Hi! I’m Cara Davis, author of CheapWaysTo.com….
In the few years before I was engaged, I had abandoned the fantasy of a huge fairy-tale wedding. I’d come to realize the wedding was about two individuals to give selflessly to each other for the rest of their lives. Somehow fluffy white netting and sugary sweets no longer calculated into the mix.
When my fiance popped the question, we celebrated over dinner at my favorite restaurant and settled on a date in the fall – which meant something very different for the wedding color scheme than all the pastels of my youth. Out with the pinks, in with the weathered look of burnt oranges and antiqued golds. Yet it was fitting. “Wedding” now meant “marriage” to me (something I had never thought about as a girl).
Marriage presented the biggest challenge and journey either of us had ever faced. We’d seen some couples fail bitterly and other couples succeed – but not without hefty amounts of pain and forgiveness. I knew a wedding was more about sacrificial commitment and spiritual humility than about euphoric love and superficial beauty. It was with this perspective that I approached our wedding plans.
I hope you’ll do the same. This website will definitely help. There are many pitfalls to avoid and many myths to crack. Whether you have $20,000, $5,000, or $500 to spend on your wedding, you can find ways to make it the most memorable day of your life.
As I approach my 40s, my hope is to help guide others planning one of the most important days of their lives, and to provide insight and experience that may help them avoid pitfalls or needless worry.
I’m not an expert. But I believe one of the most powerful ways to help others is to let them know they’re not alone. So whatever you’re planning, facing, celebrating or changing, my hope is that this site can help you.
My speciality: Cheap Wedding Tips!
I began this site in 2005 after I planned my wedding in under six months for $5,000. My tips have been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, Colorado Brides, Chicago Bride Magazine, Destination I Do Magazine, St. Louis Bride & Groom Magazine and many more.
CheapWaysTo.com is your source for the inside scoop on cheap ways and places to marry in Nashville (my home) and beyond. Check out our newest city guides for:
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This blog originated when my book, Cheap Ways to Tie the Knot was published in 2006. My book was published as a follow-up to a book my employer published called Cheap Ways To … and that book was a compilation of an article series I curated on RelevantMagazine.com, and featured the writing prowess of Jason Boyett, Margaret Feinberg, Josh Hatcher and Katie Meier. I still recommend the book. You can buy it here.
About the Author
Cara Davis, author of three DIY books, Cheap Ways to Tie the Knot, Wedding on a Budget and Budget Wedding Boot Camp, is a content consultant and the former editorial director for Relevant Media Group. Her writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, Fox News, The New York Post, Forbes and CNN, and she’s been quoted in USA Today and The New York Times. Cara received a degree in journalism and a minor in communication design from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. After 11 years in Orlando, FL, she hangs her hat in Nashville again, where she lives with her husband and two daughters and drinks copious amounts of coffee.
In the News
- Hawaii Wedding on a Budget (USA Today)
- When Family or Close Friends Miss a Milestone Celebration (New York Times)
- Tales from the Bride: How to Have a Wedding on a Shoestring Budget (CBN.com)