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This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB – we share a wedding budget tip every Tuesday to help you save money on your wedding! You can also see past posts (and a sneak peek at what's ahead) on this wedding budget tips page for your convenience and future reference.

The Budget Savvy Bride breaks down how choosing to follow your heart during wedding planning can save you money on every aspect of your big day!

Wedding Budget Tip #10:

Do what feels right for YOU, not just what people expect.



We're taking a little break from the concrete money saving tips and taking a slight detour into the more emotional side of wedding planning today.

You see, it's easy when you're planning a wedding to get caught up in the details. With the never ending sources of wedding inspiration like Pinterest and countless wedding blogs, you can easily fall down a rabbit hole of DIY projects, wedding details and ultimately: unnecessary expenses.

On many wedding websites you visit, you've likely seen lots of lists of must-do's, must-haves, and swoon-worthy details. But the thing that many of those sites probably won't tell you is that–quite frankly–there are no rules when it comes to weddings.

If you don't want to do things that are considered traditional… don't do them. Such a novel concept! It may seem scary, but I'm here to tell you: you don't have to do anything you don't *want* to do. Choose to follow your heart and it will likely help you to save money in the process by cutting out unnecessary traditions and customs.

Follow your heart

Not into tossing the bouquet or the garter? Don't do it. Heck, don't even buy a garter if you don't want to!

Are you and your fiancé not big dancers? No one says you HAVE to have dancing at your reception. Don't worry about hiring a band, just set up a nice playlist for background music on your iPod — you'll save a bundle.

Don't get caught up in doing things because they're expected or just because they're considered part of a tradition. If it doesn't feel right or authentic to you as a couple… simply skip it!

At the end of the day, you want to enjoy your wedding and for it to be a representation of you and your new spouse, so nix anything that's not a fit.

When you choose to follow your heart when it comes to wedding planning, you'll be happier, avoid stress, and likely save money in the process!


Are there any wedding traditions you plan to skip on your big day?


Follow your heart when planning your wedding.


Want more wedding budget tips? Come back next Tuesday for the next post in this series.

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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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