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Best Sites for Budget Wedding Splurges

Are you dreaming of a day at the spa with your maid of honor? Do you have a honeymoon bucket list that's way out of your price range? Do you wish you could afford that designer wedding gown? Are you frustrated that you can't find beautiful and original wedding accessories within your budget – from affordable wedding rings to vintage-inspired veils?

Some couples feel frustrated planning a budget wedding, because they wish they could stretch their wedding dollars a little further.

But the good news is that it's never been easier to find secret deals to make your wedding dreams come true – even on a tight budget. The Internet to the rescue! Here's what you need to know to get the most out of the web while wedding planning. 

Budget Wedding Planning Like a Pro

1. Groupon or Living Social

Groupon or Living Social, two indispensable daily deal sites, feature a ton of fantastic offers on everything from international trips to spa days to cases of wine. 

But both are unpredictable in their offerings, so you won't want to wait until the last minute to find a great deal on your wedding essentials. It's a good idea to make a list of your wedding priorities before you get started.

Depending on how long your engagement will be, you probably want to go ahead and make arrangements for the basics (ceremony site, wedding gown, food, affordable wedding rings) and leave Groupon and Living Social for the elements that allow for a bit more flexibility.

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What to Look For

As interesting items become available on Groupon or Living Social, you might find that you're able to get great deals and splurge on things you didn't think you could afford:

  • A huge discount at a chic spa to purchase massages for you and your husband-to-be as a wedding gift, or manicures and pedicures for your bridal party.
  • An amazing travel deal for a honeymoon destination – think: Costa Rica, Iceland or Australia.
  • A fantastic restaurant deal for a girls' night out before the wedding.

2. Ebay

Ebay is a great place to start budget wedding shopping, because you can bid just as much as you are willing to pay for an item, and no more. You just enter your maximum bid, and you will find out at the end of the auction whether you won the item you hoped to buy. On Ebay, you can search for just about anything you can think of. Tradesy, OnceWed and PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com also have a fantastic selection of pre-worn (often designer) wedding and bridesmaid dresses. 

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What to Look For

  • A stunning designer wedding dress or bridesmaid dresses for a fraction of the retail price
  • A vintage lace veil to complete your bohemian look
  • Funky wedding decorations for your reception venue 

3. Etsy

If you are planning a wedding on a budget, then Etsy is an excellent site for finding lovely, eclectic, handmade touches, often at an excellent price. Independent vendors sell both their own creations and secondhand treasures – whatever your unique budget wedding vision, you are likely to find something creative and beautiful that fits the bill on Etsy.

What to Look For

  • A vintage-inspired 1950's wedding dress or bright pink peep-toe pumps 
  • Custom-designed stickers to place on the bottom of Hershey's Kisses as favors on the reception table
  • Handmade photo booth props and decorations 

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4. My Trio Rings 

Of course we couldn't talk about planning a beautiful budget wedding without just a little shameless promotion. It often seems impossible to find authentic and affordable wedding rings that match your unique style, but that's exactly what we offer at My Trio Rings. 

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What to Look For

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