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DIY wedding planning

Hey there! I'm Shannon, the handsome man up there with me is Matt, and we're working together to plan a wedding that reflects our style—lighthearted, quirky, and fun—while navigating the murky waters of DIY wedding planning, from the initial sticker shock to the pleasant surprises. I hope you'll visit my Pinterest board and check out our style inspiration!

A little about us:

When I'm not working or studying for my degree, I'm building my photography portfolio and learning more about the business so that I can fulfill my dream of becoming a professional photographer. Matt is a computer guru (seriously, he's a genius) and all-around handy guy. He has a crazy schedule, and travels for work most days. His goal is to earn his Master's degree, with the purpose of one day teaching at the college level.

Matt and I met in the fifth grade, and we've been inseparable ever since! He's my best friend and biggest supporter. We own a tiny bungalow that needs a lot of love, so trust me when I tell you that we are experienced DIY/DIT-ers!  Progress is slow, but steady, and each completed project is a good reminder of how much we can accomplish when we work together. This is important to keep in mind when the wedding cray-cray sets in. You all know what I'm talking about—don't try to deny it. 🙂


Our 5 rules of wedding planning:

  1. Keep it small, sane, and (budget)savvy. We will host a wedding celebration that feels like us, on our terms, within our budget.
  2. Remember that the wedding is just one day. Guests will recall the big picture: two happy people, in love and sharing that love, joy, and celebration with their closest friends and family. Keep this in mind as you agonize over font choices for the programs that everyone will throw away. Agonize anyway. 🙂
  3. Take on projects that make sense, are rewarding, and have meaning. Bonus points if they're reusable (like my upcoming post on our DIY potter's bench) or delicious (like the jam favors we recently made- we scored huge savings on canning supplies by shopping end-of-season)!
  4. Know enough to abandon or revise projects that result in a rapid descent into madness. Oh, there's a post coming on that one, never you fear.
  5. Above all, there are no rules! We've committed to keeping what works and tossing what (to us) is uncomfortable or unnecessary, no questions asked. Goodbye, family dances! So long, bouquet toss! I will not miss you, Save-the-Dates!

DIY wedding planning


In our hearts, we know that the wedding will be wonderful because we care about our guests and we love each other, but in the day-to-day, it's easy to get overwhelmed. That's why I am so excited to be sharing this process with all of you! I'm looking forward to getting to know each other and exchanging advice and ideas.


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About Shannon

Shannon is a sales representative, photographer, and student living in tiny Rhode Island. She and her fiancé, Matt, have been inseparable since they met in the fifth grade. In their spare time, they are working to update their tiny bungalow, and of course, plan their wedding, set for May 31, 2014!

Connect with Shannon
  • Love your Pinterest board, Shannon! So many great ideas. Can’t wait to follow along with your story over the next 7+ months.

  • Welcome Shannon! I’m also a new BSB blogger. Can’t wait to read more of your posts!

  • Hi Shannon! I loved reading your post, such great rules. It’s nice to share in your excitement.

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