Tinderella Jory and fiancé Evan took some engagements photos at home.

I’m indecisive but I also know what I want.

I know that sounds contradictory, but it's the best way to describe my deep dive into the decorations and little details of our wedding. I know exactly the aesthetic and the materials I want, and in the information age, the options online are limitless ... but our budget is not.

I assure you, it is possible to get the look you want without going over budget. Our wedding colors are black, white, light gray and sage green. Our vision for our wedding is classic, simple and inviting, with a ton of eucalyptus. 

From gifts for our guests to florals and decorations for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception, I have combed through countless websites to find what I want at a reasonable price.

Thinking about all you need for the entire day is overwhelming. My advice is to break the day into segments. This allowed me to narrow down what I liked for a particular part of the day and make a final choice.

For example, I compiled a list of everything we needed for the reception —  table decorations, flowers, bar signs, etc. That helped me organize my thoughts before I actually started shopping for any reception items.

And like I said, I am very indecisive. When I am given a lot of options, I tend to struggle.

Evan is the complete opposite. I can show him all of the options, and he can  provide a definitive answer on what he thinks is the best, both aesthetically and within budget.

Moving our top choices to a new list helped even more. For our floral pieces, I copied one or two pictures from Pinterest into a Word document and added notations pertaining to each part of the wedding that required florals. This made things easier when we met with our florist to finalize the look. (Vendors really appreciate having pictures or examples on hand when you meet).

For do-it-yourself decorations, Etsy and Amazon are your best friends. There are hundreds of options at every price point. I suggest "favoriting" what you really like, then seeing if you can find it cheaper online or locally.

It takes some work, but trust me, if you can get what you want at the best price — it’s worth it.

There are a lot of “extra” details that go into planning a wedding and it’s easy to stress over them.

I’ve had to remind myself, with the help of family members, that people don’t pay attention to or remember many of the little details.

Plus, they don’t know if it’s not exactly how you envisioned it in the beginning. They will, however, notice how happy you look.

Stay consistent your colors, materials and the general aesthetic you want, and you can’t go wrong!

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