The Budget Savvy Bride http://thebudgetsavvybride.com helping brides create beautiful weddings without breaking the bank Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Protect your most precious moments by insuring your ring! http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/protect-your-most-precious-moments-by-insuring-your-ring/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/protect-your-most-precious-moments-by-insuring-your-ring/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com?p=37978&preview_id=37978 Hey y’all — happy Monday! So, with it being the holidays, I’m willing to bet there’s more than a few of you reading this who might’ve JUST gotten engaged! No matter if you’ve been engaged for five months or five minutes, let me say Congratulations!   The engagement period is such a special time — […]

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Hey y’all — happy Monday!

So, with it being the holidays, I’m willing to bet there’s more than a few of you reading this who might’ve JUST gotten engaged! No matter if you’ve been engaged for five months or five minutes, let me say Congratulations!

 

The engagement period is such a special time — it’s just the beginning of your life together with your partner. But let’s face it, it’s also a really busy time! Between engagement parties, showers, and all that goes into planning the wedding day, you might not have even given a thought to insuring that precious new (or vintage) piece of jewelry on your finger!

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Well, consider this a gentle reminder. You see, your engagement ring is more than just a piece of jewelry — it’s a symbol of your love, your relationship, and the special moment in time when your future spouse asked you a very important question – to spend the rest of your life together!

 

 

Your new ring is something that should be celebrated and enjoyed every day, not locked away for safekeeping. Protecting your ring from theft, damage, or loss is as important as protecting anything else of great value, and the best way to ensure that your ring is protected is to get it insured.

 

 

Jewelers Mutual® Insurance Company-a company started 101 years ago- offers arguably the most comprehensive coverage for your jewelry.

Just like your engagement ring- the details are what makes Jewelers Mutual special:

  • They cover your ring world-wide, wherever you go- go with peace of mind
  • They encourage you to work with the jeweler of YOUR choice when repairing or replacing your piece
  • They work tirelessly to replace your piece with SAME kind and quality, not just LIKE
  • They cover real life. Many times you can’t pinpoint how or where your piece went missing- that’s why Jewelers Mutual covers mysterious disappearance

Protect your most precious memories by insuring your ring today! Check out Jewelers Mutual for more information on their coverage, and get a free quote today.

 

 

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Ask Jessica: Amazon Wedding Registry http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/amazon-wedding-registry/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/amazon-wedding-registry/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:00:37 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=32270 Dear Jessica… We’re considering an Amazon Wedding Registry. Do you have any tips or advice for using Amazon as your wedding registry?   -Sarah in CA Hey Sarah, Oh boy, do I EVER!! I absolutely love the Amazon Wedding Registry — it gives you the opportunity to add literally ANYTHING to your list of items your loved ones can […]

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Dear Jessica…

We’re considering an Amazon Wedding Registry. Do you have any tips or advice for using Amazon as your wedding registry?

 

-Sarah in CA


Hey Sarah,

Oh boy, do I EVER!! I absolutely love the Amazon Wedding Registry — it gives you the opportunity to add literally ANYTHING to your list of items your loved ones can purchase for you!

 

The Amazon Wedding Registry offers so many great benefits for brides and grooms to be, including:

  • World’s Largest Selection – Register for all the items you both want.
  • It’s universal – keep track of what you want from anywhere. Add items from other websites to your Wedding Registry with their universal button.
  • Receive a wedding gift from Amazon after your big day: Get 10% off most products on Amazon for a savings up to $100.
  • Free shipping on orders over $35 – so it’s easy & affordable for your guests, too!
  • Convenience: You won’t even have to leave home to add items to your registry, and your guests can shop from home, too!

 

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Let’s talk more about this universal button. This handy browser extension allows you to keep track of what you want from anywhere on the web. Here’s how it works:

  1. Install the Add to Registry/Add to Wish List Chrome add-on.
  2. Find the item you want from another website.
  3. Click the browser button and choose the registry you want to add to in the drop down of lists.

Easy as pie! The Registry/Wish List Add-on is completely free and just adds to the convenience factor of the already amazing Amazon Wedding Registry experience.

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When it comes to advice for using the Amazon Wedding Registry — here are my recommendations:

  • Visit some traditional retailers to get an idea of what you really want. Check out items and determine the quality, style and brands you are looking for.
  • Log onto Amazon.com and set up your wedding registry.
  • Search the Amazon site for the items and brands you want.
  • Can’t find it on Amazon? Do a quick Google search and add those items using the universal button.
  • Try to add items to your registry that are part of Amazon Prime — your guests who are members will thank you!
  • Once your registry is finished, share it with your family and friends! Include a link to your Amazon Wedding Registry on your wedding website.
  • Sit back and wait for those gifts to arrive!

So what are you waiting for? Head over and create your Amazon Wedding Registry today!

 

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The Amazon Wedding Store also has everything you’ll need to plan your big day, too! From rings to wedding attire, to wedding decor to DIY supplies, you can find SO many items for your wedding on Amazon.com. Even your wedding wine. (Seriously, y’all.)

 

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Wedding Deals : December 19, 2014 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/wedding-deals-december-19-2014/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/wedding-deals-december-19-2014/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:30:28 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=38854   Hey y’all! Oh. My. Word.  Less than a week till Christmas! I’m leaving on a jet plane tomorrow to fly home to Nashville for some much-anticipated family time and relaxation. I’ll be taking a break from the blog until the end of the year, but fear not, I’ve scheduled out some wonderful updates, reviews, and […]

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Hey y’all!

Oh. My. Word.  Less than a week till Christmas! I’m leaving on a jet plane tomorrow to fly home to Nashville for some much-anticipated family time and relaxation. I’ll be taking a break from the blog until the end of the year, but fear not, I’ve scheduled out some wonderful updates, reviews, and real wedding goodness for y’all so you won’t miss me a bit. :)

It’s so important to take some down time, and the holidays give a dedicated time to do that. This will be our last deal post of 2014 so hope you find a great deal!

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Weddington Way Holiday Savings Event!

Weddington Way – one of our favorite destinations for bridesmaids dresses is offering a tiered promo so customers can save big no matter what they spend!

Save $10 off $100 with code Merry10  •  Save $20 off $150 with code Merry20  •  Save $30 off $200 with code Merry30

They’re also offering their Exclusive Collection Little Black Dresses for a steal of $129 until December 31st. What a great way to get the perfect LBD for NYE! No coupon code necessary.

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Save up to 50% on Favors from TheKnotShop!

Save Up To 50% On Favors – Plus, Save 15% On Orders $75+ Use Code: SNOW15 – Valid until 12/23

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Get 20% off at Rent the Runway

 Save 20% at Rent theRunway on orders of $50 or more for New Year’s Eve! Shop before 12/21, choose a rental start date between 12/26-12/31 and use code HAPPY2015. This is an exclusive promo, so don’t miss out!

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$75 off $200 Wedding Paper Divas Orders – New Customers Only

Save $75 off orders of $200 or more from Wedding Paper Divas using the code WPD75 at checkout. Now through 11:59pm PT December 23, 2014

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 50% off sale at ModCloth!

Treat Yourself! Get 50% off on seasonal stunners from ModCloth – no coupon required! They have such a great selection of dresses perfect for any party – including your wedding! Ends 12/23 so get your shop on now!


Hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of the Wedding Deals of the week!

Have a great weekend, y’all, and enjoy the holidays!!

xoxo

Jessica

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Pinterest Contest: Pin to Win $2000 to Coronet Diamonds http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/pinterest-contest-coronet-diamonds/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/pinterest-contest-coronet-diamonds/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:30:18 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=38867 Coronet Diamonds is hosting their last Pin-to-Win Contest of the Year! All you have to do to enter is visit this link, select your favorite piece, enter your email, pin your selection, and follow Coronet Diamonds on Pinterest! The winner will receive $2000 of Store Credit to spend at Coronet Diamonds and will have the opportunity to […]

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Coronet Diamonds is hosting their last Pin-to-Win Contest of the Year! All you have to do to enter is visit this link, select your favorite piece, enter your email, pin your selection, and follow Coronet Diamonds on Pinterest! The winner will receive $2000 of Store Credit to spend at Coronet Diamonds and will have the opportunity to choose from their gorgeous collection of diamond rings and accessories.

Their exclusive, brilliant designs feature a unique cluster setting that’s not only innovative, but truly stunning! Their diamond grouping technique gives the look of a much larger diamond at a more affordable price point. Just check out their selection of engagement rings to see for yourself. Holy wowza!

Just a little hint from me to you — this is a very limited contest with no more than 1000 people expected to enter, making your chances of winning pretty good! May the odds be ever in your favor! Pinterest contest ends Dec 30th. Click here to enter now!

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Creating our Budget http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/creating-our-budget/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/creating-our-budget/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:00:49 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=38619 Once my fiancé, TJ, and I were engaged, to say I dove head first into wedding planning would probably make him roll his eyes. As a matter of fact, I already had a date planned before our engagement weekend was over. I believe he’s even told me, he thought I was going to be crazy […]

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Once my fiancé, TJ, and I were engaged, to say I dove head first into wedding planning would probably make him roll his eyes. As a matter of fact, I already had a date planned before our engagement weekend was over. I believe he’s even told me, he thought I was going to be crazy about everything when I started talking about a date immediately. Luckily for him, I knew we had 2 years to plan (since May 16, 2015 was the date, no budging), he was in law school and his plate would be full, and I wanted to make this process fun, not exhausting. After all, I get to marry my best friend, and he chose to spend his life with me – how lucky am I?!?

When I first started researching weddings, everything I read told me how important it was to set a budget early and figure out what was most important to both of us. Being that TJ and I are pretty good with budgets (truth be told, TJ is good with budgets, I just follow along with that budget!), I wasn’t too concerned. However, once I started pricing venues, catering, flowers, etc. I realized how critical a well-planned budget would be to the planning process. Creating our budget has been immensely beneficial to our planning and to my sanity!Planning Advice

 

 

We are both from middle-class families who cannot pay for the entire wedding themselves, but both families agreed to help as much as they could. We are so thankful for both of them, as I know we could not have our ideal wedding without their support! After comparing prices and looking at different options for vendors, we decided we didn’t want to exceed $15,000. Our families plan to contribute where they can, but overall we felt as though spending over $15K would be too much.

From there, we needed to decide what was most important to us. We wanted to keep things logistically simple, along with having people get the southern feel, so finding a venue was at the top of our list. However, food and dessert/cake was at the top of our list of priorities, as well. We’ve been to numerous weddings, and what we both remember are the food and desserts at the memorable ones (not to mention our usual date nights include eating out or going for dessert)!

 

Cruises are the best place to experience and indulge all things food & dessert
Cruises are the best place to experience and indulge in all things food & dessert

The least important item for us was having an open bar. We do not drink, but also respect people like to have beer and wine with dinner, and it helps in getting everyone to the dance floor. Thankfully, our venue allows us to bring our own alcohol that our caterers will then serve, so we are providing beer & wine, which we have found is saving us an abundance of money. We also didn’t want any “over the top” decorations, so we have decided on DIY table numbers, centerpieces, signage, and other decorations.


In later posts, I will elaborate in further detail about each of our vendors and how we chose them, but we are beyond excited to work with all of them to make our day special.

 

What did you and your fiancé deem as “most important”?

What do you remember most at the weddings you’ve attended?

Natasha

 

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A Dress, Ripe for the Picking http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/dress-ripe-picking/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/dress-ripe-picking/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:00:46 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=38676 Have you ever bought a bag of clementines and the first few you try are hard and bitter? But you leave them in the fruit bowl with the bananas and after a while and they become super soft and sweet? I started to feel like a ripened clementine today. You may remember, from my introductory […]

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Have you ever bought a bag of clementines and the first few you try are hard and bitter? But you leave them in the fruit bowl with the bananas and after a while and they become super soft and sweet? I started to feel like a ripened clementine today.
You may remember, from my introductory post, that I was never the kind of girl that dreamt of the perfect traditional wedding. In fact, I always said that I would rather elope than walk down the aisle and put on a show. Today however, after scouting reception venues with my mom, I realized I do want a nice event—even if that means submitting to some of the standards I used to be so opposed to.
The first self-standard I broke was that of my ideal dress. I come from a family of seamstresses, so naturally I assumed that I would have the perfect dress handcrafted by my mother and myself. Being the cheapskate that I am, I figured I could get do the whole thing for under $200.
My mother suggested looking at my grandmother’s wedding dress to see if we could make it work. I love classic vintage silhouettes, and the sentimentality of having something my grandmother wore on her special day was too tempting to pass up. So I tried it on!

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Adorably crafted antique lace, right? Plus it has the one attribute I really want: long sleeves. But that lace would require a lot of work to brighten and restore to its original glory. I’d also had concerns about wearing this for a winter wedding when it looks so springy! Mom suggested we just go to a bridal shop and try some things on, just to get a better idea for what I might like to make.
We drove to the nearest David’s Bridal and I dug through everything for something that I could relate to. Most dresses in shops right now are very structured, strapless, or blingy because that is what is on trend. My style is considerably more—alternative. So I was about to give up when I stumbled upon the one and only dress that might actually work for me.
Here’s a peek at it from the David’s Bridal catalog.

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A beautiful, non-structured, and modest dress with matte looped sequins on a high quality jersey knit mesh. Not only did it fit like a glove, but the price was only $299! I totally snatched that thing up in a heartbeat, with no regrets!
This was not long-sleeved, so my mom and I found some heavy white knit mesh to make long sleeves with ourselves. Hooray for my seamstress mother! I almost can’t believe that I found something so perfect on my first try and at such a ridiculously good price!
After a change of heart such as this, the old Anna might say to the new Anna, ”You’ve gone soft, Banana!”
From the current Anna to the old Anna: “Hey, fruits just get sweeter with time!” I really mean that.
The new Anna is still struggling on whether or not to have a veil. What do you think? Would a veil be too much for this simple dress? I’d love to know your thoughts!

 

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Scoring BIG on Black Friday! http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/scoring-big-black-friday/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/scoring-big-black-friday/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:00:39 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=38657 One thing that I have learned being in the wedding industry is that weddings can be EXPENSIVE! With that being said, I knew as soon as we got engaged the first thing I needed to do was budget our wedding. Richard and I are paying for the majority of the wedding ourselves so anywhere where […]

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One thing that I have learned being in the wedding industry is that weddings can be EXPENSIVE! With that being said, I knew as soon as we got engaged the first thing I needed to do was budget our wedding. Richard and I are paying for the majority of the wedding ourselves so anywhere where we could save was very important!

A huge perk being in the industry is that I have been blessed with a lot of “friendors” who have offered to generously discount their services. Without the help of these people we wouldn’t be able to afford the wedding that we have always dreamed.

Along with the discounts from our various vendors, there are a lot of DIY projects that I have taken on. A few of these projects include all paper items (invitations, menus, place cards, etc.), table décor, favors and many more! As we all know, DIY projects can be just as expensive if you don’t budget correctly. With that being said, I knew that Black Friday would be a great opportunity to save a little $$$. Below is a breakdown of just a few of the items I was able to save on this past Black Friday, White Sunday and Cyber Monday.


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Although Black Friday has already passed, many of these stores and more continue to have AMAZING deals and discounts throughout the holiday season. Also, if you are looking for anything silver or gold don’t forget to check back for storewide clearances after the holidays! I look forward to sharing many more of my experiences and tips during the planning process. Happy Planning!!!

Brittany

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Win “Something Blue” from Lafonn! http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/win-something-blue-from-lafonn/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/win-something-blue-from-lafonn/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:00:44 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=38529 Y’all know I love giving away fab items to save you money on your big day, and today I’ve got something extra exciting for you! I’ve teamed up with my pals at Lafonn to give away a truly STUNNING pair of bridal earrings that are sure to wow on your big day. Talk about the […]

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Y’all know I love giving away fab items to save you money on your big day, and today I’ve got something extra exciting for you! I’ve teamed up with my pals at Lafonn to give away a truly STUNNING pair of bridal earrings that are sure to wow on your big day. Talk about the perfect “something blue!” Check out these beauties below:

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Lafonn Filigree Earrings

Platinum-Bonded Sterling Silver with Simulated Diamonds and Sapphires, MSRP:  $395

In case you don’t know about Lafonn, they offer expertly crafted designs in sterling silver, hand set with the world’s finest simulated diamonds. They offer super luxe designs with the look of real diamonds but at a fraction of the price, so we love their pieces for weddings and other special occasions. Lafonn’s collection gives budget savvy brides the opportunity to own a beautiful, well made piece of jewelry at a price that is within reach!

Okay, so you wanna know how to win, right? Well, just enter via the widget below:

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And for extra entries you can pin the contest image below to share it with your friends!

We’ll select the winner the day after Christmas, so come back here to check to see if you’ve won! Best of luck and happy holidays!
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Pink + Mint Wedding http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/pink-mint-wedding/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/pink-mint-wedding/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:00:05 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=35799 Such a fun and lovely wedding to share with you today! This pink and mint wedding features some truly gorgeous details — from the altar space to the stunning chandelier and dangling crystals in the reception space. So fab, right? And of course you know I can’t resist a wedding with minty shades for bridesmaids […]

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Such a fun and lovely wedding to share with you today! This pink and mint wedding features some truly gorgeous details — from the altar space to the stunning chandelier and dangling crystals in the reception space. So fab, right? And of course you know I can’t resist a wedding with minty shades for bridesmaids dresses. :) And can we talk about those beautiful mountains in the background?? When you choose a naturally beautiful wedding venue you can let Mother Nature do all the work and save money on decorations! Hope you love this sweet North Carolina wedding – thanks Lyndsey + Bradley for sharing it with us!! xoxo, Jessica

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Lyndsey + Bradley

June 7, 2014

Banner Elk, North Carolina

VENDORS:
Photographer: Meet The Burks  •  Venue: Banner Elk Winery and Villa  •  Coordinator: Elle Painter  •  Caterer: Banner Elk Winery and Villa  •  Cake: Banner Elk Winery and Villa  •  Hair/Makeup: Friend  •  DJ: iPod  •  Florist: Banner Elk Winery and Villa 
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What To Do When You Get Engaged http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/get-engaged/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/get-engaged/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:00:11 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=38476 When you get engaged it’s like you are on a cloud and all you do throughout the day is look down at the new sparkle on your left hand. That sparkle signifies a big change that is about to happen, whether it be in a few months or years down the road. It sure is […]

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Engaged now what

When you get engaged it’s like you are on a cloud and all you do throughout the day is look down at the new sparkle on your left hand. That sparkle signifies a big change that is about to happen, whether it be in a few months or years down the road. It sure is a wonderful feeling, and first things first it is time to pop some bubbly!

But what happens when the cloud gets filled with questions about picking a date, what colors you want, what season your I Do’s will take place, and so on. What to do when you get engaged can be a hard thing to wrap your head around when you are surrounded by so much love (and questions) all of a sudden. How do you figure out what to do first, or even find the time to breathe? Here are the top things to do soon after you get that ring! First you should cherish those newly engaged glowing moments with your Fiancé (you can finally say that- although I still feel a bit weird saying it 6 months later), and then sit down and talk with only him.

 

1. Talk about your budget.

Start by talking about who you would like to pay for what, and then if applicable who will talk to each person you think will contribute. In my case I talked to my parents and my Fiancé talked to his. He didn’t exactly get an answer, but his mother brought it up the next time we were together which was a nice way to not make it awkward. Then you will need to figure out a total, and what you will each be able to contribute. After you have a total number, work on your budget. Next week, I will be sharing tips on how to create a budget.

 

2. Look into insuring your engagement ring.

I added a policy onto my renters and car insurance, this also got me a 10% discount! All you will need to know for this step is the appraisal value and the regular price value of the ring.

 

3. Start a guest list.

It took my Fiancé and I 3 months to finalize our guest list, but it was a huge help to have a running list available to add, remove and change things. During this process you will also need to decide who will have a guest and who won’t, my opinion on this is if you are inviting someone with a Fiancé or husband, they need to be invited even if you do not know them. If you are inviting single friends or someone with a boyfriend or girlfriend of under a year, they don’t need to have a guest as long as they will know another person attending the wedding. A great website to keep track of your guest list is WeddingWire.com, you can create several events (bridal shower, bachelorette party, etc) and create a very easy to use seating plan

 

4. Start a secret Pinterest board.

I am SO happy these things are around. I have one for my wedding that is shared with my Fiancé, mother and MOH. We can all add ideas, brainstorm and figure out details without anyone else seeing it. I want the day to be a surprise to our guests, and this is a great way to do that while keeping the inspiration.

 

5. Start a journal and only fill it with positive things.

Whenever things get stressful take a few moments to read what you have noted. This will also be a big help if you decide to write your own vows, I’m sure there will be some sweet words about your man somewhere as long as you keep the stress out of it.

 

6. Take time to not talk about the wedding.

Try not to make every conversation with your Fiancé about the wedding. This will lead to stress and disagreements during one of the happiest times of your life. Remember to still date your soon-to-be hubby even when you are engaged and married, it will make life so much better.

Remember why you are doing all of this, in the end you will be marrying your best friend!

Are you ready to start this new adventure with your best friend? If you have just started this wedding journey, feel free to ask any questions in the comments and I will be happy to help!

Macy

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