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Stumbling Upon Our Dream Venue

As a young girl, I was never the type to seriously plan out my wedding, but I always found peace in the country. Every great memory of parties and family gatherings took place among the trees. When the time came to start thinking about a wedding (basically after my first date with

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How I Snagged a Great Videographer

Hey BSBers! In previous budget posts I told you I was going to forgo videography because I could not find a way to make it fit into my budget. The lowest price I saw for semi-decent wedding videography was $1000. Everything I saw beneath that price point was terrible. And by terrible,

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Finding a Venue

You know what’s fun? Standing in line in downtown Pittsburgh with about 1,000 other people at 7:00 on a Saturday morning, vying for a coveted ticket to be allowed inside city hall for a shot at booking the park venue of your choice. To backtrack a bit, Tim and I spent the

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{Vendor Love} Party Booth Pro

After watching countless episodes of Four Weddings, and seeing all the rave reviews of brides who had photo booths at their weddings, I was dead set I wanted one for our big day.  Nick on the other hand, wasn’t so enthusiastic and needed some convincing.  It wasn’t until we went to a

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Location is great. Timing is better.

I started thinking about planning the wedding about three months after our engagement. Looking back it was nice to have a few months of “hey, let’s just enjoy this”. Well, the first thing we had to plan for was a venue. Some couples are lucky to have family or friends with space

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Wedding Venues – thinking outside the box

One of the biggest wedding-related decisions is the venue. The location of your wedding is not only the backdrop for all of your photos, but it also plays a huge role in the tone, cost and logistics. One of the best (and free) resources I discovered while looking at wedding venues was

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Going unconventional

Planning a wedding, in Miami, for $10,000 is a tall order; especially for a fancy girl like myself. According to CostOfWedding.com, the average cost of a wedding in Miami is $24,478; that’s not too far off from the national average! So, you’re probably wondering how am I going to pull it off

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Small Town vs. Big City Vendors

I’m a small-town bride. Like, really small. Like, 1,200 people small. After living in this sweet, wheat farm, rural, wild turkeys in our yard, town of Waitsburg, Wash., for one year, I actually know 90 percent of everyone in this city. And it’s wonderful. But, being in such a small, rural area,

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Vendors Who Won’t Meet Your Budget

I have found so far in the wedding process that the most important tool to have to keep costs down is the confidence to tell vendors your budget and to ask for price reductions to meet that budget. My photographer was great at lowering her $3,000 wedding package price to closer to

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Historic Hotel Venue

One of the most challenging tasks of planning a budget savvy and winter wedding is selecting the perfect venue. Not only does the venue have to be beautiful, during the winter, Dec. 15, it would need to be warm, easy to drive to and under budget. I didn’t want to pick a

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Ocean City Wedding Venues

When we decided to get married in Ocean City, we knew there would be a lot of venues for us to choose from. There are tons of hotels, golf clubs, restaurants, etc. that host receptions in the area. We started with a list of about 40 options and were overwhelmed. To narrow

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Venue Part 2: Reception

So far, the reception venue has been the most problematic/stressful part of my planning process. When I first started my venue search, I found that there are actually a lot of nice venues around here. Like most southern cities, there are old antebellum southern mansions that have been turned into Bed and

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The beautiful--and flexible!--reception venue!
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Finding a Ven-YOU! Part III

As we discussed in my last post, venue-searching was generally a pretty fun process. So let’s review the Heather-and-Jon-perfect-venue checklist: Lots of natural light/nice scenery/plants (conservatory preferred) Not a church or banquet hall (except maybe one with really big windows and a nice view) Back-up plan in case of rain Personality (really.

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