Broke-Ass Author: christen

8/18

Reef flip-flops are one of my very favorite things in life. I buy a new pair of Gingers every year. Every year for the last 7+ years. So, naturally, when Reef reached out to see if I’d be interested in working with them to include their products in a post, I jumped at the chance.

Because here’s the thing — it’s not a far stretch to connect Reefs and weddings. In fact, I had a pair of Reefs for my first wedding (I took them off before walking onto the beach). And I wore that year’s Gingers for the rest of the time we were in Hawaii, because if it’s not snowing or raining, that’s what I always wear.

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Whether you’re dressing up, dressing down, going sightseeing or just lounging around, Reef has something perfect for every part of your wedding and beyond.

For the Bachelorette Party:

Reef Voyage Bootie

Voyage Low bootie, $115

How cute would these be with a classy little swing dress and surround by all your besties?

For the Rehearsal Dinner:

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Celine flip-flop, $40

Cute little sundress? Check. Pre-wedding jitters? Check. Your best friends and fam around to celebrate? Check. Super cute and comfy shoes perfect for mingling? Nailed it.

For the Beach Wedding:

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Gypsy Wrap sandal, $54

These sandals are super comfortable, but look amazing with a gorgeous boho dress — perfect for your beach nuptials. No uncomfortable pinching or achy feet from heels for your laidback, badass self.

For the Honeymoon:
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Ginger flip-flop, $28

Whether you’re lazily strolling through European streets, stopping at the occasional cafe or bistro for a glass of bubbly or just lounging your honeymoon away on the beach, these flip-flops can’t be beat. They mold to your foot in a way that makes it feel like you’re wearing nothing at all.

For Date Night:

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Bliss Wild, $26

Keep the romance going — and your feet comfortable — with these super cute sandals. I’m totally digging the gold accent and the airy feel, which could perfectly accessorize a cute dress or a sleek pair of skinnies.

Which pair of Reef shoes would you rock for your wedding? Take a look at their site, and come back to share in the comments!

christen
  • 8/14

    So, I’ve felt like I’ve been kind of stagnant with the wedding planning lately, but I finally feel like the ball is actually rolling now. We had our second consultation with the wedding planner this past Saturday, which was Chris’s first actual in-person look at the venue and meeting her, made all the more interesting because he was coming off of an overnight shift at the ER and was running on three hours of sleep. It was great though (besides dropping half of the wedding cost then, which hurt my soul); we went over a lot of details that we’ve been discussing but haven’t nailed down yet. We finalized our colors (plum and silver), our menu (guests will choose between steak, chicken, fish and shrimp), locked in the DJ and went over the ceremony and the timeline for that and the reception.

    And then, we got to pick the cake sample we wanted, which I picked up yesterday!

    So, Cathy’s daughter is a baker, and she makes the cakes and cupcakes, so she made us three flavors of cake and filling to test. We chose double dark chocolate with mocha filling, milk chocolate with strawberry filling and marble with apple cinnamon filling. I picked them up yesterday and was SUPER excited to see that we had six, full-size cupcakes to test — two of each flavor. They were beautiful, nicely frosted with vanilla frosting and decorations. At least they were, until some jerk cut me off in traffic and I slammed on my brakes, causing the cupcakes to go flying off the seat and onto the floor, and me to use all of the swear words in my repertoire (don’t worry, I hadn’t picked the kids up yet).

    My poor babies

    Luckily, they still tasted delicious, and being slightly squashed made it easier to taste, since the girls were with us and we got them in on the action too. The only ones I didn’t let them taste were the mocha filled ones, since the last thing I needed was overly hyperactive children jacked up on coffee. So all four of us agreed that we loved the strawberry filling. The girls liked the apple cinnamon, but neither Chris nor I thought it was flavorful enough. We loved the double dark chocolate, but the mocha was way too strong, and Chris doesn’t like coffee to begin with. I don’t know why we picked the marble to try, I don’t like marble to begin with so that was my fault, but I wanted a vanilla-ish option of cake to try. So, I think we decided that we’d do the double dark chocolate with strawberry filling, and then probably just vanilla with chocolate. We’re doing cupcakes instead of a big cake, so we get to pick two (which amuses me to no end), and we also get a little cake for the two of us to cut, which I think is amazing.

    I’m not going to lie, I’ve been looking forward to tasting the cakes since we got engaged, and I wasn’t disappointed.

    On a serious note, I will say that the decisions about the guest list estimate was a lot of pressure.

    Cathy needed an approximate number to give me an estimated payment for the first half, so Chris and I had come up with our lists of guests, to include the bridal party, but not the girls since they’ll be there for the ceremony but not the reception. We ended up telling Cathy that we’ll pay for the DJ and the photographer to eat, it just seems like the nice thing to do, and Cathy is only charging half for them. But coming up with that number and then getting the estimate for the total was definitely a bit painful. Not a shock, since she and I had estimated cost at our first appointment, but definitely a bit eye-opening. I’d definitely recommend having a pretty hard estimate of your guest list when you go in to meet vendors, since they seem to do an estimate for you as to what the wedding will cost in total.

    How’s your planning going? Have you made any big moves lately? Share in the comments!

    christen
  • 7/18

    For the most part, I've snapped myself out of my wedding planning funk. I've emailed my wedding coordinator to nail down a time for next Friday's meeting to discuss menu, cake, setup, decorations, and the first half of the payment for the wedding. Chris is hopefully going to be able to take a day off (or at least part of one) to come with me…

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    5/26

    Music isn’t always a priority for couples, and that’s totally cool. Why pay someone big dollars to do something that doesn’t really mean a whole lot to you? There’s no need (and yes, we know that DJs often act as emcee, but if you have a coordinator or a friend who would be rockin’ at that role, ask them to step up). Especially not when…

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    4/21

     This sponsored post is brought to you by Evite® and Olive Garden as part of the Evite® Influencer Program Wouldn't we all love to jet off and have a romantic destination wedding, especially somewhere as gorgeous as Tuscany? Unfortunately, with Broke-Ass budgets, dreamers can dream ... but, in that same vein, doers can make a dream come to life without even stepping on a plane.…

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    3/31

    Yay! Wedding season is coming! You've gotten a stack of Save the Dates all stuck on your fridge, your calendar is filled out and you're looking forward to it. It's so full of love, fun, friends, reunions, Champagne ... And wardrobe worries. With all these weddings, ranging from black tie to destination to cocktail dress codes, what's a broke-ass to do? The same getup surely…

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    3/30

    I teamed up with For the Chef, who provided me with a few good tools, to work to create healthy meals that fit into tight schedules. When you're knee-deep in wedding planning, running from this appointment to that, testing out different vendors, planning various parties and generally trying to keep your shit together, one of the first things that tends to fall by the wayside…

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    3/22

    Buying the ring for that first question -- that all-important question that gets couples started down the road on their next chapter together -- tends to come with a lot of pressure. What style? What size? And especially, how damn much will this cost? It's that last question that can really send any broke-ass couple into a tailspin -- especially when you start hearing things…

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    3/1

    We love us some good wedding stationery. And we love us a good sale. It's like pure wedding planning bliss, though, when the two collide. Enter: Wedding Paper Divas' sublime Anniversary Sale. Let's back up a bit. See, our friends at Wedding Paper Divas don't mess around when it comes to stationery. They have perfected the fine art of making wedding paper goods approachable, affordable and…

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