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I meant to post on this earlier, but better late than never right? :) I had a BLAST at the Girl’s Night Out for Nashville Brides on July 23 at Aloft Hotel! I had so much fun, in fact, that I didn’t even whip out my camera to take any photos. I’m usually ‘that girl’ who takes pictures of everything. I’d become even worse about it while planning the wedding, since I liked to share things here on the blog. But I literally was having too much fun chatting to even think about it. :) So the photos I use here are from ABG and were all taken by Donald Yeager.

{photo by Donald Yeager} {via ABG}

Most of my best girlfriends live far away… or at least far enough to where I don’t get to see them very often. So a night to hang out with the girls and talk about one of my favorite things was awesome! I was totally honored that Ashley asked me to speak, but was also very nervous! It ended up being totally casual and fun. Girls asked questions and I tried my best to answer them. :) I told them that I was by no means an expert– a few months ago I was just a bride like any of them. But I do feel like I was able to accomplish something pretty hard- which is pulling off a beautiful wedding on a limited budget. (Ya know, gotta give myself a little pat on the back every now and then.) And of course I love sharing the knowledge I gained through the experience with everyone so I loved that this gave me a unique opportunity to do so! I spoke about how I saved money, talked about my DIY projects, and shared any tips or tricks I had. It was really fun and a good experience for me. I haven’t talked in front of a group like that since college so it was a good refresher in public speaking. :)

{photo by Donald Yeager} {via ABG}

(I look like a total dork)

I really enjoyed talking to the other brides and giving them suggestions for different areas of their weddings. They were all so nice and have wonderfully different styles, and alot of them are BLOGGING which is the coolest part. :) I have met so many people in real life, and virtually, through blogging and getting to meet some girls in my area who love weddings just as much as me was awesome! The Nashville brides are awesome ladies, and I’ve even created a new link section to the right just for them! Go check out their blogs, because they are full of great ideas and inspiration. :) I’ll list them here in the post as well, so all you Google Readers and email subscribers don’t miss them.

{photo by Donald Yeager} {via ABG}

From L to R: Sarah of Planning Sarah Elizabeth, Cat of The Answer is You, Ashley of Ashley’s Bride Guide, Chelsea of The Future Mrs. Smith, and Me! :)

Nashville Bride Bloggers

Big Spoon + Little SpoonBride in BootsLittle Miss SouthernLovely TonightMaiden to MarriedMiss-KrissPlanning Sarah ElizabethSimply StunningThe Answer is YouThe Future Mrs. SmithThe Sassy Bride on a MissionThe Thirty-Something Bride

Also, for more info and photos of the AWESOME food and decor, please go read this post on Ashley’s Bride Guide to see more of Donald Yeager‘s work and some beautiful arrangements by Hillary of Brocade Designs, as well as the scrumptious food of Downsouth Delights, and more looks at the luxe interior of the fabulous Aloft Hotel. :)

Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  1. Glad you had fun!

  2. Such a fun night! Let’s do it again!

  3. you did a great job! cant wait to see you on Sunday at blog camp.

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