Broke-Ass Tag: Danielle



Hair trial

I have reached a weird point in my wedding planning. It’s March, and all of the boxes are basically checked. Venue, check. Dress, yep. Hair trial, been there. Vendors, nailed it. It’s basically empty nest syndrome for wedding planning.

I keep glancing over my shoulder and looking around expecting some giant forgotten thing to come knock me on my ass. All you ever hear are horror stories about planning a wedding — how super stressful and nerve wracking it is. Don’t get me wrong, I have had some stressful, hair-pulling, tantrum-throwing moments in this whole planning business that have kicked my butt. But, my wedding is not until September and I’m pretty much done. All the things that are left to do are smaller decoration type things.

So … now what?

Yeah sure, I still have to make all of the wedding paper things like the program, escort cards, and possibly menus. The centerpieces still need to be finished, and some of the bases need another coat of paint. That will have to wait for warmer weather. The bridesmaids have to pick and order their dresses at the end of this month. I have my wedding dress alteration appointment at the end of March also. I have finally nailed down a officiant, the last giant outstanding item that I was stressing over.


Wooden Roundabout Centerpiece

I’m still working on the problem of Michael and I living in completely different states. Short of standing on a rooftop with a stack of resumes and a giant fan, I’m doing all I can to hunt down a job. I don’t want to start a large-scale project like making the programs, cards or the rest of the centerpieces and then suddenly get uprooted. I keep reminding myself that they are one more thing to pack. Any new projects I start, I make sure that they are easily stored flat or that they rate a place to live at my mom’s house until the wedding. A few days ago I casually assembled a roundabout and a ferris wheel while I was home sick with a fever. They both fit happily in a shoebox so they can go live with mom.


Wooden Ferris Wheel Centerpiece

I keep getting filled with the desire to tackle some large item only to realize there isn’t anything large left. I wonder if this is normal.

Are any of you other brides experiencing this empty nest problem?

  • 2/13

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewGreeting lads and ladies, its that time of year again — Valentine’s Day. As a newly engaged couple, this is probably one of your least stressful romance holidays. You’ve already got the ring, so there is no sitting on the edge of your seat and quietly hoping. One huge hurdle down, but here’s the clincher: you’re planning a wedding and broke as church mice. Wedding planning can be super stressful and it might have leached a little of the romance out of your relationship. Welp, time to give that romance a jump start y’all.

    Try to spend a day or weekend without mentioning the “W” word at all. Instead, just spend some time together and enjoy a reminder of why you want to marry this person. You don’t need to spend tons of money to have a memorable, fun, and romantic day, be it Valentine’s Day or just a regular Tuesday. Here are a handful of my favorite, dirt cheap and fun, date night ideas:


    Don’t forget why you’re marrying them

    Romantic Nights In: for when you aren’t crazy about the outdoors or the cold

    Nerf Gun Wars

    You can snag a couple of Nerf guns off Amazon for about $25. I really like the Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster. Its cheap and crank powered so you can approach the enemy quieter. Snag two of these and some extra darts. Leave a gun and note at the door for your sweetie to find, and hide. Let the odds be ever in your favor.

    Blanket Fort

    Bust out all the blankets in the house and build yourself an epic fort. Remember, you aren’t a child anymore, so you have even greater potential to build a fort that would make 6-year-old you drool with jealousy. Want your fort to be even more epic? Add an air mattress at the base for even more awesome.


    Love the idea of spending quality time with your love in a tent but hate the idea of being surrounded with all that nature or perhaps don’t relish the idea of roughing it? Glamping is for you my friend. Grab your tent and pitch it in the middle of the living room or perhaps the back porch. Easy access to plumbing, lighting and a refrigerator (easier to chill that bottle of bubbly!). You can pack a nice picnic lunch and light a bunch of candles, real or electric. Get really fancy and string some Christmas lights around the tent. Don’t forget to roast some marshmallows over a few candles!

    Cook Together

    Grab a bottle of wine and crack it open while you cook. Wine makes cooking way more fun, as does sharing the work. Just remember, if things start heating up faster than you expected, turn off the burner before leaving the kitchen.


    Make new friends together

    Heading out on the town … or yard, whichever

    Be a Tourist

    There are always sights in your own hometown that people will travel from all over the country to see but you’ve probably never been inside. I grew up near the Boxing Hall of Fame and I was only ever inside it once for a job interview. Grab a camera and do all the things tourists would do if they were visiting your town. If you have a AAA membership, you can get a listing of attractions around you that includes pricing.

    Winter Sports

    Bust out your winter gear, fill a thermos full of cocoa and hit the great outdoors. Winter in this part of the country means ice skating, sledding, snowmen, snow forts, snow ball fights, ice palaces and sculptures. In some of the larger park areas people will turn out to build huge snow sculptures. A few hours away from me is this insane ice castle they build every year. If there’s one near you, I highly recommend checking them out.

    Watch the sunrise/set

    This is one of my favorite things to do. If you are in the sticks, you can fill the bed of a pickup with pillows and blankets and just watch the stars fade into daylight. Inflatable pools also make great winter sky watching cocoons. Don’t have either? Don’t worry, a few blankets or a sleeping bag will get the job done. Make sure you bundle up!

    Coin Flip Exploration

    Hop in the car and bring along your sense of adventure. Have your co-pilot grab a coin and get to flipping. You can either do a predetermined number of flips if you live in an urban area or just keep flipping until you’re ready to stop. Tails and you turn left. Heads and you turn right. See where Lady Luck takes you. Just be sure to have a GPS or at least a map in case you flip yourself into the great unknown and don’t know how to get home.

    Have any other cheap date night ideas?  Leave them in the comments below!

  • 1/30


    Free notebook from Cornell Catering I love shows and conventions; there is always swag, raffles, and free snacks. All things right up my alley. Good news my fellow brides and bros, bridal shows are huge and plentiful. Now, I’m essentially done planning my wedding, but I still like going to shows for inspiration and a few last minute vendors I need. Here are some tips…

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    Ladies, let’s talk accessories and all those little glitters that add to your look. If you are a tomboy like me, you may be completely out of your league when it comes to this. I know I felt like I was. I think the thing I had the absolute hardest time finding was shoes and a veil. When you’re in the bridal shop trying on a…

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    "Will you be my bridesmaid" card I made Bridesmaids. This single word can hold so many emotions, meanings, joys, and nightmares. I have a whole gang of important women in my life that I want to stand by me on my special day. My fiance, Michael, has a lot fewer friends than I, so I’ve always known that the number of bridesmaids I had would…

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  • 12/13


    Cupcake paper mason jar embellishment Ah the holidays, a wonderful time of year where families hemorrhage money trying to get each other awesome and thoughtful gifts. I don’t know about your broke ass, but mine has a long list of people that I’m obligated to gift to. When I was still in college (and even more broke), I struggled to check everyone off my list…

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    Aite y’all, so I finished painting about half of the centerpiece bases before I ran out of warm weather to work in. How dare spray paint not be able to dry in weather below 30 degrees right?! Taping off bases After the first coat of white dried, we taped off the tops and the edge above the flaps. I found entire sheets of painters tape…

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    I have always planned on having different centerpieces at each table. I saw a photo of another bride’s wedding that had her escort cards as little ticket stubs with each person’s name on one side and the name of their table on each. I completely fell in love with the idea. Unfortunately, the Etsy seller who made her cards no longer makes them. I found…

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  • 11/2

    BlissPaperBoutique Printable Envelope Template

    Howdy my fellow Broke-Asses! Envelope template available from Etsy seller BlissPaperBoutique It's official, we are officially getting married. I just dropped off the Save the Dates at the post office. With a huge wink and promise of future cookies to the post master, he lovingly hand-cancelled each of my postcards. I feel like a mother bird watching all my fledglings leaving the nest. Who knew…

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