Broke-Ass Tag: budget wedding ideas

6/5

Hi, my name is Ciji and I am a rule breaker. Now that we have established who I really am, let me tell you more about my EPIC bridal shower.

A tea party just didn’t seem like my kind of fun. We “brunch so hard” every weekend that a ladies brunch just didn’t seem like anything special. I needed to share with my bridal shower hostesses exactly what I wanted, but I just didn’t know what I wanted to do. Lightbulb moment … let’s have a fiesta!!

Mexican food is my favorite, I’m no stranger to tequila, I love taco Tuesdays and my shower was already planned to take place in May, so why not tie in a Cinco De Mayo theme?

Photo Credit: JFX Digital

In addition to a celebration that perfectly fit my personality, there were budget benefits to a themed bridal shower:

  • We picked the Saturday after Cinco De Mayo, so decorations were available everywhere as well as many of them were discounted!
  • Margaritas were the signature cocktail and there were options: strawberry, jalapeno and regular. Easy to make with minimal ingredients!
  • The nacho bar was perfect for me as I am “nacho average bride.” The shower was after lunch but before dinner so we didn’t need a full meal (and the costs that are associated with ensuring that guests are fed). We just needed nibbles and bites to hold us over until dinner.
  • My amazing friend and bridesmaid made mini churro cupcakes from scratch. Did I mention that she is AMAZING?!?

I am still dreaming about these cupcakes! Photo Credit: JFX Digital
  • The hostesses honored my wishes and we only played one game. It was a fun questionnaire filled with special memories of my relationship with Travis, and all the things that I love!
  • There was a pinata. Let me reiterate for emphasis: there was a PINATA and it was filled with adult goodies! Let’s just say “I hit that.”

Photo Credit: JFX Digital

It was definitely a day to remember with my favorite ladies!

How are you putting your own spin on your bridal shower? Share in the comments!

 

  • 5/31

    Hello my fellow BABs! Greetings from Connecticut!

    My name is Kimberly and I am a 36 year old Database and Office manager. In addition to being the lucky mom of a fabulous 18-month-old daughter, I am also the momma of a 14-year-old grumpy pug. My fiance, Antonio, and I are planning a romantic, garden themed wedding for (hopefully) 100 guests. Our wedding will be taking place summer of 2019, so that we have plenty of time to save. Therefore, I’ve decided to take my time and come up with various options before I get into the nitty gritty of wedding planning. Of course, I’ve already joined various wedding crafting groups and signed up for at least five wedding-themed newsletters. I’ve also read so many real wedding stories that I could fill a three-subject notebook with tips, tricks and anecdotes, and I’ve only been engaged since March.

    Ready? Here we go!

    The Ten Broke-Ass Bride Commandments

    1. Thou Shalt Embrace Thine Inner Crafting Goddess  

    Fact: When you are on a broke-ass budget, DIY will become your middle name. Give into it. Embrace it. Dive in like you would dive into a carton of Hagan Daaz after you’ve been dieting for a week. (Don’t act like that’s just me.) The key is to know what you are good at and what you can teach yourself. Most of all, know what you shouldn’t touch with a 20-foot pole, rubber gloves and a hazmat suit. Play to your strengths and you’ll be fine. Also, keep in mind how much time your DIY projects will cost you, because if you don’t, you will take on more than you can handle and you WILL regret it.

    2. Thou Shalt Stay True to Thine Own Style, Not What’s Trending on Pinterest

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Pinterest. I love, love, LOVE it, because Pinterest can provide you with a lot of great ideas and inspiration. However, Pinterest can also drop kick you into the fiery chasm of hell if you let it. Why? First of all, Pinterest can lead to the decimation of your budget. That’s huge. Furthermore, you may find yourself  on the day of your wedding looking around at a mish-mash of styles that say nothing about who you are as a bride and as a couple. If bold colors are what’s hot, but you had your heart set on earthy tones, then guess what — earth tones it is! Your wedding will be beautiful because it will be a reflection of you.

    3. Thou Shalt Ask for Help if Thou Needs It

    I’m not sure how, or why, it happens; but as soon as we have that beautiful ring on our finger we turn into Super Bride. Super Brides think they are indestructible and can plan this amazing wedding all by themselves. Wrong! You ARE amazing, but you you CAN’T do everything by yourself, nor should you try. Super Brides often find themselves overextended, and as result, they burn out. So, if you don’t want to be a frazzled mess of a bride on your wedding day, ask for help. Bridesmaids are not just for looking pretty in pictures, they are there to support you. Now, having said that, please do not think I am encouraging the indentured servitude of your friends and family. Remember, they are not there to plan the wedding for you, but to lend a helping hand when you need one.

    4. Thou Shalt Not Become Bridezilla

    Planning a wedding is stressful, and you are bound to have a short fuse from time to time. It’s expected. Having a bridezilla moment is not the end of the world. No friendships will be ruined, no innocent villages will be destroyed. You will recover. However, if you are a raging, bridezilla from the moment you said “yes” you will run the risk of ruining some relationships. If you need an outlet go for a walk or a run, hit a punching bag, get a massage. Do something. Whatever you do, do not unleash the beast on your friends and family members who are just trying to help. 

    5. Thou Shalt Splurge on One Detail or Two    

    If there’s one thing that a broke-asses learns early on, it’s that you can’t have everything that you want. You have to decide what is a “must-have” and what is a “nice-to-have” and crossing those “nice-to-have” items off of your list can be depressing. However, being a broke-ass does not mean that you can’t splurge a little. In fact, I encourage it. If it’s important to you to get married under a beautiful wedding arch, put extra money into your decor budget. If you and your fiance are foodies, flush out that catering budget. It’s your wedding day, if ever there was an occasion for a little splurge it’s your wedding day. And when I say “little splurge” I mean “little splurge.” Do NOT go crazy and start over-spending left and right.

     

    ***Stay tuned for Part TWO!***

     

    My fiancee and I — pre-wedding planning madness.

  • 5/24

    There's a growing trend to purchase a faux wedding cake and because I am not opposed to any tactic that may help with our budget, I am exploring if faux is the way to go. In addition to the cost savings, I'm open to my options after we've had not one but three subpar cake tasting experiences. It all started with a cake baker referral that was slow to…

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    1/9

    As I mentioned in my first post, I've planned to make my own wedding cake. I realize this is not an easy undertaking, and have been warned by multiple friends that this could add additional stress to my wedding day. DIYing is awesome, but making a cake is something you have to do basically the day before and can end in multiple disasters. However, I…

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    11/21

    Credit: Shaina Sheaff Hello lovelies, I’ll be honest, I haven’t been thinking about wedding stuff much this week. I’ve been very hard at work and probably wont be slowing down until about April. I’m okay with that, though -- almost all of the major vendors have been nailed down. We have a venue, caterer, DJ and photographer, and I’ve got my dress. The only two things…

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  • 5/13

    http://convertalinktest.awin.com It's no surprise that we have a little geek side over here at BAB. I mean, let's be real. You don't get this cool by not having a daily dose of geekery in your diet. And what better way to celebrate your inner fangirl than adding bits and bobs to your wedding day? Via. ALLONS-Y! When you first glance over at my group of…

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    3/31

    Daniel and I have three goals with our wedding: keep it cheap, keep it from looking cheap, and keep it unique. During these early stages of our planning, we’ve tried to come up with ways to save ourselves money without sacrificing our vision. Thus far, we’ve come up with several ideas that not only cut costs, but also make our wedding even more uniquely suited…

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    3/28

    Happy Friday, Broke-Asses! This week, we got a super special request from a super specialer (yup, making up words here, folks) bride-to-be: My former roommate from way back when, who is getting married in a very amazing location needs something to keep herself warm and cozy for her fall nuptials. So, she hollered at yours truly with a mission to find a toasty wrap or…

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  • 3/18

    Angela and Jay had their beautiful wedding in January of this year, incorporating meaningful locations, the support of their community, and some Arizona flair. Seriously, how cute are these cactus favors? It goes to show that you don't need to spend $30,000 to have a beautiful, memorable wedding day...and since their family and friends were involved throughout, they were able to start their married lives…

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