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Happily Married

So it's been awhile… I've joked with my friends and family after I got married I just threw everything else to the wind. After 15 months of planning, I had to take a break. I actually found it highly therapeutic to go through social media and unlike and unfollow wedding and bridal things…with the exception of The Budget Savvy Bride, of course.

All of that being said, Josh and I are finally married! We were both pleased with the result, and I can't wait to show you all the details. Here's a sneak peek from our fab photog (I wrote about them here).

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But for now, I want to share the things I did that I am SO happy I did. This isn't an exclusive list-just the highlights, but I hope this gives you some direction in your own wedding planning. So without further ado…

I'm glad I…

  • Had a long engagement. We originally thought 15 months was a LONG time, but it definitely wasn't! We took 3 months to enjoy being engaged, then jumped right in and booked our venue. It was full-speed ahead from there! Over the past month, I've wondered if I took too long, then I remember all that's happened in my life over the past year (it's been rough!), and I'm so grateful we waited!
  • Didn't listen to other people. People will tell you that you can't plan a wedding on a budget. It's lies! Don't listen!!! You're obviously set on an awesome wedding on a budget if you're reading this, and trust me, you can do it. Plus, we budget savvy brides got you.
  • Kept it small and intimate. We had around 50 people at our wedding, and I still went nutty over invites and RSVPs so I can't imagine what I'd be like if I had invited 200. A small guest list allows you to do so much more, plus Josh reminded me on the regular not to stress about the small stuff because the people we invited were those who wouldn't hate over stuff like decorations. We were able to treat our guests well since there weren't that many of them. (Note: I didn't get married in my hometown which I believed helped immensely!)
  • Made it about me and Josh. At the beginning of planning our wedding, Josh and I had a conversation about who would plan it all. We decided that it would be just the two of us. My bridesmaids were both far away, as well as my mom, but we wanted it to be all about us. Everything we did had “Josh and Laura written all over it”, and people have noticed. All of our guests have complimented us on how personal everything was, so make it about YOU (not just you…your groom too!).
  • Got over it in time for ‘I do'. The day before the wedding was crazy. We were late leaving our nail appointment. We forgot the iPod at home. I thought I was going to be late to rehearsal. I lost it when they couldn't find my sister's dress (had it pressed as soon as she arrived in NC). I was furious because I was 30 minutes late to my rehearsal dinner. But when I woke up the next morning, in the words of my mother, I forced myself to “get over it!” My friends apparently had a talk before the wedding about whether I was calm or crazy, and they told me they were pleased when they saw me before the ceremony…I was cool as a cucumber. It's true when they say something will go wrong…the plans didn't go exactly as planned. But at the end of the day, I was married and so happy I couldn't sleep.

Our wedding was one of the funnest times I've ever had, and it's all because of who I was around-my lovely husband, amazing family, and fabulous friends. I'll be sharing more soon!

Laura W

is a school counselor living in Hendersonville, North Carolina. She got married in 2014. You can read her wedding planning posts here.