Broke-Ass Tag: Rent The Runway


Affiliate Disclaimer NewThis past weekend, I had my bridal shower! I was pretty excited about an opportunity to celebrate with my friends. Like all things, I had to do something a little bit nontraditional. Since I’m not having a formal bridal party, there was initially some question over what the shower plans would be, but I have great friends, so a group of my would-be bridesmaids planned and hosted it for me. I split the cost with them, since they don’t have an official role, and had some input in the process. It’s safe to say that I’m a little Type A, so having an event for me be somewhat out of my control was bit strange. It was great and nerve-wracking at the same time.

Amy gets Bridal ShoweredWe did a cocktail style shower in the evening since my wedding itself is brunch.  I also never get to dress up in fun evening-wear enough, so this was a good excuse.  I wanted to wear something fun, so I got this Badgley Mischka rose gold sparkler from Rent the Runway. It was my first time trying RTR, and I will definitely do it again. First of all, let’s just say I’m not exactly a sample size. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they offered a wide range of sizes. You can order two sizes for free, so you have a backup, and there were lots of photos of non-model-looking that had worn the dress themselves so I could see how it looked.  For only $35, I got a beautiful designer dress. This is great for a BAB, or anyone for that matter, especially when so often you wear a dress once. Spread the word to your guests!  I think it’s a great idea if you’re attending a wedding too.

Okay, enough about my dress. We did a Paris theme because I like all things French. And any reason to have macarons is amazing. Decor was easy to find: some little Eiffel towers, pink and black linens, pretty simple. We even had a signature macaron-themed cocktail, which was delish! We did a couple simple games — no toilet paper wedding dresses; this was a classy affair. The first was a true/false quiz about my fiance and me and for the second game, everyone got an envelope with a handsome celebrity photo inside, but one person got a goofy photo of my future husband. That person won a prize.

Real Bride Amy- ShoweredIt was a fun night, but it wasn’t without it’s hiccups. For me, it was like the wedding dress rehearsal, a trial run of coordinating an event and being the center of attention. It also solidified for me that I’m so glad I’m having a very small wedding. Even with the small group I had, I felt I had to make sure I circulated around all night, gave everyone attention, gave profuse thank yous, etc. I missed most of the food! It was a good lesson-learned. It’s also good to let go once in awhile, even though it was hard for me to do that, and a times I had to fight feelings of “I wouldn’t do it that way.” All in all, I was able to spend some time with some great people, and got some great gifts.

Which reminds me: Lesson Number 3 — check your registry!  I registered at three different places, and ended up putting similar items on two different lists! Oops! I had registry amnesia by the time I was opening gifts! I didn’t even realize I had registered for some of the things I received. I went back the next day and made some different choices and removed some things. I wish I had done a double-check before the invites went out. I may have a slight obsession with, but their registry is great! It is user friendly, and provides a “Thank you” feature that lists each person, what they bought and their home address. Genius! Plus, who doesn’t love coming home to fun things in the mail that you didn’t have to pay for  A tip on Thank You notes: my pseudo-maids had the great idea to asks guest to address an envelope when they arrived. That way, all I had to do was write the note, stamp and send. No searching for Aunt Susan’s address! I highly recommend doing this!

Real Bride Amy enjoys her Bridal ShowerWe topped off the night with a slumber party with a handful of my closest friends. Sorry to disappoint you, no crazy bachelorette for me, but how often do you get to sit around in PJs without your girlfriends as an adult? We ate snacks, drank wine, played games, watched movies, and stayed up past our bedtimes. We all said we wished we did it more often. The last detail I’ll share is something cute the girls did. They got these custom wine bottle labels from Label With Love on Etsy. Each bottle is supposed to be consumed for a special occasion like our wedding night, first anniversary, “time to make a baby” (I’m not kidding), etc. Then they each bought a different bottle of wine, and applied the labels. They also have our names and the date of our wedding, and a little saying on each one. I thought this was such a cute idea! The hard part is waiting to drink them all!

I hope some of this inspired your shower plans!

  • 5/26

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewToday’s CAI/GOI request comes from Miss Ashley, who is looking for a stunner of a reception dress; an alternative to Bien Savvy’s “Addicted to Your Lips” gown. Ashley didn’t have much luck finding a knock-off version, so she’s asked the mighty BAB gown hunters for some assistance. I have to admit, there are few dresses that look exactly like the Bien Savvy gown under the requested $500 budget, so I’ve searched for all sorts of knee-length reception dresses that include tulle skirts and/or lace tops. Consider these options “inspired by” the lovely Bien Savvy gown. Let’s check them out!

    Can't Afford It

    Bien Savvy Addicted to Your LipsBien Savvy’s “Addicted to Your Lips” Gown (Style: BSA116A), ~$1,000

    Get Over It

    Short Mesh Dress with Illusion Sweetheart Bodice at David's BridalShort Mesh Dress with Illusion Sweetheart Bodice (Style: EJ4M5197), $99.95 at David’s Bridal

    Kiara Dress from BHDLNKiara Dress By Pankaj & Nidhi (Style: 37268091), $450 at BHLDN

    Rebecca Minkoff Trixie DressRebecca Minkoff Trixie Dress (Style: 1643079), $398 at Bloomingdale’s

    allison parris Winter Wonderland Dressallison parris Winter Wonderland Dress, $30 Rental at Rent the Runway

    1950s Style White Tulle Dress at Unique Vintage1950s Style White Tulle Dress (Style: P70), $88 at Unique Vintage

    Kinsey Lace-Blocked Pleated DressKinsey Lace-Blocked Pleated Dress (Style: JGK68H25-100), $368 at BCBG

    Custom Short Wedding Dress by LaceMarryCustom Short Wedding Dress, $235 by Etsy seller LaceMarry

    Lina Dress from BHLDNLina Dress By Hitherto (Style: 37804622), $140 at BHLDN

    Short Lace and Tulle Dress with Illusion Bodice at David's BridalShort Lace and Tulle Dress with Illusion Bodice (Style: 182948DB), $199.95 at David’s Bridal

    Now Pronounce You Posh Dress in White at ModclothNow Pronounce You Posh Dress in White, $175 at ModCloth

    Flirting with Danger Cutout Ivory Dress at LulusFlirting with Danger Cutout Ivory Dress, $55 at Lulu’s

    Marissa from Kennedy BlueMarissa Gown, $160 at Kennedy Blue

    Celestina Dressa at BHLDNCelestina Dress By Yoana Baraschi (Style: 35031061), $220 at BHLDN

    STYLESTALKER Ivory Lace Chandelier DressSTYLESTALKER Ivory Lace Chandelier Dress, $50 Rental at Rent the Runway

    Unique Vintage White on White Swiss Dot Garden State Mesh DressWhite on White Swiss Dot Garden State Mesh Dress (Style: P16257), $138 at Unique Vintage

    The Pearl Pinup White Pearl Halter Bustier Tutu Dress Knee Length by darkponydesignsThe Pearl Pinup White Pearl Halter Bustier Tutu Dress Knee Length, $265 via Etsy seller darkponydesigns

    Lili Lace Dress from BHLDNLili Lace Dress By Nha Khanh (Style: 36812329), $350 at BHLDN

    Oh man, I love a beautiful reception dress! These gowns all offer the fun and flirty party vibe of a little white dress paired with some of the Bien Savvy gown details. What do you think, Ashley? Have we helped you get over the “Addicted to Your Lips” dress? Let us know in the comments!

    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.
  • 10/30

    Five for Friday Winter Wedding Dresses Under $500

    Happy Friday, Broke-Asses! I've been thinking a lot about winter weddings (it's coming, after all!) and I'm totally loving the idea of gorgeous, shimmery, non-traditional gowns set against the crisp white of winter snow. Winter weddings are also a great way to save some skrilla -- it tends to be a bit of an offseason (save for the weeks around Christmas and New Years, as…

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    You guys. I’m getting married this weekend. In fact, by the time you’re reading this, I may already be married and suffice it to say, I AM ALL OF THE EXCITE. The DIYs are done. The booze is bought. All I have left to do is zip up that dress and marry the love of my life. In the style of silly tradition, several of…

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    Hello my lovely BABs! Are there any Bostonians out there? I don't know whether to be thankful the midwest hasn't seen THAT much snow, or jelly because of how much fun yous guys are having. I mean, snow tunnels to get to work?! Sledding off roofs? C'mon, can it be that bad? OK, I know snow sucks but at least you're having fun with it,…

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  • 11/7

    Five for Friday: Hot, Affordable Pieces from Rent the Runway's 5Y Collection

    Rent the Runway, a fashion candyland of sorts for broke-asses with spendy taste, is celebrating their 5th birthday in style (#duh) with super hot, exclusive designs from some of my favorites -- Marchesa, Monique Lhullier, Lela Rose, etc. -- at totally affordable prices for rent. Darlings, if you have a must-be-seen holiday party this year (newly promoted? Gunning for a promotion? Newly engaged and want…

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    We talk a lot about buying pretty dresses around here, but sometimes that's not in a person's budget or on their list of must-purchase items, due to skepticism of throwing down hefty bills for a dress they'll presumably only wear once. What we don't mention a whole heap is renting your dress. Renting is often a considerably cheaper alternative, thanks to companies like Rent the…

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  • 4/23

    Ever sat on the couch dreaming of delicious food? All of your favorite dishes in one place, making your day extra special; it’s the kind of vision a girl diets to enjoy. This week’s BAB has food on the brain – my kind of gal. Hello, I have been searching non-stop for the past three months to find the right dress. I think my problem…

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