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Broke-Ass Brides Against Breast Cancer

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 rolls into your town!


Hurst, TX – Dallas/Ft. Worth Area April 4 – 5, 2014 Feragne Villa Wedding & Event Venue
Boston, MA April 4 – 5, 2014 Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Boca Raton, FL April 4 – 5, 2014 Embassy Suites Boca Raton
St. Louis, MO April 4 – 5, 2014 Holiday Inn St. Louis South County Center
Mobile, AL April 6, 2014 The Battle House Hotel & Spa
Columbus, OH April 6, 2014 The Fawcett Event Center
Reston, VA – Washington DC Area April 11 – 12, 2014 Sheraton Reston Hotel
Wichita, KS April 12, 2014 Holiday Inn Wichita East I-35
San Ramon, CA – SF Area April 12 – 13, 2014 Crow Canyon Commons
Austin, TX April 19, 2014 Hyatt Regency Austin
San Diego, CA April 19, 2014 Hilton Garden Inn San Diego/Del Mar
Cincinnati, OH April 19, 2014 Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
Columbia, SC April 26, 2014 Hilton Columbia Center
St. Petersburg, FL May 4, 2014 NOVA 535 Event Space
New Brunswick, NJ May 4, 2014 Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
Philadelphia, PA May 9 – 10, 2014 Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
Sioux Falls, SD May 10, 2014 Sheraton Sioux Falls Hotel & Conference Center
Richmond, VA May 10, 2014 The Westin Richmond
Metairie, LA – New Orleans Area May 10, 2014 Four Points by Sheraton New Orleans Airport
Tulsa, OK May 16 – 17, 2014 Hyatt Regency Tulsa
Providence, RI May 16 – 17, 2014 Hilton Providence
Dover, DE May 18, 2014 Maple Dale Country Club
Charlotte, NC May 23 – 24, 2014 Embassy Suites Charlotte
Roanoke, VA May 24, 2014 Sheraton Roanoke Hotel & Conference Center
Arlington, VA – DC Area May 31 – June 1, 2014 Le Meridien Arlington
Woodland Hills, CA – LA Area May 31 – June 1, 2014 Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles
Bangor, ME June 1, 2014 Four Points by Sheraton Bangor Airport
Erie, PA June 8, 2014 Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel
Henderson NV – Lake Las Vegas Area June 14 – 15, 2014 The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa
Lombard, IL – Pretty in Pink June 21 – 22, 2014 Jasmine Galleria
Laramie, WY June 21, 2014 Hilton Garden Inn Laramie & UW Conference Center
Carbondale, PA June 21, 2014 Best Western Pioneer Plaza
Bakersfield, CA June 22, 2014 Four Points by Sheraton Bakersfield
Weehawken, NJ June 28, 2014 Sheraton Lincoln Harbor Hotel
Marietta, GA – Atlanta Area June 28 – 29, 2014 Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center
Louisville, KY July 12 – 13, 2014 Ramada Plaza Louisville Hotel & Conference Center
Orlando, FL July 19 – 20, 2014 DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown
Emeryville, CA – San Francisco Area July 26 – 27, 2014 Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge
Whittier, CA – LA Area August 15 – 16, 2014 Radisson Hotel Whittier
Fort Worth, TX August 22 – 23, 2014 Renaissance Worthington Hotel
Beachwood, OH – Cleveland Area September 12 – 13, 2014 DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland East – Beachwood
Welches, OR – Mount Hood Area September 13 – 14, 2014 The Resort at the Mountain
Jacksonville, FL September 20 – 21, 2014 Sheraton Jacksonville
Bridgeville, DE October 5, 2014 Heritage Shores Club
York, PA – Lancaster Area October 17 – 18, 2014 The Holiday Inn Conference Center of York
Birmingham, AL October 24 – 25, 2014 The Harbert Center
Ontario, CA – Inland Empire Area October 31 – November 1, 2014 Radisson Ontario Airport
Minneapolis, MN November 1 – 2, 2014 Millenium Hotel Minneapolis
Riverhead, NY – Long Island January 30 – 31, 2015 Atlantis Banquets & Events
Bloomington, MN February 27 – 28, 2015 The Park Plaza Hotel Bloomington

Win This: Snag An AMAZING Photo Album By Libby James!

After the wedding is all said and done, photos are one of the few things you walk away with, so it only makes sense that you’ll want to have those babies in a beautiful album on the coffee table, ready for anyone who happens over to your home to ogle. Unfortunately, lots of couples end up with sticker shock when they price out said albums. Never fear: Libby James has got your back. Libby James is a professional color lab and industry-leading album manufacturer, so that modern design you wanted? They have it. Luscious covers? They have it. The best quality paper? They have it. And they’ve got it all at a price that won’t make you weep into your hanky. How do they do it? By being one of the big guys and cutting out the middleman markup, Libby James can sell albums at a fraction of the price of other companies, with an average turnaround time of only two days. So splurge! Get a larger size! Add a few more page spreads! Upgrade to a leather cover or a velvety soft matte cover! And take comfort in the fact that you’re getting the best quality for the best price possible…which is the best of both worlds.

This week, one lucky BAB will win a 10×10 Libby James 20 page Diamond Wedding album! Want it bad? Get an easy entry by subscribing to our newsletter! It’s jam packed with the best deals, steals, and contests from throughout the web, and we’ll never spam ya!

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Win This: Get Back On Track With Your Resolutions With Yoga Download! + Five for Friday: Lovely Lace Bridesmaid Dresses

So it’s almost the end of January: have you been slacking on your resolutions already? The ones where you promised to work out more or take more time for you? BUSTED. Here’s something that will help you get back on track with both: YogaDownload.

We’re been working with Yoga Download for a while already, so you may know the drill, but I’m going to recap for those of you just joining us: Basically any style yoga you’d like to practice, they have available on YogaDownload. You can download individual classes to watch later (whenever you’d like, forever!), or with a subscription, you can stream unlimited classes from any device: your PC, your tablet, your phone…so you can’t even use old excuses like “I’m traveling” or “there are no classes around me” or “I just can’t fit it into my schedule”! How much more relaxed, happy, strong, and full of serotonin-y goodness would you be if all of the barriers to entry to regular exercise are removed? That’s what Yoga Download can do for you!

This week, one lucky BAB will win a one month subscription (one download, unlimited streaming) from Yoga Download! Want it bad? Get an easy entry by subscribing to our bi-weekly newsletter! It’s full of deals, steals, and giveaways from around the web (plus some exclusive deals you won’t find anywhere else) and we’ll never, ever spam ya!

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Oh, we’re not done yet, BABs! In this week’s Five for Friday, I scoured the Interwebz for sweet, lace bridesmaids dresses. I dug up a variety of shapes, sizes and colors … and all under $75! Feast your eyes, darlings! 

xoxo – Christen

“Tour de Allure,” available at Lulu’s, $43.

“Silver Moon Melodies,” available at ModCloth, $52.99.

“Maggie London Fit and Flare Lace Dress,” available at, $44.99.

“Xhilaration Open Back Lace Dress,” available at Target, $24.99.

“Adrianna Papell Pleat Scallop Lace Dress,” available at, $41.99.

What do you think, ladies? Are you going with beautiful lace for your beautiful ladies on your wedding day? 

Deals and Steals: Kiyonna’s Having A Sale!

The stars must have aligned! Kiyonna, makers of my most-complimented dress ever, the Retro Glam Lace Dress, are having a sale which is uber-rare for them. Save $25 off of a purchase of $75 with the code SECRET25 from now through January 21st. It’s sadly not applicable to bridal, accessories, or shapewear (which you know I’m a fan of!) but you should definitely take advantage of this rare opportunity to pick up something pretty (or slinky!) for your engagement party, rehearsal dinner, Valentine’s Day, or some just plain you time. I’m eyeballing the Luna Lace Dress, myself. Or the Duchess Dress. Or the All Hours Dress. Or…

Win This: Score Killer Photography From LA Budget Wedding Photographer!

Wedding photography is so important; it’s one of the few things you’ll be able to keep after the big day is over. But fitting a quality photographer into your broke-ass budget can be a challenge, especially in a major metro area. Luckily, LA Budget Wedding Photographer has your back!

LA Budget Wedding Photographer operates under the principle that being on a budget is no excuse for bad wedding photos, so they offer great flat-rate packages and ala carte add-ons to fit your needs, from two hours of photography to an entire day. With all packages, you’ll receive printing rights to print your photos at the photo lab of your choice, and with most, you’ll receive a USB stick of unedited images the day of your wedding, so there’s no agonizing wait until you can post the entire shebang to the social media sites of your choice! With these rates, you must be getting amateur photographers, right? Not so! The group of photographers that comprises LA Budget Wedding Photographer are internationally published professionals who use quality equipment, have plenty of wedding experience under their belts, and carry backup equipment. You may have a number of worries on your mind on your wedding day, but when you use LA Budget Wedding Photographer, your photography needn’t be one of them!

This week, one lucky BAB will win a six hour wedding photography package (travel costs included) from LA Budget Wedding Photographer (Greater L.A. area only, package must be used by December 31st, 2014)! Want it bad? Get a free easy entry by subscribing to our bi-weekly newsletter! It’s packed full of deals and steals and we’ll never ever sell your email address or spam ya!

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Ask Liz: Your Wedding vs. Your Catering

Got a question for Liz? Go to the contact page and let us know what’s up!

First of all, I want to give a shout out to the all the Newbie Brides and Grooms out there. Welcome to Wedding World. It’s very pretty, you’re going to love it!

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Dear Liz, 

My partner and I are deciding between having our wedding at an upstate location or in the city (New York). We could do a Central Park wedding at 11am with 100 people, then go to a restaurant and do a lunch/brunch with 40 people? and then meet the rest of the dinner folks at a rented venue with music and passed food. But then I thought what if all 100 people go to brunch/lunch after the ceremony and then we pay for only 40 of those people, and the other 60 pay for themselves. Is that a bad idea?
A Forty-Percent Solution
Dear Forty,
Yeah, no, you can’t really do that. First and foremost, you’re going to get some serious etiquette-related blowback on that, and I think you probably know that! For another thing, the logistics of making sure that only certain people are paying for their meal would be insane – just think about it.
I totally get that you want to have all 100 people at your wedding/reception, but you don’t think you can afford to do that. This doesn’t have to be so complicated. Invite 40 to the ceremony, invite all 100 to the appetizer reception that night. Sounds a lot cheaper that way, too.

Dear Liz, 
I’m planning my wedding in Rhode Island, and to save on catering, I’m opting (or trying to opt) for a cocktail reception with lots of yummy hors d’oeuvres instead of a full sit-down meal.  We’re hoping to stock the bar ourselves and hire a bartender, as well.Today I received a catering proposal from a company who wants to charge us $10,000 for a cocktail reception for 100 people.  That’s $100 per person for 4 hours of snacks and drinks! When I told her I was hoping to spend around 1/3 of that, she said “We’re not the caterers for you” and told me to check out a local grocery store. Am I crazy to expect to not spend more than $3,000-3500 for this?
Catering Cash Chaos

Dear Chaos,
No, you’re not crazy, that caterer just can’t work with your budget. That’s all. Keep looking, but next time, tell them what your budget is before you ask for a proposal. A little perspective: $100 per person for 100 people over  4 hours, breaks down to $25 per person, per hour –  2-3 pieces and a drink (or two)? That’s maybe a couple of bucks more than you would pay non-happy hour at a restaurant, if you think about it. Plus, and I haven’t seen the proposal, obviously, but it sounds like they’re not only charging for the food and drinks, you’re also paying for staff and labor,  people to make it, maintain it, serve it, and then also clean up after it. So, they’re including that in your $25 per hour price, too?

“Go to a grocery store,” is kind of (!) a snotty response, but seriously, if you want to cap it at $3500, you’re going to have to think small and simple, because that’s only $35 per person. Definitely supply your own alcohol and limit the bar menu. Think less types of appetizers, or more appetizer stations, or less passed appetizers. Consider having the food dropped off and set up,with a couple of staff to monitor it and clean up.  Before you despair, I’ve found restaurants and caterers here in L.A. who can swing that, so Google “(Your city) catering drop off menu,” and go from there.

And, FYI, this is why the answer to the question, “Is a cocktail reception cheaper than a sit-down or buffet dinner?” is, “Not necessarily.” Sorry about that.

How are you managing catering for your wedding? Or do you have questions about catering your wedding? Let me know in the comments below! And, if you want to learn a little more about me and my part of Wedding World, go to
See you at the end of the aisle,

{Partner Love + A Giveaway} Storymix Media Helps You Get A Professionally Edited Wedding Video On The Cheap

Y’all, videography ain’t cheap. You know this. You’ve already put down some serious skrilla on your dress, venue, his duds, gifts, food, booze and your photogs. But video? It’s soooo awesome and special to have. And so often falls by the wayside when your budget can’t squeeze it in. Besides girl, you’ve spent so much putting the D to the I to the Y, wouldn’t you want your video to follow suit?

Have no fear. Storymix Media is here! *cue superhero theme song*

You know your peeps have smartphones. Because, let’s face it, who doesn’t these days? Oh, but if they don’t, that’s cool, because Storymix Media has cameras they’ll happily lend you for your big day, as a part of any Camera + App package. What? Yeah, so whether you’re recording with a fancypants telephonic device or on one of their handy dandy video machines, you’ll be set for a complete, DIY cinematographic experience. Your guests can point, hit record and let the good times roll!

For as little as $99, (a far, far cry from what even the most amateur videographer near you would quote you) you can snag all sorts of fun, funky and adorably fanciful coverage. Best part? You won’t need to track down any random Facebook, YouTube or other extraneous files to keep them all in one spot. Storymix Media helps you consolidate and control, without having to be in control. In addition, it’s a whopping free-99 for your friends and family to install the app that’s included in every package and contribute videos and photos into your project!! Woot!

And being the Broke-Ass lovers they are, Storymix isn’t just letting you BABs have with the usual 411…

Storymix Media is giving away a $200 dollar package so you can get all your wedination glory captured on film. To get in on the action, just fill out the entry form below. Don’t for get to snag your self some extra entries by sharing on Facebook and Twitter! The winner will be chosen Dec. 8.

Need more proof of how much to love ’em? Check this vid.

Oh, and if you don’t win? Yeah, Storymix still wants to share a little love with you by giving you a 10% off coupon code just for entering. (You’ll get the super secret code after you throw your name in the hat.) Score!

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{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} A Vera Wang White Label Look For Under $700

Vera Wang’s collection for David’s Bridal brings her unmistakable talent to a lower price point. But it’s still not affordable for all.

Hi there!

I was wondering if I could get a Can’t Afford It/Get Over It for the  Vera Wang White collection gown at David’s Bridal (Organza Fit and Flare Gown with Bias Flange Skirt Style VW351011).  I have fallen in love with it but can’t afford $1200+ for a dress that I will only wear for a few hours. Thanks!!

If this dress isn’t in your future, be open to adding details to a simpler design. A classic strapless A-line or ball gown dress, for example, could look much closer to your inspiration with a bridal sash. Etsy is full of options like this crystal beaded number or this DIY kit. The intricate organza detailing on the skirt of this DB gown is undoubtedly the reason for the $1200 price tag – but tone down the detailing on similar gowns and watch those prices drop!


Organza Fit and Flare Gown ($1,248 at David’s Bridal)


Strapless A-Line Gown ($399.99 at For Her and For Him)

Anabelle Gown ($450 at J. Crew)

Satin Pick-Up Ballgown ($199.99 at David’s Bridal)

Taffeta Ball Gown ($249.99 at David’s Bridal)

Adrianna Papell Strapless Rosette-Skirt Gown ($238 at Dillard’s)

Badgley Mischka Iridescent Strapless Ruffle Gown ($695 at Shopbop)

You can also consider looking at websites that allow brides to sell their dresses. A quick Google search for the dress style you’re requesting took me to a couple people selling that exact dress. If you go that route, be sure to ask about any alterations made. Many sites require sellers to have a return policy. It’s hard to know if the dress will fit you. Or, if the seller lives nearby, perhaps you can have a meet-up.

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} Pronovias Petunia Dress For Under $1,000

It’s not just a bride thing. Once a girl is obsessed with any shopping-related item, it’s hard to see the other options.

Hi there,
I am slightly obsessed with this gown, but it’s way more than I’d like to spend.  I was wondering if you could recommend something similar?

Thank you!

Girl, you came to the right place. I’m constantly looking to find affordable versions of expensive fashion finds. Boot season is when online shopping is my full-time hobby. But when you find the perfect anything, you can often become blinded by other options which are pretty close. Let’s try to find a new obsession for you.


Pronovias Petunia dress (Estimated $2,700 cost)


Scalloped Lace Cut Dress ($499.99 at For Her and Him)

Re-Embroidered Lace Gown ($950 at Ann Taylor)

Lace Wedding Dress ($749 at Bridal Bliss Designs via Etsy)


Cap Sleeve Beaded Lace Mermaid Gown ($649.99 at David’s Bridal)


Cap Sleeve Fit-and-Flare Lace Gown ($950 at David’s Bridal)


Amelie Bridal – Wedding Dress Style No. 6060 ($198 at House of Brides)

The key will be to find the basic elements of the dress that you can’t live without. For example, all these alternatives keep the sweetheart neck, but not all have that mermaid cut with the lacy overlay. Which details are you really hoping to find? Focus on that. Also, be sure to visit a shop and try something similar on before buying anything. Many of my girlfriends have coveted a look in a magazine but ended up with dresses that were a completely different cut because of their body shape.