Broke-Ass Tag: The Broke-Ass Bride’s Wedding Guide


Aside from its propensity to have perfect outdoor drinking weather (helloooo beer garden!) and a slew of cute new fashion finds, fall also seems like a good time to get my nose buried in a few good books. Throw open the windows to let the crisp air in and get rid of the summer stuffiness, bake some cookies, pour a glass of vino and crack that puppy open while the kitties surround me with cuddles. Heaven, right? So for this Five for Friday, I found five books that are either wildly enticing and I can’t wait to get my mitts on or beautifully inspiring for this fall. Obviously, the no. 1 book I would recommend would be our book, but I figure that goes without saying (don’t have a copy? Get it here). 


“#GIRLBOSS” by Sophia Amoruso

“A #GIRLBOSS is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it.”

It’s been a powerhouse summer over here at BAB, so this seems like an appropriate read. Plus many lovely girl bosses, who I respect profusely, highly recommend it.

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“The Inspired Wedding” by Emma Arendoski

This beautiful hardcover is chock full of themes, ideas, inspiration and gorgeous photos. Whether you’re pre-engaged, engaged or just really love beautiful things, “The Inspired Wedding” won’t disappoint. Plus, it was written by the lovely lady behind Emmaline Bride, so you know it’s good.


“Let’s Pretend This Never Happened,” by Jenny Lawson

Guys, if you don’t know and read The Bloggess, you really ought to start. Jenny is freaking hilarious. I’m bound and determined to get around to reading her book this fall, because I don’t just feel but I KNOW that I’ve been missing out.


“Humans of New York,” by Brandon Stanton

I began following the HONY Facebook page at the behest of a former BAB editor, and every single post gives me pause. Some are funny, some are gut-wrenchingly sad, some are achingly honest … but all are absolutely beautiful. Brandon Stanton does a fan-fucking-tastic job at what he does.

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“The Financial Lives of the Poets,” by Jess Walter

This is one of those books that I started reading because the title seemed oddly fitting (writing/editing + finances? Duh). I kept reading because it was funny and sad and had a tinge of a super bumbling, clumsy “Breaking Bad” feel to it.

What books are you picking up this fall? Have you read anything good lately? Spill in the comments!

  • 6/18

    Guys, “The Broke-Ass Bride’s Wedding Guide,” the book that Dana labored over writing and the rest of us here at Team Broke-Ass labored over editing and Random House published, has been on the shelves for six whopping months and is still KILLING IT. The Amazon reviews have been lovely and tear-inducing at times:

    “This book is recommended to all brides. Save your time and skip the other books. The author is so down to earth and funny with lots of great ideas. I loved this from beginning to end. Lots of excellent ideas!”

    “This is the fourth wedding book I’ve purchased so far and by far the best. Hilarious, smart, organized, and by the end I literally had tears in my eyes thinking about how excited I am for the big day. This book made me feel reassured and was written with such great voice I felt like the author was a friend of mine just talking me through it all. A must buy.”

    ” … Basically, this book tells you that you don’t HAVE to do anything- it relieves you of that pressure and reminds you that your wedding should be whatever you and your fiance want it to be, not what the bridal magazines say it should be.
    There are some great tips in here for how to plan your wedding for whatever budget you have. And when my fiance and I have a question about something, we consult this book and the Broke-Ass Bride’s website … “

    The sweetness! It makes us feel sooooo good that we can help.

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    So, with that in mind, we’re gonna help in a whole new way: One lucky Broke-Ass can win a copy of our amazing book! Filled with many tips an tricks, some from the site and some you haven’t read before, “The Broke-Ass Bride’s Wedding Guide” also has a huge variety of Real Weddings and their budget breakdowns — ranging from under $5K to over $25K! Oh, and there are recipes … because, real talk? We can’t really do anything without mentioning food. It’s a problem.

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  • 12/17

    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…

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    UPDATE! As of 6pm PST today, we're holding steady at #5 on the Amazon Best Seller List in the Wedding Planning category! GREAT WORK, Team Broke-Ass! Let's keep it going! Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? How about as a gift for someone you know? How high can we get that number? :) Attention Broke-Ass Brigade! Today is a very exciting day! It's here! First,…

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    In just 12 short weeks (or loooooong weeks, if you're me), on December 17th, The Broke-Ass Bride's Wedding Guide will hit bookshelves all over the USA. It's been 17 months since this process began, and I still can't believe this is really happening, and probably won't until I walk my ass into a Barnes & Noble and see it right in front of me. It's…

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