Broke-Ass Tag: wedding blogs


As a brand new Real Bride Contributor, I thought I’d share with you how I became a Broke-Ass Bride in the first place.

As a teenager, I worked at a hobby shop with an enormous magazine section covering every possible topic you can think of. I would cautiously walk past the bridal section but wouldn’t dare flip through any for some inane fear of jinxing myself into being a life long old maid. This is a true story. Aside from some casual Pinteresting, I’ve totally steered clear of anything related to wedding planning until I was actually engaged. Not to completely digress, but I never thought it was right to get my heart set on anything without having the groom in mind.

I always thought that the first thing I’d do after I got engaged would be to run out to the hobby shop and come home with an armful of bridal magazines to swoon over. A magazine in one hand, and a glass of chardonnay in the other. (The chardonnay was added to this daydream later, you know, after I turned 21.)

It didn’t exactly happen that way.


I ended up at Barnes & Noble since I live on the other side of town now, and I’m pretty sure that hobby shop is closed anyway. I did get my stack of bridal magazines, and also Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette (highly recommended, btw). I may, or may not have had my glass of chardonnay. Truthfully, I don’t recall and that detail is irrelevant.

What I remember is the sinking panic that resulted from the sticker shock I felt when I saw that dresses were upwards of $3000-$4000. Then I started looking at local photographers, and those were a few thousand dollars, venues were a few thousand dollars. I was going to have to figure out some way to pay for all of this. I was totally, and completely unprepared.

Do guests really expect a four-course dinner? In an upscale ballroom? With a DJ, photographer and videographer? Two hundred of my “closest” friends and family members? Pyrotechnics, glitter and smoke machines? {Eds. note: Always glitter}

A solid month or two of anxiety, hyperventilation and some brass tacks budgeting followed.

We’ve been engaged for five months now, and I can confidently answer these questions:

No, your guests expect nothing but to share in the joy of two people they love, making a commitment to one another. (And food. Yeah, probably some food.) Anything else is a bonus. No one will be disappointed if your wedding doesn’t resemble William and Kate’s, Kanye and Kim’s, or another celebrity’s outlandish wedding du jour. Wedding magazines are gorgeous, but they are often extravagant, and far from representational of what ordinary people actually do. There should really be a disclaimer, or footnote —  or maybe a declaration of the family’s income when magazines share real wedding stories.

Reading magazines and doing a little initial vendor research made me feel as though the one day that I’ve thought about my whole life would be a disappointment to me, and the people I love. A bride-to-be should never feel that way. That includes you, dear reader. This is how I became a Broke-Ass Bride.

I’ve accepted our frugal budget as a personal challenge. I refuse to go into any debt to pay for our wedding. I will also not spend the next 14 months being a hermit to save up for it either. This budget was created so that we can have a lovely wedding, and still enjoy ourselves in the meantime. Summer in Milwaukee is a pretty amazing place to be, and I don’t want to miss out on the festivals, rooftop patio-sitting, and other fun things that make this city great.

With a little due diligence, thinking outside of the box, and some trips to the crafts store, we’re going to throw the best damn wedding. I’m excited to share with you how we’re making this work, and hopefully provide a little inspiration to another Broke-Ass Bride at the same time.

  • 4/22

    Y’all know I have a love for all things sparkle, so this starry night inspired post on Brenda’s Wedding Blog put me over the moon.


    Photo: Tab McCausland Photography

    Headed on your honeymoon? Before you pack, read this list of 5 essential items to remember from Chic Brown Bride.

    Who doesn’t love a great bubble bath? Classic Bride Blog has a rad DIY for bath fizzies.

    BHLDN for under $500? You know Kiss My Tulle is is all over this bitch with a list of  favorite frocks for very few dollars.

    BHLDN under 500

    Dying to show off your new relationship status? Knotsvilla has 5 hot ways to rock your title.

    Hey Disney darlings! In honor of Earth Day today, Inspired by Dis has an earthy Disney styleboard up.


    I’m loving the Idaho Wedding Collective flirty inspiration shoot featured on Love, Inc.

    Always the bridesmaid? Be the best one EVARRRRR with these tips from Bridal Musings.

    Prepping for your e-shoot? Aisle Perfect has tips to help coordinate your outfits for your engagement session.

    Finally, our girl Budget Savvy Bride has another amazing budget wedding tip for you.


  • 4/1

    Supermarket arrangements aren't always, the prettiest. Kiss My Tulle has a great how-to on giving those bunches a gorgeous makeover. Speaking of bouquets -- Something Turquoise has some tips on how to fill out your floral arrangement. Getting your ideas from the fairest of them all? Inspired by Dis created a great Snow White-inspired styleboard for your bridesmaids. Not sure what wedding dress style will…

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    Rather than the roundup of awesome things rocking in Weddingland around the blogosphere this week, I thought I'd point out some rad Pinterest accounts to follow, especially for brides on a budget (that's you)! While not all are budget-specific wedding blogs, many are. Some are just great for location-specific (mountains and coast) and some span content ranging from weddings to beauty to lifestyle. The one…

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    We've shown you how to make your own deodorant, now Classic Bride is sharing how to make your own coconut and honey conditioner ... they say for your ladies, but I'd probz just keep it mahself. Glitter + cupcakes already wins, but you add in Mickey Mouse? Yep, that's a solid victory. Inspired by Dis shares a how-to for making these sparkly cupcake toppers. Looking…

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    Have a few spring weddings to attend? Dress for the Wedding compiled some gorgeous dresses for those nearing nuptials. This UP themed wedding on Inspired by Dis is just ridiculously awesome. The Dolly Couture dress, the sprinkle cake ... and look at her ring! Photo: Chris + Jenn Photos  On Hey Wedding Lady, a husband surprises his wife with a vow renewal on a lake, a gorgeous…

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    StyleUnveiled has left me totally drooling with their roundup of the top wedding cake trends of 2015. If there's someone who loves Adrianna Papell more than we do, it's Kiss My Tulle. She styled up three different looks for the designer's gorgeous blouson gown (bonus: It comes in plus sizes!). Credit: Kiss My Tulle Head on over to Something Turquoise today to enter to win a…

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    Budget Savvy Bride strikes again with her amazing budget wedding tips. This time? Edible favors, because #duh. Love Inc. has a super cute tutorial for a dreamcatcher cake topper. This super sweet love shoot on Hey Wedding Lady is full of romantic feels and simple DIY details. Considering a destination wedding in the Bahamas? Head to Brenda's Wedding Blog for tips on how to pull…

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    How about a schmancy Valentine's date in? Every Last Detail has some great inspiration on having a romantic dinner in your back yard with your love. For bridesmaid dresses on a budget and in every color of the rainbow, head over to Kiss My Tulle. Potted succulents are a wonderful wedding favor -- especially for those friends of yours stricken with brown thumb syndrome. Brenda's…

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