Broke-Ass Tag: DIY


Sponsored Post DisclaimerThere’s long-held idea that a Broke-Ass wedding means a DIY, craft-filled fete. And sure, some of us are absolutely skilled at making the pretty from scratch, but others of us (like yours truly) don’t have a single crafty bone in their body (for serious: I consider taking a can of spray paint to something a major DIY accomplishment) and are still totes focused on making our weddings ours and doing so on the cheap.

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This, darlings, is where our homies Zazzle come in. We’ve crushed hard on them for a while because of the ability to customize, well, anything, but when it comes to weddings Zazzle has this ish on lock. They make it so you can have the custom feel of DIY with out all the glue, mess and headache, which is pretty rad if you ask us. Whether you’re looking for small custom touches like cookies or napkins or want to make a big splash with a monogrammed fabric backdrop for your ceremony or photo booth, you can find it all at Zazzle.

Customizable invitations and wedding stationery is kind of a no-brainer, but what about the other ways you can add personal flair to your wedding day? Here are our favorite things from Zazzle that bring that one-of-a-kind feel without breaking the bank or causing a craft nightmare:

Glitter Coasters from Zazzle

Glitter coasters, y’all! These bad boys run about $5 for a sheet of 20

Custom USB Flash Drive from Zazzle

Have a killer playlist all set up for your crowd? Send ’em home with a pre-loaded, customized USB flash drive full of your favorite songs. $17.95 each.Customized Sunglasses from Zazzle
Who wears their sunglasses at night? Anyone cool enough to score some custom ones from your wedding, that’s who! $11.95 per pairGold Trucker Hat from Zazzle
One of my best gals and her hubs had trucker hats made for their wedding party that we all rocked at the rehearsal dinner. And guys? I love that hat. $14.95 each.Customized Bridesmaid Wristlet from Zazzle
Don’t feel like loading up your crew with flowers? Customize cute wristlets for them to carry around their ish (because you know they’ll need to do touch-ups during the day) and use well beyond your nuptials. $35.95 each.
Chocolate Dipped Oreo Pop from Zazzle
Helloooo, sweet tooth! We’re huge proponents of favors being useful or edible, and these chocolate-dipped Oreos fall nicely into the latter category. $39.95 per dozen.Custom Paper Plates from Zazzle
When you have plates that look this good, no one will give a hoot that they’re paper (and that you’re saving a headache by not worrying about rentals or breakage). $1.60 per plate.

See? All sorts of customized goodness for your wedding day with nary a glue gun or craft instruction in sight! Now, doesn’t that make your non-DIY self feel way better?

Oh, and we forgot to mention: Zazzle LOVES having a sale — which makes our Broke-Ass hearts flutter in some kind of way. Keep your eyes peeled, BABs, and happy planning!

The Broke-Ass Bride
  • 3/8

    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!

  • 2/23


    If you caught my last post, life has been a little unpredictable lately, right in the midst of preparing for an industry talk at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and trying to DIY these Save the Dates. When I decided to make these myself, I knew that the industry talk was coming, but assumed I’d be able to manage both of those simultaneously. Our unexpected circumstances…

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    Real Bride Heather poses with her fiance

    Here's a big HELLO to all my ladies out there bride'n on a budget! I will start this off by saying that I am super stoked to be here sharing my journey down the aisle with y'all! My name is Heather, and I am a lady who knows how to pinch a penny when it comes to weddings! I have always kind of been obsessed…

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    Our first official wedding correspondence is going out in a week or two (as soon as I get around to DIY-ing them) -- our Save the Dates. Everyone we’re close to knows that we’re getting married. It shouldn’t be a secret or surprise to anyone when they arrive in the mail. It’s also not as if our wedding and getting married doesn’t already seem real;…

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  • 12/2

    Real Wedding: Diana and Tom's Handmade, Personal New York Celebration

    Name: Diana C. Vasquez and Tom McGovern Occupation: Renaissance Man Wedding Location: Ceremony: Central Park Conservancy Reception: Liederkranz Foundation Wedding Date: May 9, 2015 Budget: $14,000 Number of Guests: 80 How would you describe your wedding? Our wedding was a creative application of traditional concepts. What was your favorite part? My favorite part was having an unofficial first dance. I am an incredibly shy and…

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    Shaina Sheaff Photography

    I knew BAB and I were going to get along when I saw the tagline "Creativity is our Currency." Creativity is something I pride myself on, and when I can glean from the imagination of other awesome people, I'm usually set to create something truly impressive. The hand-craftedness of the majority of my decorations was something that began as a ploy to save some major…

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    I have to say, I’m pretty proud of how my wedding invitations turned out. I didn’t realize invitations were even something I cared about ... until I did. Here I had come up with a whole big list of priorities and not-so-importants to try and be sure that I properly focused my efforts, limited funds, and time, and suddenly I realized super late in the…

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  • 10/8

    Real Bride Emma's Hobbit-Themed Hen Party

    Hi BABs! The big day is almost here, and I am super excited! Over the last few weeks I have been surrounded by awesome generosity: El Fiance truly stepping up and doing more than his fair share of wedding prep; a fantastic, hilarious, Hobbit-themed hen party organised by my wonderful 'Maids with 22 absolutely incredible women; and so many random messages of support that it…

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