Guest Post: Here Comes the Bride: How to Have the Wedding You Want Without Spending a Fortune

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June 24, 2014

This week’s post is from guest blogger and Storia PR associate, Jodi Goulart, a bride-to-be who is sharing her tips on having a classy, budget-friendly wedding

My wedding day is in T-minus 101 days and though we’ve been planning what will be a small, cocktail-party affair and have had more than a year to plan, it’s still a daunting task. This is especially the case if like me you have big ideas, but don’t want to blow the bank.

Throughout all the excitement, I’ve managed to stick to my budget and still have a wedding that will look and feel exactly how I imagined. To help all brides out there, I’ve put some tips together that I hope will help.


Date and Time of Wedding: My hubby and I opted for a cocktail-party style ceremony and reception on a Friday night. With all of the festivities taking place in one location, we don’t require transportation or a photographer for an extended amount of time.

Flowers: If you’re not going to get hung up on the type of flower, work with your florist to find a less expensive flower that will emulate the overall look you’re going for. I sent photos of what I like to my florist and she worked within our budget to find something to replicate the look and feel we wanted.

DIY Décor:Always be on the lookout and look everywhere. I found some old, vintage frames at my parents’ house that were collecting dust. Also, if you can’t find cool, vintage pieces then create them yourself. Spray paint is your friend. I discovered some candlesticks at the dollar store and with some gold spray paint, they look amazing. I also made a vintage-looking wine crate with a crate from the craft store, a stencil using my at-home printed and some wood stain. See the tutorial here.

The Dress: This one’s tricky, but all I can say is do your research. Really take the time to look and compare prices. It’s best to have an idea of the style of dress to want before going to the bridal shop, which can be very overwhelming, especially when you don’t know what you’re looking for.


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