I forgot to share my cameo appearance in Ariel's newest edition of Offbeat Bride.
For those of you who already have copies, it starts on page 76.
Sara Cotner, a Colorado bride who runs a site called 2000dollarwedding.com, made it clear that working within a tight budget can be about much more than saving money--it can actually become a statement about your relationship. "We wanted our wedding to be about sincerity, authenticity, connection, and a celebration and proclamation of love and commitment. We didn't want it to be about monogrammed napkins and excessive amounts of fondant. In all honesty, we didn't want to let our wedding overshadow our relationship."
You can also use your budget limitations as a way to celebrate your community. Sara asked her friends and family to donate their old gold to an environmentally friendly jeweler "so that we could incorporate a piece of their history in ours. The company melted the donated gold, credited our account, and created new rings. Our invoice came to $157."
I truly felt honored to contribute to Ariel's book. I meant what I said about Ariel being the "pioneer in the movement to reclaim our weddings from the Wedding Industrial Complex."