Posts in the 'Invitations' Category

Win This: Score A $125 Gift Card To!

finestationeryYour wedding stationery is the first impression anyone will get about your wedding: it will give them cues about what to expect from the evening (or morning, or afternoon) and how to dress appropriately. No matter what your style, from traditional to modern, rustic to preppy, black and white to bold color, you’re certain to find an invitation that suits your event and your budget at

At, they’ve got designs from the most sought-after brands, like Kleinfeld Paper, Crane & Co, and Vera Wang, as well as up-and-comers like Jasmine & Woo; you’ll see designs you’ve never seen before, and won’t find anywhere else! Not ready to shop for wedding invitations yet? also offers a huge selection of save the dates (including magnets!), party invitations, and couples stationery so flipping cute that I’d feel hard-pressed to actually mail it to anyone else. No matter your stationery needs, you owe it to yourself to pay a visit to first! Plus, this week, everyone wins: BABs can save 10% on save the dates with with the code LOVE10 from now through March 31st!

This week, one lucky BAB reader will win a $125 gift card to! Want it bad? You can get an easy entry by subscribing to our bi-weekly newsletter! It’s packed with BAB-exclusive deals, contests, and the best the wedding web has to offer, and we’ll never spam ya!

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Win This: Send Out 100 Amazing Save The Dates From The Memory Trunk!

People are so darn busy lately that save the dates are becoming necessary to remind them that yes, they do have plans the third week of August, and not only do they have plans, but they have GREAT plans. A beautiful, vibrant save the date makes people excited about your wedding every time they see it, and there’s no better place to get custom save the dates than The Memory Trunk. The Memory Trunk will work side by side with you, creating the perfect save the date from scratch–working with your style and your colors to make a cohesive whole that will make everyone excited to get their mail. Smiles all around, courtesy The Memory Trunk! This week everyone wins: The Memory Trunk is offering all Broke-Ass Bride readers a 5% discount on their orders from now until August 1st with the code BROKEASS2014! That’s on save the dates, full invitation suites, your entire order!

This week, one lucky BAB will win 100 save the dates from The Memory Trunk (white or off-white matte paper with matching envelopes)! Want it bad? Get an easy entry by subscribing to our bi-weekly newsletter! It’s packed full of the best deals, steals, and giveaways from across the web (plus some BAB exclusive deals) and we’ll never spam ya!
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{Win This + Weekend Wrap Up} Submit Your Photo & Win 100 Letterpress Invitations From InviteSite!

Your photo here!

InviteSite, creators and purveyors of beautiful, sophisticated, and eco-friendly invitations has a conundrum: They’ve got a brand-spanking new letterpress & photograph design, but in order to showcase it on their site, they need to print it first. But why print it with a photo of their employees (attractive though they may be) or models when they could use a photo that showcases actual, real, love? This is where you come in, BABs! InviteSite wants to use one of your engagement/couple photos on their invitation design, to be showcased on their website forevermore, and in exchange, you’ll receive 100 FREE stunning letterpress invites! This isn’t a popularity or beauty contest: the winner will be, as always, chosen at random…but in order to win, you MUST post your photograph/a link to your photograph in the comments. Want an extra entry? Subscribe to our bi-weekly newsletter!

Also – we wanted to let our fab BABs know that we’re hosting another live Twitter chat with our resident wedding planning guru Liz Coopersmith (of Silver Charm Events and “Ask Liz” fame) NEXT Wednesday, April 17th, at 1 pm EST/10 am PDT on Twitter! You can tweet your pressing wedding questions to @brokeassbride or @silvercharmevnt in advance, or just tune in next Wednesday to watch the action happen! SO many inspirational ideas get tossed around during our #livewithliz chat seshes, you guys, don’t miss it!

NYC bridal designer Pantora is extending an exclusive offer to our BABs – get $125 off any wedding dress order with coupon code “BAB13″, and get 20% off of flower girl dresses, headpieces, and sashes with coupon code “BROKEASS13″! You can check out their gorgeous bridal selections here!

Want to be featured on TLC’s “Something Borrowed, Something New”? Send your name, contact info, and a few pictures of the dress that’s been passed down to you to:

Lastly, here’s a few fab deals for brides, provided by our pals at

DSW: 70% off Clearance (Pick up a hot pair of bridal pumps and get 6% Cash Back!_

Joann: 40% off Regular Priced Item (Got any DIY wedding projects to tackle this weekend?)

Best Bridal Prices: $25 off select wedding shoes

The Body Shop: 25% off entire order (They have great stuff for an at-home spa day- a fun, low-key hang idea for you and your bridesmaids!)

Sephora: Free Mystery Gift with $25+ purchase (Lest you need a few fantastic make-up and skincare products for your wedding day!)

My Wedding Favors: 20% off site wide deal (This place is full of unique wedding favor ideas!)

FTD: several great deals and coupons (If you like the idea of mail-ordering your bouquets and/or arrangements – plus, they’re offering 16% Cash Back!)


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{Partner Love} Invite Your Peeps In Rustic-Chic Style With Wedding Stationery From

country wedding invitations

OK, newbie BABs, by now you’ve probably looked through hundreds of pages of websites for those perfect wedding invitations that exemplify your fun, yet chic and colorful wedding theme. And you’ve probably ogled over countless letterpress, cardstock, fonts, and color options…all to be heartbroken by the uber costly price tag at the end.

Well, rest easy, darlings. has the easy-on-the-wallet wedding stationery respite you need. With super pretty designs at prices that will leave you feeling flush with happiness, has exactly what the budget-minded bride is pining for. From the right-this-season green invitation designs, to themes that fit right in with your cowgirl-boot wearing rustic shindig, there are a myriad of options available.

Wedding invitation orders include free response cards, printed outer envelopes and response envelopes, which help ease the strain on those purse strings. With prices starting as low as $0.94, with free envelopes and RSVP cards thrown in, your broke-ass saving senses will be tingling! As an added bonus, if you throw down for more than 40 wedding invites, you snag free shipping! And with e-proofs, you can rest easy knowing you spelled the name of your venue correctly. What are you waiting for? Check out all the pretty invite goodness has to offer!

That’s not all, BABs! When you enter coupon code thebrokeassbride at checkout, you can score 12% off your order. Now get to inviting!

{Partner Love + A Contest!} Invitations By Dawn Has Some Baller Invites On The Cheap, & A Pinterest Contest to Boot!

YOU GUYS. (Sorry, I didn’t mean to yell, but this is important.) Invitations by Dawn. Let’s chat, shall we?

I must admit, I’m a pretty serious mom-and-pop-store lovin’ kinda gal. And when it came to my wedding invitations, I wanted so hard to keep it small, but with my 200 invites, it proved a difficult task. So, being the resourceful Interwebz maven I am, I searched high and low for something that would be uber unique to our small Hawaiian fete. I stumbled upon some super rad, and super cheap ones that had the Hawaiian islands and were made to look like an old-school treasure map. Slap some of our faves The Beatles lyrics on there? That’s a match made in stationery heaven!

Our invites were not only something I love so hard it hurts, but they were really affordable and we had so many customizable options, as well as amazing customer service. (Our proofs had a whopping error I missed the first time around and there were no problems fixing them.) They were printed on high-quality paper and were a cinch to fold up and make purdy for those mailboxes.

Thus, I was stoked to find out that Invitations by Dawn was doing a Pinterest contest. Yessssssss!!!!

Here’s the deal:

- Head on over to Pinterest.

-Follow Invitations by Dawn. Http://

- Go ahead. Create a wedding board. Already got one? You’re a step ahead.

- Hit up that hashtag and tag each pin with #dawninvitescontest

- Send it up! Email your completed board to

Onward, ye brides-to-be! Go forth into the great battle for amazeballz wedding invitations! May the best bride win!

{Ask Liz} Wedding Resetting and THOSE Guests

It’s his wedding, too. Let him know EXACTLY what that means.

Dear Liz,

My fiance and I have been engaged for about four months. We set a small budget right away and agreed that this is the most important criteria. But we’ve changed our idea for the “big day” too many times already, and now he wants to change it again.

The first wedding idea we had was twenty people at our favorite restaurant having good food and wine and laughs and hugs with our families. $2500 could buy one heck of a good time for our loved ones. Well, NO ONE liked that idea, especially his mother. She and I don’t have the best relationship, and so in an effort to gain her approval, we agreed that a bigger-small wedding would be best – 100 people.

So we booked a park lodge and decided on a date. My mom is making the cake, one aunt is making the dress, another is our photographer, items are purchased, deposits are paid.  Last weekend my groom-to-be announced (in a temper tantrum) that he doesn’t want to do the big wedding anymore, and that we should go back to the restaurant idea. I don’t want his mom to be angry, and I don’t want to throw out the planning that’s already been done, but I don’t feel THAT committed to either idea – one is a lot of money, the other is a lot of work. But both weddings would be fun and nice in their own way. I don’t want to be a bridezilla about it, but I feel a little like a doormat in the whole thing. One idea is his mom’s and one idea is his. And either way I am the one who has to execute the “perfect” day. How can I make myself feel better about this happy but not-so-dreamy situation?


Switched and Screwed

Dear Switched,

Yup, you are in a tough spot, and there is obviously a lot more emotion than there is logic in your fiance’s new (old?) stance. So, throw in some logic. Figure out exactly what it would take and exactly how much you would lose, money-wise, if you went back to the restaurant idea. The deposit, which someone had to pay for, would be gone. Find out if the restaurant is even available on that day too. Have Save the Dates gone out to the 100 people on the guest list? That means that you’ve got to let some of them know that they’re not coming. Are any of the items you’ve purchased location specific? Get all this information and present it to him. Tell him if he wants to switch, then you’re behind him, but this is what it’s going to entail. And then be quiet and see what he says.

The thing of it is, he’s your husband, and this is going to be his wedding, too. If he’s truly not comfortable with it, for whatever reason, and you don’t care either way, then there’s your answer. People ask you why, you say that this is what he wants, and you’re okay with it.

Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about your relationship with your FMIL right now. You’re supporting your husband, who is her son. That’s your bottom line. Oh, and once the final decision is made, don’t be afraid to ask him to help you execute it.

Dear Liz,

I work in a small private medical office of about 25 young-middle aged women. Because of the nature of our work, we aren’t in separate cubes working alone, we are all constantly working together and chit-chatting all day long. There are about five women I feel I absolutely want at my wedding, but because of our work environment, it’s more of an “invite none-or all” situation. The wedding is three hours away from work/home so most people will likely decline, and even if they didn’t, I would be happy if more people could make it. The problem is two young women I used to be extremely close to, who I’ve had a falling out with. They are constantly planning and scheming against me and being sneaky. I know for sure, if I invited them out of courtesy to include the whole office, they absolutely would show up. I do not want to spend my day with such negative, mean people. However, I still can’t lower myself to their level and leave them out and invite everyone else. How do I enjoy my day with those that are important to me, without letting Dumb and Dumber ruin the fun, AND avoid stepping on toes?!

They’re back there somewhere. Keep your focus elsewhere. (Photo by Sara Kate)

I’m stumped!


Ticked at Office Politics


Dear Ticked,

My first instinct is to not invite them, but I understand that since you’re going to be working there before and after your wedding, then that’s probably not plausible, unless you’re willing to take the heat. Odds are, everyone in your office knows the situation, including those two, so no one should be surprised.

However, if you’re not willing to take whatever gets dished out, then you need to continue being the better person. Invite them, accept their RSVPs, and be gracious to them at your wedding. The key to enjoying your wedding while the two of them are present is to focus on everything else at your wedding that rocks. There are people you love that are going be there. There is the food you picked, the fun you want to have, the music you want played, and you’re going to wearing a beautiful dress and married to the love of your life. They are only two people who you don’t have to hang out with, who you can interact with as briefly as you want, and you’ve got the rest of the day to enjoy. Go for it.

So, have you had to switch your wedding plans? How did you pull it off? Is office politics gumming up your guest list? Commiserate in the comments below!

See you at the end of the aisle,


{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.


Renegade Craft Fair Round-Up: Wedding Splurges Edition

Your new family and friend tree

The follow-up to last week’s Handmade Bridal Party Gifts Edition, Part Two of the Round-up features stunning splurges for your wedding day from Brooklyn’s Renegade Craft Fair. The best part is, everything comes custom-made to your desire. If the prices listed are a bit out of your range, contact the artists. They’ll likely be willing to work with you to create something within your budget.

Meesh’s hand-printed Wedding Tree, $75, pictured above, is an alternative to a traditional guest book. Guests create leaves on the tree by adding their signed thumbprints. The 18″ by 24″ print comes customized with the names of the bride and the groom across the bottom. Directions for guests, acid-free archival stamp pads and and thin-tipped permanent markers are included. Best part is, instead of seeing your guestbook tucked away on some bookshelf after the wedding, you can frame this and display it proudly on the wall of your home.

Custom Ampersand Wedding Invites

Ampersands, silkscreen & love

I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a sucker for ampersands. And typography. And invitations that don’t involve ribbon in any way, so I love everything about these custom silkscreen invites by the illustration team Two Arms Inc. Contact for pricing.

Custom Men's Shirts

This one's taken, you'll get your own

If you’re shelling out big bucks for your dress, it’s only right your groom gets to splurge on a little something for himself. And why not invest in clothing he can wear for years? Elizabeth Kading of Five8ths clothing creates custom men’s shirts in her Baltimore workshop. She makes a range of styles, uses all-natural fabrics and takes the time to get to know how her customers plan to wear their shirts and what fit they like best. Her philosophy is to convince people to invest in a few high-qualtity, timeless pieces that last for years rather than a bunch of cheap, Made in China clothing that barely makes it through the season. The end result creates better jobs and it’s better for the environment. Shirts start at $175.

Jamie Lau Designs

Dresses they'll actually wear again

While you’re in the market for custom clothing, check out Jamie Lau Designs‘ handmade dresses for your bridesmaids. She uses fabrics collected from her travels in Japan or salvaged from vintage shops. Email for custom pricing.

Hand-bound leather guest book

Leather-bound memories

I’ll leave you with one more guest book idea. This leather, hand-bound book by To Boldly Fold can double as a scrapbook or a guest book. It lays completely flat when open and is composed of heavyweight acid-free paper. At $120, it’s definitely a splurge. Try and convince your grandma to get it for you as a shower gift. If that fails, To Boldly Fold has smaller versions that retail for half that price.

{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.