7 Questions to Ask That Will Save You Money On Your Wedding

wedding budget help

Three of the absolute best ways you can save money on your wedding is to prioritize, plan ahead, and pass on. (You can read more about those here!) 

Today, we're going to dive a little deeper into prioritizing. How do you avoid the temptation of going over budget with your catering? Or, not having enough to buy bridesmaids gifts? You prioritize! 

The art of prioritizing requires self-discipline and intentionality. But, if done thoughtfully, priorities can save you money and stress. 

Priorities are the cornerstones of your budget. You'll delegate the majority of your money towards them and no other purchase is allowed to eat away at them. They help you make difficult decisions and realign your heart to what is most important. For example, if you're ever tempted to book an over-your-budget photographer, priorities (and a well-managed budget) remind you that a honeymoon week surfing on the beach is far more important to you. This is the power of priorities!

Priorities are the ticket to creating a gorgeous, meaningful wedding without going into debt and potentially ruining your financial future.   

So, today, I'm going to give you seven questions to ask yourself and your fiancee to discover your priorities. Your answers will help you discover what really matters to you. Once you know that, you can make your decisions and break down your budget.

  1. What do we love the most about each other?
  2. What is one of our funnest/funniest/sweetest memories? 
  3. What do we both bond over together? 
  4. What is our favorite hobby or passion? 
  5. What do we value most in our lives? 
  6. What do we hope to see happening in our marriage - 5, 15, 30 years from now? 
  7. What did we always dream our wedding would look like? 

So, after reading these questions, you may be wondering how these actually apply to your priorities. My hope with these questions is to help you focus on your relationship and future marriage, which is what your wedding should be all about. Once you've discussed that and gotten a high bird's eye view, you can start translating them into practical priorities. Here are a few examples: 

If you both love to surf and bonded over that passion while dating, you could prioritize a Hawaii surfing honeymoon.    

If you've both always dreamed of getting married beachside, then you could prioritize a destination wedding.

If you both value starting a family soon after purchasing your dream two-story Craftsman home, then you could hold off on overly expensive decor and instead prioritize on your future. 

If you met your fiancee through a group of friends and they mean the world to you both, then you could prioritize on bachelor and bachelorette parties and gifts to show them your gratitude. 

After you've asked and answered those seven questions, narrow things down and write your top three priorities when it comes to your wedding. It could be the location, the honeymoon, and the food. Or, it could be the photographer, bridal party, and the paper goods.

Whatever they are, these priorities should link up with what you what your big day - and future marriage - to look like. Then, break down your budget accordingly. If the location is of high importance to you, put away at least 50% of your budget towards it. If the honeymoon is on your priorities list, then separate at least 30% of your budget towards it, etc. 

Once you have these priorities and budget breakdown in place, you'll be well on your way towards a stunning and meaningful wedding safely within your budget! 


Indigo Wedding Inspiration

Clockwise, starting top left: Photo by Leisl Cheney Photography via MyWedding.com // Earrings by ClayGeo // Future Mrs. Card by The Tabitha Shop // Photo by ORANGE PHOTOGRAPHIE, Cake by WHIPPED CONFECTIONS via COTTAGE HILL MAGAZINE via Hey Wedding Lady // Photo by Alexandria Monette, Dress by Sweet Caroline via Green Wedding Shoes via Ruffled

Clockwise, starting top left: Photo by Leisl Cheney Photography via MyWedding.com // Earrings by ClayGeo // Future Mrs. Card by The Tabitha Shop // Photo by ORANGE PHOTOGRAPHIE, Cake by WHIPPED CONFECTIONS via COTTAGE HILL MAGAZINE via Hey Wedding Lady // Photo by Alexandria Monette, Dress by Sweet Caroline via Green Wedding Shoes via Ruffled

This color rouses the tiny boho woman in me. Starry indigo is a gorgeous color for a classy, wild child wedding. It's such a strong color that you really won't have to pair it with anything if you don't want to, although gold could be a nice touch! 

 

Napkins 

If you're on a bit of a tight budget, these napkins would be perfect to DIY! Each will come out different, which would look stunning all draped together on a table. 

Earrings by ClayGeo

Earrings by ClayGeo

Earrings

I love, love, love these earrings! They're intricately gorgeous and would be a perfect alternative to the usual pearls or statement earrings. 

Thank You Cards

Don't forget to match your wedding theme to your stationery! I absolutely love making and sending these cards to sweet brides after their bridal shower or weddings. 

Cake

This is just THE most gorgeous cake. I love the constellations carefully etched in gold and the indigo and white swirling together. And those candles, set off to the side and uniquely placed. I cannot get enough of this cake. 

Dress

I adore this bride's adventurous style. The lace top paired with a flowing, dip dyed skirt is a stunning statement piece. If you're courageous enough, you could even try to dip dye your dress yourself! 


I hope this was helpful for you while you figure out your wedding colors! I post wedding color inspiration every week right here on the blog. If you want to know they're posted - and for more helpful wedding tips - enter your info below!

11 Ways to Ask Your Bridesmaids

bridesmaid proposal ideas

These girls have stuck by your side through thick and thin. They helped you pick out curtains for your new apartment; road tripped with you for a summer getaway to the beach; and, helped you get through middle school. You want your best friends right beside you as bridesmaids when you start a new season of life, so asking them should be as creative and sweet as your friendship. Below are ten ideas for the perfect ask! 

 

1. Bridesmaid Card

I love making these cards. The fact that they're personalized makes them all the more special! I've even had a few customers choose different designs for each of her girl's personalities. Love it! Pair any of these gifts below with a card and you've got a sweet and simple ask. 

Brut Sparkling Wine by ONEHOPE

2. Your favorite wine

I personally have not tried this wine, but their mission is so easy to get behind. This particular shiny bottle provides 15 meals to kids in need. They also offer options for wedding catering and to buy them in bulk. Definitely worth checking out! 


3. Jewelry

You can never lose with minimal jewelry! Giving your girls something to wear on your big day is sweet. But, to make sure they really get some wear out of it, choose a necklace or earrings perfect for every day too. 


4. Favorite scented candle

Mmmm, I have my fall candle going right beside me and it is my favorite. Gift your girls a decadently scented candle and they'll definitely say yes. ;) 

Personalized Bridesmaid Hangers by Willow Grace Bridal

Personalized Bridesmaid Hangers by Willow Grace Bridal


5. Personalized hanger

These hangers make perfect photos for your big day. Gorgeous robes draping off of them, or each of their mismatched dresses - whatever you hang on them, the photos will turn out stunning. 

Floral Bridesmaid Robes by Diamond Stiletto

Floral Bridesmaid Robes by Diamond Stiletto


6. Floral robe

You've probably seen these beauties all over Pinterest. And it's because they're beautiful, comfortable, and make gorgeous photos. Personalize them with your maid's initials or "maid of honor", etc. Or, just keep them plain and simple. You can't go wrong either way. 

Stemless personalized champagne flutes by Naturally Chic Gifts

Stemless personalized champagne flutes by Naturally Chic Gifts

7. Personalized champagne flute

Perfect for toasting before the ceremony and for years afterward! 

Bridesmaid Ask Cookies by LeRose

Bridesmaid Ask Cookies by LeRose


8. Cookies

Are your girls sugar addicted? Then these will be perfect to pop the question! You could definitely purchase or make them on your own! 

Donut Proposal Box via Hello Bride LLC

Donut Proposal Box via Hello Bride LLC


9. Donuts

I sincerely hope this donut trend never, ever dies. This is perfect to ask your donut-loving friend to stand by your side. Get each girl their favorite donut and package in a sweet box just like this. Top it off with a bridesmaid proposal card and you're all ready to go! 

Personalized Ring Dish by Prima Pottery

Personalized Ring Dish by Prima Pottery


10. Personalized ring dish

The simplicity of these ring dishes is just perfect. They're super affordable too, so if you're aiming to have 7+ bridesmaids, these ring dishes will be perfect to ask! 

Bridesmaid Box by White Confetti

Bridesmaid Box by White Confetti


11. A Bridesmaid Box

Or, if you just can't decide on what to get, just get it all! These boxes are fantastic to ask. You could purchase this one, or easily pull together your own, customized to each of your girls! 

Gray + Red Wedding Inspiration

Clockwise, starting top left: Bridesmaid Dress by Watters // Crown by Ritaflowersbcn // Future Mrs Card by The Tabitha Shop // gray cake via Deer Pearl Flowers // Photo by Green Wedding Shoes via Domino

Clockwise, starting top left: Bridesmaid Dress by Watters // Crown by Ritaflowersbcn // Future Mrs Card by The Tabitha Shop // gray cake via Deer Pearl Flowers // Photo by Green Wedding Shoes via Domino

I never would have put these two colors together if it weren't for the thank you card in this collage. Red is a tricky color. It's either too loud or too boring for me. But with the gray, oh, it's gorgeous. The red can be as bold as it pleases and the subdued gray balances it out. 

Let's see how you can incorporate these into your own big day! 

 

Bridesmaid Dress

With such a gorgeous and neutral gray dress like this, you could easily get away with a bold bouquet and jewelry. Pair with red peonies or roses (and of course, lots of greenery) with this dress and you'll have some stunning 'maids. 

 

Crown by Ritaflowersbcn

Flower Crown

How perfect is this flower crown?! If you're going for a boho vibe, this crown would be perfect for a summer or spring wedding. Or, even a Christmas wedding. Leave your hair down in gorgeously styled loose curls, then top it off with this crown. Stunning. 

 

Thank You Cards

You're almost a Mrs! Make sure you thank all those wonderful people in your life with these personalized cards. You can also include your fiancee in there, too, or if you're not changing your last name, you can also put both of your first names on the card. Possiblities are endless! 

gray cake via Deer Pearl Flowers 

gray cake via Deer Pearl Flowers 

Cake

Simple wedding cakes win, all the time. Especially ones paired with florals. Ask your florist to add on a few to really make your cake pop and you'll have a dessert almost too pretty to eat. 

Photo by Green Wedding Shoes via Domino

Photo by Green Wedding Shoes via Domino

Hair & dress

If you're not feeling the "top of the head" flower crown, but still want to incorporate florals into your hair, this the way to do it - a low, styled bun with a flower crown nestled on top. Seal the deal with a flowy red silk dress for your rehearsal or for your 'maids or, heck, even for you (who says wedding dresses have to be white?!).  


I hope this was helpful for you while you figure out your wedding colors! I post wedding color inspiration every week right here on the blog. If you want to know they're posted - and for more helpful wedding tips - enter your info below!

15 Alternative Guest Book Ideas

 
guest book alternative ideas

You want your wedding to be unique and memorable. You also want to make sure you remember all those sweet and wonderful people who danced the night away to celebrate your next grand adventure. Traditional guestbooks can be gorgeous, but I'm guessing you want something a little bit off the beaten path. Below are 15 alternatives to a traditional guest book sure to leave your guests smiling. 

 

1. Advice

Place pretty paper at the front table so guests can leave their best advice on a happy marriage. I love this idea because guests can impart their own personality into your big day. Some advice may be serious; others, funny. But, as you and your husband read them later, you'll be reminded of the wildly different personalities of the people you love the most. 

Photo and book by SeverinaSnow

Photo and book by SeverinaSnow

2. Heart drop

If you don't want to stray too far off the traditional guestbook path, this is a perfect alternative. Guests simply write their name and maybe a well wish on the wooden heart and drop it in. After your wedding, this would look adorable on your dresser or entry way table. 

3. Furniture

I absolutely love this idea. It's practical and beautiful. Guests can sign a bench or a table top. After the wedding, set it up outside or in a guest room. Every time you look at it, you can remember all those sweet people. 

4. Sign a memento.

A surfboard. Genius! You or your fiancee might not be into surfing, but guests could sign any other special memento. If music is a big part of your life, guests could sign a guitar. Or, a basketball. Or whatever is unique and defining to your relationship! 

5. Love is...

Ideas that allow guests to infuse a hint of their personality last forever. Let them write out what they think love is on a wall. Pin it up for pretty decor and after the wedding, read them out loud to each other. 

Photo and sign by MissDesignBerryInc

Photo and sign by MissDesignBerryInc

6. Sign custom portrait.

Adorable. If you really want a personalized, custom wedding, these portraits will do the trick. Many of these signs are even printable, so that can help you save some money!

via BridalGuide

via BridalGuide

7. Sign postcards.

If you and your fiancee are big on traveling, these would be a perfect addition to your wedding. Guests can sign a postcard with well-wishes, their favorite part of your wedding, or a funny story of you two. You can collect them in a pretty basket or even ask a friend to drop them all in the mail for you. This way, once you get back from your honeymoon, you can open your mailbox to hundreds of post cards all from friends and family. 

8. Notes in a bottle

A dear friend of my husband's set up a similar guestbook as this for his wedding. Except the bottles were set up at each table and each guest had to write words of advice for the couple. My husband's friend and his wife would read each of the notes sequentially by table numbers each year. So, the couple would read table one's advice for their one-year anniversary; table two's advice for their two-year anniversary; etc. 

You may not want to wait twenty plus years to read all of the notes, but saving a few for later is a sweet way to celebrate your anniversary! 

Photo via WeddingForward

Photo via WeddingForward

9. Highlight a Bible verse. 

This is such a sweet keepsake idea. It's a beautiful way to allow friends and family to give you their advice through the Word of God. 

via The Knot

10. Globe

Perfect for you travel-loving couples! This finished globe would look beautiful in your new home or apartment after the wedding. 

via Hobby Lobby

via Hobby Lobby

11. Well wishes in a terrarium

Well wishes take the guestbook idea to the next level. Sure, a guestbook will give you their name, but when they get to write a little something extra, you bring a whole new level of intention and warmth to your guestbook. Let guests stick them into a pretty terrarium for your wedding day, then tape them into a photo album or book to remember them always. 

12. Puzzle

I know there are still puzzle lovers out there. It's not just something grandmas do! The puzzle could be a picture of you guys or just of a beautiful scene. After you get back from your honeymoon, putting it all together while reading everyone's comments will be so fun! 

via Macanza

13. Skyline sign. 

If the city in which you live or met holds a special place in your heart, this skyline sign is gorgeous. And makes for beautiful wall art after the wedding! 

14. Bucket list. 

This one is, hands down, my favorite idea. I totally would do this one if I was getting married. Letting your guests create a marriage bucket list for you would be a blast. You'd get so many fantastic (and maybe a little crazy) ideas of once-in-a-lifetime things to do. And anytime you're sick of asking "where do you want to go to dinner tonight", you can just refer to your list! 

Photo by ALI HARPER via BRIDAL GUIDE.

15. Film a video. 

If paper and pen (in any form) just aren't your thing, then choose video! Allow guests to say a short and sweet message that you can watch later and keep forever. 


I hope this was helpful for you while planning your wedding! If you want even more help nailing it all down, take my 7 day Reception Planning Challenge! Each day, you'll get an email full of ideas and tips to plan your reception. My hope is that by the end of the week, you'll have a personalized, pretty checklist of everything you need to do to plan your reception. Sign up below! 

 

Navy, Blush & Chartreuse Wedding

Clockwise, starting with top left: Dress and photo via Pinterest // Sign by MadKittyMedia // Future Mrs. Card by The Tabitha Shop // Earrings from Nordstrom // Photo by Craig and Eva Sanders Photography via ModWedding

Clockwise, starting with top left: Dress and photo via Pinterest // Sign by MadKittyMedia // Future Mrs. Card by The Tabitha Shop // Earrings from Nordstrom // Photo by Craig and Eva Sanders Photography via ModWedding

Why, yes. It is almost November. And yes, stores are stocking red and green and all things holiday on their shelves. But some of you probably still have spring weddings on the brain. If you've recently got engaged and want to seal the deal soon, you're probably forecasting a March or April wedding. In which case, I've got the prettiest chartreuse, navy and blush ideas you ever did see! Keep reading to learn how you can implement some of these ideas into your own nuptials. 

Dress and photo via Pinterest

Dress and photo via Pinterest

Rehearsal Dress

This dress. Oh, I wish I knew where it came from. It's so unique and classy. I wouldn't recommend it as a bridesmaid dress unless your girls are daring. This color is certainly one of a kind and might not be flattering for everyone. But if you've got a porcelain complexion and dark hair, you could totally pull this off for your rehearsal. Pair it with some neutral heels and earrings and you've got a gorgeous ensemble. 

Sign by MadKittyMedia

Wedding Signs

Don't forget your signs! Weave in your navy with pretty, contrasting signs to tell your guests where to put their gifts, to put away their phones, and to eat all the cake they want. This sign is printable, so if you're looking to save money, this is definitely the way to go! Simply purchase, print, and frame. 

Future Mrs. Card by The Tabitha Shop

Future Mrs. Card by The Tabitha Shop

Thank You Cards

This card is a full-on explosion of spring. It was the first card I ever uploaded to my shop, so it holds a special place in my heart. The hint of chartreuse isn't overpowering and the blues and pinks add a perfect touch. Of course, these can be personalized too! 

Earrings from Nordstrom

Earrings from Nordstrom

Earrings

You can never go wrong with chandelier earrings, especially these pretty blush ones! They're neutral and classy. If you're planning on pulling your hair back and wearing a strapless dress for your big day, these would make a stunning addition. 

Shoes

And last - shoes! Jimmy Choo may be out of your price range, but if you want to imitate this look, search out pale blue pointed heels. If you're going with the chartreuse and navy color theme, this pale blue helps to balance out the louder colors to create a beautiful symmetry. 


I hope this was helpful for you while you figure out your wedding colors! I post wedding color inspiration every week right here on the blog. If you want to know they're posted - and for more helpful wedding tips - enter your info below!