Broke-Ass Tag: Real Bride stories

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Ladies, let’s talk accessories and all those little glitters that add to your look. If you are a tomboy like me, you may be completely out of your league when it comes to this. I know I felt like I was. I think the thing I had the absolute hardest time finding was shoes and a veil.

When you’re in the bridal shop trying on a billion dresses, and you think you’ve found the dress, magical bridal shop fairies descend from upon high and begin tossing accessories at you to go with it. Oh, well let’s try on this veil, see how you feel. You want a belt, sure, bling or no bling dear? Tiara, we’ve got 20! That’s actually how I landed on my hair sparkly. I went to Low’s Bridal in Arkansas to buy my wedding dress (yes that is 1200 miles from my house … long story). I’d finally found the dress and the shop fairies had descended with every single veil in the entire store. I had at least 20 pinned, clipped or draped over my head. Conclusion? I apparently CANNOT make a veil look attractive. You know it’s bad when your grandmother cocks her head and says, “are you sure you like that one?” No hurt feelings grandma, I know I look like a dork, thanks for at least telling me though.

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At Lows there are also apprentice shop fairies who haven’t earned their wings yet. I had two apprentice shop fairies to go with my shop fairy. One of the apprentices had been quietly watching the proceedings and was hit with inspiration. She came over, pulled my hair back into a twist, and stuck in her hair sparkly. I looked into the mirror and knew that we were done, it was lovely. There is a rushing of wind and bells when you find the perfect accessory … or perhaps that is the sound of a fairy getting her wings.20161228_135239

So boom, I landed the dress and hair stuff all in one trip. Now for shoes.

Confession time: I bought my dress in July.

I just now have been able to find my shoes, the perfect shoes. I am a tomboy and lack the ability to walk in heels without looking like a newborn giraffe. So, I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of Mary Jane style shoes for months now. The strap makes me feel less like I’m going to tip out of them and onto my nose and Mary Janes generally have a shorter heel. I did fall in love with these heels by Ruby Shoo on Modcloth, but the heel was surprisingly high. I’m also a solid 7.5, and the European sizes just do not get me close to that.

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Feature Presentable Mary Jane Heel, $79.99 from ModCloth

Amazon was good to me and recommended the ones I will be going down the aisle in. These Chase & Chloe Kimmy-21s are adorable. I plan on adding glitter around the edge stitching to give them a little more flash. I may also glitter the heel. At $27 they are crazy cheap and comfy. Be careful if you go the super cheap shoe route. The first pair I ordered came wrapped in all the paper that shoes no one has ever worn them, but there was a gash on the side of one of them. Inspect your cheap shoes thoroughly before your return window closes.

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Chase & Chloe Kimmy-21 Mary Janes, $26.45 from Amazon

No I just need to find a necklace and earrings.

How did you find your accessories? Did you have to hunt them down or was it super easy? Share your story in the comments!

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    My fiancé and I are social and at times private people. We enjoy both quiet and unpublicized time with loved ones as well as social media engagement and interactions. It’s a healthy balance. With that being said, our wedding website needed to reflect both sides.

    We desired to create an informative and functional wedding website to share our love story with visitors and inform our guests of the wedding details.

    Our must haves:

    • Welcome Message: a warm invitation to our world and a thank you for being a part of our lives
    • Our Story: depending on when you met us and/or how long you have known us you may not know the FULL story. It’s the beginning to our forever so we decided to dig up the archives, read thru old emails and g-chat messages and compare notes so that we didn’t miss one detail

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    • The Crew: those that have been a part of our best and worst moments, the group of people that will fly, drive or catch the bus not to miss our wedding celebration(s) and those that have invested time, money and energy to ensure that we have a very special celebration. We crafted a special message for each person to pair with a photo of each person in the wedding party
    • Images: we sprinkled in some of our favorite pictures with our engagement pictures so that we could give visitors a peek into our world. It was a cool process to gather pictures from social media and our phones and then house them in a Google folder and allow our website designer to select the best photos to match the text copy. The photo trip down memory lane was a great break from making wedding planning decisions
    • Hashtag: need I say more?  Of course we had to include our hashtag! After several discussions and online focus groups we decided on #trulytownsend7 
    • Details: remember how I mentioned that we have a private side? We reserved this section for our guests. In this password protected section we included our wedding date, time and location. Recommending lodging in the area, attire specifications, details on our unplugged ceremony, the registry website link and most of all how excited we are that everyone will be joining us on our big day!

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    Last but not least, we decided that our wedding website would not only act as a hub of information but also as the primary RSVP location. We skipped ordering reply cards and decided to incorporate a form on our site that captures RSVP information and streamlines the seating chart process.

    A special thank you to John Rich Media, for making our vision a reality!

    What are you including in your wedding website?

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    I mentioned a while ago that we planned to use fake flowers when it came time for bouquets, bouts, corsages and decor. So that's what we did. Other than my bouquet, every other piece of flowery goodness was made with artificial flowers, and we were insanely happy with how they all turned out. We had two separate seating areas since dinner was outdoors, and dancing…

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    As I mentioned in my first post, I've planned to make my own wedding cake. I realize this is not an easy undertaking, and have been warned by multiple friends that this could add additional stress to my wedding day. DIYing is awesome, but making a cake is something you have to do basically the day before and can end in multiple disasters. However, I…

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    I am from Texas. Travis is from Michigan. We have different backgrounds and our own way of doing things. A year ago, we traveled to different cities to celebrate the Holidays independently of each other and it was on Christmas morning, 2015 that we decided that we would not spend another Christmas away from each other. Home is where the heart is. Photo Credit:  Rayna…

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    "Will you be my bridesmaid" card I made Bridesmaids. This single word can hold so many emotions, meanings, joys, and nightmares. I have a whole gang of important women in my life that I want to stand by me on my special day. My fiance, Michael, has a lot fewer friends than I, so I’ve always known that the number of bridesmaids I had would…

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    12/20

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    Our wedding was the best day ever, so naturally we wanted some really fun ways to remember it. I talked about my way too expensive Instax guestbook a while back, and while it did cost a pretty penny, I am SO glad we ended up doing it. I am obsessed. There was a time when we had no idea where the guestbook was going to…

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    12/19

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    Credit: Juniper Photography I’m sure many people have ideas about how they want their weddings to be even before they start planning them. Maybe they know for sure they want to get married on the beach, or they’ve always known they would wear a family heirloom that has been passed down for generations. I had ideas like that too -- my matrimonial must-haves, if you will.…

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  • 12/13

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    Cupcake paper mason jar embellishment Ah the holidays, a wonderful time of year where families hemorrhage money trying to get each other awesome and thoughtful gifts. I don’t know about your broke ass, but mine has a long list of people that I’m obligated to gift to. When I was still in college (and even more broke), I struggled to check everyone off my list…

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