Broke-Ass Tag: bridal accessories


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Clutches are one of my very favorite wedding day accessories for a few reasons — I think they’re super cute, they’re totally versatile (like, use it for all the pre-wedding parties and events well after the day) and look amazingly chic with your wedding day ensemble. Not to mention they carry the shit you’ll find yourself wanting — lipstick, tissues, vows, bobby pins, mints … your basic emergency goodies that you may not want to stick your brigade with. Bonus: If you opt out of flowers, clutches make a great substitute for something pretty to carry! Here are five of my faves for under $100.

Etsy ModDotTextiles Ivory and Gold Clutch

Gold and Ivory Clutch, $38 from Etsy seller ModDotTextile

These come in so many different patterns and designs, but I’m hard crushing on the angular one in the center.

Macys Style & Co Floral Clutch

Style & Co. Lily Pansy Floral Clutch, $21.99 at Macy’s

Bold florals make a beautiful statement, and will jazz up any outfit after the wedding. ModCloth Hooked on Symphonics Clutch

Hooked on Symphonics Clutlch, $49.99 from ModCloth

A shoulder strap makes this clutch totally versatile from hand-held to wearable.

Nordstrom Glint Metallic Clutch

Glint Metallic Envelope Clutch, $48 at Nordstrom

Classic gold with sleek lines is a perfect choice for your wedding day and will be sure to shine in photos.

Etsy DavieandChiyo Rose Gold Sequin Clutch

Rose Gold Sequin Clutch, $55 from Etsy seller DavieandChiyo

Rose gold? Check! Sequins? Check! Under $100? CHECK! This clutch covers like, ALL the bases of being a totally amazing accessory.

Which one is your favorite? Are you planning on carrying a clutch on your wedding day?

  • 10/8

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    Wedding stuff is all kinds of pretty — and mighty special — but today’s request from reader Yuki is a prime example of how easy it is for the wedding expenses to add up. Yuki fell in love with a $350 headpiece: 

    Hello! I was hoping you might run a Can’t Afford It? / Get Over It! column on the Bluebell headpiece from BHLDN! It’s so gorgeous, but $350 for a headband is steep! Do you have any ideas? Thank you!!! Yuki

    Hey Yuki! I hear ya! The Bluebell Halo headpiece is an art nouveau-inspired floral and leaf design (spot on for 2016’s botanical wedding trend, as seen here and here) dotted with crystals and pearls. And hey, the Bluebell was designed by a fellow Ohioan, artist Debra Moreland! (O-H…!)

    So pretty! And no doubt a gorgeous and lighter-weight alternative to the more ostentatious tiara while still the perfect accessory for almost any hairstyle. I’ve rounded up a few similar options for under $100 (with a bonus option at the end) — and I won’t judge if you want to wear one of these on non-wedding days, too! 😉 

    Can't Afford It

    BHLDN Bluebell Halo

    Bluebell Halo by Debra Moreland, $350 at BHLDNGet Over It

    BBB Pearl Vine Wedding Headband

    Pearl Vine Wedding Headband, $40 at Bed Bath and Beyond

    Crystal and Ivory Pearl Bridal Headband by MonaAccessory

    Crystal and Ivory Pearl Bridal Headband, $44 by Etsy seller MonaAccessory

    Dessy Vintage Look Embellished Bridal Headband

    Vintage Look Embellished Bridal Headband, $21 at Dessy

    (In gold or silver tone.)

    Nature Inspired Hair Vine by ALBridalAccessories

    Nature Inspired Hair Vine, $75 by Etsy seller ALBridalAccessories

    (In gold or silver tone.)

    David's Bridal Silver Leaf Headband

    Silver Leaf Headband with Crystal Accents, $39 at David’s Bridal

    Rhinestone Crystal Pearl Bridal Headband by AllureWeddingJewelry

    Rhinestone Crystal Pearl Bridal Headband, $27 by AllureWeddingJewelry

    Pearl Bridal Headband by petals181

    Pearl Bridal Headband, $50 by Etsy seller petals181

    BBB Tia Floral Bridal Headband

    Tia Floral Bridal Headband, $70 at Bed Bath and Beyond

    Ivory Porcelain Pearl Flower Bridal Headband

    Ivory Porcelain Pearl Flower Bridal Headband, $45 at All Bridal Jewelry

    Elvina Freshwater Pearl and Rhinestone Bridal Headband by GlamorousBijoux

    Elvina Freshwater Pearl and Rhinestone Bridal Headband, $92 by Etsy seller GlamorousBijoux

    I’ve got a bonus option for ya, too, Yuki:

    If you’re feeling crafty, grab a hot glue gun, a store-bought headband or a length of thick satin ribbon, and some crystal or pearl accessories from your local craft store or Etsy. Arrange the embellishments on the headband, starting from the center point of your design and moving outward. Place a drop of glue on the headband where you want to place the bling, then hold it in place (carefully, so as not to burn your fingers on the hot glue!) a few seconds or until the glue cools a bit. Depending on your selected raw materials, you could easily make a headband like this for under $10-$15 (not including hot glue gun and glue — though small glue guns can run as  low as $5 or less). If you prefer visuals, here’s a good tutorial.

    Lisa’s Bonus Pro Tip: When hunting for bridal accessories be sure to check out accessory stores in malls and online — especially around prom season, when crystal, pearl, and super-shiny accessories are in abundance! Craft stores are also great sources for affordable pre-made wedding accessories or easily assembled kits. 

    What do you think, Yuki? Has the Bluebell Halo met her match in any of these bridal headpieces? I’d love to hear what you choose in the comments below! Thanks again for submitting your question! 

    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.
  • 4/21

    A few weeks ago I wrote about how excited I was about my customized wedding dress – it’s very unique and very me. I also found some gorgeous, comfortable low wedges (and then bought two more pairs in other colors for work, if that says something), the perfect dangly earrings, a matching belt, and a really fantastic feathered, sparkly hair clip for the reception. I…

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    GUYS. This happens sometimes, but not very often. Our partners at Gloss Jewelry are trying to make way for new stuff and hollered at BAB to see if we wanted to give you guys an exclusive code. I mean, DUH. Of COURSE we do. So, today only, head on over to Gloss Jewelry and pick up something, anything, for 80% off. This is not a…

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    A garter is a pretty traditional piece of wedding garb, whether you choose to keep it or toss it. For me, it was definitely one of those pieces that made me feel more "bride-ly" ... whatever that means. But, I also didn't spend much on mine, and that was evident by the materials (oh, hey Hawaii humidity + lower quality fabric, welcome to Itchfest!). And if…

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  • 1/10

    Winter brides still want to look beautiful while staying warm, right? This week we're focusing on  beautiful lace boleros, shrugs, and capelets for brides who choose to say “I do” in colder temperatures. We’re using the BHLDN first light capelet, which sells for $150, as our "Can't Afford It" ideal. Our alternatives will cost under $100. CAN’T AFFORD IT First Light Capelet ($150 at BHLDN)…

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    Editor's note: This is the very first post from our brand new contributor Heather! Let's all give her a big ol' broke-ass welcome. Happy to have you aboard, Heather!  Finishing a look requires paying attention to every detail, especially when it comes to jewelry! Recently, I fell in love with this Vera Wang necklace worn by a bride showcased on Style Me Pretty. First problem:…

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    Most brides have a few odds and ends they need to carry on their wedding day: a lipgloss, a phone, some tissues. So here are some gorgeous and budget-friendly clutches that can be carried on the wedding day and beyond! Shop Now: (clockwise from top left): Pewter $71 // Purple $98 // Floral $30 // Rosette $55 // Lace $51 // Red $78 // Mauve…

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  • 3/23

    After you've selected the perfect slinky, silky wedding dress, accessories must be addressed! A birdcage veil for your hair? Or a lovely vintage hair pin? And of course, your gown could always use an extra pop of pretty - how about a bridal sash? Or a lovely silk clutch purse? This week, our giveaway items come courtesy of two fabulous Etsy sellers! First up, we…

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