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Real Bride Laura: Be Considerate of your Broke-Ass Bridesmaids

As a Broke-Ass Bride I want to be as equally wallet conscious for my Broke-Ass bridesmaids. As much I love being in many weddings, I have been known to silently shed a tear looking at my bank account during wedding season. Between the dress, shoes, makeup, hair, bridal shower, bridal shower gift, bachelorette and wedding gift, it adds up. However, I am lucky that the weddings I have been in haven’t been extravagantly expensive (a friend of mine who was a bridesmaid last year had to spend $450 on a Marchesa dress!).

After much deliberation I finally decided on four bridesmaids. These are my ride or die bitches — the kind of girls that you can be your absolute total gross self with and they still love you. Now that I had my girls I had to find that damn dress for them all to wear. I wanted something different and not your run of the mill chiffon dress. However, I didn’t wan’t my girls to spend more then $100 on the dress — a bit of a tall order. I scoured Pinterest but half those dresses I pinned were stupid expensive or I couldn’t find them. I went to bridal salons, tried on bridesmaid dresses myself and hated them all. I spent hours scrolling through department store sites. I considered renting them from a particular site but the Yelp reviews turned me off. I browsed through bridal store catalogs and magazines. Defeated, I eventually ignored my task of finding their dresses.

In February, my six-month mark before the wedding, my bridesmaids told me I had to get my shit together and pick a dress. I finally found the dress through an online clearance event from David’s Bridal. I found out about it via a promotional email, the ones I normally trash right away. So always make sure you read through those emails when you are on the hunt for wedding savings. Then when you get what you want, re-route those emails to spam … I shouldn’t say that though since I am an a digital advertising professional … actually open those promotional emails and click on banners often.

OK I digress. Anyway, I found a pretty dress on sale from $149 marked down to $79. Plus one of my crafty bridesmaids found a promo code for free shipping so I felt triumphant in my frugal find. It ended up being friggin chiffon but that’s OK. I have made peace with it.  To make it “different” I had the girls order two different shades of purple so they would have alternating colors. 

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My Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal Chiffon Sweetheart Short Dress with Cap Sleeves Style F15406

I nervously waited for the dresses to be delivered to my girls. I had read the reviews, which I highly recommend always reading, and saw it was a mixed bag averaging out at 3.5 out of 5 hearts. The dresses came in and yep, they were a solid 3.5 out of 5. I was disappointed when I first saw them. The picture showed an A-line cut with capped sleeves. In real life it is a bit limp and has more of a thick strap. I kept asking the girls, ” Are they comfortable? Do you like the color?” No one told me they hated them and they did say they were comfortable so I settled. I am ultimately happy with them, though. 

My Advice: 

*Be wallet friendly to your bridal party. These are suppose to be your bestest friends. You don’t want them bitching behind your back for making them spend $300 on a dress they will never wear again. You may not get to have them in your dream dresses but you’ll be sure to find something that will satisfy you.

*Sign up for wedding email lists and be on the look out for promotions in your inbox. If I didn’t know about that clearance event from David’s Bridal I’d still be searching feverishly. 

*Always Google promo codes before you order something online. (Or pay attention to BAB’s Ten for the Weekend column) You never know how much you can save!

*BTW Did you know Target sells cute bridesmaid dresses?? None of the colors worked for me but they might work for you! Just search “Bridesmaid Dresses” on their website.

Winning Wednesday: Bedeck One of Your Bridesmaids with TopWedding

Oh, it’s been a minute since we’ve had a giveaway, hasn’t it? Well, TopWedding is here to change that.

In honor of their beautiful new arrivals of bridesmaids gowns, TopWedding is giving away one of the sleek silhouettes, perfect for a formal affair or wintry bash. With a huge range of colors and styles available, and since they’re manufactured overseas, TopWedding has dresses to complement any style of wedding theme with prices accessible to nearly any budget.

Winning Wednesday: Bedeck One of Your Bridesmaids with TopWedding

This is a sampling of the dresses TopWedding has to offer. A few of these styles are eligible for the giveaway.

One lucky BAB will get one dress out of their pick of  six different styles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). As per usual, each task below earns one entry. The more tasks completed, the more entries earned, the greater chances of winning, ya dig?

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Five for Friday: Dazzling Dresses from Unique Vintage + a Birthday Surprise

Happy Friday, darlings! I’m pretty stoked about this week’s Five for Friday, because the lovely, lovely peeps over at Unique Vintage and I schemed up something super special for you. In honor of this girl’s 30th birthday (which, you guys, I’ve been waiting FOREVER for this), Unique Vintage is knocking a cool 30% off select styles this weekend just for you, BABs, which knocks most of these dazzling darlings under $100. Here are my five favorite styles from the selection, and stay tuned for the special discount code at the end!

Unique Vintage High Society Ivory Floral Swing Dress

High Society Ivory Floral Swing Dress, $165 $115.50

Unique Vintage Black and Red Striped Strapless Fit 'n' Flare Dress

Black and Red Striped Fit ‘n’ Flare Dress, $128 $89.60

Unique Vintage Ivory Lace Countess Cocktail Dress

 

Ivory Lace Countess Cocktail Dress, $134 $93.80

Unique Vintage Black Flirty Cotton Mini Swing Dress

Black Flirty Cotton Mini Swing Dress, $110 $77

Unique Vintage Black and White Blanc Noir Fleur Scoopneck Belted Swing Dress

Black and White Blanc! Noir! Fleur! Scoop Neck Belted Swing Dress, $138 $96.60

I love them so! But the last black and white one is my favorite, easily. How about you, BABs? Get yourself over to Unique Vintage to check out the rest of the styles and use code BAB30 at checkout to get 30% off. Happy my birthday to you, darlings!

Get Inspired: Glam Black + White + Gold With Dash of Plaid

It’s no surprise that I uber heart gold and pretty much anything black + white patterned. I mean really, it’s kind of the perfect color scheme and can translate easily to almost any wedding theme. But what about wintry weddings that are trying to go a little more cozy than ultra-glam? Welp, plaid, my dears. Think about it: Sleigh rides, flannel shirts, fleecy throws. Plaid, plaid, plaid. I’ve had this idea swimming around in my brain, so natch, a style board to help translate the idea was necessary. My intention was to go full bore with flowers and table decor, but I got so stuck on outfits and before I knew it I was out of time, so there may be another post with this theme in the future. But for now …

Black + White + Gold Mood BoardBlack, White and Gold Star Paper Lanterns: Luna Bazaar | Sleeveless “I Am Glam” Dress: ModCloth | “I Now Pronounce You” Dress: ModCloth | “International Acclaim” Dress: ModCloth | “Livia” Gown: BHLDN | “See a Pattern” Dress: ModCloth | “Just Sway the Word” Dress, ModCloth | “Monaco” by rsvp: Zappos | “Yes I Candescent” Heel: ModCloth

 

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.

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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

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Happy Friday, BABs! 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 || Five for Friday: Classy and Classic Bridesmaids Dresses

“Elizabeth,” by Weddington Way.

D574 by Alfred Sung || Five for Friday: Classy and Classic Bridesmaids Dresses

D574 by Alfred Sung.

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D518 by Alfred Sung.

D516 by Alfred Sung || Five for Friday: Classy and Classic Bridesmaids DressesD516 by Alfred Sung.

Audrey by Weddington Way || Five for Friday: Classy and Classic Bridesmaids Dresses

“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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