Planning a wedding can be incredibly expensive, but there are definitely some big ways to save a lot of money. T and I just celebrated our 8th anniversary
this week, and while I was looking through our wedding album, happy memories of
the wedding and yes, wedding planning came flooding back to me.
|First dance! | Photographer: Marilynn Spindler|
Call me crazy, but I really enjoyed the planning process. We wanted to keep the cost of the wedding within a fairly low budget, but because I was in school at the time, I didn’t have time to DIY everything. I had to find other ways to cut costs. Here are ten things I learned firsthand while planning my wedding.
1. Alterations can cost as much or more than the
When I chose my wedding dress, I was looking for
something similar to this Monique Lhuillier (remember, this was back in 2005), while spending as
little as possible. I ended up getting a strapless lace dress from
David’s Bridal on sale for $299. While the dress was lovely, the
alterations were $250 due to the dress being allover lace and beading.
The tailor had to remove the beads one by one in the areas she took in, making the process very labor intensive. Altering a plain fabric would have been much less expensive. If you’re thinking about buying a dress with lots of embellishments, take a photo of the dress to your tailor before you order it and get an estimate so you aren’t shocked later on.
|The infamous beading. | Photographer: Marilynn Spindler|
Brides have so many more options now for buying dresses on a budget. Ruche, J. Crew, and BHLDN all have stunning dresses at a variety of price points, and you can get amazing deals on sale items. These sites are also great for bridesmaid’s dresses that don’t scream bridesmaid, and can be easily worn again. Our bridesmaid dresses were from J. Crew, similar to this one, and all three girls loved them and wore them to other events.
2. You can make a cathedral length veil for under $10.
Veils are outrageously expensive. All you need is several yards of bridal
illusion tulle, a clear hair comb