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Memorial Day Weekend Sales and Deals

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1. Stock up on fun office supplies! Get 25% off select Poppin products for Memorial Day Weekend with code. SPECIALDEALS (Offer valid 5/22/2015 – 5/25/2015)

2. Take 40% off your entire purchase from Ann Taylor With Code SHOP40 until 5/26.

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Lace Shift Dress, normally $139, on sale for about $84

3. Having a candy bar at your wedding? Take 20% off your My M&M’s order, no minimum with code MDW2015

4. Save on your honeymoon with the Memorial Day Sale At Beaches Resorts

5. Shop Shabby Apple‘s Memorial Day Sale and Receive 20% off sitewide!

6. Making big-batch cocktails at your wedding? Save up to 50% on beverage jars at SurLaTable.com! Offer valid for a limited time.

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7. Warmer weather means lighter PJs! Enjoy 50% off all Pajama Heaven at SleepyHeads.com with code PH50 until 5/25.

8. Take 25% off sitewide + free shipping with code HONOR25 at Heels.com until 5/25.

9.Take 30% off select styles of gorgeous lingerie at True&Co.

10. Need some new glasses for your wedding? Get 20% off at GlassesShop.com!

11. Save 15% on all Minted wedding stationery and decor through 5/26 with code MEMORIAL15.

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These Gilt Agate wedding invitations look like the inside of a geode!

12. Save up to 20% on one regular-priced small appliance with Code SAVE20SPRING at Best Buy. Exclusions Apply.

13. Take 40% OFF at Nasty Gal during their massive Memorial Day Sale!

14. Enjoy an extra 20% off Sale at Anthropologie.com. Enter code GONEFISHING at check out until 5/25!

15. Save 20%-70% on select merchandise at Bloomingdales.com. Offer valid until May 25.

16. Save 10% OFF all orders with code SAVE10 at PaperSnaps.com through July 31st.

17. Up to 40% OFF Men, Women & Kids styles at the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale, now through May 31. FREE Shipping. FREE Returns.

18. Save up to 40% at ModCloth during their summer sale.

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Oh, hello wedding dress under $100! ModCloth First Orchard of Business Dress, $95.99

19. Take an extra 40$-50% OFF thousands of items at the Fab.com Memorial Day Sale!

20. Save up to 50% plus get free shipping at Fanatics.com with code FREESHIP.

Five for Friday: Swimsuits Built for Summer Fun

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Memorial Day Weekend is kind of the unofficial ushering in of summer. Barbecues, parades, graduation … the warm months have arrived! And if you’re anything like me, that means getting thee to a body of water as frequently as possible to beat the heat (or hangover … I swear it’s the best cure). Obviously, then, that means upping your swimsuit game — especially if you’re going on a beachy honeymoon. Here are five hot suits under $100:Five for Friday: Swimsuits Built for Summer Fun

Doughnut Print Longline Bikini Top, $33 and

Doughnut Print Cutout Side Bikini Bottom, $25 at AsosUnique Vintage Esther Williams Hibiscus Print Swimsuit || Five for Friday: Swimsuits Built for Summer Fun

Esther Williams 1950s Style Peach Hibiscus Sheath Swimsuit, $82 at Unique Vintage

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Reversible Striped Peekaboo Bikini Bottoms, $12.90 at Forever21Five for Friday: Swimsuits Built for Summer Fun

Aerie Blakely Lace-up Bikini Top, $14.98 and

Aerie Hi-Rise Convertible Bikini Bottom, $14.98 at American Eagle OutfittersFive for Friday: Swimsuits Built for Summer FunHigh Tide Style One Piece, $59.99 at ModCloth

Which is your favorite, BABs? Do you have any great plans this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Beautiful Blush Plus Size Wedding Dress Options Under $500

Affiliate Disclaimer NewWhen BAB Cynthia hit us up on Facebook, she had a solid idea of what she wanted. As we set out to give her some inspiration, a disappointing fact became obvious: even though more and more brides are opting for some color on their wedding day, designers don’t have nearly as many offerings for the plus size ladies out there, especially not at budget-friendly prices.

As time ticks down toward Cynthia’s October nuptials, she’s still on the hunt for a blush, A-line dress with lace and sleeves that doesn’t look too “off the rack,” all for about $500. Unfortunately, an in-stock dress is the safest bet when you’re down to the wire, but never fear, Cynthia! We scoured our favorite sources and came up with a few ideas for you to consider when finding your frock.

Forget the categories!

Slap sleeves on a dress with some color and a lot of manufacturers want to call it a “Mother of the Event” dress. We’re not buying it because we’ve found some dresses all available in plus sizes that are anything but matronly!

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Watters Special Occasion Lace Dress, $490+ at Best Bridal Prices

This fully-lined, all-over lace dress is displayed in a deep red on the store page, but head over to the Watters website to customize your lace and lining colors. This one is shown with blush lace over a cameo lining. There is a premium for sizes over 18, but you get a $50 shoe credit with the purchase, so it evens out!

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Cameron Blake Slim A-line Chiffon Gown, $498 at Best Bridal Prices

With the gorgeous details on the sleeves and the hint of a train, no one has to know you nabbed this from the special occasion section. It’s shown in a pinky-beige color called foundation, but it’s also available in rose. This one also comes with the $50 shoe hook-up!

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Watters Chiffon and Chantilly Lace Special Occasion Dress, $390+ at Best Bridal Prices

Like the first gown, this one comes completely customizable with several options for the lace and chiffon. This, too, comes with that $50 shoe credit AND sits comfortably under budget.

Skip the bridal salon!

You’ve probably heard that adding “wedding” or “bridal” before anything makes the price double. It’s not always an exaggeration. Department stores are full of beautiful special occasion dresses that could leave enough room in your budget for some serious customizing (more on that later)!

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Adrianna Papell Plus Embellished Cap-Sleeve Gown, $319 at Lord & Taylor

We took a little liberty with the sleeve length with this one, but it’s sooooo pretty! Plus, at nearly $200 below budget, you can accessorize with a pretty wrap if you’re hoping to keep your arms covered.

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VM by Mori Lee Plus Lace Bolero Gown, $448.50 at Dillard’s

A bolero is a great way to keep your arms covered while maintaining the option to ditch it if you get too warm. This fancy lace gown is permanently reduced to a budget-friendly price.

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Teriani Couture Plus Beaded Sleeve Ruched Gown, $478 at Dillard’s

While the sleeves aren’t lace, the sparkly embellishment and ruched bodice make this a figure-flattering option that still looks more than appropriate for a wedding.

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R&M Richards Plus Size Lace Jacket Gown, $149.99 at Macy’s

This gown leaves you with so many options. At just a fraction of your budget, you can opt to wear it as is, but since we’re aiming for a custom look, you can 86 the bolero and opt for some of the pretty additions we’ve found!

Layer it on!

Since Cynthia is looking for something that isn’t too formal, but still looks wedding-y, lace toppers, boleros and capes are a great way to dress up a simple gown with something decidedly “bridal.”

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Chantilly Lace Ivory Bridal Topper, $66.99 from Etsy seller UptoDateFashion

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Ivory Lace Bridal Cape, $80-95 from Etsy seller gebridal

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Amelia Lace Bolero, $195 from Etsy Seller BeLovedmyBeLoved

Since most of your lace accessories are going to come in traditional white or ivory, consider tying your whole ensemble together with a sash that combines shades of ivory and pink for a truly one-of-a-kind look.

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Bridal Sash with Shades of Ivory and Pink, $49.99 from Etsy seller HeavenlyAvonlee

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Pink Bridal Sash with 3D Floral Cluster, $49.99 at David’s Bridal

The long and short of it!

One way to ensure a truly unique look on your big day is to consider different lengths. Cocktail and party dresses can be worn on their own or transformed with a tulle or chiffon skirt for a gown you haven’t seen anywhere else before.

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Blush Long Sleeved Alencon Lace Party Dress, $168.99-189.99 from Etsy Seller UptoDateFashion

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Marina Embellished Stretch Lace Dress, $109 at Nordstrom

A simple lace dress is completely transformed when you add a long skirt, plus it leaves you with the option to leave it behind after the ceremony and dance all night in lightweight comfort!

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Floor Length Tulle Skirt with Your Choice Colors, $275 from Etsy Seller darkponydesigns

Your budget doesn’t have to be a set-back when finding a unique design that perfectly compliments your style. Don’t be afraid to experiment and look in unlikely places. As Broke-Ass Brides, creativity is our currency — and sometimes the best solution is where you’ve never thought to look.

Are you having trouble finding the dress of your dreams? Holler at us and maybe we can help!

Happy hunting!

BHLDN Punches Up the Fun with Spring/Summer ’15 Line

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Have y’all been over to BHLDN lately? No? Go ahead. I’ll wait.

OK, ya back? Good. Now let’s chat. Because this line is awesome. Immediately I spied a few hot, new numbers well under the $1000 line — making them bona fide Broke-Ass friendly — and totally almost fell of my chair when I saw how much color and floral awesomeness is included. Let’s go through a few of my faves, shall we?

BHLDN Becca Dress

Becca Dress, $560

Florals fave been ruling the runways, and we’re totally on board with the gorgeous blooms. For a bride looking for something a little less traditional, but still drop-dead gorgeous, THIS.

BHLDN Cate Gown

Cate Gown, $800

Needle & Thread has been popping up on my radar, mostly thanks to my endless scrolling through Asos. The designers crafted this beaded stunner, and if it’s anything like the beaded BHLDN dresses I know, it’s probably a treasure to twirl in.
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Claudia Dress, $595

Aidan Mattox does it again with his beading and shimmering and elegance. The forgiving blouson shape hints at a boho feel, but the texture and shine are fancy. The best of all worlds, really.

BHLDN Floriography Pumps

Floriography Pumps, $160

My jaw literally hit the keyboard when I saw these beauties. I mean, wow! And at under $200, they clock in well below most of BHLDN’s shoes.
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Juliette Dress, $275

OK, so the Juliette dress isn’t really new, per se, but the convertible Jenny Yoo creation hasn’t come in ivory yet (that I can recall). And now that it does? Well, here’s your $300 BHLDN wedding dress, darling!

BHLDN Kennedy Skirt + In Perpetuity Camisole

In Perpetuity Camisole, $160 + Kennedy Skirt, $500

Granted, this is some hefty dough to shell out for separates, but that ivory silk camisole definitely has more life in it than just your wedding day, as does the Kay Unger lace skirt. If you’re worried about dropping cash on an outfit for just one day, this might be your answer.

BHLDN Marivana Lace Gown

Marivana Lace Gown, $650

Tadashi Soji strikes again with another gorgeous, intricate lace number, and I’m far from complaining. BHLDN Trailing Floral Maxi

Trailing Floral Maxi, $335

Another winner from Needle & Thread! This dress is firing on all cylinders: Flowers, tulle and an under-$500 price tag.

BHLDN Veda DressVeda Dress, $430

This one immediately scored with me because of the name (if only Anna Chlumsky was modeling), but sealed the deal with the pewter color and sequin detail.

Which of the new items in BHLDN‘s Spring/Summer line is your favorite, BABs?

Five for Friday: Caticorns that Will Make Your Day

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So, I like unicorns (I mean, it’s in my job title, y’all) and they’re kind of the unofficial mascot of BAB / my spirit animal. And I love cats (which you know if you follow me on Instagram), and recently a buttload of CAT UNICORNS have been gracing my social media, thanks to my friends who know full well the ish I dig. And it would be oh, soooo selfish of me to keep all of that goodness to myself, so for this Five for Friday, I’mma be sharing my five favorite caticorns with you so you, too, can have a kickass Friday:

Caticorn Shower CurtainCaticorn Shower Curtain, $54.99 from Etsy seller SharpShirter

Obviously, this would be the most magical way to take a shower. And, um, you can register for your wedding at Etsy … and you should probably register for this. I would.

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Kitticorn Sweatshirt, $24.97 from Etsy seller MoodCatz

Personally, it’s the gloomiest, frumpiest of days where the caticorn really steps up and makes everything a little better. Get a jumpstart by wearing your heart on your sleeve … er rather kitticorn on your chest.

Caticorn Postcard

Postcard, $4.61 from Etsy seller StudioFroezel

Strategy: Get a stack of these and hand ’em out to those who piss you off. They’ll get the picture and you can keep on sparklin’!

Caticorn Wall Mount

Cat Unicorn Wall Mount, $18 from Etsy seller ChrisandJanesPlace

Upon discovering this magic piece of art, my life will not be complete until it is mine and displayed prominently in my house. Probably with jewelry hanging from it and surrounded by string lights.

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Rainbow Butterfly Cat Unicorn Mug, $19 from Etsy seller KnotworkShop

If there is a better way to start your day than by downing java out of this gorgeous caticorn vessel, I don’t want to know what it is. And actually, the whole Etsy shop is just hilarious (I love this mug, too.)

Which of these caticorns is your favorite, BABs?

Ten for the Weekend: Sales, Deals and Discounts

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1. Love yoga but hate going to classes? Yoga Download is offering their Yearly Elite membership for $60 (normally $90) with code EARTH15YE until 4/23.

2. Etsy seller WonderfullyHooked2U is hooking BABs up with 20% off at her shop when you use Coupon20 at checkout. Oh, and score free shipping with code Brokebride.

WonderfullyHooked2U Mr & Mrs Hangers
Love these personalized hangers!

3. Want to show off your engagement pics? Shutterfly is knocking 50% off hard cover photo books and 30% off everything else with code 50AND30 until 4/22.

4. At Wedding Paper Divas, save 15% off program, menu, place card, table card, napkin and coaster orders of $49 or more or 20% off orders of $99 or more using the code 20DAYOFAPR until 4/21.

5. Need some new glasses for your wedding day? GlassesShop.com is having a Buy One Get One sale with code B1G1 until 4/30.

6. Head to MagnetStreet where you can get 15% off + free shipping on wedding products with codeWEAA4FS until 4/27.

MagnetStreet Flat Rectangle Modern Flirtation Invitations

I’m digging this new invitation style!

7. Get your groom looking dapper with 20% off at Bonobos when you use code SPRINGSTYLE through 4/30.

8. Want some pretty wedding day accessories without spending tons? Gloss Jewelry is taking 80% off everything on the site + free shipping with code GLOSS80FREE until 4/30.

9. Being a Broke-Ass Bride has its perks, yo! Get 5% off sitewide at LunaBazaar with code BROKEBRIDE5.

10. Size 10+? We got you. Kiyonna is taking 20% off orders of $150+ with code SPRING2015 until 5/15.

Kiyonna Luna Lace Dress

The Luna Lace dress is so pretty and super on-trend!

Happy Shopping, BABs!

 

Five for Friday: Fabulous Etsy Finds for Your Wedding

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Happy Friday, darlings! Since you’re in the midst of wedding planning, I’m sure you know Etsy is a dearth of amazing handmade goodness, often for fairly broke-ass friendly prices. From a fun guest book to a gorgeous gown to a wine-lover’s way to commemorate marriage milestones, this week’s Five for Friday is chock-full of great Etsy finds.

Mix and Match Bridesmaid Dresses Mix and Match Bridesmaid Dresses, $98+ by RenzRags

I know BABs are into having their brigade choose their own style of dress, because one style doesn’t always work for everyone. These gorgeous dresses can come in different lengths and a whole swath of colors, and have a pretty nice price tag to boot.

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Heartbeat Necklace, $26 by HalalMill

Your partner makes your heart go pitter-patter, so why not show that on your wedding day? This necklace would make a gorgeous day-of accessory.

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DropTop Wedding Guest Book, $145+ by ACFCustoms

Yes, this one is a little spendy, but it’s an idea I have yet to see for a wedding guest book. Considering it reminds me of Connect Four (remember that game?) and will make a gorgeous piece of wall art after the big day, I’d say it’s worth a bit of a splurge.

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Bohemian Lace Wedding Dress, $470 by PolinaIvanova

This dress caught my eye and I’m totally digging it. The lace detail is gorgeous, it looks soft and flowy, it has built-in bra cups and it’s under $500. That’s a lot of awesome for one dress.

Etsy Marriage Milestone Wine Labels

6 Custom Married First Wine Labels, $26.99 by LabelWithLove

Calling all oenophiles! This is such a great idea — even better if the wine comes from friends and family in the form of engagement / wedding presents. Then you have a special bottle from a special person to celebrate those special milestones during your marriage.

What do you think of these Etsy finds BABs?

Five for Friday: Dots to Die For

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Few patterns are more fun and bubbly in my eyes than polka dots. I recently received the absolute cutest dress from ModCloth (sadly now out of stock) and it’s totally revitalized my love for the spotted adorableness. For this Five for Friday, I found five of my favorite dotted delights to share with you!

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Print (available for instant download), $5 DesignsByBiancaB on Etsy

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Dream a Whistle Dream, $59.99 at ModCloth
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Crowned Leaf Mug, $12 at Anthropologie

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Confection Perfection Flat, $49.99 at ModCloth

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Beautiful Inside and Out Shower Curtain, $69.99 at Dot & Bo

Which of these bespeckled beauties is your favorite?

 

There’s No Hand-Wringing over Walmart’s Affordable Wedding Rings

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Guys, let me tell you: It’s super easy to find the national average of what couples spend on engagement rings (a single search yielded steady results ranging from $4,000-$6,000+) but wedding bands are a whole ‘nother ball game. After four search attempts and even asking a group of other wedding bloggers, the best I could come up with is a post from 2014 on NYTimes.com that cites couples spent an average of $1000 on her band and $500 on his (uh, discrepancy much?). Holy bananas, guys.

This immediately led to me thinking about the number of my friends and family who’ve lost their rings. And that number is a bit staggering. In fact, I have one friend-couple who both lost their wedding bands separately of one another but almost at the same time (his was hidden by their 3-year-old daughter, hers remains lost in the abyss). And this isn’t the first time for them, either. Google “lost wedding band” and the results are plentiful. Think about that.

While the wedding band itself is ceremonial and has changed in meaning in recent years — it used to signify the alliance between families, now it’s a physical reminder of the vows you’re making to one another — the desire to spend oodles of money on these tiny circles has also changed. Plus, y’all, we’re broke-asses. We want affordable options for ALL THE THINGS.

Logically, why should you spend a bajillion dollars on a wedding ring that is apparently so easy to lose? For my first wedding, we spent $50 total and had gorgeous rings that were extremely personalized. We wanted to stay under budget, and realized we could always get new rings later, if we decided it was something we wanted to invest the money in  (given the circumstances, I’m SUPER glad we went the cheap route).

Walmart has a great variety of wedding bands in real metal with real diamonds for not real expensive. Sure, the spendiest one tops out around $12K, but there is a huge variety for under $250.

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Tungsten Wedding Band, $20.57
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14K White Gold and Diamond Ring, $230.96
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Titanium Rose Gold Plated Band, $10.95

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Diamond Accent 14K White Gold Wedding Band, $239

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Palladium Comfort Fit Band, $174.99

While Walmart may not be a place you would turn to for all of your wedding needs (though they certainly have some cute dresses that would looks adorbz  on your brigade), it’s worth considering for your wedding rings. I know many a couple who face trepidation about wearing their rings during work because they’ve shelled out so much skrilla for them and fear damage or loss. While the sentimental heartache might be more difficult to overcome, there may be some solace found in purchasing your wedding bands at more reasonable prices.