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House bought and we are hitched! Now what?

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We did it. We really did it! We closed on our house on August 31st and got to move in and hang out in the final weeks leading up to the wedding. It was pretty amazing. The beach wedding! So much love and happiness! Everything has been great! We are both back at work for the next week and a half, and then it will be honeymoon time in North Carolina.

Perhaps I’ll do more blogging about house shopping and wedding details/budgets (I did add up all the final numbers…*cringe*) but in the meantime, I’ve missed another monthly update, so here’s a two for one:

September 1st: updated total $68,551.47. Decrease by $330.80.

October 1st: updated total $68,212.29. Decrease by $339.18.

I also missed the 2-year anniversary of the blog! If we go by my updated total on 9/1/2015, from the birth of the blog (9/5/2013), I’ve paid off $26,475.40 in the last 2 years! That sounds huge!

As far as goals for this month, we put most of our expenses on our airline credit card (paying the balance off each term), so we have until November 2nd to pay that off. It was amazing how generous people were, we did not expect to receive so much in wedding gifts! We racked up quite a few expenses between the new house and the wedding. The good news is that it looks like everything’s going to balance out and be all right. It’s been a super stressful time and I feel like we can finally breathe, relax, and enjoy the moment!

Until next time. I’ll do some blogging during the honeymoon!

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I said YES to the DRESS!

So…yes! I got my dress just last weekend! True to my last “getting hitched” update, it was under my $500 budget. Unlike my very first (and uber naïve) “getting hitched” update, it was not under $150, nor was it a halter style top!

This was the 3rd wedding dressing shopping trip: first one was in Maryland with my Maid of Honor and a couple local girlfriends at David’s Bridal. I didn’t know what I wanted and was against the idea of strapless. But all the strappy ones looked weird. On the same trip, MOH and I also stopped at this random dress shop in a mall, where I did try a halter-style dress, and it was also kind of weird. The second trip was in California with my mom and sister, and I started to realize that strapless  actually did look the best on me! And I’ve been assured by many people that as long as it’s fitted correctly (tight enough!) in the torso, it will NOT slip down constantly (my main small-chested fear).

This last trip was in Delaware with a very good friend of me and Mr. Bacon. We originally planned to go to this great boutique that many of our Delaware friends had recommended, and we were impressed just booking the appointment! During the phone call, they ask you several questions: how many people will be coming with you, what size dress do you wear, and what’s your budget? So my friend had made the phone call and it wasn’t until she was confirming the appointment a couple days before that she mentioned my budget. Well, turns out they could only offer “nontraditional dresses” for $500, as they started at $1200 to $1500! Whew…no thank you. We decided to book an appointment at David’s Bridal in Delaware instead.

It was a super busy Saturday morning, and I had to share my consultant Kim with another bride, but she was AMAZING. There were a few I had perused online and printed out, so Kim pulled out as many of the ones I liked that were in stock (3 or 4?). I really wanted this one…because…OMG RUFFLES! Detachable train with RUFFLES!

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It was discontinued from previous seasons and they had a size 6 (I’m between a 6 and an 8), it would’ve been on sale for $349 (down from $849!). Then Kim asked if I wanted to try on more…and I figured, why not! She was really attentive to what I liked and didn’t like, and what she thought would look good on me.

I ended up buying one that she picked out! It was a really close contest between mine and the ruffly-train dress…but this one actually made my chest look more substantial, and the top was so pretty! It was a size 8 and also discontinued, on clearance for $499 down from $799. I was sad to give up the ruffles in the back…but got some mini ruffle action in the front!

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The dress just fit me better overall (you will have to wait til September for more pics, can’t spoil the surprise!) and I’ll only need minimal alterations (where the ruffly one would’ve needed more). One of the best parts (for us personal finance geeks!) was that 5 hours later, I was checking out the dress on my phone and realized there was a $50 coupon I could’ve used. I called them back and they said to print out the coupon, and they would honor it.

Yes! So my dress was $449 (no sales tax, thanks Delaware!) and I got it with 10 months to go. Whoop whoop! Because it was discontinued, I actually got to take it home (well, it’s at Georgia’s home for safekeeping, so Mr. Bacon doesn’t accidentally see it) instead of putting in an order and waiting another 6 to 12 weeks.

I did also just see that there were Black Friday crazy sales online (one week after I bought mine), and both of the dresses were an additional 50% off! But of course they only had sizes 0 and 14 left, so I think I did good. REALLY GOOD! 😀

Wedding update! 10 months to go!

Oh, no, I haven’t had a “getting hitched” update in over 3 months!

So much has happened already, even though I feel like we still have so much to do! I’m going to reiterate what we’ve already done, so I feel better:

1. Found a wedding venue. Cost: $0!

IMG_06552. We took our engagement photos! Cost: $0!

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Obviously, there are close-ups too, but I like to remain semi-incognito on this blog. 😉 The photographer is the fraternity brother and very close friend of my little brother, who did it gratis as a favor to my brother and to build up his portfolio. We did it when we were in California visiting my family, and he did say to consider him for the wedding as he was willing to travel. So we will definitely look into that as he gave us about 60 of his best shots and they were all pretty darn awesome!

3. We constructed our personal wedding website through TheKnot.com and bought a custom URL. Cost: $19.99

4. We decided on our guest list and capped it at 80 people. Remember originally I said 50? We’re hoping for only 60, and the property owners of our venue think 80 is reasonable. It’s still only 40 people for each of us, which is only 20 couples. Yikes! But we pared it down and got everybody’s addresses. Yes!

5. We designed the Save The Date cards through Vistaprint.com, bought 60 of them, plus 280 return address labels with a cute heart on it, and sent out 40 of them out already. Mom had given me craploads of stamps (huzzah!) when I was at home, which will help as stamps ain’t cheap!

The STD’s (save the dates, teehee) cost only $34.50 for 60 of them, printed front AND back, with an upgraded type of a paper (premium white matte stock), and included the envelopes. I was impressed I could use a 25% off coupon, and that printing on the back of the cards was FREE, as were the envelopes! I was only going to buy 50 of them, but ended up getting 10 extra for like an additional $4. They’ll go good in scrapbooks, right?

The address labels were $13, and I know we’ll be using them for the invitations and thank you cards down the line. Then there was $9.99 shipping and handling. Not bad. I didn’t pay for expedited shipping and they came within 5 days anyway!

6. We found a cupcake place! The best part of wedding planning, right? We want to do cupcakes and ice cream cake, and have tried 6 different “cupcakeries”. We live right by Georgetown Cupcake, which is amazing, but also amazingly expensive. We also tried two other cupcake places in town (Bethesda, MD area) and Mr. Bacon has a friend that also has her own cupcake side business. We totally wanted to love her cupcakes because they were soooo much cheaper ($17 per dozen vs. $32 at Georgetown!), but apparently after the 3rd cupcake place, we were becoming cupcake connoisseurs. 😀

Just yesterday, we did our first scouting trip to Easton with Mr. Bacon’s father and stepmom (more on this below) and tried two cupcake bakeries right in town. The one place that offered a complimentary tasting (5 free cupcakes!) actually ended up being the last place we tried, and the best! (Or at least, a close second to Georgetown Cupcake!) I know, we’ve probably already spent $80 just trying out all these cupcakes. 😉 Anyway, these ones had amazing flavors (we loved the cookies & cream, peanut butter chocolate, and pumpkin!), great cake texture, size, and proportion of frosting vs. cake. They are $25/dozen and only 5 miles from our venue.

7. Wedding dress shopping is coming along! I mentioned in July I tried on dresses when Miss Maid of Honor was in town. We just went to David’s Bridal with a couple of my local girlfriends, so I could get an idea of what I liked. I still would like to pay $500 (maximum!) for a dress, and found a one-shoulder dress I loved for $499. Then I found out a local triathlete girl I am starting to train with just got married in the SAME DRESS earlier this year! Can’t do it! It’s not special any more!

Next I went dress shopping with my mom and sister when I was home in California in September. I found a couple dresses I liked, one of them is listed at $599 (or $534 online), but I will also be going next weekend in Delaware (in Mr. Bacon’s hometown). As you might know, there is no sales tax in Delaware! So hoping to find something there I love at a price I love. After two dress shopping experiences, I am getting an idea of what I like!

8. The scouting trip yesterday: well, we still need to find a caterer, look at hotels and a shuttle bus. We tried a BBQ place yesterday, but the area around our venue is super pricey. I thought a BBQ buffet would be fairly affordable, but it turns out that this particular restaurant caters through a company called “Gourmet by the Bay”. Not so affordable-sounding! Mr. Bacon’s dad then wanted to see if booking a restaurant for the reception would be any easier or less expensive (this was before he saw the venue and how gorgeous it is!).

We ended up looking around, he wanted to look at places by the water (and today just confirmed he will help pay for the wedding, HOORAY!!!) and we ended up stopping by this super duper fancy schmancy place that has a $68,000 beverage and food MINIMUM. WHAT. THE. F….CK! I owe more than that in student loans! Anyway, it ended up being a bad weekend timing-wise to check out the town (it’s the one weekend each year that the little town has this huge waterfowl festival and all the main streets were closed off), but it seems like there’s a lot of internet research that can be done before the next trip. Now that we’ve got Mr. Bacon’s Dad on board, he is semi-retired and bored, and wants to help out with both the planning and cost. Which is amazing!

Whew! Anyway, that’s enough of an update for now. I’ll check back in next month! December’s tasks include getting quotes on the food, hotels, and transportation!