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">Save Money on Bridal Attire and Bridal Accessories

June 4, 2010

in Wedding Attire

There are a few different areas you can focus on when trying to save money on your wedding.  One of the big ones is the wedding attire.  Saving money in this area has the extra advantage of also saving money for your attendants.  There are things you want to splurge on, but asking others to do the same is tougher.  Can your bridesmaids afford the dress you want them to wear?

When it comes to saving money on bridal gowns and bridal accessories David’s Bridal wins hands down!  They sell affordable wedding gowns and accessories.  Accessories really put the outfit together.  They also make a more easily treasured momento.  Not everybody can hang on to their wedding dress or find somebody willing to wear it in the future, but passing down a beautiful necklace or earrings is easy.

Your slip makes your dress look perfect, your shoes have to be comfortable and beautiful, and of course, your lingerie is something you want to be happy about.  If you are looking for a place for inspiration and low prices then start with David’s Bridal.


Wedding Expenses

February 21, 2010

in Planning, Wedding Budget

Wedding Reception FlowersWeddings are expensive, but they do not have to be!  The Cost of a Wedding showed that the average wedding was just under $20,000 in 2009.The key to keeping that cost down is knowing what sort of expenses can come up and having a set wedding budget. Then, tackle each expense individually.  This way you can pick your own priorities and make sure you get them. There is no rule that says you have to have a 100% cheap wedding or a 100% expensive wedding. If you want to get a dress at the top of the line, but you do not care about serving alcohol then do it!
There are ten major expenses in a wedding and they are:
  1. Wedding Attire (Save with a Discount Bridal Gown). Your family members (parents of the bride and groom) and attendants will also have attire costs. You will not have to foot that bill, but they will appreciate it if you can help keep their costs down as well!
  2. Ceremony (officiant fee, wedding ceremony decorations, etc)
  3. Favors/Gifts – Save money by using gifts that can be used in the wedding.
  4. Wedding Flowers – You can use silk or real. If you are or know a gardener then consider planting the flowers you love yourself.
  5. Jewelry – Your wedding rings as well as the jewelry you will wear during the reception will need to be counted in your budget.
  6. Music – You will need both ceremony and wedding reception music.
  7. Photography and Videography
  8. Wedding Reception
  9. Stationary – There are lots of little things in this category that are easy to forget. You will need wedding invitations along with programs, reception cards, maps, and more depending on your situation.
  10. Transportation

There are easy ways to save money on each of these categories!  Go through each topic one at a time to find some budget reducing tips and sales.  One expense you may want to also include is the honeymoon (the average for a wedding honeymoon is 5-10K).

  • The reception is the greatest expense and it tends to account for approximately 50% of the budget.
  • The ceremony, attire, and photography/videography tends to make up approximately 25%.
  • The favors/gifts, flowers, and jewelry make up another 15%
  • The music, stationary, and transportation taking the remaining 10%.

You can have a beautiful wedding on a budget!