April 10

Recessionista Shower Planning Tips: Easy (Cheap!) Ways to Dress It Up

If you’re a bridesmaid on a budget and helping to plan a friend’s shower (like many of the staffers here!), this post is for you. We know you love your friend and want them to have an unforgettable shower—and we also know that being a bridesmaid isn’t necessarily a cheap endeavor. So, we’ve gathered some of our favorite (dare we say, effortless?) ideas to help you throw a chic and thoughtful shower, without breaking the bank.

1. Use your leftover bridal shower invitations as centerpieces and decor.

2. Ask guests to bring a dish from home. This way, your fruit platter from Costco will get a little makeover. And, hodgepodge can have a sweet, shabby chic look when done right!

3. Make your own favors. We absolutely adore this DIY mason jar favor idea. Use the bride’s favorite cookie recipe as for a cute personal touch. Plus, you can decorate the jars with a personalized gift tag that matches the invitation or shower theme—they are just $7 for a set of 24!

4. Stack books or wrap styrofoam in fabric to stagger food and add depth to your display table. Really, it doesn’t get easier than this.

5. Use photos as decor and hang them with clothespins or display them in jars like we did during this fun DIY shoot.

Do you have any recessionista shower planning tips to share? Leave us a comment below!


March 16

Budget Friendly Thank You Cards: Wedding Stationery Wednesday

When it comes to wedding planning, we Wedding Paper Divas staffers know that costs can add up quick—especially with so many pre-wedding events like showers, engagement soirees and bachelorette parties. So, if you and your soon-to-be are browsing for stationery on a budget, you’ll be sure to love the thank you cards from our Studio Basics Collection. These chic designs start at as low as 69¢ each, so you’ll never have to sacrifice your style to stay within your budget!

Here are some of our newest Studio Basics designs. Which one will make your gratitude gorgeous?


May 7

Ideas for a Budget Friendly Bridal Shower

The expenses of a wedding not only affects the bride and groom, but it can also have a deep impact on the bridal party.  In fact, one time honored tradition, is the expectation that the bridal party will help host a bridal shower.

If you’re trying to plan a classy, yet budget friendly, bridal shower.  Here are a few ideas to keep down costs.

1.  Order elegant, but simple bridal shower invitations. Wedding Paper Divas offers a budget-friendly invitation collection called Studio Basics. These fun and classy designs  start as low as 69¢.

2. Keep the venue and catering simple. Renting a catering hall or restaurant can be costly. Instead, opt to have a pot luck or dessert buffet in someone’s house or yard.  Also, don’t be afraid to ask guests to bring salads or desserts while you supply the main course.

3. Limit Alcohol. Let’s face it, alcohol is expensive. To help limit alcohol costs, throw your event earlier in the day where there will be no expectations for drinks. If alcohol is a must, consider serving a signature drink that you know that bride will love.

4. DIY Everything. From the cake to the flowers, you can still have a beautiful shower without extravagant decorations. For centerpieces, consider making simple floral arrangements that feature only one of two stems. For dessert, make a homemade cake. If a cake intimidates you, try cupcakes!

5. Give Edible Favors. Bake a few dozen cookies and package them with a “recipe for love” as a fun and unique favor idea.

Remember, regardless of how much you spend, this is a celebration.  It’s about the time spent with the bride rather the the money spent on the party that matters most.

Happy Planning!


May 5

Wedding Stationery Wednesday: Recessionista Shower Invitations

Financial concerns should never hold you back from having gorgeous stationery and invitations—and with our affordable collection of Studio Basics bridal shower invitations, they’ll never have to! If you’re planning a bridal shower on a budget, feast your eyes on these fresh and stylish designs.

Recessionista’s, rejoice!


May 3

Recessionista Wedding Gowns

The recessionista bride may be on the tight budget, but that doesn’t mean that she has to sacrifice on style and grace. In fact, today’s bride can find a variety of simply elegant dresses for $800 or less.

Here are a few of our favorite finds:

$425 at JCrew

$588 at Nordstrom

$695 at JCrew

$800 at Etsy


May 3

Recessionista Wedding Gifts

No matter the budget, there’s no question that weddings can be a pricey proposition for the bride and groom. But being a guest can come with its own set of financial pressures—between the showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties, bridesmaid dresses, travel and more, the costs can really start to add up! So if you’ve got an abundant summer wedding schedule and are looking for affordable gifts without the cheap, check out these options to keep your bank account—and your reputation—in good standing.

Most newlyweds have a long list of thank you’s to dish out following their wedding. Help them get started with fun and fitting personalized stationery! I love this design from our Signature Collection.

If they’ll be on the move after their nuptials, you could offer to gift them chic moving announcements of their choice. I recently used this delightful one from our parent site Tiny Prints for myself!

Crafty? Put your DIY savvy to work with a one-of-a-kind handmade gift. An artful guest book or beautifully knitted afghan for their new home will not only save you money, but will certainly stand out. Not the crafty type? Find someone to do it for you! Ask around or saunter on over to Etsy if you don’t know anyone firsthand. Just make sure to leave an ample time frame, big projects like these can take up to several months.

If you’re shopping online, Amazon, Crate & Barrel Outlet and are your friends, especially if you are using the couple’s registry.  Three websites with one common theme: great deals on things sold elsewhere.

Memories always serve a priceless gift, so if you captured some amazing moments from the wedding, wrap it up in a package that matches their particular taste for a gift they’ll always cherish! A gorgeous custom photo book from Wedding Paper Divas or these simply elegant oversized mat frames from Pottery Barn are each totally thoughtful without being overwhelming.

Know a couple with a flair for photography? I can’t get enough of these unique Lomography cameras! There are many out there to choose from, and prices start as low as $10. Plus, what’s not to love about the timeless aesthetic they produce?

Sometimes even the smallest contribution makes a big difference. In the face of an unfriendly economy, giving gift cards to a favorite market or gas station will not be frowned upon! Lastly, going in together with friends is always a great way to save money without skimping on a nice gift.

Just remember, if you were invited to their wedding, they probably don’t want you to go broke as a result. With a bit of research and resourcefulness, you can find a sweet and stylish gift that’s easily within your budget. Because as the saying goes, “If there’s a will, there’s a way!”