Broke-Ass Tag: new orleans bride

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 hostesses exactly what I wanted, but I just didn’t know what I wanted to do. Lightbulb moment … let’s have a fiesta!!

Mexican food is my favorite, I’m no stranger to tequila, I love taco Tuesdays and my shower was already planned to take place in May, so why not tie in a Cinco De Mayo theme?

Photo Credit: JFX Digital

In addition to a celebration that perfectly fit my personality, there were budget benefits to a themed bridal shower:

  • We picked the Saturday after Cinco De Mayo, so decorations were available everywhere as well as many of them were discounted!
  • Margaritas were the signature cocktail and there were options: strawberry, jalapeno and regular. Easy to make with minimal ingredients!
  • The nacho bar was perfect for me as I am “nacho average bride.” The shower was after lunch but before dinner so we didn’t need a full meal (and the costs that are associated with ensuring that guests are fed). We just needed nibbles and bites to hold us over until dinner.
  • My amazing friend and bridesmaid made mini churro cupcakes from scratch. Did I mention that she is AMAZING?!?

I am still dreaming about these cupcakes! Photo Credit: JFX Digital
  • The hostesses honored my wishes and we only played one game. It was a fun questionnaire filled with special memories of my relationship with Travis, and all the things that I love!
  • There was a pinata. Let me reiterate for emphasis: there was a PINATA and it was filled with adult goodies! Let’s just say “I hit that.”

Photo Credit: JFX Digital

It was definitely a day to remember with my favorite ladies!

How are you putting your own spin on your bridal shower? Share in the comments!

 

  • 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 respond to my emails — like over a month slow and once she did reply, she shared that we would need to pay $50 for a tasting … say what?!?! The second encounter was an underwhelming tasting with a very nice baker who instructed us to meet her at a sushi restaurant near her job to try out her cakes … huh?!?! Third, we made an appointment to taste cakes while we were in the town that we are getting married in (an hour away from where we live) and when we arrived they had no record of us being scheduled.

    We did manage to have one successful cake tasting! The options were delicious and I am about 60% sold on moving forward with the baker. The 40% of doubt is based on the fact that she has not yet sent over a quote and we last met with her over a month ago.

    Is it just me or are all of these signs pointing me in the faux direction?

    We LOVED each and every option…just waiting on the quote!

    My experience with faux cake designers has been drastically different.

     I identified three on Etsy and promptly received a reply after I inquired about each of their services and sent a picture example of the design of my wedding cake. I narrowed down the search to one potential vendor and she has been patient as I sent over a series of questions about how this faux cake process works: Will I need to assemble it when it arrives? What if it breaks during shipping? Does it have a knife slit so that we can stage our pictures? … and the list goes on and on.

    As with all of my decisions, the most economical and seamless decision will be my solution.

    What cake options are you exploring? Have you considered a fake cake?

  • 5/10

    Pinterest is a wonderful wedding planning tool. There are so many options, suggestions and design ideas that quite possibly anyone, even without a "crafting thumb" could follow the instructions and make something wonderful. For months, I have collected these ideas on my special secret wedding planning board and I even shared with others that my planning progress was right on track, primarily because I had…

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    3/1

    ... I am still on the hunt for a florist, how about you? The original plan was to keep the flower plan simple: bouquets and boutonnieres only. Well that plan is not realistic! Who was I kidding? I love fresh flowers and buy them weekly to decorate my house. A minimal flower presence at my wedding was a silly idea. What was I thinking?  I…

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    1/31

    My Pinterest board is filled to the brim with ideas. I've considered everything from building an altar from used pallet boards to growing my own rose garden and assembling the bridal bouquet. It's time for an intervention! I've known for years, well before I was officially engaged that I would be a "do it yourself" bride. Not just because of the cost savings but also…

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    1/16

    My fiancé and I are social and at times private people. We enjoy both quiet and unpublicized time with loved ones as well as social media engagement and interactions. It's a healthy balance. With that being said, our wedding website needed to reflect both sides. We desired to create an informative and functional wedding website to share our love story with visitors and inform our…

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    1/3

    I am from Texas. Travis is from Michigan. We have different backgrounds and our own way of doing things. A year ago, we traveled to different cities to celebrate the Holidays independently of each other and it was on Christmas morning, 2015 that we decided that we would not spend another Christmas away from each other. Home is where the heart is. Photo Credit:  Rayna…

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