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A standard invitation suite has a whole helluva lot of components: Outer envelope, inner envelope, the invitation itself, RSVP card, reception card and that random piece of tissue paper that is seemingly v. important … but no one can figure out its true purpose (poor tissue paper). And each one of those components costs money — which is how invitations to your truly amazing, but still broke-ass, party can start costing you an arm, a leg and half your soul.
It’s cool, though. Ann’s Bridal Bargains has the easiest, simplest, prettiest and most cost-effective way to get your invites out and without sending you into debt: Send & Seal Invitations. Because: #duh.
Get rid of all the fluff — sorry, extra tissue paper — and send your guests everything they need in one adorbz little package. It’s an envelope, invitation and RSVP card all in one. You just fold up the invitation and the RSVP postcard — conveniently attached at the bottom — and seal it with the included seals. Slap a stamp on that bad boy, drop it in the mail box and chillax until the RSVPs start arriving — in swarms, likely, because your invites are just that rad.
There’s no need to assemble anything. There’s no super spendy postage to consider because of odd-shaped or uber heavy card stock. And there’s no need to worry about making sure that each suite has all of its pieces. Which, let’s be real, is pretty awesome. Who’s got time for that bullsh, anyway?
Ann’s Bridal Bargains has a buttload of other invitation options, too, y’all. And they’ve got ‘em at broke-ass friendly prices, because they get that great style doesn’t have to come at a frightening price. Since Ann’s Bridal Bargains is special homies with Invitations by Dawn, they have access to the prettiest, most up-to-date designs but are able to offer them at a bigger discount. That’s pretty baller.
And, of course, they have a special offer just for you, Broke-Asses! Head over to Ann’s Bridal Bargains and get 20% off your purchase of $99+ when you use code BROKE20. Good for any damn thing on the site until 3/31.
Hunting for wedding stationery can be a totally daunting experience. There are those that say invitations are the first glimpse of your wedding. There are those that press the importance that your stationery is one of the few things you get to hang on to forever afterward. Everyone and your grandma will probz hang your Save the Date and invitation on a refrigerator or cork board. Guys, that’s a lot of pressure. Which is not awesome.
What is awesome, though, is how MagnetStreet will make the whole process of choosing, customizing and ordering your wedding stationery a helluva lot smoother and easier.
Broke-Ass Brides have had a soft spot for MagnetStreet for ages, and there’s a (number) of v. good reason(s) for that: The quality of MagnetStreet’s products are exactly what you want. They don’t mess around in getting your goods to you. Their customer service is wonderful and super involved. And they give a shit about your experience.
With a multitude of ways to customize your wedding stationery — five styles (gatefold, pocket, square, rectangle and tea length), four paper types (luxe pearl, pressed texture, fine linen and premium smooth) and unlimited color options — it’s pretty much a given that you’re going to find exactly what you want with MagnetStreet. And since they carry everything from save the dates to menu cards and wine bottle labels, it’s a one-stop shop. You can cross-coordinate all of your paper goods, complete with your wedding colors, so that everything ties in perfectly (if that’s your thing).
MagnetStreet has a holy buttload of freebies you can get your mitts on to help you make the best decision for, well, you: color swatches, printables, stationery samples, paper samples, checklists, budget guides … it goes on. The best way to make an informed decision is to have all the options available to you. MagnetStreet hits a home run on this front.
And guys, the love between BAB and MagnetStreet is suuuuper mutual, which is why whenever they have a deal, they holler at us to share it with you. Like this bad boy:
MagnetStreet has a huge Valentine’s sale going on sitewide — everylittlethang on the site is a deal, with a possibility of up to $150 in savings.
AND: MagnetStreet is having a giveaway over on their Facebook page! They are giving away 300 menu cards to 5 badass brides. Click here for details.
While we’re on the subject of rings this week, we should totes shift the attention from the high-octane bling to that little circle that takes center stage on your wedding day.
Now, when it comes to bands, especially wedding bands for the mensfolk, there are a huge variety of options. — gold, white gold, platinum, titanium, palladium, tungsten, cobalt chrome, ceramic … I mean, whoa. And people have a lot of opinions about which metal is the “best” for rings … but as with all things wedding at The Broke-Ass Bride, we say do what you want and what makes you happy. And damnit, not all rings fit a broke-ass groom’s budget.
But, at Tungsten World, you can find a pretty huge range of alternative metal wedding bands at prices that make broke-asses smile. No, you’re not getting some cheapo ring that’ll turn your finger green or shatter with the slightest hint of breeze. Nope. These guys have the real McCoy, which means you get all the steeze and quality without spending a bajillion bucks.
Gold and platinum may be classic, but it kind of sucks when your ring gets all dinged and scuffed after only wearing it for a bit. But that’s soft metals for you. Alternative metal bands? They’ve got the real toughness. They’ll stand up to scratches and they’ll do it with style, yo.
But don’t think you’ll be stuck with the run-of-the-mill, same ol’ tungsten bands: Tungsten World has the ability to customize your rings the way you’d like — think gemstones, elaborate colors and even custom imaging. Because shouldn’t your wedding band be how you want it? I mean you will be (hopefully) wearing the thing for the rest of forever.
The coolest option, though? Fingerprint wedding bands. It really doesn’t get much more personalized or sweet than that. You send in your fingerprint, Tungsten World laser engraves the pattern on your wedding band and now you have the ultimate customization. And that’s pretty freaking rad.
And, of course with Valentine’s right around the corner, Tungsten World is running a super rad sale right now, with many handsome rings clocking in at well under $200. So grab your partner and get your booty over to their site to find your very own preciouses.
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but for broke-ass couples they can be a bit of a pipe dream. Sure, it’s easy to sub out the precious stone with sapphire, emerald or your other gem of choice, but when only a diamond will do, you have to find some options.
Or, you can get the legit shit from Couplez.
Couplez sources 100% natural diamonds which then — flaws and all — go through some clarity enhancement to tamp down those flaws and pump up their looks and brilliance. We’re not talking andy faux bling thing here — this uber-tech process just ups the “Oh! Shiny!” factor. And since size does matter (to some), this is a pretty BAB-friendly way to get that big ol’ rock on your tiny budget.
Couplez keeps their whole process in-house, from the diamond selection to the cutting to the jewelry design, and then they shuffle it right off to the consumer. Get that? No middle men = no jacked up prices. And we like it when there aren’t jacked up prices. The majority of the rings they offer are under $2000, but there’s a pretty baller selection under $1000. That’s damn good for diamonds.
You know the diamonds Couplez uses are the real deal because they come with International Gemological Certificates. And the company stands by their shizz, offering a lifetime warranty. Guys, that’s lifetime — like, forevz. Oh, and they’ll ship your goods for free. And we just love free, don’t we, BABs? But if you’re wary about buying online, Couplez has a 30 day, no-questions-asked return policy. Worse yet, if something happens to your precious? Well, they’ll just bust out some repairs at no cost to you (unless, of course, you’re replacing missing stones).
Speaking of free: They’re conflict free, yo! Ain’t no blood diamonds up in this bish!
Bonus: Head on over to Couplez and take advantage of the Valentine’s Day Sale to get up to 70% off certain products on the site.
Super Bonus: Take an extra 10% off through February 13 with code VALENTINESDAY2015 at checkout.
Have you figured out what you’re doing for your registry? More and more couples are going the cash registry route for their wedding wishlist – whether they’re saving up for a house down payment, are whittling away at starting their marriage debt-free or are looking to go on an adventure of a lifetime with their honeymoon.
And, y’all, there are a TON of cash registry options out there. But Tendr blows ‘em all out of the water, just on looks alone.
Tendr provides the most aesthetically pleasing interface that actually feels like a gift-giving/receiving experience, rather than just the shuffling of cash over the Internetz. Tendr is set up to be elegant and streamlined, but still incredibly personalized and wildly in touch with modern technology.
You as the couple registering, get to set up your own unique page welcoming your guests and giving your friends and family the lowdown on how you plan on using their gifts and all the monies are slid right into your personal bank account for safe-keeping. Simple, right? You have no idea.
Your guests give you a monetary gift in three easy steps:
1. Personalize a card from Tendr’s collection.
2. Fill-a with skrilla.
3. Hit send!
Oh, and you can hit ‘em right back with an instant, free thank-you card to let your guests know you got their gift and are super grateful. The rates to use are comparable to other cash sites (5% paid from the couple’s gifts, not on top of the gift paid by the guest), but the personalized cards and pretty interface are really what makes Tendr stand out from the rest of the pack.
Photo: Emily Delmater Photography, courtesy Blue-Eyed Boutique
Vintage dresses and accessories are gorgeous, but can seem a little dated. Because, I mean, #duh. They’re old. But online retailer Blue-Eyed Boutique, who started out as an Etsy shop (and y’all we love us some Etsy), is here to help … and with a shiny new brick-and-mortar store in Biddeford, Maine, to boot.
Blue-Eyed Boutique is the brainspawn of Hannah, who stumbled onto Etsy, sold her slightly reworked prom dress to a woman in France and had a total lightbulb moment. Which, thank goodness, because homegirl has a way with the old and her prices are uber Broke-Ass friendly.
Photo: Justine Johnson Photography courtesy Blue-Eyed Boutique
Hannah started collecting vintage wedding dresses when she was in college and gave them a little tweak here, a tuck there and breathed new life into the dated frocks, bestowing the classic femininity with some modern sleekness. And she’s been having such success with it, that she’s decided to expand her online boutique to a real live storefront.
Because the items at Blue-Eyed Boutique are upcycled, they’re also eco-friendly (yay, Earth!) and they’re totally easy on the wallet (yay, BAB homies!). Most of the designs fall nicely under $500.
Photo: Emily Delmater Photography courtesy Blue-Eyed Boutique
So, Maine brides with a penchant for the nostalgic, get thine booty over to the real, actual Blue-Eyed Boutique in Biddeford to see what Hannah’s got available. For the rest of us poor souls, we’ll just be over here on the website deciding which dress makes us swoon the hardest.
Oh, it’s been a minute since we’ve had a giveaway, hasn’t it? Well, TopWedding is here to change that.
In honor of their beautiful new arrivals of bridesmaids gowns, TopWedding is giving away one of the sleek silhouettes, perfect for a formal affair or wintry bash. With a huge range of colors and styles available, and since they’re manufactured overseas, TopWedding has dresses to complement any style of wedding theme with prices accessible to nearly any budget.
This is a sampling of the dresses TopWedding has to offer. A few of these styles are eligible for the giveaway.
One lucky BAB will get one dress out of their pick of six different styles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). As per usual, each task below earns one entry. The more tasks completed, the more entries earned, the greater chances of winning, ya dig?
We know that invitations are one of the first elements of your wedding that convey the look and feel guests can expect on the big day. We also know that wedding invitations can be super pricey. And holy bananas, are there options! Foil, letterpress, embossed, pocket, flat, square, shapes, laser cut … where do you even begin to begin?
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Well, you can start with Elegant Wedding Invites, which strives to provide both classic and contemporary designs at totally BAB-friendly prices, and throws in things like RSVP cards, envelopes, free shipping over $40 and easy customization. Borne from the concept of injecting humor into wedding stationery, Elegant Wedding Invites has grown to recognize the need for classic style at affordable prices.
But just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t get the gorgeous details that are filling up your Pinterest — Elegant Wedding Invites has stationery featuring lace, burlap, chevron … and yes, ones with a confetti-like motif. So, you know, they covered the bases. And it doesn’t stop with stationery — Elegant Wedding Invites also has favors and toppers to make sure you’re fully good to go on your wedding day.
And of course, since it’s Winning Wednesday, they’re going to shower you with some extra love: One lucky BAB will score $200 in credit to spend at Elegant Wedding Invites on anything from your full invitation suite to those little wedding extras.
As usual, each task earns you an entry. The more tasks you complete, the more entries you get, the better your chances of winning. Ya dig?
Guys, let’s talk paper. I know, we talk paper a lot. But we’re usually talking paper that’s already designed and mass-manufactured, which is great for those who are not putting huge stock (get it? Card stock? Heh.) into their stationery.
But what about those of us who yearn for the luxurious life of custom-designed letterpress invitations?
Well, darlings, let me introduce you to Letterpress Printables. Y’all can become fast friends. Because this girl gets it.
Here’s what Kristen (great name, right?) has to say about how this whole party started:
In 2007, when planning my own wedding, details came together pretty quickly. Destination wedding? Yes please! Wedding gown? Third one I tried on! Invitations? $1300! Wait …WHAT?
So I searched … and searched and eventually wound up designing my own invitations and working directly with a letterpress printer for the “low” price of $700.
I thought, there HAS to be a better way.
For years I worked as a print and packaging buyer for Fortune 500 companies. I knew how to work with printers, I knew how to find a good price. I knew that I could combine my love for letterpress and my skills as a print buyer to provide letterpressed stationery that was affordable. Seven years, two states and two children later, Letterpress Printables was born.
OK, so homegirl obv. knows where us broke-asses are coming from: You love the look and feel, but the price makes you cringe. So Letterpress Printables bridges that gap by bringing you the luxurious cotton, complete with the design element of your choice, and leaves the rest up to you.
So you get gorgeous blank cards with a hot chevron stripe or gorgeous peonies adorning the sides, and then you knock out the wording and other details with a glass of wine in hand and hit print. Simple, right? And you get a helluva lot of control over how it looks and reads, which is awesome.
Credit: U Me Us Studios
And at $38.99 for a pack of 20 invitations, you’re saving some serious skrilla. And don’t we all like that?
Head on over to Letterpress Printables to check out all her options!
BONUS: Kristen is gonna hang out with us from time to time for some awesome DIY or DIE action on how to do your invites at home.