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Jillian Beaudry
planning a december wedding
Here is my lovely fiance Dane and I on my 25th birthday at the Westport Winery on the coast of Washington State.

Dear readers,

My name is Jillian, I’m 26 years old, a managing editor of a weekly newspaper, and an ultimate girly girl. I love pink, cheerleading, sparkles, kitties and kids. But, I’m also a gal who likes to be creative and I can never do anything just like everybody else.

In the summer of 2010, I was introduced to the world of wedding blogs. For the first time, I was a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding. The bride’s maid of honor lived states away, and the bride asked me to help her get ideas, taste cakes, pick a bridesmaid dress and plan, plan, plan.

That was the beginning of my bridal blog obsession. The style, the creativity and the DIY projects amazed me. This whole industry I had never been part of was mind-boggling. I quickly bookmarked my favorite sites and kept sending my bride ideas for about 4 months straight.

At that time, I lived in a rainy town on a harbor on the Washington Coast. Before I knew it, a year had passed and it was wedding go time. All of the decisions, colors we picked, lanterns she ordered and a trellis the bride’s father made, were real and happening. It was a beautiful and fun wedding and I was happy to be continuing my journey in the world of weddings as my best friend in the whole wide world had recently asked me to be her maid of honor.

Two weeks after the wedding last August, as I packed my bags for a new newspapering job in a small town on the sunny side of the state, my boyfriend of one year took me to fly kites at the beach and got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. So not only am I lucky enough to be a maid of honor, but I’m a bride as well.

The next day, I drove the six hours across the state to our new town. The sparkly object on my ring finger was so foreign and it was quite a distraction as I drove. I had called my parents to deliver the good news the night before, but I was telling my friends that next day. My cell phone has never made so much noise! What a great feeling!

We don’t have everything figured out yet. We have the big items nailed down: venue, caterer, officiant, music, etc. But, we still have many small details to plan and make happen.

I’m not the most traditional bride. There will be no garter or bouquet toss at the wedding, I will have two maids of honor and no bridesmaids, and I plan to have my mother walk me down the aisle. And that’s just the start of what is going to be different.

My fiancé is a bit more traditional, but I’m glad he feels the same way I do about vetoing the garter toss. He is a tall, shy, sweet man with a biology degree who enjoys working outdoors and even (gasp) hunting. He wants to be involved in the process and decision making. Because he wants to be so involved, and the wedding is really about us, I promised him that there would be no hearts anywhere and no pink. He was very happy to hear that.

What is different about me, compared to some bloggers on other sites who own their own wedding businesses or the fancy-schmancy blogs where all weddings are $30,000 and more, I’m a small-town bride. I will not be hiring a coordinator to do everything and because we don’t have a lot of wedding resources in town, I will have to put my thinking cap on and come up with creative venues, catering and décor. I’m definitely a project gal and I’m so excited to meet the challenge to come up with a beautiful wedding for less than $15,000 that rivals the pricier ones.

I can’t wait to share all this inside information with you because I know many of you are in small towns as well. Our parents will be contributing to our budget, but I’m going to DIY and be as creative as can be to keep costs low.

We’re planning a December wedding, so we have some time to get more of the details taken care of. Also, I’m currently facing the challenge of how to get our beloved Miss Kitty into the wedding because she doesn’t care to leave the house much. Any ideas?

I am so excited to have you all along for the ride!

Jillian Beaudry

runs a weekly newspaper in a small town in Eastern Washington State. She got married in 2012 - You can read her wedding planning posts here.