Broke-Ass Category: Christen

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 you can just as easily put together a bumpin’ playlist yourself and hook up a killer speaker (or two) to keep the tunes going without sacrificing cash — then keep the speaker to use for your own entertainment needs as newleyweds. We partnered with Libratone to create this easy five-step guide to DJ your own wedding with a Libratone ZIPP.

1. Pick your Poison

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I mean, you don’t have to actually play Poison … unless that’s your jam. But do sit down and figure out exactly what kind of music you do want to play for the different aspects of your wedding day. You’ll want to create different playlists for the different moments, i.e.: Pre-Ceremony, Wedding Party Processional, Bride or Groom Entrance, Recessional, Cocktail Hour, Dinner, Cake-Cutting, Special Dances, Party Dances, Last Dance and Exit (of course, you could have more or less, depending on your own wedding plans).

2. Figure Out Your Dos and Don’ts

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Gaga over Gaga? Meh for Menudo? Are you likely to stab someone with the cake knife if Kidd Rock comes on? Make sure you discuss with your partner who’s in and who’s out as far as musicians go. If you have super opposite tastes, make sure you can come to a compromise (maybe he gets that Whitesnake song if you get that Britney song).

3. Buff it out

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It’s kind of a rule of thumb that wedding time runs on its own clock. Schedules get bumped, nudged and all kinds of bungled. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to create a buffer for your playlists — songs that you don’t necessarily *need* to hear during your celebration, but ones that you wouldn’t mind swaying along to. I like to recommend couples add in about 15-20 of extra music for each playlist.

4. Back it up

Got it on your iPad? Good, now add it to your laptop and your cellphone. Or your partner’s tablet. Or both your cellphones. Whatever combination of devices you please, just make sure your playlists are on at least two of them — and they work when played. Murphy and his stupid law can try to get his grimy hands on your wedding all he wants, but you can come prepared to fight his bullsh by being ultra prepared.

5. Hook it up


Whether you’re having a super intimate gathering or are planning for lots of booties on the dance floor, you’re gonna need to make sure your tunes are heard. Libratone ZIPP speakers can connect to your device, and one another to make sure that your party of 10 or 100 gets their groove on to the same kicking’ beat. The minimalist-style speakers can keep the party going for up to 10+ hours on battery life, and have a killer “hush” feature, perfect for your dad’s tear-jerking toast, and they look super sleek doing so.

Are you planning to DJ your own wedding? Get your own Libratone ZIPP speaker and get the party started!

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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.

    In partnership with Evite® and Olive Garden (helloooo, breadsticks!), we’re sharing some easy, creative and affordable ways to bring Tuscany into your wedding venue.

    Simple sprigs of rosemary here and there — we especially love the idea of tying escort cards to them! — make for the perfect aromatic touch without breaking the bank. Super bonus if you have a huge rosemary bush in your garden! And any good Broke-ass knows that a few little string lights go a long way. Coil them into empty bottles, flip the switch and you’ve got stunning mood lighting with very little work.

    As convenient as printing out thank you tags and escort cards may be, it does take some resources to pull off, and ink toner doesn’t come cheap. Add a super personal touch by hand-writing these little extras (and go ahead and take the occasional wine and spaghetti break to stave off hand cramps).

    We’re huge proponents of only having favors that are useful, and in our book that means they have to be edible or drinkable. Send your guests off with a small bottle of olive oil with a sprig of rosemary and Olive Garden’s signature dressing.


    And we all know that stationery costs can be a doozy to your overall budget, not to mention can add up to a lot of unnecessary environmental waste. So instead of racking up that cost sending invitations that will hang out on the fridge for a while, then likely wind up in the trash, look into sending a digital invitation. We’re loving this Tuscany-inspired design from Evite®, which perfectly complements the rest of these simple but big-impact decor ideas.


    Which of these easy Tuscan-inspired ideas from Evite and Olive Garden is your favorite? Take a look and come back to tell us in the comments!



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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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    2/22

    I'm a total sucker for those "just because" gestures -- and not just being on the receiving end of them. My husband is the very most fun person to surprise with little whimsies, whether it's a photo book of our elopement or commissioning awesome family artwork. So when I found out about Lovebook and got the chance to create one just for him, I dove in…

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    2/15

    We're all about finding fab frocks for less, and we're always super thrilled to get an amazing deal. Whether it's your priority to not spend a ton of dollars on your dress because you think you'll only wear it once and you'd rather allocate the cash to something that lasts longer (hello, photography!) or you're boot-scootin' it to the courthouse -- big party be damned!…

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    2/1

    The time has finally come to see Real Bride Amy's intimate Chittendon, Vt., wedding. Amy and Rick escaped to a gorgeous lakeside lodge with a few of their nearest and dearest to tie the knot. They did away with all the extras and prioritized their dollars on what made sense for them -- the true broke-ass way. Boucher Visuals did a wonderful job of capturing…

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