8 DAYS Until The Wedding and Weekly Update

8 DAYS Until The Wedding and Weekly UpdateHello everyone! I hope all of you had a great week.

This past week has been pretty crazy for me since our wedding is next week. I know, I know, you are probably so sick and tired of me talking about the wedding! There is still so much to do and the wedding is next Saturday…

I don’t think I did anything this week except for things related to freelancing or the wedding. Haha, I can’t wait for the wedding to come so that I can start enjoying other parts of my life!

We did go for a nice bike ride yesterday though. We rode 18.10 miles and it was fun, but super tiring.


We spent a decent amount of money, all related to the wedding. We spent around $300 at Target buying random things like a basket for wedding cards, bug spray (we’re having an outdoor wedding and I would hate for everyone to be eaten alive), candy for the candy table, gifts for my bridesmaids (I bought most of their gifts last year though), and more.

We also had our final payment on the wedding bathrooms due, which was $550 (we paid the rest a few months ago). There are two bathrooms on the property but, of course, you can’t have 200 people using a home’s septic system.

I paid for the hair and makeup for everyone (all 9 of us!) and that was $1,112 including tip. I had my hair and makeup trial this week as well and it all turned out great! If you need a hair and makeup team for your St. Louis wedding, we chose a bridal company that is owned by a girl that Wes went to high school with. She is super nice and she said she does around 50 weddings a year. Let me know if you are interested in her contact information.

We also paid $1,000 for our wedding gift to the family for letting us use the property.

We paid for two tuxes for the groomsmen to help them out.

Alterations on my wedding dress were done and that was $165.

Groomsmen gifts were bought and that was around $300.

As you can probably tell, we are a little above our wedding budget now. I plan on doing a full wedding budget recap after the wedding is over and all expenses are done with.


Business Income

May was a great month, but I’m not sure if I did my best. Wedding stuff definitely got in the way of me being able to work more, so I’m hoping that June or July will mean that things will get back to normal.

If anyone needs any help, check out my Hire Me page and let me know what services you are interested in.


Being healthy

We have been doing fairly well with being healthy. We have been riding our bikes a lot and have been eating healthy. It’s been nice!


Wedding Planning

Most of my wedding updates are above in the “Spending” category. Wedding planning has been a lot of fun, and it’s crazy that there is only one week left. I can’t wait until I actually get to have fun on the wedding day and let the wedding coordinator take over.

We did finally apply for our marriage license yesterday. It was $57.49 I believe.

We still haven’t thought about our honeymoon much though. We are thinking Belize for a few days and then coming home to get our dogs to do a fun road trip. We have been thinking A LOT about moving to Florida in a few years, and we would like to see a few different towns before we do that. Are we weird/crazy? :)


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Have you been doing well with your income, spending and being healthy?



  1. says

    You did well on the alterations! My overall budget was a lot smaller but the alterations were a lot more. Research what’s happening in Belize right now…when we were in the Yucatan we met some people who had some recent horror stories about Mafia and government “interactions” even in tourist areas. It may be safer now though. And its beautiful. No income tax in Florida as the pops taught me! Might not be a bad move.

    • says

      I didn’t need much done alterations wise thankfully! I spent so much on the dress that I knew I didn’t want something that needed to be completely redone. All I had done was added a bra and a bustle for the train thankfully.

      And that is good to know about Belize!

  2. says

    I don’t think you’re crazy at all for wanting to visit different towns to see where you would like to live. We plan on doing the same in a year or so. There are too many great cities here that are worth exploring! I’m sure it feels nice to have the wedding spending squared away now.
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      • says

        We would really love to settle down somewhere near mountains with plenty of gorgeous scenery. I’d like to have a nice view out my windows! We’ll probably stay close to the East Coast because of family, but there are so many places to consider. I can’t wait to start traveling for that reason. For now I’ll enjoy reading about your adventures =).

  3. says

    omg michelle, i can’t believe you’re getting married already…time FLEW!!!! i literally remember Wes popping the question and seeing your ring, and now it’s HERE!! i’m so excited for you and to see pics, the venue looked amazing, like out of a fairytale :)

  4. says

    I am so excited for you!! I hope it’s the wedding of your dreams and I can’t wait to see you all dolled up in your gorgeous dress! :)

  5. says

    It’s crazy how all these little things that you might not have actually calculated into the budget can add up!You guys are so kind to include paying for so many things for those that are part of your wedding in some way. We could barely afford our wedding so any extra’s wasn’t even a thought.
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  6. says

    I paid for all the hair and makeup at our wedding too. I think it’s nice and a fun way to have all the girls feel dolled up and also then no one is excluded, which is nice. Can’t wait to see the budget post, after. Annnnd ahem Tampa is nice, but I may be biased 😉

    • says

      Haha I was actually hoping you’d say something about Tampa. We are thinking about staying there for a little bit and seeing what we think about it :) Have you always lived in Tampa?

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