Top Wedding Planning Resources

By Sara Margulis, CEO & Founder

When I was a bride-to-be, I hopped online eager to find everything available to a do-it-yourself wedding planner. But when first searched the phrase "wedding planning," I was disappointed to find all the results were essentially the same -- big companies monopolizing the results and pressuring me into a cookie-cutter type wedding concept that costs, on average, $35,000. The problem was, that wasn't us. We had budgeted far less than that. I needed options that fit our unique situation. 

In the 18 months that followed I worked hard to find some reliable resources that would help us plan the wedding we envisioned on our realistic budget. After the wedding, I heard that one of my cousins had guessed our wedding cost $40,000. The actual cost was $15,000. I was so glad I'd put in the time to find the right help.

In our 15 years since then, as innovators in the wedding industry, we've learned even more about making amazing things happen on a realistic budget. And we know something doesn't have to be big to be great. And neither does your wedding. In fact, when you focus more on making the wedding authentic to you two, and not the cookie-cutter event with a $35,000 price tag, It becomes better than you could have imagined.

These resources, an accompaniment to our groundbreaking 1-Page-Wedding-Plan, will guide you to your best day. 

Bridal Bargains: Secrets To Planning A Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget

This gem of a book thoroughly covers how to buy just about everything you could possibly want for your traditional wedding. Tips from the authors' extensive research and real brides will literally save you thousands, from flowers to gowns to favors and more.


Local Event Space & Location Guides

If someone in your area publishes a book of wedding and reception locations, get it! These invaluable books list a plethora of possible wedding and reception sites, along with key info like cost, maximum capacity, catering restrictions, corkage fees, etc. This lets you easily narrow down your "to see" list without having to make a single phone call.



DIY and Cost-Cutting:

The Budget Savvy Bride — If there's a DIY project, cost-cutting hack, or other idea for making money fall out of the sky, you'll find on it this blog.  

The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer

The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer can help you bring your big day to life without breaking the bank, thanks to tons of tools and worksheets for putting together a wedding day that you and your guests will never forget.

Inside you’ll find helpful checklists, example budgets, calendars, things to consider when building a guest list, and how to set wedding goals that ensure the whole affair is a smashing success.


More Wedding Resources:

Rustic Gem—Affordable wedding and bridal jewelry.

eBay and Craigslist

You can get some incredible deals on common wedding items by buying second-hand. eBay and Craigslist are probably the best resources for second-hand stuff. The best part is you can turn around and sell it all after your wedding!