My Dream Wedding: Sparkly Shiny Happy People Version

Yes, I realize that I am 30 years old and still am obsessed with sparkles. Is that bad?

I think it is great, which is why I love when I see brides planning weddings that are filled to the gills with sparkly goodness. When it comes to your wedding day, you should get to wear whatever you want, decorate however you please, and dance the night away under a disco ball.

 When it comes to my dress. I want to light up the aisle, the dance floor, everywhere! I love how this dress has tons of sparkle and sheer sleeve coverings to conceal my problem arm areas.

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I truly cannot decide whether I would want to wear my hear up or down, but if it is up in a loose chignon, I would definitely adorn it with this amazing hair jewelry. Is that a term? It is now.

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I don’t know if they would love me or hate me for it, but how amazing/horrifying would it be if my bridesmaids all wore a version of this sequin gown?

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See, this bride did a similar thing for her winter wedding. I think it looks amazing and totally chic.

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No matter whether my wedding is indoors or out, I think a chandelier is appropriate. Top it with electric lights or candles and I will be a happy girl.

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As for table toppers/name holders, how could I say no to these amazing glitter unicorns? I saw them on Style Me Pretty and they went to my Pinterest board IMMEDIATELY…

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And then I could put them onto this sequined table covering…yes, it is WAY too much. But I’m just throwing the ideas out there.

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When I inevitably take off my heels to tear up the dance floor, I could display my bejeweled heels with this glass jar idea.

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Well, these are just a few of the sparkly ideas that I’ve seen floating around on the web that I totally love. There are so many more ideas out there, many of them DIY, which I love even more. Why pay a fortune when you can convince your hubby-to-be that it would be fun to add sparkle to 50 vases? Just give him that winning smile of yours and the promise of a cold beer after.

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Everything Old is Cool Again

I admit it: I love old stuff. As a kid, I grew up around so many antiques that my friends often called my house a museum. Not in a dusty, creepy way, because my mom had some serious style, but to the point where I craved anything modern. I swore that when I grew up, my house would be whitewashed with stainless steel accents, not  a hint of anything old. Of course, now we call old things vintage and people make a living out of finding cool old stuff and selling it for crazy prices. I don’t know when I started liking old stuff, but I sure do have an appreciation for it now. Last weekend the beau and I went to the Elkhorn Flea Market in Wisconsin, a massive event that attracts over 500 vendors with an assortment of goods. While I would not actually buy some of the stuff being offered – hello sexy dancing doll – it was awesome to take a walk back through time. For anyone throwing a vintage-themed wedding, the Elkhorn flea market and others like it are awesome places to find unique centerpieces and table accents. In true vintage style, I present some of my favorite finds in Instagramish square format:

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Tips for Budget Brides

Thrifty is my middle name.

I live for trips to Dollar Tree (let’s be honest, Family Dollar just isn’t worth my time), love seeing sale tags and I can’t get enough of DIY Pinterest boards. If there is a way to get something I like more cheaply, I will do so with a bounce in my step. That is why I love all of the ideas you can find online to make your wedding fit into your budget while still getting nearly all of the things that you want for your big day. There is no reason why you need to spend thousands of dollars on the right accents when there are usually cheaper yet still cute options.

So how do you get everything you want and stay within your budget?

1. Create a budget and a list of your top 10 must-haves: This is probably the hardest part of planning. You know that you have a certain amount of money to spend but when you start researching all of the puzzle pieces that make up a wedding day, you might feel like sitting down and crying. Instead, create a list of the 10 things that are most important for your wedding day. While some brides dream about the perfect dress, others are more concerned with the table settings. No matter what your priorities are, it is important to budget for those things. With the remaining amount, you can get creative and find cheaper alternatives so that you can stay within, or just a smidge over, your budget.

2. Start researching!: The internet is a wealth of free information thanks to helpful brides and grooms who have shared their experiences and tips with the world. You can find tips for just about any budget bride question you may have. Want to incorporate mason jars into your wedding but need some ideas? You will find about 100 sites or more with pictures and advice.

3. Ask friends and family for help: While you may not want to ask them for financial help, you can certainly ask your best friend the baker to whip you up a gorgeous cake – after you offer to pay for the materials, of course. When you explain that you are on a budget, you will find that your friends and family are more than happy to help you wrap mason jars in lace, create handwritten placards or make a beautiful ring bearer’s pillow.

4. Look for used options: Yes, there are tons of items that you can buy used or rent for your big day. Visit wedding websites like theknot.com to find tons of awesome used pieces that would look amazing on your wedding day. Nobody will know the difference!

So where would I go for budget friendly wedding ideas? To start, you can visit my Pinterest page which I am constantly updating. Here are a few more pages that I think are totally awesome for DIY budget brides:

A Practical Wedding: This website is so stinkin’ cool. If you feel like you are losing your mind in all of the wedding planning mayhem, visit this site to get actual practical ideas and tips from brides who have been through it all. I love their recent post on how to turn grocery store cakes into amazing custom wedding cakes. Seriously, you won’t believe the transformation.

Dollar Tree: Yes, my favorite cheapie store has its own site for budget brides. How cool is that? There are tons of ideas for saving a serious amount of money on your wedding decorations. Again, NOBODY will know the difference. Only you will feel all of that extra cash in  your pocket going towards…an amazing honeymoon?

Bride Craft: Love DIY projects? This website is chock full of do-it-yourself wedding ideas from veils and jewelry to table accents. You could lose hours of your day exploring Bride Craft.

Craigslist: So there is this tiny website called Craigslist, have you heard of it? Well, you can find a ton of amazing things on CL for your budget wedding. For example, this chick in Antioch, IL rents adorable accents for weddings that I want to get married RIGHTNOW just so I can use some of her stuff. You will be amazed at the things you can find on Craigslist for new or nearly new.