We’re all here for the same reason. We all want to find the best ways pinch pennies while planning our weddings, because let’s face it: Anything with the word “wedding” tacked onto it is going to cost you a lot more than it normally would. My current favorite instance of this is transportation options. When I hear the words, “These are our wedding rates,” it makes me feel sick to my stomach.

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Lucky for my wedding budget, I’ve always been the bargain shopper. When I walk into a store, my first move is to go straight to the clearance rack. The same goes for wedding planning. I held out on a few things hoping a good sale would come along, and I was on point for a few of those things!

Dress Shopping

It didn’t take me long to get a clear image of how I wanted to look on my wedding day, and that image included something very specific about the dress I’d wear. Like any new bride-to-be, I started pinning pretty photos of dresses … and then I did some research on prices. The dress that Pinterest made me fall in love with was tens of thousands of dollars. TENS OF THOUSANDS. Back to the drawing board …

Thanks to BAB’s “Can’t Afford It? Get Over It!” column, I was able to find more affordable bridal lines. I waited and waited for one affordable line to come out with that one specific feature I was looking for, and there it was — The One! After two separate appointments, I bought the first dress I tried on.

At the same time, I found the ideal accessory to go with my dress, and in true bargain hunter fashion, I waited to buy it. About a year later, I got an email about a major sale. 40% off — sign me up!

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Disclaimer: this is not “The One.”

Suit Shopping

Remember those to-do list items I had missed, and that little Valentine’s Day date at Macy’s I told you about? It literally paid for us to wait to buy Steve’s suit. We could not have lucked out any more with the sales we hit up that weekend!

Macy’s has a reputation for having some amazing deals, so Steve and I knew that’s where we would go to find his wedding day look. Upon further research, I found out they were having a President’s Day sale, their “wear red for women’s heart health” promotion (buy a $2 pin, save 20%), AND we opened a Macy’s credit card … for another 20% off every purchase that day. What was originally a $550 suit ended up around $200 for my budget-savvy groom. Steve immediately told his groomsmen to head to Macy’s that weekend to take advantage of the same offers, and they did! Seriously, perfect.


Ladies, he’s taken.


Next to cutting the guest list, invitations were my next biggest nightmare. I know, I know. What’s the big deal about a few pieces of paper? For starters, it is so gosh. darn. expensiveI had such a hard time justifying the prices of invitations that it got pushed wayyyy back on the to-do list. After about four months of pinning and deleting and pinning again and customizing, I finally found invitations that I could deal with — design and price-wise. How? Like I said, all it takes is some patience. After finding a simple and elegant design, I waited a few days to order them. I wound up coming in about $50 under my invitation budget, thanks to another amazing sale!

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My point exactly. Courtesy of someeecards.com

These are just some of the recent examples of how my patience has paid off, but with crunch time in full swing, it’s getting harder to wait in order to save. With that said, you can trust that I am fully equipped with coupons when I walk into Michael’s for DIY projects, I always inform my ‘maids of dress and accessory sales that pop up in my inbox, and I even have my eye on Groupon Getaways for honeymoon destinations (a little late on that one, too).

The moral of the story here is to learn how to love it or leave it. Don’t even look at dresses and accessories you know you can’t afford! As for the necessities (like invitations, bleh), get a good idea of what you like and keep one eye open for sales. Your wallet will thank you for being patient!

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  • 2/27

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    For you brides that got engaged over the holidays and are looking at a wedding this summer, you’ve very likely starting to put your feelers out for invitation styles that you enjoy. As I’ve sat browsing through some of the new styles this season, I keep finding myself drooling over bright, …

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    StyleUnveiled has left me totally drooling with their roundup of the top wedding cake trends of 2015.

    If there’s someone who loves Adrianna Papell more than we do, it’s Kiss My Tulle. She styled up three different looks for the designer’s gorgeous blouson gown (bonus: It comes in plus …

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    Credit: We Are The Parsons

    Shopping for bridesmaids dresses nearly killed me, you guys.

    Well, okay, that might be a slight exaggeration. But still, that was some hard work!

    I wasn’t too worried about getting the girls something they would wear again (which is a noble goal, but one I feel …

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    Nix the Fuss with Send 'n' Seal Invitations from Ann's Bridal Bargains

    A standard invitation suite has a whole helluva lot of components: Outer envelope, inner envelope, the invitation itself, RSVP card, reception card and that random piece of tissue paper that is seemingly v. important … but no one can figure out its true purpose (poor tissue paper). And each one …

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    Photo: Clane Gessel Photography

    One of the first questions I kept getting asked after “When’s the big day?” and “Where’s the big day?” was “And how many bridesmaids are you going to have?” I increasingly felt like the number of close female friends I could force to buy a dress …

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