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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.

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About Abby

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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