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Real Bride Tiffany: Taking it Easy on the Bridesmaids

I gave my bridesmaids the most blessed gift of all: The Freedom of Choice.

Please excuse me while I toot my own horn …

Honestly though, in my very own humble opinion, formal and official bridesmaids dresses are an extremely dated practice. Even if I did like the tradition, there is still no way in Hades that I would ever ask my girls to spend more than $100 of their hard-earned money on a dress they will wear once. YES, ONCE. I’ve been in several weddings and never have I ever worn a bridemaids dress for another occasion. Please stop trying to make that happen.

The mismatchedness and normalness of this makes my heart so happy. Via Green Wedding Shoes.

So much to everyone’s shock, I gave the girls a color palette and said HAVE AT IT. You see, I tend to be a control freak. But this was my one thing that I wanted to give my girls a choice with. Not only because of the dated practice of matchy-matchy dress wearing, and the cost associated with them, but also because I love online shopping. Online window browsing, if you will. I consider myself an expert. I check Modcloth and ShopRuche daily. Yes, daily.

I also understand how different womens’ bodies are. Because, DUH. And I want my girls to be comfortable and confident and not nearly pass out in a dress because they refused to order a size up at the risk of having to pay for alterations (not that I did that once … I mean … ).

The ONE risk associated with giving your girls the freedom of choice? These.

not maids

These were actual, real-life options that my youngest sisters texted to me. Yes, incredibly tiny and young twin sisters. We know you are cute. Yes, those do fall somewhere in the color palette. BUT DEAR GOD NO. We all had a good laugh and then I let them know that they each earned a strike as bridal party members and that they were officially on notice. I think they thought I was kidding …

Justin is not as into the mismatchedness as much as I am, but we didn’t want to ask the groomsmen to shell out multiple hundreds of dollars for a suit or a kitchsy getup either. So we went the rental route (well under $100!) and will be providing their ties for them (thanks, Macy’s sale!). Also very reasonable, also very easy to deal with. And once I stop trying to dictate the exact shade that their shoes need to be, all will be well! You give me one ounce of control and see what happens …

If we can make it easy for them and everyone still looks wonderful, my job is done! And really, I have more important things to lord over than old-timey bridemaids dresses (like the DJ playlist … for another day … ).

Five for Friday: Classy and Classic Bridesmaids Dresses

Happy Friday, BABs! And happy Valentine’s Day! While you’re probz being schmoopy with your love, I’m on the road moving from Texas to Florida and looking forward to beach life. But that’s my version of romance: Me, my man (and our cat) and the wide open road. So, in between stuffing boxes and bidding adieu, I scoured the Interwebz for five gorgeous and timeless bridesmaids dresses for you to ogle. Bonus: They’re all $150 or less! Enjoy!

“Elizabeth,” by Weddington Way.

D574 by Alfred Sung.

D518 by Alfred Sung.

D516 by Alfred Sung.

“Audrey,” by Weddington Way.

 

Which is your favorite? What feel are you going with for your ladies? Tell us in the comments!

The Best, BAB-Approved Cyber Monday Deals For Brides!


CONGRATS! You survived Thanksgiving Day sales and Black Friday sales (or maybe you opted out of them entirely!), but now it’s CYBER MONDAY. Time to totally pretend you’re working while secretly buying shizz online! We’ve rounded up a few of the BEST CM deals for brides from our friends, partners, and affiliates in the wedding biz.

ModCloth is of course killin’ it with Cyber Monday – 20% off @ Modcloth on EVERYTHING you could ever possibly want. (Which, let’s admit, is quite a lot.) Stock up on bridesmaid dresses, bridal accessories, bridal pumps, whatever your broke-ass heart desires!

Layla Grace, purveyor of fab gifts for the home and for the hostess, is offering FREE SHIPPING on every order with the coupon code SHIP4FREE. They’re also surprising 10 lucky Cyber Monday shoppers by throwing a $100 gift card in their outgoing orders! They have a lot of gorgeous pieces to round out your wedding tables, so be sure to take a gander!

Plus size BABs: Kiyonna.com is offering 30% off on orders of $150 or more. If you’re looking for a high quality, curve-flattering dress for your engagement party, shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, or even the wedding itself – we highly recommend Kiyonna.

Looking for totally chic bridal party ensembles? Weddington Way is having a fab Cyber Monday Sale. Get 15% Off all bridesmaid dresses and accessories through December 3rd with coupon code GIVETHANKS15.

The babes at Ban.do are offering 20% off and FREE SHIPPING on all their darling hair accessories and shoe clips!

TBDress.com is offering up to 95% off site-wide on special occasion, bridesmaid, and wedding dresses, plus get an extra 10% off when you purchase two items or more! (Our math skills are sketchy, but…that means their stuff is almost free, right?!)

If you’re planning on having a candy bar/buffet at your wedding, OR handing out candy favors, Candy Galaxy is offering $25 off your order through December 3rd with coupon code: BIGWIN25.

If you’re on the hunt for personalized wedding favors, our friends at Beaucoup are offering 20% off site-wide with coupon code CYBER20, with no minimum purchase required!

Shopping for wedding stationery? MagnetStreet is offering 25% off all stationery orders with the coupon code WE28TK through December 3rd!

Wedding Paper Divas is also offering 25% off site-wide, PLUS get FREE SHIPPING with coupon code “FS13″.

We’re running our own little sale in the BAB advertising department! If you’re a wedding vendor or biz, you can enjoy 15% off any ad purchase over $125, today only! Just email our high advertising priestess Christen (christen@brokeassbride.com) for deets!

Speaking of our wedding vendor readership, if you have a special CM deal to pimp, or if you know of a killer deal for BABs elsewhere on the web, post it in the comments, sil vous plais!

20% Off Party Dresses At ModCloth For Only 48 Hours!

Heads up, BAB brigade! For 48 hours only, ModCloth is putting their Party Dress selection on sale. Can you say “Perfect timing for all my holiday parties!”? Can you say “Perfect dress for my bridal shower/bachelorette/bridesmaids/after party/Tuesday?” Can you say “Gimme yer dresses, Modcloth!” Cuz, I’m all about saying ALLLLLLLLL a’ that. 

Head over to ModCloth and check out their incredible selection of cute dresses here: 20% Off ModCloth Party Dresses Until 11/6! And don’t forget ModCloth always has FREE US shipping on orders $50+. 

Be still my frock-loving heart.

Dana

{Win It + Weekend Wrap Up} Snag A $50 Gift Card to Hello Holiday & More!

It feels great getting compliments on your kickin’ attire, especially when the compliment isn’t followed up with “I almost bought the same thing at [big box store] last week”.  You want the new hotness, the unique, the inspired, not yesterday’s trends! I’m going to let you in on a secret: you can get that new hotness at Hello Holiday.

Hello Holiday is all about showcasing emerging designers (plus super select vintage gear), so you have the opportunity to rock all the freshest fashions and rare finds that will leave your friends, well-wishers, and frenemies burbling in piles of green jelly. Plus: Tights of the Month Club? I’m dying here–surprise tights day stands to be the best day of every month! Even better, Hello Holiday is accessible–not sure how a garment is going to fit? The team at Hello Holiday is happy to measure the garment in question for you or even show it on a fit model so you have an idea of how it looks on a body, and as a hard-to-fit person, I can tell you that this is a truly magical option to have rather than ordering blind. Hands down, Hello Holiday is the bomb-diggety – especially since you can get 10% off any order with our special coupon code: BROKEASS! That makes them the bomb-diggety-est, in our book.

This week, one lucky BAB will win a $50 credit to Hello Holiday - get an extra entry by subscribing to our bi-weekly newsletter (we don’t spam ya, promise!). Check below for more ways to enter!

Per usual, we have several other BAB exclusive deals to share with you this week! THE SAVINGS! OH, THE SAVINGS!!!

Save 15% on your entire order of adorable, custom wedding invitations from Etsy seller Yellow Hype with the code HYPE15!

Super-fun Etsy shop The Bridal Prop Shop is extending a a 25% Grand Opening discount to all BAB readers with the code BROKEASSBRIDE25 through March 15th!

Nina K.L., a fabulous, Los Angeles-based designer of BEAUTIFUL custom couture gowns, is offering BABs an amazing deal: get 20% off your order when you mention BAB *and* snag a free lingerie bag!

Hey BABs! Save 15% off of orders of $100 or more at My Wedding Favors with the code MWBROKEASS –FYI, they’re one of only three online retailers for the Kate Aspen Disney Fairytale Wedding Favors!

Save an amazing 25% on gorgeous eco-couture wedding dresses from Green Queen Deborah Lindquist with the code BAB !

AND here are a few sweet, BAB-exclusive deals from our FABULOUS partners!

A Cake To Remember - purveyor of gorgeous gumpaste cake decor, cake toppers, molds, tutorials, and more – has a special offer for you! Slap in the coupon code BROKE during check-out and snag 10% off your order! Dig in, Broke-Asses!

Use checkout code BROKEASSBRIDE when securing your Wedding Gown Preservation Kit and score free shipping and a Starbucks gift card!

Five Little Gems is offering Broke Ass Bride readers an exclusive discount–15% off anything in the store with the code BROKEASS15 ! PLUS, get a free pair of matching earrings with any necklace ordered from their Beaded Necklaces or Statement Necklace categories! SCHWING!

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{Real Bride: Carrie} Axing The Wedding Party To Focus On The PAR-TAY

Cute. Legitimately cute.

In one of our many efforts to keep our wedding simple and laid back, Zach and I decided not to have an official “wedding party.”  It’s not that we don’t have friends who we’d love to honor with this position, as I think both of us could easily pick a few close buddies to stand up with us.  It’s more that we just don’t really see the point.

I mean, dressing alike is cute when you’re toddlers…And then all of a sudden it’s cute again when you’re a fully-grown adult if you’re in a wedding?  I don’t get it.

We didn’t want to boss people around and tell them what to wear and what to help with for our wedding.  Honestly, we hope that our friends and family will voluntarily step up and help us out of the goodness of their hearts, not out of obligation because of some “title” we’ve bestowed upon them.  We’re still involving some special people in the ceremony by having them perform readings, and both of our best friends will still be giving toasts at the reception.

Still cute?

Another factor in our decision was that our wedding is only going to have about 60 guests.  The more people you put up front the emptier the seats will look!  I don’t want our ceremony to look like no one is there because there are no butts in seats!

Anyone else forgoing a traditional wedding party for a more casual approach?

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} Monique Lhuillier-Inspired Bridesmaid Dress For Under $150

Weddings aren’t just about your own budget. Being in a wedding can be costly for everyone involved. It totally makes sense to want to keep costs down for those supporting you on the big day. This week’s request is for for sexy, full length bridesmaid dresses…

Hello,

This is a submission for can’t afford it, get over it.

I’m looking for my bridesmaids dresses and everything I’ve found that I like so far is a little over their budgets. I love this Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaid dress, but it’s too expensive. I love the grape color, the one shoulder strap and even the slit! Please help if you can to find a dress under $150.

Thank you!

Purple was my wedding color! Personally, I’m OK with dress styles not matching. So I gave ladies a color and basics that I wanted in the dress, and let them pick something within their own budget. Thankfully, finding a variety of long, matching grape-colored dresses for cheap isn’t too difficult.

CAN’T AFFORD IT

ML Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids Pleated One Shoulder Chiffon Gown

GET OVER IT

Carlos Miele Amazon Rain Gown ($150 rental at Rent The Runway)

 

Strapless Long Charmeuse Dress with Slit ($129 at David’s Bridal)

One Shoulder Satin Dress ($159 at David’s Bridal)

 

American Living One-Shoulder Dress ($80 at JC Penney)

Tinley Road Ruffle Front Maxi ($21.97 at Piperlime)

 

Purple Chiffon Floral Applique Strapless Gown ($126 at Unique Vintage)

Don’t worry, that glaring red David’s Bridal dress also comes in grape! Also,  I realize one option is over $150. But, it’s so close to your inspiration, it would have been criminal not to include it. At least now you have a number of options to offer the girls. Happy shopping.

{Partner Love} Score Big Savings On Bridesmaids Dresses From For Her and For Him

Our fabulous sponsor For Her and For Him has had a banner year of business, and to celebrate their success, AND the launch of their new site, they’re having their biggest sale to date! FHFH is offering special savings on their ever-expanding collection of  bridesmaid dresses – you can get up to 30% off when you purchase multiple dresses for your b-maids. For Her and For Him’s brand spanking new site provides you with more options than ever, including more colors choices for nearly every dress – and on the new site, you can preview every dress in every color option. You can also customize your dress by adding or removing a train, and you can also choose between a zip-up or lace-up back for certain styles!

We’re totally flipping for their new selection of vintage-inspired bridesmaid dresses (as well as vintage-tastic wedding and reception dresse) and their “Colored to Perfection” bridesmaid collection – all of these dresses are of course, available in a rainbow of beautiful hues. Whether you’ve decided to outfit your favorite ladies in blush, daffodil yellow, or robin’s egg blue, you’re sure to find a dress you love in the color you have to have. And for a limited time, the more bridesmaids you have – the more moolah you save! That’s right, FHFH is totally rewarding you for having a ridiculously huge wedding party!

 

And now for the best part – the scintillating savings deets! For Her and For Him is offering 15% off the purchase of two bridesmaid dresses, 25% for three to five, and 30% off of six or more. These incredible rates apply for all of their fabulous bridesmaid dress styles, and this offer will last until June 31, 2012.

To sweeten the deal, For Her and For Him is including their “Custom Fit” service free of charge with any purchase of more than one bridesmaid dress. That’s right, FHFH will make a custom dress for each and every bridesmaid, using up to 14 different body measurements! And to sweeten the pot even more FHFH will provide FREE express shipping for any product purchased during the promotion, including bridal gowns and accessories!

{Can’t Afford It/ Get Over It} Sittin’ Pretty in Pink Part II

Last time on {Can’t Afford It/ Get Over It} Sittin’ Pretty in Pink part I, Nicole wrote in to tell us all about her very own CAI/GOI success!  We reveled in her superb style and slick spending when she told us about her obsession for this Valenciennes Dress at BHLDN $220.00.

But she opted to go an alternate route with the David’s Bridal dress (below) for half the price!

Strapless Tulle dress with Caviar Beading

David’s Bridal $139.99

And we, here at BAB, thought that we could expound on Nicole’s fab find by searching the inter-webs for cost effective alternatives for both gorgeous gowns!  Last time we covered the Valenciennes Dress @ BHLDN.  This week we have we have a multitude of muse worthy shear, gauzy, gam flattering B-Maid’s dresses for you, our Broke-Ass Readers!  So if you Can’t Afford It

Get Over It

Flair-y Godmother Dress

ModCloth $57.99

Title Sequins Dress

ModCloth $89.99

Midnight Blush Dress

ModCloth $84.99

Formal Invitation Dress

ModCloth $54.99

Heiress of Mystery Dress

ModCloth $52.99

Rope You In Dress

ModCloth $49.99

It’s SHEER genius, I tell you!  But if you’re still not convinced about the wondrous world of ModCloth, then I have some other options for ya. Check it out! Victoria’s Secret has a sweet little number that might hit the sweet spot! Kohl’s has a casual B-maids worthy ensemble that’s sure to make your girls squeal with glee! There are a few frock from Forever 21 for your B-maids to beam over!  Oh, don’t forget about Bluefly.com!  I thought they were too expensive, but I was mistaken…

Strapless Lace Dress

Victoria’s Secret $89.99

LC Lauren Conrad Surplice Lace Overlay Dress

Kohl’s $50.40

Strapless Lace Sweetheart Dress

Forever 21 $24.80

Strapless Lace Dress

Forever 21 $24.80

Champagne Sateen Lace Overlay Dress

BlueFly $98.99

Strapless Purple Shimmer Dress

Bluefly $98.99

So ladies, if you want your gals to be smashing in their sheer toggery, dance your dainty digits to one of these web addresses and get those gals swathed in lacy loveliness. Happy hunting from your friendly inter-web Broke-Ass Bride honeys!  And don’t forget to tune in next week for more smashing savings!