13 Tips For Planning a Wedding On a Shoestring Budget

I have really bad luck at weddings. I’m talking freaky bad luck. Let me explain.

We’re Not in Kansas Anymore, Dorothy

At my own wedding, a tornado took the roof of the church one month before the blessed day was to take place — and after the invitations were mailed.

Sorry About Your Shoes… and Your Honeymoon

For my best friend’s wedding, I picked up a nasty virus in nursing school that hit the day of the wedding. I spent the morning in the bride’s bathroom, vomited twice while getting dressed, and snuck off immediately after the nuptials to curl up in a corner and sleep. (The groom’s sister got sick later that night and, to my horror, the groom came down with the same bug on his honeymoon!)

But it gets worse.

Nice Underpants. Are Those Hearts?

When my brother-in-law got married, I prepared to greet the couple in the reception line, only to get my heel stuck in a cobblestone and tumble down the church steps while holding a baby. The baby was fine, but I landed in front of my husband’s family in a heap with my skirt over my head. I broke my foot in three places.

Quasimodo’s Look-a-Like In Pictures

And the ultimate wedding disaster came the day before my brother’s wedding. While picking up my dress, I was rear-ended, causing a three-car pile up. My dress was soaked in antifreeze and fire extinguisher spray, and my face swelled up like a plum. My car was totaled. Did I mention the wedding was a two-hour drive from my home?

Yeah, freaky bad luck.

Through all my wedding miseries, I’ve also picked up quite a few tips and tricks on how to plan a wedding on a shoestring budget. A smaller wedding budget still creates memories and gets you hitched; it just doesn’t come back to haunt you like a bad chili dog when the bills come rolling in.

13 Tips for Planning a Wedding on a Shoestring BudgetHow to Plan a Wedding on a Shoestring Budget

1. Inexpensive invitations are a great way to cut back on expenses. (Most of your guests will end up pitching the invitation in the trash after the wedding anyway.) To help make the invitation memorable for your close friends and family, consider framing the invitation and decorating the frame with special flowers or keepsakes from the wedding. You can also opt for handmade or scrapbook invitations for a personalized feel without excessive cost.

2. If you’re really pinching pennies for your wedding, the cost of food for the reception can be quite daunting. Instead of cutting out a wedding reception because you can’t afford the meal, try adding a request to…

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