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How to Save on Wedding Clothes {Budget Wedding Week}

July 2, 2013

Two years ago I said “I Do” to my best friend in the whole wide world.  It’s been the best two years of my life and I am so blessed to be Nate’s wife and to have him as my husband.  Here’s to 78 more years of wedded bliss.  (Yes, we’re going to live until we’re 102…  And be healthy the whole time)  Happy Anniversary, Nate!  You’re the best husband a girl could want and I’d marry you all over again.  I like you and I love you!


Now enough of this mushiness, let’s get onto the next installment of Budget Wedding Week.

As I shared yesterday, We did not have a specific budget for our wedding (the less we spent the better) so it was my goal to create the day of my dreams for as cheaply as I could.  I researched, got help, took full advantage of sales and, at the end of the planning, realized the whole wedding had come to $3,500!

Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to share my budget wedding tips with friends and family to help them create amazing days for amazing prices!  I figured it wouldn’t be right of my to leave you all hanging.  I’m sure plenty of you would love knowing the tricks for weddings (or other events) of your own.  That’s exactly what I’m going to do this week!

The bride’s attire is not the only clothing that can be expensive.  The wedding party needs to look good too.  Whether or not you’re paying for your wedding party’s attire, it’s always nice to think about the budgets they might have.  Here’s how we did it.

The Wedding Party (And Groom)

The Groom:  As you can see, Nate was the only guy who wore a tux at our wedding.  To be honest, my frugal self didn’t think that a tux was a wise move but it’s what Nate wanted to wear so I quickly changed my tune and was all for him wearing a tux.  It was his wedding too and I wanted him to be wearing exactly what he wanted.  We searched around and discovered that for what we wanted Men’s Wearhouse had the best prices.  We rented his whole outfit for under $100.

The Bridesmaids:  I knew that my girls had a huge range of budgets, modesty levels, and comfort factor for their bridesmaids dresses.  Because of this, I wanted to be extremely lenient with them and let them get what they’d be comfortable with.  I picked out a color and length at David’s Bridal and told the girls to get whatever dress fit their budget and style.  The girls each picked a different dress and they ranged from $30-$130.  I felt at ease  because I knew that I wasn’t causing them to spend more than they could afford.  they knew their budgets and what they could afford spending.  Part of my bridesmaids gifts were their earrings and I had them wear black, open toed heels.  I love that they look like a unified group but also got to express their own personalities through their dress choices.

The Groomsmen:  We weren’t quite as lenient with the guys.  We asked them to have a white, long sleeved shirt (that we let them roll up when it ended up being really hot that day), black slacks, and black shoes.  Part of their groomsmen gifts were black suspenders and a black tie.  It was a super easy look and many of them didn’t have to go out any buy anything!

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  • Paige (The Last Doughnut)

    July 2, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I love this! Everyone looked fabulous!!!

  • ThistleAshD

    July 2, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I really like the guys look 🙂

  • Katrin

    July 2, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    You all look so fabulous! Thanks for sharing your tips!

  • Autumn

    July 2, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I've never seen this look for groomsmen, but I think it works! And I love how they are in height order! LOL!

  • Always Maylee

    July 2, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Wow a $3,500 wedding, that is amazing. I really like the groomsmen look!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  • Veronica Lee Burns

    July 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    We did something really similar. My girls picked their own dresses from anywhere they wanted, and we had the guys where their own black suits so they wouldn't have to buy anything. Kevin wore his own suit so he didn't either…such an easy way to save! Your wedding looks precious!

  • Jenna

    July 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I love a man in a suit. I asked my husband to wear a tux even though we had a beach wedding. Luckily, he complied! I think your hunny wearing a tux was such a wonderful idea. It makes him stand out from the groomsman. How many people did you have at the wedding?

  • LaynahRose

    July 2, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    And look how nice they all look! Pretty impressive. I wish I had done that with my bridesmaid's gowns! I'm hoping to convince my best friend in the future to go with the same color and length gown also, it just makes so much sense.

  • Summer Nicole

    July 2, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I just love that dress idea (partly because I was one of the recipients of your great idea…since I was in your wedding party!) But honestly, the cost of being in a wedding can be a little daunting and I never felt strapped in yours. I was able to be there for you and celebrate with you without wondering how I was going to pay off my credit card at the end of the month. GREAT idea Susannah, I hope lots of brides get to hear your great ideas!

  • mj rdn

    July 2, 2013 at 4:58 pm

  • Southern Gal

    July 2, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Great looking group! I think the best thing they ever did was make different style dresses in the same color. It's a great that the girls get to pick what they like. (Looks like you used the same green as Rebekah. Beautiful.)

  • Katie

    July 2, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I was a bridesmaid last month! the bride let us "vote" on some different options… but definitely wasn't as flexible as you were! I think you found a great solution, the dresses all look coordinated because of the color and length, but it's fun that they are all different styles.

  • Ashley

    July 2, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I really like how Nate was the only one wearing a tux. Also, letting the bridesmaids have their own choice with their dresses was a great decision. I was in a wedding a few years ago, and the dresses were almost $300. Ahhh!!! I was so sick about them.

  • Becky Dougherty

    July 2, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    I really like the groomsmen's look! I admit, the idea of my bridesmaids having different dresses freaked me out, but yours all look so beautiful! The (uniform) dresses in my wedding were long, so my girls could wear whatever shoes they wanted. It was such a good idea to get your groomsmen the ties and suspenders. Very smart!

  • Bailey @ Becoming Bailey

    July 2, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    I'm totally forwarding your Budget Wedding posts to my sisters… Brittany's wedding budget is $2,500-$3,000 while Brandi's is $15,000-$18,000– INSANE! That's a down payment on a house!!

  • Sheli

    July 2, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    You are incredibly wise Susannah, the wedding was amazing and everyone looking fabulous! Keeping the wedding costs down and working around a budget allows you to set the pattern for a lifetime of great spending and shopping habits.

  • Jen

    July 2, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Everyone looks awesome, such great style!

  • Lala H

    July 3, 2013 at 3:10 am

    im still tripping on the $3500 wedding budget! i cant wait to read the rest of the installment!

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  • Jayda

    July 3, 2013 at 3:29 am

    Happy Anniversary for REAL today haha. I knew it was the second, but I lose all track of time when I travel. I'm totally bookmarking your wedding budget posts for future use! Not for me, obviously, but for the next bride-to-be in my life who needs advise 🙂

  • Sam M

    July 3, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I think that we were on the same money saving wavelength. We did the same thing with the groomsmen, and provided them with red ties and suspenders. I let my bridesmaids pick out their pattern, and they all made their own dress from the same pattern which I thought was pretty cool. My husband did buy a nice suit for the wedding, but we figured a wedding is a good excuse to get a fitted suit that he can wear for years. It's fun to see some of our ideas overlap!

  • Elizabeth Mayberry

    July 4, 2013 at 4:00 am

    yeah! we cut out the tux thing as well (which bruce was excited about) you all still look so classy and the jacket comes off right away once dancing starts anyways!

  • Rachel

    July 4, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Angel bought a suit of his own for our wedding, which is fine by me because I love to see him wearing his suit! But his man of honor just wore a suit he already owned (I can't even remember what color it was) and I just told my matron of honor to please wear a dress, it didn't matter what color or what kind, whatever dress she wanted, as long as it wasn't jeans and a t-shirt I was happy! 😛

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