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I wanted a “wow” piece to show off when the guests come in to the wedding to sign the guest book.  And you may remember I mentioned that the venue we are getting married at has a huge wall of old windows and doors at the entrance… so I decided to play with that idea. […]

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…ok actually it’s just Justin (for now). Basically, a few weeks ago Justin accepted an Athletic Training position at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC. This is going to be QUITE a change from our West Michigan upbringings, but we’re super excited about having a new adventure in our lives (oh and stressed)! […]

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Dun dun dunnnnnn. That was supposed to be a dramatic sound effect after I revealed our music source for our wedding, however sound effects aren’t properly portrayed via text. That’s right, the fiance and I have opted for an iPod wedding, complete with a laborious playlist. Luckily for us, our venue offers a ready made […]

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  I haven’t posted in a while. Things have been…rough. Though, things are okay. Actually they are totally okay it’s just that life has a funny way of being inconvenient. That being said I just wanted to drop a quick update so that I didn’t leave you all hanging in the dark for too long. […]

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Call me crazy (well, please don’t, it might hurt my feelings) but I did NOT care about having real flowers for my wedding. I’ll pause for the gasps…   It’s just that when I listed out my priorities for this wedding, spending a TON of money on something that would literally only last a few […]

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Are there any Costco members out there? Did you all know that they have WEDDING stuff!? Yes, it’s true. They do. They have flowers and jewelry and food and photobooks and honeymoons! Check it out!  Justin works at(/is obsessed with) Costco; he would literally have our reception in a warehouse if I let him (I […]

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Like lots of brides, I jumped on the photo booth bandwagon. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a photo booth!? What an awesome way to entertain guests along with provide them with a fun favor they will treasure. Unfortunately, after looking into renting such a booth I realized it would not work within our budget. Luckily, […]

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For many, this is a long and boring story. You’ve been warned. For others, I really do hope it can be a useful wedding planning idea. The famous wedding dress has arrived at last. [It's not really famous, just in my head.] As many people in my life know, this dress has been quite the […]

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While the rest of my posts have been about color schemes, décor, and projects, this post is going to be about the most important aspect of wedding planning: taking care of yourself! In short, wedding planning is overwhelming.  The balance of wedding planning and the rest of your life is virtually non-existent, speaking from my […]

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I know it is silly, but one of my favorite parts of the wedding ceremony is the choice in music. It is the perfect opportunity for the happy couple to show off their style, creativity, and share new songs with their guests. When it came time for us to put together our playlist, I knew […]

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Ok, have you SEEN J. Crew bridal yet?! Ok I know I know I know. It’s J. Crew, and this is a budget-savvy website. Believe you me, I will be the first to tell you that I’m that girl who will wistfully walk by one in the mall, longing after like, everything in the store, […]

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One of our priorities is to have an open bar. We want this to be a heck of a party, and I’m a strong believer that an open bar is a good start. Adam’s mum and dad have generously offered to make the wine for the party. Unlike a lot of homemade wine, the stuff […]

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