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Something New

Last week I told y’all the story of my something old so it only makes sense to next talk about my something new which like for most brides was the rest of my wedding ensemble.
Bridal Portrait
This is where I’m a little bit different from most brides here – the dress was not my top priority. Initially I wasn’t going to even look at dresses until close to the wedding and my first thought was to get an ivory or champagne colored formal gown instead of an actual wedding gown. However, soon after I got engaged my Aunt Jane not only called to send best wishes but to talk to me about shopping for a dress. To be honest I didn’t expect to have that special, OMG this is MY dress and I’m getting MARRIED tearful experience and a lot of this had to do with knowing that my mom would not be there to shop with me. But having other family involved gave me the enthusiasm to go shopping. The first time we looked at dresses was more of a casual, let’s see what’s out there visit and my dad, sister, grandm…

Something Old and Something Borrowed

Remember when I posted on FB that I wasn’t going to be one of those women who goes on and on about her wedding? Well I lied, sort of. While I don’t feel the need to talk about OMG how great my wedding was and wow, I’m such a great wedding planner I realized that in the hustle and bustle of the day some of the things that stood out to us as being really special might have gotten lost. Plus looking through my gorgeous pictures made me realize that although a picture may be worth a 1,000 words it doesn’t tell the full story. So, I’m officially making Wednesday my Wedding Wednesday. I’ll keep the details here on the blog so that if people don’t want to hear about it great, they can keep scrolling but for those who do I’ll have the story in the post. Enjoy!

One of the hardest parts of wedding planning was doing it without my Mom. Like most little girls I grew up dreaming of getting married one day and I think like most Mom is was something my mother looked forward to. I know you may be thin…

My Own Best Interest

Today I am going to do something I have never done before, when I go to the polls to cast my ballot I am going to vote against my own best interest. Ever since I became politically aware I have considered myself a conservative and while on occasion I have disagreed with some of the social stances of my party the fiscal policy has always far outweighed that. It's not that I no longer believe in fiscal conservatism or that I would no longer stand to benefit from a revised tax plan. I have done the math and the reality is Shaun and I stand to benefit very well from a president Trump tax plan, Well enough that we could take our dream vacation next year, well enough that we wouldn't need to worry about what kind of salary increases we might expect before we can say yes, we can totally afford a mortgage, student loans and child care expense. A Trump would make a pretty sweet impact on our life, but it comes at too great of a cost. Maybe I've become more sympathetic as I've…

How To Save Over $10,000 on your wedding

Yay, you're getting married! Time to plan THE MOST EXPENSIVE DAY OF YOUR LIFE! Seriously, attach the name wedding to anything and watch the price skyrocket, it's madness I tell you. Sometimes I've wondered why I'm not using the funds that will be spent on ONE DAY to put a nice down payment down on a house but then I think of all our family and closest friends witnessing the big commitment, of them praying over us as we enter our sacred Union and I remember why we hopped aboard the crazy train. And full disclosure - I'm going to be 32 this year but I've dreamed of dancing in a big group with my sorority sisters at my wedding since the day I accepted my bid. Point is, the wedding is happening. 
Any experienced bride will tell you that controlling guest count will control your costs. Everything from the tiny incidentals like napkins to the largest singular expense of food has a per head cost so duh, less people = less cost. However, the guest count is a very pers…