Smiley’s Wedding Playlist

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Sadie walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of “A Whole New World” (Aladdin song). Aladdin is our favorite Disney movie, Kevin’s daughter’s name is Jasmine, and Jenelle’s name was almost Jasmine, too!

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If you’re looking for a wedding playlist that doesn’t require much (if any) work, look on Pandora or Spotify. We got a lot of our song ideas from those lists (as well as Google). The type of music you play depends on how you see your reception. Ours was a super chill brunch, so many of our songs are country and oldies. However, Sadie is obsessed with Five Finger Death Punch and Hanson, and we both love Hamilton, so several songs got mixed in that don’t really fit any “genre”. It’s your wedding, so pick songs you love! If you want folks to get up and dance, choose more upbeat songs. If you want them to sit and relax, choose relaxing music.

Smiley’s Wedding Playlist

We hit “shuffle” so these were all in random order. Our Queen of Honor isn’t much of a 5FDP fan, so he skipped those songs (and almost got beat up by Sadie) LOL

Marry Me – Train
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Your Man – Josh Turner
Meant to Be – Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line
Forever and Ever, Amen – Randy Travis
Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton
Heaven – Kane Brown
The Champion – Carrie Underwood, Ludacris
Cruise (Remix) – Florida Georgia Line, Nelly
Pony – Ginuwine
Hurricane – Luke Combs
U Got It Bad – Usher
Bad Company – Five Finger Death Punch
Zombie – Bad Wolves
My Shot – Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton)
Helpless – Phillipa Soo (Hamilton)
Youngblood – 5 Seconds of Summer
September – Earth, Wind & Fire
Always – Atlantic Starr
MMMBop – Hanson
I Was Born – Hanson
This Time Around – Hanson
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
Twist and Shout – The Beatles
When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge
Better Together – Jack Johnson
Until the End of Time – Justin Timberlake, Beyonce
Lean on Me – Bill Withers
Drift Away – Dobie Gray
Pump Up the Jam – Technotronic
Diamonds and Pearls – Prince
Always and Forever – Heatwave (our first dance song!)
Is This Love – Bob Marley
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
Could You Be Loved – Bob Marley
Ebony and Ivory – Paul McCartney

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Top 10 Floor-Length Bridesmaids Dresses Under $100

Top 10 Floor Length Bridesmaids Dresses

Weddings are fun to talk about, fun to plan, and overall just spark joy for me. If you’re planning a wedding on a budget and looking for bridesmaid’s dresses, this list will help jumpstart your creative juices. I love these floor-length bridesmaids dresses that are all under $100!

Top 10 Floor-Length Bridesmaids Dresses Under $100

When choosing bridesmaids dresses, keep in mind that your bridesmaids don’t have to all wear the same exact dress. It’s fine if they choose different styles of the same dress (off the shoulder, halter, etc), but it’s best to make sure it’s the same fabric if nothing else. Also, it’s extremely important to make sure you keep budget in mind when choosing bridesmaids dresses.

Should You Buy Bridesmaid Dresses Online?

This is a popular question: should I buy my bridemaid’s dresses online? If your bridesmaids are comfortable doing so, it’s a great way to save some extra money. However, if you’re pressed for time and there’s no room for error, you may want to schedule an in-person appointment at a store like David’s Bridal. If you’re really tight on cash (or your bridesmaids are), Ross has dresses that are fit for bridesmaids, though you may not find the same dress (or even the same type of dress) in several sizes.

bridesmaids dresses under 100 dollars

Modest Satin Off-the-shoulder Mermaid Bridesmaid Dress

I love the mermaid style dress combined with an off-the-shoulder look. These dresses are elegant yet affordable. They don’t necessarily go with every body type, but it’s the perfect style for many. Ask your bridesmaids which styles they feel most comfortable in and go from there, being sure to accommodate each of them as much as possible (without getting too stressed out!).

Colors: With nearly 100 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problems matching your wedding colors. This dress is made-to-order so custom measurements are not an issue.

Sizes available: 2 – 26W

Where to buy: browse bridesmaid dresses

Pro tip: When you first land on this site, you should see a pop-up. If you sign up for “offers”, you’ll get a $65 off coupon.

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Tulle & Chiffon Floor-length A-line Bridesmaid Dress

This bridesmaid dress comes with beaded lace appliques and a belt. It’s floor-length and beautiful! It features a jewel neckline, natural waistline, and full-length hem in an a-line silhouette, which is a flattering silhouette for many women. The dress is made of tulle and chiffon outside and stretch satin inside.

Colors: With nearly 100 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problems matching your wedding colors. This dress is made-to-order so custom measurements are not an issue.

Sizes available: 2 – 26W

Where to buy: browse bridesmaid dresses

Pro tip: Buy more than one dress, and the individual dress price goes down!

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Tulle Sweetheart Neckline A-line Bridesmaid Dress

I’m a huge fan of sweetheart necklines. This bridesmaid dress is made of an outer layer of tulle, with satin inside. The sweetheart bodice is sleeveless and fitted. The waist with a belt decoration adds a touch of glam to it without going overboard.

Colors: With nearly 100 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problems matching your wedding colors. This dress is made-to-order so custom measurements are not an issue.

Sizes available: 2 – 26W

Where to buy: browse bridesmaid dresses

Pro tip: Order via the custom sizing option for a perfect fit.

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Lace & Chiffon Sweetheart Neckline Bridesmaid Dress

This floor-length dress is modest but elegant. It is made of chiffon and all-over lace outside and stretch satin inside. My favorite, a sweetheart neckline, with all-over lace on the bodice. The waist is adorned with a belt. I feel like this dress would flatter several body types.

Colors: With nearly 100 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problems matching your wedding colors. This dress is made-to-order so custom measurements are not an issue.

Sizes available: 2 – 26W

Where to buy: browse bridesmaid dresses

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Chiffon One Shoulder Bridesmaid Dress With Belt & Pockets

It has pockets! Need I say more? POCKETS! Sold!

Colors: With nearly 100 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problems matching your wedding colors. This dress is made-to-order so custom measurements are not an issue.

Sizes available: 2 – 26W

Where to buy: browse bridesmaid dresses

a-line bridesmaid dresses

V-Neck A-line Bridesmaid Dress

Yes, another A-Line dress, but honestly it’s such a flattering silhouette for almost everyone… I can’t help myself! The dress features a v-neck neckline and an a-line silhouette.

Colors: Color as pictured.

Sizes available: 4 – 16W

Where to buy: browse bridesmaid dresses

floor length a-line bridesmaid dress

Lace & Tulle V-neck Floor-length Bridesmaid Dress

This is probably my favorite bridesmaid dress! I love the lace and tulle, and I love the “spin” factor. If you want your bridesmaids to feel like royalty on your wedding day, this is the dress.

Colors: With nearly 100 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problems matching your wedding colors. This dress is made-to-order so custom measurements are not an issue.

Sizes available: 2 – 26W

Where to buy: browse bridesmaid dresses

sheath floor length bridesmaid dress

Chiffon Off-the-Shoulder Sheath Bridesmaid Dress

If you’re looking for a sheath or column silhouette, look no further! This dress is made of chiffon outside and stretch satin inside. The off-the-shoulder neckline bodice and the split create a unique bridesmaid dress that is sure to stand out.

Colors: With nearly 100 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problems matching your wedding colors. This dress is made-to-order so custom measurements are not an issue.

Sizes available: 2 – 26W

Where to buy: browse bridesmaid dresses

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Silk Chiffon V-neck Bridesmaid Dress

This dress only comes as pictured, but there are other dresses on the site that are similar. I love this color, though it wasn’t one of my wedding colors… it is my favorite color. 🙂 I like the chiffon fabric and feel like it’s forgiving no matter your body type.

Colors: Color as pictured

Sizes available: 4 – 16W

Where to buy: browse bridesmaid dresses

bridesmaids dresses under a hundred bucks

Silk Chiffon V-neck Bridesmaid Dress

My bridesmaids requested dresses that were floor length, with high necklines. That’s the opposite of what I would want to wear, but it worked well with both of their body types. If you have a more modest bridesmaid or someone who doesn’t want to show as much skin, this is the neckline they may want.

Colors: With nearly 100 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problems matching your wedding colors. This dress is made-to-order so custom measurements are not an issue.

Sizes available: 2 – 26W

Where to buy: browse bridesmaid dresses

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Top 10 Floor Length Bridesmaids Dresses

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How to Plan a Destination Wedding on a Budget

Figuring out how to plan a destination wedding on a budget can be stressful and frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be! We have lots of great little tips we learned from experience as well as tons of stalking of wedding groups on Facebook (we can’t be the only ones addicted to these groups, right?) and we are happy to share them with you to help your destination wedding be as stress-free as possible.

Are you planning and paying for the wedding and honeymoon yourselves? Nowadays people are on their second or even third marriage (*raising our hands*) and are footing the bill for everything (*hands raised again*). Yes, you can stay within your budget and get the most for your money while getting the best locations and making this day the best day of your lives. But how?

Planning A Destination Wedding on a Budget

Just because you’re planning a destination wedding on a budget doesn’t mean it has to look like you’re on a budget. The little details are important and will make your wedding stand out to all of your guests. When you attend other weddings or are scouring Pinterest for ideas, start your own pin board or notepad full of ideas. There is always a way you can use another wedding for inspiration – maybe one that cost way more – but use some imagination to make it fit your budget.

A destination wedding means you can start your honeymoon right away with no more travel fees. It is also a vacation for your guests, and a chance to see somewhere they may never have traveled to otherwise.

Set A Budget

Set a firm budget for your destination wedding, then work to stay within it. One thing we see a LOT in wedding groups is that brides are going over their budgets every single day. There’s no reason to blow your budget. Be realistic and factor in everything you can before you begin the planning phase. Your budget has to include airfare, hotel stay, transportation, meals, and entertainment. This is the minimum that should be included when planning a destination wedding. With any wedding, you should count on 50% of your entire budget for the cost of the venue.

Debt

Don’t go into debt over your wedding. I know it is a significant day, but in the larger scheme of things, there are better ways to use the money. Investing, saving for a new house or car, the beginning of college for one of the kids, or even starting a new business venture, these are all very important also, and more sound investments. I am not saying don’t splurge a little but keep it within the budget you set. Couples who are just starting out or those who are on their second or third marriage need to be more conscious of the money they are spending and where the money is going. Let’s start on the right foot and not by going into debt.

The Planning Stages

Planning a wedding is stressful enough but a destination wedding as the added difficulty of getting everyone there, and planning from afar. Trusting someone else with the details is a scary prospect especially when it comes to one of the most important days of your life. Start as early as possible. We cannot stress this enough, the earlier you start the better the results and the more time you have to fix mistakes that will happen. We have created a spreadsheet to help you get from the planning stages to the wedding day without forgetting something. (Get the spreadsheet here for free.)

The Venue

Find a destination that is serviced from an airport near you. Destinations that require connecting flights tend to cost more. Make sure it is convenient for everyone to get from the airport to the wedding site. Some of your guests may arrive the day of and have to come straight to the location. Some venues have airport shuttles most hotels in popular vacation spots also have this service available. As we stated before 50% of your budget will be spent here so make sure you are getting the most for your dollar. Look for all-inclusive deals at hotels as well. Some places have lodging and will give you a discount or even free rooms if you have your wedding with them. I have seen one in Martinique that gives you 3 day stay to begin your honeymoon as part of the package. If you choose to go with an all-inclusive resort, you could end up paying significantly less overall than with a traditional venue because alcohol and food are included in the price.

Flights

This is truly a no-brainer the farther out you book the less expensive the flight. Check out websites like tripadvisor, Kayak, Cheapoair, as well as specific airline sites themselves to find the cheapest flight to your destination.

Legal Fees


Marriage licenses and other such fees are required and every county and state is different. So make sure you get this covered and allot between $50 and $150 for blood tests, the license itself, translation fees, notarized documents and filing fees. These are fees that we usually don’t think about but are incurred in the process. Leaving room for these will help you to stay within your budget. Make sure all of this is taken care of ahead of time so you don’t arrive at your destination without all of the proper paperwork. Going out of the country? Make sure to get your passports in order; it takes time to get these so don’t procrastinate.

Wedding Planner

We have seen in the marriage groups on Facebook and other social media sites that the day of coordinator is a must for the day of your wedding. When planning a destination wedding a wedding planner is priceless. The amount of work a wedding planner puts in to make the day perfect for you, and the coordination the day of, so you don’t have to worry about anything is worth spending the little extra it will cost to hire them. Factor into your budget about $1500 for a destination wedding planner. This will be money well spent.

Smaller Guest List

One of the benefits to a destination wedding is the smaller guest list. So instead of paying $75-100 or more per person for 250 of your closest strangers, you enjoy a few days in paradise with your true closest friends and family. You don’t have to invite your second and third cousins or your co-workers. If you do invite them, they probably won’t make the trip anyway.

Combined Honeymoon

Pick a spot to get married where you want to have your honeymoon and voila you are already there. This saves a ton on the cost of a marriage ceremony and then flying to a honeymoon destination. The best idea we have for you is to pick an all inclusive resort and have your wedding and honeymoon all in the same place.