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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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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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