Greetings and salutations! Newly minted bride blogger, Casey here! I’m incredibly excited to join the BSB community. For the past six months, I have turned to this fantastic group of brides for tips and tricks, and I can’t wait to share my own with all of you. My fiance, Travis, and I met in November of 2009 while living in Phoenix, Arizona. Although we met in the desert, we both hail from the heartland, our hometowns being a mere hour apart from one another. We knew serendipity struck us big time, and we haven’t looked back since our very first date.
Travis proposed to me in Cancun during our fourth anniversary trip. He spent the weeks leading up to our vacation coordinating the purchase of my perfect ring with my fabulous mother. Setting the tone for our vintage heirloom inspired rustic wedding, he picked out my 1950s sapphire and diamond stunner. He tried to wait for the best moment to ask, but his excitement and anxieties got the best of him, proposing to me the day before our official anniversary. He must have ultimately known that the best moment for me could have been any moment. I’ve always felt our love was written in the stars. Serendipity said so.
Neither of us grew up in households with much, if any, disposable income. Given our backgrounds, we knew that an extravagant affair wasn’t for us. When we returned back to the real world from our vacation in all-inclusive paradise, we sat down and listed our priorities for our wedding ceremony and reception. We agreed that our ceremony has to be earnest, jubilant, and personal. Priorities for our reception? Good friends, good music, good photography, and good beer.
With our priorities set, we started working on our budget which began at the $5,000 mark. Well, after losing our almost free venue and booking our immensely talented and professional photographer, we realized that we weren’t completely realistic when it came to the costs of throwing a celebration with a 100 person guest list. After we found our back up venue (which ended up working out better than our original plan), we set our budget closer to the $10,000. Despite doubling our initial allowance, we’re still finding ways to save money while maintaining the integrity and personal touches we want to showcase throughout our rustic barn wedding.
We’re inching closer and closer to the big day, just four more months, and I’m overjoyed to have a chance to share the trials and triumphs of our planning process. I certainly hope I can be of help those of you who are committed to staying as far away from that $28,000 national average as possible!
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