Hey, Broke-Asses! I’m way too excited about becoming a contributor to this awesome project. I found “The Broke-Ass Bride’s Wedding Guide” through a simple Amazon search, and could not have been happier with Dana’s approach to planning. I was honestly never sure if I would marry at all (my mother is extremely anti-marriage, and I grew up rejecting the idea!), but here I am — lost in a sea of Pinterest boards and unending questions from family and friends.
The questions came literally days after we got engaged this past February:
“When’s the big day!?”
“What’s your theme?”
“Have you chosen a venue?”
Don’t get me wrong — I was thrilled that so many of my loved ones were eager to know details and get involved. But all these questions really freaked me out. They freaked me out so badly that I refused to start planning until about a month ago. Luckily the date isn’t until May 13, 2017, and now that I’ve done some research and was graced by The Broke-Ass Bride’s wisdom, I actually think I can do this whole wedding thing.
But before I suffocate you with wedding details, I’ll let you know a little more about myself. I’m a 23-year-old college dropout and soon-to-be licensed cosmetologist. I enrolled and began cosmetology school in September last year and in just seven short weeks I’ll be finished! The past year of my life has honestly felt like one single day. I have grown so much as an artist and really settled into who I am. Plus, I’ve already scored my dream job at a salon two blocks away from our apartment!
My super handsome fiance, Josh, is due most of the credit in helping me become who I am today. In August we will have met one year ago. We had both just escaped (wish I were exaggerating when I use the word “escaped”) pretty horribly manipulative relationships and neither of us planned on dating anytime soon. But when we met, we just could not get enough of one another. I have never felt so loved and have never loved the way I love him. I know I’m young, but I have a lot of dating experience under my belt — and I truly did not think I would ever find the type of partnership I wanted with someone.
After just seven months of dating, Josh and I took a vacation to Charleston (our first date was a day trip to Sullivan’s Island!), where he proposed on the steps of the Customs building. It was awkward and cute and nothing short of perfect.
We are now five months into our engagement and growing more and more excited about marriage every day.
Our personal styles are mixtures of minimalist, vintage, indie, with a splash of hippie. (I grew up in a weird artsy town in the mountains, what can I say?) And we definitely want our wedding to reflect that.
So far my vision for the wedding is sort of a big, fun BBQ with tons of friends and family, yard games and dancing — all decorated in a thrifty, vintage style. We’ll be renting a large tent and having the wedding on Josh’s grandfather’s farm. Our budget is going to fall somewhere between $3,000 and $5,000. I have plenty of faith that I can pull off a pretty ballin’ wedding with the help of the Broke-Ass Bride’s book, as well as the generosity of friends and family. I have already had FOUR photographer friends offer free engagement sessions and my super sweet graphic designer friend is designing our save the dates and invites as a wedding gift. It is so amazing to realize the amount of love and support we will have throughout this process. And now I’m ready to share my process with you!
Welcome to the team, BreAnna!