Tips for Budget Brides

Thrifty is my middle name.

I live for trips to Dollar Tree (let’s be honest, Family Dollar just isn’t worth my time), love seeing sale tags and I can’t get enough of DIY Pinterest boards. If there is a way to get something I like more cheaply, I will do so with a bounce in my step. That is why I love all of the ideas you can find online to make your wedding fit into your budget while still getting nearly all of the things that you want for your big day. There is no reason why you need to spend thousands of dollars on the right accents when there are usually cheaper yet still cute options.

So how do you get everything you want and stay within your budget?

1. Create a budget and a list of your top 10 must-haves: This is probably the hardest part of planning. You know that you have a certain amount of money to spend but when you start researching all of the puzzle pieces that make up a wedding day, you might feel like sitting down and crying. Instead, create a list of the 10 things that are most important for your wedding day. While some brides dream about the perfect dress, others are more concerned with the table settings. No matter what your priorities are, it is important to budget for those things. With the remaining amount, you can get creative and find cheaper alternatives so that you can stay within, or just a smidge over, your budget.

2. Start researching!: The internet is a wealth of free information thanks to helpful brides and grooms who have shared their experiences and tips with the world. You can find tips for just about any budget bride question you may have. Want to incorporate mason jars into your wedding but need some ideas? You will find about 100 sites or more with pictures and advice.

3. Ask friends and family for help: While you may not want to ask them for financial help, you can certainly ask your best friend the baker to whip you up a gorgeous cake – after you offer to pay for the materials, of course. When you explain that you are on a budget, you will find that your friends and family are more than happy to help you wrap mason jars in lace, create handwritten placards or make a beautiful ring bearer’s pillow.

4. Look for used options: Yes, there are tons of items that you can buy used or rent for your big day. Visit wedding websites like theknot.com to find tons of awesome used pieces that would look amazing on your wedding day. Nobody will know the difference!

So where would I go for budget friendly wedding ideas? To start, you can visit my Pinterest page which I am constantly updating. Here are a few more pages that I think are totally awesome for DIY budget brides:

A Practical Wedding: This website is so stinkin’ cool. If you feel like you are losing your mind in all of the wedding planning mayhem, visit this site to get actual practical ideas and tips from brides who have been through it all. I love their recent post on how to turn grocery store cakes into amazing custom wedding cakes. Seriously, you won’t believe the transformation.

Dollar Tree: Yes, my favorite cheapie store has its own site for budget brides. How cool is that? There are tons of ideas for saving a serious amount of money on your wedding decorations. Again, NOBODY will know the difference. Only you will feel all of that extra cash in  your pocket going towards…an amazing honeymoon?

Bride Craft: Love DIY projects? This website is chock full of do-it-yourself wedding ideas from veils and jewelry to table accents. You could lose hours of your day exploring Bride Craft.

Craigslist: So there is this tiny website called Craigslist, have you heard of it? Well, you can find a ton of amazing things on CL for your budget wedding. For example, this chick in Antioch, IL rents adorable accents for weddings that I want to get married RIGHTNOW just so I can use some of her stuff. You will be amazed at the things you can find on Craigslist for new or nearly new.

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