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Photography is another one of those things that we’d like to have, but we’re not super picky about. We knew that we did not want to spend thousands of dollars on photography, but we also didn’t want to pay for really terrible photos. We toyed with the idea of skipping the photographer, and simply asking […]

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Sorry that I have been missing in budget savvy action! On October 25th, my mother had a big stroke. Thankfully, she was already in the hospital when she had the stroke so she was able to be treated almost immediately, but there was a long road ahead. She spent a week in the hospital, and […]

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Nate and I had engagement photos taken in early October with the amazing husband and wife team of Mitch and Steph Haaby of Haaby Photography, and I am giggly happy with the results! I’ve been drooling over engagement shoots I’ve seen on Budget Savvy Bride and other great wedding blogs, and I had tons of […]

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I love finding exciting new companies and websites. There are so many small companies that offer outstanding products and I enjoy trying them out and sharing them with friends. So when Jess asked me to do a review, I said YES!! UrbanityStudios is an online stationery company offering exclusive designs for your Christmas Card, Birthday […]

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Oh my dears, I had a frustrating day working on wedding decor projects last week – things just weren’t turning out as I envisioned them to. After hours of working on something and then having to re-do it because I wasn’t satisfied with the result, I had wasted an entire day and accomplished nothing. Nothing! […]

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I really struggle with the concept of the bridesmaid dress. I don’t like cookie-cutter bridesmaids dresses. I hate large bridal store chains. I hate being rushed, crowded and pressured into buying a dress that looks like a bridesmaid’s dress (oh, but you’ll wear it again!). I hate that the dress looks nice for a day […]

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Franck & Emily What was your budget? Total: $12,540 Budget Breakdown: Venue: $1,500 Attire: $1,700 Food (linens and service included): $2,500 Open Bar: $1,700 Invitations: $200 Cake: $500 Bridal party and Mother of the bride, and groom gift: $500 Favors: $100 Table Décor: $120 Flowers (brides, bridal party, boutonnieres, and table): $110 Welcome Bags: $200 […]

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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 […]

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I mentioned in my last post that we’d already booked our venue, and that it was the only one on our radar. This is mostly true. Originally when we got engaged, we had planned to be married in my hometown in the midwest. I wanted to get married in the church I grew up in. […]

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Because it is Thanksgiving week, and I only have to work three days this week, and I REALLY want to procrastinate and not start on making the orange marmalade or myriad of pies that are awaiting me, I want to use this week to give Budget WEDDING thanks. So, here they are, in no particular […]

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Things we’re not planning Above all, we want our wedding to be simple. We also want our wedding planning process to be simple. What does this mean for us in the planning process so far? Part of planning is doing things. Things we have done so far: 1. Ordered our custom-designed wedding bands (and my […]

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