At Last, Wedding Season is upon us!

Alisha Tyler, Fashion Advisor

Planning a wedding is hard …staying on budget is even harder. So whether you’re planning to spend $50,000, $5,000 or $500 for that magical day, make it one to remember when you shop Goodwill for cost-saving wedding ideas that will help you quickly move from the planning stages to the altar, stress free, and with a little extra money left in your pocket.

We’re all familiar with the wedding cliché “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.” However, the single most important detail to remember when planning your wedding is this: it’s YOUR day! You shouldn’t feel obligated to adhere to any set of rules or traditions. Your day, your rules, therefore, allow your imagination to run wild, get creative and be free to do whatever your heart desires.


Here are a few creative cost-saving suggestions:

1. Break ties with tradition and redefine the term “something old” by turning unique picture frames found only at Goodwill into heartfelt centerpieces for each table at the reception. In each frame, insert childhood pictures of the bride and groom to make guests feel as if they are a part of the magical journey that led you to one another.

2. Forego pricey printed wedding invitations and postage and send an ‘e-vite’ instead. All you need are the email addresses of family and close friends, a picture that creatively expresses your union and a fantastic computer font. Attach your e-vite to an email address, and start sending instead of spending.

3. No need to shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars on the bridal party’s attire when there are HUGE savings to be had at Goodwill. From the mother of the bride to the bride herself, Goodwill has an endless selection of dresses for everyone. And with 17 retail locations  throughout Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana, why not gather your bridal party and make a day of it?!

4. Feel good knowing when you shop Goodwill you’re helping to save Mother Earth. For more than 100 years, Goodwill has been committed to recycling and re-using diverting more than 50 million pounds of materials from area landfills every year.

Follow these simple suggestions or create a few of your own and you and your special someone will be well on your way to living ‘happily ever after’ knowing you saved a ton of money on your big day and also did your part in keeping the planet for future generations, including yours.