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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!

Real Bride Peach: The Engagement Shoot

In just over one week, Jersey and I will be cheesing it up in front of our photographer for our engagement shoot. No need to remind us that it’s only been … oh, NINE months since we got engaged and we are just now getting this done. Trust me, we know. Our schedules have been impossible to coordinate, but at this point I’ll be happy if we can get a few prints in time to use for our thank you cards and our DIY guest book.  (More on those later!)

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So here I am, all twitterpated about finally getting some amazing professional shots of the two of us, when it hits me: What the hell am I gonna wear???

Um. You guys? Am I the only gal out there who cannot dress herself? In fact, I have an entire Pinterest board titled just that. But thank the heavens for my amazing friend, Bertie. Not only is her style swoon-worthy on a daily basis, but I swear she can sniff out an Internet steal-of-a-deal sale equally as well as our BAB lovely Christen (oh, you know, just this Unicorn Wrangler)!

Within a few hours of my cry for help, she returned with a few links for me. Before I knew it, I was clicking the big fat PURCHASE button on this gorgeous number below. Full price was $148.00, marked down to $88.80! (Go check it out at Nordstrom on Ivy and Blu at Nordstrom. You won’t be sorry.)

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Ivy and Blue

When it arrived a few days later, I was nervous putting it on … pleasepleaseplease fit over my booty … but was ecstatic to find that it was amazingly flattering and the size was true. With it on, I feel like this lovely frock is a cobalt blue version of Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress. Which is *exactly* how I want to feel for our shoot: glamorous, elegant, classic, with a hint of flirt.  For under $100, I’ll take it, plus did I mention it is SO comfortable?!?  I can easily wear this again for our rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, plus special occasions after the wedding.  Paired with either some nude cork wedges or patent nude pumps, I’m all set!

Then over dinner last week with Bertie, I confessed something I’ve not told anyone. Ready? I secretly want to own a dress in a killer, knock-your-socks-off shade of RED. Bold, glorious, rich … red.

The next day, wouldn’t you know it, Bertie shoots me a few more links. And then I’m buying this.

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J. Crew Pleated Flare Dress

And with their 40% off sale going on, guess what? This darling was $28.00, marked down to $49.99, with an extra 40% off. Final price: just $29.99. YES, PLEASE!

The moral of the story, friends, is to be crafty. Seek the help of your style gurus who can find gems (and not just dresses — jewelry, paper goods and shoes too!) that will not hurt your BAB budget! Scour for sales. And be patient. Good quality finds are out there, if you are persistent … and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

I’ll be sure to share pictures after our shoot. I’m so excited!

Till next time,

MagnetStreet is Busting Out a Major Sale, Because: ‘Merica!

*This paid post has been brought to you by our friends at MagnetStreet.

You guys know our homies over at MagnetStreet, right? You should. Because they’ve been longtime partners with BAB and they’re always throwing some killer deals your way. But before we get to that good bit, for those of you newbie Broke-Ass Brides out there, lemme tell you a little about our pals.

- They care about you. And what you want. From customized color options (no, really. Custom color.) to free samples to MagnetStreet’s Just One program that lets you get a single Save the Date, Wedding Invitation or Wedding Program fully dolled up with your wording and color so you can see it in real-life action to know you’re making the best decision for you. It’s like trying on an outfit before you buy it … but with card stock!

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Customized Color. For serious.

- They cover all the bases. Eight different invitation styles (tri-fold, pocket, rectangle, etc.), 14 Save the Date options — seven of which are magnets — and pretty much any other stationery option you could want. Choices, people.

- They know what they’re doing. Our current Real Bride Peach ordered her invites from MagnetStreet, so I’ll let her chat this one up:

Working with MagnetStreet has been one of the easiest things I’ve encountered in my wedding planning! Not only is their selection of designs is outstanding, but their ability to customize everything to suit your needs is what sets them apart. We loved our Save the Dates so much that we also purchased our custom invitation suite from them. We add major bonus points for their promotional discounts and speedy delivery, plus a social media presence (Twitter) that is fun and involved! Hands down, partnering with MagnetStreet for our wedding essentials has been nothing but a delight.

OK, so now that you know that MagnetStreet is all kinds of rad, hold on to your hats, because they’re about to lay down the hammer of awesome.

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From now until 7/14, get a gargantuan 25% knocked off your order of Wedding Stationery! *Cue fireworks!*

Guys, this isn’t just a deal, it’s a huge deal. So, say you’re getting 150 invites (which means you’re having a holy butt-ton of people at your wedding — Reminder: You only need one invitation per household, not per person) on smooth paper. At full price, that would come out to a hefty $225 + tax. With this sale? You save about $56, so that pummels that dollar amount down to around $175. And that could mean those cute earrings or, say, personalized Champagne flutes!

Head on over to MagnetStreet, figure out what it is you want and make sure to enter WEFOURTH at checkout to save 25% on your order of wedding stationery!

Win It: Win 50 Invitations + RSVP Cards from WildHeart Paper

You’ve heard it a thousand times: Your wedding stationery is the first impression guests will get of your wedding. Whether it’s classically traditional, whimsically romantic or the ubiquitous rustic-chic, your invitations should convey your wedding vision.

Whether you swoon for Claire Pettibone-esque florals or dig clean and chic typography, WildHeart Paper has a mountain of gorgeous offerings to … well … drive your heart wild.

With a lifelong love for weddings and a hearty passion for color and design, shop owner Kathleen took her decade-plus graphic design hobby and morphed it into a beautiful gift for crafting wedding stationery. Her love for love helps her creative juices continue to flow:

 “I believe wedding planning is all about ‘falling in love.’ It’s about falling in love with your dream guy,  falling in love with the dress and then it’s about falling in love with the wedding invitation. The invitation is the face of the event so it has to look good!”

Girl, you got this.

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And lucky you, BABs! WildHeart Paper is giving away 50 Shabby Chic Chalkboard wedding invitations, matching RSVP cards and Kraft paper envelopes so you can share your love with your guests!

And even if you don’t win (sorry, darlin!), you can still knock off a pretty 10% — on an order of 50 or more invitations + RSVP cards — when you like WildHeart Paper’s Facebook page and message her through her Etsy shop.

As per usual, each task earns an entry. Open to US residents only.

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Winning Wednesday: Don’t Sacrifice Videography on Your Wedding Day — Use WeddingMix Instead

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One of the hardest parts about having a wedding as a Broke-Ass Bride is cutting out those things that aren’t necessarily high-priority but definitely don’t fit into your budget. And so often, especially for our readers, videography is one of those sacrificial lambs. And it’s the one I most-often hear the wedded couple bemoan after their celebration. Because, even if you only watch it once a year on your anniversary, it’s truly lovely to be able to relive that gorgeous day of tulle, toasts, twirling and triumph. Plus, you’ve put blood, sweat and tons of hours into planning this thing, why shouldn’t you get to watch all of the sparkly magicalness over and over again?

And that, my friends, is why WeddingMix by Storymix Media exists. For you. And to keep that shit alive and well, eons after your wedding day.

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They understand your broke-ass needs. That’s why their packages start as low as $99. That’s why they send you cameras, in lieu of the gaggle of smartphones that may end up being the culprit behind some not-so-rockin’ Instas of your ugly cry-face, and then make a badass video out of all the bits and bobs. But if you’re still cool with smartphones hanging around your reception, then they’re cool with it, too, because they have an app for that. And it’s free. DUH.

From getting ready to the first kiss as a married couple to your dad’s toast to rockin’ your socks off on the dance floor, WeddingMix‘s cameras will capture every last detail, then the cool folks back at HQ will compile and edit those amazing moments into a video just for you … embarrassing Elaine dance moves and all. So you get a killer video for waaaayyyyyyyy less than the vast majority of amateur videographers would charge. I mean, come on. You’re winning all around.

SPEAKING OF WINNING: One lucky Broke-Ass Bride will score $300 to use toward a WeddingMix package for their big day. And even if you don’t win, you get a fantastical 10% discount just for enteringWhat’s there to lose? Get on it! And good luck!

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{Partner Love + A Giveaway!} The Memory Trunk Will Customize & Awesomize Your Wedding Stationery

Ladies, I know. Invitations, Save the Dates, place cards … holy overwhelming, Batman. They’re often the first impression your guests will get regarding the look and feel of your big day. They’ll hang on fridges, be shown off to friends and family and generally be a big ass showcase of what is to come. You can get lost in a sea of huge online retailers …OR, you can hit up the rad shops on Etsy like The Memory Trunk.

The Memory Trunk uses high-quality designs and paper products,  but they offer them at prices that won’t murder your wallet. Whether it’s a design you stumble upon in their Etsy shop or a simmering idea in the back of your brain, The Memory Trunk can sign, seal, deliver and it’ll be yours. Customization like whoa. Unlimited changes so you can get it juuuust right. If you like a design, but have a particular card stock in a local craft store you love? Easy peasey. The DIY option allows you to purchase a PDF of your preference and print it out all on your own.

AND!!! Because The Memory Trunk loves you guys, they wanna throw a little giveaway your way.

Leave a comment on this post with your email (eg: christen {at} brokeassbride dot com} to snag yourself:

10 Table Number Cards

40 Place Cards

(Cards will be printed on thick, pearlized card stock paper with black ink and are valued at $45.)

Oh, wait, you thought that was it? Pfffft. You know we wouldn’t leave you hanging like that. Head on over to The Memory Trunk’s Facebook page, give it a good ol’ Like and receive 5% off your order plus free shipping when you use “BROKEASS2012″ at check out.

 

{Guest Post} An Adorable Cake Push-Pop Tutorial, Courtesy Of Sweet E’s Bake Shop!

Today, we’re pleased to present you with a deliciously decadent (and sublimely simple) DIY tutorial from the lovely ladies at one of our favorite L.A. bakeries – Sweet E’s! If you’re not an L.A. local, you may know them from appearances on shows like Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” or Style’s “Tia & Tamera.”  

Sweet E’s Bake Shop has been providing the Los Angeles metro area (not to mention countless celebs) with divine baked concoctions since 2009, and we’re so honored they took the time to share this fabulous Cake Push-Pop tutorial with us! These bad boys are a fabulous idea for special occasions like bridal showers, bachelorette parties, or of course, WEDDINGS! Once you master the technical know-how, you can go totally crazy with flavor combinations. Oh, the sugar-tastic possibilities…Take it away, Sweet E’s sweeties! 

Supplies: 9″x13″ cake, 3 cups of frosting, 2″ circle cookie cutter disposable piping bags, sprinkles, scissors, spoon, knife, & Push-Pop Containers. Yields approx. 10-12 Push-Pops.

Step 1: Once the cake is completely cooled use a 2″ circle cookie cutter to cut out 2″ circles of cake. Repeat this step until there is no more room on the cake.

Step 2: Next, Cut each 2″ circle of cake in half to create the thin cake layers in your Push-Pop.

Step 3: Now, fill your disposable piping bag with your favorite frosting.

 Step 4: Cut the tip off of your piping bag, about 1″ from the bottom.

Step 5: Set your frosting bag aside and start layering in your cake.

Sweet Tip: The bottom of an extra Push-Pop container works great as a tool to push your cake to the bottom of the container.

Repeat Step 5 until all your Push-Pops have 1 layer of cake in them.

Step 6: Using your frosting bag, add a thin layer of frosting on top of the 1st layer of cake.

Repeat Steps 5 & 6 until there are 3 layers of cake and 2 layers of frosting in each Push-Pop.

Step 7: Then top off the Push-Pop with a frosting swirl and decorate it with colorful sprinkles!

L.A brides – want to sample the delicious goodies at Sweet E’s Bake Shop for yourself? Hell, want to buy their baked goods in quantity for your big event? When you mention that you saw them on The Broke-Ass Bride, you can get 10% off any order! WIN. 

 

{Partner Update} Get 15% Off Of MagnetStreet’s Customizable Save-the-Date Styles!

That’s right, our fab sponsor MagnetStreet is offering 15% off of their 10 most popular save-the-date magnet designs through September 27th! You can personalize them with fun pics, different colors, fonts, and wording! To snag this special deal, just use the discount code: WHBTA15 at checkout.

Budget Wedding Web-Shopping Brilliance!

Come on now, let’s all save some money! No, not the deprived, wish-I-could-but-I-can’t, poor little poor girl type of saving…. that’s no fun for anyone! Why should we have to sacrifice taste or style in the name of savings? Eff that noise! A budget wedding don’t have to look like no cheap wedding! There’s far too many ways to have your taste and keep it too, and I’m bouts to lay down my secret shopping savings weapons, so you can get your splurge on… without the guilt.

First up…. Group Buying Power!


Sites like SocialBuy, Groupon, Living Social and more are cropping up faster than starbucks joints, and many of the deals they proffer work just as well for weddings as they do for weekends. From manicures and massages to cheap date night dinners and fun summer playtime outings, you can keep these deals to yourself, or give them as gifts to friends, family and bridal party members. They work by maximizing the power of the masses, so sharing these deals with your friends is to your advantage. Most deals score you discounts of 50-70% off. Those numbers make my fingers itch to hit BUY!

Which tees it up for….. Members Only Sales!


On a similar but different note, members-only sites like Gilt Groupe, Rue La La and more sell high-end designer duds, accessories, gifts and more at deep-ass discounts (up to 70%) in limited quantities and for limited runs. This is major jackpot for those have-to-have-’em heels or a rehearsal dress (or suit for the dude) to knock their socks off.   You need an invite to join, and the link above is mine to you. (You’re welcome!) But they sell out fast, so check early and often if they’re featuring a designer you adore. Swirl (Daily Candy’s new sample sale site), is now in Beta testing, but looks just as bad-ass as any of ‘em. And now, with the birth of travel-specific sites with the same savings bent like Bonvoyou, (or Gilt’s jetsetter department) you can plan your honeymoon or get your wedding night digs for a deep discount as well.

Next up…. Promo Code Mayhem!


Listen closely. Before you hit “buy” on ANY online purchase, you best make sure you’ve checked out Retail Me Not which aggregates the best codes for savings like percentages off and free shipping. Just type in the name of the site you’re buying on, and pull up the most recent promo and coupon codes available. Then just plug into your purchase page, and reap the rewards. They even made a special wedding coupon book, to help brides find more ways to save! This one is a no-brainer. If you don’t do this religiously, I can’t help you.

While we’re online…. SEARCH for SAVINGS!

Search & Win

How cool is this? Swagbucks.com is a search engine that rewards you for roaming the web! Every time you search, you earn yourself “swag bucks”, redeemable for gift certificates and all kinds of stuff. If you shop through their shop-and-earn site, you can rack up even more swagbucks. Trade in your cell phone or fill out surveys if you just can’t get enough. Rewards for websurfing? A brides dream! Broke-Ass Bonus: Sign up with the code ‘SwagBride’ to get 20 bonus swagbucks, which you can add to the 30 free bucks you get for joining. That’s 50 free swagbones to play with, just for getting started. Awwww yeah, you’re welcome.

So, saving some green while shopping online is pretty sweet. I think we can all agree on that, yes? But check this out: Most of these sites have bomb-ass referral programs so by spreading the savings to your peeps, you earn more for yourself. Its a win-win, you share the love, you get the love. And you’ll want to share the love. Heck, I’m doing it right now :)

Happy shopping, and happier saving! Got a secret weapon for savings? Share the love in the comments!

Dana