A Diet With Some Serious Results | The Budget Savvy Bride
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This is how I looked and felt in early September. Going over my budget made me put myself on a bridal blog diet.
Photo courtesy of www.speakyourtruth.com/blog/

Hello Readers!

About one month ago I gasped when I saw that I went about $300 over my monthly budget because of wedding “necessities.” As you may remember, I made a pledge to not look at those beautiful, shiny, designer bridal blogs for one month and see how my spending was affected. And I have some AWESOME news!

Even with unplanned travel across the state (boo high gas prices), a Jason Mraz concert and $14 margaritas, and buying many more calligraphy pens than IĀ intended (a later post on that), I’m happy to say that this month I was right on budget and able to throw an extra $1,061 toward my car payment!

How did I do it?

My sneaking suspicion that the fancy bridal blogs influenced my spending seems to be true for me. When I was looking for invitation inspiration online in August, I saw many things we “had to have” to make the invitations “the best invitations ever.” Oh, and I needed this for my girls, and this for my guy and on and on.

So, Sept. 1 through Oct. 1, I kept my bridal perusing to three sites: Budget-Savvy Bride, Offbeat Bride and Pinterest. At first, I had to remind myself when I was home after work that I was not going to browse through my regular rotation of websites. That took about two weeks. And I think it freed up some spare time, and in addition to giving my wallet a break, it gave my stress level a break too.

I’m becoming pretty obsessed with adding in as many personal, homemade touches as I can to the wedding and the fancy blogs have some great inspiration for that. But, cutting out many and only looking at three sites, I don’t feel as overwhelmed. I realized I really can’t be in the ideas phase (with about two months to go at the time I’m writing this) because it’s time to start doing! Not looking at as many blogs means I’m not as bombarded with ideas and expensive inspiration.

I plan to continue my fancy bridal blog hiatus through December 15. I have plenty of ideas, a long to-do list and a craft project list with about 20 things on it. It’s time to focus and get crafting!

Has anyone else tried a bridal blog diet? How did it go?

Dear fiance Dane and I getting ready for the Jason Mraz concert at the Gorge Ampitheater in late September. We chose to only imbibe in one $14 margarita…

Jillian, age 26, runs a weekly newspaper in a small town in Eastern Washington State. Her wedding date is set for Dec. 15, 2012 and loves the challenges and possible snow that comes with a winter wedding. While she's not running around reporting and hanging out with her family of newsies, she is reading, laughing, cuddling her kitty, dancing or sitting on her porch in the sunshine with her husband to be.

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  1. I went to the Jason Mraz concert in Charlotte! How did you like it?

  2. YES! I had to stop myself in August to stop looking at bridal blogs. I started looking at wedding blogs since March for my wedding in December. There were a lot of inspirational ideas so I can’t knock it but I had to stop because there was just too many out there that if I did all of them, I felt like my wedding may become a bit too much. And it has worked so far. I send a lot less emails links to my future hubby about what we NEED to do, so we are both happy! lol

    • jillian
    • October 16th, 2012

    We both LOVED the Jason Mraz concert. And we recently decided that “I Won’t Give Up” is going to be the song for our first dance at our wedding. :)

    • lealorali
    • October 16th, 2012

    My fiance keeps saying STOP LOOKING AT THOSE BLOGS, YOU ARE DRIVING YOURSELF CRAZY!!!! It’s really an illness. I have only spent like $75 on the DIY details so far, so I’m not that bad yet (but I definitely will be!!)

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