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How to Save on a Wedding Dress {Budget Wedding Week}

July 1, 2013

If you need to know how to save on a wedding dress, this post is for you! #wedding #budgetwedding #weddingdress #budgetweddingdress #weddingsaving

It’s anniversary week!!!  Two years ago, I married the man of my dreams and I have loved (almost) every minute of it!  😉  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!  What the what?!?!

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 being filled in on the tricks for weddings (or other events) of your own and that’s exactly what I’m going to do this week!

How to Save on a Wedding Dress

One of the biggest costs for a wedding can be the bride’s outfit.  Women can, and usually do, spend thousands of dollars on wedding attire.  I couldn’t afford that so did my shopping a little differently than most brides.

My Total for My Whole Bridal Look was under $250!!!

The Dress

Once Nate and I started talking about marriage, I began researching the type of dress I wanted.  As I was looking, I stumbled across a dress on sale at David’s Bridal online for $250.  It was exactly what I was looking for – for SUCH an amazing price.  I contemplated snatching it up right then and there but I restrained from doing it because I really didn’t want to buy a dress until I was engaged.  You know, the principle of the matter.  On February 12th, Nate surprised me with coming to Spokane and proposing.  February 14th, my mom and I went into David’s Bridal to see if there were other dresses I liked better.  I really didn’t so we went home without buying anything.  I jumped on the computer and saw that the price of “my dress” had gone down.  As I went to put it into my cart, I saw that there was only ONE left in my size and it was even cheaper than it had been before!  Other than that one dress, all the rest of that style were size 16.  No wonder it was priced so cheaply.  I quickly snatched up that last one in my size and, when it arrived, tried it on and started burst into happy tears.  It was definitely “the one.”  Total Cost: $199

The Veil

After I found my perfect dress, I started looking for a veil.  I knew I wanted an elbow length, one tiered, clip-in veil in ivory (since my dress was ivory) but the ones I liked kept being around $100 – a price I was not willing to spend, especially for something that I could make myself if it came to it.  I searched and searched and was just about to give in and figure out how to make what I wanted when I came across a company in Hong Kong via eBay that made the exact veil I was looking for.  Their veils were only $1 with $2 shipping!  How could I turn that deal down?  The only downside was that shipping was supposed to take a month.  Since we were still two months away from the wedding and I knew I probably couldn’t make what I wanted for $3, I purchased it, knowing that if it wasn’t what I wanted or if it took longer to ship, I’d still have time to make my own.  A WEEK later it showed up at the door and, after a steaming, it was exactly what I had been picturing.  Total Cost: $3

If you need to know how to save on a wedding dress, this post is for you! #wedding #budgetwedding #weddingdress #budgetweddingdress #weddingsaving

Our wedding colors were green and yellow and I really wanted a fun pair of shoes.  I searched and searched for the right pair of green or floral print heels and just couldn’t find them.  Finally, about a month before the wedding.  I put out a cry on Facebook for girls to tell me places they’ve found unique shoes for a decent price.  One girl commented and said she found her hot pink wedding shoes at Debs.  I immediately pulled that site up and found the perfect green heels for next to nothing with free shipping.  Into the cart they went and, a week later they showed up – exactly what I wanted for the wedding.  Total Cost: $29

The Jewelry

I really wanted fun earrings for myself and my bridesmaids.  I didn’t need them to be good quality as long as they looked awesome so I went into Claire’s.  I found adorable earrings that I thought would be so fun for me and the girls.  Best part about it was that they were buy two, get one free.  Into my cart went six pairs (I had five bridesmaids) and, of course, two pairs of clip on earrings for my beautiful flower girls.  All the earrings came to $30.  Total Cost (for my look): $3.75

Your Turn:
What are ways you saved on your wedding look?
How much did your wedding look cost?

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  • Southern Gal

    July 1, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Great job! Isn't it amazing how you can find deals if you are patient enough. My daughter used my wedding dress with alterations. The sweet lady who altered it would not take any money for it. (She had made dresses for me when I was little!) So her dress and veil were free. We bought fabric and buttons to make a green sash for it and that was all.
    Here's the comparison:

  • Jenna

    July 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    WOOHOO! Congrats on your anniversary. I hope you have some fun plans in store. That is so amazing that your wedding cost that much money. I am a little jealous. My wedding was way more than I had hoped it would be. Your dress is beautiful on you!

  • tiarenie

    July 1, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    wow – what luck with your wedding dress! i also got mine at david's bridal, i love how they have such a broad range of dresses! my dress became expensive only because i had to alter it, but everything else i wore that day was also budget friendly. theres no need in spending a fortune on a wedding day!

  • Katrin

    July 1, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Happy anniversary! So great that you got the last dress in your size, I guess it was meant to be! Our wedding was so spontaneous, we did not have time for any planning and I got my dress online too. It isn't even a wedding dress but I love it so much and it was only 90 dollars. 🙂

  • Chelsea Phelps

    July 1, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Happy anniversary!! I saved on jewelry by wearing earrings I already had, and I skimmed on the make-up artist and opted to do it myself :). You are a wedding attire saving guru though! Good job!

  • Sew Much To Say

    July 1, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Wow! Happy anniversary to you and yours! And I will be pinning this series to pinterest for you. Every girl deserves a cheap and beautiful wedding.

    Amanda Rose

  • Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird

    July 1, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Damn lady, you did well! Happy anniversary to you!

    Iz and I are talking about marriage and I remember my first wedding – I wanted it to be so personal and it ended up being a circus, ugh.

    I told Izzy when we get married I want it to be about US, and I don't want to spend a ton of money. The venue freaks me out though. The minute people hear "wedding" the price goes up, yuck.

    Come enter my Riffraff Clothing giveaway and win a $30 credit for pretty clothes!

  • Johanna

    July 1, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    We have the same wedding colors! I wore green shoes, too!

  • Lauren

    July 1, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    wow! way to go, and those green shoes are awesome! such a fun pop of color!

  • Kayla Peveler

    July 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Wow!!! That is amazing… 🙂 great job girlfriend!!!!

  • Sam M

    July 1, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I love your shoes!! My wedding budget ended up being really similar to yours. I spent a lot more on my dress, but thanks to a friend who used to work at that bridal salon I got my veil and jewlery free. Connections can save you tons of money!

  • Mrs. M ~ a.k.a. ~ April

    July 1, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Happy Anniversary! My mother took me to a consignment shop and I was able to bargain for the price of the dress (but not too much to rip the seller off). I wanted ballerina type flats and I got cute ones from Amazon for $10 plus shipping and my mother added the bows that my grandmother loved wearing. My alterations were done by a local seamstress..she altered my dress plus made my veil for $70!

  • Ginny

    July 1, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Yay for deals, you look beautiful 🙂

  • Becky Dougherty

    July 1, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    That's amazing! I also got my dress at David's Bridal for $600. I love watching shows like Say Yea to the Dress, but it makes me a little sick that these women pay THOUSANDS of dollars for their dresses….and some buy more than one!

    I got my veil on eBay for about $20, and my shoes and jewelry were things I already owned. 🙂

  • Katie

    July 1, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    wow great prices!!! really inspiring– you had a vision and made it happen!

  • Brooke

    July 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Our wedding was super low budget too, I think it's so important to remember that it's what the day represents that's important!

    We saved money by having our reception at a friend's home (they have a gorgeous yard). That saved us a bundle!

  • mj rdn

    July 1, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    happy anniversary..your wed dress looks awsome, you're pure beautifulin it.

  • Z

    July 1, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Happy Anniversary dear Susannah and your hubs.
    I can imagine that wome do end up spending more than planned. But when we save its awesome, right;)

  • Stephanie @ Life, Unexpectedly

    July 1, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Wow, those shoes are AWESOME! Love, love, love them!! I actually have to admit, I did not save on my weding dress. A friend of mine, who's a designer made one for me lst-minute, because I didn't want to do the whole "I'm a bride" thing and was under time pressure (say: 5 weeks until THE day). In hindsight, yes, I could have saved tons of money on my dress, but it's a dress made for me and me alone, no other dress like that…

  • Jen

    July 1, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Happy Anniversary week!! You looked absolutely gorgeous!

  • Glória Hefzibá

    July 1, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Happy Anniversary!

    I'm searching on wedding stuff (planning to be married asap), and it was such a great inspiration to read this post. Thanks for showing that it is possible not to spend thousands of dollars. =]

    Cheap Fashion is Chic
    Yellow Blog Design

  • Rachel

    July 1, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    I have quite a bit of sympathy for budget weddings, I could never understand spending so much for just one outfit, one day. 🙂 You really found some awesome deals–the veil price was amazing.
    My good deal with the outfit was that I went dress shopping with my sisters and my Mom on my 19th birthday in my hometown (well duh, clothes are cheaper in Asia) found my perfect dress, it was about $130. It had to get altered three times to fit me because it was one of those shops that believes in "buy one size, and alter it to fit anyone!" But in the end, it made it safely to the U.S. in my suitcase.
    I didn't wear a veil because it's not really conducive to my style…I wanted to wear flats since if I wear heels I'm taller than Angel, and I had a pair of white ballet flats I'd owned for over a year before our wedding, so I wore those! I bought myself a pearl drop necklace as a wedding accessory keepsake, I think it was around $30-$50 dollars (also purchased in Asia).

  • Ira Kharchenko

    July 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Really great post, dear! I love the dress and the idea with the earrings:)

  • Jayda

    July 2, 2013 at 2:56 am

    This is so impressive! You found some amazing deals, and of course, you looked gorgeous 🙂 I absolutely love those shoes!

    Happy anniversary, dear!

  • criticalcrass

    July 2, 2013 at 4:49 am

    sounds like the world wanted you to have just those things! such luck!

  • Angela

    July 2, 2013 at 5:24 am

    My dress was also on sale because it was "last season" which I did not care about… I loved it! I wore the shoes that my mom wore for her wedding (which are really cute wedges, back in style now! 🙂 and borrowed her pearl necklace to wear for the day. The earrings I wore were a gift from my mother in law and the bracelet a gift from my sister. Borrowing and shopping discounts are the way to go!

  • Summer Nicole

    July 2, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Oh Susannah! I was reminiscing about your wedding yesterday (as I put the ribbon from my bridesmaid bouquet in my hair…which I wear frequently!) It was such a beautiful day that centered on God and represented you and Nate so beautifully! So cool that you were able to find all the exact right pieces for great prices! I did the same at my wedding…we had a tight budget and scrimped and saved where we could, searched for the right buys, and it ended up being the PERFECT day with everything I could have asked for, right on budget!

  • kristyn

    July 2, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    You really lucked out didn't you!? that's so awesome! i love your dress, it's so pretty 🙂 you looked beautiful!

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