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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Wedding Advice Giveaway

I am so excited to hear some wedding advice from all my blogging friends. As many of you know, I am getting married in a month and really would love to hear some great advice. Please share your wedding experiences or any great words of wisdom!!

Giveaway: One lucky reader will win this $25 Outback Steakhouse giftcard just for sharing their advice.



Each of the following will give you an extra entry in the giveaway. Please make sure to leave a separate comment for each thing you do:

-Subscribe to my blog
-Post about this giveaway on your blog,linking back to Saving Money for a Wedding
-Grab my blog button for your blog
-Become a Blog follower- 2 EXTRA ENTRIES

The giveaway will end on Monday, May 25th @ 11:59 pm EST. I will pick the winner randomly and will send them an email. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the winning email. Good Luck and thank you all again for checking out my blog. Enjoy!

111 comments:

  1. Take some time during the reception to spend some alone time with your DH. Everyone says it goes by so fast and you'll want to enjoy it.

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  2. While on your honeymoon, take the time to write a journal entry with your memories and impressions from your wedding day. As time goes on you forget the little things and going back and having these memories written down is priceless!
    K. C.
    kccuties(at)gmail(Dot)com

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  3. Make sure to take pictures prior to the ceremony so you can enjoy the cocktail hour with your guests.

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  4. I am a subscriber!! Awesome giveaway. Thanks!

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  5. Congrats- Have a wonderful time. Make sure to try to talk with all your guests. It means a lot to all of them and they will remember that you took the few minutes.

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  6. Follower- I am so happy for you. You are going to have a blast.

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  7. Don't have too much alcohol- you need to be focused!! Enjoy the day.

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  8. When you are on the alter pretend it is just you and your hubby alone in the room. Block out every other person in the room and your butterflies will melt away. Focus on the gaze of your soulmate and cherish the moment.

    :)

    ndisilvio @ gmail . com

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  9. I think the best advice I can give is love your new husband with everything you have inside you. Respect him and make everyday with him full. Life is so short and love is such a special gift.

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  10. I wrote down our days events and fun inside jokes and experiences in a journal on our honeymoon. Times, dates, food, even down time. I am so thankful to have that book now and remember things that I honestly completely forgot about and it was only 6 years ago!

    For the wedding, my advice is to not regret things that don't happen, I forgot to throw my bouquet! Not everyone made it to our after-party after the reception, but we had a blast! I enjoyed keeping my dress on until about 1am and letting my husband take it off me! And most of all don't let go of the option to get someone to take black and whites, those are my favorite pictures from my wedding and we only took one roll of film in black and white, but they are priceless, classic and amazing! (Pictures that you don't worry about not remembering to redo your lipstick, etc.) Also, I discovered a lasting lipstick that I used that worked pretty well for all our smooching that day! :)

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  11. take as many photos before the ceremony so that afterwords you only have a few left...then you can get to the reception on time. my sister ended up missing the first 3 courses of her own reception!
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  12. Do not stress over little (or big) things that may not go as planned - relax and enjoy yourself, this is your day! Remember, on your wedding day it is all about celebrating the two of you, nothing else matters! Congratulations, and very best of luck!!!
    elenaamble(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. I subscribe via RSS feed (Google Reader)
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  14. I follow your blog! (#1)
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  15. I follow you blog! (#2)
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  16. My advice is to take everything in on your wedding day--it goes by so fast! Let other people take care of the details for you so you can enjoy your special moment!

    ms0812@zoominternet.net

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  17. I subscribed via Google Reader.

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  18. My advise is try to not worry about what is going on. No one will rememeber the small details but they will remember how much you radiate! Smile and have fun cause you only get married once! I hope, no I KNOW, it will turn out FANASTIC and that you and your future husband will have a GREAT time on your day and honeymoon! You've worked so hard for this special day but more important than that one day is that you are marrying your love =) There is no sweeter feeling than that! GBU BOTH!

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  19. I have your linky but I can add your button if you prefer! You are one of the first blogs I followed LOL Anywho just let me know which you prefer and I will do it that way. E-mail me latinaonamission (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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  20. My advice for your wedding day is to relax, smile, and cherish every moment of it for the memory will last a lifetime :)

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  21. I have been married for almost 27 years (to the same guy!). My advice is to plan new adventures as often as possible, even if it's a new restaurant to try. You always need new things to talk about. Vacations are great for reconnnecting. cdziuba@aol.com

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  25. Good luck my blogging friend! My advise is to stop for a few moments during the reception and "drink it all in!" Look around at how happy everyone is and how everyone came to show you how much they care.

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  26. I've got your button (stop by and see me for your chance to win a gift card!)

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  27. I've got you on my Google homepage.

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  28. I've got you on my Google homepage #2.

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  29. If you have photos taken just after the ceremony have special appetizers brought to the area where you'll be waiting. That way you won't be starving while the rest of your guests are munching away!

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  30. Be sure to make your mom also feel special on the big day! Besides you, she is the next most important woman there. You'll look back and be happy to have shared such wonderful moments with her.
    laurachilton {at} hotmail.com

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  32. I'm following you on blogger: Laura
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  33. Following you #2
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  34. Wedding Day-enjoy it! Remember that you invited all those people to share it with you. Honor them by not making them stand around waiting on you to take hours of pictures. Let them eat and drink and be merry if you cannot be with them right away. That's always so awkward...and uncomfortable for guests.

    Your marriage-Respect! Show it. To him. Read The Five Love Languages (if you haven't already).
    It will help you tremendously. I was totally speaking another language than my husband for a long time. It changed everything.

    Congratulations!

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  35. RELAX-- don't sweat the small stuff and remember to look around and enjoy it-- it really does fly by...
    momconnection@yahoo.com

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  36. Seriously, go simple. I had a simple wedding and enjoyed it so much! I wasn't stressed out about much at all. Also, we did pictures before the wedding and that was the best! We did special pics of the first time DH saw me. It was so special!

    gitrecca at gmail dot com

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  37. Make sure you have snacks to munch on, as you wont have time to eat dinner.

    Enjoy your day and CONGRATS!!

    tvfan56@gmail.com

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  38. Laugh about something together everyday.

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  39. First, congrats! Your big day is almost here. It might be helpful to make a list counting down to the big day-things you still need to do, things you have to get done, stuff like that. That way, there's no chance of forgetting something AND you can relax and enjoy your day and your honeymoon.

    micaela6955 at msn dot com

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  40. Communication is the key. Talking things out early before they snowball will save you a lot of resentment and hurt feelings.

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  41. If you have any items left to buy....Michales and Joanned 40% - 50% off coupons can be your friend. Ask family and friends to save them for you and use them to purchae your reaminig items.

    For my bridesmaids I made gift baskets. I bought lots of stuff after Christmas sales and made a nice basket fairly inexpensive.

    Make sure you take time to notice the details of things at your wedding...or atleast ask your phtographer to take detailed shots.

    If you are having a night wedding and you are allowed firworks in your state. Spraklers can be a neat alternative to bubbles or birdseed.

    Most of all enjoy your day...dont sweat the small stuff.....after its over you will be married no matter what doesnt go as planned during the wedding.

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  42. wow sorry for all the spelling errors lol..i was typing in a hurry and didnt proof read :)

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  43. As annoying as all the planning and stress of a wedding can be, try to keep in mind that what you're really planning for is a good marriage. Everything else is just gravy. Learning to handle challenges together can be a gift in itself.

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  44. Two words: DATE NIGHTS. Put your marriage above everyone else, even kids. (I know that can be a tricky subject, but when the kids are gone, you'll be left with each other in the end, so you need to still LIKE each other!) My marriage isn't perfect, but because my husband and I intentionally go on dates 3-4 times a month, we have lots more to talk about other than "the kids" which is a common complaint from young parents. Best wishes!!!

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  45. Try and enjoy everything the day of your wedding. You spend so much time planning and the actual day goes by so fast. Make sure you get a picture of you kissing your husband. I am meaning when you get all of your pictures done, ask your photographer to take one of you kissing if they don't suggest it. I LOVE the one I have of me & my husband kissing. I have it in black & white hanging in my bedroom.

    Good Luck!!

    =) melanie

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  46. Everyone has left such great ideas!

    Try to appoint someone to oversee all the details on your wedding day (if you haven't already!) You need to be able to relax and go with the flow if any issues arise. The day is already perfect because it's yours!

    Smile!

    When you write thank you notes ask everyone to upload their pictures to a sharing site so you can see everyone's perspective.

    Best wishes! :)

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  47. Don't Worry!! Things may go wrong but remember the wedding is just a day! A marriage lasts forever!!

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  48. within reason, do not settle for anything less.

    I always wanted to dance with my husband and father at my wedding, but when we were planning it realized that the church didn't allow it. So we settled. Now we both feel like we missed out.

    BTW, congrats!
    rprmsr@gmail.com

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  49. If you're like me, you have had days of feeling totally overwhelmed. At some point, though, I came to realize that the marriage was what mattered so even if the food was cold, the DJ didn't show up, etc., we were going to have a laugh about it and get on with the day. Just enjoy it!
    Good luck to you, and thanks for the giveaway!

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  50. Honestly, best advice is not to sweat the small things and just enjoy the ride. You won't remember your ceremony 5 years from now but you will remember how much fun you had with your family and friends on that day. I just remember the day is about you and your husband to be, everyone else's needs are secondary.

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  51. Have someone videotape the ceremony and reception for you.

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  52. If you can spring for it get a videographer. Everything will go by so fast and you'll want to capture all those little moments to see over and over again.

    mollyrogers0 at gmail dot com

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  53. Just relax and enjoy the day. Remember everything you can and write it down within the next 2 or 3 days. You'll love looking back at that.
    Kim Carlile
    kimisslim at hotmail dot com

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  54. Wedding planning advice (these were my goals):
    1. honor Christ above all in every step of the planning and in every aspect of the wedding day (the world tells you "it's your day!" but they lie!); if it's all about Him, it WILL be beautiful
    2. invite the people whom you really care about OR who really care about you; if someone doesn't fit into either of these categories they might not NEED to come (THE LIST was the longest and hardest part of planning)
    3. don't let anyone go into any kind of debt because of this day
    4. be more focused on life AFTER "the day"...spend more time adorning your heart with a gentle and quiet spirit and readying yourself to be a WIFE!

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  55. your wedding is a special day. you will have so many friends and family there and you will want to spend time and chat with them all. but its impossible. that is what i hated the most about my wedding. i would suggest you make a list of the people who will be there that live the farthest away and will only be there for a short time. that way you can try to spend more time with them before they leave.

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  56. Expect something to go wrong. That way, when something does (no matter how minor) and something WILL, you won't be as likely to freak out and have it ruin your day. :)

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  57. Expect not to eat! Make sure your family saves you a plate! Everyone is going to want to talk to you and come up to the table! Also, enjoy every minute. The day goes by so fast just remember to take it all in! HAVE FUN! Dont let the little things get to you, its not worth it. I hope you have an amazing day and I hope you post pictures up here afterwords!!
    twinjackienurse at gmail.com

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  58. I am already a subscriber!
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  59. blogged
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  60. Your button is on my blog!
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  61. I am a follower!!
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  62. Limit the stress and just enjoy the day! Congratulations :-)

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  63. Enjoy the honeymoon :) those days go by quickly lol great giveaway. sgegutz@gmail.com

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  64. On the day of the wedding let it all go. Don't worry about any little details. If you feel you must, then delegate someone else to make the final checks. You should concentrate on being a bride...not a wedding planner!

    Rachel
    cheap_chick@hotmail.com

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  65. This is more of a honey moon tip: Don't think that you have to choose the fanciest getaway. We went to a state park close to home to save money. It was the weekend of a big tornado and we spent our first night out in the hall with campers as the tornado blew over the Inn. Point is- it's not he destination that will make the honey moon grand, it's the memories you make while you are there that will make it wonderful!

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  66. Be considerate of your bridesmaids' budgets & body shapes when picking their dresses! Scg00387 at yahoo.com

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  67. Make sure you take a few minutes to take it all in. The day will go by in a hurry and you want to soak in everything. Also make sure you take time to actually eat at the reception!

    ksieker(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  68. my advice is to make sure you get a plate of food at your reception!! You don't want to be hungry all night long and you want to be able to actually eat the food!
    danandsarahwalton@yahoo.com

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  69. Stay calm and enjoy yourself!

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  70. RELAX! That's the best advice I got. Don't stress, just remember that a wedding is a moment, it's the marriage that's supposed to last.

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  71. when I got married 8 yrs ago the one thing I can pass on is to not get stressed out on the little things. True they may not be little to you at the moment but try to remember that you need to enjoy the whole process and in the end everything turns out perfect anyway. It always does because you are marrying the Love of your life. You won already

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  72. The wedding is a ceremony, followed by a party. If something goes wrong, remember it is just one day. The marriage is what matters, put your energy into the relationship and don't focus on any negatives that might have occured on the wedding day.

    ldsmom2201 at yahoo dot com
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  73. Whatever happens on your wedding day doesn't count, it's who you share your wedding day with. Many things can go wrong, so look to the bright side of a wonderful day with the people you love!

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  74. You are now on my goole reader!

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  75. Blogged about you!

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  77. Make sure you take tons of family pictures- it will mean so much to have everyone together. Good luck!!

    letsgetmarried67@gmail.com

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  78. I am so excited to share with you an opportunity for you to link up to my giveaway page here http://cheapcheaps.blogspot.com/search/label/Giveaway

    Every Friday, I will have a weekly Giveaways Galore post that you can link up to via Mr. Linky!!

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  79. I think the key to having a fabulous day is not to stress as the guests don't remember the small stuff they remember the beautiful bride and the joy on the couples faces! Absolutely spend a bit of time alone to enjoy your day. Congrats!

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  80. Don't stress over little things--enjoy every minute as time goes so fast
    sylviawhit@gmail.com

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  81. pictures, pictures, pictures! you can never have enough to remember that day.

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  82. Make sure your photographer is great! Of all the pros you hire, the photographer is the most important!

    Remember to have fun!! Everything is not going to be as perfect as you can imagine, but go with the flow and have fun!!

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  83. Make sure you eat something at your reception. A lot of my friends didn't and they didn't have enough energy to make it through the whole night. I did and I was fine.

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  84. Have someone else (a bridesmaid, your mom, your sis, whoever) deal with any questions or issues that come up on your wedding day. The less to stress you out the better!

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  85. I follow your blog (entry #2!) :)

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  86. Try to get a few minutes to actually slowly eat and enjoy your food. You spend so much time planning it and it's easy to not even notice what you're eating when the time comes!

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  87. I have a link to your contest in my Contest Corner.

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  88. make sure to focus attention on your dh as well as the wedding. it will all be special as long as love is there

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  89. i follow eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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  90. Just have fun on your wedding day and not worry, it's all good! After all, it's your big day!

    jemtanghal@yahoo.com

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  91. My advice is to designate a person to get you some leftover CAKE!

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