A Wedding Guide for Budget Brides (and Grooms!)

As we approach wedding season, I want to share a little bit of our frugal wedding planning.

We just got married in November of 2017, and when I was researching how to get married on the cheap, most of the budget wedding advice I found boiled down to “Just DIY it!” Even as a pretty creative lady and an avid crafter, I was not into that. My advice? “Just don’t do it!”

Not the wedding, of course. Do the wedding. But don’t do all the wedding. We’re conditioned to believe so many absurd purchases are necessary, when all that’s really necessary is you and your partner (and a little paperwork).

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What to Cut When You Don’t Go to Starbucks

If I had a dollar for every time I saw, “If you just cut out your daily latte, you could do XYZ!” I could actually afford a daily latte instead of filling up my cute reusable mug at home every day.

Who are these people buying daily Starbucks? I don’t know anyone who does this. If you do this and you are looking for ways to save money, please start there, but I have a lot of trouble believing someone’s throwing $5 at Starbucks every day and honestly wondering where their money’s flying off to. It’s an absurd stereotype and I hate seeing it as the #1 “How to Cut Back” advice.

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a piece of paper with the four areas of budgeting: income, non-variable non-discretionary spending, variable non-discretionary spending, variable discretionary spending

Budgeting Part 2: Put it together and what’ve you got…

I’m not sure if putting all this together is quite as easy as Bibbidi Boppidi Boo, but I do think this second part is easier than the first.

Now that you’ve got all your expenses averaged and categorized, we’re going to do a little of that adding and subtracting I told you about last time.

First, add up your income.

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Budgeting Part 1: Let’s start at the very beginning…

a very good place to start. When we read we begin with A, B, C. When you take control of your finances you begin with bud-get-ing!

Please forgive me, Goddess Julie Andrews, for butchering the song you made so famous.

I love budgeting, and it really is deceptively simple. You’re not doing any more complicated math than you were in kindergarten. While many prefer tech-y ways like YNAB or Mint, I make mine old-school: on paper.

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