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My Unique Bachelorette Party All Posts / My Wedding / Wedding

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When I was planning my bachelorette party, I decided I wanted to do something a little different.  The typical ideas of bar hopping, pole dancing, or going to a strip club just weren’t “me”.  I wanted to do something more laid-back and relaxing (and affordable).  The party had three parts – here’s a breakdown of each section and the cost of each activity.


Ridiculous Wedding Etiquette Rules that Need to Change All Posts / General Tips / Wedding

When I was planning my wedding, I was amazed by how many strict, deeply-ingrained wedding etiquette rules still exist today.  Despite the fact that couples have become less traditional than they were in the past (many live together before marriage and have no need for more kitchenware), these silly rules still exist.  Here are 4 ridiculous wedding etiquette rules that need to be changed.


How to Save Thousands of Dollars on Your Wedding Venue All Posts / Frugal Tips / Wedding

Did you know that the average wedding in the U.S. costs a whopping $30,000?   By far the most expensive part of the wedding is the venue.  Even more “affordable” locations may charge thousands of dollars for venue rentals. If you want to drastically reduce the cost of your wedding (which you probably do if you’re reading this blog!), check out these tips for how to save thousands of dollars on your venue(s).


Pros and Cons of Outdoor Weddings All Posts / General Tips / Wedding

My husband and I got married outside at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden on a gorgeous fall day.  The wedding was beautiful, but if I could do it all over again, I probably wouldn’t have an outdoor wedding.  Here are some of the pros and cons of having an outdoor wedding.


Frugal Frustrations: When I Feel Like Giving Up All Posts / Frugal Living / Saving Money

I have never been a big spender.   I used to splurge on a few things, like fancy haircuts or expensive sunglasses, but I’ve never been one to go on crazy shopping sprees.  I don’t believe that happiness can be found in a shopping mall.  The best things in life are free.  My practical, minimalist lifestyle lends itself well to frugality.

That being said, frugality isn’t always easy.


My Budget Wedding All Posts / My Wedding / Wedding

On this blog, I’ve shared budget wedding tips, and general tips for weddings…but I haven’t shared my own wedding yet!

Ben and I got married on a beautiful fall day at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.  Keep reading for a breakdown of our entire budget and tips for how to save money on your own wedding!


5 Creative Ways to Save Money on Wedding Invitations All Posts / Frugal Tips / Wedding

The average cost of wedding invitations in the U.S. is nearly $700.  This may not seem like much compared to the cost of other aspects of a wedding (there are $8,000 catering minimums?!?), but the “little” things add up.  When you’re planning a wedding on a tight budget, you need to be mindful of what you’re spending in EVERY area.  It is absolutely possible to have beautiful, high-quality invitations for much less than $700.  Here are five creative ways to save money on wedding invitations.


Cheap and Fun Anniversary Date Ideas All Posts / Holidays & Fun / Saving Money

One year ago on Saturday, I married the love of my life.  It actually feels like we’ve been married a lot longer! (We’ve been together for seven years).  I feel so lucky to be married to my best friend.

When Ben and I were talking about what we should do for our first wedding anniversary, the issue of money came up immediately.  As much as we would love a weekend getaway or a fancy dinner out, those things just aren’t priorities right now.  (We are currently focused on digging ourselves out of massive student loan debt.)

Luckily, an anniversary date doesn’t have to be expensive in order to be romantic and fun.  Your anniversary isn’t about spending money – it’s about enjoying your time together and showing the other person how much you care about them.


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