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Real Bride Elissa: Dealing with Accessory Regret

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 can’t wait to put everything together on the big day … except my veil. I really, really dislike the veil I bought, and it’s non-refundable, non-exchangeable, and, unlike the rest of my bridal ensemble, non-Elissa. I tried it on when I initially bought my dress, and loved the way it coordinated with the ribbon belt I put on in the store. The salesgirl told me it was the only one left (in hindsight a sales tactic), and I got caught up in the thrill of the find. I never even looked at the pricetag – it was such a simple veil, one narrow layer of tulle, how bad could it be? It ended up being $80, and even though I felt in my gut that wasn’t a good price, I let the WIC get the best of me and plunked down my credit card.

So now, almost a year later, the look of my dress, and my bridal look altogether, has changed so drastically from what I envisioned when I bought the veil. I so wish I’d saved this piece for last, or at least shopped around a bit more, because now I’m feeling stuck. Buying another veil is certainly easy enough, but I’m feeling guilty about essentially wasting $80, especially since I’ll likely only be wearing the veil for an hour or two.

Option One: Get over myself and wear the darn veil. It’s really not that bad, but it’s just not what I’m envisioning for my day. I feel like it’s kind of plain, cheaply constructed, and doesn’t add anything, but chances are strong that I’ll be caught up in the joy of my wedding day and not care anymore.


Option Two: Like a proud BAB, try and get crafty and re-configure the veil I have. One of the styles I’m leaning toward is an oversized birdcage. I have plenty of tulle to play with on my current fingertip option, but the ribbon edging on it may prove tricky, and I could ruin it altogether. I wouldn’t be able to either wear it or re-sell it, and will have truly wasted the $80.

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The Mabel Birdcage Veil from Etsy

Option Three: Get over myself and buy a new veil. My bridesmaid Emily made a great point: yes, I’m only wearing it for two hours on my wedding day, but I’ll be wearing it for the rest of my life in photos. Why tinge them with any kind of regret? With this option, I can try and sell my current veil on a site like Tradesy or OnceWed.

Even if I decide to go this route though, I still can’t even settle on a style – I just know it has to be different than the one I have. I’ve trolled Etsy for days, and visited a few other bridal salons (including one who tried to sell me a five-foot-long piece of plain ivory tulle for $650). Do I go retro with the oversized birdcage, that shows off the detail on my dress? Classic and dramatic with a chapel length and blusher that can romantically blow in the wind? Or compromise with a full, two layer cascading elbow length, like the one below? I also can’t bring myself to spend more than $50 on a new one, as there are SO MANY other places I want to spend that money right now (like … an awesome meal on our honeymoon).


I know I have to make a decision ASAP, so that I have plenty of time to order the new one if that’s the route I choose. I also know this is such a silly problem to have, but it does feel good to rant about it. And if nothing else comes from this, I hope another bride reads this post and thinks twice about impulse-buying something non-returnable, a year before the wedding!

Have you had any accessory regret? How did you deal with it?

Broke-Ass Blowout: Exclusive Sale at Gloss Jewelry

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 joke. 80-freaking-percent. That’s like thisclose to being free!

I’m loving this multistrand pearl necklace for any wedding or wedding party.

Girl With The Pearls Necklace – $35.00
 from Gloss Jewelry


And at $35 – 80% … guys, this is $7. SEVEN. DOLLARS.

So head on over to Gloss and see what you can snag with code JEWEL80!

Then come back and tell us what you got at an amazing deal!

Winning Wednesday: Glam it Up with a Gorgeous Piece from The Garter Girl

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 there’s one thing I very firmly believe in, it is that you should absolutely, positively be comfortable from head to toe on your wedding day.

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Images from The Garter Girl. Collage made using PicMonkey.

So, to help make sure you’re comfortable and happy, The Garter Girl is stepping in to give you $100 to spend in her shop. Yes, you read that right. $100 to snag yourself a perfectly pretty and amazingly well-made garter to help you get your bride on. The shop, which has been in operation since 2004, features a variety of garters that are simple, stylish and fun. She’s got tons of colors, and a few different styles, and almost all the garters fall well below $100. Which means there’s cash left over to cover the shipping!

Remember, each option adds an entry. This giveaway is open to US and international readers. Good luck!

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{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} Lace Coverlets, Capelets, Jackets, & Shrugs for Under $100

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.


First Light Capelet ($150 at BHLDN)


Ivory Short Sleeve Lace Wedding Bolero Jacket Shrug ($49.99 at Alex Bridal via Etsy)

Bridal White Lace Bolero Jacket ($82 at Angelina Design via Etsy)

Short Sleeve Tulle Jacket with Lace Embroidery ($99 at David’s Bridal)

Short Sleeve Lace Jacket ($79 at David’s Bridal)

Sweeping Waltz Capelet ($48.99 at Ruche)

Mandarin Collar Lace Bolero ($69.99 at Tulip Bridal)

Admittedly, a little lace won’t keep you warm. But it’s pretty… and pretty necessary in the winter. Any BABs out there find a super cute coverlet they’d like to share? (P.S. Send your “CAI/GOI” requests to!)

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} Gorgeous Vera Wang-Inspired Statement Necklaces For The Bride

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: I can’t find it! Second, even if I could find it, it’s probably way too expensive since similar necklaces by the amazing Miss Wang cost at least $500 — totally out of my price range. Rather than cry about it, let’s check out some other amazing options.


Vera Wang Statement Necklace, as seen on Style Me Pretty


Multi Flower Statement Necklace ($18.50 at G by Guess)

Medina Bib Necklace ($89 at Stella & Dot)

Field Metal Necklace ($138 at Anthropologie)

Anna & Ava Beaded Statement Necklace ($98 at Dillard’s)

Anna & Ava Charlotte Pearl Statement Necklace ($68 at Dillards)

Jessica Simpson Silver Statement Necklace ($75.99 from

There you go! Six options a broke-ass can afford to consider instead. These necklaces also give me some great DIY ideas. Maybe buying beautiful brooches and putting together my own unique necklace is a better statement to make.What a wonderful way to showcase something old or something borrowed!

Beautiful Bridal Clutches on a Budget

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 $60 // Pleated $23

{Up for Grabs} Giveaway Round-up!

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 have this sumptuous, handmade bridal sash from Etsy seller whenlovehappens! Her shop is bursting with wedding pretties, so check it out!

When Love Happens bridal sash

Whether you’re sporting a simple sheath dress or a princess gown, a bridal sash is a great way to add visual interest to your wedding dress. And why wait for your wedding? Add a sash to any dress in your closet that could use a little floral flourish! Our giveaway winner will select a gorgeous satin sash with three flowers made of chiffon and organza, in your choice of available colors!

All you have to do to enter to win is subscribe to our Broke-Ass Brigade newsletter. Oh wait, you’ve already subscribed? Then you’re already entered to win! Easy, peasey.

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Now – complete that bridal ensemble with a beautiful clutch purse from Etsy seller mermaidsdream! This week, we’re also giving away one of these gorgeous clutches, ideal for the modern bride!

Mermaid's Dream bow clutch

I was lucky enough to snag this adorable Bow Clutch in Victorian Violet,which I fully plan to rock at my next formal event! The color, construction and detailing on this silk dupioni clutch are all exquisite. The lush interior is big enough to hold all your big day necessities, like keys, phone, and cosmetics stash, yet the clutch itself is compact enough to discreetly stash in a secret locale until you and the groom make your exit!

OR entrust it to your maid of honor while you greet your guests – it’s so pretty, she won’t even mind! Better yet, buy a set for your entire bridal party! Plus, get FREE personalized labels on your bags just for mentioning The Broke-Ass Bride!

To enter to win your choice of clutch, just leave a comment on this or any post on the blog this week!

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