There are about a million and one pieces to a wedding. Between the necessities, such as chairs, and the gifts for the wedding party it can seem like an endless list of items you need to work into a budget.
Recently, many brides have been turning to thrift stores in an attempt to dress their wedding in a unique fashion while pinching a few pennies. These are a few of my favorite things I've found for my budget friendly wedding that could help you in your search.
Before you look at me with those crazy eyes, just trust me. Over the past 6 months I have found a total of 3 perfectly perfect vintage and handmade wedding dresses, all under $130. I am lucky enough to fit into my Grandma's dress from the 1950s, but that did not stop me from buying three other potential dresses- because that's just what happens when you have a pretty sparkly thing on your finger.
Don't be afraid to thumb through the wedding dresses hanging in your local thrift, vintage, and consignment shops. I found the most beautiful 1950s designer wedding dress stuffed in a plastic bag in the back of a thrift store for $40.
Keep in mind, finding a size or two larger is always better than it being too small. A seamstress will work his/her magic and create a custom fit just for you.
Every time I see a cake stand in a thrift store I feel an impulse to purchase. Your cake is about as important as your dress, and itcertainly deserves a gorgeous cake stand to stand upon.
Cake stands are even great to stack on top of one another, creating a multi-level dessert bar. Plus, every new home will need at least one to proudly display homemade treats.
As beautiful as they are, I'm not entirely sure why veils cost $100 on a good day when you happen to hit up a trunk show or bridal sale.
I recently found a gorgeous long veil with lace details running along the edges for $10. Which means if it happens to fly off your head as you are walking down the aisle and it is only worn for 10 pictures, you won't feel so bad about it.
Thank You Gifts
This might be my absolute favorite thing to purchase during our thrifting adventures. Here you have an opportunity to find something completely unique and personal. During one of our trips to our favorite outdoor antique fair we purchased a pair of candle holding squirrels for my mom and a 1930s Maine license plate for my stepdad (he might love the great state of ME more than he loves me). There's just no way I could have found those gems at the mall. I think my mom about cried when she saw the squirrels, and understandably so.
I hope this blog post helps in your quest for budget friendly thrift finds for your wedding!
Jenny of Jenny Does Weddings is a blogger, wedding planner, and stylist who can be found spending her weekdays blogging and her weekends' thrifting.