Broke-Ass Tag: etsy


Affiliate Disclaimer NewAs a DIY, oh-so-poor bride, I have always planned on making my own invitations. I have been fussing with designs, envelopes, and patterns for about two years solid. I even went through a phase where I planned on having an Etsy shop to give brides invitations on the cheap. Then I realized I have no artistic ability. Sadly, that’s kind of a prerequisite for being a designer. Well poop!

I wouldn’t exactly call a carnival-themed wedding unique, since I’ve seen a few recently. However, it is unique enough that mainstream invitations don’t really do it justice. Invitations are supposed to be sneak peeks of what guests can expect when they arrive at your wedding. If I went with lacy, thick paper covered in hand-drawn calligraphy, it might throw people. As it is, they’re going to be shocked when they pull up and see a bounce house outside. So no, I need to warn everybody before they get there.

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Invitations designed by Alyssa Black

I’d had found some invitations that were perfect on Etsy a few months ago. I’d been in constant contact with the designer asking questions and double-checking information. A lot of invitations you get from designers on Etsy require you to buy them all (save the dates, invite, RSVP cards, etc.) in one shot, so you need to have all the details of your wedding set up front. I was waiting on getting the domain for our wedding website settled before I ordered the invitations. When I finally got that settled, I couldn’t find the listing anymore. I asked the designer and she informed me that she was no longer designing invitations … the same designer that had talked to me about the SAME invitations a week before. Ever heard the saying, “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”? Let me tell you, it was clearly referring to a livid bride yo, I was ready to Hulk smash something or someone.

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Original Invitation Design by Alyssa Black

THEN, I stumbled across my newest goddess of design, Alyssa Black. Girlfriend has got it going on. Awesome designs, polite, and just so dang sweet. I fell in LOOOOVE with her carnival wedding invitation set on Etsy. This was the same design she used for her own wedding. With a little tweaking and lots of sassy convos back and forth, she created these masterpieces for me.

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MY INVITATIONS!!!! by Alyssa Black

So many levels of SQUEEE guys, SO MANY LEVELS! I feel like a proud parent, pulling out these and showing them to anyone with a pulse. Cost? The custom design (with wording change, recoloring, and extra TLC) ran me $110 for the whole shebang. So I have a full suite of slamming invites that are fully Vistaprint compatible in my possession. I printed up 100 save the date post cards, invites, and RSVP postcards on Vistaprint for a whopping $78. I will print the rest of the suite in house. When I throw in the stamps I’ve been hoarding for the past year, envelopes for thank you cards, and the A7 invite envelopes, it brings my stationery total to $247. *wildly dancing*

Ladies and Gents, go haul some tail and check out Alyssa Black’s designs. If she doesn’t have it on the website, she can whip it up for you like the total boss she is. Love you girl!

  • 8/4

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewReader Tempest has a CAI/GOI request for a hot, hot Galia Lahav-inspired number. She commented on this post with:

    “I am in love with the Galia Lahav La Dolce Vita collection; in particular the Antonia. I could also go for the Galia Lahav Empress Collection — the Juno — but with a satin fabric, lace is not really my thing. My ideal budget is to be under $1000, if you all could please help me find something similar I would greatly appreciate it!!!”

    Both the “Antonia” and the “Juno” feature a mermaid silhouette, deep sweetheart neckline and open back. I looked for similarly slinky floor-length gowns in satin or silk, with a deep v-neck or low back. Bonus points for beaded or embroidered embellishments, or cut-outs. I also made sure to avoid lace options in my search. Let’s check them out!

    Can't Afford ItGalia Lahav AntoniaGalia Lahav “Antonia,” La Dolce Vita Collection, $10,800

    Get Over ItRomantic Deep V Ivory Wedding Dress by MayaKz on EtsyRomantic Deep V Ivory Wedding Dress, $395 by Etsy seller MayaKz

    Crepe racer back wedding dress by Camille La VieCrepe racer back wedding dress by Camille La Vie (Style: 6425w), $600 at edressme

    Cinq à Sept Everest Sleeveless GownCinq à Sept Everest Sleeveless Gown in Ivory (Style: 0400090334551), $695 at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Mermaid Wedding Dress with Plunging Neckline at David's BridalGalina Signature Mermaid Wedding Dress with Plunging Neckline (Style: SWG724), $950 at David’s Bridal

    Feminine A Line Wedding Dress by Etsy seller LaceMarryFeminine A Line Wedding Dress, $225 by Etsy seller LaceMarry

    Sean Collection Gown - Sleeveless Sweetheart Neck Open BackSean Collection Gown – Sleeveless Sweetheart Neck Open Back (Style: 1249111), $368 at Bloomingdale’s

    Dress the Population 'Delani' Sequin Crepe GownDress the Population ‘Delani’ Sequin Crepe Gown in Ivory/Pearl (Style: 1021888), $248 at Nordstrom

    Theia Ruched Chiffon GownTheia Ruched Chiffon Gown (Style: THEIA30011), $895 at Shopbop

    Mermaid wedding Dress by Etsy seller customdress1900Mermaid Wedding Dress, $259 by Etsy seller customdress1900

    Ivory Beaded V-Neck Sheer Back Long Gown 2016 Homecoming Dresses at Unique VintageIvory Beaded V-Neck Sheer Back Long Gown 2016 Homecoming Dresses (Style: P18190), $311 at Unique Vintage

    Elizabeth and James Russell DressElizabeth and James Russell Dress in Ivory (Style: 0400089146227), $695 at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Faviana Chiffon V-Neck Gown with Full SkirtFaviana Chiffon V-Neck Gown w/ Full Skirt in Ivory (Style: 7747), $298 at Zappos

    Delicate Desire Wedding Dress by SunsetNirvanaDelicate Desire Wedding Dress, $470 by Etsy seller SunsetNirvana

    Bridal Cami Maxi Dress White by missguidedBridal Cami Maxi Dress White, $136 at Missguided

    Dutch Satin Illusion Sweetheart Gown by Mac DuggalDutch Satin Illusion Sweetheart Gown by Mac Duggal (Style: 62580Y), $798 at edressme

    White bridal gown with deep v back by etsy seller Bihouxjewels80White Bridal Gown with Deep V Back, $900 by Etsy seller Bijouxjewels80

    And one that’s a little over $1,000 …

    Abigail Gown at BHLDNAbigail Gown By Nicole Miller (Style: 36984102), $1,200 at BHLDN

    What do you think Tempest? Do any of these gowns take your mind off the Galia Lahav? Let us know in the comments!

    Got a gown that you just can’t get off your mind? We’re happy to help you get over it! Just tell us in the comments below! Please remember to include the budget you’re working with so we can find you the best alternative for you. Please be aware, though, that because you guys love this column so much, we can often build up quite the queue and it may be a while before we can get to your dream dress. Rest assured, though, Team Broke-Ass is on the case!

    *As always, please do your own research before buying a gown online. Team Broke-Ass is here to provide you with inspiration and resources, but it is up to the consumer to know what they’re purchasing.
  • 7/28

    Berta Bridal 14-20

    Sometimes a gown calls to you like a low-backed, cap-sleeved, plunging neckline, lace siren, as the Berta 14-20 did for reader Jessica, who commented on this post: I'm obsessed with these posts and have a dilemma myself... I fell in love with the Berta 14-20 when a model at a bridal show walked past me. The $8,000 price tag is out of my budget, though. Do…

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    Gabriela Gown from BHLDN

    Today's CAI/GOI post was super fun to put together! Reader Marta emailed us asking for something a little non-traditional. She wrote: "Help! I am not your conventional bride and am having such a hard time finding a dress. I love this one on BHLDN but of course this is their only dress at $2500: . Really like a low back but BHLDN's dress in particular…

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    There is no question that bridesmaid dresses have come a long way. Hello, 1980s: you were cruel and unusual Even so, choosing the right dress for your girls can be daunting. Everyone has their own style, their own body type and their own budget. The more ladies in your wedding party, the more difficult it is to find something that works for every girl --…

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  • 5/27

    Etsy ModDotTextiles Ivory and Gold Clutch

    Clutches are one of my very favorite wedding day accessories for a few reasons -- I think they're super cute, they're totally versatile (like, use it for all the pre-wedding parties and events well after the day) and look amazingly chic with your wedding day ensemble. Not to mention they carry the shit you'll find yourself wanting -- lipstick, tissues, vows, bobby pins, mints ...…

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    Bien Savvy Addicted to Your Lips

    Today's CAI/GOI request comes from Miss Ashley, who is looking for a stunner of a reception dress; an alternative to Bien Savvy's "Addicted to Your Lips" gown. Ashley didn't have much luck finding a knock-off version, so she's asked the mighty BAB gown hunters for some assistance. I have to admit, there are few dresses that look exactly like the Bien Savvy gown under the…

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  • 3/3

    Berta F_W 2015- 15-107

    Hello, BABs! Can you believe it is already March?! Craziness, I tell you. Today's CAI/GOI gown is GORGEOUS! Reader Hannah commented on this post with: "I would LOVE it if you could find some alternatives to the Berta 15-107 ...i'm looking for something with long sleeves and a deep v neck (to the bust...nothing that shows off the stomach etc, i'm not that daring!) with…

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