boys.

In colors to match your wedding scheme, and with pretty designs raging from bride and groom stick figures to wedding day outfits to gorgeous flowers, you can pretty much have a field day with your stemware look.

One lucky Broke-Ass Bride can get her manicured mitts on a $50 gift card to Judi Painted It so that she can drink in the glory that is personalized wedding stemware!

Just because you might not be the winner of the giveaway, doesn’t mean you’re not a winner in our hearts: Judi Painted It is still offering up a hefty 15% discount for BABs when they use the code BAB15 at checkout! Head on over to her website or Etsy shop and get to lookin!

As usual, each method earns you an entry. The more you do, the higher your chance of winning. Good luck!

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Real Talk: Health Insurance, Marriage and a Twitter Party

**This post is brought to you by our friends at ElementAssociates.com, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Guys, this isn’t the most romantic of wedding topics, but it’s real. And it’s important. I mean, as I type this, Dana herself is headed into yet another surgery on her eyes. Health care and the necessity of insurance is a real thing.

Regardless of how you feel about the political hoopla behind the Affordable Care Act, etc., health insurance can make a huge difference in your life and how you are able to handle unexpected events. For one thing, it has the potential to save you some serious cash, which, considering you’re reading The Broke-Ass Bride right now, you have some interest in doing.

Look, I know that obtaining health insurance under the off chance that I may have to go to the doctor isn’t necessarily my highest priority for what few dollars I’m able to bring in every month that isn’t already gobbled up by rent, credit card bills, loans, electricity, etc. But I also know that since my eyeglasses prescription is about 2 years old, my migraines have been increasingly worse. I also know that I’m almost 30 and it’s probably high time to get myself checked out to make sure all the gears are running smoothly. And I know that if I put off getting health insurance for much longer, it’s probably going to end up costing me more — or worse, something awful could happen and I’d have to go into serious debt, which I frankly can’t afford any way you slice it.

While there are only certain times of the year that enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace is open, certain “qualifying life events” (you just try to come up with better jargon than that. I dare you.) may allow you to get your butt covered sooner rather than later.

And yep, you guessed it. Getting married is one of those events (having a baby, moving or losing current insurance are also included).

So, uninsured BABs, here’s the lowdown on how to get hitched and get insured, according to GetCoveredAmerica.org:

  • You have 60 days from the day you get married to sign up and pick a plan.
  • You can change your existing plan, sign up for a new plan, join your spouse’s plan or add them to yours, or add any dependents to your plan.
  • Most people will get help paying for insurance, or even qualify for free or low-cost coverage through Medicaid. If you qualify for Medicaid, you can sign up at any time throughout the year.
  • If you don’t have health insurance, you might have to pay a fine.

BAB is joining a Twitter party tomorrow (6/25) at 1pm ET/10am PT using #TakeCareChat to talk about Get Covered America and your options under the ACA. If you’re in the dark about any aspect at all of this, please join us. I’ll be there learning right beside you. Even if you don’t plan to do anything about it any time soon, there’s no harm in staying informed.

Search with Bing, Earn Rewards, Level Up Broke-Ass Badassery

I’m required to disclose a sponsored partnership between our site and Bing. I have been compensated in exchange for this post in the form of payment, product or experiences.

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Metro Kitty judges your search engine.

There’s this thing about wedding planning: When most of us are doing it, we have no freaking clue what we’re doing. I mean, so completely in the dark. There are vague ideas of what’s supposed to happen, but you don’t really know know.

And so you take to the Internetz. And you search your little heart out to figure out what you want and what you’re supposed to be doing: dresses, officiants, venues, budget breakdowns, permit regulations … it goes on. And on. And by the time you get married, you’ve conquered the World Wide Web in all of it’s searching capacity and someone might as well just pay you to find shit on the Interhole. Because now you’re a pro, yo.

Well, as luck would have it, you can get paid, in a way. It’s not quite a big ol’ check, but it’s something and it adds up quickly. Now, I’m on the Internet all. day. long. This is not even close to an exaggeration. I wake up in the morning, check my phone for emails, pour myself the first of potentially many cups of coffee, say good-bye to that handsome guy I date and settle in for hours of Webinating. From Facebook to WordPress to reading other blogs to checking BAB’s analytics to hunting for new post ideas, there’s nary a corner of the Internet I haven’t visited (OK, maybe one or two corners … even these eyes can’t handle everything). Probably knowing that, Bing approached me about testing out Bing Rewards. I’ve always been a Google girl, but far be it from me to turn down free stuff just because of my stubbornness, so I hopped on board.

After signing up, I set Bing as my home page — so I wasn’t tempted by those adorbz doodles to distract from my goal —  and started scouting. The design is pretty rad, with a new original photograph showcased each day as the home page. Each day, Bing will offer up a couple of new ways to snag a extra points, and you can watch your counter go up the more you search (I don’t know about y’all, but I like watching stuff like that. It could be why I have so much fun with BAB’s analytics. Data and shizz.).

As far as the actual rewards, they can rage from stuff that would be great for date night (Dominos and Fandango) to shopping (Amazon) to airline miles and subscription services (Hulu) and usually come in the form of small-increment gift cards, though you can also choose to redeem them in the form of a charitable donation. You can pick which rewards you’d like to set as your goal (I started with Starbucks because I have a coffee addiction) and then start searching to watch your counter meter go up.

As much as regular search engine usage is ingrained in me, I never really think about which one I’m using. But real talk: If I can get stuff for doing stuff that I do on the regs, I’mma do it. There’s no logical reason for me to pass up earning rewards for searching the Internet when I perform an average of 50 searches a day. I mean: come on.

And for you BABs, consider this: If you’re searching for wedding stuff, you can use your rewards for that same wedding stuff. Think about how many times Amazon items have come up in your searches. So, search away and use that Amazon card to get those cute polka dot straws you want so badly. You earned that little wedding extra!

 

 

Win It: Win 50 Invitations + RSVP Cards from WildHeart Paper

You’ve heard it a thousand times: Your wedding stationery is the first impression guests will get of your wedding. Whether it’s classically traditional, whimsically romantic or the ubiquitous rustic-chic, your invitations should convey your wedding vision.

Whether you swoon for Claire Pettibone-esque florals or dig clean and chic typography, WildHeart Paper has a mountain of gorgeous offerings to … well … drive your heart wild.

With a lifelong love for weddings and a hearty passion for color and design, shop owner Kathleen took her decade-plus graphic design hobby and morphed it into a beautiful gift for crafting wedding stationery. Her love for love helps her creative juices continue to flow:

 “I believe wedding planning is all about ‘falling in love.’ It’s about falling in love with your dream guy,  falling in love with the dress and then it’s about falling in love with the wedding invitation. The invitation is the face of the event so it has to look good!”

Girl, you got this.

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And lucky you, BABs! WildHeart Paper is giving away 50 Shabby Chic Chalkboard wedding invitations, matching RSVP cards and Kraft paper envelopes so you can share your love with your guests!

And even if you don’t win (sorry, darlin!), you can still knock off a pretty 10% — on an order of 50 or more invitations + RSVP cards — when you like WildHeart Paper’s Facebook page and message her through her Etsy shop.

As per usual, each task earns an entry. Open to US residents only.

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