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After recently purchasing gifts for my maids, I realize how budget savvy I was being by having just two maids of honor. Of course, this is a personal choice. Here is my story: I have a soul mate. No, not my dearest man. I love him with all of my heart and soul, but since […]

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We went back and forth on what to do for the bar at our wedding. We have a few non-drinkers coming to the wedding, including my fiance. It seemed silly to pay $27 per person for open bar when there are at least 10 guests who don’t drink at all (this would mean we were […]

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I’m a small-town bride. Like, really small. Like, 1,200 people small. After living in this sweet, wheat farm, rural, wild turkeys in our yard, town of Waitsburg, Wash., for one year, I actually know 90 percent of everyone in this city. And it’s wonderful. But, being in such a small, rural area, I knew it […]

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Who knew that picking the song to dance to for our first dance would be so stressful? I thought it would be easy; my music loving fiance would suggest something, send me a link and I’d be all YAY! I LOVE IT! That so has not happened! So far, we’ve gone back and forth suggesting […]

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Ladies, your men don’t need to dip into their retirement fund or put $$$$$ on credit cards to find a beautiful engagement or wedding ring. There’s plenty out there that won’t break the bank — you just may need to step beyond the fancy jeweler. Here’s the story of my ring and the rules my […]

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I am not a girl who wears dresses often, I’m not comfortable in them and have a hard time finding ones that fit my body correctly. So, when the time came to find a dress to wear to my Bridal Shower, I took to searching online and in stores. In my head, I wanted to […]

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Let’s talk about M-O-N-E-Y. I’m kind of passionate about my finances. Currently on my nightstand is a book by Charles Schwab on investing. I just finished “The Millionaire Next Door.” Heck, if I’m home on a Saturday night, I’m watching “The Suze Orman Show” and I’m making dear fiancé Dane watch it with me so […]

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A few weeks ago, my sister and bridesmaids threw an amazing bridal shower for me at my sister’s house. The shower felt like something out of a magazine, no detail was left out and it felt like a day that was all about me. I am not the biggest fan of being the center of […]

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One of our DIY projects is the guest book. I really wanted a thumbprint tree, but I couldn’t find one that I would even consider spending $100-150 for the size of our wedding. I scoured Etsy for days. The most reasonable one I found that I REALLY liked was $89. Still not something I wanted […]

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As the last couple of months leading up to the wedding are passing quickly by, I have stumbled across a couple of items that aren’t usually listed on wedding budgets — but they should be. Here are some of the costs that have caught me off guard. Postage: Holy cow, after shelling out $$$$$$$ for invitations […]

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  My sweet friend Jennifer of Something Detailed is hosting a workshop for brides who need help navigating the waters of wedding invitation etiquette! Your invitations are the first thing guests will see – it sets the tone of your entire wedding. It’s also one of the most stressful parts of the wedding planning process. […]

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My JCrew dress is super simple. No adornments, no bling, no lace. So does that mean that I was just going to be plain on my wedding day? Of course not! I love to accessorize. Starting from my shoes (since I’m slightly obsessed), I knew I wanted a pair of  TOMS for my green wedding because […]

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