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I’d like to thank BSB for welcoming me into the blogging circle. I must admit, I’m new to the blogging world and having never blogged before it’s quite the honor to be asked to be a regular contributor and share ideas with other brides-to-be! What a way to jump head first into something, contributing to one of the top wedding sites out there!
I’m a self proclaimed “Borderline Extreme Couponer” and can’t wait to share some of the finds I've come across with readers. With that being said, I’m not one of those 100+ boxes of cereal in my basement type of couponers, but I know how to keep an eye out for a deal.  I've been able to snag anything from Save the Dates, to personalized Thank You cards, to engraved key chains with my soon to be last name and even a year subscription to ‘Bridal Guide Magazine’ all for either free or next to nothing!

While I may cut corners with costs on some items my fiancé and I do plan on splurging in other areas.  Overall we’re budgeting roughly $20,000 for our big day that’s taking place in May 2014.  We’ll be holding the ceremony at the church we both attended while growing up and we've reserved Michigan’s oldest winery to hold the reception.

As for a little background about ourselves, I’m an engineer and my fiancé is a Corporate Technical Trainer in the IT field.  We met on and became engaged after dating for a year and a half. Nick, my fiancé, popped the question outside of Cinderella’s Castle in Disney World.  As a runner, we had traveled down to Florida in February to run in the Disney Princess Half Marathon.  Nick handed me a coin while we were standing next to the Wishing Well. The reverse side of the coin read, “Dana, Will you live happily ever after with me?” Obviously I wouldn't be asked to blog if I hadn't said, “Yes!”

Running the Disney Princess Half Marathon


I can't wait to share my experiences with all of you!

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About Dana

I'm a 30 year old engineer from Michigan. My fiance and I are in the process of planning our wedding for May of 2014. We love to travel and are incorporating many finds from places we've visited into our wedding. I'm also a self proclaimed, "Boarder-line Extreme Couponer" and love snagging a great deal on wedding stuff!

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  • Melodie Holman

    Dana, I am SO EXCITED for your big day…hint hint hint, I hope I’m invited 🙂 and I am thrilled that you used the pic I took of the two of you in front of the castle. You are going to be a GREAT addition to the blogging world and I’m always excited to hear about your “DEALS” on FB, on here will be funzies too!

  • Welcome Dana! I’m also a new blogger to BSB, and I met my fiance Josh online as well. I always love to hear the stories of couples who met the same way we did. Can’t wait for more of your posts!

  • Hey Dana! I’m a fellow BSB bride blogger,and brand-new to blogging as well. Your love story is so sweet, and I’m looking forward to reading all about your plans!

  • Thank you everyone! And Melodie, the castle photo is one of our favorites! It’s even making it’s way onto our Christmas cards this year! I figured everyone on my friend’s list on Facebook was probably getting tired of seeing all my free-deal posts,so I thought I’d give blogging a try, LOL! I’ve got some really good deal posts in the works, and while they’re wedding related, you can still use the same concepts to snag other non-wedding goodies as well!

  • JeniforKristen

    Nice one!

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