Broke-Ass Category: Budget Concerns

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 and do that, which makes me happy. So I’ve now turned my attention to my next victims … my kids.

I really enjoyed wedding dress shopping at David’s Bridal, but even when we were there I wasn’t overly impressed by the flower girl selection. Everything looked either too old or too young for my girls who are 7 and 4. I also really don’t want to spend $80 on a dress that my kids are going to wear most likely once, though to be honest both of my girly girls will probably be next to impossible to pry out of something lacy and pretty. I also want them to match, not only because it’ll be cute but because if either one of them has anything even slightly different, the other one will want it and then I’ll have to referee that debacle (I’m making having kids sound great, aren’t I?). So I headed to Etsy to see if they had anything more my speed and in my price range.

Luckily, Etsy hasn’t let me down so far. The first dress I found that I fell in love with is from ElluraSage. It’s within my price range, it’s lacy and beautiful up top, and then ruffly and pretty down at the bottom. It’s short, which is what I thought I wanted because both of my girls inherited my clumsy gene, so give them less to trip over. I also love the sash with the flower, it adds a beautiful touch. It has cap sleeves, so a shawl or cover up would probably be necessary since even in Virginia — November can be cold — but that wouldn’t be a big deal to order.

Flower girl dress from Etsy seller ElluraSage

But then I found the perfect dress for my girls. It’s by PoshPeanutKids and I fell in love with it right away. It’s long sleeved, which I ended up loving. Since my wedding is in November, I think it will fit the weather perfectly. It’s long, which I was hesitant about, but I think if it’s really going to be a problem I’ll be willing to spend the little  bit of extra money to get it hemmed. It also comes with a bow, which the listing already says can be changed to match the colors of the wedding. It’s a couple of dollars more than the other one, but still under $40, which is definitely within what I wanted to spend. And the cherry on top is that both of the girls lost their little minds when I showed them, Chris got home from school and Y ran up to him telling him about “the wedding dress for us that Mommy is buying us.” If that’s not the seal of approval, I don’t know what is.

Lace flower girl dress available from Etsy seller PoshPeanutKids

Honestly, I’ll probably end up getting the kids shoes from Payless, they’re only going to be wearing them for a short while, for the ceremony, and then I guess I’ll use them as special occasion shoes. So I think, once I order the dresses, that I have the kids pretty much set! They’ll be thrilled with my sister, their Aunt T, doing their hair, and all I have to do is get some flower petals for them to throw and I’ve got that part at least down. Slowly but surely I think it’s all coming together.

Have you had any recent big wins with your planning? What are your flower girls wearing? Share below!

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  • 7/17

    We’re in the home stretch for the wedding now. The countdown is at seven weeks. Last week, at the eight-week mark I had a mini panic attack about how close the wedding was and how much was undone. To calm myself, I sat down and tried to do two of the larger tasks that were left. I was finally able to tackle the program and the name cards for the tables.

    At first I had these grandiose plans of designing my own wedding programs. I wanted it to be sort of like a poster advertising the circus with each section being acts. So the officiant would be the ring leader, we’d be the main event, etc. I knew I wanted the programs to be attached to a wooden stick so they could be used as fans. I always get hot at weddings so I might as well make something that can be used well as a fan instead of a flimsy piece of paper.

    With these grand plans in mind I sat down at my desktop to see what I could crank out in Publisher and quickly realized this was a task for Photoshop. I dusted off my college laptop (the only computer in the house with Photoshop) and sat down to get to work. Then cried. I don’t actually have any serious design skills. I can dabble and do something simple, but nothing as beautiful as what I had envisioned. After a good hard melt down, I got onto Fiverr.com and Esty to see what I could find. Maybe someone had a template I could work off of or I could just find a pre-made program and to hell with designing.

    Program Template by Etsy Seller BirDIYdesign

    BirDIYdesign came to my rescue. After a fairly thorough, weeklong hunt I found a nice simple, not at all what I had originally had in mind, program that cost me $16. ($5.60 for the template, $10 for two color change). I’ve come to realize I have a price where I will pay for something that will take me hours, possibly days to make myself. If I can buy it under $30, its worth it. My time is my money.

    Ticket Template by Etsy seller Eudanedigital

    The name cards I was willing to spend hours of work on to create. I knew exactly what I wanted. I saw a pin on Pinterest of some name cards an Etsy seller made that I absolutely adored. I tried to find the seller again to see if they would make them for me, but they have vanished off the face of Etsy. So instead I found a seller that had a template for them that I was able to make my own. Eudanedigital makes some snazzy, stupid cheap templates for editing. I found this one and was able to use my limited Photoshop skills to make these name cards. 

    I’m stupidly pleased with these, they came out really well and only took me about four hours to pump out. The part that took the longest was editing the image of the ferris wheel to go in the background. There are so many nooks and crannies between the spokes. Each table will be a different theme like ferris wheel, carousel, dancing bear, etc.

    Getting tasks complete lifts a HUGE burden off my shoulders. I do still need to print up the programs and name cards, but I can’t physically print them until I have all the RSVPs in and I hear back from the officiant on her official title. Next up will be the ticket booth and signs for the wedding. I can calm down, these tasks aren’t nearly as daunting as I originally thought.

    How’s your countdown going? What big projects do you have left?

  • 6/13

    Hello fellow BABs! I'm back with Part 2 of my Ten Broke-Ass Bride Commandments. I know you have wedding planning and general badassery to get to; so let's get right into it. Ten Broke-Ass Bride Commandments 6. Thou Shalt Not Feel Guilty for Cutting your Guest List. The size of your guest list is what drives up the cost of your wedding; mo’ guests equals mo’ money…

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    6/12

    Wedding countdown chalkboard available from Etsy seller LavishLilLuxuries Earlier this month, it was the one-year anniversary of the day he proposed. Not to sound cliche, but I cant believe how much time has flown since then. We've also hit the three-month countdown until the wedding and that is an incredibly exciting and yet terrifying feeling. While we have all of our gotten our vendors booked, deposits…

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    6/5

    Hi, my name is Ciji and I am a rule breaker. Now that we have established who I really am, let me tell you more about my EPIC bridal shower. A tea party just didn't seem like my kind of fun. We "brunch so hard" every weekend that a ladies brunch just didn't seem like anything special. I needed to share with my bridal shower…

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    6/1

    Timelss Rings invitation from Wedding Paper Divas In the beginning there was a good idea, then the good idea was shared and people shunned it because the good idea was too modern and technologically forward ... and that's how we went from e-vites to paper invites. Siiiiigh. Since we originally didn't plan on spending money on invitations, I only looked at stationery sites longingly and for ideas.…

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    5/31

    Hello my fellow BABs! Greetings from Connecticut! My name is Kimberly and I am a 36 year old Database and Office manager. In addition to being the lucky mom of a fabulous 18-month-old daughter, I am also the momma of a 14-year-old grumpy pug. My fiance, Antonio, and I are planning a romantic, garden themed wedding for (hopefully) 100 guests. Our wedding will be taking place…

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    5/24

    There's a growing trend to purchase a faux wedding cake and because I am not opposed to any tactic that may help with our budget, I am exploring if faux is the way to go. In addition to the cost savings, I'm open to my options after we've had not one but three subpar cake tasting experiences. It all started with a cake baker referral that was slow to…

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    5/22

    So, after my slight breakdown , I'm back on track. Chris, the girls and I had a wonderful Mother's Day, we went to Busch Gardens and had a really fun, relaxing day, which I think helped my overall mood a lot. My mother came down today to help me with the kids, which is always great. I have a race on Sunday, but their dad is…

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