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Real Bride Kate: Engagement Stationery and Choosing My Battles

I don’t know about the rest of the USA, but in Kansas, engagement parties are relatively uncommon. I’ve heard that they’re a growing trend, but my area’s philosophy seems to be: “Why bother? Wait for the wedding!” In Australia, however, engagement parties are a huge deal. As my Aussie friends inform me, their philosophy is: “Any excuse to celebrate!” And you know what? I think that’s pretty awesome and have jumped right on board.

How could I not be won-over to Aussie ways? They have kangaroos!

How could I not be won-over to Aussie ways? They have kangaroos!

Daniel and I are super stoked for our engagement party, which will sort of double as a going-away party for him. The sentiment is a little bittersweet, but we’re very thankful we have so many great friends and family members to wish us well in our future in the United States. We’ve finally begun making plans for the party, which for me, as a writer, always begins with stationery.

We found one, count it, ONE engagement party invitation we liked on the entire Internet. Okay, on the dozen or so sites we scoured. It is “Bubble Blowout” from Wedding Paper Divas, and it just felt perfect for us. The colors are sophisticated, the drawing of the Champagne bottle has a slight vintage feel (and conveys that celebratory spirit!), and the font mixture is really cute.

However, I’m super cautious about buying stationary online – I’ve seen too many bad cards – so I wanted samples. Of course, I’m too cheap to pay even the minimal shipping fees to acquire samples. Luckily for me, I got an email from Wedding Wire (which I had entirely forgot signing up for) advertising FREE samples from Wedding Paper Divas. Naturally, I ordered every combination of both available colors (gun metal and umber) and each paper type!

My sample package, courtesy of Wedding Paper Divas.

My sample package, courtesy of Wedding Paper Divas.

Above is the sample tri-fold I received in the mail. Inside were my requested samples, a complete guide to customizing stationary on Wedding Paper Divas, a sample of every paper type and color they offer, and a coupon! I was incredibly impressed. For someone as organized (read: anal) as me, the presentation alone was enough to secure my purchase!

Our chosen invitation style looked just as good in person as it did online, and eventually, we narrowed the field down to two options. The colors are difficult to distinguish in the pictures, but the paper type is pretty clear, I think:

Option A: Umber on “pearl white shimmer” paper.

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I love this version of the design. I thought the golden colors showed a good tone variety, where the grey tones in the other design lacked distinction. I also really like the shimmer paper, because, you know, shiny. Alas, I was outvoted by everyone!

Option B: Gun metal on “signature white textured” paper.

Sample from Wedding Paper Divas

My mom likes the grey, because it looks a little purple, her favorite color.

My future mother-in-law likes the grey slightly better than the umber, and she thought the shimmer paper was too “wedding” (which I can concede). Plus, the super-adorable thank-you notes she bought are grey, and I’m all for matching. (They seriously are adorable … they are little cardstock picture frames with room to write notes inside!)

Daniel does not care about the paper type, but he insists on the grey, because his wedding suit, our wedding bands, and every other piece of jewelry we own is grey/white gold/silver.

I’ve decided to let myself be outvoted and save my “bridal veto” power for something else down the track. Plus, there are bound to be hundreds of wedding details that I care about more than Daniel, so I’ll give him a win since he was surprisingly passionate about having the grey invitations. After all, you’ve got to pick your battles, right?

With the stationery selected, the rest of the details are falling into place. We have a location (Daniel’s parents’ house) and a tentative date and guest list. The only tricky detail has been how to ask for only monetary gifts, as Daniel is moving to the USA, so any housewares we received would be too bulky to move or ship (for a reasonable price) and anything electronic could not work without a converter. However, my uber-creative future MILL saved the day by writing a fantastic poem that explains our predicament and politely conveys our request. I won’t spoil the surprise by posting it here, but trust me: it is lovely and oh-so perfect.

Needless to say, I am one happy bride-to-be! I love having plans set in stone, and once we nail down the final date and guest list, I will be over-the-moon with joy! (You know, until I have to deal with the stress of starting the real wedding planning…for both weddings!)

Until next time,

Five for Friday: Gorgeous Invitations from Marchesa + Wedding Paper Divas

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Happy Friday, Broke-Asses! I recently got a hot tip that beautiful, illustrious fashion house Marchesa launched a collaboration with our ever-adored partners Wedding Paper Divas to make some seriously stunning invitations. Here are my five favorite offerings from this killer partnership:

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Sumptuous Swirls, $184 for 100.

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Night Blooms, $184 for 100.

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Breathtaking Blossoms, $184 for 100.

lithe_lace-signature_white_wedding_invitations-marchesa-blackLithe Lace, $184 for 100.

beaded_flair-signature_white_wedding_invitations-marchesa-cashmere_pink-pinkBeaded Flair, $184 for 100.

Aren’t these invitations swoonworthy? Which is your favorite?

 

 

Sales & Deals: Stash Some Cash with These Huge Stationery Discounts

Man, you guys, my email inbox just EXPLODED with these killer deals that are waaayyyy too good to pass up.

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Tiny Prints is having a gargantuan 40% off sale on thank-you cards today only (sale ends at 8 a.m. tomorrow). There’s a bajillion cute styles, but this dotted “Streaming Shapes” style caught my eye hard.

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And over at Ann’s Bridal Bargains, they’re Semi-Annual Sale means you get to knock a sizable 20% off your order. So, if you’re looking for invitations to send out to 100 households at $1 each, you’re looking at pretty much getting 20 invites fo FREE-99! Just use code VOWWOW at checkout (This deal slips into never-never land on 3/11).

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Minted is having a 15% off sale on everything baby + kids related. Use code BKSPRING15 at check out (ends 3/17).

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WeddingPaperie.com is shaving 20% off your order with the use of checkout code WPMAR20 (good through 4/6).

So get on over and take advantage of these great deals!

Win This: Send Out 100 Amazing Save The Dates From The Memory Trunk!

People are so darn busy lately that save the dates are becoming necessary to remind them that yes, they do have plans the third week of August, and not only do they have plans, but they have GREAT plans. A beautiful, vibrant save the date makes people excited about your wedding every time they see it, and there’s no better place to get custom save the dates than The Memory Trunk. The Memory Trunk will work side by side with you, creating the perfect save the date from scratch–working with your style and your colors to make a cohesive whole that will make everyone excited to get their mail. Smiles all around, courtesy The Memory Trunk! This week everyone wins: The Memory Trunk is offering all Broke-Ass Bride readers a 5% discount on their orders from now until August 1st with the code BROKEASS2014! That’s on save the dates, full invitation suites, your entire order!

This week, one lucky BAB will win 100 save the dates from The Memory Trunk (white or off-white matte paper with matching envelopes)! Want it bad? Get an easy entry by subscribing to our bi-weekly newsletter! It’s packed full of the best deals, steals, and giveaways from across the web (plus some BAB exclusive deals) and we’ll never spam ya!
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Five for Friday: Claire Pettibone’s Beautiful Wedding Invitations

Happy Friday, Broke-Asses! I love this time of year, when all the new wedding-y stuff starts making the Interwebz rounds, because it increases my ogling time significantly … and lucky me! A good portion of my job is to find and ogle pretty things! This week, in honor of amazeballz wedding dress designer Claire Pettibone’s new invitation line with Wedding Paper Divas, I hand-picked my 5 favorite designs to share with you! 

Earthly Paradise, starting at $184 for 100.

Fairytale Romance, starting at $239 for 100.

Fluttering Forever, starting at $239 for 100.

Rustic Vineyard, starting at $194 for 100.

 Soaring Love, starting at $174 for 100.

Aren’t these gorgeous? Head on over to Wedding Paper Divas to check out the full collection and tell us which is your favorite!

Make It Yours: A Rose Gold Wedding

It takes the alloying of two metals to create rose gold: gold and copper. When blended together, they make a gorgeous pink hue that’s not only romantic, but also symbolic of the merging of your lives. On-trend for 2014 but also a classic, the blush tones of a rose gold wedding will be warm, inviting, and nothing short of breathtaking. To prevent rose gold overload, try mixing with cream…or for a fun pop of color, mint!

Clockwise from center:

Luella gown, BHLDN

Rosette flats, BHLDN

Essie Penny Talk, Amazon

Infinity Bracelet, Zulily

Arrow through heart necklace, Amazon

Rose gold hair comb, Treasures 570

Hanabi bridal belt, Something Ivory

Vintage morganite and diamond ring, Blue Nile

Rose gold plated wedding band, Amazon

 

Clockwise from center:

Watters Mahogany in Buff, Weddington Way

Butter London Champers, Amazon

Go for the Rose Gold Flat, ModCloth

Let Love Blossom necklace , ModCloth

Rose gold hair comb, LuluSplendor

Club Rochelier rose gold zip-around clutch, Amazon

Kate Spade Skinny Mini Bow Bangle, Nordstrom

Clockwise from center:

Rose gold wishing tree guestbook, Krystles Weddings

Rose gold champagne burlap and lace bunting cake topper, A Fete Beckons

Rose gold caviar sequin linens, Joe’s Prophouse

Rose gold cake knife and server, The Vintage Wedding

Mr. Watters wedding invitations, Minted

Martha Stewart Rose Quartz craft paint, Amazon

Rose gold salad set, West Elm

DIY Wine bottles painted with Krylon Copper, Amazon

Score Awesome Invitations + A Killer Deal With MagnetStreet

BABs, let’s talk paper. There’s a lot of paper involved in weddings, from checklists, to contracts to the copious amount of dollar bills you shell out, to your invitation suite: the pièce de résistance of wedding paper. And man, they can be expensive, with add-ons like RSVP cards, self-addressed envelopes and rehersal dinner invites, adding hundreds to your final tally.

But Broke-Ass partner MagnetStreet takes the pain out of paper products and helps you keep some of your hard-earned cash in your wallet. With a plethora of free samples (paper samples, color swatches, custom artwork downloads, photo booth props … just to name a few), and a ridiculous amount of customization options and customer service options that will put your mind at ease, MagnetStreet is a no-brainer for wedding stationery shopping.

Add in some rockin’ tools, like being able to save your color palette and shop accordingly, as well as budget guides and checklists, MagnetStreet has got your back for a multitude of wedding planning conundrums.

ALSO: They’re having a killer salethat lets you choose how much you save. Right now on MagnetStreet, you can take advantage of one of these  awesome options:

  • Spend $100, get $15 off
  • Spend $200, get $40 off
  • Spend $300, get $75 off
  • Spend $500, get $150 off

So head on over and start your planning the wedding invitation suite o’ your dreams.

Win This: Send Out 75 Mega Awesome Save The Dates From Brown Fox Creative!

Every single time I get a save the date in the mail with a cutesy-poo photograph on it, I squeal a little with delight. If I received one of the uber-cute ones from Brown Fox Creative, my squeal would likely be heard around the block. What makes Brown Fox Creative Save the Dates different? Everything Brown Fox Creative does is custom designed–there are no templates, so your photos aren’t just plugged in, bada bing, bada boom: a real graphic designer with years of experience is tweaking every detail. When you hire Brown Fox Creative, they’ll create 2-4 personal designs for you, from which you can choose your favorite to then refine into absolute perfection. Brown Fox Creative can do ANY style, so there are no limits to how creative you can go! Plus, their turnaround time is astounding: the whole process from start to finish (aka your doorstep) takes as little as one to three weeks. SHAMAZING! So check out Brown Fox Creative, order your save the dates, and listen for my squeal on the wind!

This week, one lucky BAB will win 75 save the dates from Brown Fox Creative! Want them bad? Get an easy free entry by subscribing to our bi-weekly newsletter! It’s packed with the best wedding deals and steals, and we’ll never spam ya!

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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!