*This is a guest post!*
Getting married is an expensive experience, and the price of tying the knot only seems to be getting higher and higher. With the cost of an average bridal gown higher than many bride’s monthly wages – not to mention all the accessories, shoes, and hair and beauty expenses on top of that – you could easily be forking out thousands of pounds in savings – or credit cards – just to make sure that you look your best on your big day. Thankfully, we’re here to save your bank account with some great tips for budget bridal fashion that won’t break the bank or ruin your special day either.
Consider a Wedding Package
Many newlyweds-to-be book all of the different factors of their wedding separately. But, this can add up when you think about everything that you actually have to book – there’s not just the ceremony and the reception venues to think about, but decoration, cars, cakes, catering, entertainment, hotels, and more depending on the type of wedding that you’re going for. Booking a package deal for your wedding using ukweddingsavings.com isn’t just less stressful because everything’s taken care of at once, it’s also cheaper – leaving you with more money to spend on THE dress.
Shop Second Hand
Yes, we’re serious – there’s absolutely nothing wrong with second hand wedding dresses, and you can find plenty of bargains on the preloved clothing rail in the shape of classic white frocks and gowns. One of the best things about second hand wedding dresses is that they’re often in great condition – unless the bride had one too many at the reception and damaged it somehow – but even damaged wedding dresses can be fixed up to look brand new, cutting the cost of your perfect dress dramatically. If you don’t fancy the idea of walking down the aisle in somebody else’s dress, consider having it altered to your own tastes and preferences by a professional tailor or seamstress.
Less is More
‘Less is more’ is definitely a bridal trend that’s in right now, and it’s some of the best news that you’re going to hear as a bride. Forget the dresses that you might have seen on My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, today’s on-trend look is simple and elegant, with simple, classic accessories such as diamond earrings and small yet elegant headpieces. Keeping it simple is not only a classy and elegant trend, it’s also a lot cheaper!
When it comes to certain parts of your bridal fashion plan, it might be a good idea to do-it-yourself where you can. Consider cutting costs on things such as bridal makeup, hair and nails – with such a wide range of YouTube tutorials out there, you can easily do your own bridal beauty regime – with the help of your bridesmaids – like a pro. You can find tutorials for bridal makeup, up-do’s, hair curling and more for free online to help make sure that your wedding day look is perfect.
Bridal fashion on a budget might seem impossible when you see the price tags, but there are plenty of nifty ways to save money.
Are you planning your own big day or do you have any tips of your own? Share them in a comment below!
This was a guest post by Bill Clark. Bill is a freelance journalist whose main interests are culture and the arts.
You can find him @BilboClark01 on twitter.