Wedding Planning on a Budget

Hello Lovies! We have been engaged now for two months and the wedding planning is going great so far! It has been such a fun process making decisions together but I am completely shocked by how quickly everything is adding up cost wise for the big day!

If you are getting married we’ve already made a few decisions that have saved us thousands of dollars so maybe some of these can help you too!

Reception

1. Cut the guest list. This will slash your catering, alcohol cost and save on invitations.

2. Hold your ceremony and reception in one spot, we opted to pick a venue that is DIY. We rent the space the rest of the options are up to us, there are no minimums required for the alcohol or catering which will save us a lot of money!

3. Have bigger tables so you need fewer centerpieces and tablecloths. We have decided to go with an assortment of tables and make the atmosphere more of a mingling atmosphere opposed to a seated dinner where everyone will have an assigned seat.

Flowers

4. Use more greenery than flowers, I am loving the eucalyptus and greenery which is much cheaper than using a large assortment of flowers.

5. Consider using artificial flowers for your bouquets and centerpieces. I am having a friend from high school make all of our bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages for wedding using artificial flowers instead of real.

 

Food & Drink

6. Skip the main course—just have passed hors d’oeuvres or stations. We have opted to do heavy appetizers and a food truck since we are doing a more casual setting.

7. Offer beer, wine and a signature cocktail instead of a full bar.

8. Skip the champagne toast.

Cakes

9. Order a small one- or two-tier cake and then supplement it with a larger sheet cake (hidden in the kitchen) or skip having a cake at all.

Stationery & Favors

10. Get single-page invites to save on postage.

11. Make your cake or dessert the favors.

12. Email your save-the-dates.

Photo, Video and Music

13. Have a photographer you love but can’t afford the prices? Ask them if they have an associate shooter who will do your wedding for less.

14. Opt for a smaller band.

15. Hire a band or DJ who can do both the ceremony and the reception.

The Internet is filled with wedding blogs and websites do your research, have fun and hopefully these ideas will help you save some money on your big day!

 

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DIY Coffee Scrubs

Recently coffee body scrubs have become extremely popular and have become an instagram favorite. Being curious as ever, I automatically wanted to try this amazing exfoliator that tones, tightens and brightens your skin. I started looking online and was finding these scrubs for $20 plus dollars. That’s when I decided to save some money and make my own.

Coffee

It is so SO easy to make this coffee scrub and after using it a couple of times I can already see results, my skin feels so much smoother and more hydrated. All you need is a bag of ground coffee which costs $4 and some coconut oil which I already had. These will make a load of coffee scrub “cubes” which you just pop out the freezer whenever you would like.
What you need:
 Ground coffee
Coconut oil
Ice cube tray
What you do:
Melt the coconut oil on a low heat
Pour in the ground coffee, the amount depends on personal preference but I added quite a bit
Pour into ice cube tray
Put in freezer
Get out and use them!

St. Augustine Wedding 

We just took a trip to St. Augustine and the city completely stole our hearts. I’d love to share a few anecdotes and photos, if you’d like to see…

Unless you’re hitting up all the tourist attractions or spending all of your money at boutiques, there really isn’t a whole lot to do in St. Augustine other than eat and drink – something I’m 100% ok with.

Prohibition Kitchen- Apparently this is a fairly new restaurant but you wouldn’t know it based on the fact that it’s always full. But as soon as I walked in, I could see why. It’s got that whole prohibition-era vibe to it, great food and drinks.

 

 

Castillo De San Marcos- We made a visit to the fort meaning and went out on the top deck, it was a super interesting experience. Given that the fort’s construction was completed in 1695, there’s tons of history there that you can read about as you tour the structure.

We spent a day shopping and exploring downtown St. Augustine we popped into tons of stores and boutiques.

We also made a quick stop to visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. We climbed 219 steps to the top of the lighthouse for a spectacular view of the city overlooking the Matanzas Bay and the Atlantic Ocean from Anastasia Island.

Celebrated Kari and Derek’s wedding day at Anastasia State Park!

The Conch House- Tons of people crowd the docks, sip some fruity drinks, sun bathe, and listen to a live reggae band play.

This place had great food and a great view!

So yea, those are just a few of the highlights from our trip. I gotta say, St. Augustine is an extremely charming city, and we’ll certainly be back!

How about you guys? Has anyone been there before? If you have, what are some of your favorite things to do? 

 

Ten year reunion

This weekend we attended my 10 year high school reunion that I helped organize! High school could have been a very clique-driven time depending on the culture of your school.  I graduated with a class of 250 students in a small town. We all remember the cafeteria scene in Mean Girls. But we’re no longer in high school! Life has happened; it’s been 10 years. Life and experiences have a funny way of making us more understanding, sympathetic, and relatable.

So go to your 10 year high school reunion and enjoy yourself. Take nothing too serious, take pictures, and like us I am sure you will end up having a blast!

We’re engaged!

How We Met

It was December 2011 and I was interviewing for my first job out of college. I showed up unprepared forgetting a pen and had to borrow one from Jake (great first impression). After the interview, I got in the car called my mom and explained to her that this cute guy just interviewed me. I got hired for the position and we spent the next couple of months getting to know each other.

How He Asked

Every Wednesday we take turns planning a date night and this Wednesday happened to be my turn to pick the activity. That morning I had texted Jake saying I wanted to stay in, watch a movie and make dinner but he was persistent that they get out of the house and go to Broadripple for dinner since the weather was beautiful.

Jake drove to Broadripple parking at our first condo together where we had lived for two years. We walked on the Monon trail through the Arts Park and before I knew it Jake was down on his knee. After the proposal we went to dinner where we had our very first date.