Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wedding Hair Style with Nikki Wright

Happy Wednesday Budget Brides!!!

Today we are talking about wedding day hair style with some great styling tips from celebrity stylist Nikki Wright. I love the hairstyle below for a beach or garden wedding with a loose fishbone braid to the side and strands of hair falling on the sides of your face it will be absolutely breathtaking on your wedding day, Both romantic and classic this hairstyle will have your husband to be remember this special day for a lifetime.

Celebrity Hairstylist Nikki Wright suggests that you will need the following products for the side braid show above:

  • Medium flat iron
  • Butter fly clips
  • White Sands Infinity Hairspray
  • Oil

Hairstyling Instructions:

First, smooth all the hair straight with a flat iron making sure to use White Sands Infinity Hairspray on each section. Then bring all hair to one side. To create the fish tail braid, take small pieces of hair rotating each piece from one area to another. Then, secure with a hair tie at the end. Take a few thin pieces of hair out around the face for softness.

Budget Bride Style:

So maybe you are a BB who wants to DIY or have a friend do your hair on your wedding day make sure you have plenty of time to perform trials. You do not want it to be your wedding day and your hair is not the way you want. Make sure everytime you perform a trial to take pics so that the person who does your hair on that day has a clear and concise idea of what you want.


Photos Courtesy: Janice McCafferty Communications


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Need a Break From Wedding Planning, Go See Any1Man

Happy Tuesday Budget Brides!!!

Many times wedding planning can be an overwhelming feeling. Where does outcast cousin Ted sit, BM Maya doesn’t like the BM dresses, the caterer cannot find the chocolate fountain and last but not least your mom is trying to turn YOUR wedding into her big day. Well take a break from all the big day stress and check out an amazing one man show called ANY1MAN.

I had the pleasure to go to a press only viewing last Thursday, where actor George A. Peters II took us on a journey through the lives of various characters of black men and boys. The essence of the play is to give a voice to some of the issues and obstacles that plague black men and if you really pay attention all men. I must that this play is a MUST SEE. It made me laugh, cry and really think about the world that I decided to bring my little one into. Please go out and support this young man with a  great message about the trials of young black men, make sure you bring someone with you and tell everyone you know about this amazing play.

(Actor George A. Peters II)


Poets Den Gallery & Theater
East Harlem
309 E 108th Street
(between1st and 2nd avenues)
New York, NY
(212) 427-1445
Running: May 17th through May 20th


New York Revival of Any1Man starring George A. PetersII to play in Harlem May 17th-20th
(New York, NY; April25, 2012) – From May17th – 20th, the Poets Den Gallery andTheater in Harlem welcomes Any1Man, a one-man show that explores the challengesfaced by every man through its portrayal of seven male characters. Written and performed by poet and actor George A. Peters II, the show,both politically sensitive and emotionally charged, examines tough issuesplaguing every man while highlighting those of African-Americanmen. “Black men face a unique set of challenges in America today.Any1Man engages difficult issues head-on,” said then Senator Barack Obamain 2006.
Any1Man is the story ofchoice and how choices made, or lack thereof; affect the outcome of the livesof each character.  The characters take on a range of personas –from biblical Adam, who was given dominion over Utopia, a lonely paradisefor any man; Willie, an angry young man abandoned by his father and damnedby his mother, who rages anger at women while desperately seeking theirattention; to Wesley, a gay artist rejected by his parents who uses hisart as an escape from the frustration he feels towards the stereotypicalconstraints of manhood.
“The images of Blackmen continue to be defined by ugly statistics with our stories being told bypolarizing news outlets that seek to paint us with the very same brush. Inactuality it is the uniqueness of our individual struggles that make usbeautiful and paints the true picture of Black manhood,” says Peters.
Now in its ninth run,Any1Man has been performed in Atlanta, Philadelphia, DC, Dallas, LosAngeles and returns to New York ready to enlighten audiences about thefears, dreams, and adversity faced by every man. Tickets for the show areavailable at the Poet’s Den Gallery and Theater box office at (212) 427-1445 or online Buy Tickets Here.
About Any1Man:
Any1man is produced by VeerGordon and written by George A. Peters II with B. Fontenont Johnson. Any1Man isa one-man show performed by George A. Peters II, portraying choices every manis forced to deal with in life. Since 2004, the show has been performed inAtlanta, Philadelphia, DC, Dallas, Los Angeles and three previous runs in NewYork.  The 2012 revival opens Thursday,May 17th – 20th for five performances: May 17th, 18th and 19th at 7:30pm, a matinee showing on Saturday, May 19th at 3pm, and an evening show on Sunday, May 20th at 6pm. For more informationvisit
About Poet’s DenGallery and Theater:
Located in East Harlemat 309 E 108th Street(between1st and 2nd avenues), the Poet's Den Gallery and Theater is a livingtheatrical space dedicated to the creation and presentation of performance artof every variety. The Poet’s Den Gallery and Theater hosts art and photoexhibitions, film screenings, concerts, dance performances and dramaticproductions—both original works and classics by the likes of Shakespeareand Oscar Wilde.
— “Petersdisplays intuition and insight, zeroing in on the fear and anger thatfrequently motivates human behavior.”(Deborah Klugman, LAWeekly)
— “Petersis an energetic, versatile, creative, and intelligent theatrical presence.There is clearly a strong intellect at work behind each of these characters anda powerful central theme that unifies the onstage action.” (HoytHilsman, Backstage)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Happy Wednesday Budget Brides!!!

I stumbled upon this giveaway while on twitter and you know I just had to past it  on to you.

In celebration of the premiere May issue of Brides, Brides Magazine has decided to team up with some amazing partners to bring you some fun giveaways all month long.

So from the 1st to the 31st visit their website for your chance to win.

I have my eyes on the His/Her wedding bands (May 11th) and the Spanx Bridal Kit (May 24th).

What are you vying for?

Below are all the prizes you can win:

May 1st: 50 winners will receive a Chanel Nail Polish in "Ballerina"
May 2nd: 5 winners will receive a bridal package of 6 Dogeared 'Pearls of Love' necklaces
May 3rd: 1 winner will receive a His/Her (4-piece) luggage set from Hartmann
May 4th: 5 winners will receive a Wedding Paper Diva package containing set of 10 customized thank-you cards and $250 gift certificate
May 5th: 25 winners will receive an iPhone case from Speck Products
May 6th: 5 winners will receive a Michael Aram New Molten Double Snack Bowl
May 7th: 5 winners will receive a Blue Nile Gemstone Pendant in Sterling Silver
May 8th: 3 winners will receive a Beyond Vintage Swiss Dot Tulip-Sleeve white dress
May 9th: 6 winners will receive a pair of Elva Fields Pearl Drop Earrings
May 10th: 3 winners will receive Baccarat champagne flutes
May 11th: 1 winner will receive His/Hers Wedding bands from Samuels Jewelers
May 12th: 10 winners will receive a Thornwillow stationary set
May 13th: 1 winner will receive a Monique Lhuillier Waterford Arianne Votive/Rose Bowl
May 14th: 10 winners will receive a Tori Praver Swimwear Beach Sheet
May 15th: 4 winners will receive a bridal party package of Tervis Tumblers
May 16th: 1 Enchanted Atelier Vivianna Swarovski Necklace
May 17th: 1 winner will receive a Mary Kay Gift basket
May 18th: 102 winners will receive an OPI Nail Polish from the NYC Ballet Collection
May 19th: 20 winners will receive the book, At Home With Wedgwood
May 20th: 2 winners will receive Fiesta Dinnerware place settings
May 21st: 20 winners will receive a necklace from Ruche
May 22nd: 1 winner will receive a Krups Espresso Machine
May 23rd: 2 winners will receive a clutch from Wanderlust
May 24th: 1 winner will receive a Spanx Bridal Kit
May 25th: 1 winner will receive a His/Her Tourneau Watches
May 26th: 1 winner will receive a Vera Wang Crystal Vase
May 27th: 1 winner will receive a 10-piece set of Anolon Nouvelle Copper pots and pans
May 28th: 3 winners will receive Hand Decorated Artisanal Cakes from Creme Delicious Cakes
May 29th: 3 winners will receive India Hicks necklaces
May 30th: 7 winners will receive "A Gift for Lovebirds" package from The Shops for Target
May 31st: 1 winner will receive a wedding dress from David's Bridal
Happy Winning!!!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

David's Bridal + Vera Wang = Limited Edition Vera Wang Cocktail Dress

Happy Friday Budget Brides!!!

As many of you may know Vera Wang has both a bridal and bridesmaid collection at David's Bridal. I have actually seen both collections and will say that they are amazingly affordable and well made at an up to $1500 price point.

For the month of June, Glamour magazine has teamed up with David's Bridal and Vera Wang to created a limited edition one of a kind dress. It is perfect for a summer night date or as a wedding guest dress. A bride can also think about this dress for the rehearsal dinner or early morning brunch after the wedding.

At a price point of $158 and available in sizes 0 - 14 with only 100 being created it would be virtually impossible for you and someone else to have this dress on at the same time. So head over to to purchase this dress today and send me pictures so I can see how beautiful you look in it.

Paired with black booties, black clutch and jewel tone accessories this dress will go from day to night in a flash.

Available online only, get yours while supplies last.

Images from Glamour

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