Budget Bride Spring Wedding Roundup: How to Throw an Authentically Joyful Celebration and Launch a Happy Marriage
It's boom time for planning post-pandemic weddings! It looks like it will be possible to throw a biggish, in-person wedding celebration next year, when all people, including children of all ages, will be eligible for vaccination. Can you imagine? If you can't, let me help! Below are links to all ten posts in my Budget Bride series, a collection of throwback tips from my own wedding that took place in a simpler time, before Instagram filtered and squared off our dreams--before aesthetic perfectionism distracted us from the gorgeously multi-sensory experiences that can only be referenced in, not totally captured by, photographs--and way before Covid put our lives on hold. The Budget Bride series hints at how to recapture that all-consuming joy of the Before Times while avoiding many unnecessary wedding costs and logistical hassles. Even an aesthetically maximalist wedding can be done on a minimalist budget and with a minimum of negative drama.
My wedding was a meaningful day to remember, and it was also just plain, down-and-dirty fun. Remember when weddings were fun? Remember when we looked forward to them instead of dreading all the fussy obligations? Nearly fifteen years later, not only is my marriage strong and happy, but our friends and family still look back on our wedding as one of the best parties they've ever attended. I still haven't made a proper photo book of the day (maybe I'll finally get around to it for our 15th wedding anniversary next year), but the night lives on in legend and grass stains and in the hearts and minds of all who were there to co-create the magic.
My Budget Bride posts are not about specific products or services that you can buy. They aren't about the visual styles I used, which are now vintage. My posts are designed to spark your own, personal, of-this-moment ideas and to help you make clear, confident decisions among the choices available to you--at any budget. Use them to plan a wedding that celebrates and blesses and empowers the union between you and your beloved and the joyful start of your shared life together.
Below is a roundup of the whole series for old-school wedding wisdom, new inspirations, borrowed experience, and true-blue advice. Happy planning!