Weddings have a tendency to be quite pricey. From flower arrangements, photographers, music, food, venue, wedding planner/ coordinator, cake, alcohol, dress, shoes, party favors, bridal party gifts, hair, and makeup... the list goes on and on. The average wedding price tag is usually 24 THOUSAND dollars! Ouch! Of course, we want to be smart with our budget, so on this Splurge vs Save day, what should you spend the money on? what should you save on? Well, don't fret, we got some ideas to share.
They say the wedding day is all about the bride... and while all eyes are on you, that dress should fit like a glove. Weddings dresses can be pricey, so of course, you want to go ahead and pay for good alterations. Let's be real, the wedding dress is most likely the most couture dress we will wear in our lives. Couture is about having clothes made specifically for your body- the next best thing? Having a dress beautifully fitted does the trick.
Some people are naturally charismatic. Some people need a little stimulation to get loose and have a good time. Alcohol is good for stress relief because it has wonderful anxiolytic (“anti-anxiety”) properties, meaning it can inhibit anxiety or the feeling of stress. An open bar can be pricey, but it is also very generous of you. However, the guests will certainly appreciate it. I have always gone to open bar weddings, I have one drink, others have 10... it balances out and everyone has a good time.
After a family wedding, I remember the bridal party, and some guests, crossing the street from the hotel to a local burger joint to have some food. The truth is that after drinking and dancing the night away, the best way to sober up is to eat. Technically the food doesn't really sober anyone up- but the act of eating itself will buy you time for the body to process the alcohol. Adding a late-night buffet will add more expense to the food tab but will be a nice, caring surprise for your guests.
Having your old college roommate to take the images of your wedding for free might sound appealing, but just remember that these pictures will be with you for the rest of your life. A very good photographer will bring a team and capture moments through the night, providing you with photographs that stir up fond memories of love and fun for years to come. You are already spending a substantial amount of money on the party of your life, go ahead and document it the best way possible!
One of the most exciting trends in the sustainable lifestyle is to reuse. So how amazing is it to reuse a beautiful vintage piece? Or even better, a priceless family heirloom! Good accessories can have a hefty price tag, so borrowing is a great way to save some money and still look flawless on your big day.
The average wedding dress is about $1,400. When you think of the labor, materials and time spent on these pieces, the price tag makes complete sense. There are still ways to save on the dress! One of them is to reuse a dress from a family member, another way is to buy a two-in-one dress. Hint-Hint, Wink-Wink. Many women use a second dress for the reception, 11% of women wear the third dress! Buying a convertible dress allows you to have limitless looks for a combined price. For example, my styled looks include one top and two skirt options for the price of one dress. So go ahead and save on a dress that keeps on giving.
We love the idea of also using it after the wedding, for another formal occasion, just change the top or the bottom for another color, or add an overlay! These quick changes will have you looking fresh and being super sustainable in the future.
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The key to good fit is to look for the widest measurement of your body and match the measurement to the size using the size chart below. For your top, the widest measurement is almost always the breasts. For the bottoms, the widest measurement is the hip. See the image below for more information on these measurements.
*Measured in inches.
The best way to measure is with a sewing measuring tape. These are flexible, inexpensive, readily available, and easy to use. Wear a form-fitting tank top and leggings when you measure your body. We also suggest asking for help. The tape measurer should be as parallel to the floor as possible all the way around the body, which is hard to do all by ourselves. A friend is also super useful to measure the dress hem length for any customization. I want to reiterate that it is extremely important that you have the right height shoes on when measuring for length. We can talk about this further during our Touch Base call if you make a purchase.
Wear the bra that you will be wearing with the dress. We remind you that our dresses have build-in bra cups so we suggest something with a little padding in order to maintain the measurement true to size. Measure across the fullest part of the bust.
Bend to one side. Wherever the crease forms, that is your natural waist. Pull the tape across the narrowest part and measure.
Stand straight and look forward. Wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips (or rear) and measure.