The Budget Savvy Bride » Krystal http://thebudgetsavvybride.com Budget Wedding Blog : Beautiful Weddings Without Breaking the Bank Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:30:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 {Krystal} Quick Wedding Planning Tips http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/krystals-quick-wedding-planning-tips/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/krystals-quick-wedding-planning-tips/#comments Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:00:39 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=8479 Tomorrow is my big day and while I’m totally pressed for time, I wanted to share a few things I learned. Planning a wedding sucks. No, really, it does. Some parts are fun, some parts are glamorous, but typically it just was a big suck. Things cost way more than you anticipated and don’t always […]

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Tomorrow is my big day and while I’m totally pressed for time, I wanted to share a few things I learned. Planning a wedding sucks. No, really, it does. Some parts are fun, some parts are glamorous, but typically it just was a big suck. Things cost way more than you anticipated and don’t always work out the way you wanted. As long as you know going in to DO YOUR RESEARCH, you should get out alive. At least, I hope so.

Krystal’s Quick Wedding Planning Tips

  • Linens are expensive. Seriously. I had to scale back and do without floor length linens. Oh, the horror! I truly hope that no one will notice and things will work out. I did decide to mix it up a bit and used aqua and peach linens — as well as traditional white ones.
  • Be honest in your hair trial. I would have been stuck with an awkward style if I hadn’t been so forward.
  • Think outside the box. No, you don’t have to copy every wedding blog’s ideas… but some ideas are popular because they work.
  • Don’t ignore tradition, but try to create your own. I’m not the kind of bride that wanted “timeless” or “classic” decor. I wanted things that were representative of US. I hope that I pulled that off.
  • When all else fails, try something new. I wanted all my bridesmaids to carry a brooch bouquet. Yea, that just wasn’t happening. My brooch bouquet still isn’t finished and I only have 24 hours to do so! Argh! I knew the time crunch wasn’t going to work… so my girls are all carrying pinwheels. This cost me ZERO dollars since I already had the supplies. Sweet.
  • Don’t second guess yourself. I bought my wedding dress the first month I was engaged. It was SO hard to keep my eyes away from wedding magazines or even the dress sections in a department store. You picked out your dress for a reason. Don’t hem and haw over the big decisions.
  • Wedding stores are not the only option. ETSY, department stores, and discount stores like Ross, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls pretty much ruled my world. My dress came from Dillards. My dinnerware came from KMart (don’t hate on the plastic, it was definitely budget friendly and fit our BBQ theme!). I scoured the Vera Bradley clearance sale for Bridesmaid gifts. Catered alcohol was not in the budget — so kegs it is!
  • Don’t buy it unless you NEED it. I have a ton of wedding “Accessories” that I have no use for. Materials to make programs, photobooth props, picture frames, etc. It can be so easy to walk down an aisle and buy everything that’s aqua because it’s your wedding color. Resist!

And, just so this post is not picture-less, I took fellow Budget Savvy Blogger Lesley’s idea and got all tatted up before the wedding.

Now, my groom doesn’t know about this. I am going to surprise him the day of the wedding. I asked for his favorite song lyrics from “our” song… and here we go. It hurt. I totally love it and I hope my groom does too. If you’re in the Tampa Bay area, check out 1603 Tattoo in Ybor City. They were amazing.

Next time you hear from me, I’ll be a MRS!

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{Krystal} DIY Brooch Bouquets- Part 1 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/krystals-diy-brooch-bouquets-part-1/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/krystals-diy-brooch-bouquets-part-1/#comments Tue, 11 Jan 2011 14:00:58 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=7918 In an effort to make six brooch bouquets quickly, I had a pseudo-birthday party: Brunch with my bridesmaids and a small get together at my house with hot glue guns and costume jewelry. I wanted all my bridesmaids to carry a small brooch bouquet so I enlisted their help to get them started. I had […]

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In an effort to make six brooch bouquets quickly, I had a pseudo-birthday party: Brunch with my bridesmaids and a small get together at my house with hot glue guns and costume jewelry. I wanted all my bridesmaids to carry a small brooch bouquet so I enlisted their help to get them started. I had read several tutorials about making brooch bouquets and they all claimed it was “hard,” “time consuming” and that each bouquet needed a ridiculous amount of brooches to be full and beautiful.

I’m here to dispel all those rumors and tell you that, so far (knock on wood!), that the bouquet making process is not too terrible. In fact, three of my bridesmaids finished their bouquets within an hour. I was definitely not expecting that!

Some supplies I used:

26 gauge floral wire

Floral tape

Forest green pipe cleaners

Hot glue guns

Super glue

I used this tutorial by Oops I’m In Love on blogger because it looked the easiest. There was no set number of brooches, no pressure of filling out a huge bouquet… it just required taking your brooches, giving them stems with some wire and glue, and assembling.

Here is how it went:

The table ready for crafting – about 150 brooches!

One of the bridemaid’s bouquets. We stood them up in mason jars for the time being. We plan on wrapping floral tape around the pipe cleaners and then assembling them into a bouquet and wrapping ribbon around the “stems.”

A sneak peak of my bridal bouquet! I am using just the vintage enamel colorful brooches for my bouquet, while I’m trying for gold and silver tones in my bridesmaids.

This project is not near completion yet, but we have a good start on it. With only 54 days until the wedding, this DIY project needs to be done soon!

And, PS, I will still be doing a bouquet toss.. just using some grocery store flowers we get the morning of. ;)

Anyone else attempting a DIY brooch bouquet? How did it work out for you?

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{Krystal} Engagement Photos! http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/krystals-engagement-photos/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/krystals-engagement-photos/#comments Tue, 04 Jan 2011 14:00:40 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=7909 When I was looking for a photographer, I was toying with the idea of taking engagement photos. I didn’t want to pay extra for a simple session, so I was hoping to find a photographer that offered a free engagement session in their package. I felt extremely lucky to find a husband and wife photography […]

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When I was looking for a photographer, I was toying with the idea of taking engagement photos. I didn’t want to pay extra for a simple session, so I was hoping to find a photographer that offered a free engagement session in their package. I felt extremely lucky to find a husband and wife photography team that were young, creative, and had affordable rates. They were the second photographers that I had met, and I knew they were going to be just perfect.

Posed portraits aren’t really my fiance’s thing… heck, I don’t even know if they’re my “thing.” Yet, I really wanted some artistic pictures that we could use for our Save the Dates, our website, and just as a cute way to remember this time in our lives. I hired CSE Photography based on their amazing portfolio and their charming personalities. I knew it would be a good match!

Since photography is something that I value, I allotted more of my budget into this category. I have read way too many bridal blog horror stories of those who tried to skimp on pictures and ended up devastated. Since I am not sure if I will be having a videographer at our wedding, I knew that I had to ensure that I would have great pictures.

All in all, I’m quite glad we are working with these photographers. I think our pictures came out stunning. Their use of color and their creative ideas worked out well. I can’t wait to see what our wedding pictures will consist of!

Did you choose to do engagement pics or not?

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{Krystal} Cutting Costs- The Hair Edition http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/krystal-cutting-costs-the-hair-edition/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/krystal-cutting-costs-the-hair-edition/#comments Tue, 07 Dec 2010 14:00:30 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=7762 I’m not going to lie. I’ve already splurged on my hair for the wedding. Not only am I paying for my stylist to come to my hotel on the big day, but I’m also coughing up $75 for a hair and makeup trial this month.  Salon services can add up—especially if you’re making your stylist […]

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I’m not going to lie. I’ve already splurged on my hair for the wedding. Not only am I paying for my stylist to come to my hotel on the big day, but I’m also coughing up $75 for a hair and makeup trial this month.  Salon services can add up—especially if you’re making your stylist travel. I’m here to suggest not to add up any additional frivolous costs by purchasing various accessories for your hair!

Some brides traditionally choose cathedral or fingertip veils, others opt for a more vintage birdcage look. Some brides throw some flowers in their hair, others try for a sparkly headband. If you’re going for a more modern or non-traditional look, browsing ETSY for options can prove to be expensive. From $30 to a flower for your hair to upwards of $200 for a beaded headband, tacking that on to an already bursting salon budget can be counterproductive.

Did you know that “birdcage” is in? And, not just for brides? A quick trip to your local Forever 21 or Charlotte Russe can show headbands with birdcage pieces and even flowers with some netting. While I fully support independent businesses and artists, sometimes my budget can’t. Here are some fun hair pieces from (a frugal fashionista’s favorite) Forever 21 that won’t break the bank.

Beaded Applique Headband | $7.80

Rhinestone Accented Flower Headwrap | $3.80

Floral Hair Pins w/ Faux Pearl and Stone | $2.50

Large Rosette Hair Piece | $6.80

Chiffon Floral Hair Clip | $5.80

*I saw something nearly identical to this for $30 on ETSY!

Chiffon Flower Headband | $2.80

Sure, the rhinestones aren’t real and the pearls are clearly faux, but these pieces are in your hair. No one will be inspecting them and they will be just as beautiful in your photos as the real deal. And, if you are working with a talented stylist, hair accessories might not even be needed! Good luck getting glam – I’d love to hear how you’re doing your hair!

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Krystal’s Cost Cutting Tips – The Paper Edition http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/krystals-cost-cutting-tips-the-paper-edition/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/krystals-cost-cutting-tips-the-paper-edition/#comments Tue, 02 Nov 2010 16:30:37 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=7579 Trying to cut costs on various items is a part of any wedding planning. You trim where you don’t need such extravagance and use that savings to beef up something you really want. Well, as a lover of stationary and graphic design I had assumed that I would be splurging on Save the Dates and […]

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Trying to cut costs on various items is a part of any wedding planning. You trim where you don’t need such extravagance and use that savings to beef up something you really want. Well, as a lover of stationary and graphic design I had assumed that I would be splurging on Save the Dates and Invitations. Letterpress invitations with brightly colored designs printed on heavy cardstock…Ooooh I swoon thinking about it! Yet, even though I wanted so badly to indulge on some creative paper products for the wedding, it seemed there were other plans in store for me.

Save the Dates

As a blogger, I’m fairly familiar with entering contests sponsored by various businesses to earn some free swag. Do I turn down free stuff? Usually not. I was surprised and excited to hear that I had won 50 Save the Dates from a local graphic designer—the design (of her choosing), printing and envelopes were all gratis. Save the Dates are usually a low cost expense, but free is even better! To jazz up my envelopes, I ordered address labels from Vistaprint (a whopping $3.17 for shipping since they were also free!) and I wanted to have custom postage.

{Lemon & Lavender ETSY Shop}

I didn’t know what customized postage was until I saw a deal on Groupon. Well, a special that frequently seems to pop up is $25 for $50 worth of merchandise from Zazzle.com. Zazzle has various products that range from t-shirts, postcards and personalized postage. The postage costs more than what your post office would charge, but the stamps are pretty and you can get them in a variety of styles and colors.

I purchased $66 dollars worth of 44-cent stamps (a total of 60 stamps). I used my $50 Groupon and paid the $16 difference. In total, I spent $36 for 60 44-cent stamps. I spent about 60 cents for each stamp that would have normally cost 44 cents at the Post Office (just, ya know, minus the pretty!).

In total, I spent 80 cents each for my Save the Dates. I really can’t complain, but the saying “you get what you paid for” always applies. My Save the Dates were printed with the wrong photograph and the quality of the printing wasn’t superior. Yet, at 80 cents a pop… I have no room to judge. My guests were notified of the wedding with an announcement that was just fine in the end. In fact, I still received compliments as to how nice they were! I guess it was the inner Bridezilla coming out and wanting perfection.

Invitations

Marshalls, TJ Maxx and Ross can be a godsend when you’re looking for knick knacks or quick gifts. At my local stores, I seem to always find various wedding goodies tucked away at bargain prices. From picture frames to cake stands, my reception will certainly have a few touches that were courtesy of these affordable stores.

I never thought that I would stumble upon wedding invitation kits at Marshalls. I never thought I would find them in my colors…and on clearance. For $8. I purchased two sets to give me 80 invitations which brought my total cost to $16. These sets include the cardstock, ribbon, RSVP cards, and the outer and reply envelopes. They are the Brides brand that is typically carried at Michael’s and Google tells me they’re originally $40 each! Yikes!

If I skip the custom postage and use regular stamps, each invitation will only cost 64 cents (1.08 if I need to use two stamps)! Now, that’s a bargain. I’ll have to assemble and print them, which in itself could be a hassle, but I’ll be saving quite a bit from the prices I had been seeing online before.

Perspective

Are my save the dates or invitations amazing? No. Are they something that will be blogged about for their creativity and amazing design? Again, no. But, is their low cost something that I can take pride in and know that I put that cash somewhere else in the budget? An uplighting upgrade with my DJ perhaps? Yes, and I’m happy with that.

How are you making your invitations? I would love to hear your price per invite and how they came out!

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{Krystal} DIY Approach to Flowers http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/krystals-diy-approach-to-flowers/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/krystals-diy-approach-to-flowers/#comments Tue, 26 Oct 2010 16:30:56 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=7406 I love DIY weddings where the brides and families labor over making some memorable details with their unique talents. I, however, am not much of a crafter or a DIY-er. Since I’ve started this wedding planning, I’ve joked that I want a “DIY wedding without the DIY.” I love the look of handcrafted décor and […]

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I love DIY weddings where the brides and families labor over making some memorable details with their unique talents. I, however, am not much of a crafter or a DIY-er. Since I’ve started this wedding planning, I’ve joked that I want a “DIY wedding without the DIY.” I love the look of handcrafted décor and accessories; I just don’t really trust myself to actually create them.

I knew first off that I didn’t want flowers. I know, call me crazy, but I just am not a flowery type of girl. Plus, the cost can really add up if you use a florist. I had debated between a few options (including purchasing flowers online and creating the bouquet myself), but I hadn’t really been drawn to anything floral.

Source: Southern Weddings

I almost liked the look of these huge bouquets. Baby’s breath makes for great touches in décor and would really fit in with my vintage vibe, but it just wasn’t clicking with me. It’s gorgeous, but I wanted more color.

Source: Love and Lavender

I thought holding fans would be cute, but it just wasn’t IT.

Source: From Sparkly to Spouse

My planner suggested that we carry white parasols. Since we are on the beach in the sun for the wedding, this wasn’t a bad idea. It just wasn’t….me.

Source: ETSY Seller Paper Flowers by Laura

Yes, those are paper flowers. Can you tell? These beauties would be interesting, but I’m not sure if they would last all day.

Source: ETSY Seller Jillian’s Whimsical Floral Shop

A cute crafty bouquet… but not my style.

And, then, there it was.

Source: Brenda’s Wedding Blog

The brooch bouquet. It can be vintage. It can be funky. It can be colorful. It can have family heirlooms, brooches that symbolize things that are important to me, and best of all, it will never wilt.

Source: Seamstress of Avalon

Anyone can Google “brooch bouquet” and be in awe of the results. They are a colorful project and something that will certainly draw attention to any bride. However, this same Google search can show you prices of $300 to assemble the bouquet. If I was avoiding real flowers because of the cost, I certainly couldn’t shell out that to create a bouquet for just one person.

Luckily other brides have been in this situation, and they have taken to the Internet and posted tutorials and photographs of their brooch bouquet assembly. It doesn’t look too hard, and it would be fun to gather the Bridesmaids up for a Brooch Party—a night of assembling, swapping brooches for our bouquets, and a few glasses of wine. ☺

To keep this brooch bouquet budget friendly, it is important to remember that vintage brooches can be pricey—especially the enamel flower pieces (the ones I want so badly!). The best thing is to scour Ebay, thrift stores and estate sales. I have been fortunate enough to find brooch lots on Ebay (a listing that has several pieces in one sale). I have read that it takes 60 to 80 brooches for a bridal bouquet, so if I keep my brooches at $1 to $2 each I’ll be in a good price range. I’m also asking female relatives, friends and friends of friends for brooches that have been forgotten about in a jewelry box somewhere. I’m confident that I will reach my target brooch count soon….and then it will be time for assembly!

What wedding standards are you forgoing to help with cost?

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{Krystal} Venue Search http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/krystals-venue-search/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/krystals-venue-search/#comments Thu, 07 Oct 2010 13:00:35 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=7311 Selecting a venue to have your wedding and reception can be a daunting task. I was worried that our tastes would clash and we would struggle to find something that was “us.” Boy, was I wrong! We knew immediately we were going to have the ceremony on the beach. We knew which beach and what […]

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Selecting a venue to have your wedding and reception can be a daunting task. I was worried that our tastes would clash and we would struggle to find something that was “us.” Boy, was I wrong!

We knew immediately we were going to have the ceremony on the beach. We knew which beach and what exact spot (over time we have kind of had a “place” on the beach that we would always hang out at). So, now that we knew where the ceremony was….we had to pick a reception venue.

I honestly had no idea where to have it. I Googled a few things and browsed some prices. Nothing really stuck. I had no idea my venue even existed before I started using Wedding Wire to find beach reception sites. And, wouldn’t you know it, we found a venue that is directly across the street from the site I wanted to hold the ceremony. Talk about great luck!

The Sailing Center is a sailboat marina that has an upstairs room and deck available for rental. It overlooks the intercoastal waterway and has very little rules. Since we are obviously working with a budget, picking a venue that allows outside catering is very important. Not only are we able to bring any kind of food we desire, but we are also allowed to do whatever we choose as far as alcohol. We could hire outside catering for booze or we could simply bring our own and supply kegs. That’s what I’m talking about! We can go more in detail with catering versus doing it yourself later, but let’s take a quick peek at my venue.

In this picture you can see a large inside room that would be used for eating, a faux photo booth and cake cutting. Someone was getting ready for a wedding reception when I was visiting, so their tables were outside. I would actually change it up and keep the deck empty for a dance party.

This is the other view of the deck. It was recently expanded and can fit up to 200 people.

Here is a view of what our venue is famous for. It’s beautiful! Our guests will get to watch the sunset at our ceremony across the street at the beach, and everyone will get to enjoy dusk right here.

I am pleased to say we only visited one possible site and booked it that very week!

Budget: $1050 to rent the reception venue for six hours; $200 for a permit to hold a wedding on the beach.

Tip: Our venue raised its prices on August 1st of this year. We booked in July when we knew we wanted it. If you have a strong feeling about something, book it as soon as you can! It seems that vendors in my area are raising their prices for a variety of reasons (Maybe to stay afloat in these bad times? Or, they are becoming so popular they see it as a way to make more money?), and you don’t want to pay more for something just because you waited.

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{Krystal} Wedding Inspiration! http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/krystals-wedding-inspiration/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/krystals-wedding-inspiration/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=7231 Wedding Inspiration: A low-key, vintage inspired seaside party! The first time my fiancé and I started to discuss what we envisioned our wedding to be, we were right on the same page. Forget fancy details and stuffy venues. We were on a budget and to keep costs down, we knew we were going to get […]

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Wedding Inspiration: A low-key, vintage inspired seaside party!

The first time my fiancé and I started to discuss what we envisioned our wedding to be, we were right on the same page. Forget fancy details and stuffy venues. We were on a budget and to keep costs down, we knew we were going to get married somewhere free. Yes, free.

We live in a beach town in Florida. Getting married on the beach is pretty common (though I, myself, have never attended a ceremony on the sand!) and can be free if held on a beach where a permit is not required. We have spent much of our free time on the beach and continue to have date nights at beach bars. We are blessed to live where we do, and getting married on the beach seemed simple enough. The only cost would be renting décor (if we decided to use any) and an officiant.

My fiancé actually thought of the color scheme for this beachy wedding—aqua & peach. These colors remind him of a beautiful sunset and are quite perfect for our personalities.

Source: Grey Likes Weddings

Now that we knew our colors, I started thinking of the details. I was drawn to things that were personal, a little funky, and a little old. I definitely wanted vintage touches around.

Like a typewriter for a guestbook.

Source: Every Last Detail

And a vintage style wedding dress.

Dress 1 |  Dress 2 |   Dress 3

No, none of those are my dresses but I wanted something ivory in a mermaid style.

With lots and lots of rhinestones.

Now, those are actually my shoes!

Now that we know the overall idea of the wedding, it is a lot easier to work on the planning. I hope you can find inspiration and thrifty ideas as I plan a party on the beach that will be the most amazing celebration my friends and family have seen. =) Next Up: We pick a venue!

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Meet the bloggers: Welcome Krystal! http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/meet-the-bloggers-welcome-krystal/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/meet-the-bloggers-welcome-krystal/#comments Tue, 21 Sep 2010 13:06:44 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=7045 I’d like to introduce you all to another fab blogger today, the lovely Krystal!! I really love her positive, upbeat spirit and her laid back approach to planning her destination wedding. Sometimes, not only is it less of a headache but it can also be less of a budget buster to plan a destination wedding- […]

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I’d like to introduce you all to another fab blogger today, the lovely Krystal!! I really love her positive, upbeat spirit and her laid back approach to planning her destination wedding. Sometimes, not only is it less of a headache but it can also be less of a budget buster to plan a destination wedding- I think that Krystal has some really great ideas to share, so please give her a warm and friendly BSB welcome!!
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First things first, I wanted to say how pleased I am to be able to share my story with you. I've been reading Budget Savvy Bride for a while now (even before I was engaged!), and a lot of my initial ideas about wedding planning came from Jess. I hope that my ideas can help someone out there and that we can all learn from each other. I do want to share that my wedding motto this entire time is to remember that I'm planning a “party.” I'm trying to not get caught up with things that essentially are not that important, and I'm just hoping everyone leaves the reception saying “Wow! What a great night!”

I'm twenty-five and a native Floridian. I have lived in the Tampa Bay area for most of my life, and I work and attend a university. I'm working on my Master's in Education for Instructional Technology, and I should be done the semester after the wedding. When I'm not working or studying, I love to hit the beach or watch a baseball game (Go Rays!). I enjoy trying out new bars & restaurants, and I am all about tasting different craft beers and wines.

He shares the same interests but is a total sports nerd. He is a sports reporter who spends his time reading, writing and playing sports. Together we go to concerts together and spend time with our two dogs. We share a house near the beach and try to spend our free time enjoying seafood and sunsets.

After two years of dating, he totally surprised me with a diamond ring while we were vacationing in the Florida Keys. I had “that feeling” that it was coming soon…but Valentine's Day passed…our two year anniversary passed…and our vacation was coming to a close. On our last night in the Keys, I had put the idea of becoming engaged out of my mind. We were getting ready for dinner, and I started pouring the remainder of our champagne into red Solo cups. I said we were going to “celebrate our last night of vacation,” because we had had a truly amazing time. I turned around and there it was—the ring. I was very shocked, said “yes” somewhere among the “really!?,” and didn't cry. Very surprising.

We knew immediately we wanted a beach wedding with a huge party. We are looking at a guest list of 100 on a budget of $5,000–$7,500. I'm splurging on hiring a planner (I can't handle any more stress with graduate school and a full time job!), great photography and even better entertainment. Our wedding will be in February next year, so our planning has kicked into high gear now!

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