Bride on a Budget Pt 2

Joy and Love are not constrained by a budget. Joy and love is what your guests will remember. Your guests won’t remember the style of your dress or the décor of your room or the colour scheme that you chose but they will remember how you made them feel. They will remember the overflow of joy. It will sit in their heart as they reminisce with you.

So Bride on a Budget don’t be disheartened that you don’t have Prince Charming’s bank account. Your wedding day can be treasured, remembered and talked about for years to come because of how you made your guests feel and how they made you feel. That’s the wonderful thing about love it can’t be contained by a budget.

To help create your day of joy you have to prioritize what is important to you.

What is going to bring delight to your heart?

What will make you feel cherished?

What will bring that smile to your face as you remember your day?

These are what we call the big rocks, the things that are most important to you.


  • Engagement Photos
  • Save the Dates
  • Invitations
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Day of Coordinator
  • Wedding Planner
  • Accommodations
  • Flights
  • Transportation for guests
  • Transportation for the bridal party, bride and groom.


  • Venue
  • Officiant
  • Bouquets flowers
  • Bride: Dress, accessories, hair makeup
  • Bridal Party and grooms attire
  • Candles, lighting music
  • Guestbook, signs, DIY décor


  • Venue
  • Food
  • Desert/Cake
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Music/DJ
  • Band/Live entertainment
  • Rentals ( couches, chairs, props, décor)
  • Tables, linens, table runners
  • Flower, centrepieces
  • Media – slideshow, photo booth
  • Favors for guests and bridal party
  • Menu’s , place cards, table numbers
  • Signs, DIY decor


  • Flights
  • Accommodation

A  wedding budget is often split in the following way:

As a bride on a budget working out your big rocks makes decision making so much easier.  Once you have worked out the big rocks then you can allocate a decision a month. For example:

January  – you might research venues, venue costs and menus and make a decision.

February – you might research your dress, have fittings and make a decision.

April – you might  research photographers, costs and make a decision.

May – you might research cakes and make a decision.

This process makes it easy for you to plan, to stick to your budget and to have fun creating your dream wedding.

If you need help planning your wedding please contact us.  We can help and make it easy for you.