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KissMyTulle
Helping make your wedding day chic and affordable!
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I troll the Internet weekly for amazing wedding news, DIYs, and other cool bits. To save y'all a bit of time, let me introduce you to THE BEST of weddings 'round the web from this past week. Image Courtesy of: Perez Photography Add a little do-it-yourself flair to your wedding guest photo book! Get started now and get 25% off print books (up to $25 off your order). Great post on how to choose a wedding dress that's not white. Need som amazing invitations, save-the-dates, or announcements? Enjoy $25 off orders of $50+ at Tiny Prints. Fantastic adivcie and tips over on etsy for ordering a custom wedding dress. Excited for the fall wedding season to begin? Then pop over and see this harvest gold inspiration. Chalkboard cake toppers are a fun decoration for any wedding. Here's a couple that are easy to download for free and print at home! Make a no-sew jewelry pouch for your bridesmaids! Check out these delicious citrus-hued shoes! Get an 11x14 Gallery Wrapped Canvas Print for $28, regularly $62 plus free shipping! Perfect for your wedding or engagement session photos! *may contain affiliate links* Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Kiss My Tulle
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When I think of North Dakota - I think Fargo. But, well, that wouldn't make for a very pretty wedding, now would it? But how awesome does a wedding at the Red River Zoo sound? Pretty bad ass, right? Try and do your reception in the gorgeous Carousel Room. With it's shades of red, coral, and navy blue (plus all the gold accents!), this room is dying to host your wedding. If you love that idea then check out this North Dakota wedding inspiration board for more inspiration! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Kiss My Tulle
Recently, the totally awesome blog, Scary Mommy posted this mini rant from a pissed off Mother-in-Law. I adore my MIL and haven't had the experiences that are referred to in this post so I asked our resident owner of a not-that-great MIL to chime in. This is what The Ranty Mama had to say: Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Kiss My Bump
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Nearly every day, I get an email asking me about my experience DIY catering our Texas wedding. What did we serve? How did we do it? Was it something anyone could do? My answer? YES. You can DIY cater your own wedding reception IF you are flexible and have realistic expectations. Read my post on how we did it and, if you're up for it, I've got some recipes for a fun and informal salad reception for your downloadable pleasure (click on each image for its download): Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Kiss My Tulle
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Whatever your reasons behind thinking about having your wedding outside, there are all kinds of amazing ideas out there to help make your ceremony a successful one. Here are just a few of the most interesting ones to keep in mind. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Kiss My Tulle
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We here at KMT love a good elopement. Affordable, intimate, and with a complete focus on the most important part of a wedding - the vows. But that doesn't mean that your elopement can't be pretty or you can't have a photographer. Many people are saving on everything with their elopement and using it all to splurge on a FAB photographer to capture the day. If this is your plan, I've come up with a list of must take city hall elopement photos to share with your photographer: Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Kiss My Tulle
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Let me start off by saying that I’m not an accountant. I’m a professional writer, which means I’m bad with numbers. The purpose of this post is to share something that my husband and I did to better our financial situation. I encourage you to speak with your accountant, financial planner, or hell, anyone you know who can add up numbers better than I can. Onward. Like pretty much everyone who went to college in the 90s and early 2000s, my husband and I have student loan debt. Between the two of us, we’re looking at about $40,000. For both of us, our monthly payments came out to about $500 a month. How you choose to split your bills is a choice that only you and your spouse can make, but for us, everything goes in one pot and all the bills are paid from that pot. Since moving to North Carolina, our collective salaries have always hovered just above the poverty line. We were paying our regular bills, but had to put things like gas, doctor visits and sometimes food on our credit card. We could keep the lights on, but not fill the car to go to work without credit. This lead to more credit card debt than we could imagine. Part of this problem was our $500 a month student loan obligation. We owed almost double than what we made so my husband began looking into income based repayment. What’s This You Speak of? Income based repayment (IBR) lowers your monthly student loan bill so that it is more inline with your income. If your new monthly payment doesn’t cover the interest on your loan, it is picked up by the federal government for the first three years. We applied and brought our monthly loan payment down... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Kiss My Tulle
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Usually when people think of a great North Carolina wedding locale, they think beach. But don't be limited to the coast! North Carolina also has some gorgeous mountain terrain and great local flavor. According to resident Ariella Anderson, "Asheville is this great hippy town out there. It's big on local food, organic, and music. Bluegrass music was supposedly born in the North Carolina mountains.". And doesn't that sound perfect for a cozy fall wedding? If you're planning a wedding in North Carolina then embrace the colors of fall and bust out the chic neutrals with bursts of cranberry and mustard. If you love that idea then check out this North Carolina wedding inspiration board for more inspiration! Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
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But alas, if you want a wedding on a budget - it does take work and work means... well, working. But have no fear, fellow lazy bitches! I've rounded up my best tips and ideas for sourcing rentals on a budget (and not breaking a sweat). Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
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Let me tell you, one of the hardest things about planning my own wedding was trying to write the wedding ceremony. I was not a fan of the traditional vows (I obey no one but myself thankyouverymuch) and really wanted to find something that reflected our concept of what we wanted our relationship to be. If you're in the same boat and looking for alternative vows here's a few from the amazing and truly missed Robin Williams. As a child of the 80's, I loved him and felt like I knew him. How sweet a memorial would it be to use a few of his best movie lines and quotes about love in your wedding ceremony? Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
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I had a backyard wedding and I loved it. It's a great way to save money and enjoy a more relaxed wedding with your guests. But... the backyard wedding isn't for everyone. Here's my list of backyard wedding pros and cons to help you make your backyard-or-not decision. Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
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Today's state wedding inspiration board comes from my budget-lovin' twin (with a less filthy mouth), Jessica of The Budget Savvy Bride. From Jessica, "When it comes to having a wedding in New York, the first place my mind goes is to NYC, of course! So much history and amazing scenery - and typically a large pricetag. Since moving to NYC just about a year ago I've been obsessed with the idea of a Central Park wedding. I tried to bring some fun details from NYC into my inspiration board, complete with some "Big Apple" cake pops and subway map confetti! Hope you love it!" Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
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Now that she's in her first year, she is more partial to specific things and is definitely showing that she prefers certain items over others. I thought I'd share Melanie's one year favorites: Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Kiss My Bump
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You don't usually think navy blue paired with blush pink when you think rustic. But if you're looking for a chic, modern take to incorporate into your wedding - I've put together a rustic blush pink and navy blue wedding inspiration board to help get you started: Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
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City Hall weddings are no longer the mecca for shotgun weddings, the multiply divorced, or the those trying to get a green card. These days, a city hall wedding is an affordable and easy way to host a wedding ceremony for you and yours (and a few of your nearest and dearest, if desired). And yes, you CAN wear a pretty dress! Loads of couples are dressing up and bringing along photographers for their City hall weddings - so why don't you? Here's my suggestions for 6 dresses perfect for a City Hall wedding (and all for under $100!): Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
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While I often advocate spending very little money on your wedding because it only lasts a day - I also understand there are a few items where you should splurge. These few items are the ones that last long past the streamers, the champagne toasts, and the centerpieces. They are the photography, the videography, and the rings. KMT believes that if you are going to spend money on anything at your wedding - invest it in these items. However, that doesn't mean that you can't try to score an awesome deal on them! Here's a cool round-up of men's wedding bands - all for under $30.00: Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.** ModCloth may be your go-to for cute dresses and clothing, but did you know they have a flourishing decor department? Think fun and unique adornments for your home, kitchen, bedroom, office space, and more. If that’s not incentive enough to check it out, they just so happen to be having a 20% Off Decor Sale that’ll give your place a pop of personality. No code needed, so just shop 'till your heart is content and there really will be no place like your home! Hurry while it lasts! Snooze Anchor Duvet Cover in Full/Queen Tabby Together Pillow Polychromatic Cuddles Throw Blanket Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
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From Cris: My good friend, Nicole (from Big Day for 10K) is here today and helping y'all out with some down-to-earth advice on registering. And why it's a good thing (no, really!). Image Courtesy of: Weddings by Color From Nicole: Face it, it’s okay to feel a little greedy – registries are one of the funnest parts of wedding planning. Honestly, though, what else beats shopping for whatever you want with someone else’s money? Nothing. Admit it. Image Courtesy of: Simply Elegant Bridal However, it can be pretty overwhelming, so I thought it might be kinda cool to post here some of the insight that Mr. Man and I gathered from doing our own registry: Register for 2-3 times as many items as you have guests. Sounds excessive but think about it, you’ll have a shower (maybe even two or three…) and those people will likely buy off your registry for both the shower and the wedding. Guests like to bundle. Registering for a bunch of kitchen utensils? Someone is going to buy all 10 of those (at $5 or $10 a piece) and put them in a pretty basket or container of some sort. Whatever you don’t receive as gifts (in most places, at least), you’ll get a discount on after the wedding (this is called a "completion program" and is one of the sweetest perks of registering). Image Courtesy of: Wedding Beauty Prioritize. Mr. Man wanted to go hog wild. We all know I’m Type A and couldn’t have that. $40 bathroom trash can? No sir, not when there are other $40 items that we actually need. Even though it’s tempting to just scan EVERYTHING, think about it… you don’t want to cannibalize the stuff you really need/want with things that are extras. Save those extras for the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
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Love coral and mint? Then you may just want to consider a Southwestern theme for your wedding. If you're planning a wedding in New Mexico then why not embrace the colors of a desert sunset and go from there? Add lots of neutrals and textures to make this palette exceptionally chic. If you love the desert and rustic touches then check out this New Mexico wedding inspiration board for more inspiration! Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
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I'm going to document Melanie's second year of living by showcasing our favorites each month. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Kiss My Bump
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Nearly every day, I get an email asking me about my experience DIY catering our Texas wedding. What did we serve? How did we do it? Was it something anyone could do? My answer? YES. You can DIY cater your own wedding reception IF you are flexible and have realistic expectations. Read my post on how we did it and, if you're up for it, I've got some recipes that are perfect for a relaxed backyard wedding reception - everything can be grilled! (click on each image for its download): Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
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Hoping for a cowboy chic wedding and want your bridesmaids to reflect the theme - but NOT cost them an arm and a leg? I used my budget-finding skills to track down some fantastic cowboy chic bridesmaid options at an affordable price: Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
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Let me tell you, one of the hardest things about planning my own wedding was trying to write the wedding ceremony. I was not a fan of the traditional vows (I obey no one but myself thankyouverymuch) and really wanted to find something that reflected our concept of what we wanted our relationship to be. If you're in the same boat and looking for alternative vows here's a few with a fun and familiar lean from the wonderful world of Disney. Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
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I troll the Internet weekly for amazing wedding news, DIYs, and other cool bits. To save y'all a bit of time, let me introduce you to THE BEST of weddings 'round the web from this past week. Image Courtesy of: Hannah Colclazier Photography Check out the cutest ornage and blue Disneyland wedding and all the nitty gritty planning details! A super simple DIY for those looking to rock a Boho Twist Hair Crown hairdo. Get your photo wrapped canvases now because EasyCanvasPrints.com is offering BOGO + free shipping right now! Really interesting post on hosting an outdoor wedding and dealing with difficult climates. Get an ELF Beauty School Basics Kit FREE with orders of $25 or more! A really fab baseball themed engagement session. STD’s mean something TOTALLY different in Wedding-Land. Speaking of save-the-dates... Wedding Paper Divas is having a GREAT SALE! Save 15% off on orders $99+ at Luna Bazaar! Enter code 15PERCENT99 at checkout. Marriage proposal books are a new trend and right now, Blurb is offering 15% off all purchases. *may contain affiliate links* Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
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When it came time for Melanie to start wearing cloth diapers (which didn't happen until she was about two month old), the actual act of cloth diapering suddenly became VERY overwhelming. Like, I got completely flustered and felt like it was too much work. So, I reached out to friends who cloth diapered and asked them for help. Using their tips and advice, I was able to figure out an easy-peasy system for cloth diapering. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Kiss My Bump