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Broke-Ass Brides Against Breast Cancer

The Broke-Ass Bride is proud to partner with Brides Against Breast Cancer, turning gently used designer gowns into a beacon of hope in the worldwide fight against breast cancer. If you’d like to donate your gown, here’s how. If you’re in need of a gown, Brides Against Breast Cancer runs a nationwide tour of gowns, and you should most definitely check it out when it rolls into your town!

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Hurst, TX – Dallas/Ft. Worth Area April 4 – 5, 2014 Feragne Villa Wedding & Event Venue
Boston, MA April 4 – 5, 2014 Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Boca Raton, FL April 4 – 5, 2014 Embassy Suites Boca Raton
St. Louis, MO April 4 – 5, 2014 Holiday Inn St. Louis South County Center
Mobile, AL April 6, 2014 The Battle House Hotel & Spa
Columbus, OH April 6, 2014 The Fawcett Event Center
Reston, VA – Washington DC Area April 11 – 12, 2014 Sheraton Reston Hotel
Wichita, KS April 12, 2014 Holiday Inn Wichita East I-35
San Ramon, CA – SF Area April 12 – 13, 2014 Crow Canyon Commons
Austin, TX April 19, 2014 Hyatt Regency Austin
San Diego, CA April 19, 2014 Hilton Garden Inn San Diego/Del Mar
Cincinnati, OH April 19, 2014 Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
Columbia, SC April 26, 2014 Hilton Columbia Center
St. Petersburg, FL May 4, 2014 NOVA 535 Event Space
New Brunswick, NJ May 4, 2014 Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
Philadelphia, PA May 9 – 10, 2014 Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
Sioux Falls, SD May 10, 2014 Sheraton Sioux Falls Hotel & Conference Center
Richmond, VA May 10, 2014 The Westin Richmond
Metairie, LA – New Orleans Area May 10, 2014 Four Points by Sheraton New Orleans Airport
Tulsa, OK May 16 – 17, 2014 Hyatt Regency Tulsa
Providence, RI May 16 – 17, 2014 Hilton Providence
Dover, DE May 18, 2014 Maple Dale Country Club
Charlotte, NC May 23 – 24, 2014 Embassy Suites Charlotte
Roanoke, VA May 24, 2014 Sheraton Roanoke Hotel & Conference Center
Arlington, VA – DC Area May 31 – June 1, 2014 Le Meridien Arlington
Woodland Hills, CA – LA Area May 31 – June 1, 2014 Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles
Bangor, ME June 1, 2014 Four Points by Sheraton Bangor Airport
Erie, PA June 8, 2014 Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel
Henderson NV – Lake Las Vegas Area June 14 – 15, 2014 The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa
Lombard, IL – Pretty in Pink June 21 – 22, 2014 Jasmine Galleria
Laramie, WY June 21, 2014 Hilton Garden Inn Laramie & UW Conference Center
Carbondale, PA June 21, 2014 Best Western Pioneer Plaza
Bakersfield, CA June 22, 2014 Four Points by Sheraton Bakersfield
Weehawken, NJ June 28, 2014 Sheraton Lincoln Harbor Hotel
Marietta, GA – Atlanta Area June 28 – 29, 2014 Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center
Louisville, KY July 12 – 13, 2014 Ramada Plaza Louisville Hotel & Conference Center
Orlando, FL July 19 – 20, 2014 DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown
Emeryville, CA – San Francisco Area July 26 – 27, 2014 Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge
Whittier, CA – LA Area August 15 – 16, 2014 Radisson Hotel Whittier
Fort Worth, TX August 22 – 23, 2014 Renaissance Worthington Hotel
Beachwood, OH – Cleveland Area September 12 – 13, 2014 DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland East – Beachwood
Welches, OR – Mount Hood Area September 13 – 14, 2014 The Resort at the Mountain
Jacksonville, FL September 20 – 21, 2014 Sheraton Jacksonville
Bridgeville, DE October 5, 2014 Heritage Shores Club
York, PA – Lancaster Area October 17 – 18, 2014 The Holiday Inn Conference Center of York
Birmingham, AL October 24 – 25, 2014 The Harbert Center
Ontario, CA – Inland Empire Area October 31 – November 1, 2014 Radisson Ontario Airport
Minneapolis, MN November 1 – 2, 2014 Millenium Hotel Minneapolis
Riverhead, NY – Long Island January 30 – 31, 2015 Atlantis Banquets & Events
Bloomington, MN February 27 – 28, 2015 The Park Plaza Hotel Bloomington

Bloominous Makes a DIY-er Out of Even the Most Brown of Thumbs

*Brought to you by our friends at Bloominous*

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Flowers. I like ‘em. They sure look and smell pretty. I didn’t have them at my first wedding. But the logistics of that (budget, especially) were kind of a nightmare. I know a lot of BABs tend to opt out, or opt for less, due to budget constraints. And to that end, florists tend to be out of a broke-ass’s price range while DIY takes up too much time to make it worthwhile.

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Which is why, when I found out about Bloominous, I shrieked in broke-ass delight! Here was an opportunity to not only try my  hand at DIY, but try my brown thumb-riddled hand at floral DIY. I mean, I — me — this girl right here who once killed a cactus (true story) could actually work with flowers, making them pretty and arranged … and I wouldn’t even have to worry about the long-term care! Bloominous has an in-house florist in charge of curating the directions and designing the overall aesthetic.

Of the four collections, the Bohemian Desert spoke to me the most (color!!!). I made my pick, and sat back and relaxed. A couple days later, a large box arrived on my doorstep and I got prepared (read: beer) to get my hands dirty. But, since the flowers come cut-to-order, trimmed and de-thorned, there wasn’t really much dirty to get.

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The first step is to get a big ol’ bucket — or similar vessel (I used a trash can) — of water and dump some flower food in there. Then you cut the stems and make sure there are no leaves that might get drowned when you let the flowers rehydrate (4-12 hours, the longer, the better). I let mine sit overnight so they could drink up all the waters!

Just draining in the sink, like a BOSS.

Just draining in the sink, like a BOSS.

Once the flowers are all boozy from libation, organize and lay out the stems in front of you, based on which project you’re going to tackle first. Lucky for people like me who are pretty flora-dumb, there are great photos and illustrations to go along with each stem and step.

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Metro Kitty judges my DIY skillz.

Arrange the bouquet, centerpiece or boutonnière based on the instructions. I mean, it’s really easy at this point. The Bohemian Desert collection features a succulent that has to be stuck with pins and wrapped with floral tape to attach it to a dowel and then shoved in the bouquet, which was the most complicated part for my clumsy little hobbit hands. And even that was easy. Of course being the picky, indecisive Libra I am, I rearranged the bouquet and centerpiece about 30 times until I was satisfied that there was balance.

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I didn’t trim the stems because, well, I’m lazy. I call this look “lazy chic.”

I love that the bouquet came with the pearl-topped pins, which always remind me of buttons on the back of a wedding dress and harken to a v. special wedding-y kind of elegance. I was also impressed with the vessel for the centerpiece, as it was a simple black plastic vase, but was dipped or painted in gold for an added oomph. Because, you guys, it’s in the details!

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All the color! And I did it mah-self!

Here’s the thing, you guys. This whole process was simple enough that I’m tempted to order a centerpiece once every couple of months just to have in my house. I know, for a fact, that my next wedding (not that I have a ring … yet) will be using something by Bloominous. The customer service was phenomenal and it actually gave me a sense of confidence in a DIY area that was hugely overwhelming for me. Plus, a little birdie told me that they’ll be adding two new collections soon … and those may just have to adorn various surfaces in my casa! And since you avoid the whole 300% markup deal that comes with using a florist, it’s super budget-friendly ($5 boutonnières, $40 centerpieces, $50 bouquets).

PSSSTT: Stay tuned between now and May for a special deals and news from Bloominous!

 

Game Changer: RegistryFinder.com Makes Registry Sleuthing Way Easier

*This post brought to you by our friends at RegistryFinder.*

 
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You guys, this whole etiquette-in-the-digital-age thing is really messing with the way we spread the word about gift registries. While it’s pretty much universally agreed that specifics about registries should in no way, shape or form be included on the wedding invitation itself, there’s really no general consensus about how to spread the word.

The result of this kerfuffle? Vague allusions to a website. A typed-up insert stuffed into the invitation suite. A website printed on the Save the Date that went out moons ago. And, in an astronomically large amount of cases, wedding guests who are left with no clue on where the couple is registered or how to find said registry.

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Well, screw that noise. RegistryFinder.com changes alla dat bizznizz. Sure, you could sit and type the couple’s name into Google to see what comes up, then sit and scroll through pages of social media profiles before you find the couple or where they’re registered.

OR:

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Go to RegistryFinder.com, type in the bride’s or groom’s names, or at least a few corresponding letters, and voila! Yes, it’s pretty much like Google, but instead of giving you the result of ALL OF THE INTERNETZ, you get registries and only registries. From there, you just click on over, find what you want to bestow upon the happy couple, bada-bing, bada-boom and you’re done!

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RegistryFinder.com takes a lot of the guesswork and headache out of trying to track down those elusive registries and lets you get on with your day … or figuring out which rockin’ outfit you’re going to wear to that wedding.

Or, you can take BAB Head Homie Mellzah’s approach and get a running start on registry sleuthing. In her words, “I have already stalked the registries of friends who haven’t even sent their invitations yet and started plotting what to get them!”

Go on, make your life easier and check out your homies’ wishlists on RegistryFinder.com.

An Easy Blonde: Color Me Tickled by Madison Reed’s Hair Dye System

*This post is brought to you by our friends at Madison Reed*

You guys, I have a confession: I’m a bottle girl.

No no, not that kind (I hate waitressing as is. Add a nightclub to it and yeah … NOPE).

I’m talking the kind that you use when you color your hair. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am a natural blonde, but here’s the thing: I want to be blonder. I want ALL THE BLONDE. But I’m frugal (duh), and it’s like pulling teeth for me to spend money on a trim (which happens like once a year). So, I want salon-quality, super easy and uber affordable. And I don’t want to have to mess with it too much. Easy request, right?

Actually: Yes, yes it is. Because: Madison Reed. This online subscription-delivery company takes alla dem hair-coloring worries (going to the store, trying to find the exact same shade previously purchased, figuring out if the instructions are actually speaking English, etc.) and gives ‘em the big ol’ middle finger.

Sure, Madison Reed‘s website offers pics of their various shades, but even more than that, they have consultants available to help.

But since I knew that I just wanted ALL THE BLONDE, I picked Roma. And then I was off!

Just look at dem rootz. Oof.

The packaging is super pretty and it’s not just “color developer, tube with color, conditioner, gloves and crappy instructions that get ruined if they get wet at all.” Nope. There’s lotsa goodies, including:

  • 2 pairs of gloves (one for coloring, one for the rinsing out process)
  • a shower cap (so you can actually DO STUFF while the color develops, rather than walk around like a giraffe with a neck brace on)
  • wipes to get the goop off your face
  • cream to keep the goop from getting on your face
  • a really rockin’ set of shampoo and conditioner (I love this stuff)

All this is in addition to the regular color and developer shizz. And the instructions? They’re printed on the packaging, so they’ll hold up even if there’s a color-splosion in the bathroom.

It says to use all of the color in the tube. I squeezed that mofo like my life depended on it.

The process is pretty standard: Prep, mix, apply, saturate, wait, rinse, swoon.

Très good look for me, non?

Of the many things I really liked about this system was that there was a very obvious lack of strong chemical smell and the color lasts.

Since Madison Reed is a subscription-delivery service, you can set it to arrive at your doorstep however often you choose. And since you’re skipping a trip to the salon, it saves you beaucoup bucks.

Mission: Go Blonder complete!

If you’re thinking of giving your follicles a little color boost before your big day, try this shizz out. For serious.

 

Five for Friday: Sweet Pieces from ModCloth’s Wedding Styles

Y’all, I love me some ModCloth. Like, it’s a little ridic. And when I found out they were rolling out vintage-inspired wedding styles, I straight swooned. While there are some short dresses, some long dresses and some dresses that aren’t white at all, there are also glorious accessories and enough glittery, sparkly goodness to last me a lifetime … or at least this wedding season. Here are my five favorites:


Gilded Grace Dress from ModCloth – $139.99


Yes I Candescent Heel in Gold from ModCloth – $29.99


Candlelit Soiree Dress from ModCloth – $129.99

Honors and Upwards Jacket from ModCloth – $54.99

Sparkle Your Interest Dress from ModCloth – $157.99

The last one MURDERS me. It’s the cutest ever. EVER. Which item from ModCloth’s vintage-inspired wedding styles is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!

Get Fun for Your Wedding with SimpleRegistry

Brought to you by our friends at Simple Registry.

 

I dunno about y’all, but I like to make sure that if people are going to give me something, it’s something I want and will really, truly use. Because: Guilt. I have this amazing problem of feeling guilty for not necessarily loving a gift, but hanging on to it nonetheless, which just results in clutter and hoarding and anxiety and … damnit, where’s my whiskey?

All this and the pressure of wedding planning? OOF. Nope. I’d like to have fun, please.

So make things easier on yourself and on your guests and set up a registry that allows you to steer your loved ones toward items or experiences that you’d really like and therefore use. “But Christen,” you say, “Wherever shall I find such a glorious unicorn of registries?”

YOU GUYS. I got this! SimpleRegistry.

Not only is SimpleRegistry super easy to use (I signed up myself. So, for realz.), but you can add pretty much anything: Need a toaster, like classic-style? BOOM. How ’bout tickets for the first Red Sox-Yankees face-off of the season? NAILED IT. Feeling more philanthropic and want to donate your dollaz to the ASPCA (one of the BAB’s charities of choice)? YEAH, THAT TOO.

And you know how that girlfriend of yours is always suggesting different activities or restaurants, just insisting that you’ll loooovvveee it? Well, she can take those ideas and add them as ideas on your SimpleRegistry list and your whole damn bridal party — you know, the ones who have the most fun? — can split that experience to make it one for the ages. Yup, birds, stones, etc. Doesn’t matter. You get to go biking through a vineyard!

Go get your fun on and set up your SimpleRegistry!

 

Five for Friday: Classy and Classic Bridesmaids Dresses

Happy Friday, BABs! And happy Valentine’s Day! While you’re probz being schmoopy with your love, I’m on the road moving from Texas to Florida and looking forward to beach life. But that’s my version of romance: Me, my man (and our cat) and the wide open road. So, in between stuffing boxes and bidding adieu, I scoured the Interwebz for five gorgeous and timeless bridesmaids dresses for you to ogle. Bonus: They’re all $150 or less! Enjoy!

“Elizabeth,” by Weddington Way.

D574 by Alfred Sung.

D518 by Alfred Sung.

D516 by Alfred Sung.

“Audrey,” by Weddington Way.

 

Which is your favorite? What feel are you going with for your ladies? Tell us in the comments!

Win This: Score A Monogrammed Cake Topper From Initial Outfitters!

Looking for a gift for your maids to thank them for their love, support, and maybe even holding back your hair at your infamous bachelorette party? Showing your thanks no longer has to break the bank, thanks to Initial Outfitters. Initial Outfitters has tons of stuff that make perfect gifts, from monogrammed totebags to pashminas to on-trend jewelry and more! Initial Outfitters doesn’t only have things that would be excellent for your maids. They’ve also got excellent groomsmen gifts: monogrammed pocket knives, money clips, tie tacks, and the ultimate dude-to-dude gift, beer koozies. Because when someone is your bro, you want his beer to stay cold, and that’s a fact. Initial Outfitters should be your first stop when looking for a tasteful personalized gift to thank anyone in your life!

This week, one lucky BAB will win a monogrammed cake topper from Initial Outfitters! Want it bad? Get an easy free entry by subscribing to our newsletter. It’s packed with contests, deals, and we’ll never spam ya!

 
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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas that Aren’t Done to Death

I get Valentine’s Day. I do, I get it. I get where people come from when they say it’s a holiday manufactured by a paper goods company. I get it when my married, soon-to-be-married or pre-engaged friends get giddy over the prospect of an otherwise overly romantic event. Hell, even I, the hater of roses, detester of adoration-professing stuffed animals, mistress of … well, wait, I love chocolate. I can’t go that far. But damnit, I’ll sip my cheap sparkling wine out of a pint glass and continue …

What I get annoyed with about Valentine’s Day is that there seems to be a formula for the “romance.” Flowers, fancy dinner, googly eyes over candlelit souffle. It all seems so standard!

So, in lieu of roses and schmoop, let’s talk Valentine’s options we’d really love:

Something a little more, ahem, comfortable to slip in to:

Two Piece Rose Lace & Mesh Lingerie Set by Rene Rofe #532009

Two-piece lingerie set, Hourglass Angel, $14.99

Red Damn Sexy Oversized Tee, HipsandCurves.com, $29.95

Something to sip on:

Premier Series Ongoing Membership - 1 Red & 1 White Wine - Bi-Monthly Delivery

Wine of the Month subscription, The California Wine Club, prices vary.

A new challenge for the two of you to face head-on:

Online Cooking Course, ChefSteps, prices vary.

A place to get your snuggle on:

Loveseat, West Elm, $636.00

A little something fun to pass the time:

Poker for Lovers, Adam and Eve Toys, $19.95

One big, not-so-public display of affection:

 Custom Collage, Magic Murals, prices vary.

What are you doing for Valentine’s? Any of these ideas strike your fancy?