5 Tips to Keep Your Wedding Dress Shopping on Budget!
Here are five ways that my wedding dress added color to me and my husband’s finances:
Purchasing a designer dress versus an off-brand that you could pick up at a local department store will make a big difference in your purchase price. A designer dress that is custom-made for you will cost you even more. Couture gowns are often designed for a specific client and the designer will work with the bride to create something truly one-of-a-kind. If you want to wear a designer label on your wedding day, be prepared to pay a premium for the dress itself and any costs associated with tailoring the dress to fit perfectly. When you are making such a big investment to purchase a designer dress, you’ll definitely want the boutique to handle all of the alterations.
Be mindful about the time between the purchase of your dress and your actual wedding day. If your wedding is several months away and you plan on losing (or even gaining) some weight for the wedding, you’ll need to have your dress altered. Plan out when you are going to go in for final measurements and alterations so you don’t have to pay extra for an excessive number of alterations. Those costs can really add up!
Natural fabrics are much more costly than most manmade materials so be prepared to pay a premium when you are going with an eco-friendly dress, a 100 percent handmade dress, or anything with exceptional details. If you aren’t prepared to spend a lot of money on the dress, you’ll need to settle for cheaper fabrics and embellishments that may have been made overseas. Set your priorities so you can stay within your wedding budget.
When you have a wedding dress shipped to your home, it will need to be carefully packed and shipped in a special casing. You’ll need to pay extra to have the dress shipped overnight or second day air, so plan accordingly. The shipping and handling costs of most dresses are usually much higher than the average shipment, so be prepared to include these costs in your wedding budget.
Most bridal boutiques will provide a large selection of shoes to go with your dress but you can shop for shoes on your own. Just remember to consider which wedding outfits you’ll be wearing these shoes with, and how much will actually show under your dress! Designer shoes that match your dress perfectly can be another costly purchase but one that you will probably cherish for years, just like your dress. Don’t be afraid to shop around for a great deal on bridal shoes when you have a specific design or style in mind. Remember you don’t have to purchase the shoes the bridal boutique recommends, but can certainly take notes!