Broke-Ass Tag: Wedding Inspiration


Affiliate Disclaimer NewI’ve had the idea of carnival weddings on my mind ever since Rachel revealed that would be the theme for her Ohio nuptials. I’ve seen a few weddings with the theme before and have always loved the fun, colorful, eclectic vibes and gorgeous blend of whimsy and romance. It’s kind of impossible not to feel like a kid at heart when attending an event with a carnival theme, and what better time to incorporate games into a celebration? But finding those little extras to help pull the whole thing together can be a little tough.Have no fear, though, my dear, because our homies over at Beau-Coup have tons of the little details that can make a big impact on your wedding day, and they have no shortage of goodies that would be perfect for a carnival wedding.

Beau-Coup Rock Candy on a Stick

Rock Candy on a Stick, $150 for a box of 120

This childhood throwback can easily serve double-duty: Place them in a nice vessel with a flower or big colorful lollipop to act as centerpieces and invite your guests to help themselves after dinner for an extra sweet treat!

Beau-Coup Hot Air Balloon Paper Lanterns

Hot Air Balloon Paper Lanterns, $13.95-$15.95 for a set of 3

These are so fun and classically whimsical! Keep it simple and hang them over a designated spot — like the head table, cake table or guest book area — or got wild and fill up your space with them to keep tons of vertical interest.Beau-Coup Mini Classic Gumball Machine

Mini Classic Gumball Machines, $2.75-$3.25 each

How freaking adorable are these?!? Snag a bunch in your colors to serve as favors or just scatter them through the reception space for a fun visual detail.
Beau-Coup Celebration Balloons

Celebration Balloons, $6.95 per set

Skip the standard chair sashes or signs and let these fun tasseled balloons hover over your chairs.

Beau-Coup Personalized Popcorn Boxes

Personalized Popcorn Boxes, $$11.95-$14.95 for sets of 12

What’s a carnival without some popcorn? Rent an old-timey popcorn machine and pass out these fun boxes in your colors for a fun late-night snack.

How fun are these little extras? What theme are you going with for your wedding?


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    Affiliate Disclaimer NewEtsy AncientWisdomBuddha Wedding Fund Piggy Bank

    Wedding Fund Piggy Bank available from Etsy seller AncientWisdomBuddha

    Let’s talk savings. That’s why we’re all here right? When you are a serious tightwad like me, you plan to save. Being a Broke-Ass, I have no choice but to be a saver, so over the years, I have become pretty good at it. I’m always over here tryin’ to make a dollar outta 15 cents! So, in the effort to maximize our money to get the wedding we want, I have been mapping out a few things that are going to help us save. In life, timing is everything. If you time it right, you can do amazing things with very little. Here are just a few ways that I plan to time my purchases to make the most of our wedding budget.

    If you are planning your event a year out, you can take advantage of clearance and end of the season sales to save some serious loot! Here are some of the things that I plan to find on the low-low as we plan an outdoor budget bash for next June:

    • White Christmas lights (Will certainly be on sale after 12/25!)
    • Ribbon (We plan to use the colors gold and rose gold in our dĂ©cor, so I may be able to find some solid color clearance holiday ribbon after Christmas!)
    • Outdoor lighting, lanterns, solar lights, etc. (Should be able to find some sales towards the end of the summer season)
    • Outdoor dining items (pretty beverage dispensers, trays and platters, etc. Also on sale at the end of the summer.)
    • Tents. I may or may not need another one, but they have 10×10 and10x20 white tents at many places. You can probably find them on clearance at the end of the summer/fall outdoor seasons. These can easily be dressed up with sheer tulle or other fabrics. If buying the tent will run you the same or less than a rental, why not buy one on the cheap and sell it later to recoup some cash!

    If you think about timing your purchases, you can really pinch some pennies in your planning!

    Then there’s the DIY. I plan on up-cycling some things into DIY projects for our dĂ©cor. One of which is crafting some pretty centerpieces out of wine bottles. The bonus to this is that I get to drink the wine first! So, instead of tossing that bottle into the recycle bin, it’s now going into an up-cycle bin for me to use later! The wedding is still a year out, but when it comes time to dazzle up those bottles with some spray paint and glitter, that will be my only real cost for that part of the centerpieces because let’s face it … I was going to drink the wine anyway! I’m also saving glass jars. All shapes, all sizes, and my wedding is highlighting my hoarder tendencies, but it’s all for the greater good. The jars can make for cute lighting with some sand and tea light candles. They can be crafted to hang from trees or shepherds hooks with some wire or twine. So again, instead of buying flats of mason jars, I can just save the different shaped jars that we normally use and throw out. It doesn’t save me a fortune, but in this wedding game, every penny counts!

    Do you have any great ideas about sales or up-cycling that will save you some loot as you plan your big day?

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    If you had asked me 10 years ago what my ideal wedding style was, I would have said a classy black and white affair. I thought it was elegant and timeless, and completely eliminated the task of choosing colors or decor that might go out of style down the road. Really, I still feel that way. I do not think you can go wrong with…

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    There's long-held idea that a Broke-Ass wedding means a DIY, craft-filled fete. And sure, some of us are absolutely skilled at making the pretty from scratch, but others of us (like yours truly) don't have a single crafty bone in their body (for serious: I consider taking a can of spray paint to something a major DIY accomplishment) and are still totes focused on making our…

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    K2 Awards Personalized Mason Jars

    It's your wedding day, so shout it from the rooftops! And don't let anyone forget it, either. Personalizing favors or small elements throughout your wedding is a great way to seal the memory of your celebration without going overboard (you don't need a bat signal, I promise). Broke-Ass homie K2 Awards has a huge selection of glassware you can customize with your wedding motif, initials or…

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  • 11/25


    Holy cow, you guys, it's already Thanksgiving! The holidays are upon us. But before I run off to be thankful, let's see if I can help out our dear reader, Hannah, who is on the hunt for a gown for her December wedding. She writes: "Please! I need your help in the worst way!! I have fallen head-over-heels for the "Londyn" dress by Hayley Paige…

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    Love must be in the air: Between my graduate school cohort, the assistant lecturers with whom I share an office, and my Facebook news feed, I think I’ve seen about 10 engagements, six weddings, three babies, and one vow renewal in the last month alone. All this love and excitement lately has me feeling a little nostalgic; as a person who had a Pinterest board full…

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    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 dĂ©cor 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…

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  • 11/13

    Zime Personalized Peg Wedding Cake Topper

    Happy Friday, Broke-Asses! It's starting to get a little chilly in my little corner of North Texas, but that just means nights around the fire pit with good friends, good beer and good music, plus some super cute and cozy outfits. But I digress. I've been thinking a lot about small, fairly inexpensive ways to ultra-personalize your wedding day. From rubber stamps to complementing your…

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