Budget Bride

posted 2 years ago in Money
Post # 2
127 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Tarp Chapel

I would suggest checking thrift stores first, they usually have an interesting collection of white formal gowns. I’m on a bit of a budget too, and what I did was buy a white prom dress. It’s a Mori Lee. She has a similar wedding gown for 3x the price. Also as far as decorations go, I suggest antique stores, yard sales, and goodwill. You would be surprised with what you’ll find!


for invites, I suggest Vistaprint. They have really nice designs for awesome prices.

Post # 3
941 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I bought my wedding dress at a consignment shop! It needed minimal alterations. I loved it and got a lot of compliments on it.

We got all of our glassware at yard sales.

Post # 4
2878 posts
Sugar bee

I bought my dress pre-owned from classified ads. I paid $200 for a dress that’s worth $1200, and the woman who sold it to me also gave me her birdcage. Since the bride is the same height as me, the dress is already cut to the perfect length and doesn’t need any other alteration. It’s been professionally cleaned as well, so I don’t have to worry about that. Part of the tulle underneath the dress is ripped from walking around with the train, but the damage is so small (and under many layers of fabric) that nobody will ever notice. I strongly encourage you to look up classified ads, thrift stores and consignment stores. It’s totally worth it !

For invites, dollar stores might be even cheaper than VistaPrint. There are many tutorials online for simple, but elegant invites and pockets.

Decoration:  thrift stores can be a good idea, but it could also be stuff you already own or can borrow. Ex.: old books, mason jars (I’m sure many people in your family have them), or paper flowers you could DIY. You could use potted flowers and herbs and use them as centerpieces. All you’d need are a few runners, maybe. 

I don’t know what your tastes are, what style you like or don’t like, but there are so many ways to spend little on decor (and let’s be honest, that’s not what guests will remember about your wedding either) and still make it look elegant. IMO, ”less is more” is exactly what elegance is all about. 

Post # 5
7531 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I have tons of ideas to save $$.   My daughter’s wedding was a low-budget wedding, but certainly didn’t look like it.  You don’t have to spend a fortune for it to look like you did. I did lots of things to make it inexpensive.  I’d be happy to share my secrets.  

Post # 6
812 posts
Busy bee

Pinterest, DIY, buffet style instead of catered sit down, there are 1000’s of ways to do a low cost wedding and still look good. Craigslist is another good place to find things. Also if you type in under  X amount weddings on the internet tons of links come up. Good luck!

Post # 7
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I used a local facebook wedding swap and shop group for some of my stuff.  Other things I DIY’d.  My wedding certainly wasn’t inexpensive, but saving on decorations meant I could blow the bank on food and drinks.

My wedding was in the town that my parents live in, 1200 km away from me, so my mom’s busy trying to sell all the stuff I used.

Post # 8
810 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Fellow budget bride with expensive taste here! It is really daunting at first, but gets easier as you go along and discover different clever options.

Try shopping the sale rack at dept. stores for a white formal dress. It will be similar in quality but a fraction of the cost of most dressed dubbed “wedding dress.”

Also, try preowned sites. That’s what I’m doing! There are literally hundreds of dresses to fit within any budget. (and you are still getting a name brand gown).

Also, for wedding planning in general just look in any place that does not typically cater towards weddings. For example, we found a utterfly garden near us that does not tyically do weddings that was only 400 dollars to rent the entire space for two hours. There was also a farm that I don’t think had ever done a wedding before that we fell in love with and they were similar in price for the entire afternoon.

Etsy is also great for finding deals as long as you are willing to spends some time browsing.

Oh! And DIY is not always cheaper. So price out any projects BEFORE you start to see if there is actally a savings

Post # 9
45 posts

Check out craigslist for your local area! I found tons of stuff on there and even saw some really beautiful dresses selling for practically nothing! Of course be careful going to meet people and take someone with you.

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