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Enjoying all of the money-saving tips this month? Here’s another great article about bridal savings in a big category. Bridesmaid dresses are another area that can really eat into your budget. At the price of $200 a dress, it may not seem like a lot, but by adding on shipping costs, rush fees, custom changes, and multiply that by the number of dresses you need, you’re looking at quite a different total than you may have expected.

Tip 1: Examine your personal philosophy. Bridesmaid dresses fall into a grey area when it comes to paying for the dress. In many circles, it’s customary for the bride’s family to purchases the dresses, but in many others, it’s common for the bridesmaids to pay for their own gowns. In order to best select the type of dress you’d like to purchase and budget for, first determine your personal payment philosophy. If you’re not ready to fully commit to either school of thought, some brides elect to split the payment and have their bridesmaids pay for half of the gown instead of the full amount.

 


Photo courtesy of Rebekah Westover via Latter Day Bride.

Tip 2: Limit your party size. It’s quite common in Utah to offer a bridesmaid spot to every single individual you’ve ever felt close to. If you use this standard of determination, you’re likely to have upwards of ten bridesmaids. For a bride hoping to stay on a budget, this method just isn’t going to fly. Try to use your best judgment to limit the number of bridesmaids you enlist. If you feel some friends could be offended, limit your bridesmaids group to family only. If you have one too many cousins, limit the party to sisters only. There are quite a few ways to get creative and really pair down the excess and expenses.

 


Photo courtesy of Rebekah Westover via Latter Day Bride.

Tip 3: The wear-again bridesmaid dress. Many brides these days are cutting their costs more than in half for bridesmaid dresses by finding gowns that their bridesmaids could happily and easily wear again and again. The catch for this method is dealing with a limited number of colors and fewer styles from which to pick. When you’re looking at savings reaching the hundreds though, it’s likely that you’ll be willing to  jazz up the grey gown with hot-pink highlights instead of clinging stubbornly to the color of your dreams.

 


Photo courtesy of Latter Day Bride.

Happy shopping, brides!

 

 

As the heat of summer approaches, we're doing a throw-back Thursday post to a lovely winter bridal shoot! Take a look at the idyllic setting, the fantastic dress and the sheer ambiance of it all. Enjoy!

 

 

Photography: Rebekah Westover

 

 

Here’s our next installment in our lovely budget month. Let’s talk beautiful blooms. Though generally a small part of the wedding reception, flowers can easily become one of the most costly items in your wedding! These deceptively simple accents can really wreak havoc with your budget. Here are our tips for keeping your flowers in check.

Tip 1: Get a quote first. It’s very easy to spend months deciding on flowers and creating a motif before a florist will put a cost to your creations. By the time the estimate rolls in at thousands of dollars, you could find yourself up a creek without the time or the energy to start over. Make sure you know the florist’s minimums and their general price range before you fall in love with their products.

Tip 2: Shop in season. Instead of bursting onto the scene with your ideas for exotic orchids or pink and purple daffodils, ask your florist which flowers are in season. If you go straight for a flower that fits your very specific vision, you’ll likely find that the cost of the ideal really soars to new heights. Keep an open mind and talk about the various options that are both in season and local. Florists can work wonders with their products, so put some faith in the masters to pull it off.

Tip 3: Limit the blooms that you need. Instead of creating an enchanted garden, try to minimize the way you use the flowers to give you both beauty and a budget-friendly scene. Instead of placing floral table settings at each table, try every other table, or try creating smaller arrangements that utilize other elements besides flowers. Don’t worry about putting blooms in every corner of the room. Within your arrangements, opt for fillers like branches, seasonal fruits, and other more commonplace details that won't detract from your theme.

Tip 4: Buy your own flowers: If you’re creative and daring, try selecting your own flowers from a more generic store and pay a florist to arrange them as you’d like. Though this risky strategy isn’t for the faint of heart, you could end up saving quite a bundle.

Welcome to our budget month! Nearly every bride is looking to stay under a certain budget, and we’re here to coach you through how to keep from breaking the bank and still have the wedding of your dreams.

Tip 1: Choose what matters most. Choose the elements you find the most important for your wedding and decide that these will be the areas not to scrimp. If you need to have the perfect dress, decide to put less toward your flowers or cut down on the catering.  Realistically, it’s probably best to shop for your most important items first. That way, you’ll know what is left in your budget to work in the smaller items that hold less importance for you.

Tip 2: Shop around. As you look for any wedding item, it’s good to shop around. Don’t just settle for the first thing you see without taking the time to really compare some good options. Find a good deal, then seek out two to three more places to really look at the general price ranges and quality of service. You’ll be much more likely to find the best bang for your buck!
Tip 3: Use your connections. Look up old friends, ask your neighbors who owe you a favor, or get chatty with your relatives until you find good references for the bridal world. The community is always willing to lend a helping hand, so take advantage of those who would love to help you! Every little bit helps!

Tip 4: DIY. Get creative with your different options and utilize those long-dormant Pintrest skills. Anything you could fabricate, create, or manufacture yourself, do it! If you don’t feel like you’ve been blessed with the creative genes, tap into someone else’s skills for help. Enlist bridesmaids or friends to help you create your dream wedding without breaking the bank.

Whether you’re the ultimate penny-pincher or just a budget-minded bride, remember that any little effort you put into budgeting for your wedding will pay you back handsomely. Who knows, you may find yourselves saving so well that you’ll have room in the budget for a Hawaiian honeymoon! Happy shopping!

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