Budgeting Tips

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Yay, your guest list is done! And then you do the math. 250 guests x food/drinks/cake = OVER budget! Ugh. Now what? How do you save money, yet have the perfect wedding you dreamed of? An easy way to reduce costs is to cut your wedding guest list. Sure, we all want to invite the world to our weddings … but … budget. So before figuring out how to make the decisions on who to cut, first you have

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Things to do right after you get engaged 1. Tell your families first 2. Write down your love story 3. Decide on your wedding vision 4. Pick a date ASAP 5. Talk budget 6. Plan YOUR wedding day, not a Pinterest-perfect one 7. Insure your engagement ring 8. Pick your bridal party with care 9. Wait on inviting the whole world 10. Join online social communities Ready to kick start your wedding planning

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I’m getting married! Now what? Truly Engaged is a new blog series written by Rachel, our *newly engaged* staff writer. As she wades her way through the wedding planning process, she’ll be sharing some of the emotions, inspiration, and insight she uncovers along the way. ——- Pretty soon after getting engaged (and actually, even before I was engaged, since I write for MagnetStreet Weddings), I found

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I think we can all agree ... we love to save money ... but we hate watching the budget- no fun at all! And, because wedding costs add up very quickly, many couples go way over their wedding budget. That said, it's important to know your costs so you're not taken by surprise and have to cut things later. Continue reading for 10 creative ways to help you save ... First, check out this post Who Pays

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Bartering~ the age old process of trading goods or services. Meet Nicole and Nick. Nicole is one of the sweetest and savviest brides who was so generous to share with me how she and Nick have bartered for many of their wedding expenses! For instance~ let's talk about these fun and steamy engagement photos for a second {see more below} Nature vs. Urban... Gorgeous! And bartered! Nicole and Nick

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If you're intrigued by Origami, then you just might fall in love with a Kusudama flower ball! Much like Origami, a Kusudama flower ball is made by using a very old Japanese technique of paper folding {sometimes cutting & pasting}... So delicate yet so strong. And, so pretty! Kusudama pedal image: Paper Unlimited Origami blog If you're looking for a beautiful and easy DIY decorating option for the

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Martha Martha Martha... you are so clever! Here is a sweet DIY option for capturing well-wishes from your guests. Firmly plant branches into something large and sturdy {shown: Manzanita branches in stones} and then wire the birds nests to the branches. Place the paper dove cut-outs next to the gel pens {in a variety of colors} for guests to write their notes with. All that is left to do is

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Pretty as a picture! Especially striking... the cobalt blue bottle {Yowsa!}. If you love an eclectic look and crave a variety of elements... here's an idea for creating beautiful budget-friendly vases. Use 3-4 colored glass bottles at each reception table as a centerpiece. First, shop thrift stores and flea markets to find perfume bottles, canning jars, etc. Think of these pretty bottles as a

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Can sugar cookies be elegant? I think so when they're personalized with your wedding colors, monogram or other special design element, reminiscent of your wedding look. What a beautiful treat for your guests to take home or enjoy at the reception. Top image: Source: This site has the sweetest designs... You or someone you know have a knack for baking? Why not create your own signature treats? Look

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You're cake people~ pies and cupcakes are not options. A beautiful wedding cake that wows guests and commands attention is all you're asking for. But, how do you have your cake and save money too...? Options my dears...In the same style as your wedding, you could rent a fake wedding cake or purchase a wedding cake that has one or two fake tiers. The fake cake/tiers are typically made of styrofoam