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Savvy Articles by: Denise

  I’m writing this post as a newly married woman! And let me tell you, aside from a few minor (and not so minor setbacks) our wedding was a success. But the funny thing is? Even with all those setbacks, I was so happy to be with people that I love and care about on […]

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  My favorite gentleman and I met when were 11 years old, and started out as friends. Early in our planning we decided to have some nods to friendship and childhood present at our wedding; our cake has in bold capital letters “FIRST COMES FRIENDSHIP” and our “guestbook” is an 11×17 sheet of paper with a rainbow […]

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      Since my last few posts ended up being… a little bit more controversial than I expected, I’m going with something safe this week; a tutorial on the diy pinwheels that I’m using as decoration in the church where we’re getting married. I was having a hard time with the smaller pinwheels, specifically […]

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  One of the first questions I often get when asked about my wedding, is “Why are you waiting so long to get married?” In the beginning it was because May 2013 would mark an even 10 years since Senior Prom; our first “date”, essentially, even though we didn’t really start going steady until 7 […]

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We sent our Save the Dates 9 months before our wedding day, because after 15 months of being engaged we wanted to shout it from the rooftops “We’ve chosen a date! Mark it on your calendar and celebrate the commitment that we’re making to each other!” We were under the impression that our friends and […]

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The type of cake we’d get if we had a lot of dollars: image found here My first choice venue was $4,298 plus the cost of food; a beautiful 25 acre retreat center that only allows you to rent the space for 2 days minimum. And when my favorite gentleman and I were cake tasting, […]

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If we had a lot of dollars; we would have a candy buffet similar to the one above, but those lollipops are upwards of $3 each, and that fishbowl of gummy fish is a pretty penny too. My apologies for not posting as often as I should; we’ve been busy over here with our wedding […]

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Right after I got engaged and started scouring Etsy & Pinterest for ideas and inspiration, I decided that I wanted an alternative to a guestbook. I found the idea of keeping a book with signatures in it a little too reminiscent of an autograph book that you keep in junior high. So early on, I […]

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Because we’re only really close to a handful of people, we opted for a venue that had a limited capacity of 102, and mind you that’s without a dance floor and with some folks not sitting at tables (more here). We thought that with such a small venue, our friends and family would understand if […]

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Image found at When we created a budget, we knew that we would have to make decisions about where our financial resources would be allocated. Some were easy, like not spending a lot on attire, invitations, centerpieces and favors. Other decisions were a little bit harder because we really wanted our focus to be on […]

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Even though we’re having a secular ceremony, we opted early on to incorporate a lot of Filipino (derived from Catholic) traditions. One of them was both the cord & the coin ceremonies. The coins are carried to the alter by a coin bearer. I always found the coin containers traditionally used kind of feminine, and […]

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