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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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I have found so far in the wedding process that the most important tool to have to keep costs down is the confidence to tell vendors your budget and to ask for price reductions to meet that budget. My photographer was great at lowering her $3,000 wedding package price to closer to my $2,500 budget. […]

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Gotta love a beach wedding! This couple managed to pull off a casual chic beach wedding for over 200 guests for around $12,500! I love the rustic details! Michelle has some really great advice to share so I hope you enjoy this feature as much as I do! xoxo-Jessica Michelle + Josh June 30, 2012 […]

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Nick and I went back and forth for a while about what we wanted the groom and groomsmen to wear, not because we didn’t agree but we just weren’t sure. Initially, we had ruled out tuxes as stuffy and formal, but once we went to a few places we realized a lot of tuxes look […]

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Got a budget savvy deal for y’all today! For one week only, you can get 10 FREE thank you cards from Tiny Prints. All you pay is shipping (as low as $3.50). These cards can be completely customized and personalized to your tastes. Choose from thousands of designs, add pictures, change the text, the fonts, […]

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I knew it would happen. The snags that lead to a mini melt-down. I came across two wrenches in my wedding plans that of course I didn’t plan for. The first snag came up when I was starting to plan out my DIY decor projects. I had planned to make chevron table runners out of […]

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