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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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If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been collecting a plethora of images from blogs and magazines to inspire the design of your wedding – your dress, the decor, photography styles, etc. And while this can be a great part of your planning to help you nail down a specific “feel” for your big day, […]

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My mother was adamant that we send out save-the-date notices of some sort. The wedding’s in the summer, in tourist season, in a tourist city. Most of the guests are coming from far away! If we don’t send them a save-the-date, how will they make plans? I told her that I could easily just call […]

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I swear I have the world’s most amazing maids. I decided that I am calling them all maids of honor, and not having just one MOH. It might be different if I had a sister or something, but I do not and all of these girls are equally important to me! I could NOT pick […]

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  I’d like to welcome our newest sponsor, Luna Bazaar, specializing in paper lanterns, parasols, and celebration decorations. Their company was named THE place to go for paper lanterns by Martha Stewart Weddings- their editors and stylists use Luna Bazaar‘s products to decorate their tents. They’ve also been mentioned as a great resource by BRIDES […]

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Where to start?! So, I am ten months out from my wedding. According to the all-encompassing wedding checklist I’ve been using, I should already have created my wedding budget, decided what my top priorities are, gotten my final guest count, booked my ceremony and reception sites, musicians, rental items, florist, caterer, photographer, cake baker, and […]

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G2B has very few opinions when it comes to wedding planning. He is very easy going and goes with the flow pretty well. But, right after we were engaged, maybe less than a week, he declared that he wanted him and his men to wear tan suits. We had already established that it would be […]

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