The Bride’s Survival Guide: Setting Budget For Your Wedding Gown
One of the things you have to consider when choosing a wedding gown is your budget. You would not want to go beyond what you can afford when buying a wedding gown especially since there are a lot of other expenses you have to consider in this big event.
There are many ways to ensure that you are meeting your budget for your wedding gown. And to provide you a guide to follow, read below.
Guide In Budgeting Your Wedding Gown
To budget your wedding gown right, here are the things you have to keep in mind:
- Speak to your fiancé
When you get married, all your decisions will be consulted with your partner, starting it during wedding preparations is a good way to practice this ultimate change in your life. Asking your soon to be husband on the budget he thinks is fair for you to spare for your wedding gown is not necessary but a good idea. Talk to him and get his inputs.
- Think about your overall wedding budget
Consider your overall wedding budget and decide the amount to spare for your wedding gown. If this you do, you will have a better idea on which among the items on your wedding expenses can be adjusted in case you went over your budget on some major expenditures on your wedding like food, venue, etc.
- Consider participating in wedding shows
One of the things you can do in finding the best deals for your wedding gown is attending wedding industry trade shows. Most wedding suppliers participate in this type of events, including designers and wedding dress shops. Also, this is where you can find the best deals and discounts as shops and couturiers are more generous giving discounts during this kind of events.
Not only that you can find wedding dresses or gowns here but also other suppliers, including catering, wedding coordinators, etc., this being the case, you do not need to go from one shop to another to find suppliers as they are all in one roof during wedding events and expos.
- Never forget that alteration comes with a cost
When you buy in a wedding dress shop, do not expect that the gown will fit you well. Some alterations must be done to ensure that it will fit your body right. Some shops may offer free alterations but some do not. When calculating your expenses, you must include alterations to your budget.
How much is the cost of alteration? If there are major changes that need to be done, alterations fee could be higher. Ask the tailor for an estimate of the alteration, if it is very expensive finding a different option is the best choice.
- Consider hand me down clothes
There is absolutely nothing wrong considering old wedding gowns from your mother or even your grandmother. This is a lot cheaper considering that the only money you have to shell out is the alteration. Besides, you do not have to wear the gown as is, you can have it altered or redesigned. You can add more gems or pearls on it if you wish.
If this is what you plan to do, you have to make sure that you ask the previous owner permission as the gown may have a high sentimental value for them.
- Rent a gown
If your budget does not permit you to buy a wedding gown or pay for alterations, you can always rent gowns. Apart from affordability, there are many reasons why some brides choose this option instead. Renting a gown does not need a space in their closet to keep it, also, they know that their wedding gown can only be used once hence buying may not be necessary.
Some couturiers and tailors offer gown rentals, and taking advantage of it is a good idea, most especially if you are short of budget.
- Buy 2nd hand wedding gown
There are many second-hand shops where you can find wedding gowns. As previously discussed, wedding gowns are only worn once, hence other women sell their wedding dress to pay off some of their wedding expenses. There is completely nothing wrong considering this option, as with this, all you have to think about is the minimal cost of the gown and the alteration fee.
When shopping for a 2nd hand wedding gown, you can go to a physical second-hand shop or check on buy and sell sites where people post their pre-loved items.
- Buy a simple wedding dress
There is no general rule to follow when choosing a wedding gown, hence trying out a simple yet elegant wedding gown or dress can be considered. You can go for a very simple yet affordable wedding gown and accessorize it with a nice pair of earrings, an elegant necklace, or a shimmering crown.