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I’m kind of a huge fan of a bride and groom rocking sunglasses on their wedding day. Now, not necessarily during the ceremony or during some of the more sweet, serious moments, but certainly while hanging around at cocktail hour and of course on the dance floor and photo booth because, … #duh.
Even better? When said sunglasses are pimped just for you by our homies at Promovizion. Whether you want full-lens coverage or just a subtle nod on the legs, they’ve got shades that won’t make you throw shade. And you’ll save some cash when you order in bulk, so that’s pretty rad.
Guys, if you’re having a beach wedding, a farm fete or are just planning on being outside a bunch on your wedding day, stock up on these bad boys. Yes, we usually advocate edible or drinkable favors, but as a girl with a vast collection of sunglasses garnered from conferences, fairs, events and more, I can hardly say sunglasses aren’t useful.
Personalize these bad boys with your wedding deets, colors — yes even metallic and light-up — and Promovizion will have them to you in no time … seriously. Promovizion‘s turnaround is 24-48 hours. Can’t make up your mind? It’s cool. They’ve got on-site designers to help find the right pick for you.
Promovizion also has rad customized shirts, perfect for a bach party or to distinguish your bridal brigade during the rehearsal dinner and other pre-wedding festivities.
You guys already are the cool kids, why not solidify your awesome status with Promovizion shades that fit the bill?
A standard invitation suite has a whole helluva lot of components: Outer envelope, inner envelope, the invitation itself, RSVP card, reception card and that random piece of tissue paper that is seemingly v. important … but no one can figure out its true purpose (poor tissue paper). And each one of those components costs money — which is how invitations to your truly amazing, but still broke-ass, party can start costing you an arm, a leg and half your soul.
It’s cool, though. Ann’s Bridal Bargains has the easiest, simplest, prettiest and most cost-effective way to get your invites out and without sending you into debt: Send & Seal Invitations. Because: #duh.
Get rid of all the fluff — sorry, extra tissue paper — and send your guests everything they need in one adorbz little package. It’s an envelope, invitation and RSVP card all in one. You just fold up the invitation and the RSVP postcard — conveniently attached at the bottom — and seal it with the included seals. Slap a stamp on that bad boy, drop it in the mail box and chillax until the RSVPs start arriving — in swarms, likely, because your invites are just that rad.
There’s no need to assemble anything. There’s no super spendy postage to consider because of odd-shaped or uber heavy card stock. And there’s no need to worry about making sure that each suite has all of its pieces. Which, let’s be real, is pretty awesome. Who’s got time for that bullsh, anyway?
Ann’s Bridal Bargains has a buttload of other invitation options, too, y’all. And they’ve got ‘em at broke-ass friendly prices, because they get that great style doesn’t have to come at a frightening price. Since Ann’s Bridal Bargains is special homies with Invitations by Dawn, they have access to the prettiest, most up-to-date designs but are able to offer them at a bigger discount. That’s pretty baller.
And, of course, they have a special offer just for you, Broke-Asses! Head over to Ann’s Bridal Bargains and get 20% off your purchase of $99+ when you use code BROKE20. Good for any damn thing on the site until 3/31.
Hunting for wedding stationery can be a totally daunting experience. There are those that say invitations are the first glimpse of your wedding. There are those that press the importance that your stationery is one of the few things you get to hang on to forever afterward. Everyone and your grandma will probz hang your Save the Date and invitation on a refrigerator or cork board. Guys, that’s a lot of pressure. Which is not awesome.
What is awesome, though, is how MagnetStreet will make the whole process of choosing, customizing and ordering your wedding stationery a helluva lot smoother and easier.
Broke-Ass Brides have had a soft spot for MagnetStreet for ages, and there’s a (number) of v. good reason(s) for that: The quality of MagnetStreet’s products are exactly what you want. They don’t mess around in getting your goods to you. Their customer service is wonderful and super involved. And they give a shit about your experience.
With a multitude of ways to customize your wedding stationery — five styles (gatefold, pocket, square, rectangle and tea length), four paper types (luxe pearl, pressed texture, fine linen and premium smooth) and unlimited color options — it’s pretty much a given that you’re going to find exactly what you want with MagnetStreet. And since they carry everything from save the dates to menu cards and wine bottle labels, it’s a one-stop shop. You can cross-coordinate all of your paper goods, complete with your wedding colors, so that everything ties in perfectly (if that’s your thing).
MagnetStreet has a holy buttload of freebies you can get your mitts on to help you make the best decision for, well, you: color swatches, printables, stationery samples, paper samples, checklists, budget guides … it goes on. The best way to make an informed decision is to have all the options available to you. MagnetStreet hits a home run on this front.
And guys, the love between BAB and MagnetStreet is suuuuper mutual, which is why whenever they have a deal, they holler at us to share it with you. Like this bad boy:
MagnetStreet has a huge Valentine’s sale going on sitewide — everylittlethang on the site is a deal, with a possibility of up to $150 in savings.
AND: MagnetStreet is having a giveaway over on their Facebook page! They are giving away 300 menu cards to 5 badass brides. Click here for details.
While we’re on the subject of rings this week, we should totes shift the attention from the high-octane bling to that little circle that takes center stage on your wedding day.
Now, when it comes to bands, especially wedding bands for the mensfolk, there are a huge variety of options. — gold, white gold, platinum, titanium, palladium, tungsten, cobalt chrome, ceramic … I mean, whoa. And people have a lot of opinions about which metal is the “best” for rings … but as with all things wedding at The Broke-Ass Bride, we say do what you want and what makes you happy. And damnit, not all rings fit a broke-ass groom’s budget.
But, at Tungsten World, you can find a pretty huge range of alternative metal wedding bands at prices that make broke-asses smile. No, you’re not getting some cheapo ring that’ll turn your finger green or shatter with the slightest hint of breeze. Nope. These guys have the real McCoy, which means you get all the steeze and quality without spending a bajillion bucks.
Gold and platinum may be classic, but it kind of sucks when your ring gets all dinged and scuffed after only wearing it for a bit. But that’s soft metals for you. Alternative metal bands? They’ve got the real toughness. They’ll stand up to scratches and they’ll do it with style, yo.
But don’t think you’ll be stuck with the run-of-the-mill, same ol’ tungsten bands: Tungsten World has the ability to customize your rings the way you’d like — think gemstones, elaborate colors and even custom imaging. Because shouldn’t your wedding band be how you want it? I mean you will be (hopefully) wearing the thing for the rest of forever.
The coolest option, though? Fingerprint wedding bands. It really doesn’t get much more personalized or sweet than that. You send in your fingerprint, Tungsten World laser engraves the pattern on your wedding band and now you have the ultimate customization. And that’s pretty freaking rad.
And, of course with Valentine’s right around the corner, Tungsten World is running a super rad sale right now, with many handsome rings clocking in at well under $200. So grab your partner and get your booty over to their site to find your very own preciouses.
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but for broke-ass couples they can be a bit of a pipe dream. Sure, it’s easy to sub out the precious stone with sapphire, emerald or your other gem of choice, but when only a diamond will do, you have to find some options.
Or, you can get the legit shit from Couplez.
Couplez sources 100% natural diamonds which then — flaws and all — go through some clarity enhancement to tamp down those flaws and pump up their looks and brilliance. We’re not talking andy faux bling thing here — this uber-tech process just ups the “Oh! Shiny!” factor. And since size does matter (to some), this is a pretty BAB-friendly way to get that big ol’ rock on your tiny budget.
Couplez keeps their whole process in-house, from the diamond selection to the cutting to the jewelry design, and then they shuffle it right off to the consumer. Get that? No middle men = no jacked up prices. And we like it when there aren’t jacked up prices. The majority of the rings they offer are under $2000, but there’s a pretty baller selection under $1000. That’s damn good for diamonds.
You know the diamonds Couplez uses are the real deal because they come with International Gemological Certificates. And the company stands by their shizz, offering a lifetime warranty. Guys, that’s lifetime — like, forevz. Oh, and they’ll ship your goods for free. And we just love free, don’t we, BABs? But if you’re wary about buying online, Couplez has a 30 day, no-questions-asked return policy. Worse yet, if something happens to your precious? Well, they’ll just bust out some repairs at no cost to you (unless, of course, you’re replacing missing stones).
Speaking of free: They’re conflict free, yo! Ain’t no blood diamonds up in this bish!
Bonus: Head on over to Couplez and take advantage of the Valentine’s Day Sale to get up to 70% off certain products on the site.
Super Bonus: Take an extra 10% off through February 13 with code VALENTINESDAY2015 at checkout.
Have you figured out what you’re doing for your registry? More and more couples are going the cash registry route for their wedding wishlist – whether they’re saving up for a house down payment, are whittling away at starting their marriage debt-free or are looking to go on an adventure of a lifetime with their honeymoon.
And, y’all, there are a TON of cash registry options out there. But Tendr blows ‘em all out of the water, just on looks alone.
Tendr provides the most aesthetically pleasing interface that actually feels like a gift-giving/receiving experience, rather than just the shuffling of cash over the Internetz. Tendr is set up to be elegant and streamlined, but still incredibly personalized and wildly in touch with modern technology.
You as the couple registering, get to set up your own unique page welcoming your guests and giving your friends and family the lowdown on how you plan on using their gifts and all the monies are slid right into your personal bank account for safe-keeping. Simple, right? You have no idea.
Your guests give you a monetary gift in three easy steps:
1. Personalize a card from Tendr’s collection.
2. Fill-a with skrilla.
3. Hit send!
Oh, and you can hit ‘em right back with an instant, free thank-you card to let your guests know you got their gift and are super grateful. The rates to use are comparable to other cash sites (5% paid from the couple’s gifts, not on top of the gift paid by the guest), but the personalized cards and pretty interface are really what makes Tendr stand out from the rest of the pack.
Let’s be real: Whoever first decided a wedding reception was a good spot for a photo booth was a damned GENIUS. It’s one of those magical things where the shy come out of their shells and the extroverted become straight up outrageous, if just for a few frames. MAGIC, Y’ALL.
Which means Showtime Photo Booth is in the business of magic for weddings across the pond. Aside from being brilliant and amazing at what they do, they actually love it, too. Which just makes them the best, obv.
Showtime Photo Booth allows for a holy butt-ton of customization — from the outside looks to enabling a green screen inside so you can set up whatever amazing background you’ve schemed up. A personal photo booth butler will be lurking nearby to assist with any issues such as prop tangle-age or Druncles (drunk uncles) and tech stuff.
After you’ve piled into the photo booth in your gorgeous gown and bedecked with the provided boas, big glasses and assortment of other props with five of your best buddies who are similarly bedecked and you’ve posed for probably the best photo set of the night, you’ll get two printouts of the pics: One copy for your guests, and one for you and your honey to keep and display to remember your amazing wedding by. Get that? Two copies (though, if you’re nice you might get more).
Let’s recap. When you London brides hire Showtime Photo Booth, you get:
- A+++ service with your own freaking butler (when are you broke-asses ever going to be able to say that again?)
- Multiple copies of the photographic evidence of how awesome your wedding was (and a USB of all the pics and vids from the night)
- Customized, baby.
- Props and treats — did we mention the treats bit? Showtime can totally ply you with vintage-y popcorn and chocolatey goods.
- They’re totally Team Broke-Ass friendly. You should probably mention that you heard about them on The Broke-Ass Bride, because they might be able to help a broke-ass out, ya dig?
You already know you want to have a kick-ass party for your wedding reception. Seal the deal with Showtime Photo Booth.
Photo: Emily Delmater Photography, courtesy Blue-Eyed Boutique
Vintage dresses and accessories are gorgeous, but can seem a little dated. Because, I mean, #duh. They’re old. But online retailer Blue-Eyed Boutique, who started out as an Etsy shop (and y’all we love us some Etsy), is here to help … and with a shiny new brick-and-mortar store in Biddeford, Maine, to boot.
Blue-Eyed Boutique is the brainspawn of Hannah, who stumbled onto Etsy, sold her slightly reworked prom dress to a woman in France and had a total lightbulb moment. Which, thank goodness, because homegirl has a way with the old and her prices are uber Broke-Ass friendly.
Photo: Justine Johnson Photography courtesy Blue-Eyed Boutique
Hannah started collecting vintage wedding dresses when she was in college and gave them a little tweak here, a tuck there and breathed new life into the dated frocks, bestowing the classic femininity with some modern sleekness. And she’s been having such success with it, that she’s decided to expand her online boutique to a real live storefront.
Because the items at Blue-Eyed Boutique are upcycled, they’re also eco-friendly (yay, Earth!) and they’re totally easy on the wallet (yay, BAB homies!). Most of the designs fall nicely under $500.
Photo: Emily Delmater Photography courtesy Blue-Eyed Boutique
So, Maine brides with a penchant for the nostalgic, get thine booty over to the real, actual Blue-Eyed Boutique in Biddeford to see what Hannah’s got available. For the rest of us poor souls, we’ll just be over here on the website deciding which dress makes us swoon the hardest.
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.
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.
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.
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.