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FOR THE BUDGET BEAUTIFUL BRIDE 2000 Dollar Wedding: Founder Sara planned her wedding for $1,962. As if that’s not impressive enough, she’s documented the whole thing on her blog and now dishes out advice on every aspect of planning a budget wedding as well as shares other budget-beautiful celebrations. Expect a large helping of reality: Sara is honest about the sacrifices necessary to keep to such a strict budget, as well as how rewarding it can be in the end, of course! ( The Broke-Ass Bride: Who knew being poor could be so much fun? Dana and hubby Hunter provide bargain hunting (and bargaining!) tips, advice on how to snag crush-worthy vendors for less, and, well, endless entertainment! Our favorite part? Dana’s advice is real (many of her strategies come from her own broke-ass planning journey) and it’s also respectful – she loves the wedding industry and would never try to devalue it, a perspective that’s often missing from “budget” advice. (www, The Budget-Savvy Bride: Another bride who’s been there, done that, didn’t spend that and lived to tell the tale, Jessica offers up inspiration gleaned from planning her own $10,000 Southern wedding. BSB’s friendly spirit and can-do attitude has the ability to make even the most discouraged bride hop back on the budget train. (

FOR THE CRAFTY BRIDE The Inspired Bride: Besides having one of the most clean, lovely and uniquely-designed blogs out there, our favorite part about The Inspired Bride is Maddy’s “color cards” – each features a single inspirational photo, accompanied by five or six color swatches. IB is focused on the “how” of weddings, not the finished product: “how to pull it together, how to make the favors, how to choose between this and that.” ( DIY Bride: With over 200 free DIY downloads, neatly organized by category, in their archives, DIY Bride’s site is the goto resource for die-hard Do It Yourself-ers. We also love Khris’ product reviews and real wedding features, chosen exclusively for their crafty quotient. ( Oh So Beautiful Paper: As far as we know, there is only one wedding blog dedicated to the glory of the printed product, but even if there wasn’t, OSBP would still stand head and shoulders above the crowd. Nole features the most gorgeous, scrumptious, adjective-laden lovelies ever to grace the internet, and her site is a must-visit before purchasing or DIY-ing wedding paper products. (www. The Sweetest Occasion: Obsessed with parties, entertaining, photography, interiors, paper, stationery and letterpress from a young age, Cyd somehow manages to combine her loves into a cohesive celebration of, well, the occasions that make life sweet. Even her non-wedding features – like the ridiculously cute birthday parties she loves so much – offer inspiration for chic wedding events. (www. Inspired Goodness: The “daily sketchbook” of a designer who crafts unique details for wedding and event clients, Inspired Goodness features doable DIYs, favorite finds and invaluable crafty resources from someone who’s tried them all – and really knows which hole punch is the best on the block. (

Southern Weddings V3  

This is the third issue of Southern Weddings magazine

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