Your wedding dress should make you feel like a superstar without spurning your revised-and-ratified wedding budget. So fear not; whether you’re planning to elope with your sweetheart or hosting a week long extravaganza in the ritziest of venues, we have an affordable wedding gown to fit the bill. If you’re wondering how much to spend on your wedding dress, keep scrolling.
(Please note this chart is a general breakdown. Wedding budgets are subject to various factors, and can be personalized based on your unique vision!)
Now, on to the big-picture items. You can always afford your dream wedding when it’s in, you know, dream form. But when it’s time to crunch numbers for all your expenses (e.g., “How much should I really spend on a wedding dress for my budget?”), best create a spreadsheet and hold yourself accountable. Get help from friends and family when you can, but stick to a bottom line that you’ll feel good coming home to after the honeymoon. Here’s our breakdown of sample wedding budgets to get you started on affordable wedding dresses, venue options, ways to save, ways to splurge, and everything in between:
(Note that these samples are general breakdowns intended to give you an idea of what to consider within a budget range. Wedding costs are subject to various factors, and can be personalized based on your unique vision!)
Your wedding budget is $10,000 or less
$10,000 to $15,000
$15,000 to $20,000
$20,000 to $25,000
$25,000 to $30,000
And here are a few budgeting tips that apply ever-so-nicely to any price range:
Invest in a Wedding Gown that (Almost) Fits to Begin With
Save big on alterations by opting for a corset-style gown that hugs your natural figure or features built-in shapewear to flatter your curves. This will help you avoid making extensive undergarment and alterations purchases down the line.
Get Married on a Weekday or Sunday
Seriously, you can save a couple thousand on your venue just by pushing your celebration to a Thursday night or Sunday morning. Some fab themes include a brunch soiree, a casual weekday barbecue, or a pub-style evening with craft beers and comfort food. Cheers!
Explore Non-Venue Options
Throw a backyard bash, rent out a cool dive bar, or explore the outdoors at a National Park. Non-traditional venues are quirky and authentic, and usually come at a fraction of the price of a ritzy reception center. (Just don’t forget rentals, reservations, and permits!)
Opt for Intimate
It’s basic math—your overall cost goes way down when you cut the guest list down from the start. Plus, you’ll free up budget to give your nearest and dearest an extra-pampering experience.
Create a Honeymoon Registry
You’ll feel way better about wedding-day splurges if you don’t have a pricey honeymoon on deck for the week after. Plus, if you buy your travel tickets far in advance, you’ll have plenty of time to play with budget and accommodate your bridal wish-list.
Most of All, Have Fun!
A party is about friends and family, not bells and whistles. Cut down on bridal extras, focus on experience, and DIY as much as you can. In the end, you’ll savor the memories more than the monogrammed centerpieces.