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An unconventional engagement ring

by Karen on December 8, 2009

The diamond engagement ring is one of those traditions that many frugal people shun. After all, diamonds are expensive, mining practices are often unethical, and who says you even need one? In the interest of full disclosure, I will admit that I have a traditional diamond engagement ring. I love my engagement ring. It is […]

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Since Tony and I just celebrated our first anniversary, and my sister-in-law is in the process of planning her own wedding, I’ve been thinking about wedding planning a lot lately. Before I started planning my own wedding, I believed that it had to be all or nothing: either an all out, extravagant affair or a […]

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With Tony in grad school and me working part-time, we could barely afford to pay our bills let alone go on an extravagant vacation right after the wedding. We decided to put the honeymoon off for a couple years until after he graduated. We’d save now, then we’d go on a big vacation later. The […]

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My husband and I agreed that we didn’t want to spend a fortune on wedding bands. I know, it seems counter-productive to spend less on something you’ll keep forever. I’m just not into jewelry, though. Anything flashy (read: expensive) would have looked out of place on my hand. The same is true for my husband. […]

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Every couple has a different set of priorities. Some couples choose to spend next to nothing on the wedding so they can take the trip of a lifetime for their honeymoon. For some brides, a designer dress is the budget buster. For us, it was photography. When we first started planning, we weren’t going to […]

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The do-it-yourself philosophy of wedding planning has been around as long as the budget wedding (forever). As I said in the last post about wedding flowers, many people even choose to do their own floral arrangements. We were very conventional in the aspects that we chose to do ourselves. Even taking on only the simple […]

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Minimize your wedding flower budget

by Karen on September 10, 2008

I’ve never been that into flowers. To be honest, I’ve always thought they were overpriced considering their short shelf life. I told my husband early in our relationship that I wouldn’t mind if he never gave me flowers. Apparently, he didn’t mind too much, because he never has. :) I always wanted a red rose […]

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Dressing your wedding on a dime

by Karen on September 3, 2008

I realized early on that no matter how silly it seemed before I started planning, looking the part of “the bride” was important to me. My wedding was really my first and only chance to really overdress, and since I knew I’d have the pictures forever (more on the photography later), I really wanted to […]

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In the past two Wedding Wednesday posts, I discussed getting started on the right track and planning a stunning ceremony on a budget. This week I’m sharing some tips for an elegant reception without spending a fortune. The reception is usually the most expensive part of any wedding. With catering, entertainment, and venue costs, a […]

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