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I am seriously addicted to online research. Can you be addicted to such a thing? Before every decision I make I hop on the interwebs and check out the situation, ie; reviews, deals, coupons, etc. Wedding invitations were no exception to this illness. I ordered packet after packet of free samples from companies and spent […]

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Hello my ladies! My FABulous photographers took a gazillion pictures at our nuptials so I am waiting ever so patiently until they edit them all. But I thought I should give you a sneak peak! So without further ado- Four out of five of my beautiful maids! The G2B/Husband and I! Here are some decorations […]

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Japh and I “announced”our engagement in February. By announced I mean that after telling close friends and family in person we changed our Facebook status.  We had an Engagement Dinner Party at the end of February and after that we kind of fell off the wedding planning wagon. I felt good about the fact that […]

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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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