10 Inspirational money-saving wedding blogs for brides on a budget

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If you’re planning a wedding this year, you’ll no doubt be looking around the internet to find inspiration for your big day. As a very keen sister-of-the-bride I’m already getting rather excited about an upcoming family wedding this year and am excited to the making the invitations this weekend! As such, I’ve been doing some thrifty wedding research (probably more than is actually required!) and I wanted to share with you some of the inspirational wedding blogs I’ve come across. These will help you save money on your big day as well as give you plenty of ideas for personalising the event – enjoy..!

DEVINE BRIDE

One of my favourite wedding professionals is Laura from Devine Bride. I met her at the UK Blog Awards and we became fast friends after celebrating together. She has since won the award for Rising Star at the Wedding Blog Awards, was a finalist for the Best Wedding and Events Blog at the UK Blog Awards for two years running and has gained the accolade of Top 3 Wedding Planner in London. Her blog is full of tips for getting the latest wedding trends for less and features photos of her own chilled-out wedding.

REAL WEDDING

Lifestyle and parenting blogger Lucy runs a fantastic weddings site at realwedding.co.uk. There she shares advice on planning and budgeting for your wedding to help you slash the cost of your big day. Lucy also shares ideas and DIYs for low-cost wedding fashion, favours, flowers, food and a whole lot more besides. One of my favourite articles on Real Wedding is on creating wedding favours for just 50p – if that’s not frugal, I don’t know what is! But it doesn’t stop with the wedding – you’ll also find thrifty tips for your hen party and the honeymoon on this inspirational blog.

HAUTE OFF THE RACK

This blog isn’t just a wedding blog. Louisiana-based fashion and lifestyle blogger Jenn shares her styling tips to make the most of your wardrobe and achieve top fashion trends at a fraction of the price. So you can imagine how well her wedding series was received by readers when she was preparing for her own wedding. If you want to find out tips for styling your own wedding (but without spending a fortune) visit HauteOffTheRack.com and read Jenn’s “Wedding Wednesday” blog posts.

BUDGET SAVVY BRIDE

Thebudgetsavvybride.com is a fabulous wedding hub for all things money-saving. It features countless real weddings for inspiration and you can search by budget to get an idea of how far your money will go when planning your own wedding. The founder, Jessica Bishop also shares LOTS of wedding DIYs including decor ideas, flower tutorials and wedding stationery tips. AND she has even written her own book “The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner and Organizer”, which ranked number 1 on Amazon when it was released in 2018. Very impressive!

BRIDES UP NORTH

I first discovered this blog back in 2014 when my friend’s wedding was featured! It was so exciting to read about a friend’s real-life wedding story and see all the photos from their big day – I’m even in a couple of the pics eee! And since then I’ve been following BridesUpNorth.com for more wedding inspiration and decor ideas It’s especially great if you happen to live in the north of the UK because they’ve got a ‘whitebook’ wedding directory of local suppliers that they recommend – very handy!

THE OVERWHELMED BRIDE

Such a down-to-earth blog, theoverwhelmedbride.com is written by Jenn Hallak who has worked in the wedding industry for the past 8 years so she really knows what she’s talking about. In fact, in her first job she worked at a country club that host 130 weddings every year! That’s a LOT of experience! This blog will give you inspiration from across the pond and it advocates staying stress-free during the planning process by doing a little each day.

MISS THRIFTY

While this isn’t solely a wedding blog, Miss Thrifty is a money-saving blogger who has cut costs on her own wedding. Search her archives for ‘wedding’ to read countless thrifty blog posts on the topic. She has even blogged about what she would have done differently in her own wedding so her advice might save you from making errors in the planning process. Here are five questions you should ask when booking a photo booth – or any wedding-related service for that matter. And while you’re at it, have a read of her other frugal blog posts at Miss-Thrifty.co.uk.

DIARY OF A FRUGAL FAMILY

Likewise, you can read about the Frugal Family’s wedding day at Gretna Green on this budget-friendly blog. The blog posts detail how they saved money on their wedding AND planned it in just three weeks on a non-existent budget. PLus, there’s plenty more inspiration for living a low-cost life on FrugalFamily.co.uk with free printables to keep your monthly budget on track.

SAVVY DEETS BRIDAL

Back to the wedding blogs and SavvyDeetsBridal. This website is full of inspiration boards for colour themes (including budget-friendly decor steals to help you get the look for less), DIY Tutorials and advice from the professionals. There’s also a range of free printables for favours, signs and even save-the-date cards. The ‘trash the dress’ section is also fun and gives you ideas of what do to with your wedding dress after the big day.

DESIGN DARLING

And finally, Mackenzie Horan from Design Darling has blogged the entire process of her wedding, from the engagement through to their second wedding anniversary. It’s so interesting to read about a real-life wedding and to see their photos, a video from the big day and their engagement party. Mackenzie’s blog is a personal account of her life in Connecticut so you’ll also find inspiration for interiors, fashion and design (all with beautiful photos!) on this website. Check out mackenziehoran.com/our-wedding to read more.

I hope these blogs will give you inspiration for getting your dream wedding day – even when you’re sticking to a budget. Let me know your favourite frugal wedding blogs in the comments below – I’d love to discover some more ๐Ÿ™‚



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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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