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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

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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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Aug 19

Country Brides: How to Wear Cowboy Boots on Your Wedding Day


How about adding a little Western style to your wedding?

We love weddings. It should come as no surprise that we’re big fans of brides in boots. Whether you’re planning a wedding or just browsing, take a look at snapshots from our readers for inspiration. Recently we’ve seen a surge in boot-wearing brides who aren’t afraid to show their country side.

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Aug 1

Whitney Duncan and Keith Tollefson Are Married


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Congratulations to Whitney Duncan and Keith Tollefson! The couple were recently married during an intimate ceremony in Tennessee. The couple became engaged in 2013 on Valentine’s Day after meeting while they were contestants on season 23 of CBS’ Survivor: South Pacific.

“Keith and I are hitched!” Duncan wrote on her Facebook page on Tuesday. “Southern wedding at Twin Oaks in TN could not have been more perfect!” Continue Reading


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Jun 20

Danielle Peck and Josh Smith Elope

Danielle Peck Marries Josh Smith

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Congratulations to Danielle Peck and her new husband, Josh Smith! The couple eloped and were married Thursday, June 12 at the Belleek Castle in Ballina, Ireland. Josh was overseas in his role as tour production manager for The Eagles. The couple, who met at a surprise birthday party for Tennessee Titan Rob Bironas, decided to cancel their elaborate wedding plans and marry.

“This day was a dream come true for me,” Danielle said. “I’ve married my best friend and look forward to spending the rest of my life with the one I love, and I truly couldn’t be happier! We both were eagerly anticipating getting married to each other, and due to our busy travel schedules, it made the most sense for us to take advantage of this opportunity at a romantic castle in Ireland!” Continue Reading


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May 14

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Celebrate Third Wedding Anniversary

Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert married on May 14, 2011 at the Don Strange Ranch outside San Antonio, Texas.

Happy Anniversary to Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert! Three years ago today the couple said “I Do” at the Don Strange Ranch in Texas in front of 550 friends and family.

PHOTOS: See how the Junk Gypsies worked their design magic on Blake & Miranda’s big day!

Blake took to social media to wish his wife a happy anniversary this morning. “Hey @mirandalambert….Happy anniversary. I love you so much it’s actually stupid.,” he tweeted.

Miranda wore her mother’s dress for the ceremony. “My parents have been married for 33 years, so this dress is already a good-luck charm,” she told Us Weekly. Under the dress, Miranda wore custom-made Casadei cowboy boots. She changed into a shorter dress for the reception. Her bridesmaids wore Old Gringo boots and custom-made gowns by Priscilla of Boston’s Mark Brower. Continue Reading


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