tips for the broke bride

Tips for the Broke Bride

Weddings are expensive. No, seriously. No matter what kind of wedding you have, weddings are expensive. You probably already know this, and that’s why you’re here. Weddings don’t need to break the bank to the point that you have nothing left. In fact, I highly recommend that you hold back and leave something for your actual life together. And if you don’t have a lot, you can still have a beautiful wedding. So, if you’re a broke bride, this one’s for you.

Pick What’s Most Important

You can’t have everything, especially if you’re going for cheap. For instance, at my wedding, I wanted a food truck for my late-night snack. But that definitely wasn’t in the cards. So, we just ordered a bunch of pizzas instead, and people were happy. Decide what means the most to you. Are you willing to shell out more money because the photos are important? Do you want to have a potluck wedding so you can spend your money on an awesome DJ? Figure out what matters the most to you and spend your money on that.

Set a Strict Budget and Stick to It

This seems obvious, but it’s absolutely essential. Figure out how much money you can/are willing to spend on a wedding. Then, don’t divert from the number. If you’re not sure how much each category (location, food/drink, DJ) should cost, then look up a wedding breakdown based on how much money you’re spending. That will help. You should know that your food/drink is going to cost the most money so plan for that. You’ll also need a miscellaneous section of your budget for random stuff that you can’t think of right now. Just don’t spend money you don’t have on things you don’t need.

Manage Your Guest List

This gets complicated. Obviously, you want everyone important at your wedding, and you don’t want to cut anyone out. One of the tips I learned from A Practical Wedding was to create your guest list first and then figure out how you can afford to feed everyone. This is a great tip, but you still need to be careful. If you can’t afford to feed 300 people, then you can’t afford it. Know how much it’s going to cost you per person and keep track of that number. Then, when your parents say “Wouldn’t it be nice to invite my cousins from Florida?” you know the number to give them to say no.

Go For an Unusual Day

If you’re a broke bride, this is an easy way to save money. Getting married during the off-season (AKA winter) costs less money. It’s also less money to get married on a Friday or Sunday than on a Saturday. Take this into consideration when you’re planning. Sure, a Saturday wedding is easier. But a Sunday wedding helps you save money that you can either put towards your savings or making sure your guests have an awesome time.

DIY What You Can

Pinterest is awesome for figuring out what you can DIY. We DIYed our hot chocolate favors and some ribbon wands to hand out during the ceremony. We also had rentals because we got married outside. So, all the decor was DIY. It made our wedding more personal and saved us some money. Still, there’s stuff that you probably shouldn’t DIY because it’s too complicated. Like flowers. Please don’t DIY your flowers unless you have the easiest flowers in the world. Otherwise, enlist your wedding party and your family, and figure out what works for you.

If you’re interested in the basics of planning a wedding or you want to know what books I used to plan mine, check out my blog post about it!

Are there any tips you have for living life as a broke bride? Share them below!

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