Get ready to meet our Budget Brides all June long
We’ve been talking with savvy brides across the country who threw the wedding of their dreams without breaking the bank.
How’d they do it?
You’ll find out over the coming month.
We’re going to celebrate June with a daily tip on how to save on virtually every aspect of getting married, from the wedding gown and flowers to the dinner and music.
You’ll see that having an affordable wedding doesn’t mean it has to be a “cheap” wedding. You’ll read soon enough that quite the opposite is true.
These brides simply didn’t buy into the whole wedding industrial complex, which equates overpriced and expensive with elegance and eternal wedded bliss.
And guess what? They still had a beautiful, memorable day.
If anything, these are some of the most creative weddings we’ve seen, with a significant amount of time and energy spent planning a day that was a true reflection of the bride and groom’s desires and personalities.
The average cost of a wedding in 2011 was $25,631, according to The Wedding Report, a wedding industry research company.
Quite honestly, we think that’s ridiculous.
It’s why the ”Apple vs. Your Wedding” calculator we wrote about last month made so many couples cringe as they recalled how much they spent getting married.
Wait till you hear our first “Budget Bride” explain how she saved thousands of dollars on her wedding dinner.
We bet you’ll wish you’d scored an invitation when you see photos of the incredible spread at her reception.
This isn’t about scrimping or sacrificing. Or settling and making do.
It’s all about being smart.
You’re going to hear from dozens of happy brides who are completely satisfied with how their weddings turned out.
If they could go back and do it all again, they wouldn’t change a thing – or spend a dollar more.
Maybe we should have called them “Brilliant Brides.”
Editor's Note: The month is now over. Here are all of the "Budget Bride" tips for 2012: