About this weekend: Caribbean Queens Sipping On Kir Royal

Total spent this weekend: $236.46

Friday, April 12.

After a fun week in Scottsdale, I was on cloud 9 of creativity and excited about life. I kicked off the weekend meeting up with a new girlfriend who is an IT consultant for Deloitte. She attended my sold-out Money & Mimosas event in March, entitled “Elevate & Captivate” where a panel of super successful women shared their insights on how to level UP and lean IN without losing yourself. After the event she was inspired to start her a side hustle (something we PREACH here at Money & Mimosas) and immediately took steps to launch a drop shipping business on Amazon.


We met up at Drake’s Brewery in Oakland. She and her husband (they’ve only been married for a month- totes adorbs!) moved here from London a short time ago. It was great getting to know her better and to see how Money & Mimosas inspired to take steps to make her already amazing life, even more incredible. I’m so excited to see her Amazon business flourish. I’ll keep you posted.

After meeting up with her, I biked the five miles home to have date night with Nick. It was his turn to cook and he didn’t disappoint.

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Nick prepared Ono. Ono is a Hawaiian word meaning “good to eat.” It is commonly known as wahoo and is a close relative of the king mackerel. Along with a delicious salad and a banana-rum cocktail. And these incredible potatoes. SO good.

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Total spent today: $0 (My new friend treated me to happy hour- a kind gesture given that she wanted to learn how I have built my multi-million dollar business)

Saturday, April 13

Today, me and Nick slept in until about 7:30a. Then lounged around before heading to our afternoon hike near Stinson Beach. It was about 6.5 miles. I was soooo sweaty afterwards. It was such a great booty, ab and cardio workout!

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Gorgeous view- a treat after our 6.5 mile hike.

Gorgeous view- a treat after our 6.5 mile hike.

After our hike, we showered and walked to one of favorite couple’s condo for a dinner soiree. They are French and Trinidadian, and always throw the best intimate get togethers. They also invited a lovely gay black couple. Two men who were just a joy to hang out with!

Tonight they introduced us to Kir Royal- a French cocktail with crème de cassis topped with champagne (we did sparkling wine - which Stefàn kept reminding us that we were not drinking the beloved champagne, lol) and served in a flute glass. It was delicious.

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The meal consisted of a delectable salad of beets, tomatoes, and other veggies picked from our friends’ garden. Along with cheese, crackers, pate for appetizers, and roasted chicken with Kuchela (a popular Caribbean spice). So fun!

Total spent today: $45 (wine for our friends + lunch picnic during our hike

Sunday, April 14.

Today, Nick went out mountain biking while I shopped around Walnut Creek.

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I stopped in Sephora looking for a tinted moisturizer, a new lip stain and glow oil. Fernando one the store’s managers was super kind and helped me find the perfect products for my skin tone. If you are ever in the Walnut Creek Sephora, ask for Fernando and let him know you read about him on Money & Mimosas - he is the absolute best!

And since I spent over $75 at the store, I received a free hydrafacial. SO COOL.

Cucumber eye gels before my facial!

Cucumber eye gels before my facial!

My skin feels so hydrated and glow-y!

My skin feels so hydrated and glow-y!

After my surprise facial - by the way, I totalllly manifested it, more on that in another post- I headed over to Teleferic to visit my fave bartender, Wes. He made me custom drinks based on different feelings I shared with him. Such as delighted and ecstatic. We are mixing up something special for you- I can’t wait to share it with you! Unt

Until then, here is one of the cocktails he made for me based on my Caribbean heritage and mixed background.

Black Seal rum from Bermuda, with Italian vermouth, Benedictine monk liqueur (it has over 100 herbs), lime and sugar. A very risky drink with the rum and vermouth mixing.

Black Seal rum from Bermuda, with Italian vermouth, Benedictine monk liqueur (it has over 100 herbs), lime and sugar. A very risky drink with the rum and vermouth mixing.

Total spent today: $227.46 (beauty products + drinks/food at Teleferic)
Total spent this weekend: $236.46

About Danetha: Danetha is a serial entrepreneur and manages a portfolio of companies as an investor and owner. Money & Mimosas, her lifestyle brand, is a social club and financial education blog. She is known as the money mentor for ambitious women and been named a top 40 under 40 accounting professional by CPA Practice Advisor and a millennial entrepreneur to watch by the office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

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How to Clean Out Your Closet

Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.
— Coco Chanel
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As I shared last week, confidence is super duper important when it comes to being financially successful. If you don’t feel confident, you won’t have the courage to ask for the raise or state your fee with a client. One of the best ways to boost your confidence is to wear clothes that you make you feel good.

You already know this to be true. If you’re feeling lousy one day, doesn’t your mood immediately change when you put on your favorite outfit? Not only does your mood change, but the people around you also respond differently to you.

Defining your fashion and style is part of the journey of being financially successful. I am currently working on mine and invite you to join the journey with me as I work with my wardrobe stylist, Andrea Faye. Keep reading for her tips on how to level up your sense of style.

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This upcoming year is going to be amazing because Danetha and I are joining forces to show you how to build your dream wardrobe. Between the two of us, we will not only show you how to up your style game as a professional, modern woman, but also, how to plan for it financially. As with any good habit, small changes add up to something great- so let’s move forward with this first set of takeaways.

As you may have read from last week’s Money & Mimosas, I started working with Danetha in strengthening her personal style. A great first step in honing in on your personal style is doing a “closet cleanse” which basically means gutting your entire wardrobe to only include items that are the strong points in your style.

Here are a few main points to consider in conducting a closet cleanse.

1. Empty out everything.

Seeing the contents of your closet outside of context will provide a new perspective for what you actually own. Between gifts, impulse buys, clothing that doesn’t properly fit but we still feel like keeping because we spent money on it, the list goes on… Once it’s out, you can face each item with a fresh point of view.

2. Organize your clothing by priority

Create four piles: definitely keep, maybe, donate, and throw away. Use this time as you organize to reflect on how each item makes you feel when you wear it. Any hesitation is a red flag that the item does not belong in your wardrobe. When you are done, the keep pile may be the smallest, but the positive side to this, is that the items that you do keep are the foundation to your style.

3. Think of yourself as a style icon

Reflect on the most stylish people throughout history. Despite a diverse array of personal styles out there, style icons have one main thing in common: a signature identity. The more you can define the key components of your signature, the more you can develop what it is about you that stands out. Not only will you feel more true to yourself, but you will also come across stronger to other people.

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4. Consider your lifestyle

Absolutely, you can be fashionable 100% of the time. The beauty of a well defined closet is having the variables of your multifaceted lifestyle come together and always be reflective of your individuality. Consider your activewear, loungewear, special events, work, social life, and even events that you wish to attend more of in the future.  If you have something that doesn’t represent that best version of you for each of those scenarios then toss it and we will upgrade over the coming year.

5. Design elements

If you are working with me on developing your personal style, we may identify your color palette and silhouette ahead of time. A smaller color palette (3-5 main colors) allows for more versatility when pairing items. Color is an important variable, but also, don’t forget to keep in mind prints, patterns, texture, and textiles in general. Consideration of details like these are what transitions a look from low end to sophisticated. I will cover more on this in the future both with Danetha and on my newsletter, but for now just start to wrap your mind around what type of details you are drawn too.

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6. This is self care.

Your closet may be a good point for self-reflection, but please, keep your eyes on the prize. You are doing this for yourself to become the best version of you. If anything makes you feel body conscious or brings up a memory of a fashion nightmare, anything, just acknowledge it and remind yourself from here on out we are going to up your style game. It can be hard to get rid of things for some, so imagine yourself with the wardrobe of your dreams because you can absolutely attain it.

And now I’d love to hear from you! How often do you clean out your closet? Let me know in the comments below.

If you’d like to learn more about working with Andrea, click here to apply for a consultation. Or if you have questions, you can reach out to her directly at [email protected]

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7 Reasons Why Every BOSS Needs a Wardrobe Stylist

I like my money right where I can see it: Hanging in my closet.
— Carrie Bradshaw

Oh, Carrie. How I love you. And while I would like to officially put on the record that from a pure mathematical perspective there are other, more financially savvy places where you could hang your money --- I ALSO know through every fiber of my being that money isn’t just about math.

Life has shown me time and time again, that being financially savvy is also very much about how you feel and the intention you have behind your money decisions.

I created Money & Mimosas, because I am passionate about learning how to make money work for me and sharing my insights with you. I learned at an early age that the system was not designed for you and me. This fact used to make me sad, then very angry, and now I feel energized by this process of discovery.

Here is what I know for sure- being financially successful has very little to do with mastering a cookie cutter formula, and A LOT to do with mastering your beliefs and behaviors around money.

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One of those beliefs that needs to be squashed is that you need to budget yourself to boredom and never ever spend money on anything remotely fun until you are 1000% out of debt, have a bajillion dollars saved for a rainy day and are at least sixty-two years old.

Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration. But, the point is that learning how to enjoy your money and have fun with it, is an important step in BEcoming financially successful.

Please note that having fun with your money must be done with intention. Mindless spending will put you on a fast track to being financially miserable. And you have to be honest with yourself if you have a habit of mindlessly (or intentionally avoiding) making financial decisions.

Shopping is one of those money decisions that is shunned by the current financial paradigm. But, buying clothes in an intentional manner, is extremely important to you being financial successful. Why? Because adorning your body is a confidence booster. And confidence, dahling, is what you need to make that money. Yassss, girl.

But, not all of us are fashionistas. And for some, shopping for clothes can be overwhelming. And as busy boss ladies, we may not have the time.

That’s why I decided to work with a wardrobe stylist. I will be the first to admit that while I love clothes, shopping is not my favorite activity. Mostly because I never know what to buy, I end up spending way too much time in the store, and I’m not always sure which styles or colors best compliment my features.

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As any boss does, I decided to find an expert and asked for help. I partnered up with Andrea Faye, the boss behind Modern AF, who is a luxury fashion designer and stylist for busy boss ladies. After working with Andrea, I now feel super confident when choosing an outfit for any function. I’ll share more details about the work we did together. For now, here are seven reasons why every boss needs to work with a wardrobe stylist.

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Seven Reasons Why Every BOSS Needs to Work with a Wardrobe Stylist

  1. Understanding your skin tone. Working with Drea, I learned which colors highlight my undertones, making my skin glow. Versus which colors make my skin look dull and lifeless. With a stylist, you will learn which colors are your best friends and which ones need to go bye bye.

  2. Organization. A stylist will help you organize your thoughts around which outfits are best suited for which types of events. For me, my classic look at socializing events is the jumpsuit because you can dress it up or dress it down. But there are also fitness events, lounging around the house, where a jumpsuit may not be appropriate. Working with a stylist will help you think through which activities are consistent in your schedule and then determine which items you need in your closet for each of those functions.

  3. Body style. Have a hard time figuring out which style best suits your frame? Girl, you are NOT alone. It is really hard to objectively look at our beautiful bodies and know which apparel will fall the best upon it. A stylist can do that for you. And will be super loving about it, too!

  4. Your brand. Whether you run your business full-time, have a side hustle or are a freelancer, you have a brand. Your brand will attract clients and it’s important to attract the right ones. Your fashion is a big piece of your brand and a good stylist will help you look at your closet from this holistic perspective.

  5. Saves time. How often have you spent hours in a store or staring at your closet trying to find the perfect outfit for an event? Yea, it’s painful. After working with Drea, I now know how to plan outfits ahead of time for an event. Saving precious time that I can devote to the growing Money & Mimosas community.

  6. Saves money. This may seem counterintuitive, but once you know which clothes work the best for you, you can invest in classic, staple items that will last you for years to come.

  7. Confidence is priceless. Knowing what to wear, and feeling your best while wearing it, is priceless. We all want to feel confident in our skin- whether it’s during a mimosa date with the girls, a boardroom meeting, a client session, or on a date with our boo - and there is NO price tag you can put on that feeling.

And now I’d love to hear from you! Have you thought about working with a stylist? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments below.

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Bold Business Advice for Bloggers from Hilary Duff

My Interview with Hilary Duff for Entrepreneur.com

Photo credit: Hilary Duff

Photo credit: Hilary Duff

I was shocked when GlassesUSA.com first approached me about creating a capsule collection with them. I thought to myself, what could I offer to this big corporation? Why would they want to work with me? But, then I checked in with myself and remembered my worth. I remembered that I do have value and expertise to offer.  As a blogger and business owner, you may feel insecure about your worth. I certainly do at times! But, remember that your skills are valuable and don’t be afraid to boldly pursue your dreams.
— Hilary Duff

Designing a collection with a well-known brand is a dream for many bloggers and creative business owners. So I caught up with Hilary Duff to ask how the opportunity came about and advice she could share with other entrepreneurs on how to make this dream a reality for themselves.

Me rocking one of the shades from Duff’s collection!

Me rocking one of the shades from Duff’s collection!

In case you didn’t already know, the beloved star from Lizzie McGuire, is now a mom and a total BOSS. After her Disney days, the actor has been boldly spreading her entrepreneurial wings and expanded her brand to include a vast array of business opportunities. From collaborating with Jif Peanut Butter to host an entrepreneurial contest for kids to designing a capsule collection with eyeglass company, GlassesUSA.com.

GlassesUSA.com is a major online retailer of prescription eyewear. In 2015, they raised a $12.5M growth round. And now accept orders from 92 countries with 40,000 daily website visitors.

When Duff first learned that the company was interested in working with her, she had a moment of disbelief and questioned if she could be of true value to them. However, the soon to be mom of two was excited for the challenge. She was yearning for a creative outlet and designing a collection felt like the perfect fit. She also loved that the brand was open to giving her complete freedom to design a collection.

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The collection launched in January of this year and was met with immense success. Such success, that the online eyewear retailer has teamed up again with the actress & recording artist to launch the Bold Capsule, a limited-edition collection with Hilary Duff. The new line is a call-to-action for women to feel empowered and let their colors shine through; it’s an invitation to dare to be bold. The collection launched on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

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Courtesy of GlassesUSA.com

One of my main takeaways from Duff, was to be bold as an entrepreneur and treat your brand like a business. Which means taking control of your finances. The best place to start is to separate your personal and business finances by opening up a business bank account. Check out Radius Bank’s Business Tailored Checking! It’s made for the small, independent business owner (like you and me!). And you will earn 0.75% on balances over $10,000.

To read the entire interview, check out the post on Entrepreneur.com

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Tips for Planning A Destination Wedding

Author: Abigail Golder

Perhaps you’ve dreamt of a magical beach wedding since you were young. Sometimes, life does not go as planned. For instance, the love of your life has proposed but you live in the mid-west, where the closest beach is thousands of miles and a full day’s travel away.  

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While you might quickly become discouraged, there’s no reason to fret! Destination weddings are fun and if you have played your wedding planning cards right, shouldn’t be too challenging. We’ve collected some necessary tips for planning a destination wedding that you’ve always dreamed of.

Consider the Timing

Because we are talking about a dream (destination) wedding, it’s important to consider all the important factors. One of these, is the time of day and time of year for your wedding date. If you’ve always been dreaming of a southwestern, desert wedding, the season for prime wedding time is actually in the winter months. Similarly, Austin, Texas, may be hot or rainy during the summer months, so a spring or fall wedding is a great time for a Texas wedding.

If a mountain-top wedding is your dream, consider that places like Colorado have snowy winters and windy springs. While you may think that a May wedding would bring perfect weather and a touch of cool air, it will in fact bring gusty winds that are sure to falter your hair. That said, we aren’t trying to discourage in any way. If it’s always been your dream to get married in April in the mountains, you’re looking to have a wedding at one of the less desirable times, there’s always the option of an indoor venue. This way, you can choose your wedding date regardless of the weather.

Plan at Least Two Trips

It’s important to plan some visits to your destination of choice long in advance because you don’t live in the place that the major event is located. The first trip should be to visit venues and speak to other vendors like DJs, caterers, florists, etc. While it’s ideal to go a few times in the planning period, the first trip should be at least one year, ideally 14-16 months, before your Big Day.

After choosing your specific venue, plan the second trip for about the 6 to 8-month mark. At this point, couples likely have picked a wedding theme, determined a guest count, and brides has found their dream gown. Get in touch with local hair and makeup artists and schedule a trial during this time. That way, if you don’t like your style, you have plenty of time to rethink this important decision. Now that you have a guest count and wedding them, you can also revisit your venue and get a more detailed idea of how the décor, seating and schedule might pan out. Schedule a second meeting with your florist and caterer to update them on all the progress as well.

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The third trip is optional, but extremely helpful if your time and budget allows for it. About 6 weeks before the wedding, head to your destination one more time. While this might not be possible if the wedding is international, it’s super helpful if it’s a drivable trip. For brides that didn’t like their first hair and makeup trial, are planning DIY projects, or need to do a food tasting, this third trip is necessary. Otherwise, save the expense. This will allow you to arrive at your destination wedding a week ahead of time to organize and set up.

Keep Your Guests in Mind

Considering that you’ve likely been dreaming of this day forever, it’s important to do things your way. That said, a destination wedding is not only expensive for guests to attend, it’s also time consuming. Most people will end up taking a few extra days off work to make it in time. Consider your friends’ and families’ schedules and wallets when choosing your destination. Many more people will likely be able to come if it’s close enough to drive or inexpensive to fly.

If you’re Big Day does include a significant time or financial sacrifice, consider supplying invitees with reasonable options. This could include nearby resorts’ all-inclusive packages. Also, ask the resort if they will give a discount for a group reservation. Many resorts offer this amenity as an incentive to bring in more business. After the RSVPs start flowing in, supply your guests with airport information, shuttles or inexpensive car rentals, and tips for traveling in your destination.

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Hire a pro

It’s true that wedding planning can be stressful, especially if your Big Day is thousands of miles away. The key to a successful destination wedding is having plenty of time to plan. If your schedule doesn’t allow it, consider hiring an advisor or a wedding planner to lift some of weight off your shoulders.

As you can see, it takes quite a bit of planning, and finances, to plan a destination wedding. Give yourself plenty of time to visit the location and to save up for the wedding of your dreams. Use a savings account, like Radius Bank’s high-yield savings account, to stash some cash for your big day. Not only is it super easy to set up an account (it’s all online), but they have one of the highest APY rates on the market.

Follow these tips for planning a destination wedding and chances are, you’ll have the wedding day of your dreams. Contact us for any wedding questions you might have. Happy Wedding!

About the author: Abigail is a DIY bride with an upcoming wedding date in September! She's been planning her Colorado wedding from her home in Arizona with a some help from her wonderful friends, family, and of course, her future hubby. She is a Freelance Content Writer who loves to share a great story. Originally from Colorado, Abigail grew up in a small town called Montrose and she still spends much of her free time in the mountains hiking and skiing.

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How to Plan a $10,000 Wedding for 200 People

Planning a wedding is no easy feat. It often takes months and even years to prepare and plan everything for your special day. Some of the stress that comes with planning a wedding involves tough decisions you have to make, like who is invited and where to celebrate.

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Nowadays, an average wedding celebration can cost an upwards of $35,000. Many of us may not have that much money just lying around. Believe it or not, it is possible to throw a beautiful wedding for much cheaper. In fact, we are going to conquer an impossible feat - a 200-person wedding for $10,000! Below you will find tips and tricks to plan your perfect day without anyone knowing you didn’t spend a fortune. So, let’s say “I do” to starting your journey on smart spending for your wedding!

Plan ahead

One of the most important factors to planning a wedding is time management. Although planning preparations don’t need to begin right after your engagement, having at least one year to plan can save you a lot of money and stress.

If you know that you want your Big Day at a specific venue or on a specific date, booking far in advance is the first step to planning. Some venues and dates are very popular for weddings and can be filled up over a year in advance. Venue research and prep is the first place to save money and time.

Use your resources

When planning a wedding on a budget, it’s important to use up all your resources and materials on hand before going out and spending money. Your church might have a collection of tables and chairs they are willing to let you rent or borrow. Your grandma might be able to sew table runners. There are plenty of opportunities to save if you’re willing to ask for help.


Personal skills that you or your friends have mastered are great resources to take advantage of. For example, if your uncle is a ceramic artist, consider creating handmade favors. Not only will it showcase thoughtfulness, but you can save a lot of money and still have an incredible take-home gift for your guests.


If you have close friends whose parents would love to join in on the fun, ask them to help with the prep or day-of tasks. Take advantage of people’s skills and even if you do pay them, it’s likely to be much less expensive than hiring someone through a vendor service.

Where to cut costs

Everyone dreams of having a gorgeous wedding to celebrate a lifelong union with their significant other. Thankfully, it does not need to cost an arm and a leg. The best way to combat high expenses is to know where to cut costs and where to splurge.

Venue: $2,000

Venue choice is often the reason weddings become so expensive. Renting the space itself is often relatively cheap, but they make their money off food and drinks. Find a venue that allows you to bring in your own catering service and you’ll save a ton in the long run. This requires more planning time because you have to research caterers, but it’ll save plenty of money.

Invitations: $150-$200

After you’ve chosen your venue, thought about your wedding size, and talked about budget, it’s time to order your wedding invitations. Believe it or not, the average wedding invitation cost is between $400 to $600.

One of our favorite wedding invitation sites is Basic Invite. They have over 900 wedding invitation sets for an affordable price and a lot of free add-ons to help you plan a wedding without breaking the bank. You can click here to learn more about their wedding invitations.  Some of the features we love:

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  1. Over 900 Wedding Invitation Sets - Each of our wedding invitations is part of a set. You can find everything from save the dates to wedding invitations and enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs and even matching thank you cards!

  2. Free Address Collection Service - Use our free address collection service to request your addresses with just three simple steps. Share a link, collect addresses, and get free envelope printing.

  3. Free Wedding Websites - Our all-new wedding websites are completely customizable just like our wedding invitations! These wedding websites are mobile friendly and super easy to use. You can instantly upload all of your wedding details along with images and a map with directions which is super convenient for your guests. Choose from 180 custom colors and even choose a design to match your wedding invitation suite! Click here to learn more about this awesome service.

Flowers: $750

You’re in luck if your wedding is in the next year or so. Greenery is the latest trend in wedding florals and makes lush floral arrangements a possibility with this frugal budget. Make your bridesmaids’ bouquets small and filled with greenery but create your dream bouquet. Skip the arrangements on each table and purchase tons of greenery from your florist. Greenery garland is expensive, but you can get the same look by laying the greens down the center of a rectangular table.

Food/Drinks: $3,500

People are hungry at weddings, that’s no secret. There is a new cocktail-style wedding trend where only appetizers are served rather than a full dinner. This is a great way to save money, but it often looks cheap and leaves your guests hungry and potentially overserved on booze. A buffet-style dinner is the only way to go to keep guests (and your budget) happy. Italian food is well-liked amongst most people and pasta is fairly inexpensive. Find a few different caterers and get quotes for an Italian buffet. They should charge no more than $12.50 per person to stay in budget. This might seem tricky at first, but this price is more than reasonable for an Italian buffet.

Tip: Keep in mind that it can take up to 45 minutes to move 200 people through a buffet line, so it’s important that people can move down both sides.


Alcohol at a budget-wedding is simple. Serve beer and wine only and close the bar at dinner. This keeps your guests happy because it’s unlimited booze but doesn’t cost a fortune like a fully stocked bar would. There’s also no reason to keep the bar open at dinner. This allows your bartender to take a break and eat dinner and helps to keep people focused on the task at hand – moving through the buffet line.

Music: $0

Chances are, someone in your family or friend group is an aspiring DJ or has a band. They likely want the experience and you want to save the money. Ask them to dedicate their time to making your night one to remember!

Officiant: $0

Just about anyone can be a wedding officiant. What better way than to have a close friend or family member join you two as a married couple? This costs next to nothing and makes the ceremony all the more special.

Dessert: $200

There are dozens of new wedding dessert trends that also help save some money in the long run. Go for a donut or candy bar and chances are, you’ll save money and your guests will enjoy the change. Donuts cost about 50-cents and a bakery might give you a discount for the large order. Of course, you’ll still want to have the cake-cutting moment, so grab an 8-inch cake from your local grocery store bakery and your guests will never know the difference.

Bridal Party: $100

There’s a good chance you have a long list of friends you’d like to have next to you on your big day. Keep in mind that for each bridesmaid or groomsmen on the list, the dollar signs add up too. The bridal party should be no more than your immediate family and best friend or two. Capping it off at 4 or 5 bridesmaids and the same number of groomsmen allows you to still treat them without going way over budget.

Keep the bachelorette and bachelor party low-key and do a staycation or combine the two parties to save money. Get small personalized gifts off Esty or even make them yourself. You can get bridesmaids robes online for much less than in stores and iron on the “bridesmaid” stickers yourself.

Decorations: $750

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It’s far too easy to go overboard on wedding decorations. You’ll watch your budget disappear quickly with wedding-specific signs and customized menus. Rather than buying items that are specific to your big day, buy decor that can be used again in your home or even for a friend’s wedding. For example, skip the metal cutouts that specify the guestbook table and gift table. Instead, buy cute gold frames from the dollar store and print signs from home to display information about signature drinks, guest books, dinner menu, etc. Also, don’t focus too much on small details, such as getting custom napkins or fancy straws. Chances are the guests may not really pay attention to these small items, and much of it will end up in the trash by the end of the night.

Favors: $0

Your guests have likely taken time off work, flown or road tripped to help celebrate your big day. We aren’t suggesting they don’t deserve a take-home favor, we just think it’s okay to be a bit creative! Print photos of the two of you on stickers and glue them to a water bottle, Chapstick or magnet. This is much cheaper than ordering these custom items from a manufacturer. Also, make sure to consider the time and travel they are taking out of their day. Suggest nearby airports, inexpensive yet nice hotels, and fun activities they can enjoy during their stay.

Where to splurge

Although there are plenty of ways to cut costs when it comes to planning a wedding on a budget, it’s just as important to know what areas you should splurge on.

Photography: $2,500

One of the biggest items that newlywed couples say was worth every penny, were the photos. Out of all the things you pay for on your wedding day, photos are one of the few that actually end up coming home with you. Do some research online or through word of mouth to see who does great photography work that doesn’t overcharge on wedding bundles. And pairing your photographer up with a videographer might not be such a bad idea. You could even get a lower priced package for hiring two services instead of just one.

At the end of the day, having the best wedding ever mostly depends on seeing all your loved ones and enjoying a wonderful evening with them. Customized items may seem nice at the time, but the wedding experience is what will truly be remembered. Don’t get caught up in the wedding glamour of renting limos, customized items and fancy transportation. Saving on your wedding can help you reach your goals of buying a new house, a family SUV, or that extravagant honeymoon.  

The best thing you should take away from your wedding is wonderful memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. So, if you’re planning a wedding on a budget, just remember that materialistic things only add so much. Happy planning!

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About the author: Abigail is a DIY bride with an upcoming wedding date in September! She's been planning her Colorado wedding from her home in Arizona with a some help from her wonderful friends, family, and of course, her future hubby. She is a Freelance Content Writer who loves to share a great story. Originally from Colorado, Abigail grew up in a small town called Montrose and she still spends much of her free time in the mountains hiking and skiing.