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Most little girls dream about extravagant weddings, with an array of flowers and fireworks and fancy decorations. Then we get older and wedding bells are around the corner, with Pinterest throwing in your face color schemes and satin dresses and ten inch heels. You open your bank account and feel like slamming your head into a wall, wondering, How the hell are we going to pay for all of this?
The above photo is from my actual wedding. Bride and groom on military leave, me seven months pregnant, and surrounded by our family and friends. I'm not wearing a satin dress, I'm DEFINITELY not in ten inch heels, and I've also never been happier in my life.
Here's how to pull off a fairytale wedding on a budget:
1. (Most importantly!) Don't be afraid to ask for help!
You're approaching deadlines. Maybe you still need to figure out how to feed everyone, you haven't decided on a color scheme, or you need to figure out how you want your hair done because you've changed your mind a thousand times. Sometimes we get so caught up thinking this is "my wedding" that you forget it's a union of two families. Get them involved! It's a great way to communicate with new family, make friendships, and get organized.
2. Recycle a Wedding Dress
This means so much more than what you may be thinking. Recycling a wedding dress could be anything from having your mother's dress altered for you, to finding a suitable one from somewhere like Plato's Closet or Goodwill. Certain websites are dedicated to doing nothing but this, and will actually let you 'rent' a dress for a certain length of time and then return it. Some of those include:
3. Gifts with a Twist
Instead of making a wedding registry for guests, focus that energy on tasks for your special day! If you have a cousin who's good at baking, ask if they wouldn't mind making your cake. A crafty aunt could make take-home gifts for people, such as soaps or candles. Friends can help with decorations you can find at Wal-Mart or the dollar store, such as balloons, ribbons, and flowers. You can even turn it into a pot-luck picnic and have guests bring a dish for the reception afterwards. Remember, gifts don't have to come in bags!
4. Looking Fabulous Without Professional Hair/Makeup
Girl, honestly, if you're already not the type to spend hundreds of dollars on makeup, do NOT make an exception for your wedding. I promise you will cry it off anyway.
If you want to try a new look, I recommend YouTube tutorials until you accomplish what you're going for. That goes for hair as well. I was lucky enough to have my best friend running around doing her own hair, both of my sisters' hair, and mine as well. We had a little train going where we were sitting in front of each other doing hair and makeup, with mascara and hairspray being tossed back and forth. It was so much more fun than sitting in a chair with a stranger working on you while you're anxious about walking down the aisle.
5. Worry less. Remember why you're doing this more.
Remember, you're not getting married to get likes on Facebook or to compare weddings on Pinterest. You're getting married because you found the person you want to share the rest of your life with. Keep that in the forefront of your mind, and you'll have a fairytale wedding no matter the circumstances.