387- Wedding Budget Busters

by Aleisha

Jess Bishop, founder of The Budget Savvy Bride joins the Bridechilla podcast to talk about wedding budget busters with the Bridechilla community. We talk a lot about how important setting and sticking to a budget is when planning a wedding. Jess has dedicated her work to helping couples plan beautiful weddings without busting their budget. On this episode, Aleisha and Jess talk about some money saving ideas and weigh in on tips and advice other Bridechillas offer. If you are planning a wedding and are looking for some creative ways to save money, then be sure to listen to this podcast. 

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Like money in the bank

When saving money for your wedding, you want to make sure it is in a place where it will only be used for wedding expenses. You could hide the money under your mattress and hope you don’t forget about it. Or you could consider opening up a designated bank account specifically for wedding funds. Opening a bank account is easier than ever and with some banks can be done simply online. Having this account allows for people to make donations to your wedding fund and helps you keep up with your wedding budget. 

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If you know yourself and you know you can be responsible with paying those cards off every month, I think it’s a really great thing to take advantage of.

The perks of using credit cards

If are particularly disciplined and financially responsible, one way to help stay budget conscious and reap some extra benefits is by using credit cards. While you must be diligent to maintain your predetermined budget and pay the card off each month, credit cards can help you earn points or rewards that you can use for your honeymoon or after wedding travel. Jess and Aliesha share their experience with credit cards and how they have benefited from the perks during this conversation. 

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Getting thrifty at thrift stores

Bridechilla Mandy suggests one way to save money and get really great items for your wedding is to go thrift shopping. There are certain times or seasons where you can find fantastic decorations, arrangements, and even dresses at a fraction of the price. Thrifting is also a more sustainable way to shop for your wedding and allows for the reuse of wedding items that otherwise would likely only be used once. Hear about thrift shopping and other great ways to avoid wedding budget busters on this episode.

I think it’s really great to have a dedicated bank account for your wedding funds.

Avoiding budget busters with better ideas

Aleisha and Jess discuss several ideas that other Bridechillas submitted on this episode of the Bridechilla podcast. From booking a venue that only requires a minimum spend without a rental fee, using the free cricket machine at the library to DIY crafts, and having a family member purchase your cake, there are a ton of helpful and creative tips during this podcast. If you want to plan a beautiful wedding without blowing your budget, then be sure to listen to this episode of the Bridechilla podcast. 

Sometimes it really does take sitting down and comparing things really closely

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Show Highlights

  • [0:14] Aleisha introduces this episodes guest who is a regular on the show, Jess Bishop, founder of The Budget Savvy Bride

  • [2:06] The pros and cons of setting up a designated bank account for your wedding funds

  • [4:15] Bridechilla Chelsea advises that couples use one particular credit card for wedding expenses and use the points for the honeymoon

  • [6:09] Jess and Aleisha discuss some of the perks of using particular credit cards

  • [9:33] Aleisha shares a story of her honeymoon and how a credit card perk got them an amazing hotel room

  • [11:49] Using a credit card responsibly can help your credit score and might provide purchase protection

  • [13:16] Bridechilla Mandy suggests hitting thrift stores after wedding season ends in your areas

  • [16:12] How do you get over the guilty feelings of asking your friends to spend money for a destination wedding?

  • [25:38] Jess talks about her book The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer.

  • [29:12] When serving guests at the wedding, start with the good wine, then switch to the cheaper kind

  • [32:42] You can save money by booking a venue that only charges a minimum spend with no rental fee

  • [35:03] Veronica talks about usings a cricket (paper cutter) at her local library to help save cost for certain wedding items

  • [39:03] Bridechilla Amanda gives a great piece of advice based on how she had a family member buy her wedding cake for her. 

Meet This Episode’s Guest

Jessica Bishop is the founder of The Budget Savvy Bride and author of the book The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer. Jessica is an expert at planning weddings on a budget and has helped couples all around the world plan the wedding they wanted at a cost they could afford. She has shared her tips with a multitude of publications and media outlets. She joins to Bridechilla show to share ways to plan a beautiful wedding without busting your budget.

With thanks to our Bridechilla Partners

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