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Posted: Tuesday, Jul. 02, 2013

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Ashleigh has been living in Charlotte since 2008 with her oversized yellow lab. She is a communications professional, grad student, runner, and lover of all things wedding! After attending 13 weddings in three years, it's now Ashleigh's turn to be at the altar. Join her as she blogs about her adventures in step-by-step wedding planning and tips for other brides-to-be!

I feel like I blinked and now it’s July. Exciting and scary all at the same time that this is our last month before our wedding month! We have so many little things to do, but it’s nice that it’s the little ones we have left and not the big ones. One of the biggest things we are doing is looking at what we have left to pay on and deciding what to add and where we can cut.

Budgeting is a huge part of the wedding planning process. While knowing a figure in your head before the wedding can be helpful for giving you a ball-park area to stay in, it doesn’t always work out that way once you start booking your vendors. We sat down right away and decided on a figure that we would ideally like to stay under and agreed that we didn’t want to come out of this with debt in the amount of a down payment on what could be our next house.

We have managed for the most part to stay in our comfort zone, but that did mean making the decision not to have a videographer. I’ve heard both sides of the videographer case and I’m okay with the decision because our photographer is going to blow us away with hundreds of pictures from the big day. I never knew how expensive flowers were for a wedding. Lucky for us, we’re having an outdoor wedding with a gorgeous backdrop, so cutting out a flower here and there didn’t make much of a difference in how our ceremony/reception would look and helped us to save a little.

Booking vendors early and knowing how much money we were going to have to pay in the end encouraged us to pay on things as we went along. I definitely think the venue, caterer, florist and photographer are the four most important vendors to book when you get engaged. Since those are also the most expensive, if you are able to pay on them as you go, it will help ease the pain in the end.

I am ready to knock these little details out and relax some this month. I hope Michelle Hamlyn and Valerie Johnson are also ready to relax! Michelle & Valerie are the winners of the Greenleaf Relaxation Packages! Your packages will be in the mail and on their way to you soon! Thanks to all who entered – stay tuned for more fun giveaways.

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