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    John and Jessica White

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    I'll put in my two cents as I am planning my vow renewal for December. I

    have $1000 budget for 80 guests at our church (free) with our pastor (free).

    I am trying desperately to find everything from other people. The only

    thing I haven't found easily is white fabric as I have to hide two large

    speaker stands I was going to hang fabric from the ceiling to floor (about

    10yds) and uplight it. Also I really want to find some artificial Christmas

    trees someone is getting rid of to use as decorations. I have lights and

    lots of glass, white, and silver ornaments. It is going to be a candlelight

    service so I shopped around for candles and am getting some from Target and

    some from a local craft store. I need lots of pillar candles as I don't

    want to light 1000 of votives to get the same effect.

    I had a deal of a time finding a modest but beautiful dress but finally

    found Eternity Gowns. Mine is $595 which a friend is paying $400 of as I

    only had a two hundred dollar budget. However we are going to go to the

    consignment place in March after tax returns come in and look before paying

    full retail price. Also I have kept my eye on Ebay every weekend looking

    for a tiara and necklace both of which I have found there for about $20 each

    after shipping and handling. I will get my dress before I buy accessories.

    Shoes will likely be clearance at Target or Payless. Undergarments will not

    be an issue as a modest dress doesn't require such special lines and cuts

    though I am going to treat myself for my birthday in September to going and

    picking out new ones. Flowers I am only doing a bouquet for me of 13 white

    tulips. Should cost me about $20 and I will tie them up myself. I am

    getting about 20 potted white poinsettas that I will donate/gift to my

    church and neighbors afterwards. Everything else decoration wise will be

    white and silver. I cleared out the after Christmas clearance and got some

    amazing deals on ribbon, bells, lights, and other snowflake and winter

    themed items. Spent $50 and got a whole table full of stuff to inspire me

    through the next year. I am getting my daughter's flower girl dress in the

    after Easter clearance and am hoping to grab a Macy's dress for $20 or

    less. I downloaded 3 songs from Amazon for our ceremony for .99 cents

    each. So that is our music selections and we are going to burn a CD of our

    favorite worship songs for background before the ceremony.

    The big splurge for us is going to be the reception as it will be desserts

    for 80 with a hot cocoa and coffee station as well as punch, southern sweet

    tea, and cold cucumber water for those who desire something refreshing. I

    have $200 in the budget. Deserts will be made by 5 friends of mine each

    bringing 20 servings each of some of my favorites of theirs. I will also

    have a small (I mean really small) 5" round cake for my husband and I to

    cut. I am having my sister in law make chocolate candy chess queen and king

    for the top. No caterers for us. Just borrowing and sharing without too

    much of a potluck feel as it is dessert. So far I have found that I am

    focusing more on what is going to happen and allowing my friends and

    family's talents to shine through as their gifts to us. Like my husband's

    grand parents both of who are widowed are going to light our unity candles

    as they lived "until death do us part" and those candles will truly signify

    the union until death in our hearts and we will have their marriages to

    reflect upon. Hope this helps.-Jessica

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    Tonya King

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    When I got married I found my veil and tiarra at a fabric store....they were

    really cheap!

    Tonya King

    Wife to Chris

    Momma to Eric (9), Jolee (2) and Brandon (born 12-26-07)

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    From: John and Jessica White

    Subject: : Wedding Advise

    I'll put in my two cents as I am planning my vow renewal for December.

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