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So E and I have been in Charlotte this week while he trains for work at the corporate office… luckily for me my job is flexible and I can do it from anywhere so I was able to accompany him. I’ve been spending alot of time in the hotel working on freelance work and just sort of thinking and brainstorming for all the different things in my life. I’ve had a few emails lately asking about what’s going on with US in our lives NOW and I realized that I haven’t really done a personal update in a while. The opportunity has presented itself.. so here we go!

I just want to say that I am absolutely LOVING married life. E is my best friend and it’s so awesome that we get to live together and share our lives with each other. I have never been happier!

I dunno if I ever updated on E’s job situation, (I did on twitter but dunno if I posted about it here) but he was able to find a job pretty quickly post-layoff, so we didn’t suffer too much because of that. He is working as an assistant manager at Harris Teeter and he’s also picked up a second job where he is training to do commercial real estate appraisal. He’s been keeping really busy with the two jobs- going into work around 7 or 8 and not returning home until 7 or 8 in the evening. We’re trying to save as much money as possible so that we might possibly be able to buy a house by the end of the year. If we could take advantage of the First Time Homebuyers Tax Credit that would be totally awesome! After the wedding, we were lucky to be able to move into E’s parents’ house to help us save money. I am so glad they’ve been able to put us up during this time, but I can’t wait until we have our own space so I can begin nesting!! I’m dying to decorate and buy furniture and settle in to our REAL married life.

As for me I am still doing freelance for Evin and trying to build up my design biz… (it’s been more of a challenge than I thought, being the boss of me, haha!) The thought of being responsible for my own success or failure is scary, but also very exciting. I’ve been getting lots of inquiries lately about my services and am working on a few projects. I even have a couple of big projects in the works! The best part is that most of the work I am doing is wedding-related so it’s helping me fight my post-wedding-depression (and yes, it’s true- it does happen and I plan to do a post on it soon!)

I’ve had alot of inquiries in terms of what I plan to do with my blog now that my wedding is over. I’ve shared everything through the ceremony at this point, and will continue through all the details and the reception until I have no more pretty photos to post. (And I am ALMOST ready to post the final budget- I swear!)

But then what? I find myself pondering this question quite often. I guess I just don’t know why you all keep coming back to my blog… is it to see my photos? Is it to hear about my life? I feel like it’s so much bigger than me. Would you be interested in me finding other budget-savvy brides to share their experiences with you? Do you want to see other budget weddings and their cost breakdowns? I need to know… because I LOVE writing this blog and I want to keep writing for you as long as you’re reading, so please let me know what you want to see here. I really do love hearing from my readers, and anyone who’s written me an email knows I will write you back and thank you for reading! :) I truly keep this up because of you so I want to write about what you wanna hear about! :) Don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or shoot me an email with any ideas you have or questions you want answered. Thanks again for reading!!!

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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • http://brideonbudget.blogspot.com Ashley

    I think you should keep it going! You could do articles on wedding planning and also have a feature every week of a budget wedding. And you could do guest posts from other budget brides. I’m also sure that there’s tons of stuff you didn’t share with us during your wedding planning that you might have to share now.

  • http://www.thegooseandus.blogspot.com Stephanie

    I love your blog and have read every post about your wedding and now the recaps. Lovin’ it and it’s so great to use your wedding as inspiration for mine in September! Once you finish posting all about your wedding I’d love for you to just provide inspiration you see out there especially in regards to your future home. We just bought our first home and moved in. We’re trying to make it our own, but with a wedding in September and new home money is always a factor. Just my two cents, but seriously anything you write I’ll adore :)

  • http://www.brittneymelton.com Brittney

    I think it should be for you :) We love hearing (and seeing) about your wedding. But, that’s not the reason we come visit :)

    Some similarities… We are living with my parents also… my husband :) is looking for a job… but you’re right! I CANNOT wait to start my nesting :) It doesn’t feel like REAL married life yet for me either!

  • http://segloveskep.blogspot.com/ Shannon

    I am in the thick of wedding planning and love to read anything about tricks and tips on how to save money and keep a reasonable budget. I love seeing real weddings posted on other sites but so many of them I can tell are far more expensive than what I have to spend. I really enjoy your blog and think you should keep it up if possible.

  • Kristin

    I stumbled across your blog shortly after I got engaged (just a little over two months ago) and have feverishly been reading your blog to get caught up!! I love it!!

    Like Stephanie, I think that it would be great to read about (and see) your inspiration for anything/thoughts about your future house (my fiance just bought a house last November, so home decorating/renovating is definitely a fun subject to me!)/etc.

    I also think that it would be great to read about your post-wedding married life. So exciting!!

    Thanks for writing and giving me something to look forward to when I get online each morning before I start working. :)

  • http://littlemisssouthern.blogspot.com Tami

    I love your blog! I like the budget related updates & the married life!! Keep on postin’!

  • http://craftyourselfrich.blogspot.com/ cara

    I love the budget tips and would love to hear more about “nesting”!

  • http://hisholydesign.blogspot.com Jessica

    I found your blog a couple of months ago during the thick of wedding planning. It helped me to get ideas and helped to read about it from someoneelse’s perspective. We got married May 9 and I’m still reading! Anything you decide to write about …I’m sure will be super interesting!!!

  • http://bridezillachink.blogspot.com Bridezilla Chink

    Hi!
    From my perspective the reason why I keep reading now is for the post wedding recap. Budget breakdown if you care to share.
    I think having a weekly guest budget bride post is a great idea and a great way to expand your blog in the blogisphere. hehe. Another fun thing that will keep other brides coming back is of course giveaways. Who doesn’t love free stuff? =)
    And lastly, the reason why I started reading at all mainly is YOU. Your engaging bubbly sweet personality! So honestly I think even if it wasn’t completely wedding centered I will still keep reading. The interesting question is if I will keep reading “wedding blogs” after my wedding day!
    P.S. best of luck in all of life’s ventures!

  • http://www.theadventuresofmrsreagan.blogspot.com Pam

    I’ve been with you from the beginning… ahhh. ;)

    I keep coming back because in some weird way I think we’re friends. I read lots of blogs for different reasons {{food, wedding related, fun personal stuff, kids, and spiritual}} but I read yours for YOU! :) What Bridezilla Chink said above… makes me wonder too. Will I continue to read wedding blogs after I’m married?

    Thanks for the update! Glad you are loving married life!! :)

  • http://thethirty-somethingbride.blogspot.com The Thirty-Something Bride

    Keep blogging. Share what you’re working on with us, if you can. Your creativity is needed! You inspired me to start my own blog, as well as gave me the confidence I needed to DIY my invitations and other projects. You’re very inspirational and the blogosphere would miss you if you stopped! :)

  • http://www.big-wedding-tiny-budget.com Liz

    Ditto ditto DITTO! I don’t have anything unique to add – because it’s all been said. Definitely keep your blog going – there are sooooo many different things you can blog about – newlywed/married life, featured guest budget bride bloggers, giveaways, the list goes on and is limited only to your imagination. I think this is a fantastic opportunity for you!

  • AshleyO

    Please keep writing Jessica!!!! You know I love reading about everything and I still have 5 more months to go until my own wedding and love all your little tidbits and helpful hints!!!

  • http://marie-evelaforte.blogspot.com Marie-Eve

    For sure I’m interested in your lovely wedding, since I’ve been following you pretty much from the start. But as for other weddings, I guess since my own is also behind me, I’m, you know, moving forward, and trying to keep the wedding po*n to a minimum! :-) I’m most interested about you, your life, your new projects, your design work, etc…

  • http://[email protected] nadia

    Dear Jessica,

    you have absolutely no idea how much i enjoying reading your blog. I am always looking forward to reading your updates, I really consider you to be a friend so please continue to write about your wedding experience,your journey, what’s going on in Nashville:) or anything you may like to share. You are my long distance friend that i talk to all the time by leaving comments on your page.I talk to my other friends about your blogs. I am soooo glad to have found your blog. Remember you’re really a motivation for me, I am so happy how everything turned out for you.

    Nadia from New York City:)

  • Jestrina

    I found you on Twitter because I am starting to plan my wedding. I loved reading your wedding planning thru your tweets n your blog, (and even went back to the beginning of your blog to catch up). Now I love seeing your beautiful pics from your wedding and can’t wait to see your budget. And its gonna be great to hear about your new life with you hubby and the future to follow!!

    Your blog has motivated me, actually I’m borderline obsessed :), to plan the best wedding possible on a small budget!! And my best friend has asked me to help plans hers cuz of my new obsession with wedding planning!

    Thanks!