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Where to Save & Where to Splurge

“Say Yes” To The Perfect Wedding Budget First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes the wedding bill! Getting married is what you’ve always dreamed of. You imagine yourself next to the person you love, exchanging vows of eternal love. In the background the wedding planner is waiting for the…
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How to Pick a Wedding Dress

What to Know Before Wedding Dress Shopping You said “Yes” to the ring. Now, it’s time to say “Yes” to the dress! Finding the wedding dress of your dreams might be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be a depressing experience. And, let’s be honest. The dress plays a huge…
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I’m Engaged! Now What?

Congrats, you’re engaged! It’s important to enjoy this special time when you’re recently engaged! Before you jump into wedding planning, remember: your wedding day is your special day to celebrate love. Plan the wedding of your dreams. Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered.  Now that you’re engaged……
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Date Nights with fiance

Fun Date Night Ideas Wedding planning is stressful. Once you set the date, you have a giant clock in front of you, bringing you closer to the most amazing day. And you may love your partner will all of your heart, but sometimes the stress affects even the best of…
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Gift Ideas for Parents & Future In Laws

Wedding Day Gift Ideas for Parents Stressed about finding the perfect gift for your parents and future in laws? Both sets of parents are likely just as stressed about the wedding as you. They want to look good for you on your special day. Which means Mom is spending all…
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How to get fiance excited about wedding planning

Ways to Include Your Fiance in the Wedding Planning Let’s face it, ladies. Not everybody is interested in color-coordinated binders and chair covers. But, they’re more than happy to go on a few cake tasting appointments. Am I right? No planning, no stress, right? Just because your fiance doesn’t have…
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How to Create a Wedding Budget

Creating a Wedding Budget Planning a wedding is a wonderful experience. Searching for the dress, the venue, and the wedding decorations can be a fun experience. In order to execute the wedding you’re envisioning, you need time and money, honey! And if you don’t want to end up spending a…

Free Virtual Wedding Technology Guide

How to pull off a virtual wedding without the technical difficulties Host the wedding of your dreams for your guests online, without the stress. It’s easy to live stream your wedding with this FREE Virtual Wedding Technology Guide! – Compare online platforms – Learn the pros and cons of each…
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Holiday Gifts for Fiance

Holiday Gift Ideas for your Fiance The holiday season will be here before you know it. It’s never too early to start Christmas shopping for your fiance.  The longer you’re married, gift giving might become more difficult. But when you’re engaged, you haven’t exhausted all your gift ideas yet! Here’s…
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How to Pick a Wedding Venue

Choosing the Perfect Wedding Venue After the first kiss as husband and wife, it’s time to PARTY! This is the most fun part of the wedding day. It’s the perfect time to connect with relatives and friends, drink, eat delicious food, and dance. Your options really are endless! You can…

Fall Backyard Wedding Decorations

Fall Wedding Decorations on a Budget Autumn is the perfect time for an outdoor wedding. Trying to get married and keep your loved ones safe with social distancing makes hosting a backyard wedding an even better idea.  On a budget? I’ve got you covered! Backyard Wedding Decorations Welcome Signs Show…
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How to Avoid Wedding Planning Stress

Stressed about Wedding Planning ? Don’t worry. It’s totally normal. First, take a deep breath and repeat out loud “This wedding is about a lifetime of happiness with my fiance. The stress is not worth it. Everything will be OK”. Planning a wedding requires time, money and commitment. You’ll need…

Wedding Budget Bundle

Want to take your wedding budget to the next level? Get this exclusive Wedding Budget Bundle for only $7! The Bundle includes 4 of our best selling wedding planning products, which will teach out:  How to create a budget from scratch 25 ways to save money on your wedding Wedding…
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How to Get Ready for Engagement Photos

Engagement Photography Ideas Are you engaged and living in a premarital bliss? Then it’s time to snap some engagement photos. But why you should take engagement photos? Besides the fact that it’s fun? First of all, it’s an easy way to announce your engagement. You can send Save The Date…
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My family and friends don’t like my fiance

What can I do? My family doesn’t like my fiancé. You get to spend the rest of your life with the person you love and create your own family. But, what happens when your family doesn’t want this man by your side? If that’s the deal then you don’t start…
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How to take care of engagement & wedding rings

Protect Your Engagement Ring Your engagement ring is special. It’s not just a another piece of jewelry. It’s a symbol of your relationship with your fiance and the love you share together. But, your engagement ring needs some TLC, just like you. If you want to keep your ring in…

How to Start an Amazon Wedding Gift Registry

How to start an Amazon Wedding Registry Amazon is one of the best places to create a wedding registry. It’s convenient for your guests and you get a lot of extra perks too, like 20% off any items that your guests didn’t purchase! Here’s a step by step guide to…

How to Plan a Virtual Wedding

How to plan a virtual wedding Have you decided to change your wedding plans due to the pandemic? Here’s how you can have a beautiful virtual wedding online! I know it was probably a hard decision to postpone or cancel the big wedding you had been planning. With many states…
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Easy Ways To Save Money At Your Wedding

How To Save Money At Your Wedding It’s a known fact that weddings cost money. A lot of money! You’ll be busy worrying about how to save money on wedding expenses and trying to find ways to stay organized. Many couples struggle trying to save money for their wedding while…

Date Night Games at Home

2 Player Game Ideas for Date Night Date nights might look a little different now that you’re staying at home more. That’s ok, because I’ve got some fun alternatives to the standard “Netflix and Chill” date night. There are so many unique 2 player games out there that are perfect…
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How to make extra money online

Weddings are Expensive We get it. And there’s no shame picking up an extra shift at work or looking at other ways you can make extra money to pay for it. Even if it’s for that extravagant wedding cake. We’re not here to judge! There’s a lot of ways you…
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Questions to ask wedding photographer

Wedding Photographer Questions Not sure what questions to ask your potential wedding photographer? Be sure to do your research ahead of time, so you’re not disappointed when you get your photos back and it’s too late. You only get once chance to do it right. You don’t want to skip…
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Wedding Gift Registry Overview

Do I need a wedding gift registry? Wedding gifts can be wonderful.  Or, they can be cursed objects that you wish to transfer to another dimension. No matter how you feel about wedding registries, it’s always a good idea to have one.  Not sure where to start? Read this post…
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How to Save Money with Rakuten

Earn Cash Back When You Shop Online For Your Wedding Get ready to save some serious moolah! We have personally used Rakuten and are proud to refer them to you! This post includes affiliate links. Thank you for supporting us!  Weddings are expensive. Even weddings on a budget.  With all…
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Bridal Shower Decorations & Accessories

Bridal Shower Decorations and Accessories Click a category to jump ahead! Invitations Decorations Dessert Games Guest Favors Bride Accessories Bridal Shower Invitations Set of 25 coral and greenery watercolor floral fill in style Bridal Shower invites. Includes envelopes.  Shop Now Set of 30 wedding dress Bridal Shower invitations with envelopes. …
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Groomsmen Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas for Best Man & Groomsmen Guys are typically so easy to please when it comes to gift giving. Give your groomsmen a subscription box that contains beer or meat? You’re golden. Or, why not both? Craft beer and high quality meat go together perfectly! They’ll appreciate the fact…
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How To Deal With Opinionated Parents

Help! My parents are trying to control my wedding We all love our parents.  But sometimes wedding planning can cause tension between you. Especially when your mother wants to invite all her co-workers and your father wants a wedding cigar bar. When it comes to weddings, everyone has an opinion.…
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How to Plan a Unique Wedding

Unique Wedding Ideas Are you bored with the classic wedding traditions? Do you want to decorate the venue with huge lollipops? Or do you want to create a “Game of Thrones” inspired wedding? DO IT! That’s what being an #authenticbride is all about! Don’t let anybody make you feel bad…
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Wedding Guest List Advice

Wedding Guest List Advice Who should score an invite to the big day? You are getting married! Mazel tov! You are over the moon with excitement.  But…you have to plan a wedding first. And let’s be real ladies. One of the most dreaded tasks is finalizing the wedding guest list.…