Who says you have to spend thousands of dollars to have the wedding of your dreams? Your special day should be all about you — not all about a high-interest loan that you’ll be paying on for the next decade! You don’t have to be a bargain basement bride, but you can have a very reasonable budget while still throwing a wedding that will become a cherished memory for your entire family.


With a budget that won’t break your bank and inspiration taken from the bridal tradition of “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” you can be well on your way to a spectacular day. Your wedding plans should include enlisting the help of family and friends. A family event deserves family participation and by including parents, grandparents, extended family members and friends, you can create an amazing event for everyone.


  • Ask an amateur musician  to provide the soundtrack for your ceremony. Ask a musical friend, family member, high school band student, or church musician to perform rather than hiring professional musicians. An acoustic guitar, piano, or flute solo is enchanting and will provide a special, one-of-a-kind performance for your guests.
  • Go casual. Ditch the formal wear and matchy-matchy style in favor of a lovely vintage dress for the bride and slacks and a crisp white button down for the groom. Ask bridesmaids to select their own dresses in a particular color family or in an array of hues.
  • Enjoy the great outdoors. Reserve a pretty park pavilion for little to no cost for the ceremony and hold the reception under tents in the large backyard of a friend or family member. An outdoor venue is cost effective and a beautiful backdrop for photos.
  • Choose in-season wild flowers over pricier options. Inexpensive, local wild flower combinations come in every color under the sun, smell heavenly, and are readily available through local florists or even farmer’s markets. Raid your ribbon stash to bundle the flowers together and create a bouquet that is uniquely you.
  • A family event calls for family-style food. Enlist the best cooks in the family to help prepare the meal. Ask Dad to fire up his grill — even great steaks are an option when bought in bulk and cooked at home! Keep it simple and choose a menu that is easy to cook for a large gathering. Select one or two of your favorite family recipes to personalize the menu. Decorate a homemade cake with white frosting and more wild flowers and you’ll have a beautiful, tasty dessert that didn’t cost more than your car like most designer cakes!
  • Keep it simple, Sweetie. Rented tables and chairs covered with plain white table clothes (often provided by the rental company) topped with wild flowers and dollar store votive candles make simple and elegant decorations.
  • Dance the night away with a local DJ rather than a more expensive live band. Plan some interactive dancing like a Dollar Dance, a family polka, the chicken dance, the hokey pokey…or whatever gets your guests to shake their tail feathers!


Your special day is about love, commitment, and family, and no amount of money has any impact on those things. When planning your budget friendly wedding keep one thing in mind and it will help you envision the perfect day: no matter how much money you spend, your memories are priceless.

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