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Chicago Skyline Print from Etsy seller TheWildlands

Ahhhhh, the Windy City. It’s definitely one of the most romantic cities on the continent. All the aphrodesiac-inducing shopping, the sparkling lights, the snuggle-worthy breezes — it’s no wonder couples choose this location for their honeymoon. Plus, there’s tons to do, from museums and gallery shows to view, live performances, to cuddly strolls through the town. No matter what you do, you’ll probably want to pack heavy, especially in the chillier months. Layers are going to be a good core, but you’ll still want thick, heavy jackets to combat the bitter winds. Here, I’ve come up with a few items you can pick up now to prepare for your trip.

Old Navy peacoat
Old Navy Peacoat, $79.94

Men's warehouse tumi jacket
Tumi Herringbone Down Jacket in Brown, $74.99

Bonobos half zip sweater
Bonobos Lambswool Cable Half-Zip Sweater, $138

Banana republic drawstring turtleneck
Banana Republic Drawstring Turtleneck, $98.50

Frank & oak baseball henley
Frank & Oak Baseball Henley, $44

REI Sorel winter chukka boots
Sorel Chukka Waterproof Winter Boots, $140

Winter socks
Target 2-Pack Winter Boot Socks, $11.99

Old navy chunky scarf
Old Navy Chunky Stripe Scarf, $19.94

Men's quilted leather gloves
Joseph Abboud Quilted Leather Gloves, $52

Men's wool beanie
Crochet Winter Beanie, $20.50

With these goodies stashed in your suitcase and your love on your arm, there’s no way the chilliness of Chicago can affect you too much!

Where are you going for your honeymoon?

  • 11/19

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    BABs, I hope you’re sitting down, because today’s Can’t Afford It? gown is CrazySexyCool. Actually, scratch that — I’m upgrading it to ClassySexyCool. It’s one of those rare gowns that balances a sultry silhouette (almost mermaid fit-and-flare) with high class details (Chantilly lace and pearls) and modern flair (separate bodice and skirt fabrics). The off-shoulder sleeves and deep-V sweetheart neckline polish off a truly unique design. Think I can find a savings of $6K on something like that? 

    Reader Michelle is betting I might!

    Hello! I love the Julie Vino Emma dress but refuse to fork up 8k for it. The absolute max I am willing to pay is 2k. Please help. I’m having a hard time finding something in that style.

    Designer Julie Vino’s style is smoldry and romantic, and the Emma gown is no exception. The unique neckline and sleeve style will be a challenge, but the #GownHunter is always game! Close seconds will be gowns with deep-cut necklines, lacy bodices, and sleek, subtly flared skirts.

    Can't Afford It

    Julie Vino Emma Gown

    Julie Vino Emma Gown, $8061

    Get Over It

    Kimberli Boho Off Shoulder Gown

    Kimberli Gown, $1,157 by Etsy seller RaraAvisAngeEtoiles

    (I know, right??? I would be an awful person to make you wait ’til the end for this one, so I’ll just put it right here.) 

    Impression Wedding Dresses 10340 Lace Long Sleeve

    Impression Wedding Dresses Style 10340, $1,150 at Best Bridal Prices

    Rara Avis Naomi Lace Wedding Dress

    Naomi Lace Wedding Dress, $1,207 by Etsy seller RaraAvisAngeEtoiles

    Willowby Irene Wedding Dress

    Willowby Irene Wedding Dress, $1,551 at Blush Bridal

    Alyssa Lace and Crepe Dress

    Alyssa Crepe & Lace Dress, $1,500 by Etsy seller ACreativeAtelier

    Moonlight Tango Chiffon Trumpet Wedding Gown

    Moonlight Tango Wedding Dresses Style T730, $702 at Best Bridal PricesPronovias Wedding Dresses Tesia

    Pronovias Wedding Dresses, Tesia Gown, $1,944 at Best Bridal Prices

    Maggie Sottero Vaughn

    Maggie Sottero Vaughn Dress5MT663, $898 at Best Bridal Prices

    Victoria Sexy Wedding Dress

    Victoria Sexy Wedding Dress, $1,928 by Etsy seller DressesLioness

    Maggie Sottero Leandra-Marie Gown

    Maggie Sottero Leandra-Marie Gown, $1,709 at Best Bridal Prices

    Moonlight Tango V-Back Lace Mermaid 1

    Moonlight Tango V-Back Lace Mermaid 2

    Moonlight Tango Wedding Dresses Style T723, $583 at Best Bridal Prices

    Dezory Sexy Wedding Dress

    Dezory Sexy Wedding Dress, $1,124 by Etsy seller RaraAvisAngeEtoiles

    Or you could find a sleek strapless gown in satin or crepe, then top it off with a lacy shrug, like this:

    Venus Informals Strapless Sweetheart Trumpet Gown

    Venus Informals Wedding Dresses Style VN6607, $306 at Best Bridal Prices

    Lace Wedding Bolero Jacket

    Lace Wedding Bolero Jacket, $169 by Etsy seller TIFARY

    Or try a lacy bodysuit with a separate skirt, like this:

    Sheer Lace Embroidered Bodysuit

    Sheer Lace Embroidered Bodysuit, $135 by Etsy seller ISLANDPRYNCESS

    J. Crew Sloane Skirt

    Sloane Skirt, $450 at J.Crew

    Watters Dune Skirt

    Watters Dune Skirt, $1,406 at Blush Bridal

    What do ya think, Michelle? Any of these gowns come close enough in style for you to get over the Emma? Don’t forget to let me know how I did in the comments below! 

    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.
  • 11/19

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    I'm a lover of flowers, but there's one thing I don't love -- the price tag associated with floral arrangements. When I started venturing into the world of wedding planning, one of the first things that jumped out at me was the exorbitant cost associated with buying flowers for a wedding -- centerpieces, bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids, boutonnieres, corsages, ceremony decor ... you get…

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    Love must be in the air: Between my graduate school cohort, the assistant lecturers with whom I share an office, and my Facebook news feed, I think I’ve seen about 10 engagements, six weddings, three babies, and one vow renewal in the last month alone. All this love and excitement lately has me feeling a little nostalgic; as a person who had a Pinterest board full…

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    Things are clicking, you guys! I mentioned previously how enamored I was with Relics Vintage Rentals and what an amazing resource they were for cool, vintage décor rentals. We made an appointment a few weeks ago, and have finally started making some decision on items and I couldn't be happier seeing this coming together. The first thing we knew we wanted was chalkboards. We chose two…

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  • 11/16

    100 Engagement Rings Under $1000

    BABs, let's talk rings. Yeah, that ring. As Broke-Asses, we typically like for our ring to match our lifestyle -- classy but savvy, fun but smart, stunning but brilliant. And that means finding the most bang for your buck with that all-important engagement ring. You know what you like, now you just have to find the one that makes the most sense for your taste…

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    Zime Personalized Peg Wedding Cake Topper

    Happy Friday, Broke-Asses! It's starting to get a little chilly in my little corner of North Texas, but that just means nights around the fire pit with good friends, good beer and good music, plus some super cute and cozy outfits. But I digress. I've been thinking a lot about small, fairly inexpensive ways to ultra-personalize your wedding day. From rubber stamps to complementing your…

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    Spicy Mustard With Local Beer

    Welcome to another episode of Broke-Ass Advice! Today's question is about what to serve guests at a casual reception: I love your website. Not just this one, but all of your blogs. So helpful and inspirational. While I was reading your book, I continually would read passages out loud to my fiance and say, finally, someone who gets it! We are paying for our wedding…

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  • 11/12

    Galia Lahav-Dolce-F

    Hey, hey BABs! Today's CAI/GOI request is a stunner! Reader Alix commented on this post with: "My mom always said I had champagne taste with a beer budget, she was right. I found a Galia Lahav dress, from the Dolce Vita Collection, the Dolce, and I fell in love with it before I looked at the price tag. I love the v neck, its fitted,…

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