Broke-Ass Tag: Wedding Inspiration


And that’s okay!


We’re a little over two months out from our wedding, so Russel and I decided to check out the progress at our venue this past weekend. It was actually a triple-duty trip to Amish country — we worked on our invitations, stopped by the fairgrounds, and spent QT with my parents. Our summer has been insanely busy, so we haven’t been able to visit them much in the past couple months. My mom has been working non-stop on wedding stuff, so it was cool to see everything in person. I am talking centerpieces, bouquets,¬†boutonnieres, coloring canvas, ceremony backdrop, and on and on and on. She’s a machine.

Anyway, back to the venue. It’s kind of a little crazy there. Members of the fair board have been working around the clock to get things done, and they also have volunteers there on a daily basis helping with any and all projects they can get their hands on. I actually felt like a bit of an a-hole stopping by and snapping pics while others were hard at work, but I digress. They’re pouring concrete, moving grandstands, painting, building walls … and a million other things.

fair entrance

What will be the main entrance to the fairgrounds…we hope. (All pics by me)

There have definitely been some surprises along the way, but we expected that when we chose a venue that was pretty much nonexistent at the time of booking. There are two little buildings that were not on the original drawings of the fairgrounds, but I think we can actually use them to our advantage. I think my bridesmaids and I will be hanging out in one while the guests arrive, and the other may be a good spot for a mini-bar that will be close to where all of our yard games are set up. It will be nice to not have to walk all the way up to the main barn for a beverage or snack.

large barn

The little red barn was a surprise, but will come in handy. The large barn behind it is our back-up plan if it rains. It’s humongous, so we will be able to have our ceremony and all of our games in there if need be.

There are some ugly electrical panels scattered throughout the grounds, but there is exactly nothing I can do about them, so I am not even gonna stress. I mean, we need electricity, so really I’m ecstatic they are there. Plus, I think we can put our food stands in front of several of them to block them out.

fair pano

There’s my handsome fiance standing near one of the ugly, but necessary panels. I think my ‘maids and I will be in the little red building on the far right. The old bank barn on the left is where the reception will be held, and weather permitting, we will get married in front of it. All the usuals will be inside — bar, dance floor, DJ, tables and chairs, guestbook area, etc.

We are super jazzed about all of the open space we have to work with. And even if the grass looks like butt, who cares? Hint: not me. Do I seem relaxed? I feel pretty relaxed about the whole thing.

There are three full weeks until the fair kicks off, so I am very interested to see how everything looks by then. They are certainly busting ass, that much is for sure. Once the fair is over, we will have another seven weeks before our wedding. My mom will have free reign over the old bank barn that entire time, so that should be plenty of time for her to work her magic on the decor. All in all, we are happy with how things have worked out. If it’s not a picture-perfect space, that’s okay. The day itself can still be perfect, and for $400 … yeah, it’s all good.

  • 6/7

    Sponsored Post DisclaimerDIY Wedding Flowers from Sam's ClubDIY wedding flowers can be a tough project to take on — especially when it comes to figuring out where the hell to order your blooms from. Putting your trust in a wholesaler you’re not entirely familiar with could potentially result in flowers that are a bit off-color (uh, peach and hot pink aren’t the same, y’all) and it can be tough to find bulk flowers for good prices from local sources, unless you have a mad hookup at your farmer’s market. Deliver times can also be difficult — many bulk floral wholesalers require orders be placed at least a month in advance. And let’s be real, flowers aren’t a priority for everyone, so for those who aren’t as fanatical about flora, finding an affordable option is key.

    Bulk Flowers

    Photo: Little Wedding Extras

    Which is why we love Sam’s Club for our DIY florals. The retailer, better known for their brick-and-mortar membership warehouses, actually has a pretty baller selection of blooms¬†and greenery on their website and is one of my go-to places when brides ask me for suggestions on where to order their stems from. And as an extra bonus, the flowers are delivered right to your¬†casa, so there’s no running about wasting precious DIY time — you can get those puppies fed and watered the second they land on your doorstep. And you don’t even need a membership to order online!

    Israeli Ruscus and Hydrangea Table Decor || Photo: Shaina Sheaff Photography

    Photo: Shaina Sheaff Photography

    Don’t think you’ll be stuck with your garden variety (heh) carnations and roses (though both are great options for larger colorful blooms). Hydrangea, lilies, peonies, irises and more are among their huge selection — and they’re super high-quality. But one of my favorite thing to turn to Sam’s Club for is the greenery — which is super in right now. For couples who love the look of lots of green with a little pop of floral here and there, Sam’s Club can’t be beat for ruscus and eucalyptus, which both come in well under $100 for 200 stems. (The ruscus and hydrangea in the above photo both came from Sam’s Club.)

    Top Five Reasons Why We Love Sam’s Club for Flowers:

    • They’re affordable (uh, hello peonies at ~$3 per stem!)
    • They’re timely, with as little as one week between order and delivery date
    • They’re high-quality and packed with care — you’re not likely to get broken and bruised blooms
    • They’re convenient (no need to leave your house to get your blooms)
    • They have a great selection

    You’ve already dedicated yourself to taking on a lot just by DIYing your flowers, so make it easy on yourself by ordering the blooms from Sam’s Club.

  • 6/3

    A Real Wedding that Eschews Tradition || Photo: Timony Siobhan

    Longtime Broke-Ass Bride friend Georgia Hardstark emailed us recently about sharing her fun, funky, tradition-eschewing, $16,000 wedding. In the true spirit of The Broke-Ass Bride, Georgia and her husband had the wedding they wanted -- at the venue they loved, in the clothes they adored, with the decorations they actually gave a shit about -- and all within their budget and paid for the wholeshebang…

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    DIY or DIE 3D Geometric Paper Garland

    I cooked this fun little geometric garland project up for¬†Little Wedding Extras, but this has all the makings of a great DIY or DIE¬†project: A.) It's super easy. You trace, cut, fold and glue or tape. Painting is totally optional. B.) It doesn't have to be wedding-specific. I love a project that can be recycled for home use later. (Christen is using this for #babything's…

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    Etsy ChicagoFactory Mutual Weirdness Forever Cake Topper

    Cake toppers are a fun way to add a personalized touch to your wedding reception without spending a billion bucks. Whether you're going all out with a multi-tier cake, are doing a fun twist with individual cupcakes or are turning the whole cake tradition on its head and opting for pie, donuts or some other kind of awesome treat, a cake topper gives your sweet…

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  • 5/4

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    On top of making my wedding dress and flowers for my centerpieces, I came to the conclusion not that long ago to yes, DIY most of our printable materials for the wedding as well. This isn't because I'm a crazy-insane person that decided to take on even more to DIY during our wedding planning chaos, but resulted from not finding the exact kind of designs…

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    Beau-Coup Rock Candy on a Stick

    I'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…

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    Etsy 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!…

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  • 3/30


    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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