Written by Sherri-Lee Smit
Your wedding dress should make you feel like a movie star on the red carpet, all eyes on you, but without breaking your budget.
If your wedding is a weekend away extravaganza or an intimate small dinner or an elopement with just the two of you, the dress is very important.
In your dream wedding situation you are way more extravagant to what is usually possible for the price you are willing to pay. So sticking to the spreadsheets and budget is of most importance if you want to come home from your honeymoon feeling good and not stressed out.
Here are some tips to keep your dress expenses as low as possible.
When looking for your gown, do not try on dresses that are out of your budget as you stand the risk of falling in love with something you cannot afford.
Finding a dress that fits you "almost perfectly" or has a corset adjustable top or built in shape wear can save you a lot of money in the long run with alterations.
Some other budget saving tips:
Get married on any other day except Saturday. Venues and suppliers charge extra on these Saturdays as it is the most desired day traditionally.
Opt for a wedding in a friend or family's beautiful garden or back yard. Or even national parks or beaches or even a forest. Just remember to get permission or permits before deciding.
Try doing most of your decor DIY with the help of family and friends, this will keep your budget low and create unforgettable memories with them.
Keep your guest list small. The less people on the list the less money spent on food, favours and drinks. The more money in the budget to make it extra special and unforgettable.
Pay for your honeymoon in advance and have a honeymoon fund instead of a gift registry. This way you can get reimbursed for the money you spent on your honeymoon and come back relaxed knowing that your time away didn't break the bank.
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