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How to be a Budget Bride

Anyone that knows me, knows that I'm thrifty. I like finding good deals and I especially like not paying full price for something. When I first got engaged, I panicked a little bit. Weddings are giant sinkholes of money. I don't have thousands of dollars to throw into the black hole of one magical day. It's not practical and it's just not feasible. Even though eloping would ultimately be the cheapest option, I still wanted a ceremony focused on me and my William. Here are some tips and tricks I've used to pinch pennies, in no particular order.

  • Call in favors! I can't tell you how many things for my wedding are being done by talented people already in my life. Just talking to people about the things you have yet to plan can lead to some great discoveries. I had asked my cousin how he and his wife made their wedding website and he said that he had made it from scratch then offered to make us one for a wedding present.
  • Thrift stores are your friend! I spent so much time at our local Goodwill/Salvation Army looking for glass vases and jars. The most I ever spent on one from those stores was $4, which is much better than your chain craft stores. There's no telling what sorts of treasures you'll find with just a little bit of time.
  • DIY or Bust! I didn't realize how crafty I could be until I put myself to the test. I didn't want to buy flowers that would die the next day, so I was determined to make my own. You'd be surprised what can be made with hot glue and some patience. In a similar vein, use coupons and sales to your advantage when finding materials.

There's a lot of pressure to make your wedding perfect. Just remember that the definition of 'perfect' resides with those saying the vows, not with those in the audience.

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Kasman wrote on June 10, 2015, 3:03 PM

Good ideas and sentiments you have here but try telling that to some overbearing mother who wants her daughter's wedding to be the social event of the year in her town!

GayleStorm wrote on June 10, 2015, 3:36 PM

If mom wants to pick up the bill for the social event of the year, that's fine. But if mom's just being pushing and making the kids pay for what mom wants then I say forget listening to mom and do what makes you happy. Easier said than done, I know.

cheri wrote on July 17, 2015, 5:26 AM

Wedding is just a one day affair what is important is being prepared after the wedding. Just a thought I would like to share.