Me and my husband got married November 24, 2017. It was such a wonderful day filled with friends and family, love and laughter. With minimal help financially, Jerry and I had to really figure out what was important to us and what we could do without. Though there are some things I would’ve done different, we’re seriously so happy with the way everything turned out. So happy that I want to share with the world. I literally send this to all my homies that get engaged so consider yourself my homie.
Your special day should be about you and the people who you love. So long as you and your guests are comfortable and relaxed, you’re going to have a memorable wedding. Why spend money on items you will never use again? Even if you are fortunate enough to have financial help throughout your bridal planning, save it for the honey moon or a new home! Nobody gives a single shit about your heels that they most likely won’t see under your long gown or your elaborate cake that no one eats.
Ways to cut corners:
- Flower for centerpieces, saved about $1000. Nobody leaves a wedding raving about the centerpieces.
- Cake didn’t come with my venue so I got a 1-tiered cake and cupcakes for desert from a girl I know who has a baking side biz.
- Favors, didn’t do them. Got soft pretzels for the guests to soak up their alcohol.
- I got a seating chart from Etsy.
- My friend Timmy is an amazing DJ and DJ’s are way cheaper than bands.
- My dress was purchased from a consignment boutique, holla!
- Bathroom baskets were filled with hairspray, deodorant, bobby pins etc. All from the dollar store.
- For stamps, the cheapest way to order is through the postal service, rolls of 100.
- My friend Kelly is an amazinggggggg graphic designer. Check her out on the gram: swanart_everywhere . My cousin Lisa does incredible work as well. For your makeup and spray tans check out looksbylisarose
Use start up vendors! Photographers, graphic designers, bakers, florists. This way the cost will be cheaper for you and you can help them build their business in return by referrals.
Do not get your dress altered at the place you bought it. They will most likely charge you out the ass. Ask around for a family seamstress that is known, trusted and works from her home.
If you’re tight on budget for your honeymoon, just plan it for later or hit up an all-inclusive. That way you won’t have to worry about spending money at destination.
Borrow everything. Me and my girlfriends passed around everything from veils to centerpieces.
DIY’s turn into actual nightmares you aren’t going to have time for that.
Amazon has everything. The end.