Posts in the 'etsy' Category

Pinch Me! Dreamy Greenspiration for St. Patty’s Day

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If your blood is whisky tinged and you’re swelling with pride today, these gorgeous green details might be perfect for your Irish self. Etsy has a huge dearth of St. Pat’s inspiration (y’all get their newsletter, right? Because the wedding one is RIDICULOUS for inspiration. Be prepared to drool), so after much deliberation, I picked some of my fave pieces that would be rad for your wedding — whether it’s on this v. rad holiday or you just want to show off a little of your heritage.

Art Deco Hair Comb

 

Art Deco Hair Comb, $32.61 at IgnaDesignShop
Green garland
Green Circles Paper Garland, $11 at HoopsyDaisy
Green Invitations
Triangle Mountains Wedding Invitation and RSVP Card, download or print starting at $39 by LucyLovesPaper
Green Tutu
Green Newborn Tutu, $11 by MyTuTuCuteBoutique

I know the BAB debate rages on about kids vs. no kids, but HOW CUTE IS THIS???

LOVE Cookies

Love Shamrock Cookies, $36 for 1 dozen by KatieDuran

LUCK Mason Jars

Set of 4 Handpainted Mason Jars, $34 by curiouscarrie
Lucky in Love Notebook
Lucky in Love Couples Notebook, $8 by MrScribbles

Green Sea Glass Ring

Double Sea Glass Kelly Green Ring, $29 by seaglassin

Sloth Plush

St. Patrick’s Day Sloth Felt Plush, $17 by wishwithme

Guys, I have no idea how you’d use this little dude, but he’s TOO FREAKING CUTE to not include.

I hope you all have a wonderful St. Pat’s! Be careful, and may the road rise up to meet you. Sláinte!

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000

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Hello darling BABs! Before we start checkin’ out all these gorgeous gowns, I wanna give a little shout out to our newest Broke-Ass Bride CAI/GOI contributor, Lisa! Welcome to the team, lady! Lisa is a wedding planner with a knack for writing and a passion to help all brides have epic weddings without blowing their budget. Perfect, right?! We thought so. Lisa did a great job on her first post helping Anne get over a stunning Ersa Atelier gown.

NOW, let’s help another bride-to-be, Lychele, get over her dream gown, which is by Stella York. Man, the back of this dress is SICK you guys. Stella York is a design team located in Australia. Stella means star and you’re definitely going to shine like a star in one of their dresses when you walk down that aisle! ‘CAUSE THEY’RE JUST THAT PRETTY! Here’s what Lychele had to say:

“I love can’t afford it get over it. I’m in love with this Stella York gown. It’s style 6064. I looked at it and knew it was the one but now I’m sad it’s above my 1,000.00 budget. It’s classic and sexy with a modern touch. The back adds interest. I was wondering if you could help me find something similar.”

Can't Afford It

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Stella York (Style: 6064) $$ ($1,001-$2001)

That back, though…

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Told ya so..

Get Over It

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Mermaid Gown With Sweetheart Neckline & Illusion Back $298 at RoseHauteCouture via Etsy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Mermaid Gown With Spaghetti Straps & Low Back $396 at Lace Bridal via Etsy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Mermaid Gown With Lace Straps (Style: VN6789) $418 at BestBridalPrices

AND LOOK AT THE BACK:

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Bam!

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Mermaid Gown With Alencon Lace & Open Back (Style: T627) $548 at BestBridalPrices

Swarovski encrusted sash included.

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Lace Mermaid Gown With Sheer Halter Neckline (Style: 21389) $558 at BestBridalPrices

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Sweetheart Ivory Lace Champagne Gown $600 at ieie via Etsy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Embroidered Illusion Taffeta Wedding Gown (Style: 1314WR) $650 at edressme.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Corded Lace Trumpet Gown With Tulle Detail (Style: MS251052) $750 at David’s Bridal

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Mermaid Wedding Gown With Straps & Plunging Back $799 at WeddingDressFantasy via Etsy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Lace A-Line Gown With Keyhole Open Back $898 at BridalBlissDesigns via Etsy

The satin with lace overlay makes this dress very similar to your CAI gown.

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! A Stella York Inspired Gown For Under $1,000Guipure Lace Mermaid Gown With Tulle Skirt (Style: M442) at $973 at BestBridalPrices

Free Veil & Gown With This Dress!

So Lychele, what do you think? I hope I was able to help you find something you looove?! I hope so. Always be sure to check for sample sales, too. You never know what you’ll find! Please let us know if there is anything else we can help you with! Until we meet again, BABs …

xoxo.

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.

*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.

Real Bride Katie: Finding the Little Things to Bring It All Together

The dress is, of course, the largest part of a bride’s look, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. With my dress in the hands of my lovely seamstress, I’ve set to work thinking about accessories.

It’s important to my fiance that I wear a veil of some kind. He doesn’t really care what kind, but that’s just something he’s always pictured when he imagined his bride. I’m happy to oblige … because they’re pretty, #duh! I tried on some options when I was dress shopping, from a long cathedral veil to the short fascinator birdcages. After searching the options on Pinterest, I decided on a bandeau veil, like this one I found on Etsy.

Because I’m a BAB, I’m choosing to DIY my veil. I just bought the jewelry pieces I’m going to put on the sides, and I am SO. EXCITED.

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(Sorry, Abe!)

I realize most brides won’t be looking for quite the same things I am, because my Halloween influences are pretty specific, but you can totally look in the same kinds of places! Vintage jewelry, especially brooches and earrings, are perfect pieces to accent a veil. I bought two of this lovely spider from PinkFoxFindings on Etsy, and there are tons of other great pieces in her collection and in others on Etsy. I love these spiders particularly because they fit the Halloween theme, but also have some of that art deco feel that’s coming in as well. Next, I’ll need to buy a piece of tulle and get to work figuring out whether I want to attach them with bobby pins, combs, or some other method. I’d like to be able to remove the veil but leave the spiders in for the reception, so that will take some research.

My dress will also have a belt. When I tried on the ones in the store, I loved how they changed the look of the dress to accent my waist, but hated their absolutely ridiculous price tags. $200 for a piece of ribbon and some fabric flowers? NO. My seamstress will be making it for me with some blingy appliques, but I also wanted a Halloween item as the centerpiece. It took some patience, but eventually the same seller as the spiders came across this bat, and he’s perfect.

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Now if I can only find shoes in time for my next fitting, I’ll be set!

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Ersa Atelier “Melisse” Inspired Gown Under $1000

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Hello dear BABs! I’m Lisa, the newest Broke-Ass Bride team member, and I’ll be your tour guide today in the Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! I’m psyched to be helping out with these posts every other week!

This week’s CAI/GOI request comes from Anne, who has superb taste in gowns, I might add. She’s fallen in love with the Ersa Atelier “Melisse” gown, and who could blame her? With its frothy tulle skirt and delicate lace bodice detailing, I find myself wanting to twirl (dance, prance, float) around in it, too! (I also have an inexplicable desire to eat the gown … I swear it looks like fine spun sugar and cotton candy! YUM! This must be what Sugar Plum Fairies look like!) Anne likes sweetheart necklines, lacy sleeves, and beautiful backs.

Anne, honey, you’re in good company! Like I said, superb taste! But Anne’s gown budget is maxed out at $1,000, so the search is on!

It just so happens that the very details Anne is drawn to are also the same classic features that designers have been using to woo brides for decades. Sleeves are just beginning to make a comeback in modern wedding gowns, but if you’re looking for a princess-inspired gown like the “Melisse,” you’ll find a wide variety of unique, affordable options in vintage ’50’s and ’80’s styles, when lace sleeves and sweetheart necklines were also quite popular (and stunning!). If you find a gown that has great “bones” you can always have it altered to look more au courant, too!

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Ersa Atelier “Melisse” (Collection ranges from $7,000-$12,000)

Get Over It

  Etsy Sweetheart Hollywood 03.05.15

Vintage Embroidered Lace Gown, $650 by Etsy seller Merletto

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Vintage 1950’s Lace and Tulle Wedding Dress, $198 by Etsy seller LaceAndYarn

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Vintage Embroidered Lace Gown, $299 by Etsy seller Foreverus999

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 Princess Style Wedding Dress with Lace Sleeves, $898 by Etsy seller bridalblissdesigns

Lace Keyhole 03.05.15

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Lace Wedding Dress with Sleeves and Keyhole Back, $898 by Etsy seller bridalblissdesigns

How gorgeous is that back!?!?

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Bride of Frankenstein Inspired Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress $898 by Etsy seller bridalblissdesigns

My personal favorite option for you, Anne, is a two-parter. In the 1950s (and as early as the 1920s and 1930s), many gowns were made to be worn again later as evening dresses, so they came with a removable lace overlay. I think this option could really work well for you!

First, find a plain-ish strapless or spaghetti strap gown in the silhouette and price range you love. There are tons of options with sweetheart necklines and flowy tulle skirts! Like one of these:

 

Dessy Ivory 1027 03.05.15

After Six Wedding Dress 1027, $275 at Dessy

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 After Six Wedding Dress 1049, $525 at Dessy

Avery 03.05.15

Avery, $799 at Kennedy Blue

Mignon Dillards 03.05.15

Mignon Strapless Chiffon Gown, $398 at Dillard’s

BHLDN Annabelle 03.05.15

Annabelle, $260 at BHLDN

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Claudine Wedding Dresses Style 7003, $275 at BestBridalPrices.com

Then, add the BHLDN Marnie Topper! This gorgeous lace cover-up ($220) can be layered over virtually any sleeveless style gown to achieve a similar look as the Ersa Atelier “Melisse” inspiration gown. Check out that deep-v back!

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Marnie Topper, $220 at BHLDN

 If that topper’s not quite your style, I’ve got others!

 Celine Bolero 03.05.15

Celine Bridal French Lace Bolero Cover-Up Shrug in Ivory, $320 by Etsy seller girlwithseriousdream

Dessy Lace Top 03.05.15

Lace Top, $40 at Dessy

So Anne, I hope I’ve helped to solve your Can’t Afford It dilemma with some Get Over It wedding gowns. How’d I do at finding alternatives? Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

Bonus Pro tip: When ordering from an online retailer, sign up for their email updates and wait for the discount codes to come rolling in! But I’m sure you savvy BABs already thought of that. 

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.

*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.

Five for Friday: Bold and Beautiful Wedding Invitations

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For you brides that got engaged over the holidays and are looking at a wedding this summer, you’ve very likely starting to put your feelers out for invitation styles that you enjoy. As I’ve sat browsing through some of the new styles this season, I keep finding myself drooling over bright, bold and beautiful designs. Eye-catching jewel tones and simple but striking patterns make a statement without being overly dizzying. Here are my five favorites for this week’s Five for Friday:

Five for Friday: Bold and Beautiful Wedding Invitations

 

In Bloom Wedding Invitation, 50 for $140 at Love vs. Design
Five for Friday: Bold and Beautiful Wedding Invitations
Minimal Mod Wedding Invitations, $2.34 each at Minted
Five for Friday: Bold and Beautiful Wedding Invitations
Circular Geometric Wedding Invitation, $4.50 each or for digital file for at-home printing by RubyMayDesigns at Etsy
Five for Friday: Bold and Beautiful Wedding Invitations
Deep Romance Wedding Invitations, $144.50 for 50 at Wedding Paper Divas
Five for Friday: Bold and Beautiful Wedding Invitations
Floral Watercolor Invitation, $1.50 each at MagnetStreet

Do you like these bold designs, BABs? Which is your fave?

Five for Friday: Floral Frocks that Scream Spring

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You guys are ready for spring, aren’t you? I know I am, and I live somewhere that saw 70-degree-plus weather last week. So while we wait for the blooms to rise from the frozen ground, how about we just pretend that patio-drinking weather is right around the corner? These gorgeous frocks, all under $60, evoke a considerably brighter, cheerier season ahead.

Five for Friday: Floral Frocks that Scream Spring

You Spring Me Joy Dress, $54.99 at ModCloth 

Five for Friday: Floral Frocks that Scream Spring

Talk of the Terrace dress, $43 at LuLu’s

Five for Friday: Floral Frocks that Scream Spring

Vintage Floral Dress, $54 at AmericanArchive on Etsy

Five for Friday: Floral Frocks that Scream Spring

1960s Style Floral Pleated Short Sleeve Flare Dress, $50 $37 at Unique Vintage

Five for Friday: Floral Frocks that Scream Spring

Ethereal Bouquet Floral Dress, $44.99 at Ruche

Which one of these pretty floral frocks do you like, BABs?

Real Bride Jubilance: When DIY turns into BUY

I’m going to let you in on a secret about the wedding industry – it’s deceptive. And tricky. Wedding magazines and blogs show you amazing photos of the cutest weddings, and the whole thing was done on $3 and full of amazing DIY projects. You get sucked in, you find some how-to’s, you pin some things on Pinterest, and you think “I can do this! No problem!”

Yeah … that shit does NOT always work out like you think it will. I thought I could do these “simple’ projects:

  1. Paper flowers
  2. Chalkboard signs
  3. Table numbers
  4. Escort cards
  5. Our broom for the Jumping The Broom ceremony

I may have gone a little nuts in Michael’s buying stuff for these projects.

So what happened when I tried these projects? Let me tell ya …

My first DIY trial was this relatively simple tutorial for tissue paper flowers. I figured they would be cute in the centerpieces and our high-tops at the cocktail hour. Starting out, they were pretty easy, until I discovered that  unfolding layers of tissue paper without it ripping is hard, like calculus hard. I ended up spending up a couple hours making only a few flowers *sigh*.

Real Bride Jubilance: When DIY turns into BUY

The fruits of my paper flower labor. Could this pass for a real flower for you?

After the paper flower drama I was a little scared to try something else, but I bit the bullet and took advantage of a 40% off everything coupon at Michael’s to get supplies to put together our wedding broom.

Short history – “Jumping the Broom” is African American wedding tradition that began in slavery. Slaves could not legally wed, so they used jumping the broom as their way of signifying marriage, as the new couple “jumps” into their new life together. Today many African Americans jump the broom as a way to recognize their heritage and ancestors. This is a tradition my fiancé and I are both excited to carry on and I was excited to put together our broom.

At Michael’s I got some pretty ribbon, some purple and green flowers … and then I couldn’t find a broom anywhere in the store. Turns out, they don’t carry them anymore except during Halloween. Bummer. And whack. Think about all the money they are missing out on! Anyway, I decided to improvise with some grass looking material that I figured I could secure into a broom shape. It seemed like a good plan … until I tried to actually secure the grass. Turns out, this stuff sheds like CRAZY and it looked really bootleg.

In the words of Sweet Brown: “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”

And that’s when I decided to support some small business owners on Etsy. I found a lovely shop who sold some beautiful wedding brooms, Romancing Juliet. I placed an order, and in only a week my broom showed up at my door. Color me surprised, I was expecting it to take much longer!

Real Bride Jubilance: When DIY turns into BUY

Our wedding day broom in our wedding colors of mint, lavender & gold

Etsy has completely saved my entire life. I don’t have to worry about getting things done, cause I can PAY people to do them  instead. Who knew? My broom is now taken care of, along with our table numbers and escort cards.

I did finish one DIY projec: the chalkboard signs. That was super easy and actually pretty fun to do. I painted two coats of chalkboard paint onto wooden pieces and then wrote my messages using a chalk pen. I may redo the Escort Cards sign — all I need to do is paint over it!

Real Bride Jubilance: When DIY turns into BUY

Chalkboard signs! Easy to make … or remake if needed

In the end, I ended up trying my hand at a few things, but I also learned that my best skill is finding great vendors who can bring my ideas to life.

Have you had any DIY projects that turned into duds? What about any ideas that were just easier to pay for than attempt to tackle on your own? Tell us in the comments below!

Five for Friday: Bouquet Alternatives You Don’t Have to DIY

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Not everyone loves flowers. Some people love the look, but hate the smell. Some people just don’t want to pony up the dough. Some people don’t want to kill a plant. Whatever the reason, flowers certainly aren’t the only route to bouquet bliss. Sure, you can carry lanterns or a clutch or nothing at all! But if you’re still after the classic look of a bouquet, but aren’t wild about wildflowers, there are some pretty great (and inexpensive!) alternatives out there for your wedding day. Personally, I carried a brooch bouquet that was assembled by my then-mother-in-law using brooches and other bits ‘n’ bobs from my late mother and many other amazing women in my life. The marriage didn’t last, but I will always have the bouquet — it reminds me of my mother, and is a beautiful memento from an important time in my life. And while brooch bouquets are gorgeous, given the materials used, they’re also super spendy — the only really thrifty way to pull those off is if you DIY them. For those of you who are looking for a good under-$100 floral bouquet alternative, I rustled up these five picks.

Five for Friday: Bouquet Alternatives You Don't Have to DIY

Burlap and Tulle Wedding Bouquet, $55 by Bouquets and Keepsakes via Etsy
Five for Friday: Bouquet Alternatives You Don't Have to DIY
Paper Flower Bouquet, $45 by Lille Syster via Scoutmob
Five for Friday: Bouquet Alternatives You Don't Have to DIY
Silk, ribbon and lace bouquet, $72 by GreenGreenCloud via Etsy
Five for Friday: Bouquet Alternatives You Don't Have to DIY
Artificial flower and feather bouquet, $89 by MyDayBouquet via Etsy
Five for Friday: Bouquet Alternatives You Don't Have to DIYWool craspedia felt flower bouquet, $30 by Mellsva via Etsy 

Are you carrying flowers or going the alternate route? What kind of non-floral alternative have you chosen? Tell us in the comments!

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki’s “Zara” For Under $1,000

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Hey der, BABs! I’m super excited to help Clare get over this retro, tea length gown. I think tea length gowns are MY favorite, too. I think it’s so feminine and vintage annnnd your shoes are probably fabulous on your wedding day so everyone needs to see them. Also, it’s easier to get around without a long train. Hello, dance floor! Not that trains aren’t lovely but to each their own. As Clare mentions, I have done another CAI/GOI featuring a House Of Mooshki gown. Olivia Wright is their head designer and no two dresses are ever the same. However, each dress is insanely detailed and beautiful and I want them all … NBD. So, I’m ready to help you get over it, girl! Clare wrote in:

“Love your CAI/GOI posts, they’re my favourites! I think you did a great job on this one.

Could you help me out? I love ‘Zara’ by House of Mooshki but really only wanted to spend under $1000 (its over $2k here in Australia). I know you’ve done one of their dresses before but I like different specific things about this particular gown; the higher tea length and the open yet sweetheart neckline (wanna show a little bit of cleavage ;) ). I do like the long sleeves and the limited lace (many tea length gowns seem to be all lace…) but they are secondary considerations. Your help would be much appreciated :)”

Well, aren’t you the SWEETEST! Thank you so much. I really love helping you ladies out with such an important purchase.

Can't Afford It

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000House Of Mooshki’s “Zara”, $2777

Get Over It

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000V-Neck Tea Length Tulle Gown (Style: 002014379) $165 at JJsHouse.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000Tea Length Tulle Gown With 3/4 Sleeves $270 at 50Timeless on Etsy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000Tea Length Wedding Gown With Lace Sleeves (Style: H7001 Marina) $380 at ieie on Etsy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000Tea Length Gown With Lace Sleeves (Style: Jocelyn N13004) $380 at ieie on Etsy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000Lace Tea Length Wedding Dress  (Style: Divan LG140303) $390 at ieie on Etsy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000Full Length Tea Gown With Rho Lace & Netting (Style: Rho6741E) $670 at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000Taffeta Dress With 3/4 Sleeves & Gathered Detail (Style: Janie Jones) $850 at ThePeppermintPretty on Etsy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000Silk Tulle Skirt With Tailored Bodice & Delicate Lace (Style: 32196206) $850 at BHLDN

What do you think, Clare? I talk a lot about bridal toppers like this one. I noticed there were a lot more options for tea length dresses that didn’t have sleeves so a topper could end up giving you more dresses to choose from.  Sometimes I’ll add more dress options in the comments if I come across something good after I’ve posted it, so be sure to check back. Good luck in your search and let us know if we can help you in any other way! With Valentine’s Day coming up, I expect even more dress requests! <3 Until next week, BABs … xo.

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.

*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.