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How to Look Perfect for Your Wedding on a Budget

How to Save Money while Looking Splendid for Your Wedding

Everybody wants to look perfect on their wedding day. Since for most people this occasion happens only once in a lifetime, it’s vital to leave the best possible impression. Specialized wedding shop owners are well-aware of this desire. So, it seems that everything related to weddings costs several times more than regular clothes. However, we don’t think that brides and grooms need to waste a fortune on their dresses and suits.

In this article, you can learn how to look perfect on your wedding day with a limited budget.

Ransacking your parents’ closets

The second half of the 2010s saw an unprecedented rise of hipster fashion. Since the vintage look is cool today, you could go through your parents’ closets in search of some handy wedding clothes. What’s so great about this method is that you can combine items and materials from different decades.

For instance, the groom can combine his grandpa’s vest or hat and his father’s pants. To spice things up, he can buy a new vintage shirt. Of course, a nicely shaped beard would add to the hip look.

On the other hand, the bride can transform her mother’s wedding gown into a chic dress. Depending on the type of wedding, it can either be a long or a knee-long dress. Apart from that, the bride could even find a purse for the wedding day in her mother’s closet. Vintage purses are also highly appreciated today.

Just close your eyes, visualize your look for that special day and delve into vintage clothes to get that fresh, hip look.

Visiting a tailor

You can hear many brides saying that they’ll either rent or buy a new wedding dress. While this is a legitimate way to look beautiful at your wedding, visiting a tailor is another alternative. Even though this profession isn’t as highly appreciated as it was the case in the past, here’s why we think it’s a great choice for the wedding outfit:

  • Choosing your materials. Many ready-made wedding gowns contain some artificial materials. Others may not fit your body perfectly. If you opt for a (literally) tailor-made wedding dress, you can choose your materials. A bit of real silk, a bit of chiffon, a bit of lace, and you’ll have an original, comfortable wedding dress.
  • Adding a personal touch. There’s no room for significant additions with wedding dresses from wedding boutiques. You can add a veil or a scarf but that’s about it. But when you order an authentic dress from an experienced tailor, you can spice things up as much as you want. What’s more, you can also discuss your ideas with the tailor beforehand.
  • Saving instead of splurging. The cost of this customized wedding dress will depend on the materials you choose and tailor’s services. What’s great is that all the variables here are scalable. So, you can get a one-of-a-kind dress at the fraction of a cost.

If the bride decided to have her dress sewn, the groom can (literally) follow suit and order an original suit from the same tailor.

Planning the outfits together

One of the greatest things about the entire wedding day is that every couple can adapt it to their preferences. You can plan every single detail together with your future spouse, from his tie and her veil to the decorations at the wedding venue. In line with that, every couple-to-be should spend some time planning their outfits.

For starters, you should decide whether you’ll go for a traditional or a hip look at your wedding. If you choose the first option, you can save a few dollars more by visiting a tailor. In case you go for the second option, your parents or even grandparent’s closets could be a real treasure chest of clothes.

Also, it’s important to take into account the place where the wedding will be held. For instance, organizing a wedding reception on the beach opens a whole world of possibilities. Just imagine a wedding party based on the movie Cocktail.

On the other hand, a wedding reception in the country demands a more natural look. In line with that, the couples that choose the Annex wedding venue can combine some natural colors and materials to respond to the surroundings properly.

Ordering accessories online

Accessories are an important part of every wedding outfit. Of course, most of these fashion additions are reserved for wives-to-be.

A complete set of accessories would consist of a veil, a purse, a cardigan, a garter, as well as flowers and jewelry. Only a few decades ago, people had no other option but to buy these items in their hometown. Only a few years ago, they could order accessories from shops in other towns.

Today, you can order buy any accessories that you want on the Web. No matter what continent they come from, you can check users’ reviews and comments before the order. That way, you can assess whether it’s a good value for money.

Still, you should buy flowers and jewelry in person because of the obvious reasons. As for the accessories for grooms, everything they need but the wristwatch can be bought online.

So, the bride and the groom should sit down, make a plan, and shop around different websites. You can save a significant amount of money by applying this strategy. Just make sure to order everything on time because those services sometimes need more time for delivery.


Today, you can get dressed for a wedding without wasting a fortune. Thanks to the development of the Internet and eCommerce, you can order both clothing items and accessories online. Instead of splurging thousands of dollars on your attire, both the bride and the groom can make a fashion combo from different decades.

Of course, it would be wise to consult a tailor or a stylist before you make up your mind. When he or she gives you their estimate, you’ll know whether this adventure will pay off.

Finally, if you join forces with your partner during the planning part, you can save even more and still look perfect on your special day.

Author Bio: James Barnes is an experienced wedding organizer and blogger at He specialized in organizing outdoor wedding events. When he isn’t writing about weddings and marital life, David usually goes swimming or playing squash.

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