Bride Backwards Blogging our wedding from the honeymoon to the proposal!

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Flash Forward: More Money Merging

Since I find this to be the biggest “step” post-marriage, I decided to do an update on my previous post about merging finances. Also, because talking about money is such a touchy subject… but it shouldn’t be in a relationship! I’m sure that for every couple this works differently (especially in households where only one spouse works.) Because we’ve been together for such a long time, and living together for almost half of the time we’ve been together and splitting everything 50/50 for all that time, actually merging accounts and having everything be “ours” is actually a pretty big adjustment....

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Rehearsal Cocktail Hour

We spent way more time debating our rehearsal dinner venue than we did our wedding reception’s venue. Because so many of our guests were from out of town, we really had almost half of the wedding guest list on the list for the rehearsal, too, so it was a large group. We considered doing things a bit more “on the cheap” by going to a chain restaurant at the mall across the street from our hotel, and that was sort of the long-term plan that we weren’t super thrilled about but were willing to go with. We still wanted to do the...

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Waking Up to Your Wedding Day

First of all, I can’t believe this is already the last post about the actual wedding day… crazy! From here on out I’ll be going through the rest of the week leading up to the wedding and some of the biggest parts of planning, like picking out dresses, and events like the shower and bachelorette! According to The Knot, staying together in the bridal suite the night before the wedding is “controversial.” To this I say: whatever. I get the superstition about it, but honestly I think you should do what you want during your whole wedding weekend. To hell...

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DIY Starfish Boutonnieres

While the girls were getting hair & makeup done over at Fashion Island… the boys were still asleep! Haha, there was no need to wake them up as early as the girls. Matt got in some time at the hotel gym & spa before everyone woke up, and then met up with the rest of the guys a little later. We used my mom’s hotel room as their “getting ready” area, because my mom was with us and that room was empty. That gave us a place to have the boys get some pictures together! One of my favorite pieces...

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Hair & Makeup: Inexpensive Ways to Get Yourself & the Girls Beautified

The whole hair and makeup thing is tough with weddings. First of all, people want to charge you an arm and a leg… and I get it, it is hard to work weddings. There’s also the issue of time. Having one person come in to do each lady up takes hours, which can really cut into your day! I have to get my hair and makeup done for events semi-frequently. So, I was already a seasoned customer of both DryBar and Blushington. I love their work, they aren’t too pricey, and they provide a really fun experience. As luck would...

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Boy Things: Finding Unique Gifts & Accessories for The Guys

Let’s face it, weddings are mostly about the ladies. We get the giant dresses and the pretty flowers and the diamonds. It is an industry built for women… and unfortunately that makes it easy to forget that getting married is just as big a deal for the groom and the boys in the wedding party. We wanted to find unique and special things for the guys, and to be honest doing that was a little difficult! Most of the gifts for groomsmen (and even for grooms!) are pretty much out of the same categories. We looked for a long time to find...

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Fuel, Jitters, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer

A few weeks before the wedding one of my good friends and I were joking about turning my wedding ceremony into a reenactment of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical. As you may have guessed based on the name of our new puppy, I’m a big BtVS-aholic. I even wrote my college application essays on Buffy (and I got in, so there’s that.) Obviously we weren’t going to turn the ceremony into a musical…even though I did walk down the aisle to an iconic-moment-from-the-series-song, Wild Horses. but I did decide that it should be playing as the girls and I got ready...

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DIY Bridal Emergency Kit

There are a zillion adorably-packaged bridal/bridesmaid emergency kits online which may be perfectly suitable for your needs. I wanted to make my own, mostly because I couldn’t find one that included absolutely everything I might need. I am a fairly anxious person by nature (I joke about it, but anyone with anxiety knows that in reality it blows.) Let’s just say that I spent a good part of the year worrying constantly that there would be an earthquake/tsunami during our wedding ceremony and that in 20 years they would make a sequel to Titanic about my wedding. Titanic is easily my least favorite movie of all...

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Getting Dressed (It Takes a Village)

Tie it Up I waited to get into my dress until the last moment, as getting that pretty baby on is quite an ordeal. I’m really happy I went with a corset for a variety of reasons (top of that list? No alterations needed.) However, those things are not easy to get on. Thank god for my friend Sam, who is a master at both being good at everything and also keeping other people calm. She told some jokes while lacing me up, which was great! Even though Sam was doing most of the heavy-lifting, we made sure to get...

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With Love, The Bride

I had a ton of fun choosing gifts for my parents and the ladies of the wedding party. Just a great opportunity to give back to everyone who had been so sweet and helpful to us… and to people who’ve been a huge part of our lives in general. I’m big into presents to begin with, so putting these together was extra fun. For the Bridesmaids I wanted a nice piece of jewelry that all of the girls could keep, because that’s something I’ve personally enjoyed getting as a gift when I’ve been a bridesmaid in the past. I still...