How To Be A Bride On A Budget

Okay, first you are already beautiful. No dress. No makeup. No special flowers or accessories will make you anymore beautiful than you are. However, I needed a title for this blog post and that's what I went with.

I got married on May 16th and one of the things everyone kept commenting on was my wedding outfit. The truth is that it cost me very little to pull it off and I wanted to share it with my brides on a budget. I didn't want to spend lots of money on a dress. When I tried on my "dream" dress, I felt like I was throwing away money if I purchased it.

My solution? I rented my dress from Rent The Runway.  The gown I wore is the Amber Gown by Nha Kahn and it cost me $70 to rent. This isn't for everyone. Especially NOT for Type A personalities. The dress I wore was my replacement dress to the one I ordered because that one did not fit.  Imagine the crying that ensued two days before my wedding! But I got it together and wore the other dress and it all worked out.

I paired it with the "Bride to Be" belt by Badgley Mischka ($50) and Badgley Mischka earrings ($15). All from Rent The Runway. My hair piece was from Mint and Melon Boutique on ($54). Shoes were Michael Kors. Purchased them at DSW. Can't remember cost. I am sure they were under $50.  Plus make up for $100. The total was $339.Originally I was looking at a gown that would have cost $1,400 without accessories and needed to be tailored, etc. Don't believe the hype. You can be a beautiful bride without going bankrupt!!!!!

I hope this helps. I will try to put together a quick post on my ceremony and reception!

Here are a few more pics of our wedding day: