Even in this economic downturn, many brides are unwilling to skimp on one wedding day aspect that matters so much---the gown! Smaller budgets are causing more brides to think twice on other priorities, though it seems wedding gown sales are remaining high. "It's OK if you have a few less flowers -- no one will notice. But you have to have your hair done, makeup done, great shoes and a great dress," says Tatiana Byron, who founded The Wedding Salon bridal expo event.
High-end bridal salons are finding that more brides come into the store with budgets, though they have yet to lose customers that find a gown they love--even if it is out of their initial price range. It's a magical moment to finally be able to visualize yourself walking down the aisle or dancing your first dance, and the gown has everything to do with that vision. Even brides who think gown prices are steep often come to realize that the wedding is your one (hopefully!) chance to get away with something elaborate, glamorous, and stylish. Every bride wants to feel like a million dollars as she approaches her man at the altar!
So what happens when the gown you love has a price tag you don't love? If it's your priority, you'll have to cut back elsewhere. To really reduce costs in other areas, have the wedding on a Friday or Sunday; serve heavy hors d'ouevres instead of a full dinner; reduce the bar to wine and beer. Hey- a girl's got to do what a girl's got to do!
If you've got a tight budget, what areas are you cutting back on, and what priorities are you unwilling to skimp on?