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Hello hello! Soooo my first year teaching is officially OVER and I’m packing up my apartment in the town that I was teaching in and moving back to Grand Rapids. I’m actually moving back in with my parents (this is probably as budget savvy as you can get pre-wedding, right!?) (Although I hope I make […]

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I’ve already mentioned a couple of times that we’re going to get married at a lake house.  I’m super excited because as a non-traditional venue it gives us a lot more control over everything than anything else we would have found.  Starting out, David told me some things that would be important to him for […]

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Significant chunks of most brides’ budget revolve around a few key elements of a wedding: venue, food/booze, and photography. If you can save on one, two, or all three of these things you can really cut your costs and so Matt and I had a goal of saving on all three! Originally we planned on […]

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To me, photography is the one great, tangible keepsake that you get to have forever from your wedding. These pictures will be displayed in your home, mocked by your children as they grow up, shown at your children’s weddings, and displayed at your Ruby Wedding Anniversary: basically, these pictures are a big deal. When I began […]

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Good morning everyone! Can you believe it’s June?! It’s June. Oh my gosh. Within this month, Justin and I get to our FOUR MONTH countdown until our wedding. Throughout most of the planning thus far, I haven’t been too frantic. I keep thinking I have plenty of time to get everything done that I need […]

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As I slowly cross things off my checklist and gain a bit of confidence over this whole Wedding Planning Business, there is one thing that looms large on the horizon: our huge guest list.  When we started out, I wanted a wedding of approximately 80 people.  Although my hopes and dreams were soon given a […]

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It has become increasingly apparent that one set of hands is not enough over here at BSB. I am looking for a couple of college students who are in need of internship credit to teach the in’s and out’s of a daily wedding blog. You will receive hands-on experience in a few different aspects of […]

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Back in October of 2010, after we’d already been engaged for 6 months, we decided we should finally pick a date for this epic hurrah we were planning. I was quite surprised at how tricky this part was. Between working around family member vacations, the time of year we’d hoped for and my own bookings [silly […]

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After selecting our awesome venue, we had to figure out what we were going to feed our guests and where it was going to come from. We knew that usually wedding food is around $50 and up per person but that just seemed unreasonable to us. That’s like taking all our friends and family to […]

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If there is one thing I have learned while wedding dress shopping and figuring out centerpieces, it’s that it is a little too easy to forget about the guys! Over time I had conjured up a picture of what I wanted the guys to look like at our wedding, but I realized one day that […]

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Before we go any further there are a few things that I need to tell you about myself and how these things will be impacting my wedding: I am DEATHLY allergic to all milk and milk products.     No, I am not lactose intolerant. Yes, I literally can die. It’s like the peanut allergy…only […]

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