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So, I’m not going to lie, I’ve done very little planning during the past couple of weeks. I finally was able to mail out our save the dates, and the verdict on our choice was very positive, which made me happy. My next meeting with Cathy (our venue coordinator) is in July, where I’ll give her the first half of the payment for the wedding and then probably cry in my car for about an hour thinking about that money. I called David’s Bridal and asked when I would need to get alterations done on my dress, which apparently they don’t recommend doing until a couple of months before the wedding, just in case my weight fluctuates either way. I need to get the girls’ flower girl dresses; my mom, Shay and my sister are searching for bridesmaid/mother of the bride gowns

… and I feel like I’m just sitting here twiddling my thumbs.

I feel like I should be able to enjoy this lull in planning, but I can’t, because people on both sides of the family are apparently complaining about the amount of information they are given, or the amount of input they have in the wedding, and quite frankly I don’t appreciate it

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Don’t get me wrong, I am very aware that I’m probably hypersensitive to criticism right now. It’s a lot of planning, on top of juggling a full time job, two kids, and still trying to make time for Chris and I and to have maybe 10 minutes to myself. So I try and find some zen about the whole thing, but it’s hard. It’s hard when you hear that you’re “excluding” someone from wedding planning, or not passing along information, and all I find myself wanting to do is yell “are you helping me pay for it?!?!” So I guess the next plan of attack is maybe finding small things for certain people to do so they feel included. I’m not really one to try and pacify people over things I think are ridiculous, but I want everything to go well, I don’t want to be a stressed out basket case by the end of this. Here’s hoping that I make it through this minor speed bump with sanity intact, and that I’m not the only one out there that’s felt a little bitter over things like this!

What’s frustrating you about your planning? Are people expecting more of you than you want to give? Share in the comments!

  • 5/4

    Welcome BABs! We have another CAI/GOI for you today with a gorgeous Rue de Seine gown inspiration. Reader Haley commented on this post looking for a boho dress for her wedding:

    Rue de seine Blake or Raven for under $1000. I like the bohemian, festival, hippie style.

    Okay, Haley — I hear you on these great Rue de Seine gowns! These gowns are both lovely and have a airy boho feel to them. I’ll focus on finding similar boho, hippie gowns with a crochet lace look to them.


    Rue de Seine gowns “Blake” (left) and “Raven” (right); Love-Spell Collection; ranging from $2,000 – $4,500



    Roane Gown in ivory; $700 from BHLDN

    Unmatched beauty white lace off-the-shoulder maxi dress; $98 at LuLu’s

    Nevena Dress in ivory; $560 from BHLDN

    Bohemian Wedding Dress Petunia Gown; $1,000 by Etsy seller BeMyBride

    Eira gown in ivory; $1,000 by BHLDN

    Bohemian Wedding Dress Petal Gown; $860 by Etsy Seller BeMyBride

    Angelica boho dress; $930 by Etsy Seller VictoriaFashionShop

    Sheer Scallop Lace Bohemian Back Cut Out Gown; $648 by Etsy Seller SaldanaVintage

    Jarlo Bandeu Maxi Lace Dress with Fishtail; $173 by ASOS

    White Rena Wedding Gown; $750 by Etsy seller BeMyBride

    Kimberley Lace and Crochet Maxi Dress; $350 by Alice & Olivia at Nordstrom Rack

    Cutout Lace Gown; $318 by Avery G at Bloomingdales

    That’s the roundup for today, so tell us what you think, Haley. I hope we found something to work for your hippie, festival style!

    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. Please be aware, though, that because you guys love this column so much, we can often build up quite the queue and it may be a while before we can get to your dream dress. Rest assured, though, Team Broke-Ass is on the case!

    *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.
  • 5/2

    Within a week of selecting our venue and wedding date, I started daydreaming (and night dreaming) about save the date magnets. I wanted to send out magnets with a photo of us with our date in a cute font and the wedding website and they would be perfect and cheap and so cute!  Everyone loved the idea. But then we told the Germans about my…

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    Rehearsal Dinner Napkin available from Etsy seller MemorableWedding I finally had some time last weekend to buckle down get our invitations ordered, printed and mailed out, and our wedding website fully functional. This had me feeling the pressure like crazy -- now that people are actually going to RSVP to this thing, I really have to have my sh*t together (but to be honest, I…

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    I don't want to skip any steps on my engaged journey. All of the celebrations, the special moments and opportunities to connect with loved ones are a part of my experience. However, I know those moments can be costly, so although not super-involved in the planning of my bachelorette party, I wanted to ensure that it did not break the bank.  I shared with my Matron of…

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  • 4/26

    So the bridal shower has been sort of an ongoing issue with my bride tribe and I. To be honest, a shower was never even on my radar as something I would need to worry about. Isn’t that a time when friends and family get together and shower the bride with gifts? Shouldn’t her only job be to show up? Welp, apparently not. My MOH…

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    I will fully admit that I used to judge brides who claimed they were "sooooo stressed over wedding planning." Just as I've been forced to admit over the past seven years that I truly know nothing about parenting, I'm now eating my words about wedding planning. I got lucky in the fact that the venue comes with a built-in planner who will help me plan…

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     This sponsored post is brought to you by Evite® and Olive Garden as part of the Evite® Influencer Program Wouldn't we all love to jet off and have a romantic destination wedding, especially somewhere as gorgeous as Tuscany? Unfortunately, with Broke-Ass budgets, dreamers can dream ... but, in that same vein, doers can make a dream come to life without even stepping on a plane.…

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  • 4/20

    Reader Sandra commented on this post looking for a floaty dress for her 30th anniversary vow renewal: "Just found "Can't Afford It" today. Wonderful! My husband and I will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary in 2018, and would like to have a vow renewal and small party. I really like Inga Nataya's "River Fairy" dress in Lilac, but $900 is too much for me to…

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