5 Tips for Throwing an Elegant Bridal Shower on a Budget

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated April 30, 2018

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Money Saving Tips
April 30, 2018

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Throwing an elegant bridal shower doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. When you know where to splurge and where to save, you can host an amazing event while staying under budget.

Don’t spend hundreds or thousands of dollars renting a venue. Your home makes the perfect location for a bridal shower. With the right decorations, you can create a festive atmosphere to celebrate your friend’s upcoming nuptials.

You may have been to bridal showers that use excessive decorations. The truth is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money renting fancy tablecloths and fine china. All you need are some balloons, streamers and pictures of the happy couple.

It’s often possible to save even more money by purchasing bridal shower decorations from discount stores. Make sure you visit the discount stores near you before you pay full price at a party supply store.

Websites like Evite, Punchbowl and Paperless Post let you create and send invitations for free. Using them makes it possible for you to avoid the unnecessary expense of paper invitations. Besides, most people don’t expect to get paper invites anymore.

If you decide that you really want to send paper invitations, you can save money by using an online service like Vistaprint or Minted. The websites let you design your own invitations, so you don’t have to pay a professional to do the work for you. They also use low-cost printing processes that few local printers can imitate.

Caterers charge a lot of money for their services. Instead of blowing your budget on a professional, spend more money on quality ingredients and make the refreshments at home. That way, you can serve delicious foods like shrimp cocktails, chocolate-dipped strawberries and cupcakes.

You can literally save hundreds of dollars by doing the cooking and baking at home. Recruit a few friends so you’ll have helping hands in the kitchen.

Even if you choose low-cost options for a bridal shower, the expenses can add up. Ask a close friend to co-host the event with you. That way, you can split the cost to make the event affordable for both of you.

Don’t let planning a bridal shower stress you out. When you take the right approach, you can make your event elegant, affordable and fun … and have a few resources left over for a budget-friendly bachelorette party, too.

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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