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{Win This + Weekend Wrap Up} Win A $200 Shopping Spree At Mia Mariu, + Snag These Great Wedding Deals!

Mia Mariu is dedicated to helping you be a natural beauty, inside and out, with glowing skin and enhanced (but not overdone!) features–which is exactly what many of today’s brides are looking to be: the best version of themselves. Radiant skin starts on the inside and Mia Mariu helps every step of the way, with vitamin supplements, a microdermabrasion line to exfoliate away dead skin, and a gentle cleanser to keep your skin soft, smooth, and blemish-free. Their natural foundations, lipsticks, and eyeshadows flatter a wide range of skin tones. Best of all, this week, one lucky BAB will win a $200 Mia Mariu shopping spree! Want a free entry? Subscribe to our bi-weekly newsletter!

Happy Friday, BABs! Before we sign-off for the weekend, we just want to share a few fab deals from the BAB wedding community:

Heart and Sola creates amazing preserved flower and sola wood bouquets–and BABs can have theirs for 10% off! If you want to buy something from their Etsy site, convo them and mention Broke Ass Bride and they’ll create a reserved listing for you reflecting the discount, or if you want a custom bouquet, mention BAB on the contact form on their website and they’ll make sure to hook you up!

Check. It. Out. At Pantora Bridal, you can save $125 off of your wedding dress by being part of our gang with the code BAB13–and if you’re ordering flower girl dresses, sashes, or headpieces, you can save 20% with the code BROKEASS13! SWAG.

Teacup Bridal, creator of gooooorgeous fabric bouquets that you’ll love and cherish and be able to keep forever, is offering BABs 10% off through June 30th with the code BROKEASS!

Looking to gather all of your photos in one place? Have your guests download the Wedding Snap app–it’s an online album where you can collect unlimited photos and videos, and can later download them or even order prints! You can get a free trial with the code: BrokeassBride2013! 

Are you looking for a gorgeous, exceptionally eco-friendly wedding gown that won’t murder your wedding budget? Right now you can get 20% off wedding dresses bought direct from Celia Grace (order must be placed by June 30).  Just mention coupon code HASASTORY20 when you place your order via email or phone. These wedding dresses are Fair Trade and made of sumptuous eco silk – be sure to check out Celia Grace’s stunning bridal collection! (Orders must be placed, with 50% down payment, by Sunday June 30th. Offer only good for orders placed directly with Celia Grace, not at trunk shows or in stores. 20% discount off the list price of the wedding dress only, not accessories or shipping.)

And here’s a few fantastic weekend shopping deals from our pals at ShopAtHome.com:

Nordstrom gowns for brides, bridesmaids & moms are on clearance this week, AND you can get  up to 10% Cash Back from ShopAtHome.com!

Planning a beach wedding? Here’s something your groom won’t want to miss: receive 40% Off 5+ items for your wedding at Cubavera+3% Cash Back.

Save 20% off discount wedding invitations at Ann’s Bridal Bargains with coupon code VALUE, +get 3% Cash Back.

Target is offering 10% off on your entire order of bridesmaids dresses! (Which are already super affordable. DOUBLE WIN.)

For even more wedding coupons and opportunities to save with ShopAtHome.com’s Cash Back program, including a few from our own excellent sponsors, click here!

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{Win It + Weekend Wrap Up} Win A Custom Photo Mat & Frame From KJ Frames, Plus Exclusive Deals For BABs!

Even more awesome when your first dance is to “The Final Countdown”!

You’ve agonized over your choice of song for your first dance with your new spouse – which lyrics really speak about you and your relationship? Be it buttrock or alt-pop or country, one special way to remind you of who you are as a couple in that moment in time is a customized photo frame from KJFrames. Would you rather have your photo surrounded by a poem or a quote? Horizontal instead of vertical? With KJFrames, everything is completely customizable down to the font itself!

Want a special grouping of photos to hang in your new home? Check out KJFrames’ trio of photo mat frames - perfect for a couple’s first dance lyrics and the lyrics of the mother/son and father/daughter dance! This week, one lucky Broke-Ass Bride reader will win a FREE custom wedding song photo mat from KJFrames - get an extra entry by subscribing to our newsletter!

ATTN: Chicago metro area brides! Don’t miss out on one of our favorite wedding industry events! TOMORROW, Saturday, Feb 2nd, Indie Wed, the alternative to the traditional bridal expo, will be taking place from 10 am to 4 pm at the Ravenswood Event Center in Chicago. Indie Wed will feature  two full floors of AMAZING vendors from the Midwest and beyond,  a special lounge with food + beer pairings, live music, bridal fashion, cake tastings, and more! Tix are $20 per person at the door, CASH ONLY! Don’t miss this opportunity to support independent artisans, pick up a few handmade wedding goodies, and connect with the wedding photographer/caterer/planner/cakemaker of your dreams!

Rasta Rita mobile margarita truck!

Hey, Southern California BABs, we’ve got a little something special for you too – Rasta Rita, the mobile margarita bar (and CA’s ONLY full service mobile beverage bar truck) is extending a very special offer to our BABs! You can get 10% off of parties and weddings booked by 2/28/13! Just email Carla at carla@rastarita.com or call 818-321-4245 and mention “The Broke-Ass Bride” to claim your discount! Want some tacos to go with your margaritas? (Taco + margarita wedding = BEST IDEA EVER, btw.) Rasta Taco has got you covered!

Etsy seller Yellow Hype is offering BABs 15% off her adorbs wedding stationery and custom invitation design! Just use coupon code “HYPE15″ to claim.

For more BAB-exclusive offers, be sure to subscribe to our bi-weekly BAB Brigade newsletter!

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Gilt Groupe’s Wedding Shop Is Coming And It’s Gonna Be Off The Hook!

Gilt Groupe just announced an upcoming boutique, Chicly Ever After | The Wedding Shop, taking place October 20-23rd… and this one is definitely not to be missed!

Gilt’s members-only sales bring incredible brands to the masses with sales that can make even a broke-ass bride say what whaaaat?! It might not always be cheapest purchase, but its got value for miles, making it one of my the more splurge-worthy sites around. This boutique features some of my very favorite higher-end brands…. And I’ve got your invitation to savings, right here!

From their site:

If wedding planning has become your new unbridled passion, there’s no missing Gilt’s upcoming four-day sale. Start planning with your girlfriends, mother, and groom-to-be as we unveil our Wedding Shop on Wednesday, October 20 — offering everything from the bridal gown to the bijoux to the big-day makeup. For bridesmaids, hot looks and cool pampering luxuries abound, plus grooms and attendants have their way with slick suiting and more. Top it off with not-to-miss tips from a renowned wedding planner, dream honeymoons and fine, nest-feathering necessities. Be sure and check back for new sales every day.

It all starts with your pick of show-stopping bridal looks, that include gowns from Alberta Ferretti and Temperley London, plus stunning jewels from Tara Pearls, not to mention dapper suiting for grooms and attendants by Duncan Quinn, Ce’Luca and Hickey.

Share your chic aisle style with the gals, starting with bridesmaid dresses from Vera Wang and Two Birds, in elegant color palettes and versatile, wear-again designs; then on to mother-of-the-bride gowns from Badgley Mischka; darling flower girl frocks from Pippa & Julie; and pre-wedding spa essentials from Revitalash, Go Smile and Tan Towels.

Our wedding event also includes musts for a red-hot reception, like a cocktail consultation with wedding planner David Reinhard and top-tier cakes from Ana Paz. Get big day-ready with a makeover by Kimara Ahnert; depilatory treatments, courtesy of Completely Bare Salons; and slim-down solutions from Freshology and Clean Program.

Add luxe honeymoons to the mix, from tropical retreats to exotic getaways. Finally, for those attending upcoming weddings, buy the perfect gift for the happy couple – sleek tableware from Laguoile en Aubrac and Stueben, as well sumptuous bedding from Frette.

Save the Dates

Day one: “The Happy Couple,”, Wednesday, October 20, at noon ET. Find the gown, the jewelry, the shoes, and the suit.

Day two: “The Bridal Party: A Perfect Match,” Thursday, October 21, at noon ET. Don’t miss a selection of dresses that your bridesmaids will want to wear again (really).

Day three: “Honeymoons and Experiences,” Friday, October 22, at noon ET. Deal with the details—the pre-big day shape-up, the makeup, the cake, the bash—then book the perfect romantic getaway.

Day four: “Home and Registry,” Saturday, October 23, at noon ET. A stellar selection of china, bedding, and home goods that’s perfect for aspiring nesters.

I know I can’t wait to check it out. Sign up to access this, and all of Gilt’s sales!

Unique Wedding Dresses By Princess Lasertron

Megan over at Princess Lasertron is one of my most-admired fellow wedding peeps. I have followed her from the very start, and am constantly amazed by her productivity, creativity, moxie and drive. And to top it all off, she’s clearly completely down-to-earth and sweet as can be! I ain’t gonna lie. I wish we were besties.

In the past year, she’s not only kept her amazing felt and button bouquet business thriving, but she’s also had an edibly delicious baby, opened a super cool co-working space in Omaha, and now she’s launched a wedding dress collection that has me drooling on my keyboard and crying because I want one SO bad (and Christmas is still so far away). Clearly, these dresses are made for more than just weddings.

This kind of brilliance is going to put David’s Bridal out of business. Not only are the styles gorgeous, amazing, adorable, unique… you name it… but they’re affordable! Most dresses top off at $450, yo. They’re PERFECT for Broke-Ass Brides! Thanks to Princess Lasertron and her infinitely cool taste, you can score get a fierce wedding dress, custom-made for you and only you, in styles that will have your guests’ jaw’s dropping faster than you can say “I do”! Plus, most styles are completely rewearable. Oh, and sustainable. I’m dying ovah here!

Now feast your eyes on these bad boys and try not to cry.

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Don’t you just adore them? Which dress is your favorite?

Wish Upon A Wedding Galas… Coming Soon To A City Near You!

In conjunction with national sponsors Get Married Media, the Association of Bridal Consultants, and Green Wedding Shoes, Wish Upon a Wedding Southern California is proud to announce that their first ever Blissful Wishes Ball will be held at Ebell Club Los Angeles on November 4, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.

Tickets for the gala are now on sale and can be purchased on The Blissful Wishes Ball webpage for $95 or tables of eight for $650. These signature events, which are open to the public, will happen in 12 cities across the nation and include dinner, dancing, cocktails, entertainment and auctions… so be sure to check out when your local event is scheduled and get involved!

In addition to purchasing tickets, Wish Upon a Wedding is currently looking for wedding industry professionals to sponsor the event or donate services for live and online auctions. To donate a product or service, visit the auction site and click on Donate an Item, to participate as an online auction sponsor or contact your local chapter for live auction donations.

On October 1, 2010, Wish Upon a Wedding will begin auctioning off hundreds of products and services, in 46 cities throughout the country, to help couples create the perfect wedding or event, all at incredible prices. Bidding will be open until November 30, 2010.

Event and auction proceeds will help raise crucial funding needed to grant wedding wishes for couples facing terminal illness and other serious life-altering circumstances. Please help us spread the word!

For more information, visit www.wishuponawedding.org.

About Wish Upon a Wedding: Wish Upon a Wedding (WUW) was founded in San Francisco, CA in January 2010 and is America’s only wedding wish granting organization, providing weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness and serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation.  Chapters are active in Northern California, South Florida, Orlando, New York, Chicago, The Carolinas, St. Louis, Colorado, DC-area, Portland, Houston, Atlanta, Ohio and Las Vegas.  Future chapters will be located in the Philadelphia area, Indianapolis, New Jersey, New Orleans, Dallas, Minnesota, Dallas, Massachusetts, Nashville, Michigan and Arizona.

Give Yourself a Break. Really.

This is not something you learn through Osmosis.

As women, we tend to be, well, VERY hard on ourselves. I’m working with five different brides right now, and I’ve heard a variation of this from each of them in the past couple of weeks:

” I don’t know why planning this wedding is so hard!I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing!”

Of course you don’t know what you’re doing. You’ve never planned a wedding before. If you’ve never planned a wedding before, you’re not going to know how to plan a wedding. Just like before you learned how to drive a car, you had no idea how to do it. Most people have never planned a party for 100+ people in their lives. There are a lot of moving parts, and a lot of stuff to watch out for. It’s okay that you don’t know what you’re doing, because eventually you will. For one thing, if you have a wedding planner, she will show you how to do it. And if you don’t, you have a plethora of resources to help you figure it out.

You will make mistakes, and that’s a part of learning. You will figure out how to correct those mistakes, and that is a part of learning, too. And, yes, sometimes that sucks. But do it anyway, because the end result is worth it.

And then there are simply a slew of things that brides tend to blame themselves for, that’s completely out of their control. It’s not your fault if you can’t afford a $100,000 wedding and all that could come with it. Not your fault that your relatives are being mean. It’s okay that you haven’t found the venue you want, yet, or linens in the perfect shade of blue. You will. Some things are in your control, and some are not. Instead of beating yourself up, which is often useless, take a deep breath, and figure out your next step. Another favorite part of this gig for me is watching that happen, helping people go from not knowing to understanding, to mastering the process. From watching me ask the questions they need answered to asking those questions themselves. I know I say it all the time, but I love, love this job. Because you guys? Are awesome. Try and remember that. :-)

This Week’s Wedding Deals:

The Knot continues to bring the good deals, even past the summer. This week’s specials? Reception accessories. Napkins, matches, coasters and, ooh, parasols! All available for personalization, all up to 15% off.

Courtesy of Corey's Images

Corey’s Images in Houston is holding their first contest – 8 hours of wedding coverage by two photographers, up to 1,000 images on disc for printing or viewing and ALL edited images posted to an online storefront for viewing or purchasing. FREE. Your wedding doesn’t have to be in Houston, it can be anywhere. Entering starts with a comment on their blog, and an email about why you and your fiance deserve to win. And even if you don’t win, you get 15% off their photography services, just for entering.

You know, I’ve always liked Katie Holmes. I liked her in Dawson’s Creek, I liked her in Batman, and she and Tom Cruise (who I also like), make cute babies. And I even like this necklace that she wears in the movie The Romantics – I have one just like it, in silver. You can win it by going back on The Knot,  you know, after you’ve  shopped for parasols, and sharing your favorite wedding party story. Mine is when the twin brother of the groom at one of my weddings kept getting congratulated all night long. What’s yours?

Speaking of weddings I’ve coordinated,  like I said, I’m working with five brides right now, which is my limit for the month, but I’ll be down to four in a couple of weeks. One slot left for full-service wedding planning in Los Angeles – would you like to fill it? Schedule your first consultation with me between now and September 25th, and if you agree to not get started planning your wedding until October 1st, you’ll get $250 off my rates. Shoot me an email at liz@silvercharmevents.com to make your appointment.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Macy’s Cash Rebate Alert!

From September 24 through October 5th, Macy’s is offering a $25 cash rebate on $200 tabletop purchases from one of 26 participating vendors like Lenox, Waterford, Wedgwood, kate spade and even the new Martha Stewart Collection with Wedgwood.

oooh la lenox!

This is a great opportunity to ease the sting of buying a special couple a wedding gift, or simply to fill out your dinnerware service after the wedding is over!

Rebate forms can be found here. Purchasers will simply need to submit their original receipt and a copy of the couple’s registry to the specific vendor’s address found on the second page of the rebate form; you will receive your $25 rebate check in the mail within 60 days.

Just another small way to save your money, yo! It adds up!

Invitation Giveaway!

Attention all Broke-Ass Bridettes!

The oh-so delicious Dingbat Press is giving away a full invitation suite in…. wait for it…. Letterpress to one lucky gal. Their designs are whimsical and lurvely! See?

Head on over and enter, ASAP. Its a $900 value, people! What did I tell you about free stuff? Here’s your chance…. click here to go there and enter. You’ve got until midnight Friday.

They’re also offering 10% off in their Etsy shop until the end of the month. Yummy discount goodness! Enter code DP10 when purchasing.