Broke-Ass Tag: Canadian Bride

8/22

My wedding is two weeks away and I have never felt such a flurry of emotions! Despite some stresses, however, the excitement is definitely in the forefront as we near the final countdown.

In the spirit of lists, here are a couple related to my big day.

10 things I am most looking forward to:

10. My university friend group, which has been scattered across the country, finally reuniting in one place after a long time.

9. Introducing my old friends to my new friends and hopefully seeing them hit it off.

8. Looking like a freaking beauty queen in my dress.

7. Getting to seeing my family, and my fiance’s family, who live in another part of the country.

6. Getting dressed up with my bridesmaids.

5. Seeing my brother, who lives in dirty jeans and T-shirts, in a suit for the first time in my life.

4. Dancing the night away. I haven’t been to a club in years, as I’ve lost my patience for extremely crowded places with overly-friendly strangers. I can’t wait to shake it to my heart’s content with people who I actually want close to me! Also, I got to pick the music.

3. My bachelorette party with all of the amazing ladies that I call my friends.

2. Dancing with my husband to our first dance song. We sneakily even learned a touch of choreography for it and are going to surprise everyone when we bust out some sick moves. I’m otherwise known for having two left feet.

1. Marrying the love of my life.

4 of my favorite personal touches:

4. Since we get to supply our own alcohol, Ev and I are going to have an insane hand-picked collection of our favorite local craft beers for our guests to sample.

3. I made all of the signage myself: Seating charts, guestbook signs, etcetera. I created a simple watercolor paintings on canvas and then wrote over top in gold acrylic paint and gold sharpie.

real bride holly signs

2. My “first dance” with my dad isn’t actually a dance. He’s not a dancer, and one of my best memories with him is singing along to the radio in the car.  So, instead we are going to do karaoke and so air guitar to Queen.

1. My homemade wedding cake!

What are you looking forward to? What are your favorite personal touches? Share in the comments!

  • 8/9

    Credit: A Sight of Love

    I know a while back I posted about some of my adventures trying to find a dress for a little bit cheaper. I ended up going the route of buying a sample, partially — but not entirely — for the purpose of savings.

    Let me explain:

    I set a budget for approximately $2000 CAD (About $1500 USD) for my dress. I went to a few dress shops, and tried on a few dresses I liked a lot, but a lot of the ones I liked were just slightly out of my price range. I tried searching online for dresses in a similar style that might cost a little less. More than a few sample sales and Google searches later, I was feeling a bit defeated.

    Suddenly, I came across a gorgeous little number that was beautiful and unique … but had been discontinued. Thankfully, the designer had a list of stores in my city that had carried the design in the past. I called about six stores before I got through to one that did have it, a sample. I booked an appointment and came down to try it on that same day. Lo and behold, it fit, albeit it was a touch snug. It retailed for $2200, but the saleslady offered my 10% off, since it was the sample. Naive as I was, I accepted, thinking that was a great deal (it really wasn’t). I was right on budget and I had my dream dress — it was “the one”.

    Unfortunately, by now I’ve realized that there was a TON of extra costs associated with buying the dress.

    Firstly, I had to have more alterations done to the sample than if i had ordered a new dress. I would have been better off ordering one size up, and then having it taken in, rather than having the sample taken out. Then, I had to have it dry cleaned due to several marks left from all the people who had tried it on, and the cost of dry cleaning a dress of that style was MORE than the money I had saved!

    More than $400 in alterations and a $275 dry cleaning bill later, I ended up spending more than my budget and probably more than I would have if I had bought a new dress.

    Beware!

    Sometimes all the cost saving hacks aren’t as great as they might seem. Had I been a little more savvy, had I read a few more blogs … maybe I would have known that!

    However, this dress is amazing and I’m in love with it, so in the end, I wouldn’t have changed it. But I sure would have tried to haggle myself a better discount!!

     

  • 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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    5/30

    Novelty socks available from Etsy seller shopsockprints As I may have mentioned already, my partner, bless him, has been wonderfully supportive and helpful throughout the entire process of planning our wedding. This has transpired despite my occasional failures to delegate, as I wrote about in my last post. He’s also been extremely chill about pretty much everything that’s been suggested. Whereas, his list of must-haves…

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    3/20

    I want to talk about our wedding party. There seem to be a lot of traditions and rules in North American/European anglophone culture surrounding bridesmaids and groomsmen that there is heavy pressure to follow. I imagine that if you have been reading my posts thus far, you probably know how I feel about arbitrary rules, especially if they are outdated, rooted in sexism or classism and/or…

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    3/6

    Photography print available from Etsy seller HumboldtStreet One big question about wedding planning that loomed over us for months was, where were we going to have it? Evan and I are both originally from the prairie region of Canada, and most of our families live out there. Currently, we both live and work in Ontario. Most people expected that we would have our wedding in…

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    1/23

    Hi BABs, I’ve noticed that there are a few common questions people ask you when you tell them that you are engaged. They consist of “ohmygosh! Let me see the ring!” “How did he propose?” "Do you have your dress yet?” “When’s the big day?” and finally, “where are you going to go for your honeymoon?” As much as I love talking about myself, and…

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    12/19

    Credit: Juniper Photography I’m sure many people have ideas about how they want their weddings to be even before they start planning them. Maybe they know for sure they want to get married on the beach, or they’ve always known they would wear a family heirloom that has been passed down for generations. I had ideas like that too -- my matrimonial must-haves, if you will.…

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