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We asked our darling, wonderful and #rad friend Cris at Kiss My Tulle to pop by with a quick guest post on her top 5 places to shop for your elopement dress. KMT focuses on super budget, mostly rural weddings and is so freaking full of killer information for those of you operating with a tiny amount of dollars. Be sure to check out her series on wedding inspiration based on your state!

One of the easiest ways to save money on your elopement is to find a deal on a cute, short dress. Not only are they adorable but generally, the more informal dresses cost MUCH less than their full-length counterparts. Here are my top 5 places to buy a dress for your elopement:


ModCloth // Target // Etsy // BHLDN // J. Crew

Are any of you considering a cute dress for your elopement?

  • 4/15

    As you may recall, I interviewed a few of my favorite former brides just a few weeks ago, one of them being a bridesmaid of mine. She said something that I’ve been thinking about ever since.

    “Personalization, ‘made to order,’ catered to you = big bucks. There are ways to bring in your wedding theme or your personal touch without adding monograms to everything.”

    Like every other money-saving DIY wedding, just about everything is personalized — as in we’ve put a lot of our own blood, sweat and tears into our wedding day, and make every effort to not pull out our wallets.

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    We learned a hard lesson about how personalized items can add up after having these napkins done for our engagement party.

    The beginning — and most important — part of our day is still a work in progress, but it’s getting there! Little by little, we’ve been piecing together a combination of ceremony templates found on the Internet, readings from several different sources (re: books we grew up with), and even considered writing our own vows. We decided to skip that last part to avoid the inevitable emotional messes we’d become in front of 230 people. Just because we’re not digging deep into our souls to come up with a few sentences to say to each other doesn’t mean our vows aren’t personal. We found some material that means something to us. There is a lot of great stuff out there!

    Another way we’re keeping things personal — the drink selections. Yes, beverages are very important to this bride and groom … and their friends and families. We have bridal party members in the Philly beer industry, so it was a no-brainer for us to go local. It’s our way of supporting them and showing our love for the city that made us fall in love. In addition, Steve is a homebrewer and so are some of our guests. They all plan on making something personal for our special day, and I can honestly say that I’m not only dying to taste them, but can’t wait to hear what names they come up with!

    Our decor has been one of my favorite — yet sanity-stealing — part of putting our personal touch on things. As I’ve mentioned before, we’re going with a vintage travel look since we’re a couple of old souls who like to go different places, and I’ve even shared a few of my decorating DIY woes. With that set aside, I have thoroughly enjoyed thrifting for old books, bottles, globes, clocks, etc., in the last few months … and I’m not even done yet!


    While I scramble to get the finishing touches on my own decor, enjoy this photo of what I hope our wedding day looks like. Courtesy of Mily Photography

    And finally, the big piece (drumroll) … MUSIC! Our personal touches include a string trio who are all graduates of our beloved Temple University (aka where we met!) during the ceremony portion of the day, and my mom’s brothers playing hand-picked selections during cocktail hour. While reception bands can tend to get pricey, we opted for a DJ for when it’s time to dance. We’ve had a ton of fun going through the music packet, from choosing a classic song to end the night to our entrance song of “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates (because they’re other famous couple who met at Temple, #duh) — but there is still one huge, very personal missing piece — our first dance song. That’s right, we don’t have one yet … and it’s killing me. We’ve read through every “a first song dance for everyone” list and we’ve heard our fair share of ideas, but not one song that we’ve come across really means anything to us. Are we thinking about it too much? Maybe, but it’s something that will remind us of our favorite day every time we hear it. That is personal.

    How are you adding personal touches to your wedding day?

  • 4/14

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    We’re pretty pumped about Real Bride Elissa‘s very vintage color scheme. Her pretty palette takes shades of cool green-blue and contrasts them with warm orange and red for a sweet look that screams for some retro-feeling style. We’re thinking demure A-line gowns and lovely lace for your best girls …

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    I guess my fiancé and I are a little bit hipster: We brew our own beer and kombucha; we adopt old shelter dogs; we get our coffee from the local coffee bean roaster; and we’re vegetarians. Good indie and alternative music is also important to us so coordinating the entertainment for our wedding …

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    Real Bride Amy: Who Makes the Cut?

    As I mentioned, I’m trying to keep my wedding small as one way to save money. I want my guest list to be more “want tos” than “have tos.”  There are inevitably a few in the “have to” category, mostly extended family. Another perk of having a wedding at …

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  • 4/10

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    Few patterns are more fun and bubbly in my eyes than polka dots. I recently received the absolute cutest dress from ModCloth (sadly now out of stock) and it’s totally revitalized my love for the spotted adorableness. For this Five for Friday, I found five of my favorite dotted …

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    Photo: Persimmon Images

    Almost half of my wedding calendar this year involves couples who are coming from far and farther to get married in Los Angeles. I looked up, and all of a sudden destination weddings are one of my things. Here’s three tips to help you feel confident about …

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    Greetings, BABs! My name is Caitlyn, and I’m the newbie tackling your requests for The Broke-Ass Bride’s Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! posts. I’m excited to be here, so let’s go ahead and save you some $$$.

    Bride Bex wrote in asking us to find her a gown similar …

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  • 4/9


    Let’s be honest: this isn’t a particularly fun time to mention “Christian” and “Wedding” in the same sentence. Smash those two words together and plenty of people hear “bigot” or “hate” or “oppression.” For me, publicly professing to be a Christian often means enduring eye-rolls, mutterings about fairy tales and

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