You might think that it’s a recession-era concern to have a budget-friendly wedding.

Actually, no! I’ve created a family history scrapbook that features wedding stories from as far back in the family line as I can track them down. The majority of them had a minister and typically a church setting, but would not be considered extravagant or “society” weddings.

Most of the weddings in our family included do-it-yourself details such as decorations made by the bride or her family, or the couple wearing “Sunday best” instead of wedding attire.

Here are the Monroe on a Budget archives of weddings on a budget tips, and The Monroe News and Monroe on a Budget have a shared Pinterest board about budget weddings!

Fashion and jewelry


Ceremonies and locations


Attendants and guests

Showers and pre-parties


Renewal of vows

Budget-minded discussion points

Military complications

Also of note: I used to include bridal expo announcements in the weddings on a budget discussions.

But the vendor shows held in Monroe County, Mich., are small events, serving as open houses for banquet halls or craft stores than a true one-stop shopping event for the brides. Because of that, a bride should expect to attend two or three such events to really do some comparison shopping and see a range of ideas.

Last updated March 25, 2014.

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