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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:
Esther Williams 1950s Style Peach Hibiscus Sheath Swimsuit, $82 at Unique Vintage
Reversible Striped Peekaboo Bikini Bottoms, $12.90 at Forever21
Which is your favorite, BABs? Do you have any great plans this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!
When 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!
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!
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!
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)!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Another winner from Needle & Thread! This dress is firing on all cylinders: Flowers, tulle and an under-$500 price tag.
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?
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:
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.
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.
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’!
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.
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?
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Love these personalized hangers!
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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.
The Luna Lace dress is so pretty and super on-trend!
Happy Shopping, BABs!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
Which of these bespeckled beauties is your favorite?
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).
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.
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