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10 Wedding Budget Tips
by Rose Smith
- Instead of purchasing or ordering a new wedding gown, check over
the sample wedding gowns used in the store for brides
to try on. These are often marked down to 50% or more. However, look
the dress over carefully for rips or stains, since they have probably
been tried on many times.
- Check out your bridal boutique
before ordering a gown. Ask around to find out the reputation of the
vendor and if they are listed at the Better Business Bureau.
Some bridal vendors will deliberately order dresses at a larger size,
then charge you for alterations. Many a bride has also been disappointed
when the gown that they ordered didn't arrive in time because the vendor
didn't stay on top of things.
- Purchase a simple, plain bridal gown and enhance it
with your own appliques and trimming, most of which can be obtained
from craft stores. Just make sure that any appliques, lace or beading
added is dry-cleanable.
- Consider making your own head piece and veil. They
are fairly simple to make and many bridal craft books show you how to
put one together. Making your own headpiece costs very little and can
save you a lot of money, such as in the $70 - $100 (or more) range.
A definite savings that can be used elsewhere.
- Consider your attendants' financial circumstances
when choosing their bridesmaid's dresses. They will be more appreciative
if you choose dresses that are stylish and that they can wear again.
Usually, a simpler style dress that is bought in a department store
will cost less than one that is touted as a bridesmaid's dress and bought
at a bridal boutique.
- Ask for a discount if you order all your bridal dresses
and accessories from one store.
- Instead of using flower bouquets, consider carrying
candles, books, bibles, a single flower trimmed with ribbon streamers,
wicker baskets or a decorated fan.
- Use balloon bouquets instead of flower bouquets for decorations.
Balloons and helium are a fraction of the cost of flowers, yet still
look festive. They come in a multitude of colors and you can dress them
up with ribbon streamers.
- Look for cake toppers
in a craft store or grocery stores. They are usually cheaper than getting
them directly from a cake decorating place. Also, if you are a crafty
person or know someone who is, create your own cake topper. They are
pretty simple to make.
- Reuse your pew markers to decorate doorknobs or other
areas of your reception site.
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