After you’ve started dreaming about your perfect color scheme and venue, finding your dream dress will complete your wedding vision! Your wedding dress is a great way to embrace your unique style and complement all of your thoughtfully planned-out wedding details. Just like in this gorgeously bohemian wedding inspiration at our barn venue that was featured on Wedding Chicks, the perfect dress can add a personalized touch to your wedding.
At our Atlanta venue overlooking the North Georgia mountains, we love seeing our radiating brides rocking their dream dresses! Today, we’re thankful to have our dear friend Carrie, of Carrie’s Bridal Collection, share her best tips on how to find your dream dress without blowing your wedding budget.
Photo: Horn Photography and Design
Buy your wedding dress off the rack.
One of the best tips for buying your wedding dress without going over your budget is to buy off the rack. Buying your dress “off the rack” means you take your wedding dress with you the day you say “yes”! The benefits of buying off the rack are endless. For one, you do not have to wait 4-6 months for your wedding dress to arrive in store, so there’s no worry of your dress not arriving on time! Your dress is the centerpiece of the wedding, so having it in your possession will allow you to compare color, décor, bridesmaids, groomsmen; making sure everything is styled to perfection!
Also, taking your dress with you the day you fall in love with it means you can try it on whenever you want! If you are trying to meet new fitness goals, or stay on track, having your dress in your closet is a great motivation. Try it on anytime to make sure you still love it. If you are losing weight, the dress will keep getting bigger. When you buy a perfect fit, you can always make sure it’s still a perfect fit! Let’s be honest… there are so many ups to buying off the rack!
Another great tip for saving money is to buy your support with the dress. You can buy a dress with built-in support to save money on bras and undergarments, since your dress provides this. Dresses with built-in support can easily save you $100 or more. Also, ask your friends and family before you buy anything. You’ll be surprised what people will have for you to borrow.
Account for all the “little things.”
With dresses come alterations and other small fees. Make sure to account for the “little things” in your budget since they can add up. You will be trying on your actual dress (another benefit of buying off the rack) in store, so you will have a clear idea of what alterations you will need before leaving the store. Put a plan together and price each item you will need; this will help you keep track of your spending and let you know where you need to spend less or where you have a little extra to spend.
There are a number of wedding budget calculators that will help you stay organized and on track. Do your homework. Shop around to find which stores have the best prices. Look and see what types of styles fit you and your wedding vision. Doing initial research can help you set a reasonable budget.
So brides, we’d love to hear what you did to find your dream dress without blowing your budget?
How elegant is this gorgeous lace dress with blush underlay from Carrie’s Bridal Collection? We love that it so perfectly captures the bride’s unique style! You can see more of this edgy boho wedding inspiration featured on Wedding Chicks.