My sister is getting married and I’m so over the moon excited for her. Once she was engaged I immediately told her I would throw a bridal shower for her. I couldn’t wait!! Once you say that, you can’t take it back, even when money can be tight. So, I threw a shower on a budget.

Budget Bridal Shower by This Kinda Life

My sister, Ashly and I at her wedding shower

I got right to work planning the theme (rustic) and the menu (desserts, of course) and had dozens of pins on the board I created on Pinterest for this occasion. But there was one problem: BUDGET!

Anyone who’s ever been in a bridal party knows it’s an investment. And we fork out the money because it’s that person’s special day and we want to be a part of it! From the dress, to the parties to the hair and nails, the costs can accumulate. This was my reality, but I didn’t want it to hamper the epic shower I wanted to throw for her. She’s my baby sister, so she deserved a good shower!

Budget Bridal Shower by This Kinda Life

Throwing a shower can be expensive, but I kept it under $250. I also banned games. I didn’t want her to have a hat made of ribbons from the gifts she got. I just wanted it to be a beautiful backyard party with the people she loved and a chance to chat before the big day. Except for one:  The Date Jar! It was a hit.

Budget Bridal Shower by This Kinda Life

Decorations were where I started, and I went to Wish to get these super cute foil balloons that spell love. They came in super fast, along with the foil straws. The other stuff…..well, it never showed up. I knew I was risking it, but it was worth a try since most of the stuff was free and I just had to pay the shipping.  The rest of the items were from Michael‘s, using the coupons they send via email every week.

Budget Bridal Shower by This Kinda Life

Budget Bridal Shower by This Kinda Life

Budget Bridal Shower by This Kinda Life

Next up was the Dollar Store, a no-brainer! The Dollar Store has really nice wedding decor and I loved this photo booth props that everyone took advantage of. In fact, my sister even used these photos as thank you cards for her guests. Great idea!

Budget Bridal Shower by This Kinda Life

Budget Bridal Shower by This Kinda Life

Pinterest has a ton of great ideas and one was the cupcakes arranged in the shape of a ring. To save time, I baked the cupcakes and froze them until the day before, then I went to the Bulk Barn for the buttercream icing. Thank you, Lord! What a lifesaver. It was the perfect centrepiece, and paired perfectly with the punch which was a hit!

Admittedly, the bulk of the money spent on the party was found in the food. From little treats to the ingredients for the punch, that’s where I spent.

Budget Bridal Shower by This Kinda Life

Budget Bridal Shower by This Kinda Life

Budget Bridal Shower by This Kinda Life

I did splurge on one item:  the cookies from the Cookie Diva.  Worth every penny and they were perfect.

Budget Bridal Shower by This Kinda Life

We had a fantastic day hanging out with my sister and showering her with love before her big day, and I have to say, I’m very proud of how this shower turned out. Goes to show it doesn’t have to cost a ton of money to throw a great party.

XO

Apryl

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