The Thrifty Wedding: Wedding Planning Resources and Guides

This is a new series focused on how any couple headed to the altar can find ways to cut back on spending without sacrificing their vision for the big day. Stay tuned for upcoming posts in this series. The next one will be on engagement rings. 

First comes love, then comes marriage, and then comes…paying for the wedding. There’s a reason why none of the fairy tales include the bill. Seeing some of the wedding costs and prices just might shock Snow White right back in her coffin. If you didn’t win our wedding ceremony giveaway, this series will cover some ways you can keep costs down for your wedding.

The average American wedding costs about $30,000 (2019), and the median American wedding cost is $15,000 (2016). For most people, that’s a significant chunk of change, and some people even go into debt to pay for the wedding of their dreams. This series will cover some ways to avoid that and still feel good about your wedding day. If you have your heart set on a lavish wedding at the Plaza in New York, with a wall full of off-season flowers, and the most expensive dresses and suits you can find, this series can’t help you too much. Nevertheless, even for the most expensive weddings, there are still a couple of tips that could help you save for your big day.

Check out the list below for resources on wedding planning for the wedding you want, without spending the extra cash:

Wedding Planning Books for the Thrify Couple

List created by Dhruti Bhagat

Whether your happy day is a low-key celebration or a lavish affair, The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer provides everything needed to plan a dream wedding on a realistic budget.

In this guide, Dana LaRue, creator of TheBrokeAssBride.com, shares hundreds of tips and strategies for getting the most bang for your buck, celebrating your personality as a couple, and making wedding planning fun.

Engagement. What an exciting time for a fiancé and his fiancée. But now you have that ring, how will you afford the wedding of your dreams? Author J.G. Somers has compiled a simple yet effective guide to help you plan the wedding of your dreams without going into debt.

Interested in a Destination Wedding but not sure where to start? In this guide, you will learn: The best time to get married; Insider secrets to free perks; The one thing that will make or break your budget.

This book helps you create the wedding you want-without going broke or crazy in the process. After all, what really matters on your wedding day, what you'll remember 'til you're old and gray, is not so much how it looked as how it felt. In this refreshing guide, expert Meg Keene shares her secrets to planning a beautiful celebration that reflects your taste and your relationship.

This book is a companion volume to A Practical Wedding, with no-nonsense guidance on how to plan the dream wedding, on an affordable budget, from conception to reality. Meg Keene walks couples through planning, from the big picture down to the nitty-gritty details (Are those flowers really in season when you're getting married? How are you going to transport that massive backdrop you just made to your venue?)

In this wedding guide, MTV wedding planning guru and star of Girl Code, comedian Jamie Lee, offers practical advice and hilarious insights on how to stay sane while planning your "big day." She offers counterpoints and realistic solutions to what "big bridal " says you need to do for your wedding.

With hundreds of money-saving tips, hints, and strategies, as well as inspirational bargain insights from couples, this book will help you save in planning your wedding.

In this book, Sabrina Rivers gives you practical advice for producing a dream wedding the tax-deductible way. Did you know that a wedding or reception held at a museum, national park, or even a zoo could mean a big tax deduction? Or that you can seek sponsors? Rivers discusses the how-tows, gently guides you through the entire process--and even includes a section on tax-deductible honeymoons.

Couples want their wedding to be memorable, beautiful - and affordable. Wedding-cost expert Barbara Cameron offers creative ideas for saving money and time, including how to: save money on catering and still have a delicious reception dinner; find bargains on a stunning wardrobe for the wedding party and more!

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