Budgeting the dress…..with room to splurge.

All, Living Adventures, Preferred Movement     by Becca Wenning

Budgeting the dress…..with room to splurge.

I know that aside from nailing down the perfect venue for the reception, which sometimes has to be done over a year in advance, finding the dream wedding dress is pretty close to the top of the list. After all, its what you’ll be focused on in every picture that will make you reminisce about your wedding day. Prioritize your wedding budget with your future spouse, and don’t beat yourself up if you go over. If you are a couple that is really into cake, and that’s where you guys want to invest your money – go for it. If you two live for nothing but music, and you NEED a really awesome band to play at your reception- cool! Heck, you might be the world’s most frugal couples and you guys want to skip the whole extravagance thing, and invest in a house instead. Just make sure you guys talk about it in advance, give yourselves a little bit of splurge room, and communicate about it clearly.

For us, we talked about it, knew we would only ever do this once in our lives, and decided to go all out on two things: the rehearsal dinner, that included all out of town guests, and my dress.

My dress was actually out of our original budget, but the moment I slipped it on, I knew it was perfect. So I called up that now-husband of mine and whimpered, “Ben, it’s perfect and I love it, but it’s a little expensive.” To which he replied, “If you love it, get it; we’ll figure it out.”

16 years later my husband and I are currently building our first (and hopefully last) home together. We find ourselves implementing the same strategy that we did with our wedding planning and budget. It’s working, and so far we’re living happily ever after.

Brides & Beyond can help you find the perfect dress if your budget is $800 or $2200. Whether you bring your mother, your future in-law, or your best friend, we realize that this experience is just as special for them as it is for you. While waiting for you to model your selected gowns, your guests will be comfortable on our plush couches and chairs. Purchase a gown with us we will all celebrate with a champagne toast!

Rebecca Wenning | Brides & Beyond

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