Broke-Ass Tag: weddings



 Photo: EPLove

Last week I said that while you’re planning your wedding — like, the actual planning and choosing and deciding — you shouldn’t focus on when you’re making those decisions or feel pressured to stay on track and not fall behind, whatever that means. You have a list of checkboxes, take them on by one until they’re X’ed out. Timing is not the biggest factor.

Well, not yet.

Your wedding day on the other hand …

It’s all the contracts. How many hours you have your photographer for. How long hair and makeup has to take. When you can set up your ceremony and reception. When you have to shut the doors behind you. There are so many things that have to fit into so many time frames, within time frames. Manage it by managing your expectations:

Swifter, higher, faster? It’s a Wedding dress, not a cape.

Nothing is going to take less time to do. You will not be capable of doing more in that time than you would normally be able to. So, if hair and makeup takes three hours, make sure you have the three hours, even if it means starting earlier. If your photographer needs an hour for first look and wedding party pictures, give it to her.

Create it in order to save it

The easiest way to stay on schedule is to buffer it — Hair and makeup starts at 9, make sure everyone shows up early and ready to go. Take an hour after hair and makeup, or after the last “event” that morning, for everyone to get their stuff before you jump into the limo. If you have two hours to set up your reception, be there before the doors open, prepared and ready to use all of that time. Tell your wedding party to meet at point B 20 minutes before your ceremony. Announce last call 15 minutes before the bar is gong to close. Twirl away the last dance an hour before you have to have everything out of the venue. Lots of people — and there are always a lot of people involved, one way or another — need lots of time.

Making up for lost time

It happens. There are so many moving parts to the day, and so many distractions (most of them fun) that sometimes you fall behind. 8:45pm, photography ends at 9pm, and you haven’t done toasts — yet. Or the cake hasn’t been cut or your bouquet tossed.  Or the music has to stop and you haven’t danced with your Dad — yet.

Jump on it, and get it done, quickest to longest. Cake cutting takes five minutes. And you never have to dance to the entire song. Tell anyone who’s toasting to keep it short and tell them why. And ask your vendors for help and suggestions, okay? That’s what we’re there for.

Do you have any questions about saving time on your wedding day? Let me know in the comments below!

See you at the end of the aisle,

  • 11/21

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    As of next week, the holidays are officially here. And you know what goes great with the holidays? Bubbly! (#duh) I love, love, love bubbles. Gimme a mimosa bar or even just a cheap bottle of Andre and I’ll be stoked. I live for it. So when my girl Davon over at the soon-to-be-launched and I started chatting about holiday drink options, she jumped right in with an offer to share her top five budget-friendly bottles of sparkling wine and Champagne, which obv. makes the perfect pre-holiday Five for Friday. Or, if you’re dead-set on a Champagne toast at your wedding, but you’re working on a PBR budget, these bottles could be the answer to your issues. Because even broke-asses need a nice bottle of bubbly, amirite?

    Five for Friday- The BubbleIsta's Favorite Bubbly on A Budget

    Just because a girl is watching her pennies doesn’t mean she should have to deny herself the pleasures of sipping a little bubbly. The problem is, though, that it’s hard to find a sparkler that’s in the Broke-Ass Bride’s budget range that also tastes good. So what’s a girl to do?

    Don’t worry, The Bubbleista has got you covered. As a self-proclaimed Champagne and sparkling wine lover and aficionada, it is my duty to drink as much sparkling wine and Champagne as humanly possible, so that I can provide suggestions for you, the bubbly lover, to enjoy. I am so selfless.

    But I digress! Without further ado, here are my picks for 5 great sparkling wines for $10 and under. Yep, you read that right. Ten. Dollars. And. Under. Read on!

    1. Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut ($8):

    Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava

    This is my go-to for making bubbly cocktails like mimosa and kir royales. It a dry, lemony sparkler which makes it perfect for mixing.

    2.) Chateau Ste. Michelle ($10):

    An apple-y, citrus-y slightly sweet fizzer that works well with fried appetizers.

    3.) Poema Cava Brut ($10):

    Poema Brut Cava

    This sparkling wine has a wonderful, fruity aroma—think pears and apples and peaches.  This is a dry wine but it’s a really easy-drinking one. A versatile option, you can serve this from appetizers right through dinner.

    4.) Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava ($9):

    Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava

    This is a Spanish sparkler made in the French champagne style, so this has great creaminess and bubbles. This one is great for sipping solo as well as pairing with a variety of foods.

    5.) Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Rose ($9):

    Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Rose Cava

    Drink pink! This beautifully colored cava is full of cherry-berry aromas, strawberry flavors, and a touch of sweetness—perfect for lightly sweet dessert, fresh fruit, and even appetizers.

     There you have it! Even babes on a budget can bust open a bottle of bubbly. If any of these sparklers aren’t available at your local liquor store, or you just don’t have time to swing by, have no fear: all of these wines can be found at Cheers, and happy sipping!

  • 8/4

    The Broke-Ass Bride is proud to partner with Brides Against Breast Cancer, turning gently used designer gowns into a beacon of hope in the worldwide fight against breast cancer. If you'd like to donate your gown, here's how. If you're in need of a gown, Brides Against Breast Cancer runs a nationwide tour of gowns, and you should most definitely check it out when it…

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    OMG. YOU GUYS. I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am (and clearly, a little jealous) about this giveaway. Images provided by Spencer's. Collage made on PicMonkey. Because of my v. steadfast rule opinion that every wedding should have a disco ball, I busted my butt to try to make this happen for one very lucky Broke-Ass Bride. And thanks to our seriously fun…

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    Dear Liz,  My fiancé and I became engaged in September of last year, and we are getting married this September on our anniversary, which is so awesome! But here's the thing, we never had an engagement party. I've spoken to and read a lot of articles about how you can have an engagement party whenever, but my sister (and maid of honor) is convinced it…

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  • 12/14

    Do you have a question for Liz? Go to the contact page and let me know what's up! Credit: Alison Yin Dear Liz, I am planning an outdoor wedding in April. What do I need to have lined up for a plan B in case of rain? Signed, Rain-bowed Dear Bowed, I've had to deal with this more than a couple of times, and tents usually…

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  • 5/20

    Greetings BABs! By the time you read this on Sunday, I already will have walked down the aisle to the rousing tunes of the Pipes & Drums of the NYPD Emerald Society. I'll be stuffed full of mini burgers and candy from our penny candy themed dessert buffet. I'll have danced my first dance with my new husband, and I'll be a married woman! If…

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