I’ve been thinking about money lately. Actually, let me rephrase that. I inherited a tendency to worry about money, and I’ve always been very aware of it. But with the rising cost of gas prices and my return to graduate school, Jason and I have been cutting corners wherever we can. I’ve been riding my bike to class as often as possible, which not only saves money and helps the environment, but is also just plain fun. We cancelled our cable, as we never really use it, and we’re happily enjoying our Netflix instead. We’re going to change to a family plan on our cell phones to save money as well.
It’s become a little game, actually. We see where we can save, and it’s exciting for both of us to come up with new ways. We’re trying to apply this same frugality, or at least cost awareness, to the wedding planning. The average American wedding costs around $30k, from what we’ve been able to discern and, while we can’t afford that anyway, neither of us would really be comfortable spending that much money on one day. When we first got engaged, I got a copy of Offbeat Bride and read it cover to cover in 48 hours. The book really made me think not only about the consumerization of weddings, but also gave me tons of ideas and tips on how to have a wedding and keep my sanity. Even if your idea of a wedding is a bit more traditional, I highly recommend the book. It’s full of practical advice, and is also just plain hilarious. Many of the weddings in the book were very DIY, and it really gave me hope that this can be done on a budget.
My mother has very generously offered to pay for the wedding, but Jason and I would like to come in as much under budget as possible. Since I’ve never really been a traditionalist, and I’ve never really been a “girly girl” (whatever that means), the DIY ideas are working really well for us. I love that we’ll be making our wedding a personal reflection of us AND saving money while at it. Plus, I get to play with ribbon and glue and paper. Fun!
I’ve been trolling the interwebs for ideas, and let’s just say that Martha Stewart is my new best friend. The woman really is amazing ,and her website has given me tons of ideas. I never thought I’d say this, but yeah, I’m kind of obsessed with her now.
Anyway, one of the things we’re going to try is thrifting more. I’ve gotten some ideas for DIY centerpieces, and so we’ll be trolling our local thrift shops once a week to look for supplies. We already got a bunch last weekend, and we’ve got so much time to go!
While thrifting, I also picked up a little something for myself: this fantastic turquoise Betty Crocker bowl, which is sitting on my Babcie’s table until we hit up the farmer’s market this weekend and fill it with local fruit. Today, we went to the Kalamazoo Public Library for the first time and picked up a wedding book that our most likely officiant recommended. It will be a lot of fun to plan our ceremony, me thinks. I also snagged a book on Polish wedding traditions, and the next Jasper Fforde for fun.
I’ve also bought yarn to make a shawl for myself, one for the maid of honor, and one for my other bridesmaid. I’m almost finished with my Icarus and, I’d show you a WIP pic, but it’s just a brown blob. The yarn is lovely, though, and the issues have been fixed (the issues being my inability to count, mainly) and I’m hoping to have it done by the end of the weekend. Enjoy your long weekend, everyone! We have big plans for a BBQ party, margaritas, and maybe even pie.