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Even though Britt + Brad are from California, a wedding in either of their hometowns was a huge priority. Their lakeside nuptials captured the best of country rustic (Britt’s a country girl at heart!) with some nautically-inclined modern touches. I love how their big day feels like a meshing of their families and the new life they started on the west coast (and y’all tell me you don’t love those bright orange boutonnieres!). We’re serving up big hugs to Mandy Mohler, who shared this day with us.

We both felt very strongly about not doing a first look. We wanted the first time we saw each other to be when I was walking down the aisle. I’m so glad we did it that way. When the church doors opened, the sun was set perfectly that you could only see the silhouettes of my father and I at first. It was very dramatic and beautiful!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. 
Since I live in California and my family is back in the Midwest, my mom, sisters and I met in Chicago for a girl’s weekend. My dress was the first one I tried on at the third store. I must say, I almost went with the very first dress I tried on. There is something about seeing yourself in a wedding dress for the very first time that just takes your breath away. I’m so happy I continued looking though because I couldn’t love my dress more. It was perfect for both me and the setting of our wedding. It was a mermaid fit, organza with some gorgeous lace detail. I wish I could wear it again, I love it that much. Maybe I’ll put it on and just frolic around our living room for fun.

How cute are these little guys? Boys in seersucker always look like perfect Southern gents. And those teeny boutonnieres! Britt + Brad made a great fashion decision here, I think!

Did you write your own vows? 
We didn’t write our own vows, but we both wrote notes to each other the morning of our wedding. My maid of honor and his best man made the delivery. I wrote Brad a letter expressing my love and admiration for him and vowing to never wear granny panties! He presented me with a flip-book that he drew with a sweet note at the end that brought both a tear and a laugh right before I walked down the aisle.

What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? 
Our first reading was from the Book of Genesis. The second reading was from the first Letter of Saint John.

I had several pieces of “something borrowed.” It was extremely important to Brad and me that our reception felt very “us” – it oozed Britt and Brad! One of the things that bonded us from the beginning was our strong family values. We are both very close to our families and wanted to be sure to include several unique heirlooms and other meaningful details from our backgrounds. My grandmother passed away the year before we were engaged. Thankfully, Brad was able to meet her just months before she passed. I wanted to add a part of her to our ceremony, so I asked that her rosary be wrapped in my bouquet. One of my favorite moments was taking my bouquet in my hand and looking down at the rosary to find my late grandparents initials and wedding date engraved into the rosary. No one in my family realized the rosary was engraved, so it was a beautiful discovery to make on my own wedding day. Another special “something borrowed” was our cake server. It was the server my parents used on their wedding day and it was engraved with their names and wedding date. My “something new” were the pearl earrings Brad gave me on our rehearsal dinner night. I wore suede blue pumps with a white lace dress to our rehearsal dinner, which served as my something blue.

Brad and I both love to be near the water, so the decision to have our reception near a lake was arrived at pretty quickly. We wanted our wedding to resemble that of our ideal day — a summer day spent on the lake surrounded by family and friends. Although we live in California, we both felt it was important to hold our wedding near our families. The hardest part was choosing between my home state of Ohio and Montana where Brad’s family lives. After he took me to visit his favorite summer spot, Whitefish Lake, I was immediately on board for a Montana wedding. The location took my breath away and completely resembled our vision. As a total country girl at heart, I definitely wanted to incorporate some of those elements into our wedding. I was careful not to over-saturate the design with an abundance of mason jars and chalkboards but rather create a hybrid of country rustic and modern elegance. Tying the raw wood tables, rustic chandeliers and crisp white furniture with the natural beauty Montana has to offer created a relaxed, airy feeling.

Describe your wedding flowers. 
I choose beautiful square wood tables with burlap wrapped centerpieces boasting an array of colorful ranunculus, dahlias, delphinium, hydrangeas and kangaroo paw. Our amazing florist, Cara at Mum’s Flowers captured our vision and color palette so perfectly. Hammered metal chargers, varying heights of mercury and glass votives, and photos of sentimental Los Angeles locations that served as our table names completed our table-scape. Crisp white lounge furniture paired with the rustic tables added a modern touch to the country feel and really popped off the lake.

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. 
Our prelude music was “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz.Even though our ceremony took place in a Catholic church, we wanted to add some modern music. The prelude was just the place to do it! “I’m Yours” is such a beautiful and happy song. For the wedding party processional, we played “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” I walked down to Canon in D. Our recessional was to Trumpet Voluntary. The opening song to our cocktail hour was “Toes” by Zac Brown Band (Such a feel good song and a great way to kick off the party! We also printed some of the lyrics to this song on our cocktail napkins). The introduction of the bridal party was “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida. Our first dance was to “Crazy Girl” by Eli Young Band. Brad and I love this song and it felt very “us.” The father-daughter dance was “I Loved Her First” by Heartland. Years ago, before I even met Brad, my dad and I were driving in the car together and this song came on the radio. He looked at me and said, “I want to dance to this song at your wedding one day.” As we danced, my dad sang every word to me through the tears. It was quite emotional! The mother-son dance was “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Montana is known for huckleberries, so we went with an orange cream cake with huckleberry fruit and vanilla cream filling. It was delish! My mouth waters just thinking about it!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? 
Brad and I had decided that in order to save some money, we would wait until our first anniversary to purchase my wedding band and use my engagement ring during our ceremony instead. After the priest had blessed the rings, Brad slipped both my engagement and my wedding band on my finger. It was a well-kept secret that only my mom and the best man were in on. (Jason, our best man, was careful to cup his hand while the priest was blessing the rings so that I wouldn’t see the wedding band). I was completely surprised and immediately teared up. It was such a sweet moment.

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? 
Don’t sweat the small stuff! You will be so blissfully happy on your day that those little stressors won’t even matter. If you are having a destination wedding, determine how many days in advance you want to arrive. Got that day in mind? Okay, now add one extra day to that! The travel nightmares we endured prior to our wedding taught us that! Let’s just say three re-routed flights, a rented car, a four-hour drive and two days later, we finally arrived in Montana.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. (From the bride) My mom and my sister-in-law both told me when you find the one, you’ll know. I didn’t believe it until I met Brad. Everything with us clicked from the very beginning. It took me less than six months to realize he was the one. We actually met a couple of times through mutual friends about eight months before we started dating. It wasn’t until months later, when the timing was right, that we realized there was something very special between us. Our first date was more of a marathon date. Lunch turned into a matinee movie, which led to a sunset walk on the beach in Malibu. Neither of us wanted the day to end so we decided to have dinner and go for ice cream too! About six months after our first date, it was my turn to meet the family. We made the long road trip from LA to Montana to spend Thanksgiving with the Johnson family. Still loving each other after an 18-hour car ride is a good sign I’d say! Seeing him with his family and in his element, I knew this was the man I was going to marry. I fell more in love with him during that trip than I ever thought was possible. We are so alike in many ways but also so different in others. I wear my heart on my sleeve. Brad is much less of an open book. Brad is very laid back and has a creative spirit whereas I am more “type A.” I keep Brad organized and he keeps me from taking life too seriously. Whenever I’m stressed, Brad will do or say something silly to put a smile on my face. I know Brad will keep me young at heart even when I’m old and gray. He is my very best friend. He loves me at my best and worst. He is my safe place, and makes everything just little bit better and brighter. (From the groom) I never expected to meet someone special while I lived in LA. The LA adventure was mainly just for a diverse work experience and to enjoy some sunny SoCal weather. But, just over a year after moving here, I met Britt. As soon as we started dating, I knew she was the one for me. We complemented each other in so many ways the more and more we got to know each other. It seemed that everything that was dear to me — family, friends, and faith — were equally important to her. And as we’re always in an ever-evolving relationship, I feel loved and challenged by her to be a better, stronger, and more thoughtful person as every day passes.
Tell us all about the proposal! 
Brad had been traveling for work for the last four months. Thankfully, his company flew him home on many weekends, but it still made for a long, lonely four months apart. When his out-of-state project was finally over, Brad planned something special for us for his first weekend back. He told me he wanted to rent a luxury convertible for the day and cruise the Southern California coastline. That alone sounded fun to me! Little did I know all that he had planned for the weekend. The night before our little road trip, Brad told me what I should pack for our getaway. I was pretty excited because I didn’t even know we were staying overnight! As we started our drive that gorgeous Saturday morning in July, my mind started racing as to where we could be going. For a moment, I thought we just might be headed to the airport to fly somewhere, but then that exit passed so I started brainstorming other possibilities. As we started nearing one of my favorite resorts in Newport Beach, I thought there was no way that’s where we were going, but sure enough! Brad says the look on my face when he turned into Pelican Hill’s entrance was priceless. When we opened the door to our gorgeous villa, there were champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries waiting for us. We then walked down to the beach where Brad got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. It was a magical and perfectly planned weekend. I am definitely the planner in our relationship, so I was pretty proud of him for pulling this one off!
When did y’all get married? 
August 25, 2012
How many friends, family, and loved ones attended your wedding? 
100
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: 
It is so hard to pick just one! Our escort card display was pretty amazing. My talented hubby handcrafted a small wooden rowboat from which we hung the escort cards. It was about 3 feet tall and sat on our entry table. The table also included photographs of our parents on their wedding day, a Polaroid camera, a wooden guest book and an old German suitcase. Our guests really enjoyed the interactive guest book station.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenge we faced was planning our wedding from afar. We only made one trip to Montana to pick our location and meet with vendors. All the planning was done from California. It was a challenge, but we would do it again in a heartbeat!
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? 
Our vendors were truly amazing. We feel very blessed to have had all of them be a part of our day. Mandy Mohler, our photographer, created such a fun environment for our photo sessions. Our guests said she felt like part of the family. Our DJ was a huge hit. The Party Store pulled together our vision with their gorgeous furniture and decor. Tim Lannaghan, our Banquet Manager at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, was an absolute delight to work with. He is exactly the person you want in charge of your reception. He is calm, accommodating and always has a can-do attitude. We could really go on and on about how great he is. Without him, I don’t know that our reception would have been as perfect as it was! We want to give a huge thank-you to all over our vendors who made our day so special.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? 
We are enjoying married life and looking forward to lots of travel before we hear the pitter patter of little feet! We are planning a trip to Europe for next summer and hope to buy our first home sometime next year as well.

Photographer: Mandy Mohler Photography | Videographer: Ben Watts | Planner: Britt Johnson | Ceremony Venue: St. Matthew’s Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake | Florist: Cara at Mum’s Flowers | Wedding Cake: Miss Patti Cakes | Caterer: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake | Rentals: The Party Store | Lighting: The Party Store | DJ: John Schultz with Mobile Beat Productions | Special Details: Brad Johnson with Iron Fusion Laboratories, Escort Card Display / Custom Gift Bags / Woodworking | Bride’s Gown: Enzoani | Paper Products: Jason Johnson (groom’s brother) at Prime Incorporated | Bride’s Veil: White Satin Bridal | Bride’s Jewelry: Nadri | Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: Ashley at Reecia’s Salon | Bride’s Shoes: Nine West | Bridesmaids’ Dresses:  Nordstrom | Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Bracelets – Giles & Brother,  Earrings – Marlyn Schiff Jewelry | Groom’s Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew | Additional Vendors: Ring Bearers Attire – Children’s Place, Hats – Baby Gap, Bow ties – Me and Matilda

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  2. avatar Charlie reply

    Amazing pictures especially the ones on the lake!

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There’s something very romantic about the South, isn’t there? The thick heat of summer’s haze, the generous shade of a gracious old oak… this place was just made for love. And sometimes, wedding inspiration is just made to be beautiful. We appreciate beauty for beauty’s sake, after all. Thanks to Leslie Hollingsworth and Ginny Au for sending over such sigh-worthy eye candy!

Pink peony perfection.

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    Love it, so sweet.

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There is a LOT of advice out there on the topic of budgeting for your wedding. And unfortunately? Most of it is not that great. In my opinion, the hardest thing about budgeting for a wedding is that most people only plan a wedding once — and until you start nailing down specifics and requesting quotes from vendors and venues, it’s nearly impossible to know how much YOU might spend for YOUR wedding under YOUR unique set of circumstances. Weddings are not easy to generalize! That being said, there are some universal tips — many from our own experiences as brides — that we’d love to pass along!

1. Start saving early. This might be my single best tip, especially if (like me) you tend to have “champagne tastes on a beer budget.” Even if you might not know exactly how much your wedding will cost, it’s a pretty good bet that it will be expensive. Like all expensive things, the sooner you start saving, the smaller the amount per month you need to save, and therefore the less painful it will be. Y’all, this is the truth: I started saving in college for my wedding. I put away money every month into a savings account, beginning with $50. If you know you’re going to want some of those amazing extras that a parent might not be as willing to splurge on, like videography, I’d highly recommend this tip!

The Reason via Southern Weddings

2. Set your budget. Thankfully, even though it’s nearly impossible to know how much the wedding in your head will cost before getting engaged and talking to vendors, it’s still possible to set your budget, because your budget should be based on the amount of money you have, not the amount of money you want to spend. In addition to tallying whatever you and your fiance will contribute, check in with both sets of parents (if they haven’t made the first move). I would recommend going into the conversation with a grateful heart and without expectations, and being thankful for any contribution they might want to make.

Amy Arrington via Southern Weddings

3. Prioritize your budget. Once you’ve determined the pool of money available to spend, it’s time to begin slicing it up. Start to talk with your fiance about what’s most important to you both, and start to reach out to vendors and venues with whom you’re interested in working. As quotes come in, you’ll start to see how your money might need to be allocated.

Wedding quotes can be eye-popping and confusing at first, but there are lots of articles out there that will help you understand them better (two I recommend on flowers: here and here). It also might be helpful to look at how other couples have split their budget — mine is right here, and Ruffled also runs a great series on real budgets. Also: don’t forget to calculate tips into the cost of each vendor. You can find our tips for tipping here.

Hunter McRae via Southern Weddings

4. Set up good relationships with vendors from the start. Keep in mind that most vendors like to work with nice, calm couples who respect their work and want to collaborate with them in the creative process. Tell them about what you have planned for your wedding and why you’re excited about it; tell them why you love their work. Vendors tend to go above and beyond for clients they genuinely like and who are appreciative of them — it’s just human nature.

Caroline + Ben via Southern Weddings

5. Negotiate with care. A photographer might be willing to take 10% off his package price under certain circumstances, but please don’t expect a discount — they’ve set their prices with careful thought. Instead, if the price quoted is beyond your budget, see if you can subtract something from what he’s presenting — an album, hours of coverage, number of prints — for a lower price. A florist should be able to work with you on what flowers are in season and which blooms will have the most impact per dollar. I’ve even known some vendors who love to travel waive their travel fees for certain locations that they’ve always wanted to visit — if you’re getting married in a particularly stunning location, it might be worth a shot! As I said above, just remember to go in with a grateful heart and without expectations or a bossy attitude.

For my wedding, I had a good experience asking the rental company I wanted to work with if they would price match a few standard items from one of their competitors. One more tip: if you have the luxury of a long engagement, you might be able to book vendors like photographers or videographers at, say, their 2013 prices even though your wedding is in 2014.

Abby Jiu from Southern Weddings

6. If necessary, cut based on your priorities. I hate blanket suggestions on what to cut from the budget, because those decisions should be based solely on what’s most important to y’all as a couple. I would have been horrified if someone had suggested I cut my invitations, after all! That being said, a few ideas to get your wheels turning: skip ceremony flowers (choose a beautiful location instead); skip favors unless you can think of something that’s truly meaningful to you as a couple; buy a pre-loved gown or sell yours post-wedding; borrow a car from a friend or just ride in yours instead of renting a limo or vintage car; skip a reply card and have guests email their RSVPs; order a simple cake design and crown it with a gorgeous topper (bonus points if it’s a family heirloom!).

Gabe Aceves via Southern Weddings

7. Consider alcohol. Though alcohol can be a big expense for a wedding, there are actually many ways to cut its cost. A few suggestions: cut the champagne toast; offer a limited bar (beer and wine) all night, or offer a limited bar at cocktail hour then open it up to a full bar at the reception (that’s what we did); or inquire about purchasing your own alcohol (especially if you have somewhere you can get a discount). Also, don’t assume that either paying by consumption or paying a per-person price is cheaper — here, it really helps to know your audience. John and I looked at our guest list, and, even though it was the scarier option (because we didn’t know exactly what the final cost would be), chose to pay on consumption. We ended up paying HALF the bill we would have if we had gone with a per-person fee.

Heirloom Collective from Southern Weddings

8. Supplement your professionals. While some things should ALWAYS be left to professionals, I think there are some amazing ways to cut costs while working hand-in-hand with the pros you’ve hired! For example, I provided the centerpiece containers and ribbon to my florist, knowing I’d be charged a mark-up for those items if I didn’t. We also hired a live band for our reception, but worked with them to play a CD my uncle mixed for us over their sound system at cocktail hour. One last tip from our wedding: Moya hand-lettered our first names for our invitation, and we were able to use that digital file several places in our wedding instead of, say, paying her to letter each one of our favors individually.

Tanja Lippert

9. Borrow! Not everything has to be bought new (or even old) for your wedding! Borrowed pieces can lend a beautiful air of family and heritage to your wedding day, and, in my experience, guests love having a hand in the magic! I borrowed my clutch, my bracelet, my earrings, lots of our centerpiece containers, our communion cups, easels from my artist friend, pillows and blankets for our lounge area, cake plates, and probably many other things I can’t remember. Replacing expense with meaning = always a win in my book.

Me in our veil, by Tanja Lippert, and Marget in our veil, by Katie Stoops

10. Share! I was lucky enough to be marrying just two months after my now sister-in-law, so we purchased several things to use at both of our weddings, including our veil and four boxwood garlands. We were also able to split some bulk supplies (like out-of-town bags) and therefore get a lower cost. I’ve heard amazing stories of brides getting married on the same weekend at a venue using the same tent draping, for instance, or the same arbor for their ceremony. See if your venue will put you in touch with your fellow brides, or put out feelers on social media or through friends of friends to see who you might be able to connect with! I love this idea!

Melissa Schollaert via Southern Weddings

11. Take care of your guests. We like details as much as y’all, but at some point (especially when you’re on a limited budget), it’s time to stop worrying about what your wedding will look like in photos, and start thinking about how it will FEEL to you and your guests. Sometimes, $15 worth of bug spray at a cocktail hour can be worth more than all the fancy linens and candles in the world. People will remember when you made them feel comfortable and included and welcomed, and they will also remember when they had to wait in a line or ate cold food or trek a mile to the bathroom because you didn’t want to pay for a port-a-potty. They will almost certainly forgive you for those things, because they are your dearest friends and family and they love you, but wouldn’t it be better to avoid them altogether? For us, gracious hospitality is always a budget “do.”

Brett Heidebrecht via Southern Weddings

12. Remember it’s not the only party you’ll throw in your lifetime. As I was planning our wedding, every so often I’d see an idea that I really, really wanted to include… except that it didn’t fit in our budget, or it didn’t fit with the aesthetic of our day. Whenever this happened, I sat myself down and issued a reminder: this party was not the last one I would throw in my lifetime. It might be the biggest, and it might be the most expensive, but I had years of dinner parties, birthday parties, and anniversary parties ahead of me, and there would more than likely be a place to incorporate my idea of the day into one of those future bashes. This almost always talked me down from the ledge :)

Bethany & Dan via Southern Weddings

I’ll leave you with perhaps my favorite way to sum up wedding budgeting: it’s possible to have a wedding on any budget, but it’s not possible to have any wedding on any budget. Your wedding will be gorgeous and meaningful and memorable because you two are at the center of it — blissfully happy and in love — no matter how much you spend or don’t spend. Years from now, that love and happiness is what you and your guests will remember above all else. It’s true.

Kristyn Hogan via Southern Weddings

Friends, I feel like I’ve hardly scratched the surface with these budgeting tips, even though this post is astonishingly long! What do y’all have to add? Where are you splurging and where are you saving for your wedding? Are you borrowing or sharing or supplementing? We’d love to hear in the comments!!

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  1. avatar Laura reply

    These tips are really great! One thing I discovered during the planning process was that DIY is not always the most economical choice. For example, our invitations were from an Etsy retailer and although I could have printed them myself at home, once I factored all of the costs and took into account the time it would take to print off all of our invitations, it was more economical to go with a professional printer.

    • avatar Emily reply

      You are absolutely right, Laura, especially if the DIY project involves purchasing infrastructure (like a sticker machine or a heavy duty paper cutter) that a retailer already has!

  2. avatar Lauren reply

    This is SO helpful. I just got engaged (last week!!!) and didn’t really have any idea what kind of wedding we could plan until I spoke to my parents about the budget. Now that I know what I have to work with, I can decide what we can and cannot have.

  3. avatar Kelly reply

    All of this information is extremely helpful and there are some great tips that I’ve never heard before. I especially love the thought of borrowing items or sharing items with a friend or family member who is also getting married and looking into sharing a tent or other rentals with another bride at the same location. What a great idea!

  4. avatar Bonnie & Lauren reply

    Great advice, Emily. We’re going to pass this along to our sweet couples with smaller budgets!

  5. avatar Laura reply

    Great article, and the links to the other flower articles were also very helpful! I am currently planning a wedding and one thing I forgot to budget for was tax on things like the photography package, cake, etc. Those add up fast! One way we’ve found to cut costs just a bit is to get married on a Sunday over a holiday weekend…our venue rental was $1000 less than if we had chosen a Saturday.

  6. avatar Lauren reply

    This is such a great post! Thank you! I especially love #12 – this is not the last party you’ll throw. So true and so easily forgotten. I was getting overwhelmed with ideas and inspirations until I finally realized this. We decided to cut costs and have the small wedding I wanted by having a private ceremony in Napa, spending the day there wine tasting with just our immediate families and best friends. My fiancé was keen on having a big affair, so we’re doing a large backyard reception a month later to celebrate with everyone.

  7. avatar Rebecca reply

    Emily,

    We’re under three monts to go before our wedding (!!!) and checking in with our budget (progress, choices, etc.) more frequently after the initial wave of big decisions got finalized. This post is full of beautiful, sensible, thoughtful, reasonable advice, and I love the whole thing! Also loved the link back to your tipping advice.

    Rebecca

  8. avatar Kristin reply

    I say this only to assure the future-bride who has maybe pondered it – it’s okay NOT to spend thousands of dollars on your dress. For many girls, dress is a top priority – which is totally fine. I film weddings and have seen many a gorgeous dress I wouldn’t have minded playing dress up in :) But for those that aren’t super-girly or maybe have a simpler style, take comfort – I bought a beautiful JCrew dress off of eBay for $100. It was comfortable, looks timeless in pictures and I’ve never once regretted it. We actually had a pretty fancy wedding (at least fancy where I’m from) but that decision alone gave us more room to expand our guest list and invite some of the other people we really wanted to be there.

  9. avatar Virginia Wedding Photographers reply

    Great. even sided look at proper budgeting for couples. We love it and will be sure to share!

  10. avatar Amanda reply

    Thank you for the shoutout ladies!

  11. avatar Tristan reply

    Some great practical tips and advice!

  12. avatar Lotus Eyes Photography reply

    Indeed these are some very valuable tips. We will pass this onto our brides!

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  15. avatar Jaime reply

    Hi Emily. I was really inspired by your article.Thank you for sharing. I noticed that both you and sister-in-law used the same veil. It is actually the one I tried on and fell in love with at my bridal salon but unfortunately can not afford it at full retail due to my budget. I know it is far fetched but I didn’t know if you would be interested in reselling or renting to me.

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  17. avatar One Hand to Hold reply

    I love number 11: Take Care of your Guests: if everyone has a good time and is supportive of the bride and groom, it will certainly be a memorable day!

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