by Sandy Fitzgerald
There are very few brides who see a celebrity wedding and sigh…if only.
But let’s face facts. Not all of us have the budget of a movie star, or even of the only daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – whose wedding will cost at least $2 million!
Let’s face it, though, throwing any kind of party can cost a lot of money, and even “normal” wedding budgets for non-celebrities can run into the tens of thousands of dollars, once you pay for food, the cake, the dress….
Ok, you can spend a little less on your dress and still look as lovely as you should on your wedding day. And no, you don’t have to go to the local thrift store and buy another bride’s castoffs!
We know, your mother is probably telling you that it’s not the wedding that’s important; it’s the marriage. After all, we can all name movie stars who have had amazingly beautiful weddings, only to be divorced a few short years later.
That’s all well and good, but doggone it! A bride really does want to look her most beautiful on that one day when she is supposed to be the most beautiful girl in the world.
The problem is, those movie star dresses cost thousands of dollars, and we normal women don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on a dress we’ll only wear once.
A great informal dress can be found for as little as $99, or even less and are beautiful for outdoor weddings or even for brides who are making a second or third trip down the aisle.
And don’t worry. If you really want the train and everything that goes with a more fairy tale-type wedding, there are many more formal dresses that can be found for under $300, shoppers visiting IMshopping have learned.
Now that you’ve found your dress, there are some other ways to cut costs and still have a lovely wedding.
For example, you really don’t need a seven-course meal at your reception. Consider different food options that might include a local church group that does catering, or even a cake-and-punch reception. Many couples have had great receptions at a local park, which allowed everyone to change out of those still go-to-wedding clothes, let down their hair and have fun eating fried chicken!
Consider your style, consider your budget, and remember…start out your married life in a way that reflects not only your taste, but your sensibilities as well.
And put down those extra thousands on your first home!