We have something different lined up for hump day this week.
Femme, by different do you mean amazingly fun?
YES, I DO!
We’re in the thick of wedding season, and while my three-year wedding anniversary has come and gone, I still get a lot of inquiries on my wedding posts. So many, in fact, that I’m lucky enough to create new content around it every once in a while.
Today, I thought it would be fun to put together a little quiz to see which kind of bride you are (or were,) including tips on how you, specifically, can save money on the big day and make smarter spending decisions.
I’m including all the results and resources below, giving you a way to view additional content if you’re not 100% happy with your results.
Here’s your task:
- Take the super fabulous awesome quiz.
- Read your results and get your free resources.
- Come back and let me know if you think your results were a good match or not by leaving a comment.
Men, you can do this, too. It’s aimed at brides because this is primarily a women’s finance blog, but there aren’t any questions about dresses or corsets. I promise you’ll be fine.
Make your own quizzes here.
The Eloping Bride
You want your big day to be about you and your partners’ love—nothing else. And we think that’s beautiful. A nice side effect is that you’ll run into a lot less planning stress. And need a lot less money.
RESOURCE: Save money on airfare by getting married quickly at the East Coast’s Vegas.
The Destination Wedding Bride
You only plan on doing this once, and you want to do it right. You want to get married to the (wo)man of your dreams, and you want to do it at a place of your choosing.
If you have a destination wedding, you’ll have to consider your family members’ ability to travel, both through the lens of health and finances.
Get a Destination Wedding & Honeymoon for Free
Destination weddings aren’t as expensive as you’d think they might be. In fact, places like Sandals give them away for free routinely.
No, you don’t have to enter a contest.
No, you don’t have to give up your first-born.
All you have to do is book three nights at one of their resorts, and then you get a free wedding including venue, flowers, and cake. You have to pay for the officiant and the processing of paperwork, but everything else is taken care of.
Then, if you have family members coming in, you get your room for free when you bring guests. The number required is different for different times of year. September 1 through Christmas your room is free when you have at least five guest rooms booked. January 2 through August 31 you have to have eleven guest rooms booked, and then yours is free.
Free wedding. Free all-inclusive honeymoon. Pretty sweet deal.
Here’s the resorts where you can get married:
- St. Lucia
You can learn more about the deal here.
The Nontraditional Bride
You buck the norms at every turn, so why should your wedding day be any different? You know that the most impactful way to cut your costs is to limit your guest list, so you only invite who’s really important. Your venue choice is likely to be outside the norm, and you dress however the heck you want–even when you’re walking down the aisle.
RESOURCE: Get married without an officiant–not even a judge. Just the two of you professing your love and commitment to one another.
The Modern Chic Bride
You and your partner love and respect each other in every aspect of life: as lovers, as friends; professionally and spiritually. Your big day will represent that deep mutual admiration with class from the dress to the venue.
Class can get expensive, though. Don’t be afraid to get outside of metropolis areas when searching for your venue to save some cash, and remember that everything is negotiable.
RESOURCE: Cut your catering costs with these veteran tips.
The DIY Bride
You are a bride on a mission, and that mission is SAVINGS. You’re willing to craft, call in favors, and even borrow your sister’s wedding dress in order to make your big day happen. You’re smart for doing so, as you’ll be able to use all that extra money for other financial goals like buying a house or starting a family.
Just be sure to run your numbers before you start that next DIY project. Surprisingly, sometimes paying someone else ends up being cheaper than doing it yourself.
RESOURCE: Make your own free, printable place cards for the reception.
The Traditional Bride
Decorum and tradition are important to you. Your partner may have asked for your hand, and you plan on getting married in a church (or other place of worship.) Your reception may or may not be opulent, but there will definitely be a three-course meal and dancing.
Following tradition, your parents may be paying for some part of your wedding, though you’re likely making a big fiscal contribution. This is your big day, and a big day for them. While that may make planning a little heated at times, in the end, you’ll figure out a way to make it beautiful for everyone involved.
RESOURCE: Why You Shouldn’t Set and Forget Your Wedding Ring Insurance
The Country Club Bride
You’ve been planning this day since you were a little girl, and mom and dad did not disappoint. They’re following the tradition of paying for your wedding, and you are all lucky enough that they have the means to do so in a big way.
A great way to thank them is to point out different ways they can be smart with their purchases–and assure them you won’t mind that they’re cutting dollars out of the budget.
RESOURCE: Leverage Your Honeymoon with Your Wedding Spending