Budget Wedding Ideas

Trying to plan your wedding on the cheap? (Who isn’t?)

Scroll down to see a bunch of useful articles + ideas about planning a wedding on a budget.


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Is Anything Budget-Friendly Around San Jose? YES! 16 Affordable Wedding Venues in Silicon Valley

Is Anything Budget-Friendly Around San Jose? YES! 16 Affordable Wedding Venues in Silicon Valley

Affordable Wedding Venues in Silicon Valley really do exist! And you'll have plenty of options to consider. Whether you're looking for a Bay Area garden paradise, a charming Arts and Crafts-style landmark, a winery, or an indoor/outdoor country club venue, none of these places in and around San Jose will break the bank.


The Ultimate Wedding Budget Checklist

The Ultimate Wedding Budget Checklist

Here it is: The Ultimate Wedding Budget Checklist with a full breakdown of potential wedding expenses. This comprehensive list includes the items most weddings entail, as well as the "typical" percentage of your budget you may want to reserve for each one. Yes, we're slightly Type-A.


Affordable Wedding Invitations That Look Like A Million Bucks

Affordable Wedding Invitations That Look Like A Million Bucks

The wedding planning struggle is real. You want your wedding to be chic AF, but you don't exactly have a sky-high budget. Luckily, even the most cash-strapped couples can now get designer-quality wedding invitations with Minted!


15 Elopement Announcement Ideas You NEED To Steal

15 Elopement Announcement Ideas You NEED To Steal

You’ve already decided to elope. Now it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to let the world know about your marriage! From silly to sentimental, we’ve put together a list of 15 creative ways to shout out your elopement.


5 Things To Consider Before You Elope

5 Things To Consider Before You Elope

So you've decided to elope. Smart choice! However, even though this day is all about the two of you, there are still some things to consider and etiquette guidelines to follow. Read our Top 5 Things To Consider Before You Elope.


Wish for a Better Guest Book

Wish for a Better Guest Book

Tired of the traditional guest books? Mix it up with a Wedding Wish Tree! We show you exactly how this DIY project is done. So grab your bridesmaids and get to DIY-ing this show-stopping wedding centerpiece.


14 Ways To Make Your Wedding Guests Happy

14 Ways To Make Your Wedding Guests Happy

Wanna make your guests feel like they just attended the wedding of the year? It doesn't take a huge budget—just some simple considerations to ensure your nearest and dearest are well taken care of, comfortable and happy! Here are 14 things guests secretly want from a wedding.


Should We Have A Small Wedding?

Should We Have A Small Wedding?

After toying with the idea of going a more traditional wedding route, my now-husband and I went with our gut and decided to have a small (read: tiny) wedding. But the decision wasn't easy. I must have googled "Should I have a small wedding?" dozens of times before actually committing. Should YOU have a small wedding? Read the top reasons why you just might want to consider it.


Ways To Save: Bridal Gowns On A Budget

Ways To Save: Bridal Gowns On A Budget

I paid $220 for my wedding dress. My colleague Jennifer? Got hers for $125. Since we were both footing the bill for our own weddings, there was precious little in the budget for our gowns. But we still looked fabulous! Here are some tried-and-true tips for getting a gorgeous wedding dress on a budget.


6 Simple Steps To Setting A Wedding Budget

6 Simple Steps To Setting A Wedding Budget

Whether you’re working with $100 or $100,000, creating (and sticking to) your budget is arguably the most important part of planning a wedding. To get you started, we’ve broken the wedding budget planning process into 6 easy steps that can help you decide what you can spend, and what you’ll want to save or splurge on.


The OC is Affordable!: 19 Budget-Friendly Orange County Wedding Venues

The OC is Affordable!: 19 Budget-Friendly Orange County Wedding Venues

Orange County may have recently acquired a reputation for being high-end (thanks a lot, reality TV!), but don't fret—the region still has plenty of affordable wedding venues. Check out this list for proof that your budget and a beautiful wedding can harmoniously co-exist in The OC.


10 Wedding Favors Under $1

10 Wedding Favors Under $1

Do yourself a favor and save money with these super-cheap wedding favor options. Whether DIY, edible, drinkable, or just plain adorable, these affordable wedding favors will be a hit with your guests! And the best part? They're all under $1.


Affordable Santa Barbara Weddings: 9 Cool Venues That Are Easy On Your Budget

Affordable Santa Barbara Weddings: 9 Cool Venues That Are Easy On Your Budget

Bounded by white sandy beaches and forested mountains, Santa Barbara has a temperate climate, tons of historic charm, and a vibrant culinary and arts scene. All this makes it among the most desirable (read: pricey) places to live—and to wed. But if your wedding budget is less than celebrity-size, don't despair! Here are 6 places where you can celebrate without breaking the bank (especially if you're willing to be a little flexible on the day of the week and the season).


Happiness Is Calling! 19 Affordable San Diego Wedding Venues

Happiness Is Calling! 19 Affordable San Diego Wedding Venues

Hoping to find an affordable San Diego Area wedding venue? Don't despair! From resorts and hotels to a historic ranch and county park, here's a selection of places that won't break the bank.


Hay-bale Budget? Money-Saving Tips for your Rustic Barn Wedding

Hay-bale Budget? Money-Saving Tips for your Rustic Barn Wedding

Barn wedding reality check! These beautiful, "blank slate" barn venues can get downright expensive. So we've put together some smart ways to save so that you can have your dream barn wedding on a hay-bale budget.


BIG DREAMS, small budget: 22 Affordable Bay Area Wedding Venues

BIG DREAMS, small budget: 22 Affordable Bay Area Wedding Venues

Hoping to find an affordable Bay Area wedding venue? Don't despair! From historic mansions to enchanting redwood groves and everything in between, here's a selection of places that won't break the bank.


Real Wedding Disaster Stories: 5 Expensive Ways A Wedding Could Go Wrong

Real Wedding Disaster Stories: 5 Expensive Ways A Wedding Could Go Wrong

It's Murphy's Law: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. And when something goes wrong at a wedding, it can be frightening how quickly costs add up. This is pretty much why wedding insurance exists—to help couples recover from any financial consequences resulting from unanticipated (and expensive!) wedding mishaps.


Brides Want To Know: Trunk Shows

Brides Want To Know: Trunk Shows

So, what exactly IS a wedding dress trunk show? And is it worth going to one? We answer this question and describe what a trunk show experience entails. Plus, we give you tips for how to get the most out of going to one!


11 Austin Wedding Venues Where BYO and DIY are A-OK!

11 Austin Wedding Venues Where BYO and DIY are A-OK!

Austin's a city brimming with creative spirit, so it's no surprise that couples here appreciate flexibility and freedom when it comes to wedding planning. We've rounded up some of the best Austin venues that welcome outside caterers and other vendors…or let you mastermind your own event.


17 Elopement Ideas + Intimate Wedding Inspiration

17 Elopement Ideas + Intimate Wedding Inspiration

If the pomp and circumstance of “traditional” wedding planning makes you want to pull your hair out, an intimate elopement is probably right up your alley. Check out our 17 Elopement Ideas + Intimate Wedding Inspiration.


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