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Sunday, September 09, 2007

I Now Pronounce You: New To This Blog

Hello Everyone!

This is my first blog and I should probably start out by saying that I am not a traditional bride. I don't picture myself in a big, white ball gown. I'm not all about three-tiered cakes. My main planning goals are uniqueness and a budget-friendly celebration. Don't get me wrong, style and class are extremely important and I fully intend to incorporate them into my wedding in every way possible, but mostly my fiance and I want our wedding to reflect who we are, and what our relationship has come to mean over the past six years. That being said, the advice I have to offer and the planning suggestions I'll provide will probably focus mostly on fun and interesting ways to incorporate unique elements into your wedding, as well as how to make your wedding really reflect who you are, without breaking the bank! Additionally, because my fiance and I just moved to the Baltimore/DC area only 3 months ago, and will be getting married in our hometown in Michigan next May, I have lots of helpful hints for brides who are planning weddings from afar.

From picking colors, to choosing music, to still searching for that perfect dress, I am right in the thick of my planning process and I plan to detail it all the way. So here goes my first piece of friendly advice: let lists be your guide. Before you even get started with your planning, make a list of all the things you want in your wedding and order them in terms of importance. Are you like me and really want interesting and innovative menu options? Then put that at the top of your list and allocate the largest percentage of your funds to ensure you get the menu you want. Do you not care if people are smelling carnations instead of roses? Put flowers toward the bottom and leave your money for the things you think are more worthwhile. Your wedding lasts for just one day; hopefully your marriage lasts forever. Take it easy on the pomp and circumstance and put that extra money into the honeymoon! Because really in the end, what sounds better: a week in Fiji, or little chocolates with your name on them?

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