Getting Married on a College Budget
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Getting Married on a College Budget

Set fire to your Pinterest page.

I have recently found myself among the relatively small number of young women who end up a bride and a college student simultaneously. It's not an easy combo.

My wedding day is coming up soon, and seeing how tough this process has been, I figured I'd let some of you ladies in on a few tips that will make your wedding day a stress-free, manageable and memorable occasion:

Fix your expectations.
Not "lower", just fix. Growing up, I pictured my wedding day as a lavish ceremony with hundreds of guests and a lush venue, decorated to perfection... until I realized that all I wanted was to be married to the man I love. The ceremony is, at the end of the day, a formality. So, I picked a different set of things I love. A simple ring, a cheap dress and tons of things to make me feel pretty, but I let the excess go.

Everywhere is a venue.
Do your parents or your best friend have a pretty backyard? Bribe them with cookies. Or, call your local judge executive and ask if the courthouse does weddings. That's how my man and I did it, and the judge executive has a lovely little chapel for ceremonies like these.

Don't invite the whole world.
You're working on a budget, so look through your life and pick five or fewer people to be there on your special day (for you and your boo each). Technology is a miracle, and Facebook Live will let all the rest of your loved ones be there in sight and in spirit.

Marry first, party after.
Because you can't have the whole world with you on your special day, treat yourself to a celebration or two with your people. For example, my fianc? and I are from different towns in the same state. We'll have a small ceremony with our friends there to witness, then we'll roadtrip to both our hometowns and party it up with our friends and family.

Let your inner fashion diva shine.
I can't afford a "real" wedding dress, so I went with a whole bride-chic aesthetic instead. I went to Forever 21 and bought a dress that's on trend and that sort of resembles a wedding dress. To add to that, I had a friend help me accessorize with things that fit the "something old, something new" tradition. It ended up better than I could have hoped for, and I spent about $20 on all of it.

Weddings are unspeakably exciting, but also stressful--especially for college students who can barely afford ramen. Never fear, though, it can be done. All it takes is a little creativity and flexibility.

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TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress" Will Feature A Transgender Bride

It's about time.

Gabrielle Charles Gibson is set to be the first transgender person on TLC's original Say Yes to the Dress, set in New York City bridal shop, Kleinfeld.

Announcing her appearance on the show through Facebook, Gabrielle said, "I literally just wanted to go to Klinefield just to say I went there with my mom!!! And surprise next thing you know I'm picked to be on Say Yes to the Dress!!!!"

Gibson told Pink News she's a huge fan of the show and wants her appearance on to show that transgender people "are people who just want to live and be happy."

Gibson isn't the first transgender bride to appear on an episode of Say Yes to the Dress; Precious Davis appeared on Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta. But this is the first time a transgender bride has appeared on the franchise's original show set in New York.

Gibson's fiance, Jaden Rogers, who also identifies as transgender said this about her appearance on the show through the LGBTQ blog Unicorn Booty, "I hope that we serve as an inspiration for those out there who have ever felt unwanted, to know that we are here living as our true selves, and that trans women of color are beautiful and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect."

Love my babes @jadenremy he makes me feel so special

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You can watch Gibson's episode of Say Yes to the Dress on March 25 at 8 p.m.

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A Beginner's Guide to Attending Weddings Part 2

Because we're old enough for that now.

I checked my phone as my friends and I neared the doors of the chapel - 3:25 p.m., we were really cutting it close. Note to self, account for traffic next time when traveling to a wedding. Fashionably late is only OK for the bride.

Inside, we were handed programs and told where to sit; on the left if you were a guest of the bride and on the right if you were a guest of the groom. I was learning more by the minute.

We made our way to the left side and slid into a pew near the middle. For the next ten minutes we took turns checking the time, glancing over our programs, and discreetly straining our necks for a glimpse of the bride, or really anyone in the bridal party for that matter. Finally, the music started, the chapel doors opened, and the procession began.

After the most anticipated moment of the ceremony, the bride's entrance, everything seemed to go pretty fast. Before I knew it, I was sipping drinks at the reception, watching the couple cut their cake, and then finally waving goodbye to them as they climbed inside their limo. I could now say I was a somewhat experienced wedding attendee.

For all beginners out there, here are some more things you might want to know before your first wedding.

The ceremony is surprisingly short considering how important of a day it is for the couple. I knew this going in, but it still took me by surprise when thirty minutes after entering the chapel it was already time to leave. I mean, you have to think, this is a pretty important day for the couple; they've been planning it for months and then all of a sudden it's over. Of course, if you go to a more religious ceremony it will usually last longer, but still.

Turn it off!! Seriously, just do it. Speaking from personal experience, it's more than embarrassing when your phone goes off at the wrong time. Especially when it's dead silent and for some reason your phone decides to play Smack That, of all songs.

This is a crucial part of any wedding. If you're lucky there will be an open bar, which means free drinks. If not, there will be a cash bar, which means you have to pay for your own drinks. If it's a sober wedding, I wish you the best of luck. While the open bar is obviously a blessing, free drinks can also be a curse. Unfortunately, you don't realize that last part until it's too late. Have fun, but at least try to keep your shit together; it's still a wedding after all.

Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on how you feel about organized dancing, the "Cha Cha Slide" will never die, so you can either get down with that or watch from the side. If you're not a good dancer, this is a good chance to look ridiculous with everyone else.

Talking to the couple
Keep in mind that the couple didn't just invite you to their wedding, there's a whole room full of people there to see them. Let them make their rounds first before pulling them away.

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5-Year-Old With Terminal Cancer Girl Marries Her Best Friend

It's as tear-jerking as it sounds.

Many of us orchestrate weddings in our kindergarten classrooms with our childhood crushes, but not many of us get a full-fledged ceremony. Five-year old Eileidh Paterson had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a very rare case of terminal childhood cancer.

In an effort to cross things off her bucket list, her family had arranged for a dream wedding between Eileidh and her best friend, Harrison Grier.

The wedding, which took place in northern Scotland, was fairy tale themed, with many people dressed up as various princesses for the event.

Eileidh's sister read a fairy tale version of her life during the ceremony, describing the cancer as an 'evil beast' that the princess would stop at nothing to overcome. Eileidh's family was worried she wouldn't be able to thoroughly enjoy her big day as a result of getting various blood transfusions the day before, but the event lifted her spirits tremendously.

Harrison's father explained that "...It was a beautiful ceremony and he enjoyed every minute. He was quite excited to do it. Ever since he met Eileidh, they have been inseparable. I think he knew what was going on. He certainly knew how important it was to her and wanted to do whatever he could for her."

They were pronounced best friends forever and walked down the aisle together.


Look at that happy couple! There is absolutely nothing cuter than a little boy in a kilt and a little girl in a princess dress.

Although Eileidh's story is completely heartbreaking, what a wonderful way to celebrate her life. Her mom continues to campaign in efforts to spread awareness of childhood cancer.

I wish the best for Eileidh and the rest of her bucket list wishes, and let's hope they're all as extravagant as this one!

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If You Love Taco Bell So Much, Why Don't You Get Married There?

This is totally a thing you can do now.

If, like me, you totally forgot, Taco Bell announced on Valentine's Day that you can get married at the restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip, and offered a giveaway contest for one lucky couple for a catered wedding, Taco Bell wedding merch (Taco Bell garter, anyone?), airfare for six to Vegas, accommodations and other free stuff.

The first couple got married there on Sunday, being two Taco Bell aficionados. I mean, they ride really, really hard for Taco Bell. If you were wondering, the groom is Dan Ryckert, former pro wrestler, video game guy -- take that as you will.

His bio currently says "Taco Bell groom", and he has tried everything on the menu. No small wonder that they won the contest, eh?

Here's some fun tweets about the event:

Their wedding was paid for by the chain, but have no fear! Starting August 7, you can make all your wedding whims and dreams come true at the location for $600. You'll have an ordained officiant performing the ceremony, up to 15 guests in a private reception area, custom bride and groom merch, Taco Bell champagne flutes, a Cinnabon Delights cake, a Taco 12 pack and a sauce packet bouquet. All you have to do is order it off of the menu.

"Hi, I'd like one Taco Bell wedding." I can practically hear the happily ever harps playing already.

I am still really loving the concept of the Taco Bell garter. What a sensual-ass thing to brand with Taco Bell, I hope the bride saves it and cherishes it forever.

Either sign me up or invite me to your Taco Bell wedding, I'm loads of fun at parties. I'll totally take this as an excuse to get my butt to Las Vegas, thank you. I'll be sippin' on champagne out of the Taco Bell flute and slathering diablo sauce inside of a Crunchwrap Supreme, sub beef for beans and make it fresco style with potatoes, please.

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Wedding Season As Told By Jennifer Lawrence

It's kinda like the Hunger Games.

It's wedding season. Whether it's your friend's, a family member's, or an odd family acquaintance's, you'll probably have a wedding to go to this year. Let Jennifer Lawrence take you through the season.

When you put off RSVP-ing and buying a gift until the last second, as always.

When you don't want to buy a new expensive dress for another wedding, but you find one that looks good AF so you're not mad about it.

Waiting for what seems like an eternity between the wedding ceremony and the reception with no food or alcohol.

And then you get to the reception and it is "Appetizers Only".

When there's a really bad, awkward speech that makes you cringe on the inside.

When you have been looking forward to the open bar with free booze all week, but you order a drink and the bartender says it's actually a closed bar.

But then the DJ plays your favorite song so you get over it and head to the dancefloor.

When you have to explain to everyone that no, you don't have a plus one and, yes, you're still single.

...probably because this is how you try to flirt with the cute guy across the dancefloor.