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Jun 14

Affordable, DIY Bridesmaid Gifts

Between buying their dress, attending the bachelorette party and bridal shower, and providing overall emotional support, my bridesmaids have done a lot for me. I can’t imagine going through the wedding planning process without them. The least I can do is give them a small gift expressing my love and appreciation. Today, I’m sharing a few bridesmaid gift ideas that perfectly convey sentiments of friendship, gratitude and affection.

Bridesmaid Gift: Glitter-Dipped Spoons

Photo courtesy of Made+Remade.

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Jun 5

Must-Have Wedding Day Photos

Wedding Photography: Bridal Portrait

Photo by ArchetypeStudioInc.com courtesy of Twitter.com/kelly_clarkson.

Now two weeks out from my wedding day, everything is finally falling into place. We finalized the guest list, perfected the program and got the marriage license (important!). I also recently met with my photographer to discuss a wedding day shot list. Photos, in my opinion, are the most important part of the day. Chances are, the reception and ceremony will fly by, leaving me wondering if any of it happened at all, which is why great photos are so crucial — to remind me that no, my wedding wasn’t a dream.

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May 30

7 Unique Ways to Wear Something Blue at Your Wedding

Although wearing “something blue” on your wedding day is a centuries-old tradition, it’s fun to see how modern brides incorporate the color into their look. Ancient couples often fashioned blue fabric around the edges of their wedding outfits to symbolize faithfulness, purity and loyalty, traits represented by the color blue.

While brides today rarely include prominent blue details, many choose to subtly sneak in the color. Try a pair of sapphire earrings or a baby blue manicure for a modern take on the tradition. Here are a few more ways to wear “something blue.”

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Blue Ribbons Bouquet

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May 23

Simple, Inexpensive Wedding Table Decorations

Simple Wedding Centerpiece

Photo courtesy of SomethingWinnderful.com

With my wedding less than a month away, I’m currently in panic/excitement/what-have-I-gotten-myself-into mode. On top of dealing with conflicting emotions, I need to address last-minute details, finalize the guest list and (try torelax. So, the game plan right now is keep it simple, under-budget and functional, which is easier said than done.
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May 16

In Bloom: The Best Flowers for Spring and Summer Weddings

It’s no secret that flowers are often the most expensive part of weddings. One way to cut down on this cost is to only use seasonal blooms. Luckily, for spring and summer brides-to-be, it means that popular flowers like peonies, dahlias and roses are not only cheaper, they’re more abundant.

Since wedding season is upon us — and I am in the midst of choosing budget-wise flowers for my own wedding — here is a list of flowers in bloom during spring and summer months.

Bouquet with Coral Charm Peonies, Oxeye Daisies and Gold Child Ivy

Bouquet with Coral Charm Peonies, Oxeye Daisies and Gold Child Ivy


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May 7

Go High-Tech at Your Wedding, Save Money

Go High-Tech at Your Wedding and Save Money

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When planning a wedding on a small budget, technology can be your best friend. Free wedding websites and apps can save you hundreds of dollars and hours of stress. My fiancé and I created a wedding website where guests can RSVP, get directions from Google Maps and see our registry all in one place. These days, it just seems silly to not use technology to personalize your wedding and cut costs at the same time. Here are three simple ways to incorporate tech into your wedding.

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Apr 30

5 Budget-Friendly Bridesmaid Dresses

 

Finding inexpensive bridesmaid dresses that fit, flatter and coordinate might be harder than picking your own wedding dress. It’s important to consider your bridesmaids’ budgets and body types when shopping for dresses. Probably the easiest way to go about this is letting bridesmaids choose their own dresses based on a price and style with which they’re comfortable.

Since I just finished this part of wedding planning myself, I wanted to help other brides and bridesmaids who may also be struggling, so I compiled this list of bridesmaid dresses that look just as pretty and elegant as designer styles, but for a fraction of the cost.

Budget Lace Bridesmaid Dress

Photos courtesy of The Knot and ModCloth

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Apr 25

Beautiful, Budget-Friendly Wedding Dresses

Shopping for a wedding dress on a budget is hard — like really, really hard. It requires creativity, compromise and serious searching both online and in stores. However, it is possible to find a dress that matches your style, price point and vision. When dress shopping, try not to feel defeated. Chances are, you won’t have a “Say Yes to the Dress” moment. I didn’t.

What’s most important is finding a dress that fits you and your budget. Then, once you find your dress, stop looking! Feel confident in your purchase, and rock it on your wedding day.

To prove that beautiful, stylish dresses exist (and to inspire skeptical brides-to-be), I found cheap alternatives that mimic pricier styles. Now, go forth and shop!

Runway: Houghton Bride

Photo courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar

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Apr 21

Budget Wedding: 6 Ways to Save Money

Wedding Flowers on a Budget
For many engaged couples, wedding planning kicks into high gear this time of year. And while it’s fun choosing menu items, a cake and flower arrangements, it’s also stressful and exhausting, especially for anyone working with a tight budget. Since I’m in the midst of planning a wedding myself, I’d like to share some tips on how to save money and keep your sanity during the process.

Morning and non-Saturday weddings are very budget-friendly.
Want to save money before you even make the guest list? Choose an early start time on a weekday or Sunday. Most weddings start late Saturday afternoon or evening, with guests eating and drinking well into the night. A morning wedding requires less food, less (if any) alcohol and (probably) less dancing. Venues also offer cheaper rental rates on weekdays and Sundays. Continue Reading

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Sep 4

Canaan Smith Marries Longtime Girlfriend Christy Hardesty

Canaan Smith Marries Christy Hardesty

Photo courtesy of instagram.com/canaansmith.

Canaan Smith is a married man! Smith married longtime girlfriend Christy Hardesty over Labor Day Weekend. The pair tied the knot on the front steps of The Mansion in Columbus, Ohio. Canaan proposed to Hardesty in March.

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Smith broke the news to fans on Saturday via social media, writing “This is what it’s all about. Never felt more alive than right now” and sharing a snapshot from their big day. As for Hardesty, Smith loves her fun-loving nature. Continue Reading

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