Broke-Ass Tag: Planning


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Now that we’re firmly past the holidays and you’re likely getting a start into wedding planning, it’s super easy to watch all those resolutions about staying organized crumble to pieces. Chaos and early wedding planning can be kind of synonymous as you begin hoarding magazines, books, clippings, samples, swag from bridal shows … it goes on. Before you know it, you could be buried under swatches and DIY projects with no respite in sight (I speak from experience, y’all). So get yo-self organized, and do it now. Here are five tools to help you get your shit together:

Kate Spade Gold Dot Spiral Notebook

Gold Dot Spiral Notebook, $14 from Kate Spade

If you don’t have a solid, adorable, dedicated notebook just for wedding planning stop what you’re doing and go get one. You think I’m joking? I’m not. You will take notes. You will take a fuckton of notes. You’ll need to keep phone numbers, quotes, ideas, communications — everything, essentially — in one spot, and using many and varied scraps of paper just spells doom. We love Kate Spade, and a good hardcover spiral notebook like this is the perfect tool for anyone planning a wedding.

KaiHinaCoastal Whiteboard Corkboard Organizer

Whiteboard, corkboard and French memo organizer, $70 from Etsy seller KaiHinaCoastal

Multi-use pinboard / whiteboards can be a godsend when you’re trying to get your ducks in a row. Take notes about appointments, display pretty congratulatory cards or pin up swatches of your desired color palette so you can easily glimpse them. Also good for leaving your sweetie nice (or naughty) messages.

Appy Couple

Appy Couple Wedding Website and App, starts at $39 (one-time fee)

Wedding websites are important. Very important. But with the majority of people now relying on their mobile devices, you might also want to incorporate an app so that all the deets for your big day are accessible on phones and tablets as well as on desktops. For a nominal one-time fee set yourself up with a gorgeous design and highly functional website and app your guests can refer to rather than bug you.

Modcloth Crafty Catalogue Storage Set

Crafty Catalogue Storage Chest, $69.99

Everything in its place, right? A solid storage area is a necessity for any DIY-er. Keep all those bits, baubles, ribbons, pins and what have you nicely stowed in a cute little throwback to old-school library days. Use the label holders to ensure you know what’s where.

Ninj&Ninj Financial and Monthly Planners

Weekly Planner + Financial Planner Bundle, $35 from Etsy seller NinjandNinj

Guys, I got these and I LOVE THEM. I always look forward to the new year so I can buy a new planner (geek, right?). It’s usually a pretty in-depth process for me, because I’m v. picky about how my planner looks and functions, since my whole life depends on it. When I stumbled on this bundle after browsing Etsy for seemingly hours, I knew I hit a goldmine. The financial planner is great for helping me track my finances, keep track of bills, know where I stand with credit cards and loans and see how close I am to my savings goals. The weekly planner has a monthly view that’s then broken down by week, allowing plenty of room for notes / appointments. And they’re not huge and bulky, so they’re a cinch to keep with me always.

  • 10/13

    A bridal show? I know, I know. Like many of you, I am not a fan of the wedding industry or the cult of weddings. But, here I was surrounded by a sea of 20-somethings wearing “I said yes” sashes who, in my head, all have unlimited wedding budgets. I am a 30-something “he said yes,” nontraditional bride with an absolute maximum budget of $15,000. And, standing there at the entrance, I wondered to myself why I thought $10 for the Twin Cities Bridal Show was a good way to spend a Sunday.

    There were two reasons I had thought it was a good idea: First, I was in search for a photographer, ideas and a general clue about how to do this whole wedding planning thing; second,because I felt the need to experience this for you, dear readers. So, I grabbed my mother and two huge coffees  and headed out to the convention center.

    What had I gotten myself into?

    We looked around, took a deep breath, and made our way to the first row.

    At first glance it was just like I thought, geared toward the “traditional,” non-Broke-Asses. There were smoke machines and DJs and assumptions of grand marches, limo rentals and lavish weddings with themes. But, mixed in with the tuxedo rentals, the prom style backdrops and honeymoons in Bali, there were options for us BABs.

    The first BAB-friendly thing I loved was that vendors had their prices listed upfront. As some of you may know, the wedding industry makes poor, busy BABs call every single vendor for prices. And even then, you still have to visit them to get a breakdown of what’s included in that price. At the fair, there were rows and rows of vendor booths all with cards, signs or items with price tags. Everything was listed and priced out. No need to go all around town.

    I found many booths with photographers who’s work was simple and timeless and some even had packages in my price range ($2,000- I want really good pictures, y’all!). I was able to speak directly to the photographers themselves and get a feel for their aesthetic, price ranges and clarification about their packages.

    And the flowers went well too. I sheepishly told a florist that I wanted to spend less than $500 on flowers (hey, the photographer’s budget had to come from somewhere!) She not only didn’t bat an eye at that, but showed gave me some ideas that would fit my budget:

    Trendy AND inexpensive!

    I was even able to check out affordable rings for my BAG. Along with ideas for invitations, flowers, designs, registries, photo booths and loads of other wedding related things I hadn’t thought about.

    Titanium? Gold? They're all here in one place!

    All in all, the wedding fair was pretty big BAB win.  I came home from the day stuffed with cake, and luging two huge bags of promotional items and brochures (pro tip- put a star on the vendors you really love, it was helpful the next day when I was trying to remember who was who.) I ended up with two great photographers to interview, a much better idea of comparable prices for everything, and some awesome design ideas.

    Signage at the bridal fair

    Moral of the story: if a wedding fair comes to your town, do it, BABs! You may have to put up with some tacky, cheesy wedding industry mandates, but just like your wedding, you can make it your own!

  • 1/21

    Heeeyyyoooo!!! Now that you're rockin' that sparkler and all you newbie Broke-Ass Brides are starting to look ahead to your big day, I think it's important to sit you down and talk about that horrible monster that is sure to rear its ugly head at some point during your planning process ... BRIDE BRAIN. *cue suspenseful music* But Christen!, you're saying, I'm totes rational and there's no…

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    Finally, the end of the "how we met" saga! If you missed Part 1, just click here! (Editor's note: And check out Carrie's hippie-tastic backpacker proposal story here! It is seriously one of my favorite proposal stories EVER.) When we last left off in my long, drawn out love story, Zach and I had finally said the big "L word", and the next day I got on…

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    Sometimes, you just have to do it. To make it to the end of the aisle without losing your mind, sometimes you have to be firm with other people. And sometimes you have to be firm with yourself. Start at the beginning: Your budget. If you have a budget,and you know you have to stick to it, Stick to it. Stop looking at the Vera…

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  • 10/9

    No matter how you break down your wedding day schedge, there's almost definitely going to be some time that is solely dedicated to photography. For some camera-shy people, this is a nightmare, but a necessity if you want to have a Christmas present for Grandmammy this year.  For other people, posing for photos is a fun side adventure on the wedding day where you can…

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    Hey, Liz! Crazy question. My fiance and I have decided to get married next month and hold off on having a big traditional ceremony and reception until next year. We're not doing it because of illness or he's in the military or anything, we just really want to. My question is, what is the wedding etiquette for that? Can I still have all the showers…

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    So this couple I'm marrying in October (yes, I perform weddings too)  is holding their ceremony at a park near their house, a nice hour long ceremony that's going to end about...4 hours before their reception can start. What can they do to help their guests fill up the time, they asked me? Ah, one gig, two hats. Gotta love it. Since they only have…

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  • 9/16

    True story: It's a beautiful Saturday morning. My first stop is my bride's house...where everything is in a complete panic. Bridesmaids and family members are missing,  so hair and makeup is going to finish late. My girl is  still in curlers, and I'm following her around the house as she finds her place cards, her table numbers, etc. so I can take them to the…

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