I’m guessing (but I can’t confirm this, of course) that most of my readers are already married. If you are, perhaps you can share your frugal wedding tips in the comments section. I’d like to write about some of the things we did to save money on our wedding. To spare you all from a ridiculously long post, I’m going to break this up into parts.
My husband and I were married on May 19, 2007. We got engaged on December 21, 2006, so if you do the math, you’ll see that we planned our wedding in about five months. The planning took place during our last semester in college. My husband was working two part-time jobs at the time, and I was working a lot at my beloved newspaper. It was a busy time.
We were very fortunate to have all of our parents contribute both financially and with the planning. [Thank you!!!] Still, my husband and I wanted to contribute as much as we possibly could.
I went dress shopping by myself one afternoon just to get a sense of what was available. I thumbed through the racks and wasn’t happy with what I saw. The dresses weren’t that great, plus they were $500-$1,000+. That’s too much! The saleslady very kindly pointed me to the back room where they had sales.
I found two that I decided to try on. The first had a lace-up bodice in the back, but the front wasn’t that interesting. It was $250. Certainly doable. The second dress was simple, with a short train, beading and a neckline that I really liked. It fit almost perfectly before alterations. It was $99.
I had them hold the dress for a few days so I could bring in some people for a second opinion. It got the thumbs-up, and I bought that and the garment bag for a total of $120 including sales tax.
Alterations were minimal, but ended up costing $80. I spent another $50 to have it pressed right before the big day. While it’s possible I could have had this work done cheaper or done it myself, I was ridiculously busy and just wanted it done. Total cost for dress: $250.
Where is it now?
“What in the world am I going to do with an altered and worn wedding dress?” I asked myself. “I will never wear it again. I don’t want to sell it on eBay or at a consignment shop. I know! I’ll cut it to pieces,” I declared.
I cut the top of the dress off and put it into a shadow box so I could display it alongside wedding photos. I also put an extra wedding invitation in the box, with info photo-shopped out :).
The bottom of the dress is in a bag under my couch right now, but I plan to cut some of the decorative fabric and sew little handkerchiefs to give to all my daughters/granddaughters/etc.
I’ve heard some women will use the big poufy skirt as a decorative skirt for their baby bassinet.