When you imagine your wedding it is most likely full of grace and splendor with you standing at the altar waiting for your chance to say, “I do.” You imagine your groom next to you in a tux gazing at you in your perfect and resplendent wedding dress. This is the image of your wedding day and this is the dress you imagine yourself wearing. Knowing what you want in a dress is the driving force behind you visiting the gown shop once, twice maybe even three times looking for the dress that fits your dream. You know it when you see it and once you fall in love it has to be yours. The only issue is that once you fall in love with your dress the price seems insignificant. So what if it is three times the amount you budgeted for. The “so what” is that you need to stay on your budget in the face of such decisions. In the battle between price and your dream; inevitably dream nudges ahead and wins. Here are five ways that you can still get your dream dress and make sure that you stay within budget.
- Buy a Used or Vintage Dress
It may be your wedding but it does not mean that you have to sacrifice style for your budget. Buying a new dress may not be for you but you can look at many different options of picking up a used or vintage dress that will be perfect for you. Wearing a heirloom dress adds a certain classic touch and elegance to your day and you may be able to find it for a price that will fit into your budget. Still not convinced take a look through Etsy and see what elegant dresses and accessories are available for your perfect day.
- Borrow a Dress
Borrowing a dress for your wedding does not sound romantic but borrowing a dress from your mother or close family member can be perfect for you. If this is an option for you just remember that it is all right to update the dress for what you want. After all it is your wedding day. Wearing your mother’s dress just continues the cycle of happiness first begun at your parent’s marriage. Just make sure that you make the dress your own by having the right seamstress alter and update it for you.
- Have Your Dress Made
Found the perfect dress but it it is way out of your price range? You can always have it recreated by a professional who can make the dress style but keep the materials well within your budget. Make sure that you select someone that does good work or you can bust that budget anyway. Having your own dress made can give you the freedom to get the style you want but also make changes that can enhance the dress to fit with your day.
- Focus on the Cut
Your wedding dress is about the cut of the dress and not necessarily the ornamentation. The style and cut of the dress is what compliments the bride, the ornamentation can heighten the look but may not offset the shape of the dress. If the cut and shape of the dress are off ornamentation will not help. The largest costs of the dress are the material and the ornamentation like hand stitching and beading. These things will increase the price and may not be what you want. Focus on the dress itself and you may find the right one at a fraction of the cost.
- Last Season’s Sales
Some retail stores will deeply discount the previous season’s dresses. This is a perfect way to find your dream dress and still pay a fraction of what you would have on this season’s new dresses. Do not be afraid to explore what your options are here because the dress of your dreams could be one from last year.
When you are planning your wedding cutting costs does not seem like what you want to do to have your dream wedding because you may sacrifice some of you want in the bargain. However, exploring these options for purchasing your wedding dress gives you a larger range of dresses to look at and think about but at a fraction of the cost. There is no reason that you have to sacrifice elegance because you want to stay within your budget. Just look around and see what is being offered you may just find your dream dress where you least expect it.