How to Choose an Affordable Wedding Dress Without Sacrificing Looks
There’s no denying that weddings can get expensive. The average cost for wedding day celebrations now tops $28,000, and more than half of all couples end up spending more than they originally intended to. Considering those figures, you may be among the many women hoping to keep their budgets under control by looking at affordable wedding dresses. If so, you should be encouraged by the fact that there are numerous affordable wedding dresses available today, and you won’t necessarily have to sacrifice your dream of an elegant bridal gown to avoid draining your bank account. The trick is knowing what you should and shouldn’t sacrifice. Here’s a guide to what you should and shouldn’t compromise on as you shop for you wedding dress:
- Do Sacrifice: The Brand Name
This one is a no-brainer. A big-name designer wedding dress will cost more than an equally beautiful one from a less prestigious maker. There’s a sweet spot to hit here (as very cheap no-name dresses may be poorly made), but in general just remember to look at the dresses themselves, and not their labels.
- Don’t Sacrifice: Foundation Garments
The shapewear that goes under a dress — corset, smoother, crinolines, etc. — truly makes the dress (And given that the average first-time American bride is now 29 years old, you may be grateful for high-quality shapewear’s ability to give you a picture-perfect figure without restricting your movement or making you uncomfortable). You can bargain-hunt for similar shapewear somewhere other than a bridal salon, but you simply may not be able to find the quality you need anywhere else.
- Do Sacrifice: Fancy Closures
A lace-up back or a long row of pearl buttons can look gorgeous. But these features often drive up the cost of dresses only to be hidden under long hair or a veil anyway. A stunning closure might be a very important feature on an otherwise simple dress, but you can get away without them on a dress that has detailing elsewhere.
- Don’t Sacrifice: Basic Alterations
Once you’ve bought a dress, don’t skimp on basic alterations like hemming. Your dress will look much more expensive than it is if it fits you well. Keep in mind that alterations aren’t always the most affordable choice if you’re talking about cutting down a size 14 dress you found on sale to a size 8; major reconstructive work like that can cost more than just buying a more expensive dress in the first place.
- Do Sacrifice: The $500 Veil
A long, simple veil can make as much of a statement as one covered in pearls or crystals. Many modern brides are even skipping veils altogether, so you shouldn’t feel obligated to wear one if it’s not important to you.
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