Am I Brave Enough To Trash The Dress?

I haven’t decided yet…maybe. I mean, this gorgeous dress I won’t wear again is just sitting around. Even if I sealed it up, no potential child of mine would wear it anyway because it’ll be out of style by then. If I choose not to trash, I may re-sell!

I know I’ve done a trash the dress blog before, but I love looking at these photos! I love my dress and I don’t know if I could ever have the courage to just destroy it. I almost wish I had another dress just so I could throw paint on it or dive underwater.

Here are a few more of my favorites!

Speaking of the gorgeous dress, our pictures will be on their way soon! 🙂

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Choosing My Wedding Jewelry

I have officially gone to a six-day work week at my day job, so color me exhausted. The extra cash is going to be awesome, but it leaves little time for any wedding stuff! I feel like I’m in some sort of funny catch 22…except it’s not funny.

When I have time off I have been conversing with my mom on what jewelry I should wear with my dress. It was then I came to a shocking revelation, I am not into jewelry shopping. It could be because I’m incredibly busy but I just could not get into picking sparkly jewels to go with my dress. Go ahead, take my “girl card” away. 🙂

Thankfully where I lack in interest, my mom picked up that slack, searching high and low for jewelry to match my dress and I think she did a pretty good job!


We actually found the headpiece at the bridal shop, so I got to try it on with the dress, but the price tag was pretty high.

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My mom did a little online digging and found the headpiece on sale for probably one tenth of the ticketed price, talk about an awesome deal!

What kind of jewelry did you wear? Was it elaborate or understated?

My First (And Last) Wedding Dress Fitting!

I have been to three fittings, two yesterday and one today. I was so ridiculously excited to see my dress! It’s been so long and I was practically jumping out of my skin to get there and try it on!

Thankfully it fit and had the correct length! She just had to take the dress in a little, and it was ready to go! Since the dress is in NJ and I live in Maine, they got all three fittings done for me while I’ve been home, so I don’t have to go back. It’s really nice to know that the dress is taken care of, one thing to cross off my list!

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I just wanted to show you pieces of the dress, it’s not time for the big reveal yet 🙂

I do want to talk about psychological relief though. I was so worried about how much we had left to do and how little time we had to do it. That is, until I saw my mom’s craft room. She has tackled so many more projects than I thought and has just bought so many things to make our wedding beautiful! I seriously couldn’t thank her enough! I actually feel, for the first time, “This thing is going to come together ok!”

It was a very productive trip! And tonight I travel back to Maine to hug my honey!

On My Way Home For A Dress Fitting

Today I fly away home! I may live in Maine, but my dress currently resides in New Jersey. As you are reading this I am probably on a plane, or in a train or in an automobile…yup, I have to take all three to get home! I haven’t seen my dress in over a year, and last time I did, it didn’t fit at all. Now it’s been ordered in my size, and I can finally see it again!

My dress is a Maggie Sottero and I’ve seen her designs on many other girls so I thought I’d put a little inspiration together. Her gowns have a wide range of styles and are totally gorgeous!



I’m so excited to see my dress! It’s like being excited to see an old friend. I’m going to be Instagram-ing and Tweeting my trip for the next three days, so if you aren’t already, follow me!!

Twitter: @FlatBrokeBride
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Was anyone else super excited for their fittings?

Dressing the Flower Girl and Ring Bearer…Get Ready To “Aww”

We have the ring bearer’s outfit and we thought we had dresses for the flower girls but they didn’t have the correct size, so off to the stores to find a new style!

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Once I have the new dress for the flower girls I’ll share! But how cute is the ring bearer outfit? Did I mention there will also be suspenders?

If you haven’t gotten out all your “Awwws” yet, here’s some inspiration for flower girl outfits and ring bearer outfits.



I LOVE that sign the winking ring bearer is carrying! I think it might be the perfect DIY for my little ring bearer!

There is something about little kids all dressed up that make them have a serious “aw” factor!

Groom & Groomsmen Attire

I had a little bit of a dilemma earlier, got it solved, but I thought I’d share. I have a very small bridal party the two closest girlfriends I have, and he is inviting his seven closest male friends to stand up with him. As you can imagine it would all look a little…lopsided, that way. He was a little dismayed when I pointed this out, after all, they are all really close friends. So we came up with a compromise. His best man will stand up with him, but, after I walk down the aisle, all of his friends will hand me a flower before they take their seats.

I thought of the flower thing, and I wasn’t sure he’d like it, but he thought it’d be nice, like his friends were kind of welcoming me and giving me their “permission” to marry their best friend. What do you think of our idea?

Now, onto the actual outfits!

Usually when picking out outfits for your wedding party, the bridesmaids are the ones that are tough, but since my bridesmaids are mismatched, and buying their own dresses, they were the simple part. I wanted the groomsmen to all look relatively the same so they will prove to be a bit more difficult. Here is an idea of what I was thinking for the boys:


I really love the suspenders, khakis look, especially for a rustic wedding! Of course I like the argyle socks and comic book bow ties! As you can see it’s got a lot more moving parts than just picking up a tux from a shop. I hope it comes together!

Hollywood Wedding Dresses!

Watching the Oscars is something I actually have to do on TiVo, the downside of working in TV. So as I write this I’m watching ABC’s coverage of the red carpet, because I missed it earlier. I did get to see best picture live though! This was my view:

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Congratulations to Argo! I have yet to see it, but it’s on the list!

In honor of Oscar night, I thought we could take a look at some wonderful movie wedding dresses, from classics to today.

This dress is a wonderful classic! The tea length is perfect for Audrey!

It wouldn’t be classic Hollywood without Marilyn! She looks wonderful in this dress, but then again, she looks wonderful in everything!

This is such a classic, but dramatic look!

I have to include this dress when talking about classic movie weddings! This has got to be my favorite dress!

Moving into the present day, different styles but still beautiful!

Having a post about wedding dresses without Carrie Bradshaw’s dress would be incomplete! Even with the bird in her hair, she looked stunning!

Who can forget this comedy? I will forever remember that you have to alter yourself to fit Vera!

Another wonderful, heartfelt comedy with a gorgeous dress to boot!

Last, but not least my favorite wedding/love story in a movie EVER

Not just the wedding gown, I’ll take her whole wardrobe! You can’t talk about “True Wuv” and “Mawage” without this movie!

What are your favorite movie weddings? Or better yet, your favorite movie wedding dresses? 🙂

Used Is The New…New

I don’t know if I’ve made it super clear yet, but, I love reality TV. It’s a guilty pleasure and I mostly watch it to unwind. So last night after I got out of work I decided to watch my recorded episode of “Shark Tank.” TiVo is lovely for recording useless shows so when you are bored, you have something to watch. But how was I to know that my useless reality TV addiction would drop into my lap this great business!

If you aren’t aware of the show, the “shark tank” is made up of super rich millionaires (billionaires? What’s a few million between friends), and they have agreed to invest their never-ending supply of money into start-up businesses. The businesses come on the show, pitch their idea (however idiotic) to the “sharks” and one (or more) of them can decide to invest.

The awesome business pitched on Friday night’s show was truly ingenious. How would you like to wear a Vera Wang, or a Carolina Herrera, or even Dolce and Gabbana and NOT spend a small fortune? Well this young lady took all the women selling their dresses on eBay and basically created a business.

Her business is called “Nearly Newlywed” and it allows the consumer to buy a gently used wedding dress of all different designers at a discounted price.

Sadly, this young girl didn’t get  a deal for her business. One shark even said that he didn’t see it as a viable business model. Obviously he hasn’t been looking at the wedding industry lately. Any bride looking to save a buck has looked on sites like Recycled Bride.

The directions to the site are simple, buy a dress, wear it, and if you bought a “Sell It Back Approved” dress, you can sell it back to the web site. I’d say, for those of you who would love a designer dress at a low-cost this is a great, budget friendly way to get one!

I think the sharks didn’t know what they had! I’m pretty sure every bride would love to have a designer gown for less! Check out her site! Nearly Newlywed Bridal Boutique, I promise I don’t work for her PR department, I just think a great idea deserves a look. Here’s a peek at what you can find:

 

What do you think if the “Recycled Dress” business model? Are you buying a recycled dress?

Why Trash Your Dress?

Photo By: Nadine

I love this photo. Like…a huge fan. First of all, it would be so much fun to have paint chucked at me, and to potentially chuck paint at my hubby-to-be. Basically I want to be in a photo shoot where I get to chuck paint.

But in all the photos of trash the dress I’ve seen (especially those where paint is involved) is entirely trashed.

I hate to say it, but I cannot bear to see the dress I walk down the aisle in be trashed. But who wants to miss out on all that fun? So even though I am all about pinching wedding pennies I have a better idea where you can keep your gorgeous dress and STILL have tons of paint-splattering fun!

Ready for it? Buy. Another. Dress! A dress for trashing. Now of course your first reaction is “What?! I spent tons of moolah on my first dress!” I would NEVER suggest you spend that kind of money on a trashing dress! Instead, take between thirty and fifty dollars and buy yourself a cute white dress in which to totally mess up.

Here are a few I found from ModCloth.com (If you love vintage clothes but haven’t been to the site you MUST check it out!)

Call me crazy but I think it would be extremely fun to put colorful paint all over these beautiful dresses! What do you think of Trash-the-dress? Is it worth it to you to trash your wedding gown?