Tips for throwing a budget-savvy shower | The Budget Savvy Bride
The Budget Savvy Bride

Not only is this a season of budget-savvy wedding planning, it’s also a season for budget-savvy wedding going! In the six weeks after our wedding, I have three weddings to attend and I’m a bridesmaid in two of those.  Suffice it to say, bridal showers are underway.  Between planning showers and having a few thrown for me, I’ve picked up on some budget-savvy tips I thought I’d share.  

*Have your menu centered around an inexpensive food option.  One of the showers thrown for me was a brunch, and the main entree was two different egg casseroles served on china.  At a evening shower I’m co-hosting, my friend and I are doing pizza and wine. Also, how delicious does this champagne punch sound?  I definitely plan on putting that recipe to good use sometime soon.

*Host  with friends.  One shower I’m helping with has 5+ girls pitching in.  The bride’s sister is leading the charge, and we’re all helping with the details as directed by her  Not only is it a great way to share the costs, but I’m also getting to know my fellow bridesmaids of this wedding.  An important note: If co-hosting a shower w/ more than 2 people, have single person in charge to make the decisions.  This  facilitates drama-free preparations :)

*Thrift for the details.  My aunt and a dear friend threw me a beautiful shower recently.  For the table centerpieces, my aunt created these darling tiered platters using thrifted dishes, a candlestick and clear glasses.  She put a single rose and some filler in the  glass, and filled the platter with sweet breads (not pictured) and donut holes.  Beautiful and budget-savvy.

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*The meaningful is what matters.  Although all the showers that have been thrown in my honor have been beautiful, do you know what I remember most?  My beloved college academic adviser sharing about marriage by reading a letter she wrote to Mike and I out loud.  My maid-of-honor’s mom sharing a devotional about the joy and difficulties of the husband-wife relationship.  The women who have shaped me as a woman sharing memories of my growing up, middle-school, high school, and college years.  No matter your budget, these are elements that can be incorporated into any shower and make it truly beautiful.

Abby is an agricultural communicator and black tea and British miniseries aficionado marrying the exceptionally fabulous and remarkably sweet mechanical engineer, Mr. M. As a couple, some of their favorite things include "Parks and Rec," reformed theology, Purdue University, and good food and drink. They're planning a classy, relaxed wedding for May 2014 that celebrates their marriage covenant and community.

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