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Partner Love: The BRIDES Live Wedding Event Opens For Entries Today!

Last year’s million dollar winners!

Picture this: It’s a gorgeous late spring day. The warm sun is filtering through the trees, making the venue shimmer and sparkle. Music drifts through the air, and as the song changes, the assembled crowd turns and gasps: it’s you, in a breathtaking designer gown. It’s a million dollar wedding, and it’s yours.

No, we’re not telling you to take out an enormous loan and throw this pricey fête yourself, we’re saying that you should enter to win The BRIDES Live Wedding Event! Here’s the deal: you and your sweetie make a video entry telling BRIDES about yourselves, your love story, the proposal, your perfect date night, why you think you should win, and which charity you’d support and why. Submit some recent photographs (make sure to get permission from the photographer!), answer a few short essay questions, and you’re in, baby!

Here’s where things really get exciting: every single aspect of The BRIDES Live Wedding Event is chosen by the general public: from the dress, to the cake, to the decorations, to the honeymoon–EVERYTHING! This means that those random outliers of bad taste that everyone struggles with, the moments of “What was I thinking!?”–those won’t happen with this wedding, because no one is going to let you strut down the aisle like you stepped out of an episode of Toddlers & Tiaras. No way! Everything will be top notch gorgeous, the best of the best.

So let’s recap: a million dollar wedding plus $50,000 in prizes, guaranteed gorgeousness, planned for you, practically stress free…what are you waiting for? Break out the video camera and enter now!

{Win It + Weekend Wrap Up} Win A Custom Photo Mat & Frame From KJ Frames, Plus Exclusive Deals For BABs!

Even more awesome when your first dance is to “The Final Countdown”!

You’ve agonized over your choice of song for your first dance with your new spouse – which lyrics really speak about you and your relationship? Be it buttrock or alt-pop or country, one special way to remind you of who you are as a couple in that moment in time is a customized photo frame from KJFrames. Would you rather have your photo surrounded by a poem or a quote? Horizontal instead of vertical? With KJFrames, everything is completely customizable down to the font itself!

Want a special grouping of photos to hang in your new home? Check out KJFrames’ trio of photo mat frames - perfect for a couple’s first dance lyrics and the lyrics of the mother/son and father/daughter dance! This week, one lucky Broke-Ass Bride reader will win a FREE custom wedding song photo mat from KJFrames - get an extra entry by subscribing to our newsletter!

ATTN: Chicago metro area brides! Don’t miss out on one of our favorite wedding industry events! TOMORROW, Saturday, Feb 2nd, Indie Wed, the alternative to the traditional bridal expo, will be taking place from 10 am to 4 pm at the Ravenswood Event Center in Chicago. Indie Wed will feature  two full floors of AMAZING vendors from the Midwest and beyond,  a special lounge with food + beer pairings, live music, bridal fashion, cake tastings, and more! Tix are $20 per person at the door, CASH ONLY! Don’t miss this opportunity to support independent artisans, pick up a few handmade wedding goodies, and connect with the wedding photographer/caterer/planner/cakemaker of your dreams!

Rasta Rita mobile margarita truck!

Hey, Southern California BABs, we’ve got a little something special for you too – Rasta Rita, the mobile margarita bar (and CA’s ONLY full service mobile beverage bar truck) is extending a very special offer to our BABs! You can get 10% off of parties and weddings booked by 2/28/13! Just email Carla at carla@rastarita.com or call 818-321-4245 and mention “The Broke-Ass Bride” to claim your discount! Want some tacos to go with your margaritas? (Taco + margarita wedding = BEST IDEA EVER, btw.) Rasta Taco has got you covered!

Etsy seller Yellow Hype is offering BABs 15% off her adorbs wedding stationery and custom invitation design! Just use coupon code “HYPE15″ to claim.

For more BAB-exclusive offers, be sure to subscribe to our bi-weekly BAB Brigade newsletter!

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{Partner Love} Win an Uber Luxe Wedding With The Brides Live Wedding Giveaway!

YOU GUYS. This is legit broke-ass brilliance right here. Brides is hooking it UP with a super sleek wedding giveaway. We’re not just talking a centerpiece here, an accessory there … they’re going whole-hog with this bad boy.

Say your “I Do’s” at the uber-chic St. Regis Monarch Beach resort in Dana Point, CA. Get your hair did by TRESemme, topped off with a veil from Bel Aire Bridal. Bite into your wedding cake made by Buddy “The Cake Boss” Valastro. Rock a wedding dress provided by David’s Bridal. Ogle all the new gifts from your dream registry at Target. Swoon over your honeymoon in the Cayman Islands. And oh, so, so, sooooo much more. Like, so much more to the point where this whole shindig is valued at $1.2 MIL, baby. You read that right.

But what’s the catch? Well, your wedding decisions are basically in America’s hands. Each week, as more wedding deets emerge, Brides readers will clamor onto Facebook to vote on all the major aspects of your luxury wedding. Peonies vs. lilies. Mermaid style or sheath. It’s all in their hands. That’s right – every single major wedding decision will be crowd-sourced. But uh…1. Did we mention it’s FREE?! 2. Wedding planning is so stressful, you guys. Imagine the liberation that comes with handing the reigns over to the wedding loving masses, and deciding everything via popular vote.

Head on over to the  Brides Live Wedding Facebook page between now and January 10th for the whole scoop on how you can enter to win one seriously fabulously FREE wedding. You can also win this goody bag filled to the brim with treats just by entering the contest. DO. IT.

{Broke-Ass Brilliance} The BEST Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals For Brides!

Get 30% off veils from Tessa Kim!

It’s Thanksgiving! You know, the day before BLACK FRIDAY?! But seriously, enjoy all that serious family togetherness time on Turkey Day. RELISH in it, like you relish in so many servings of yo’ mama’s homemade stuffing.  But when all that TOGETHERNESS is about to drive you batty, take a breather and start game-planning for the next four days of DEALS. There’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday, of course, but don’t forget about “Small Biz Saturday”! It’s always important to give your dollars to independent stores and vendors in your area! Here are some of the best BF/SBS/CM deals we could find, from businesses big and small!

MagnetStreet is offering 26% off on all of their fabulous wedding stationery during their Thanksgiving & Cyber Monday Sale! This includes save-the-date magnets, wedding programs, favors, and more! To claim your discount, just enter the coupon code “WCYBERBLOG” at checkout! Hurry, sale ends at midnight, 11/26!

Adorn is offering 20% off on all jewelry rentals with coupon code “FALLBRIDE”.  There’s a gorgeous piece for every taste – whether you prefer diamonds, pearls, or platinum bling! Coupon code expires 11/30.

Noritake is running its biggest sale of the year - 30% off all merchandise, including sale items! Plus, FREE ground shipping on all orders! This sale starts Thanksgiving Day at 8 pm EST. If you’re missing a few sets of that flatware you registered for, or you’d like to pick up a few matching dinnerware accessories, now is your big chance!

Our favorite new indie e-tailer Hello Holiday will be rolling out the Black Friday savings as well – dresses and shoes will all be on sale, and broke-asses always get 10% off with coupon code: “BROKEASS”. UPDATE: OH SNAP, Hello Holiday just threw us a pretty awesome bone – get 20% off your purchase with this special coupon code: “LOVEDANA”.

One of our FAVORITE Etsy sellers, Ooh Baby Designs, is offering 15% off on all bridal bag orders! Discounts will be applied automatically starting on Black Friday. (Do read listings for processing and shipping times.)

Everly Calligraphy has a fabulous deal for brides – get 15% off her EXQUISITELY BEAUTIFUL hand-done calligraphy services and custom rubber stamp options with coupon code “THANKSGIVING2012″. (This offer applies only to her Etsy shop. For a full run-down of her offered services, check out her website!)

The L.A. Table is offering BABs an exclusive 30% off discount their uber classy,  completely affordable, and conveniently disposable table settings! Just enter coupon code “CYBERBAB30″ at checkout to claim your discount! Offer lasts from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.

Panache Weddings & Events (of Portland, OR) is offering a whopping 50% off of any Full Service Coordination package on Black Friday! Plus, with every paid deposit EVERY couple will receive a Keurig Mini Plus Coffee Brewer in any color of their choice!

Get 15% off all wedding favors, gifts, and accessories at The Wedding Outlet with coupon code “GIVETHANKS15″. Offer ends Sunday, 11/25.

Our own lovely Liz Coopersmith (of Silver Charm Events and “Ask Liz” fame”) is offering a special Black Friday offer to BABs in L.A., Orange County and the surrounding area – she will be your Day of Coordinator for a flat grand. That’s right, $1,000. For a Day-Of Coordinator. In L.A.. To snag this special deal, hit up  her blog starting at midnight on Black Friday! Offer expires at 8 pm PST on Cyber Monday!

Atlanta, GA wedding photographer Whitney Huynh is offering brides the chance to get a full wedding photography package for $2000 on Black Friday! Full disclosure: Whitney was my wedding photographer, and she was amazing. Worth every penny. Email weddings@whitneyhuynh.com for more information

Winnie Couture has an awesome deal for dress-hunting BABs at their flagship salons in Beverly Hills, Houston, TX, and Atlanta, GA! From Friday, November 23 through Sunday, November 25th brides will receive 25% off any gown purchased! Each and every design in the Winnie Couture flagship salon is designed by Winnie Chlomin, the style-savvy designer who has gowns featured regularly in InStyle Weddings + Brides magazines as well as on TV shows like “My Fair Wedding” and “Don’t Tell the Bride.”  Totally customizable, Winnie Couture offers two collections: Winnie Couture Blush Label and Winnie Couture Diamond Label, both featuring different fabrics, details + price points! For full promotion details, click here!

On BrideRush, already drastically reduced offers from wedding vendors all over the nation will be discounted an additional 5% off on “Small Biz Saturday” and Cyber Monday! Get fabulous deals on wedding venues, photography, photobooths, bachelorette party packages, and more!

Get free shipping OR 15% off from Blush Printables!

BeBe is having a truly RIDICULOUS Cyber Monday Bridal Sale! (They have a bridal department now, btw – all the dresses were designed by “Project Runway” All-Star Rami Kashou – and they’re all freaking gorgeous!) Bebe is having a 6 hour, online-only FLASH SALE that begins at 6 pm – midnight PST (that’s 9 pm – 3 am EST). For 6 hours only, every single wedding gown will be 50% offFinal prices will be from $379.50 to $874.95. We like those numbers. We like them a lot.

Get 20% off luxe hand-poured soy wax candles from A Scent of Scandal with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY”.

Get 30% off some of THE MOST GORGEOUS bridal headpieces, veils, and hair accessories you’ll ever see at Tessa Kim! Just use promo code “TESSAKIMCYBERSALE” to claim your discount anytime from 11/23-11/26!

Etsy seller Blush Printables is offering FREE shipping with coupon code “FREESHIPFRIDAY” OR 15% off your order with coupon code “BLACKFRIDAY15″! Blush Printables has a full line of adorable wedding printables, as well as a broad assortment of personalized party, baby, and holiday invites, announcement, and greeting card printables!

Ruche is having an entire WEEK of Black Friday Sales – get all manner of pretties for $5, $10, $15, and $25!

Southern California’s De-Lovely Events is offering 25% OFF ALL wedding planning services on BLACK FRIDAY (& 15% off through December 31, 2012}! Book ANY service with a $500 deposit on Black Friday! All services include a complimentary initial meet and greet, Pinterest design/vision board and some UNBELIEVABLE support throughout your planning process! More details or to hook up this deal: visit their site and enter code “LUVDE2012″ in your inquiry!

Get 20% off ridiculously pretty bridal hair accessories, hair clips, and headbands from the lovely Etsy seller Bella & Beya! Just use coupon code “THANKFUL”.

ATTN: Crafty brides! Consumer Crafts is offering 30% off the entire site on Cyber Monday! There’s crafting supplies, art products, floral stuff, Cricuts and Cuttlebugs – everything you need to get yer craft on! Plus, they have their own bridal department!

Etsy seller A Cake To Remember is offering 20% off her lovely sugar molds and DIY wedding cake supplies with coupon code “SAVE20″!

Prepared to throw down some serious moolah on designer wedding gowns and accessories at Shopbop? Then be sure to take advantage of their tiered savings event! Spend $250 get 20% off, $500 get 25% off, $1000 get 30% off, and $1500 get 35% off, using code BIGEVENT12.

Get 25% off EVERYTHING at Unique Vintage on Black Friday, including their extensive line of vintage-inspired wedding gowns for brides of all sizes!

CheapCarribean.com is having a killer BLACK FRIDAY SALE on all-inclusive beachy, honeymoon-type getaways! You can save up to 70% off on these deals during Black Friday only!

NEW ADDITIONS 11/22:

Etsy seller Delovely Details, purveyor of wonderful gifts for brides and bridesmaids like personalized bridal hangers, guest book boxes, and wine glasses, is offering 20% off everything in her shop starting at 9 pm, 11/22, with coupon code: “GRATEFUL20″.

Our good friend Debi Sementelli from Lettering Art Studio designs fabulous fonts that add a calligraphy-style look to  any wedding project! She’s lent her lettering talents to fancy corporate clients such as Neiman Marcus, Target, The Paper Source, and Marriott Hotels –  and now she has a special deal exclusively for BABs! Debi has just unveiled her latest, vintage-inspired font creation: “DOMLOVESMARY“. Created with the wedding client in mind, this set of 66 typeface designs includes envelope friendly titles: Mr and Mrs, Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms, Doctor, the Doctors, as well as words to fill out your invitation suite: RSVP, Respond, Save the Date, Accommodations, Directions and more! You can get 40% off this correspondence ink package right now through Dec. 1st at MyFonts.com with the coupon code “BLOGLOVE”.

NEW ADDITIONS, 11/23:

Shabby Apple is having a site-wide sale on their ADORBS, vintage-inspired dresses, shoes, and accessories for gals of all sizes! Get 20% off with coupon code: “JOYFULSEASON.”

NEW ADDITIONS: 11/25:

Kate Spade is having a BANANAS sales event – a whopping 75% off everything on her site during her Surprise Cyber Sale – including gorgeous jewelry, wedding-ready pumps, and little white dresses!

Pittsburgh, PA wedding photographer Angie Candell is offering 15% off all wedding photography packages when you make your deposit by December 1st!

Are you renting a photo booth for your wedding? Photoboothframes.com is offering 20% off any photo booth frame order with coupon code “SALE20″!

Etsy seller Mikiye Creations makes all manner of gorgeous bridal jewelry and bridal accessories, and right now through Cyber Monday you can get 25% off any order from her shop with coupon code: “BLACKFRIDAY25″.

NEW ADDITIONS, 11/26:

Get 30% off EVERYTHING over at Paperless Post (including gorgeous paperless and non-paperless wedding stationery options) today through Tuesday with coupon code “CYBERMONDAY”.

If you or your groom are shopping for groomsmen gifts, TheManRegistry.com is giving you 15% off ALL WEEK LONG with coupon code “CYBERMON2012″!

Did we miss anything? If you’ve spotted a fabulous Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal (or you’re offering one yourself) tell us about it in the comments!

{Win This} Win a One Year Subscription to the Iconic Brides Magazine!

Envision this (but twelve of them) on your coffee table!

Aside from calling your mom and updating your Facebook status after you got engaged, what’s one of the first things you did? Was it pick up a copy of Brides magazine? You’re not alone! Brides is one of the biggest, most well respected names in the wedding biz, and for a damn good reason.

When it comes to wedding inspiration, runway coverage, gorgeous photography, and all-out fabulous wedding ideas, they totally OWN. Their style inspiration is always fresh and on point, and they also dish out loads of fabulous wedding tips and advice.

This week, we have a super special giveaway to bring to our BAB readers, courtesy of Brides magazine  -  exactly TEN one year subscriptions of Brides are up for grabs!  So shove aside your piles of back issues of beauty and fashion mags, and make room for a new stack of Brides!

 

 

 

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Sugarflower Design’s Crafty Guest Post Part I: Are You Ready To DIY?

Autumn from Sugarflower Design

Oh, BAB readers, you are in for a TREAT. Today we have a special guest post from the uber talented, stationery-designing hottie behind Sugarflower Design! She’s gonna clue you in on whether you’re truly ready to get your DIY on or not – it may save you a ton of $$$, but it’s not always a cakewalk. 

Hello Broke Ass Bride readers! I’m Autumn. I own Sugarflower Design in Austin, Texas where I’ve been designing wedding stationery for the past 8 years. This guide is meant to be an inside track for those of you hoping to invest some “sweat equity” in your wedding invitations without dipping into your bar budget or breaking out in a pre-wedding stress rash. I’ve encountered many brides along their DIY journey  – some needing rescue, others advice. I bet this is what they would tell you over mojitos and some queso…

 Full-On DIY

This is when you design, print, cut, embellish, assemble and mail
everything yourself with or without the help of (hopefully willing)
friends. Ideally this project should save you money, be FUN and result in
pretty, personalized wedding invitations.

Gettin' crafty!

1) Don’t get in over your head. Making your own wedding stationery is a big project. It’s probably best to keep things simple – focusing on good quality materials and artistic elements you are already familiar with. Gaps in your technical knowledge can become a source of stress or additional cost – particularly if you try something new and ambitious (I could tell you the sad tale of a bride, a new home silk-screening machine and a box of vintage handkerchiefs.)

2) Consider consulting with a pro. Before you get your heart set on a design, and certainly before you purchase expensive materials or equipment, consider investing in an hour of professional design consultation. A pro will catch simple issues that would otherwise derail your project – like postal code regulations, technical issues around printing, etc. That hour could save you a lot of money and headaches down the road.

3) Time vs. Cash. Yes, DIY stationery may save you money, but it also
takes your valuable time. In fact, it can take a LOT of your time. If you
want to tackle all aspects of design and production for 25 invitations –
great. That’s a good weekend-size project. 250 invitations? Think hard.

Slice n' dice!

4) Will it save money? Printing at home isn’t free. Paper, printer ink, envelopes, embellishments, tools for proper cutting, etc. add up fast. Buying small batches of paper and envelope leaves you out of the bulk savings enjoyed by stationery manufacturers. In some cases it can actually be more expensive than buying inexpensive printed stationery. Be sure to research your materials carefully to keep costs low.

5) Will this be fun or stressful? Ladeez, I cannot tell you how many tearful calls and emails I’ve received from brides who’ve come to the end of their crafty-crafter rope. They hate their @&$^)*# printer! The glue is everywhere! I’VE RUINED 63 HANDKERCHIEFS! Be smart about what you can handle.

Picked your project? Tune in for another post from Autumn on how to DIY your own wedding stationery, coming soon!  In the meantime, be sure to check out all the fabulous paperie in Autumn’s Etsy shop!

The Wedding Stress Mantra

No, not her. But isn't that bouquet gorgeous? (courtesy of Studio EMP)

True story: It’s a beautiful Saturday morning. My first stop is my bride’s house…where everything is in a complete panic. Bridesmaids and family members are missing,  so hair and makeup is going to finish late. My girl is  still in curlers, and I’m following her around the house as she finds her place cards, her table numbers, etc. so I can take them to the reception site. I’m the only one who’s not freaking out, because I know that it’s all going to be fine. She will find her cake cutter and her Maid of Honor will show up and we will get to the church on time. Everything is all set and just waiting for her to arrive.  But what concerned me the most is when she says to me, “This is not what I thought my wedding day would be like. This isn’t what I wanted, or how I wanted to feel at all.”

Well, yeah.

Look, you’re going to get stressed out. There is going to come a point, and probably not just on your wedding day, when you’re not sure if you can make it, you’re not sure that you can handle it, it isn’t going how you’d planned, and there you are, in curlers, hyperventilating because 150 pairs of eyes are going to be staring at you in a few weeks/days/minutes. And you just. Can’t. DEAL.

But here’s the thing. You HAVE been dealing. This whole time. You got through finding your venue, got through cutting the guest list, found bridesmaid dresses, took two weekends to assemble your invitations, and you’re still sane. Why would you think that would change? And the day is here. So, I’m going to tell you the same thing that I told her:

“I know that things are going a little nuts right now, but in a few hours, you’re going to be married. In a few hour after that, you’ll be eating a really great meal that you picked out, and dancing and laughing with your friends, and having a fantastic time. This is going to be a really cool day. Watch for it.”

Feel free to repeat that in your head, as many times as you need to. And, seriously, look for it. Look for yourself having a really good time. Enjoy the fact that all the people that you dig are in one room, and that doesn’t happen very often. You worked really hard for this. And you made it. Enjoy.

And at the end of the night, after I spent some time grinning at the sight of her on the dance floor, usually with a cocktail in her hand, she slid over and hugged me.  “You were right,” she said. “This was amazing!”

I know I’m right. This is why they pay me the big bucks. :-)

So, what happened to make you reach your stress limit? And when was the moment that you realized that it was all going to turn out okay? Because it is, you know. Share below.

See you at the end of the aisle,

 

 

Win a FREE Pair of Tickets to Hitched!

Hitched wedding showcase event

In addition to our regularly scheduled weekly giveaway goodness, we’ve also got a special treat for West Coast brides! The fabulous gals behind HITCHED, a Palm Springs wedding showcase for brides and grooms and lovers of fun, are hooking us up with a pair of FREE TICKETS to their fabulous event!

Hitched is a carefully curated affair which provides “a fresh vision in wedding planning”, put on by my good friends at Bash, Please and Urbanic… and I’ll guarantee it to provide a refreshing antidote to your run of the mill bridal show. It’s more like a party than a boring old bridal show, so bring your fun and your dancing shoes – you’ll need both… especially if you want to win the Flashdance Dance-Off for a free trip to Mexico. #justsaying.

It takes place from 6-10 p.m. on Jan. 30th at the (unrealistically hip) Ace Hotel in sunny Palm Springs, CA. You can enter to win by leaving a comment on this post, and we’ll select a winner on Monday!

Best of luck – this is an event you surely don’t want to miss!

{Giveaway} Random Acts of Clarisonic

Clarisonic Opal Skin Infusion SystemThe Clarisonic Opal Skin Infusion System

If you’re a serial browser at stores like Sephora or your fave department store make-up counter, you might’ve already acquainted yourself with Clarisonic Skincare. If not, allow us to bring you up to speed – Clarisonic is one of our favorite beauty products. It’s  a revolutionary new skincare system that employs the same sonic technology to cleaning your skin as the Sonicare toothbrush uses to clean your teeth!

Their Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing Systems and Opal Sonic Skin Infusion Systems use sonic technology to micro-massage your skin, providing a deep cleanse for your pores, and leaving your epidermis smooth, soft, and bright. Their products are preferred by dermatologists and spa technicians alike, yet are gentle enough on your skin to be used twice daily!

Take a gander at their extensive line of skin care solutions, and think of the stressed out bff, bride-to-be, mom, or teen sis in your life whose daily routine could use a little upgrade.  Which Clarisonic product would you recommend to them?

Why do we wanna know, you ask? Yup, we’re bringing back the Random Acts of Clarisonic! Since it’s the holiday season we’re putting the spirit of giving on full blast. Not only are we gonna give, but so are you. We want you to nominate someone you think needs/deserves/would enjoy the Clarisonic. When we pick a winner, your nominee will recieve a clarisonic product, and so will you! Now your face gets to feel great AND your heart does too.You can choose any of Clarisonic’s  Sonic Skin Cleansing Systems, or even the Opal Sonic Skin Infusion System, a whopping $245 value!

sonic waves make faces happy

Two ways to win (Yup, you can rock two entries):

1) Just leave a comment with your nominee, reason for nominating them, and the item you want to win (we love fun and creativity).

2) Tweet: I want ____ to win a @Clarisonic from @BrokeAssBride because _________ (did we mention we love fun and creativity?)

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and a Delightful Kwanzaa from Clarisonic and your Broke-Ass Family!

Entries will be accepted through Dec 31st.