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              Jennifer & John  August 31st, 2013 Olivet, Michigan   What was your budget?  Our original budget: $6,000 Wedding total spent: $ 5,600 ($400 under!) Total Guests: 62 (invited 88) THE “BIG” STUFF (where we saved!):  Dress + Alterations: $405 + $80 = $485 Wedding Bands: $69.99 Boutonnieres + […]

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My sister-in-law was married several years ago and when I started planning our wedding, I remember her telling me how badly she wished that Pinterest existed when she was planning their wedding. (It may have existed, but it wasn’t something people really used much or talked about just yet.) Pinterest. It’s a Budget Savvy Bride’s […]

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Men don’t usually care about the frills and details of a wedding. They probably do care about money. And a majority likely have an opinion on the alcohol being served. Enter: A post for men, about how to save money on an open bar AND be left with an awesome addition to your Man Cave […]

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The finished Chalkboard Arrow Sign/Stake

I have to admit that when I started planning (aka: pinterest-ing) my wedding, burlap and chalkboard EVERYTHING was exploding my mind’s eye of the vision of our wedding day. The result: A lot of burlap flowers and a whole lot of chalkboard signs. Now, DIY chalkboards are not cheap. But they are sooooo cool AND […]

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The finished product - our set of Mr & Mrs Bean Bag Toss

  So, we set up yard games (status-post wedding now, they went over GREAT!). We painted colored circles in the grass for twisted, made ring toss out of wine glasses set inside of a crate and, my favorite, Corn Hole (aka: bean bag toss). We were going to buy one – it was $120+. We […]

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You will wear them once, they may or may not be comfortable and you’re probably going to change out of them once you get to the reception. BUT, they are the shoes you will walk down the aisle in and the shoes that you wear as you say your “I Do’s”. They’ll later be stored […]

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Something that wasn’t quite so budget savvy … my flower girl’s dresses. We are going to call them my “splurge”, however, I was able to get them for a really really good deal through my friend Michelle who owns her own business – Tutu Goddess (www.facebook.com/TuTuGoddess) I sent her an email, along with several others […]

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The "almost" finished project ... Still PLENTY to do, but the groundwork has been laid!

The week before the big day we did the BIGGEST project of our wedding day: transforming the 24×32 foot barn addition (built just last fall and thankfully totally clean and new!) into a reception area to host 75 guests. I had searched Pinterest and the inter-webs day and night looking for DIY Barn Reception Decor ideas […]

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My finished skirt - one of six - some were more purple, others were more yellow. Change and mix it up and get creative!

I had mentioned before that I had planned on decorating our tables for our at-home rustic wedding with home-made skirts made from fabric and tulle.  Well, I finally finished all of them, and I must say, as far as DIY Wedding Decor goes, I think they look awesome! I had three 6-foot tables that needed […]

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My DIY chalkboard (it was a mirror but I painted it with chalkboard paint) and wrote on it with liquid chalk (which does NOT come off, BTW)

So this isn’t necessarily about saving money but it’s something that has been abundant in the bridal world lately and I wanted to share my personal take on it and my little DIY that I did to address our request at our ceremony. I have found that with this wedding, we’ve come across a few […]

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