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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; my dress is ordered, our venue is secured, our photographer is booked.

For some reason, sending out the Save the Dates brings up another wave of the “I can’t believe this is really happening” feeling all over again. I will be both relieved and anxious to drop these bad boys in the mailbox.

Relieved because that’s another thing to cross off the to-do list (or Trello board, which is what I’ve been using to stay organized but that’s a topic for another day). Anxious because other people are officially involved now — people we love and care about. In other words, elopement is off the table, and there’s no going back now.

I love wedding planning. I am a solid decision-maker. I am convinced that we are going to have a lovely wedding, and our friends and family will have a wonderful evening. With that being said, there have definitely been a few times where I look at this production we’re creating (albeit a relatively casual one) and think how much easier it would be to run away with my fiance and go somewhere, anywhere, and get married alone and scrap the whole thing.

But alas, we’re definitely past the point of no return now, and the Save the Dates simply solidify that. From here on out, friends and family are making plans, preparing to attend and we’re preparing to be the centers of attention which is neither of our favorite places to be. Not to mention, it would absolutely devastate my parents, and I’m confident my future parents-in-law as well.

Our Save the Dates will be on burgundy and kraft brown card stock that we’re purchasing from a local store called Broadway Paper, a rubber stamp from Etsy and some undetermined doodads from Joann Fabrics. We have jute string and ivory lace and we haven’t decided which we’re using yet. I purchased gold and black ink pads as well. I’m looking forward to sharing photos with all of you, dear readers, once they’re completed, hopefully next weekend!

Have any of the other BAB’s out there felt this way about their Save the Dates?

  • 1/14

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    It’s that time of year when I sit down to answer your CAI/GOI requests with a mug of cocoa in hand and a fleece blanket (and usually a cat or two) on my lap. It’d be fun to say this post is cat-approved, but with all the arm-sitting, laptop-walking, and head-butting of my elbows while I tried to type, I’m thinking it’s more like they do NOT approve. But the show must go on, kitties, for there are BABs in need of help!

    Reader Denise is in a pickle … or playing pickle in the middle between two equally amazing gowns. She wrote to BAB to ask: 

    I would love to find dresses like Rue de Seine on a $1000 or less budget! Specifically I love these two dresses: Rue de Seine Zeppelin and Cleo. I’m obsessed with the light weight and flutter sleeve. Please help me find my dream dress on an affordable scale!

    Both gowns have a ’70s free-spirited, flower child feel, with sheer bohemian lacy detailing and renaissance bell sleeves, perfect for the modern bohemian bride or a destination or beach wedding! I love myself a good gypsy-inspired gown, and ooh, honey, have I got some gowns for you!

    Can't Afford It

    Rue De Seine Zeppelin Gown

    Rue de Seine Zeppelin Gown, >$2,500

    Rue de Seine Cleo Gown

    Rue de Seine Cleo Gown, >$2,500

    Get Over It

    Vintage Inspired Bohemian Wedding Gown by Dreamersandlovers

    Vintage Inspired Bohemian Wedding Gown, $785 by Etsy seller Dreamersandlovers

    Alice & Olivia Vandy Dress

    Alice & Olivia Vandy Dress, $440 at Bloomingdale’s

    Hippie Wedding Dress with Illusion Neckline by WearYourLoveXO

    Hippie Wedding Dress with Illusion Neckline, $860 by Etsy seller WearYourLoveXO

    Indian Princes Bride Wedding Dress by Fairtale

    Indian Princes Bride Wedding Dress, $335.89 by Etsy seller Fairtale

    Bohemian Petal Gown by BeMyBride

    Bohemian Petal Gown, $860 by Etsy seller BeMyBride

    Empress Bohemian Dress by TimjanDesign

    Empress Bohemian Dress, $90.37+ by Etsy seller TimjanDesign

    (Add a skirt underneath for longer length.) 

    Simple Alternative Wedding Dress by larimeloom

    Simple Alternative Wedding Dress, $951 by Etsy seller larimeloom

    Vintage Hippie Maxi Gown by shoprabbithole

    Vintage Hippie Maxi, $125 by Etsy seller shoprabbithole

    Boho Crochet Lace Dress by rocknreconstruct

    Boho Crochet Lace Dress, $240 by Etsy seller rocknreconstruct

    Bohemian Symphony Gown by BeMyBride

    Bohemian Symphony Gown, $895 by Etsy seller BeMyBride

    White Sheer Crochet Lace Gown by SaldanaVintage

    White Sheer Crochet Lace Gown, $398 by Etsy seller SaldanaVintage

    White Lace Off Shoulder Gown by paulastudio

    White Lace Off-Shoulder Gown, $700 by Etsy seller paulastudio

    Bohemian Babette Wedding Gown by BeMyBride

    Bohemian Babette Wedding Gown, $569 by Etsy seller BeMyBride

    Silk Chiffon Bohemian Wedding Dress by Dreamersandlovers

    Silk Chiffon Bohemian Wedding Dress, $ by Etsy seller Dreamersandlovers

    Vintage 1970's Bell Sleeve Dress by atomix

    Vintage 1970’s Bell Sleeve Dress, $73.95 by Etsy seller atomix

    Vintage '70's Gauze and Lace Bohemian Gown by squashblossomvintage

    Vintage ’70s Gauze and Lace Bohemian Gown, $168 by Etsy seller squashblossomvintage

    Handmade Lace Bohemian Caftan by Dreamersandlovers

    Handmade Lace Bohemian Caftan, $785 by Etsy seller Dreamersandlovers

    Bohemian Petunia Gown by BeMyBride

    Bohemian Petunia Gown, $1,000 by Etsy seller BeMyBride

    Lace Wedding Dress by Graceloveslace

    Lace Wedding Dress, $931.03 by Etsy seller Graceloveslace

    Beaded Bridal Kaftan by Fairtale

    Beaded Bridal Kaftan, $257.11 by Etsy seller Fairtale

    And this one is slightly over budget:

    Pure Silk Bohemian Wedding Dress by Dreamersandlovers

    Pure Silk Bohemian Wedding Dress, $1,105 by Etsy seller Dreamersandlovers

    So Denise, did any of those sleeves make your heart *flutter*? Let me know in the comments below!

    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.
  • 12/3

    Laure de Sagazan Wilder

    What's a girl to do when her dream gown is the Laure de Sagazan "Wilder," with vintage-inspired styling and fine lace in a soft, boho silhouette?  She sends up the BAB signal, of course! Reader Kristen shared her request in a comment on this post: Love these posts!! "Can't afford it? Get over it!" should be the tagline of my wedding planning process. :) I'm 100%…

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    The Broke-Ass Bride's 2015 Gift Guide For the Libation Lover

    Hey Broke-Asses! It's that time of year again, where instead of Five for Friday, we'll be compiling some seriously rad gift guides for y'all. From the fun to the funny, the quirky to the practical and all of the budget ideas in between, I've scoured the Interwebz to find those perfect gifts for someone -- or everyone! -- on your list. We all have that one…

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    Spicy Mustard With Local Beer

    Welcome to another episode of Broke-Ass Advice! Today's question is about what to serve guests at a casual reception: I love your website. Not just this one, but all of your blogs. So helpful and inspirational. While I was reading your book, I continually would read passages out loud to my fiance and say, finally, someone who gets it! We are paying for our wedding…

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  • 11/12

    Galia Lahav-Dolce-F

    Hey, hey BABs! Today's CAI/GOI request is a stunner! Reader Alix commented on this post with: "My mom always said I had champagne taste with a beer budget, she was right. I found a Galia Lahav dress, from the Dolce Vita Collection, the Dolce, and I fell in love with it before I looked at the price tag. I love the v neck, its fitted,…

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    Rosa by Katya Katya Shehurina

    Happy November, BABs! Reader Amanda has been bitten by the lace gown bug, and left a request on this CAI / GOI post: I have been searching for a vintage-inspired gown that fits my budget. I can't see spending over $1000 for a dress (and would feel more comfortable if I spent under $1000). Most of the dresses that I like are made by designers…

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    Rue de Seine Violet

    Happy Thursday, BABs! Today's CAI/GOI request is from reader Sarah, who is searching for a Rue de Seine "Violet" look-alike for under $700. She writes: "Honestly, I don't want to spend more than $700 and am even hoping to spend considerably less, if possible. But I'd love to see anything in the $100-$800 range in case there's anything I might be able to find on…

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  • 10/22

    Allure Bridals 9252

    "I'm not ashamed of my curves" is a phrase we love to hear around here! Reader Meredith's got-it, flaunt-it philosophy has her pining for a trumpet-style gown in satin: Hello! I love your "Can't Afford It? Get Over It!" features. Now that I'm engaged, I went and fell for a dress outside my budget and could really use your help. I love Allure's 9252. The beading…

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