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Real Bride Emma: The Little Things Can Make a Big Impact

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When it comes to weddings, it’s easy to feel like you have to wow people with grand gestures. But some of the most effective and memorable things I’ve seen at weddings (and on Pinterest!) have been simple and small — but well thought out.

Here’s a few I’d like to share with you:

1) Insta-face seating plan

I recently attended a beautiful wedding with loads of brilliant details, including an absolutely genius seating plan. The bride and groom had found lovely photos of all their guests and pinned them to boards under their table numbers. Not only did it make everyone smile to see which photos they had picked, but it also made introductions at the table much easier.

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While this isn’t the actual one from the wedding, this one from MadeSquare is pretty close!

2) Sowing the seeds of love

Favours can hard to get right, and as a BAB I would fight to the death for your right not to bother with the darn things. That being said, I went to a wedding a few years ago where all the guests were given flower bulbs to plant. I loved this idea — simple, inexpensive, but something that can provide joy long after the wedding day. Nice.

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Personalized wildflower seed bombs from Beau-Coup

3) The kids are alright

Kids at weddings: Another potential minefield. But if you do decide to go for it, you’ll make everyone’s life easier if you can find a way to provide games/distractions for them. I have seen people give kids little gift bags full of sweets and toys, which has always been welcomed by the parents (and the other adults sharing the table!). Pinterest has some really cute ideas for cheap and cheerful ways to keep little-uns quiet, including loads of free printable colouring pages for the little darlings.

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Amazon has a plethora of wedding-themed coloring and activity books, too.

So there we go, a couple of sweet ideas that don’t have to break the bank.

For now, Am Dram Bride – out.

Add the Cool Couple Factor with Sunglasses by Promovizion

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Add the Cool Couple Factor with Sunglasses by Promovizion

I’m kind of a huge fan of a bride and groom rocking sunglasses on their wedding day. Now, not necessarily during the ceremony or during some of the more sweet, serious moments, but certainly while hanging around at cocktail hour and of course on the dance floor and photo booth because, … #duh.

Even better? When said sunglasses are pimped just for you by our homies at Promovizion. Whether you want full-lens coverage or just a subtle nod on the legs, they’ve got shades that won’t make you throw shade. And you’ll save some cash when you order in bulk, so that’s pretty rad.

Add the Cool Couple Factor with Sunglasses by Promovizion

Guys, if you’re having a beach wedding, a farm fete or are just planning on being outside a bunch on your wedding day, stock up on these bad boys. Yes, we usually advocate edible or drinkable favors, but as a girl with a vast collection of sunglasses garnered from conferences, fairs, events and more, I can hardly say sunglasses aren’t useful.

Personalize these bad boys with your wedding deets, colors — yes even metallic and light-up — and Promovizion will have them to you in no time … seriously. Promovizion‘s turnaround is 24-48 hours. Can’t make up your mind? It’s cool. They’ve got on-site designers to help find the right pick for you.

Add the Cool Couple Factor with Sunglasses by Promovizion

Promovizion also has rad customized shirts, perfect for a bach party or to distinguish your bridal brigade during the rehearsal dinner and other pre-wedding festivities.

You guys already are the cool kids, why not solidify your awesome status with Promovizion shades that fit the bill?

Real Bride Meg: It’s Go Time!

BABs, I have a confession: I have taken a serious break from wedding planning over the last two months. I know, I know; how could I with only 4.5 months(!) to go? To be completely honest with you, real life has been getting in the way. We spent a lot of time and funds over the holidays, and we even settled on a house last week. With that said, it’s been kind of nice to take a step back and analyze all of the planning I have been doing for what seems like 12 months straight.

Even though we haven’t physically done anything for the wedding in a while, Steve and I certainly haven’t stopped thinking about it. We are constantly brainstorming — mostly about what we can eliminate. There are some things we thought we wanted when we were in the honeymoon stage of wedding planning, but now realize we can do without — like favors. We have gone back and forth on this so. many. times. At first, we wanted to make coasters out of bathroom tiles and maps due to the beer enthusiast of a groom and travel-themed wedding, but the thought of putting a lot of effort into something half of our guests would leave behind was hanging over my head. Then, we thought we’d do something simple (and cheap), like bottle openers, but even if they were all $1 each, that is potentially $230 wasted. We decided to scrap them all together, and realized that it’s totally OK to do so after doing our research.

Real Bride Meg: It's Go Time!

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Something else that’s been hanging over my head? Our to-do list I made at the beginning of January to be completed by the end of February. It is as follows:

– Get the groom’s formalwear
– Decide on invitations
– Book transportation
– Finalize honeymoon

According to The Knot Wedding Planner app, we’re behind on the first two items, but I can tell you Steve and I have a little Valentine’s Day date at Macy’s this year. Macy’s always has great deals, and if you sign up for their charge card, you automatically get 20% off your purchase. Now, that’s what I call a cheap date!

On the other hand, invitations are haunting me. I have been looking for something nice and inexpensive since November, and I just can’t find the ones. We revisited our options recently, and ultimately decided to wait another week to order, being it is both Valentine’s Day and President’s Day. Us BABs would never turn down the opportunity of a good deal!

Real Bride Meg: It's Go Time!

Lots to do. Please send help!

I also revisited my Excel sheet of our decor more recently. Seriously, guys, it’s the easiest way to keep track of what you want, what you need and what you can do without throughout every part of your wedding day. I haven’t really been keeping track with the things I’ve gathered in the last few months, but I fully plan on taking a few hours to go over my inventory in the upcoming weeks, especially since I’ve planned a bridesmaids get-together next month. I could definitely use a few extra sets of hands with my DIYing these days!

With all that is left to do in the next 4.5 months, you can imagine that I feel a bit crazy as of late. Although I’m not doing much for the actual wedding day, I have been getting myself ready and keeping my stress levels in check. Steve and I started doing pre- and post-work workouts most days. We’re a couple of yogis, so most mornings consist of 20 minutes of stretching and strengthening. We amp it up in the afternoon with 20-30 minutes of cardio. (If you want to challenge your groom, have him try this. We haven’t been able to do the entire thing!) Nothing too intense — just trying to tone things up so I’m dress ready!

Real Bride Meg: It's Go Time!

A little motivation never hurt anyone. Photo courtesy of CardozaWood on Etsy

In addition, we’ve been monitoring what we take in. Steve makes amazing green smoothies every morning, with kale, spinach, Greek yogurt, frozen fruit, coconut water and a banana. It’s a great start to our days! I’ve also been taking biotin, which targets your skin, nails and hair and I’ve been exfoliating with  Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads, which you can find at Target. The citric acid helps with cell turnover, making your skin glow. I’m mostly pleased with the results simply because my skin feels hydrated — not really what you would expect from an exfoliant!

All of these things are helping me gear up for what’s to come — it’s time for bridal go mode!

How are you spring and summer brides doing with your to-do lists?

Ask Heather: Are Wedding Favors Necessary?

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Dear Heather,

Is it absolutely necessary to have favors aside from goodie bags you give to your traveling guests?

Brittney

Dear Brittney,

No.

I’m so incredibly tempted to just leave it at that … you have no idea. However, I’m guessing some of you would appreciate a little elaboration.

When it comes to a legally-binding wedding, the only things truly necessary are (1) people who want to get married, (2) a marriage license, and (3) someone to marry them (but not always — you can do a self-uniting ceremony in Pennsylvania, which doesn’t require an officiant). Other than that, it’s all optional. But you certainly wouldn’t know that from reading most wedding blogs or buying into the WIC.

When I was engaged, I got wrapped into the whole “OMG, must find the perfect favor!!!” mind trap, just like many of you. And you know what my perfect favor ended up being? A whole lot of nothing. That’s right — I had a wedding and *gasp* didn’t give my guests any favors. And nobody complained. They were too busy eating, drinking, dancing and socializing.

In addition to not needing to provide favors, you also don’t have to give goodie bags to your traveling guests. It’s a nice gesture, and will likely be appreciated by folks who get to their hotel and just want a bottle of water that doesn’t cost a fortune, but it’s not required. This is especially true if this will end up breaking the budget. Trust me — if I had to choose between inviting a couple more guests or providing out-of-town folks with a bag full of goodies, you can bet I’d choose to celebrate with those additional guests!

Are you planning on providing favors for your guests? What are you using? Or are you rebelling against the WIC and going without? Let us know in the comments below!

Winning Wednesday: Get Your Big Day Set with Elegant Wedding Invites

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?

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The Best, BAB-Approved Cyber Monday Deals For Brides!


CONGRATS! You survived Thanksgiving Day sales and Black Friday sales (or maybe you opted out of them entirely!), but now it’s CYBER MONDAY. Time to totally pretend you’re working while secretly buying shizz online! We’ve rounded up a few of the BEST CM deals for brides from our friends, partners, and affiliates in the wedding biz.

ModCloth is of course killin’ it with Cyber Monday – 20% off @ Modcloth on EVERYTHING you could ever possibly want. (Which, let’s admit, is quite a lot.) Stock up on bridesmaid dresses, bridal accessories, bridal pumps, whatever your broke-ass heart desires!

Layla Grace, purveyor of fab gifts for the home and for the hostess, is offering FREE SHIPPING on every order with the coupon code SHIP4FREE. They’re also surprising 10 lucky Cyber Monday shoppers by throwing a $100 gift card in their outgoing orders! They have a lot of gorgeous pieces to round out your wedding tables, so be sure to take a gander!

Plus size BABs: Kiyonna.com is offering 30% off on orders of $150 or more. If you’re looking for a high quality, curve-flattering dress for your engagement party, shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, or even the wedding itself – we highly recommend Kiyonna.

Looking for totally chic bridal party ensembles? Weddington Way is having a fab Cyber Monday Sale. Get 15% Off all bridesmaid dresses and accessories through December 3rd with coupon code GIVETHANKS15.

The babes at Ban.do are offering 20% off and FREE SHIPPING on all their darling hair accessories and shoe clips!

TBDress.com is offering up to 95% off site-wide on special occasion, bridesmaid, and wedding dresses, plus get an extra 10% off when you purchase two items or more! (Our math skills are sketchy, but…that means their stuff is almost free, right?!)

If you’re planning on having a candy bar/buffet at your wedding, OR handing out candy favors, Candy Galaxy is offering $25 off your order through December 3rd with coupon code: BIGWIN25.

If you’re on the hunt for personalized wedding favors, our friends at Beaucoup are offering 20% off site-wide with coupon code CYBER20, with no minimum purchase required!

Shopping for wedding stationery? MagnetStreet is offering 25% off all stationery orders with the coupon code WE28TK through December 3rd!

Wedding Paper Divas is also offering 25% off site-wide, PLUS get FREE SHIPPING with coupon code “FS13″.

We’re running our own little sale in the BAB advertising department! If you’re a wedding vendor or biz, you can enjoy 15% off any ad purchase over $125, today only! Just email our high advertising priestess Christen (christen@brokeassbride.com) for deets!

Speaking of our wedding vendor readership, if you have a special CM deal to pimp, or if you know of a killer deal for BABs elsewhere on the web, post it in the comments, sil vous plais!

Win This + Weekend Wrap-up: Sparkle and Shine With Tanks From The House of Bachelorette!

I’m either getting ready in the “Future Mrs. ___” tank or The House of Bachelorette’s “I’m Getting Married, Bitches” hoodie. I haven’t decided.

How cute are these before and after personalized rhinestone tanks? SUPER CUTE is the correct answer! Not only does The House of Bachelorette offer these sweet tanks, they have everything you could possibly need for a proper hen party from pretty to provocative, from tiaras to titillating games! Skip  the skeezy shops where the clerks eyeball you up and down when you plop an armload of doe night goods on the countertop–when you shop online, you can be in your house and The House of Bachelorette at the same time. The House of Bachelorette offers free shipping on orders over $69, has a different item on special every single day, AND offers free printables to help you have the best party ever! This week, one lucky BAB will win a set of personalized before and after tank tops from The House of Bachelorette. Want a free entry? Subscribe to our newsletter!

Plus, this week EVERYONE wins: The House of Bachelorette is offering all BABs $5 off an order of $25 or more with the code: BrokeBride to help you get your bachelorette party rocking!

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Before we check out for a nice loooooong weekend, we just want to share a few fantastic deals from the BAB community:

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! PLUS, the first 20 brides to use this special coupon code can get 15% off the app itself: BrokeAss0524.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 30th). 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 a 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.)

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! You only have ten more days, so get on it!

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.

Fabulous designer of custom couture gowns Nina K.L. is offering BABs an amazing deal: 20% off your order when you mention BAB *and* a free lingerie bag!

Happy Friday, BABs!

{DIY or DIE} We’re Baking Up Delicious Cherry Pie Pop Favors With Bella Baker!

Today we’ve got an especially tasty treat for our BABs today – our guest blogger Lauryn Cohen from Bella Baker has provided us with her signature pie pop recipe! What could possibly bowl over your wedding guests better than pie pops?! Lauryn vends made-to-order sweets, wedding cakes, and wedding treats to the good people of NYC and beyond! (We STRONGLY encourage our NYC  BABs to give Bella Baker your business! Her work is top-notch!) So without further ado…

I just got married a little over a year ago so I know firsthand how quickly costs can add up. One thing I had my heart set on was providing my guests with special favors at the end of the night. I loved the idea of giving guests a little gift to take home with them as a thank you, but after shopping around online, I found that adding a favor would add on a good chunk of change to my budget. Maybe it was all that bridal adrenaline, but I decided I would make my own favor…and since I am a baker, after all, I settled on making something that was not only sweet looking, but sweet tasting as well.

I love these pie pops as a favor at a rustic style wedding. And I promise you, any bride can make them! If you’re not into baking from scratch you can easily sub in store-bought pie crust and filling, and don’t worry, it will be our little secret (and the pops will still be just as adorable)!

These pie pops work great for wedding favors, bridal showers, engagement parties or any other occasion where you want to add a little sweet touch to the event! 

Flaky Pie Crust

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons sugar

1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cold (or frozen) and cut into 48 small pieces

1/2 cup vegetable shortening

6 – 7 tablespoons ice water

Instructions:

Put flour, salt and sugar in the bowl of a food processor and combine. Add the butter and shortening and pulse until mixture resembles coarse peas or cornmeal. There will still be chunks of butter and that is fine. Sprinkle the water, one or two tablespoons at a time over the mixture and pulse a couple of times in between each addition of water. Test the dough by pinching it. If it holds together it is ready, if not, add some additional water until the mixture begins to clump together. Remove the dough from the food processor bowl and lightly knead it into two flat disks. Wrap each disk in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Dough can be made and refrigerated up to 3 days ahead of time.

After the dough has chilled, remove it from the refrigerator. Sprinkle flour onto a clean work surface and, using a rolling pin, gently roll out your dough, lifting the dough from underneath and sprinkling additional flour if the dough begins to stick slightly on to your work surface.

Once the dough reaches 1/4 inch in thickness, use a 2 or 3 inch round biscuit cutter or a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut shapes out of the pie dough.

 

Cherry Filling

Ingredients:

5 to 6 cups fresh pitted cherries

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 – 2 teaspoons lemon zest

2/3 cup sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

In a saucepan over medium heat combine all ingredients except for the vanilla extract. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and continue to simmer for about 15 minutes. Stir in the vanilla extract, remove from heat and cool before using.

To make your pie pops:

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Place half the dough circles or hearts onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Place a 6 inch lollipop stick on top of each circle, pressing gently so it sticks into the dough circle, going about half way up the circle. Add about a teaspoon of filling to each dough circle or heart and place another dough circle or heart on top. Use the tines of a fork to carefully crimp together the edges of the dough. It is important to make sure that your dough it securely closed around the entire circle so that your filling does not leak out.

Egg Wash

Ingredients:

1 large egg

1 tablespoon milk or heavy cream

Instructions:

Beat egg and milk (or cream) until combined and brush on the top of each pie pop.

Bake pie pops in oven for 10 – 12 minutes. Crust should look golden brown. Remove from oven and cool completely, then decorate with personalized tags, like the “Sweetie Pie” ones I made, with ribbon or fabric.

Thanks, Lauryn! BABs, how badly are you dying to try these? I wanna cram like three of these into my gob like RIGHT NOW. 

{Partner Intro + A Giveaway!} PhotoBoothFrames.com Helps Put Your Photo Booth Memories On Full Display

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We all know how rad and funtastic photo booths are for weddings. Snag some good pals, don wacky props and get yer pose on. But what to do with all those wild, wonderful and hilarious photos after the wedding? Sure, the bride and groom might get a disk or coffee table book of all of them, but what about the guests? If they’re anything like me, they’ll have a refrigerator so chock-full of photo booth strips that finding the door handle is like a treasure hunt, and so many are curling/bent that I’m afraid to get near them lest they crumble into dust.

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Which is why Broke-Ass Bride is thrilled to welcome our newest partner, PhotoBoothFrames.com. With PhotoBoothFrames.com’s offerings, you can proudly display the wedding day shenanigans without having to worry about protecting your fragile photo booth prints. Not only does PhotoBoothFrames.com offer a wide variety of sizes and customizable options for your frames, but they truly understand the BAB: By cutting out the middle man and offering wholesale prices, you avoid the mark-up. Huzzah! We know how you brides lurve to save. They got your back on this.

But the savings don’t end there – because they truly love you, PhotoBoothFrames.com is offering both a giveaway AND a discount to you broke-asses!

One Grand Prize winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to PhotoBoothFrames.com.

One First Place winner will receive 100 bookmarks.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling us how badly you want it. Make sure to include a Twitter handle or email address (formatted like so: contest at brokeassbride dot com) so we can notify you properly! We’ll be picking a winner Sunday, Sept. 2. 

Oh, and the awesome doesn’t stop there! PhotoBoothFrames.com is throwing a little extra something your way! BABs will get 10% off any purchase on PhotoBoothFrames.com site using the code “BROKE” – SCORE!