Broke-Ass Tag: vintage


Things are clicking, you guys!

I mentioned previously how enamored I was with Relics Vintage Rentals and what an amazing resource they were for cool, vintage décor rentals. We made an appointment a few weeks ago, and have finally started making some decision on items and I couldn’t be happier seeing this coming together.

The first thing we knew we wanted was chalkboards. We chose two different chalkboards. One for our ceremony program and another for our menu. For our budget, this was an inexpensive way to have these things, and not print them. We chose two gold toned frames, and Relics is working on the writing for us.

Relics Chalkboards

Suitcases were another item that we knew we wanted immediately. We wanted a place to put flip-flops that people could change into if they’re dancing, and I thought we could use one for a place to put cards. The cards case we decided on isn’t shown here, but it’s a small, worn brown leather case.


Our venue has a lot of natural elements such as brick, skylights and timbers. We chose some birch votive holders to stay in line with those features. I am not intending to have the table decor much more than these holders and a table number. The tables are relatively small, and dinner is served family style, so we have that to contend with as well.


We’re pulling a vintage typewriter font through a lot of elements, and so it only makes sense to have a vintage typewriter. I thought it might be a great addition to the guestbook table.


A few items we didn’t get pictures of that we decided on afterward were some vintage books, amber glass bottles and a variety of vintage brass vessels we can use for flower arrangements. My absolute favorite addition is a burgundy vintage rug that we’re planning to use at the altar and at the sweetheart table post-ceremony. Unfortunately, we don’t have a photo of it yet, but I will post it if I’m able to get one soon!

What decor elements ended up being your favorite?

  • 9/24

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    What’s a bride to do when she loses her job just before getting engaged? She writes to the BAB team for help, of course! 

    Dear BAB, I’m reading your book — like it’s the bible. I’m the brokest of BABs — lost my job right before I got engaged! Our super generous parents have given us $15K to do with as we will, but after being unemployed for a bit, I’m wanting to do everything: an awesome, fun party for 150 peeps for under $10K. Unfortunately, none of our state parks (Minnesota) allow kegs and I can’t find a caterer/location combo to do my dream of having a hotdog bar for our wedding! But, on to my question: I’m a fun, awesome person and my dream is have to tea length dress, with a full skirt, a sweetheart neckline, corset style waist and in ivory or some other not white color. My budget is $500, but I was hoping to get a dress under that so I could afford alterations. My dream dress is Stephanie James Nadine, but it’s $1,800. (Not even close to my budget!) Do you have any suggestions for a non-traditional wedding dress that is reasonably priced? Emily

    Emily, losing your job really stinks and it was terrible timing. But you got this! $10K-$15K is more than plenty for an amazing, memorable wedding. Your idea for kegs and a hotdog bar sounds delicious (great, now I have a taste for a hotdog :P) as well as resourceful — you’re well on your way to being a crafty, clever BAB! Have you looked into any private barns (also here) or private campgrounds in the area?

    The Nadine is a flirty tea length gown with a strapless sweetheart neckline, full skirt, and an overall brocade-like texture — and it’s made in the U.S.A. Let’s get to work finding non-traditional alternatives under $500! (You might also enjoy the gowns in this post, which have a similar vibe.) 

    Can't Afford It

    Stephanie James Nadine

    Nadine, $1,800 at Stephanie James Couture

    Get Over It

    Pink Swiss Dot Rockabilly Wedding Dress by MissBrache

    Pink Swiss Dot Rockabilly Wedding Dress, $495 by Etsy seller MissBrache

    Unique Vintage 1950s Brenda Swing Dress

    1950’s Style Brenda Swing Dress, $122 at Unique Vintage

    EllanaCouture Lace Tea Length Gown

    Vintage Style Lace Tea Length Gown, $450 by Etsy seller EllanaCouture

    Miss Brown's Daydream Dress by porshesplace

    Miss Brown’s Daydream Dress, $215+ by Etsy seller porshesplace

    (This dress comes in 200 colors and is made in my home state, Ohio!)

    Miss Joanna Vintage Reproduction Dress by porshesplace

    Miss Joanna Weds in a Vintage Reproduction Dress, $399+ by Etsy seller porshesplace

    (Same seller, different dress!)

    Tea Length 1950s Vintage Wedding Dress by TheVintageMistress

    Tea Length 1950s Vintage Wedding Dress, $289 by Etsy seller TheVintageMistress

    Tea Length Bubble Hem Grace Gown by jacklynndesigns

    SAMPLE SALE / Tea Length Bubble Hem Grace Gown, $350 by Etsy seller jacklynndesigns

    Unique Vintage 1950s Style White Tulle Dress

    1950s Style White Tulle Dress, $118 at Unique Vintage

    Vintage 1950s Tea Length Lace Pin Up Wedding Dress by DyStyle

    Vintage 1950s Tea Length Lace Pin Up Wedding Dress, $295 by Etsy seller DyStyle

    Vintage Bridal 1950's Tea Length Wedding Dress with Tulle Skirt by MirandasBridal

    $275 by Etsy seller MirandasBridal

    (Another Ohio seller – Ohio represent!)

    Tulle wedding dress By TiCCi

    Tulle wedding dress By TiCCi, $230 by Etsy seller TicciRockabilly

    1950s Rockabilly Wedding Dress 'Lacey' with Lace Overlay by PixiePocket

    1950s Rockabilly Wedding Dress ‘Lacey’ with Lace Overlay, $356 by Etsy seller PixiePocket

    1950s 'Rose' Pin up Strapless Wedding Dress by PixiePocket

    1950s ‘Rose’ Pin up Strapless Wedding Dress, $422 by Etsy seller PixiePocket

    (Same seller, different dress!)

    Lisa’s Bonus Pro Tip: You’ll notice that many of the above gowns were found on Etsy, one of my favorite sources for Rockabilly-style vintage or handmade vintage-inspired gowns. With such a timeless silhouette, though, you may be able to find a local seamstress who can do proper measuring and create a custom gown to your specifications — without much need for alteration. This Etsy seller designs period costumes and takes custom requests — in Minnesota! 

    Emily you’re doing a great job working within your budget! I’d love to hear what you think of these gowns, and whether you’re able to find a hotdogs-n-kegs-friendly venue. Pop back into the comments below to let me know! 

    Got a gown that you just can’t get off your mind? We’re happy to help you get over it! Just tell us in the comments below! Please remember to include the budget you’re working with so we can find you the best alternative for you.

    *As always, please do your own research before buying a gown online. Team Broke-Ass is here to provide you with inspiration and resources, but it is up to the consumer to know what they’re purchasing.
  • 8/27

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    Hello BABs and happy Thursday! Is it Thursday again already?! This summer has gone by so fast! School starts this week -- or has already started -- here in Northeast Ohio, and there's something about back-to-school that always reminds me of the movie Grease. Maybe it's because that's how the movie begins ... Anyway, the tail end of summer's soundtrack is always a Grease medley for me. (Ok now…

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    Happy Friday, Broke-Asses! For this week's Five for Friday, we're partnering with Blueprint Registry, a free registry site that helps you set up your wishlist based on the layout of your home. Since Blueprint partners with a huge number of retailers, you can build the registry more with your home in mind and less by the restrictions of one specific store. Which is pretty cool. As…

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    Daniel and I have three goals with our wedding: keep it cheap, keep it from looking cheap, and keep it unique. During these early stages of our planning, we’ve tried to come up with ways to save ourselves money without sacrificing our vision. Thus far, we’ve come up with several ideas that not only cut costs, but also make our wedding even more uniquely suited…

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  • 12/4

    Panic will always set in when a bride thinks she found the perfect dress and then realizes it isn’t available. This week’s request is from a bride who is looking for a solution. I have found a dress that I absolutely love, but there is no way that I can have it. I fell head over heels for this vintage dress before realizing that it…

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    Going for a vintage look? It doesn't have to come with a contemporary price tag. I love your blog! It's so helpful to have a more practical guide on getting through this without breaking the bank. I've got a possible CAI/GOI issue. My style is early 20th century, and I found the most perfect (and affordable!) dress from Ruche. I've now fallen in love with…

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    Some women get a little queasy about popping a worn ring on their finger, but I am not one of them. When Mr. Illustrator and I were first tossing around the idea of marriage, we debated whether or not I should get a diamond engagement ring. Diamonds are over-priced and there are still problems ensuring that their sales aren’t fueling conflicts. But, I grew up…

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  • 4/19

    Melissa wrote in to The Broke-Ass Bride for some help with her Hollywood Glam Wedding.  Here's what's up with Ms. Mel... 'I just got engaged ! I'm new to your site, but your CAI/GOI is a freakin' godsend!  I am usually pretty budget savvy  and I'm coming in under budget for everything... Except the dress! I fell in LOVE with a Reem Acra dress and…

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