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KissMyTulle
Helping make your wedding day chic and affordable!
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It's September and that means the fall is coming (well, not to Texas but to the rest of you lucky bastards). And a fall (or winter or spring) wedding means one thing to a bridesmaid - keeping the warm while wearing pretty, pretty dresses. So how can you help your bridesmaids stay warm while staying pretty? Top off a fab dress with a great cardigan! Here's how to do it: Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Kiss My Tulle
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It's Labor Day here in the ol' US of A so The Boy is off dove hunting and Melly and I are seeing how long we can go without showering. But if you're in the wedding planning mood - here's a SHIT TON of fabulous Labor Day wedding deals from all over the Internet. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Kiss My Tulle
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**Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own. #Sponsored** If you know me, you know I love me some Target. So when they asked me to share my favorite summer trip with The Boy and a few of my favorite items for your summer travels, I jumped at the chance. Long time readers may remember that for our honeymoon, The Boy and I drove from San Antonio, Texas to Portland, Maine and back. And it was awesome! All that quiet car time together right at the start of our marriage could have spelled disaster but instead it was hugely bonding and lovely. We spent our time in silence, chatting about our surroundings, and holding hands. We didn't plan much and that worked out perfectly for us as it allowed for spontanious side trips and experiences. I think for both of us, the best unplanned moment of our honeymoon road trip was an impromptu stop at the Civil Rights Museum in Birmingham, Alabama. We arrived very early on a week day so we practically had the entire place to ourselves which gave us time to really walk through and experience the entire museum. At it was powerful - I should have brought more tissues! The experience was also incredibly humbling... as was meeting several members of the Alabama Civil Rights movement who now volunteer at the museum. Really, truly amazing. I'll tell you what though, on a more basic note, I'm so glad that we remembered to bring along a camera for photos like this Canon EOS Rebel T5I. I really wish that we'd thought to include a tablet in our Target Wedding registry so that we could have downloaded some documentaries and books recommended to us by the volunteers. It would have been great... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Kiss My Tulle
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**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. ** Fashion mavens, rejoice! ModCloth is inviting you to come showcase your unique style at their #FASHIONTRUTH Casting Call for ALL event in New York City on September 3rd. All you have to do is show up in your cutest outfit and you could be featured on ModCloth and across their social platforms. Anyone and everyone is invited, so if you’re in the area, grab your friends and go -- this is an event you won’t want to miss! Head to the ModCloth blog for more details and RSVP info. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Kiss My Tulle
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You guys, Cleveland rocks. And you know what else rocks about Ohio? The Indians (I love me some baseball). But how incorporate the Cleveland Indians into your wedding fan? How about forgoing the team's red, white, and blue colors for more a chic pink, rich blue, and white palette. This bright and fun color scheme will allow you to really play with all the elements of your wedding day. If you love that idea then check out this Ohio wedding inspiration board for more inspiration! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Kiss My Tulle
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A member of Tulle Nation wrote and asked me for advice on the "right" type of shoe to wear with a specific style of dress. My answer is that there ARE NO RULES and you wear whatever makes you happy and lets you dance all night. However, there are a few styles of footwear and dresses that seem to pair up well with each other. So, here are a few of my suggestions for fabulous pairings for wedding dresses and shoes. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Kiss My Tulle
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If you've been following my parenting journey then you know it was a nightmare of a struggle to breastfeed. The process of breastfeeding was VERY overwhelming and exhausting for me. There were so many times when I got completely flustered and felt like it was too much work. I reached out to lactation consultants and asked them for help. Using their tips and advice, I was able to figure out the easiest way to breastfeed without feeling overwhelmed. Here's the Lazy Bitch's Guide to Breastfeeding: Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Kiss My Bump
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The DIY wedding is a popular opinion for couples on a budget. After all, the concept that it's cheaper to source materials yourself and do the labor often does save you money. But, as a DIY bride myself, I can tell you that all those little projects can end up being overwhelming and time consuming. So you may need to consider delegating some of the projects to family or friends. But how? Here's so tips and advice for delegating your wedding's DIY projects from some great wedding bloggers and my own experience. Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Kiss My Tulle
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You know you do it. You're on Pinterest, cruising through all the pretty and BAM! You just pinned half a dozen different potential wedding table tops. Don't worry, we've all been there and don't judge you. Inspiration is everywhere and can help you focus on the wedding reception look you really want. And I'm here to help you get that look affordably. Take this gorgeous table top featuring a preppy and woodsy look: Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 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: 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 Aug 22, 2014 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 Aug 21, 2014 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 Aug 20, 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 for a fun and informal salad reception for your downloadable pleasure (click on each image for its download): Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 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 Aug 19, 2014 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 Aug 18, 2014 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 Aug 15, 2014 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