Broke-Ass Tag: Budget


Affiliate Disclaimer NewIt’s been really nice to take a breather from wedding planning for a bit. I feel like we’ve really stayed ahead of the game by scheduling roughly a task a month or so. It has always been a goal to make planning as stress-free as possible. I never wanted to look back at this experience as a frustrating or stressful time. It helps that my fiancé and I have the same taste, in literally everything. Things have simply been moving along effortlessly.

It felt really good to get those Save the Dates out a week or two ago. I might’ve bit off a little more than I could chew with those, but I think we’re both happy with the end result. It felt like I had really checked something major off of our to-do list when I dropped them in the mailbox.

Valerie's Completed Save the Date

It was also a weird sense of self-consciousness. I felt unexpectedly concerned about what other people thought of them. In my mind, this is the first impression that people are getting about your wedding. It was only after a friend texted saying they were sweet and the amount of care, time and handiwork shows, that I felt like I made the first impression that I had hoped.

So the next thing coming up is to try on my dress. It’s scheduled to arrive at the beginning of April, and I am dying to try it on. In the moment I made the decision about my dress, it was definitely a gut decision. I was 100% convinced until the next day or so, when I looked back at a picture of it. Now that the look and feel of the wedding has evolved and started to come to life a little more, I’m really thrilled to try it on again.

One of the last major details is our invitations. I have been looking into ways to create them as cost effectively as possible, without fully DIY-ing them. I am looking into purchasing a design, possibly from Etsy, and printing them ourselves. I really like the look of those wax stamps, similar to the one found on Etsy below, so I’m hoping to secure some jute cord (the same that’s on the Save the Dates) on the front of the stack of invitations and RSVP cards. So while they aren’t DIY’d, per se, there will still be that hand crafted element that’s really important to me.wax_stamp

Elephant Wax Stamp available from Etsy seller Backtozero

Our Broke-Ass budget is still pretty well intact, which I’m happy to report. Some things came in high, some came in low, but I still consider that a win!

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    Ready for your weekly roundup of sales and deals? Dig in, BABs!

    1. Ready to announce your wedding date? Wedding Paper Divas is taking up to 20% off Save the Date orders with code DATEJAN20.

    Wedding Paper Divas Deep Romance Save the Date

    The simple, bold design of the Deep Romance save the date is totally gorgeous.

    2. Fab is having a rare flash sale, with 30% off furniture until tomorrow.

    3. Need some new dresses for the new year? BCBG is taking an extra 40% off new markdowns.

    4. Hair need a little boost? Madison Reed is taking 20% off your first box of hair color with code REFRESH.

    5. It’s sales like this that make us love you: ModCloth is having a 70% “Now or Never” sale until 1/14.

    Statement of Sequins Blazer at ModCloth

    If you even thought for a half a second about wearing a sequin blazer for your wedding, get the Statement of Sequins for $39.99!

    6. Get a head start on your wedding decor with Beau-Coup’s tiered saleSave 15% off $50+, 20% off $150+, 25% off $299 with code YUMS until 1/10.

    7. Got some great photos from the holidays? Make a photobook with Blurb and save 25% on large square or large landscape books when you spend $100+. Use code LOVEBOOK25.

    8. Express is having an end-of-season sale with up to 70% off and an additional 40% off already reduced clearance.

    9. is doing one better than a discount: They have FREE downloadable bachelorette party invitations that you can print at home. Which: Awesome.

    10. Get an extra 50% off sale styles at Banana Republic until 1/10 with code BREXTRA.

    Banana Republic Nina Studded PumpC’mon. You just try to tell me that the Ninah pump isn’t perfect for everyone … or, well, at least for me.

    Happy shopping, BABs!

  • 11/14

    Credit: Beyond the Ordinary The bottom line is the bottom line: Weddings cost a lot of money. The average cost of a wedding in the U.S. is $27,000, although I read one article that said that $16,000 is probably closer. You know, as if that wasn't a bunch of cash, either. I know what some of you are thinking -- you don't have to spend that much…

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    When I tell people that I am planning my North Carolina from Minnesota most ask me if I'm crazy. To be fair, before I embarked on this magical adventure, I would have said the same thing. So far, I have had a very good experience planning my wedding remotely (knock on wood). However, I can't say I would recommend it to everyone. Here are the following things you…

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  • 4/1

    The Broke-Ass Bride is proud to partner with Brides Against Breast Cancer, turning gently used designer gowns into a beacon of hope in the worldwide fight against breast cancer. If you'd like to donate your gown, here's how. If you're in need of a gown, Brides Against Breast Cancer runs a nationwide tour of gowns, and you should most definitely check it out when it…

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    Your wedding stationery is the first impression anyone will get about your wedding: it will give them cues about what to expect from the evening (or morning, or afternoon) and how to dress appropriately. No matter what your style, from traditional to modern, rustic to preppy, black and white to bold color, you're certain to find an invitation that suits your event and your budget…

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    Photo courtesy of Fleet Transportation Dear Heather, Is there a good way for saving on transportation for the wedding party to get to the venue? Our ceremony and reception are all in the same spot, and we just need pick up and drop off, really, but it looks like limo services don't typically offer pick-up/drop off. It would be a waste (and super expensive) to…

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  • 3/21

    Photo courtesy of bridesmaiddressaleca Dear Heather, I need to find navy, knee-length, one-shoulder bridesmaid dresses. The catch - under $100 and something that stores carry. My maid of honor lives out of state and wants to try it on before she buys, and I totally agree! I've heard too many horror stories of online dresses not fitting right! Help me, please! Bride Seeking Little Blue…

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