Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Attention All Brides Looking To Save Some $$$


It may be hard to believe but wedding season is just around the corner for many couples.  Are you going to make 2013 your lucky 13?  Here are a few tips on how to trim the fat off your budget:

To own or not to own.  It may be hard to believe, but many brides are now opting to rent their gown or buy a pre-owned gown, or as the wedding industry terms it, “pre-loved” dress.  If we take a step back and look at the grand scheme of things, this is a dress that will be worn for one day, it needs to look good on the bride and for photographs, beyond that, it is really worth $1,000 - $5,000 of your budget?  Sites such as:  www.preownedweddingdresses.com or www.oncewed.com/used-wedding-dresses/ offer a wide price range and great variety of styles.  Some brides have said how happy they were to get their dream designer wedding dress for just a fraction of the cost.  Speak to 10 past brides who have been married for at least 2 years and ask what they have done with their purchased dresses, what they plan to do with it and if they would have purchased it the second time around.

 
To own and then disown.  Some brides have bit the bullet and purchased their dream wedding gown, then sold it after the wedding to recover some of the costs.  Sites like the ones listed above or Ebay are popular places to sell your “pre-loved” gowns.  The only pitfall to this is that there is no guarantees as to how much you can recover or if you would even be able to sell it at all.  But the pros are that you could get the dress of your dreams and avoid the costs of having to preserve the dress.  Tip: Consider a corset back closure gown, which could increase your chances of selling your dress later since it is more forgiving around the waist as far as having to alter the dress.  Some brides find it hard to sell their wedding dress soon after the wedding, for sentimental reasons, but give it 1-2 years and you may have a change of heart.  One bride was able to purchase a Maggie Sottero dress at $1,000, which normally retails at $1,600.  The dress was originally purchased by a bride who had had a change of heart on the dress style so she listed it on a "pre-loved" wedding gown site to sell.  You may be surprised that some of those dresses on there are in brand new condition or having been worn for just a few hours, are pretty much like new!  The bride who purchased the dress off the website for $1,000 was then able to sell it for $800 shortly after her wedding.

Grasp the power of the internet.  With tools such as Google or YellowPages.com at your fingertips, take advantage of the resources available out there.  Many major metropolitan areas have flower marts that offer wholesale pricing for purchasing flowers in bulk.  Some may also have vendors available that can provide you your wedding flowers for a fraction of the cost.  If you are crafty or have family/relatives that are consider purchasing the flowers and supplies at the wholesale flower mart to make your own centerpieces and floral arrangements.  Keep in mind that the arrangements need to be made in advance so a concern would be on where to store the completed arrangements before the Big Day.  Keep in mind that many wholesale shops open early (think crack of dawn) and close early, usually by noon.

A traditional wedding with non-traditional elements.  Had plans to shop traditional gold or platinum wedding bands?  Think outside of the box and consider alternative metals.  A growing trend for tungsten carbide wedding bands has become the choice for many grooms.  Tungsten carbide is available in its regular super light gray hue as well as white tungsten carbide, similar in tone as white gold or platinum and black tungsten carbide, the “cool, unique, trendsetting” version.  These bands can free up much of your budget for other areas such as the facility or catering, which are typically the majority of a wedding budget.  To learn more about alternative metal wedding bands, visit:  http://www.bellomarc.com/wedding.html.