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From NYC: Helping People with Weddings

Hey-o! A while back, BAB put out a call for a rad chicky in NYC to help us stay in the know on rockin’ events and killer happenings around the Big Apple. And we got just that in Michelle, who is planning her own wedding. So when she’s not busy being her radtastic self, she’s reppin’ The Broke-Ass Bride at various parties and shows in New York, then sharing her experience with y’all! Here’s Michelle:

Randy! TV Personality! Fabulous Dresser! Wedding Dress Extraordinaire! Bartender?For one night, at least, he most definitely was!  Randy Fenoli, along with other celebrities in the wedding world, volunteered their time and efforts, bartending at a Drinks and Dresses drive at TAJ Lounge in New York City.

Most importantly, this happened:


Photo credit: Michelle Yee

Even more fabulous than Randi, the event supported the New York Chapter of Wish Upon A Wedding, a wonderful organization that provides services and products to hold beautiful weddings for couples that, due to medical and financial circumstance, would not be able to hold the wedding for which they have wished. The organization works with donations and the generosity of many members in the wedding world to grant the wishes of brides and grooms to hold the wedding of their dreams and to be able to celebrate and say “I do” in the presence of their friends and family despite illness, pain and financial limitations. It puts a whole ‘nother meaning behind “dream wedding.”

Wish Upon A Wedding accepts donations in the form of cash-money and also works with their partner, Brides For A Cause, to receive donated wedding dresses that are then resold. 50% of the profits go to help couples facing terminal illnesses.

So remember when you said “yes” to the dress then you said yes to the love of your life? Save that special and beautiful dress from a boxed fate in the back of your closet and give it the opportunity to make another bride glow.

That dress brought tears to your eyes and to the eyes of your beloved.  What a beautiful legacy to your love knowing that you passed on your joy  to another couple in need.

For more information on Wish Upon a Wedding and to read the inspirational, funny, and wonderful stories about wishes they have granted, please visit their website.  To donate your dress, please visit Brides For a Cause.

{Weekend Wrap-up} A Dress Giveaway, Seattle’s Same-Sex Wedding Extravaganza & Lots of Charitable Holiday Spirit!

Maria is giving away this Casablanca dress.

This week’s Weekend Wrap-Up is full of feel-goodness. The holidays are upon us an it’s always a great time to lend a helping hand, whether you’re on the giving end or the receiving end.

First up, longtime Broke-Ass Bride reader Maria wants to pass on  something meaningful to help out a bride-to-be: Her wedding dress.

The gorgeous back of Maria’s dress.

Maria and her husband’s wedding was a public show of commitment not only to one another, but to the community that surrounds them. In her own words, ” … our wedding was not just a commitment to each other but a commitment to our friends and family. Its that memory of that celebration that keeps us grounded and helps us stay focus so that we grow closer together as a family. So I want to make it a little easier for someone else to have that same memory to help them through their relationship.” With this in mind, Maria is seeking someone who shares her and her husband’s values of  compassion, social justice and perseverance, and who would be willing to pass the dress forward after use. Dress details: 2009 Casablanca, style 1876. Size 8. Maria is 5’4″ and wore 3-inch heels, but says the dress was a bit long. The dress is a Champagne color and has a French bustle. If you’re interested or want more details, email us at Interested parties should live in L.A. or be willing to meet Maria in Los Angeles. (Please express your interest by Jan 1st!)

Our very own BAB team member Mellzah is digging in to assist with a project sex and relationship advice columnist Dan Savage started. The author and his merry team of marrying elves are in the throes of giving Seattle City Hall a makeover of epic proportions for the streams of same-sex couples that will be singing their 100% legal love to the world on Dec. 9. Get the scoop here. Mellzah is channeling her inner flower girl and handing out boutonnieres and bouquets to the blushing brides and grooms to be. Mellz and her crew are issuing a shout out to benevolent, LGBTQ-friendly florists to donate bouts and bouquets to bestow a little floral lovin’ on as many couples as possible! If you’d like to help out, here’s the event Facebook page, and you can watch Dan Savage’s video here!

But florists aren’t the only ones being called upon to lend a helping hand. Wish Upon a Wedding‘s yearly online auction opens for bidding Dec. 20 and the organization, which helps provide weddings and vow renewals for those couples — same sex or not — who face terminal illness or serious life-altering circumstances. Auction items are being accepted until Dec. 15. Wedding biz peeps can help out by donating photography packages, cakes, dresses, hotel stays … and so much more. To help out with this awesome cause, simply hop on over here for more deets.

That lovin’ feeling is still oozing out of us here at Broke-Ass Bride, too! Wedding peeps, our rockin’ 20% off Holiday Advertising Sale is still in full swing! Get your mitts on this baller deal by emailing our Advertising Guru Christen at But hurry! The sale ends at the end of December.

Stay warm and safe, BABs. Xoxoxoxoxo!

Wish Upon A Wedding Galas… Coming Soon To A City Near You!

In conjunction with national sponsors Get Married Media, the Association of Bridal Consultants, and Green Wedding Shoes, Wish Upon a Wedding Southern California is proud to announce that their first ever Blissful Wishes Ball will be held at Ebell Club Los Angeles on November 4, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.

Tickets for the gala are now on sale and can be purchased on The Blissful Wishes Ball webpage for $95 or tables of eight for $650. These signature events, which are open to the public, will happen in 12 cities across the nation and include dinner, dancing, cocktails, entertainment and auctions… so be sure to check out when your local event is scheduled and get involved!

In addition to purchasing tickets, Wish Upon a Wedding is currently looking for wedding industry professionals to sponsor the event or donate services for live and online auctions. To donate a product or service, visit the auction site and click on Donate an Item, to participate as an online auction sponsor or contact your local chapter for live auction donations.

On October 1, 2010, Wish Upon a Wedding will begin auctioning off hundreds of products and services, in 46 cities throughout the country, to help couples create the perfect wedding or event, all at incredible prices. Bidding will be open until November 30, 2010.

Event and auction proceeds will help raise crucial funding needed to grant wedding wishes for couples facing terminal illness and other serious life-altering circumstances. Please help us spread the word!

For more information, visit

About Wish Upon a Wedding: Wish Upon a Wedding (WUW) was founded in San Francisco, CA in January 2010 and is America’s only wedding wish granting organization, providing weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness and serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation.  Chapters are active in Northern California, South Florida, Orlando, New York, Chicago, The Carolinas, St. Louis, Colorado, DC-area, Portland, Houston, Atlanta, Ohio and Las Vegas.  Future chapters will be located in the Philadelphia area, Indianapolis, New Jersey, New Orleans, Dallas, Minnesota, Dallas, Massachusetts, Nashville, Michigan and Arizona.


Wish Upon A Wedding SoCal Launch Party!

Hey, whatcha doing on April 22nd?

I’m uber-proud to be the PR/Media Chair for the Southern California chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding – a new non-profit dedicated to granting weddings and/or civil union ceremonies at destinations across the United States to couples who are facing terminal illness.  As someone who has been financially limited by my medical history, this cause is very dear to my heart, and its an honor to be a founding member of the Southern California board.

I’m thrilled to announce that we’ll be holding our chapter launch party on April 22nd at [Seven-Degrees] Laguna Beach… and I’d love to see you there! It’s going to be tons of fun, and the venue is incredible. Come one, come all!

Wish Upon a Wedding has been taking America by storm, and was just named the premiere charity of choice by Get Married Magazine, our official media partner!  It seems like everybody is clamoring to get on board and help spread the love – and who can blame us? It’s such a good cause!

I bet you’re sitting there wondering: “this sounds amazing! But how do I get involved, yo?”

Welllll….. I got a few options for ya!

Come to the launch! RSVP with
(can’t come? spread the word via facebook, twitter, and your blog – we’d love to have your support!)

Donate your time or services! Contact and they’ll hook you up with your closest chapter. (In the LA/OC area? I can hook you up with our volunteer coordinators, too!)

Join the PR/Media committee (and work with me)! That’s right, I’m seeking 2-3 bright shining stars to donate your time and talent to assist me in making our PR mojo more awesomesauce than ever! Contact me if you’re interested!

Fan us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and check out our website for all news and updates!

So what are you waiting for? Make a difference, today!


Wish Upon A Wedding Week Is Here!

Today kicks off a week of raising awareness of Wish Upon a Wedding: America’s only  unique wedding wish granting organization for individuals facing terminal illness. Having dealt with the emotional and financial struggles from my own health issues, this cause hits close to home and I am thrilled to be a founding member of the L.A. chapter board.

When you wish upon a star...

From their site:

Wish Upon a Wedding was founded based on the concept that two people in love should never be denied the chance to marry their soul mate, even if they only have months (or weeks) to live. The idea came to me when I was producing a large scale wedding giveaway in San Francisco valued at over $100,000.00. Over 350 couples entered to win, and I found myself wishing there was an opportunity to donate this to more than just one deserving couple. Stories of financial ruin due to overwhelming health care bills were prominent, and instilled in me a sense of urgency to do something positive.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Wish Upon a Wedding’s primary purpose is to serve as a charitable foundation. Dedicated to providing weddings and civil union ceremonies at destinations across the United States, we grant one of the most profound moments in a couple’s lifetime, the celebration of love. By bringing these ceremonies to individuals faced with terminal illnesses, we believe that other people facing similar situations will find their own sense of hope.”

The L.A. chapter and chapters around the country, are currently seeking Wish Granters, submissions and donations. To find a location near you click here.

We could use your support, whether in the form of a blog post this week to raise awareness, the donation of supplies or services for wedding wish granting, or financial donation. If you believe, like I do, that everyone deserves love and the chance to celebrate it, then come join the party. Let’s make some wishes come true!