When it comes to wedding planning on a budget, trying to get the ceremony and reception you want can feel like a second job. You’re hunting down deals. You’re bargaining with vendors. Looking for steals that look like splurges. It is, we know, a lot of work for the bride-to-be who has caviar dreams with a canned tuna bank balance. It’s a big part of why we sell beautiful wedding jewelry at prices every bride can be happy with – we think you deserve to look beautiful no matter what.
(You’re already beautiful, of course – you know what we mean…)
But anyway, back to point. We have a secret to share. You can get what you want – the best version of it – by giving up the things you don’t care about. Or you get the whole package, everything and anything for your wedding, by lowering your expectations just a little bit.
Maybe that means working up DIY baby’s breath centerpieces instead of decorating tables with professionally arranged roses. Or wearing simple glass pearl wedding jewelry instead of shelling out for the real deal. A classic outdoor ceremony in your nearest public park instead of the high profile house of worship with its supposedly optional “donation.” Or maybe it means cutting back nearly everywhere except for your clothes and accessories so you can hire a kickass photographer. There is no right way or wrong way to plan a wedding.
Some wedding planning truths:
- · Cheapest does not mean best
- · Neither does most expensive
- · Sometimes prioritizing means giving something up so you don’t have to deprive yourself
- · Sometimes budgeting means not having to prioritize
Things you do not need for your wedding:
- · Wedding favors
- · Ceremony programs
- · Alcohol at the reception (no kidding)
- · Live musicians
- · A big white wedding dress
- · A tiered cake
- · Five different inserts in your wedding invitation
- · Anything that isn’t you, your honey-bunny, an officiant, and some witnesses (if your state requires them)
Basically, you can prioritize. Or you can budget. Or you can do both, but you don’t have to. If you plan your wedding thoughtfully, you can get the wedding you want without breaking the bank and love every minute. Promise!