Remember Your Wedding Day as Special, Not Expensive…

Prepare for a sneak peek inside one Sassy Thrifter’s frugal journey to a glamourous wedding day.

On the other end of wedding vows is a LIFETIME commitment that only a small percentage of couples seem to stick with. Yet so many brides-to-be are engrossed with the material aspect of the wedding! In my opinion, something about that is a little off. What message are we conveying when the majority of our attention is directed at everything surrounding a wedding instead of being concerned with the longevity of the union?

I digress. We’ll save that topic for another blog.

We (ST) had an opportunity to get up close and personal with newlywed, Shavada Givens (SG) to ask a few personal questions all while getting the details of what it costs to have a dream wedding on budget.

ST: What are you most looking forward to about being married?

SG: Working as a team, building our faith, family trips, and raising two (2) girls to be self-sufficient.

ST: How did you grow as a couple during your engagement?

SG: Becoming team players and improvising comes to mind. Sticking with a budget and being mindful that there’s life to live after the wedding is over. We’ve grown to work well with one another to obtain both our wants.

ST: What goals do you and your husband have?

SG: Our goals are to become baptized Jehovah’s Witnesses and serve where the need is great.

ST: How long did you prepare for your dream wedding and how have you taken time for yourself during wedding preparation?

SG: I’ve prepared for one year. Attending the Kingdom Hall and relying on Jehovah for strength are ways I’ve taken time out for myself.

ST: Is it really possible to have a dream wedding on a budget?

SG: Absolutely. I’m a Dollar Land, Dollar Store, thrift Queen. Anything purchased retail was off a clearance rack or discontinued aisle. I’ve paid full price for a few things but 80% of my wedding was DIY.

ST: What was your inspiration?

SG: I’ve changed my theme a few times. It started off eclectic but peacocks became my inspiration. I love what peacocks symbolize, and the colors are rich and royal.

Check out a few photos of items bought at Dollar Store, Dollar Land, various thrift stores, estate sales, Hobby Lobby, clearance racks, and a few personal sentimental items.


My rental space was my BIGGEST ticket item although we saved $1,700. We rented Aquatorium Beach House in Gary, IN from 8am to 12am, $1,800 for the entire building. We were able to bring our own caterer and beverages.


Wedding Dress purchased at $190 from Mom & Pop Boutique


Brooch bouquet was handmade by me. Brooches were purchased during Sassy Thrifters’ Estate Sale Tours and Thrifting in Chicago Bus Tours


Bride Maid dresses were $60

Hair Accessories:

Bride’s Maids hair ornaments were purchased at Burlington for $2.99 – $4.99

Bridesmaids wristlets:

Bride’s Maids pearl wristlets were purchased at Dollar Land on Cicero & Fullerton on the North side of Chicago


Boutonnières for $7 each from Hobby Lobby. They were 50% off

Bird Centerpieces:

Styrofoam birds were discontinued at Hobby Lobby which brought the price to $3 per bird. I applied glitter paint and glued feathers to create an elegant centerpiece


My blinged bird cage center pieces were my focal point at our reception

Candy Jars:

Candy jars were purchased in 2006 ranging from $5-$10. I purchased Dollar Store jewelry and bling wrap to drape around the vases


My cardboard peacock arch was my focal point for my wedding.


Purchased jumping broom from Amazon for $14.99. Glued Dollar Store earrings down the stick, and stuck in as many feathers as I could to give it an elegant look

Guest Book

I created our guest sign-in book. I “blinged out” a bird cage template and glued a peacock necklace on top

Wishing Well