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Planning a wedding can be a costly enterprise. That’s why we like resources where couples can find money-saving tips on how to make their big day wonderful, yet affordable. Jessica over at The Budget Savvy Bride does just that – she provides info, ideas, and inspiration for planning a wedding on a budget. Jessica was nice enough to answer a few of our questions. Be sure to pay her a visit!

Who are you / What’s your story?

I am Jessica Bishop, and I am the author of The Budget Savvy Bride! In the process of documenting my own wedding planning on my blog, I began to realize that people came to see me as a resource for tips, tricks, ideas, and inspiration for their own budget-savvy weddings! Now as I’m approaching our first wedding anniversary, I continue to write about weddings and feature a budget-savvy wedding every week on the blog! I really feel like it’s come full circle!

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Why did you start The Budget Savvy Bride?

I created The Budget Savvy Bride as a place to organize my inspiration and ideas for my own wedding in May of 2009! I never imagined that it would turn into more than a hobby, but I love it so much I don’t consider it to be a job! Now instead of writing about my own wedding, I write about trends, tips and tricks for saving money, DIY projects and real weddings! It’s a lot of fun.

What can brides find at The Budget Savvy Bride?

At BSB a bride can find a friend who’s been through the planning process with a tight budget! So many blogs and websites feature weddings that cost a small fortune and there’s just not a lot out there that shows truly budget weddings! At BSB you will find a budget savvy wedding every week, as well as DIY project features, tips and tricks for saving money, coupons, and more!

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Image credit: Jessica Miller

What makes you different from other wedding blogs/sites?

We focus on the smaller-budget affairs. We provide realistic inspiration and ways to pull off luxe looks for less when possible! We are different because we want to prove that it is not only possible but AWESOME to have a stellar wedding without spending too much money or creating a heaping pile of debt!

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Image credit: Boyd Bouquets

Do you have any advice for other brides planning their weddings?

Do your research. The internet is a never-ending resource for inspiration as well as key to finding quality vendors to work with. Don’t just hire the first person you meet with. Doing extensive research can help you save money and help you find the best people to hire to help your dream day come to life. You can also find lots of fun DIY projects and ideas to create for your day to help save you money as well.

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Why should brides avail themselves of online resources like The Budget Savvy Bride?

As I said the internet is a never-ending resource for brides! Although I will always love magazines I find myself perusing the internet because it is constantly updated with fresh and new content for our inspiration hungry eyeballs. Not only that but the wedding blog and twitter community is so helpful and uplifting and there are a wealth of wonderful people out there willing to answer questions and provide advice. It’s been great becoming a part of it all!

Do you have regular categories or features on the blog or is it just as subjects come up?

I have a few regular weekly features, my favorite being the Budget Savvy Wedding of the Week, where we feature a brides’ experiences, tips and tricks for saving on her own big day- it’s been a really fun feature to include every week! There are so many different things that you can do with a budget and to see how different people pull it off is really interesting. Other than that I try to feature different cost-cutting ideas, DIY projects and coupons as things come up!

Anything else we should know about you and The Budget Savvy Bride?

I’m also a graphic designer and I’ve recently opened an Etsy shop (jesslehrydesigns.etsy.com) selling semi-DIY printable invitations and other paper goods for the not-so-crafty bride who still wants to have great invites on a small budget!

Head on over to The Budget Savvy Bride and see what money-saving tips Jessica has to share!

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