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Hi there Budget Savvy Brides!

My name is Renae, and I’m so happy to be joining the BSB family. I look forward to sharing with you all my insight and advice on planning a fabulous yet budget-friendly wedding!

My fiancé, Kyle, and I are high school sweethearts and have known each other for 11 years! I work in advertising, and Kyle works in finance. Though we’re pretty awesome in our jobs, we LIVE for the weekends. That’s when you can find us hopping in our car, and driving away to a new adventure. To be honest, Kyle brings out the mini-adventurer in me. If it weren’t for him, I never would have experienced a lot of the magical moments in my life.

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So, how did I get to this point as a budget savvy bride-to-be?

Well, I moved to New York three years ago, not to find a better job, but to win back the heart of my then ex-boyfriend. In a perfect world, I would have showed up at his door proclaiming my undying love, and he’d realize how much he couldn’t live without me and take me back. But it didn’t quite turn out that way. Instead, it took 2 years to get us here.

1 month after we’d gotten back together, we took a weekend trip to Niagara Falls. During a late night stroll on the promenade in front of the falls, my beloved sat me down and asked, ‘Renae, I was wondering if you would…’ (Insert nerve wrecking pause) ‘Would you like to get some dinner?’ As you can imagine, there were tears at dinner.

I endured 2 more months of prank marriage proposals. While, unbeknownst to me, my boyfriend had purchased the ring, sent the customary picture to my mom and his parents, and managed to keep it hidden from my snooping eyes.

The day we were engaged, we’d taken a scenic drive along the Kancamagus Highway (which is truly beautiful during the fall). We’d stopped at a scenic overlook, and decided to take a walk to the river. Kyle was acting strange, and started asking me weird questions. Such as how long had we known each other (10 years), and if we should get married (duh!)? But I was used to being pranked by now, so I didn’t take his questions seriously. Until he pulled me close to him, and asked, “Renae, will you marry me?” I laughed, and said ‘yes’ because hey, you never know! He then hinted that there was something in his hand, which turned out to be a ring box! At this point, I still didn’t believe this was a REAL proposal. But when I opened it and saw the ring inside…I screamed his ears off! Finally, it was official; we were engaged!

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And so the planning begins

I will marry my best friend and love of my life on April 13, 2013. Kyle and I are paying for the wedding, and have set a strict budget of $10,000 (eek!). Kyle controls the purse strings, and I have total freedom of every thing else. Which explains our blush pink and champagne gold colors 🙂 . Our wedding didn’t start off with a theme, we just wanted something nice and simple. But since choosing our venue (I’m a 94th Aero Squadron bride), it’s sort of evolved to adopt a vintage-chic theme. I’ve lined up all the major players (wedding planners, photographers, dj and florist), but now it’s time to focus on the nitty-gritty details. DIY will be my best friend over the next 5 months! But I look forward to sharing the experience with you all along the way!

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Until next time,




is a bride blogger who got married in 2014. You can read her wedding planning posts here.