Who said being a broke bride was no fun? Not this girl.
We don’t think there is anyone much cooler than Dana LaRue from The Broke-Ass Bride. In fact, she’s kind of a bad a**. This chick is creative, confident, and crafty. Oh, and did we mention she blogs about how to have a rocking wedding on a sassy savvy budget? Our favorite thing about her blog is her “Can’t Afford It/Get Over It” posts about finding more budget friendly gowns than those that are wayyyyy out of the budget. Check out Dana…
Where I’m based: Los Angeles, CA
How long I’ve been blogging: 2008
Blog basics: The Broke-Ass Bride helps brides use creativity as currency to rock bad-ass weddings without breaking the bank. Our sassy, savvy approach to weddings and money delivers entertaining and informative outside-the-box planning inspiration. Because it’s not about how much you spend, it’s how you spend it! Look for our book, The Broke-Ass Bride Guide, coming in December 2013!
My guilty pleasure: Law & Order SVU, Diet Coke, New Girl
Last thing I bought: Peter Gabriel albums on vinyl
What is the most outside-the-box wedding planning tip that you’ve ever given? Throw a picnic-style wedding with boxed meals! Toss around some blankets, do gourmet sandwiches and kettle chips with delicious cookies in twine-wrapped kraft boxes for your guests, put out some fun lawn games and rent a karaoke machine to play with and keep the whole thing super casual and fun!
What is the easiest thing to go the cheap route on when planning a wedding? Skip favors completely (who needs ’em?), use DIY chalkboards in lieu of printed programs, menus and other signage, and cut out any elements that aren’t important to you.
What’s your favorite DIY project you share with your brides to enhance their wedding decor? I recommend using recycled glass jars – even pickle, salad dressing, jam jars, et cetera, for EVERYTHING. You can paint them, tint them, glitter them, fill them, stack them, plant in them, drink from them, hang them… there are endless ways to use them for your wedding and it keeps costs way down.
Do you splurge on anything? If so, what? Absolutely. I believe strongly in making good investments. It’s way better to buy something pricey one time than always be replacing cheap items that don’t stand the test of time. Technology is a great example for this, and I try to maintain a strong balance of quality (read: a little more expensive) basic wardrobe pieces that will last years, along with trendier, cheaper “disposable” fashion statement pieces that will only last a season or so. In weddings, I recommend prioritizing your top 3 wedding elements and allocating the most money for splurging on those. You have to let yourself splurge sometimes, especially on the things you’re most passionate about or get the most use out of! Remember, it’s not about how much you spend… it’s how you spend it!
What is the trick to go from a broke-ass to bad-ass bride?
Express yourself. Whether your style is subdued and sophisticated, bright and sassy, or offbeat and outrageous – don’t fall prey to “must-haves”, trends or “rules.” Your wedding is your one chance to tell your unique love story to some of the guests who may not know you well. They’re likely going to multiple weddings this year, so let your wedding say something about yourselves and be a true reflection of what makes you YOU. Make yourself comfortable, and your guests will follow suit.