Broke-Ass Tag: budget concerns


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With that in mind, Travis and I sat down and mapped out how we could  get the best bang for our buck without compromising the quality of our special time away as newlyweds. We booked what we hope to be the trip of lifetime this week and we didn’t break the bank. Even better we were under budget.

This is how we did it:

Step 1: Identify one credit card to use for ALL wedding purchases. If you don’t already have a card in your wallet that racks up a bunch of points per purchase, then do some research and identify the best credit card based on the points rewards system.

Step 2: If you are OK with visiting a destination during the off-season and taking the risk of inclement weather than you will probably score a better deal on hotel prices. If you are not a risk taker, check out step 3.

Step 3: We narrowed down our destinations by the time of year that we planned to travel and then we determined our top three non-negotiables. We used that criteria to determine where we will go and the type of experience that we will have. Before booking, I checked all of the credible discount travel websites, including my favorites LivingSocial and Groupon.  Trust me, LivingSocial Escapes are legit! We traveled to Egypt a couple of years ago and had the time of our life!

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We can’t wait to visit the Riu Aruba Antillas! Photo Credit:

Step 4: Once all of the ducks are in a row, check out your points and determine which airline works best. We used our American Express points to secure two first class seats on Delta, winning!

Step 5: Remember to keep your non-negotiables at the top of the list when you are making travel decisions. We are not super concerned about flying first class when we return from the honeymoon so we are booking on a different airline and using the points that we have, another pair of free flights!

Step 6: For our excursions, spa dates, adventures and dining experiences we added an option to our wedding registry to “gift” us with some special add-ons.

We have so many magical moments to look forward to and I have to admit that booking the time away and not blowing the budget will help to maintain the sanity as we cross the finish line!


  • 11/21

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    Hello lovelies,

    I’ll be honest, I haven’t been thinking about wedding stuff much this week. I’ve been very hard at work and probably wont be slowing down until about April. I’m okay with that, though — almost all of the major vendors have been nailed down. We have a venue, caterer, DJ and photographer, and I’ve got my dress. The only two things we have to get on in the next few months are the officiant and the florist. That being said, one of the ideas I’ve been rolling around in the ol’ noggin for the last few weeks is whether or not I really actually need the latter.

    Yes, that’s right. I’m suggesting a wedding without any flowers.


    It isn’t that I don’t like flowers. I love them. But, I generally like appreciating them in natural settings or in gardens. While I’m always grateful when my fiance and boyfriends of the past bought me flowers, I never felt the reaction I felt like I was supposed to. They’re pretty, but then they die and they go in the garbage and you have nothing to show for them, except maybe a begrudgingly liked Instagram post.
    If my gentleman caller wants to spend money on something that will make me feel special, warm and fuzzy, and will last approximately one week, he’s honestly better off coming home with a 2-4*.

    *Canadian slang for a 24-pack of beer.

    Joking aside, I arrived at this conclusion slowly. As soon as I became aware of the cost of flowers, I started looking at places I could cut them from. Centrepieces were the first thing to go. I feel like it would be easy enough to replace them with candles, trinkets or cute table numbers. Then, I considered whether or not we really needed bridesmaids bouquets. Then, altar decor, or in our case, a chuppah. Our wedding is being held in the summer in a beautiful outdoor setting, underneath a large willow tree. Adding flowers to the breathtaking natural scenery seemed to be overkill. Likely, we will just stick with something minimalist like simple fabric.

    So at this point, I was thinking we would really just need a florist for bouquets and boutonnieres. However, I was surprised at the cost for them, too. I could buy a plane ticket for the price of a bridesmaids bouquet. Plus, in my experience, while they look beautiful and make for wonderful photos, I’ve seen the behind-the-scenes of those photos and they kind of seem to get in the way. I considered the possibility that my bridesmaids could carry something pretty other than flowers down the aisle or just keep their hands at their sides. I mean, I know it’s not traditional, but is there any real reason w

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    hy they can’t?

    As for me, I don’t plan on throwing my bouquet. I could easily carry greenery, or a or paper flowers, or a self-arranged bouquet. Or, again, I could carry nothing at all. I haven’t decided yet, (like I said, my head’s been elsewhere), but I think that theoretically, eschewing a florist altogether could be done, especially at an outdoor venue, without taking away from the fun of the day.

    What do you think? Am I talking crazy? Let me know!


  • 3/28

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