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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…
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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. …

How to Include Kids in your Wedding

Tips for Including Kids in your Wedding When it comes to planning a wedding, one of the decisions that couples have to make is whether or not to include children in the ceremony. For those who decide to have kids as part of their big day, it can be a…

Free Virtual Wedding Technology Guide

FREE VIRTUAL WEDDING TECHNOLOGY GUIDE Live stream your wedding without any tech hiccups Grab your FREE virtual wedding technology guide! Send me the freebie! You’re in! You’re ready to plan your virtual wedding.  Here is your free Virtual Wedding Technology Guide. We hate spam and pinky promise to only send…
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Should I include my pet in my wedding

How to Include Dogs in a Wedding Are you a proud owner of a pet? Can’t spend much time apart from your adventurous pup or your lovely cat? Pets are an important member of a couple’s family and your big day might not feel the same without them. But, in…
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How to Create a Wedding Budget

How to Create 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…
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Start A Wedding Blog

Write about your wedding planning AND make money from it with a wedding blog! Why should you start a wedding blog? You’re planning a wedding and learning a lot! Why not share your wedding planning advice with the world and earn some extra money to pay for your own wedding?…
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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…

Bridal Shower Theme Ideas

Bridal Shower Theme Ideas Are you in charge of throwing an upcoming Bridal Shower? Are you the Bride and need ideas to give your host? Either way, we’ve got you covered with Bridal Shower theme ideas from traditional to totally authentic! Modern Bridal Shower Themes 1. Brunch and Bubbly Enjoy…

Amazon Prime Membership Benefits

Amazon Prime Membership Benefits Prime Perks Overview Free 2 day shipping Wedding registry discounts and free gifts Free music Free movies & TV shows Free e-books So much more! I’ve personally been an Amazon Prime Member for so many years I can’t even remember. I started with a free 30…
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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 to…

Wedding Invitations

Shop Wedding Invitations The Best Websites to Buy Wedding Invitations Minted Etsy Amazon Zola Zazzle Basic Invite Picking out the perfect wedding invitation can be more overwhelming than what it needs to be. There are so many beautiful options and it can be hard to narrow down. Let us help!…
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Changing your last name after wedding ceremony

How to Change Last Name After Marriage “And now I pronounce you husband and wife”! Or should we say, Mr. and Mrs. Such and Such? In the past women changed their last name, no questions asked. Nowadays many brides want to keep their maiden name. And that’s ok! Some others…
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Hidden Wedding Costs

Hidden Wedding Costs & Unplanned Expenses Weddings are lovely. It’s the absolute declaration of love and happiness. But, weddings require money. Typically a lot of money. And many couples fall into the same mistake. They estimate just a portion of the expenses into their wedding budget. Then, wedding planning stress…
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Free Checklist Ways To Save For Wedding

80 ways to save money to help pay for your weddingPLUS10 free printable checklists! Weddings are expensive. Finding ways to cut costs to help save some extra moola can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Get started with these 80 money saving tips + 10 FREE printable checklists!…
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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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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…

Wedding Gifts You Need to Register For

50 Gifts Engaged Couples Should Register For Not sure what gifts to add to your wedding registry? Even if you think you have everything, now’s a great time to add some new items to your home that you’ve always had your eye on. Or, register for replacements or “upgrades” of…
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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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Fighting with Fiance about Wedding

Pre-marital fights? Here’s how to deal with them… Are you engaged and over the moon? You can’t wait to spend the rest of your life with your fiance? If the answer is yes, then you are at the right path. But, sometimes the pre-marital bliss can become a nightmare. Many…

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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Wedding Day Gifts for Spouse

Gift Ideas for Spouse on Wedding Day If you’re a gal, you probably love giving gifts! If you’re a guy, probably not so much. Couples enjoy giving a wedding day gift to their new spouse. And hopefully it’s one that won’t wind up in the back corner of the closet. …
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Save Money on your Wedding with Amazon

Wedding Items You Can Buy on Amazon ​Trying to save money on your wedding? Tired of driving around to all of the craft and hobby stores in town looking for exactly what you want?  I used Amazon to purchase a lot of items for my wedding because it saved me…
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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! I have personally used Rakuten for years and am proud to refer them to you!  Weddings are expensive. Even weddings on a budget.  With all the online wedding shopping you’re already doing, why…
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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…
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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…