So you’re engaged. As you stare, mesmerized by that glistening rock on your finger, try to ignore those how will we afford it woes. A beautiful wedding is well within your reach, regardless of your budget. These wedding bloggers not only offer chic DIY tutorials, but they provide the materials necessary for planning a wedding so you can truly have a stress-free, budget-friendly ceremony—with plenty of do-it-yourself charm.
Bringing you wedding inspiration from the most-wanted looks, Bridal Musings is all about igniting your creativity. This blog is the place to begin brainstorming themes and décor. Bridal Musings also offers detailed wedding planning guides, such as a DIY Wedding Guide, Wedding Budget Spreadsheet, Guide to Choosing Vendors and How To Make Classy Email Invitations. The site features expert tips and DIY tutorials for bouquets, calligraphy, décor and wedding favors.
This beautifully organized blog separates inspirational ideas into eighteen categories of the wedding planning process. DIY projects are a money-saving bride’s go-to, but sometimes they can be just as pricey as purchasing decorations. Thankfully, Wedding Chicks has a section for DIY projects under fifty dollars that include cocktails, favors, gifts, stationary and décor. The Wedding Chicks also treat brides with free printables for invitations, monograms, Save the Date cards, signs and labels.
Even the highest-budget weddings can be intimidating to plan—so it stands to reason that it would be even more so when the budget is drastically limited. Marry This guides the bride-to-be in finding inexpensive gowns and bridesmaid dresses, doing her own makeup and even how to prepare simple, yet impressive food and drinks. The blog features DIY favors and gifts, as well as offering free printables and inspiration from real DIY weddings.
Stay up-to-date on the latest wedding and gown trends with The Knotty Bride. While the blog showcases popular styles for inspiration, you will also find a variety of DIY décor, favors, flower arrangements and personalized signs. The Knotty Bride suggests the best vendors and features regular contests and giveaways. You will find helpful wedding planning apps, printables, examples of budget-friendly weddings and a series of “Fab Finds,” which reveal cheap, but inexpensive accessories and décor.
A Practical Wedding also shows brides how to do everything from their own makeup, décor and floral arrangements all the way to food and cocktails. This particular site offers tips on photography and the logistics of planning a wedding. A Practical Wedding distinguishes itself from other sites by bringing brides helpful articles on everything wedding-related, such as “Dealing with Crazy In-Laws,” and “Do I Really Have to Feed Them?” In addition to humorous articles, the blog includes practical essays ranging from preparing for marriage to advice on managing money as a couple. You will also find links to affordable resources and vendors.
Once Wed is the place to go if you are looking for a used designer dress. Brides may also list their dress if they wish to sell it post-honeymoon. Like the other blogs on our list, Once Wed has hair and makeup tutorials alongside recipes for food and cocktails. The DIY projects are only of exquisite taste. If you never thought you could make your own cake stand, veil, silverware or shoes—think again.
The Budget Savvy Bride will help you pinpoint the exact amount you don’t want to exceed and provide you with examples of weddings that match your budget. This blog is full of one-of-a-kind DIY projects and offers printable Save the Date cards, invitations, favor labels and menus. The Budget Savvy Bride also lists the best inexpensive Etsy vendors for the things you simply cannot create yourself.