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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!
*Brought to you by our friends at Bloominous*
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
*This post brought to you by our friends at RegistryFinder.*
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.
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.
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!
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.
*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!
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.
The process is pretty standard: Prep, mix, apply, saturate, wait, rinse, swoon.
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.
If you’re thinking of giving your follicles a little color boost before your big day, try this shizz out. For serious.
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:
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!
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!
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!
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!
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:
Two-piece lingerie set, Hourglass Angel, $14.99
Red Damn Sexy Oversized Tee, HipsandCurves.com, $29.95
Something to sip on:
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?