Saving Money, and Staying Stylish

Vané Broussard, founder of Brooklyn Bride. Photo by: Belathée Photography

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There are so many ways for brides-on-a-budget to save money and still have a great event. Today we chatted with Brooklyn Bride, the blog known for style and smart weddings, and looked at where to spend and where to save. We love these tips. Her ideas for the DIY Bride involve going simple and we totally agree!

How did you get started with Brooklyn Bride as a blog?

Brooklyn Bride started really as a scrapbook for ideas for my own wedding back in 2007. Back then, there weren’t the thousands of wedding blogs there are now, and none spoke to my modern aesthetic, so I started posting what I had collected over the years, thinking maybe a few people might stumble upon it for their own ideas. Over the months, the blog just grew and grew!

What is the one thing brides think they need on their wedding day that it turns out wasn’t as important?

I think people overestimate the necessity of favors…your friends and family are there to celebrate you! Favors like candles holders or tiny frames are completely useless, and will most often just be left on the table. If you absolutely MUST get a favor for your guests, go with something edible, like chocolates, or something they can take away from the wedding, for example, a fun picture from the photo booth.

When a bride is on a strict budget, what is the first area that you try to save on?

It really depends on the bride and what’s important to her. For me photography was incredibly important to me because it was really the one thing would have to remember the day by, so I splurged there. Stationery as well was really important because I’m a paper fanatic! But accessories like shoes, jewelry, even a limo at the end of the night, were just not priorities, so I saved a ton there by using stuff I already had and taking a cab home 🙂 If there’s anything a friend can make or help you with, those are always big money (and time savers).


Thanks again to Vané for her helpful tips and ideas! Next week were are going to feature a DIY wedding project on how to make your own cookie favors. Such an easy way to make your wedding even sweeter!

Category: BravoBride DIY Guide

3 Responses to “Saving Money, and Staying Stylish”

  1. Dana says:

    couldn’t agree more about favors…we figured, either find something useful or don’t do it. we opted for pashmina’s we brought home from turkey for the ladies and nothing for the guys, who didn’t care at all. the ladies however, still tell me how they wear it constantly!

    no limo for us either. we just made sure we had a friend to take us back to the hotel.

    love bravo bride and brooklyn bride 🙂

  2. Falon says:

    Those are some good tips. Thanks for sharing!

  3. i always look for party decorations on amazon, there are many party decoration options that you can buy from them ,;`

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