Real Weddings

Intimate Outdoor Wedding

Jennifer & John August 31st, 2013 Olivet, Michigan What was your wedding budget? Our original wedding budget: $6,000 Wedding total spent: $ 5,600 ($400 under!) Total Guests: 62 (invited 88) THE “BIG” STUFF (where we saved!):  Dress + Alterations: $405 + $80 = $485 Wedding Bands: $69.99 Boutonnieres + Handmade Bouquets //materials,

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A Good Excuse to Build a Keezer

Men don’t usually care about the frills and details of a wedding. They probably do care about money. And a majority likely have an opinion on the alcohol being served. Enter: A post for men, about how to save money on an open bar AND be left with an awesome addition to

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DIY Wedding Decor

DIY Barn Reception Decor

The week before the big day we did the BIGGEST project of our wedding day: transforming the 24×32 foot barn addition (built just last fall and thankfully totally clean and new!) into a reception area to host 75 guests. I had searched Pinterest and the inter-webs day and night looking for DIY

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Having an Unplugged Wedding Day

So this isn’t necessarily about saving money but it’s something that has been abundant in the bridal world lately and I wanted to share my personal take on it and my little DIY that I did to address our request at our ceremony. I have found that with this wedding, we’ve come

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Ceremony DIY Wedding Decor

DIY Aisle Decor

Having an outdoor wedding at your parent’s house doesn’t come without it’s complications … in fact, it would have been easier to be married in a venue or a church that would have this stuff all ready for us. But apparently, I like to do things the hard way … and by

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DIY PROJECTS Flowers and Decor

DIY Bouquet Tutorial

Something I knew I wanted even before the rest of the wedding plans fell into place, was a unique bouquet. I spanned the internet looking for cool ideas and a DIY bouquet tutorial on how to make your own out of everything from tissue paper, tulle, broaches, buttons, fabric flowers, rhinestones and even

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