Broke-Ass Tag: DIY Wedding Inspiration & Tutorials


Team Broke-Ass: The time has come! Today is when the real, actual I-can-touch-it-and-turn-the-pages-and-smell-it The Broke-Ass Bride’s Wedding Guide will be immediately available on the interweb and in bookstores

Those of you who scored your copy during the Big BAB Book Buy should be getting this beauty on your doorsteps (or uploaded to your e-readers) soon, but for those of you who wanted to wait until it hit the shelves so you could peep it in person, you can now score your copies at your local bookstore or Barnes & Noble.

I’ve been so excited to finally get to share this moment with everyone, especially my readers. Do you guys remember this post and all the unknown that laid ahead? So, so, so, so unbelievably much has happened since that day, some good, some bad … but all of it has lead up to this point.

My book is finally being released.

Writing a book is hard, but I had an unbelievable team helping me and an amazing support system to hold me steady… and of course, all of my wonderful readers!

So go! Rejoice! Get your copy today, and make sure you stock up for every bride-to-be on your gifting list, and any you suspect might be getting engaged over the holidays!

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indiebound.

The Broke-Ass Bride
  • 7/10

    What happens when two besties say “I do” in a sunny South African wedding with lots of DIY touches? Magic! In October, Claudi and Luan took the big plunge with a $9,000 budget for an 80-person wedding farm-style wedding. This wedding inspiration duo took their crafting talents to the limits creating beautiful hanging decorations like hearts and flowers and personalized shoes for the groomsmen. Their hard work resulted in a personal yet super pretty ceremony with noteworthy little touches throughout the day.

    Names: Claudi and Luan ten Cate
    Occupations: Luan, in flight chef for Etihad Airways; Claudi, housewife

    Wedding location: Olive Mystery Wedding Venue, Bapsfontein,  Gauteng, South Africa
    Wedding date: Oct. 25, 2012
    Wedding budget: Approx $9,000
    Approximate guest count: 80
    How would you describe your wedding? Fun DIY farm-style wedding
    What was your favorite part of your wedding? The photo shoot with our amazing photographers, Izelle and Gerhard.
    What did you splurge on? The venue and food


    What did you save on? EVERYTHING ELSE
    Was there anything you would have done differently, in retrospect? Yes, I would spend more time with the guests.
    What was your biggest challenge in planning? Incorporating what Luan wanted as he was living in Abu Dhabi during the whole planning process.
    What lessons did you learn from planning or from the wedding itself? To spend more time on myself and a little less time making everyone else happy.

    What were your top 5 favorite things about your wedding?

    • The decor and flowers
    • The cake/candy buffet table
    • Venue
    • My dress
    • Our photo shoot

    Top 5 least favorite?

    • Not having enough time with the guests
    • The day going by so quickly

    What was the worst piece of wedding advice you received?
    “You need to stay on top of things and manage it carefully!” This advice is the worst because micro managing everything will just annoy those around you and face it, not everyone is as excited about your wedding as you are. In fact weddings tend to bring out the worst in some people…

    The best?
    Relax and let go. Nobody has the script for the day, they won’t even notice if the flowers are fuchsia pink instead of baby pink. The ambiance and atmosphere is what creates the mood and feeling so be happy and enjoy it.

    If you’ve been married for more than a year, what have been some challenges?
    Even being married for six months has its challenges. Like my husband not understanding the concept and importance of closing the toilet lid. Also, relocating to Abu Dhabi and having to start a life here from scratch is quite a challenge.

    Any other bits of wisdom?
    Don’t sweat the small stuff! The world will not end if the linens are navy instead of sapphire or if the white roses have a slight green tinge. Remember what the day is for. It is about saying “I do” and if the wrong flowers or linen will prevent you from saying “I do,” then you should reconsider getting married. My philosophy is, if you are not willing to get married in a moldy old court house without the whole white wedding then you should not be getting married. Then you are getting married for the wedding and not the marriage!

    Also, try and do as much as you can by yourself. Your wedding is the day you can recreate all those amazing DIY projects you keep pinning on your wedding board on Pinterest! This keeps it personal and saves a lot of money. All it takes is some creativity.

    Budget breakdown

    Venue and Food: $5,000
    Decor and Flowers: $300
    My Dress and Accessories: $700
    Groom’s Outfit:$300
    Bridesmaids dresses: $70 (for all the bridesmaids)
    Groomsmen Outfit: $200 (including All Star Shoes)
    Hair and Makeup: $450 (for all the girls and my mom)
    DJ and Photobooth: $900
    Invitations and Stationary: $50
    Photographer: $850
    Extras: $200


    Photographers: Iz Photography by Izelle Labuschagne

    Wedding Dress and Bridal Accessories: Ivy Bridal House, Rachel van Loggerenberg

    Venue:   Olive Mystery Wedding Venue, Anja Bands,

    Décor and Flowers: DaisyDoo Décor and Styling, Marie Bührlen,

    Wedding Cake and Candy Buffet:   Daisy Doo Designer Cakes, Claudi ten Cate,

    Bride and Bridesmaids’ MakeupAngelstar Make up, Jeanne- Marie Eloff

    Lighting, Sound and DJ:   TUKS FM, Nolz van der Merwe

    PhotoboothPhotobooth Inc., Rob Sulcas

    These love birds highlighted their style with a budget-friendly party full of personality. Small projects at home made a big impact by adding a little extra something to some already beautiful settings — great lesson for any bride-to-be! Get creative, have fun and focus on everything you want out of your day. 

  • 6/29

    Weddings are a celebration of love but also of those who will be saying vows. In June 2012, Mike and Alison decided to not only exchange rings but also celebrate all the geeky things they love in an $8,000, 55-person wedding in Seattle. This couple relied on the help of friends and family to stick to a tight budget, add extra special touches and celebrate…

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    Today we have a fabulous post to share with you from one of our favorite fellow wedding bloggers - Emma from Emmaline Bride! Emma has just published her fabulous book, The Handcrafted Wedding, which has dozens of DIY projects that are perfect for beautifying your wedding! We were lucky enough to receive an advance copy, and we have to say, if you've got the crafting…

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    Before ... BLERGH! Marisa Lynch is the author of the uber popular blog New Dress a Day, AND a brand spanking new book  that just launched this week -- "New Dress a Day: The Ultimate DIY Guide to Creating Fashion Dos from Thrift-Store Don'ts"! I received an advance copy, and I have to say, I am super stoked to try out some of these DIY projects…

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    Stacy and Marty had a gorgeous backyard bash filled with swank and sweetness. Their community of friends rallied around them to help them pull it all off for less than $17, 000. Name:  Stacy & Marty Occupation: Tailor and director Wedding location: Our backyard, Los Angeles, Hollywood Hills Wedding Date: July 19, 2009 Budget: $17,000 How would you describe your wedding: A mix of civil and…

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    Photo courtesy Beau-Coup There’s nothing I like more than projects that are sweet to eat and easy on the wallet. Part favor, part dessert, part décor, part entertainment, candy buffets are fun and simple to do yourself without a lot of cash. Things you’ll need (and how to get them cheap): Glass candy jars: The beauty of this project is that your jars don’t need to…

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    One of my favorite summer activities is watching the huzface cook up a frittata, sipping on a mimosa and enjoying the summer sun and the company around me. There are few things that make me feel more glamorous. So I figured, if this makes me feel all "I can be amazing and light and airy and graceful and comfortable and free," why not translate it…

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    You guys ever see those weddings where you're all "Day-um! That must have cost a million-bajillion smackaroos!"? Well, this one is one of those ... or so it appears. But Lili and Ben really put their mind to it and rolled out this beautiful event for about $7K. Whaaa??? Yep. DIY to the max. The bride's dress, decor, bouquet, PIES ... you name it and…

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