(Closed) Brides on a budget!

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
14494 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I was def a budget bride.  I DIYed most of my wedding, where I could.  I did most of my flowers from dollar tree and DIYed my bouquet from  Hobby Lobby.  I even made my own crystal stems that I put in by bouquet and my centerpieces.  (I was going to use the beed stems to make a beed bouquet, but I ended up not liking it). My centerpeices were all old large silver bowls mixed with milk glass bowls from thrift stores.  Maybe they are not everyones taste, but I loved them and had lots of compliments on them.

My bouquet

One of my centerpeices (ignore the one in the back, that was a “didn’t work” one)

Post # 4
4979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

My dress is almost as much as my own budget. Long story short, my mom and I went dress shopping and she offered to buy my dress (up to $1,500) separate from my $2,500 budget. The dress I fell in love with is $1,235. Prior to that, I’d been really stressing about getting a dress as cheaply as possible, because the dress isn’t as important to me as other details. I love that my mom not only took that stress away, but gave me the dress of my dreams as well. It wass definitely a nice surprise. 

I’m planning to use Vistaprint or something similar for my invites and announcements. I’m having a small Destination Wedding that’s driving distance from my hometown. Gas is a lot cheaper than plane tickets. My friend is a photography intern and has offered to do my pictures. I’m paying for her hotel and gas. She doesn’t know that yet. If she did, I don’t think she’d let me pay her… 

Instead of using a company, I’m doing everything myself. We’re renting a house with a private beach and having the ceremony there. The reception plans aren’t really worked out yet, but we’ll likely have a cake and punch deal at the house after the ceremony. If we can make it work, I would like to take everyone (about 30 people) out to dinner instead. We haven’t picked an exact location yet, but we’re looking at the Gulf Coast. Going to Alabama seems cheaper at the moment. 

There’s a lot of details I haven’t quite figured out yet, like if I’m going to rent chairs for the ceremony that’ll probably be 15 minutes long or where I’m getting my aisle runner, but I’m working on it. I’m cutting out as much as I can while still keeping everything I want. It’ll be a challenge.  


Post # 5
3697 posts
Sugar bee

I’m not jealous of brides with wildly expensive gowns. I feel a tiny bit sorry for them for having spent an absurd amount of money on something that, at the end of the day, is only a dress – and one that will be worn once. I found something I’m delighted with, at a price I was also delighted with, at a Brides Against Breast Cancer event, and I am going to thoroughly enjoy wearing it.Yes, they have a much more expensive dress than I do – but if you think about it in terms of cost-per-hour-of-wear, I feel like I got a vastly better deal.

Frankly, I’m really enjoying the simplicity and creativity of our wedding, in part because of the budget constraints.

Post # 6
9548 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

And couples that have their parents paying for everything!

I’m on a budget and I can understand your frustration but try not to let it get to you. The best advice I can give to any bride about anything is don’t turn your wedding into a competition. Try not to compare your wedding to others. Enjoy yours. Enjoy others. Learn from others if you can. But the jealousy doesn’t help anything so just let it go!

Post # 7
2281 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It was hard sometimes when we had to cut something we really wanted because we couldn’t afford it. But we focused on spending money on things that would last, and in the end we’re really glad we didn’t blow a bunch of money on a single day. 

Post # 8
485 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

The dress I fell in love with after I bought mine was HALF the price of mine.  Cost really means so little with dresses, IMO.  I’ve seen some fugly expensive dresses, and gorgeous cheaper ones.  

I cheaped out on the favors.  Two Lindt chocolate truffles in a little box, with a ribbon and a label I had printed up with our picture that said something about “Thank you for joining us.”  Seemed like a stupid favor, and I was sort of embarrassed about it, but let me tell you….. they were all GONE at the end, and several of my spies said guests were taking several and stashing them in their purses.  It was cute and did the job.  

My biggest money saver?  NO BRIDAL PARTY.  Also didn’t have floral centerpieces, I went with a table runner/vase/candle/river rock thing.  

Post # 9
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Our budget is $4k at the most!  If I can do it for 3K even better! I don’t get jealous (maybe its because I don’t personally know ANYONE who could afford/would want to spend $4k on a dress!) If I had more money to spend, I probably wouldn’t want to go over $5k, even that is pushing it. We are simple people and would rather put the money towards something else.

So with our budget, I’m probably gonna do lots of things.. We do have a really nice outdoor venue from my former employer. They also have tables, chairs, fireplace and a kitchen that we are able to use. I’m also gonna start buying things now, lots of DIY at least with decor. I’m probably gonna do my own invites. I think food & drink will cost the most. I’m still working on a photographer that’ll fit my budget.

I know it’ll all work out in the end, I’ve read blogs of beautiful weddings with small budgets and its very doable! Good luck 🙂


Post # 10
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I don’t stress or get too jealous about bigger budget brides but I sometimes do wonder what it would be like to not have to budget every little penny for my wedding.  Even if I could have a bigger budget I still would not want a $5000 dress.  Most I’d spend on my wedding if I had it, is $10 grand, and not a penny more.  My current budget is $4000-$5000 and that is so much money for me to spend on just one day but whatever.

Post # 11
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m a budget bride by choice (more like FI’s choice because he said that he wants to be able to spend without worry on the honeymoon.)  I’ve learned to be crafty, he gave me a 3500 budget, and so far I’m coming in right at 2900 for the whole day, and we’re feeding 100 people!  I’m pretty good at stretching my dollars.  My biggest obstacle is my impatience.  When I see something at Michael’s I want to buy it immediately, but I’ve learned to make myself go home and find it cheaper online (and got over my phobia of online shopping).  I got my dress for 400 at DB and I love it.


I think some people really care about their big days being very lavish, and that’s fine to each his own, but I think the most important thing is the part where you get married to your soul mate – everything else is secondary!! 


Big saver – DIY flowers, I’m going to be ordering flowers in bulk from Sam’s Club for 100 and assembling all of my own bouquets (real flowers look better and wind up cheaper than silk), I also have a friend who is pretty good at photography but isn’t professional who I am paying 500 for our pictures (she does an amazing job, so I’m not worried!)  

I am buying my tablecloths at tableclothfactory.com for $15 each (for the floor length 8′ tables), where they rent for $22 each!  (then I’m going to sell them after the wedding).

I have been going to thrift stores and Goodwills (I’m having a shabby chic wedding, so it fits my theme to have repurposed/vintage things). 



Post # 12
923 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@mepayne: I used to live in Mobile.  PM me if you have any questions about the area.


I’m a budget bride.  My goal was 5k.  I’m sitting at about 6k right now.  The dress I originally wanted was 3500 used.

Post # 13
2135 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m a budget bride! 1 days to go, and it looks like I will be at around $5000. The music, cake, and photography are all being done as gifts by friends/family. I am wearing my mothers gown, that my cousin modified (so $250 total for alterations).

Post # 14
255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m a budget bride (about $2500), and I’m not jealous at all.  I’m actually getting the exact wedding I want.  I do have dress envy sometimes, but those big expensive dresses didn’t really fit my vision for my wedding anyway.  And just think….no dress regrets for spending crazy amounts of money 🙂

I’m sure your wedding/dress will be beautiful!

Post # 15
269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I was a MAJOR low budget bride and also a diy bride. People may not always LOVE what you do, but who cares, as long as you and your FH love them. I didn’t get a ‘wow’ reaction to my invites either but my hubby loved them and said they were so creative. They were nothing more than a cute photo of us with a cute backround and words.


I made my centerpieces using vases and flowers from the Dollar Tree and the butterflies came from Michael’s


I also made these fans that we used as favors using photos and supplies from Michael’s

My bouquet and decor were also diys, and even if it wasn’t good enough for anyone else, it was PERFECT to us.


p.s. My dress was fifteen dollars

Post # 16
1471 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@DeezWifey:  Really? I was admiring it the other day in a different thread. It’s beautiful!

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