Broke-Ass Tag: wedding photos


Affiliate Disclaimer NewIt’s been a hot second since we’ve done a good Five for Friday around here, and I’m switching it up a little this week. Mixbook recently gave me the opportunity to put together my own hardcover photo book (because I got married, y’all) and I thought I’d take this opportunity to tell you my top five reasons why I’m super stoked I went this route to show off my wedding photos.¬†We did a simple courthouse elopement on May 4 (whaddup, Star Wars Day!) and Shannon (yes, of Real Bride fame) helped me out bigtime by doing my hair, making a gorgeous peony bouquet and tagging along to act as witness and snap some pics. Because gone are the days of having printouts of all your wedding snaps and here are the days of uploading all that shizz to social media for friends and family far and wide to ogle, I wanted to do something a little different and a little special. My husband is a huge fan of sentiment and really appreciates thoughtfully put together gifts — for instance, for our second Christmas together, I had an illustration of the two of us and our first cat commissioned, based on our favorite photo together that year — and because he enjoys these kinds of gifts so much, I try to pull one out of my hat as often as possible. I saw this opportunity with Mixbook to do just that. Guys, he freaking loved this. He teared up a little, and even took it to work the following day to show it off to his coworkers (god, I love him). So, aside from making my grown-ass husband weepy, here are five of my top reasons to get wedding photos made into a photo book:

Mixbook Photo Book Cover

They look damn good.

The hardcover is glossy and high-quality and the pages are durable and thick.¬†I opted for a 10◊10 Deluxe Square Hardcover (which costs about $50-ish). I played around with a few different pre-selected designs before I kind of just decided to go with my own. The colors reproduced really well, which pleases me.

Mixbook Page Detail with Bouquet

You can tell your own story.

Mixbook has preset options where you can fill in the blanks with your information or you can do as I did and scrap the whole shebang and make it entirely yours. I wanted to highlight these details about our wedding day, but I also wanted to include little quips and snippets from our relationship throughout, and I was able to do just that.

Mixbook overlay and page layout detail

The layout is only limited by your imagination.

Did I mention it took me nearly a month to put this together? No joke. I kept switching things around, trying new layouts and options and switching this and that until I was finally satisfied. I get really picky about things like this — you should see how long it takes me to set up a website or arrange furniture — because I want to be sure it’s the most aesthetically pleasing as possible. I love that I was able to add a fun overlay, like on the right, while including all of our photos in various order and being able to cohesively weave our story through the pages.

Mixbook Page Detail with Text

Fun extras add a little sumthin’-sumthin’.

Once I found the stickers, and especially this script sticker with a gold background, I was lost down a rabbit hole for at least an hour. For the pages where you just need that little something extra, but aren’t sure what, these are perfect. Mixbook also provides a number of background textures and graphics so you’re not stuck with white pages throughout.

Mixbook Lay-Flat detail

The lay-flat design provides seamlessness.

If you opt for a hardcover lay-flat book, you don’t have to worry about the pages getting all wonky and losing part of the image in the seam. My book only has 21 pages, and none of the images cross the center threshold, but I love this feature nonetheless.

My Mixbook is a durable heirloom that I can’t wait to show off to our family when they come to visit, and we can show to our son when he gets older. While we do plan on having one or two of the images from our little wedding day framed, this photo book is perfect for telling our story and preserving our love.

And right now, enjoy up to 50% off (30% off orders under $50, 40% off orders $50+ and 50% off orders $100+) when you use code SUMMER at checkout until 7/18!

  • 8/12

    So you’re planning a wedding.

    Duh. You’re here.

    It’s a little overwhelming sometimes, isn’t it? Chances are, this is your first merry-go-round and you’re kinda sorta just learning as you’re going. And man, that can be tough. You probably had to wade through one of those big ol’ websites that have ALL the information, and then you probably narrowed down your specifications by budget, aesthetics, ideas … and somewhere in all that Google-fu, you landed on The Broke-Ass Bride. Yay! So you’re getting some awesome tips on how to have a badass wedding on a broke-ass budget. I’m here for you.

    So here for you, in fact, that I’ve got another tip for you: If you haven’t found your photographer yet, get thee over to Photographer Central. The super pretty, super new website is a registration-free (yay! No random emails! No extra password to remember!) database of shutterbugs, searchable by style (portrait, plants, kids, weddings, etc.) and location, then can be further narrowed down by style, price, distance and then some.

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    Guys, seriously? This is great. If you tried to run these kinds of criteria through a search engine, you’d have to wade through a holy mass of websites to maybe find what you want.

    By the way, when I said “registration-free” I really meant ALL THE WAY free. Like, FREE-99, yo. It costs you exactly zero, zip, zilch to use this site and find the photog who will be snapping away on your wedding day. And you don’t have to click all over the place to try to find relevant photos that show off their styles — because rather than itty bitty thumbnails, Photographer Central‘s interface displays the sample images front ‘n’ center. BOOM.

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    You can save your favorites for later reference, suss out minimum coverage prices and get other key information, including contact deets, and compare all the pertinents. Ya dig?

    Wedding planning doesn’t have to cost a ton of money or be uber complicated. Photographer Central knows this. Check ’em out, and keep up on Facebook and Twitter.

  • 10/15

    Hey newlyweds! Congratulations! Your wedding is finished, you survived the big day and now you're ogling all your gorgeous photos and reveling in the memories of your fantastic party, full of heartfelt moments and sweet shenanigans. But what are you going to do with all those gorgeous moments caught on camera? And as for all you soon-to-be-weds, how would you like a sweet-ass deal on…

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    Editor's note: Our little Carrie is MARRIED, y'all! She just returned from her honeymoon, and we're giving her a little time to bask in newlywed-dom, but she wanted to pop in and share the good news with our fabulous readers! Join us in wishing her a hearty congrats! Greetings from married life, BABs!¬† I want to wait for our professional photos to come back before…

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    Editor's Note: Today, Carrie is dishing about the wedding photographer that made her change her mind about hiring a pro. I just wanted to take this opportunity to shout this from the rooftops - a professional wedding photographer is ALWAYS worth the splurge. (You'll notice I said a "professional" wedding photographer. While hiring a newbie or handing the task over your cousin Buzz might save…

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  • 9/19

    The big day has come and gone, and now you have a number of beautiful photographs just sitting on your hard drive or a cd...what to do with them? Why not go digital with a tablet photo album from Star Wedding Albums? Star Wedding Albums takes the photos you provide and turns them into a beautiful digital album, the files of which you can have…

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    We just introduced you to our new sponsor,¬†Wedding Republic, a couple of weeks ago. Now they're back and they've teamed up with Blurb¬†to bring you a ballin' giveaway. One slammin' couple is going to be lucky enough to score a free wedding photo book when they submit their favorite engagement photo. HUZZAH! What's at stake, you ask? Well BABs, Blurb¬†is throwing one wedding photo book…

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    You might've noticed that matting and framing your photos isn't cheap - and it's definitely not always within a broke-ass budget. If you ponied up the cash for snazzy engagement photos, and you need a simple yet elegant way to display them at your wedding, or forever after, check out The Perfect Card Box! Your favorite photos can double as fabulous wedding centerpieces or bridal…

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  • 7/7

    Full disclosure: I was that girl. You know, that girl whom, after a number of years of dating/cohabitating, becomes a dreadful nag about engagement. To be clear: I wasn't the girl who cared about what "people" would think if we didn't, or about Holy Ceremony, or even about the diamond. I was the girl who wanted to throw a terrific¬†party to celebrate her overflowing love…

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