(Closed) Full-filling the designer whore within….. on a budget :(

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Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I splurged on my dress and gave myself a $1,500 budget.  I knew from the beginning that was one area I did not want to skimp on.  I’ll cut back on flowers, but my dress?  No way.  Shoes, they don’t bother me much since no one will really see them. 

I’m sure your dress will be beautiful and you will look beautiful that day!  If you are not happy with the dress (I’m unsure if that’s what you meant or not) then maybe try looking for a used designer dress to buy?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I think you need to embrace your budget! I am cheap cheap cheap -I love a good deal -I only ever buy on sale and MAN does it feel good!!!

Designer things aren’t necessarily nicer and your wedding look can come together on a budget. I bought a fantastic BLING bracelet of Etsy for $40 with shipping -EVERYONE LOVES IT. I brought it to work and didn’t get it back until everyone had worn it a little (still looks brand new don’t worry).

Have you thought of what “special” thing you are looking for so we can scope out a deal for you?

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Oh here’s the bracelt for your drool worthy reference ๐Ÿ˜€ Oh and my earrings -$6 at Suzy Shier on sale ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I love love love designer stuff too — I feel like it’s usually well-made and fits better. But I’m also a huge discount lover too. My designer handbag? Marshall’s at 25% of the original cost. Same with my shoes, etc. I have decent stuff, but I never pay full price.

so, like Kermie, for me, the wedding has been about finding deals on Etsy, or making things myself (I’m somewhat crafty), because to me it’s about having unique or handmade stuff for the wedding more than designer stuff. Have you thought about going that route to find something special for your special day without breaking the budget?

 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I say go for some bling jewelry.  I’m going to ask my grandmother to borrow some baubles since I’m determined to stay w/in my budget.

Shoes- I love Shoes.  I have a min of 40pr @ all times.  My wedding shoes were in my closet abd never worn since their purchase 5yrs ago.(Did I tell you I love Shoes).  

Dress- I purchased my Girl online via yourdreamdress.com.  My budget was $400 max which meant a BCBG dress or Sample dress.   I found my Girl @ @ 80% discount. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I can see what you mean, so something heirloom and quality. What about a small Tiffany piece? they have things that are $100 – $150 in the silver section, so a bit of a splurge, but heirloom still, and designer name.

For crafty things, I’m making ringbearer pillows out of remnants of silk dupioni and etsy findings, and my hair decorations so far (feather/flower/birdcage touches), and making a shawl out of chiffon material. I know what you mean, finding the time is hard!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

If you aren’t already a member, I suggest you sign up for ideeli.com, ruelal.com and gilt.com.  I have seen very beautiful bridally things go for sale on all three sites.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I got my earrings at TJ Maxx for $20. My shoes aren’t really “name brand” I mean  they are Nine West, but they aren’t like Vera Wang or something. They we $80 and look like shoes that some people have paid $200+ for.

I think the only other accessory I’m buying is a hair clip and bracelet. I’m trying to spend less than $200 on both. (combined)

I found one hair clip that looks exactly the same as a $145 clip for $82.

I have also been looking for cheaper versions of designer braclets.

I only have to wear spanx under my dress.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My shoes were my splurge. My dress was under $600 (I just couldn’t justify splurging on the Maggie Sottero Freya I was in love with when it was over $1,000 and our entire wedding is going to cost $6,000) and so I never had the emotional buying my dress moment. I was going to order some Kate Spade shoes from zappos for $120, the most ridiculous unheard of splurge I have ever considered and they sold out as I was ordering them. So I bought a pair of $70 shoes that weren’t worth $70 but met my criteria. Then just a couple of weeks ago we went to Myrtle Beach for a wedding, had the most disastrous weekend ever including getting extremely sick from the food at the cocktail hour reception they held, and just before it was time to head back we stopped at the outlets…and they had a Kate Spade outlet…and they had my shoes, in my color, in my size!!! I was sashaying around the store with tears in my eyes, my big emotional wedding moment. Bummer they’re $170, I cannot justify that extra money…oh wait, they’re on sale for $120? Fiance paid for them before I even took them off ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I second everything previous brides have said.  Ideeli.com really helped out a lot (especially because they run plus size sales pretty frequently) but expect a LONG lead time for shipping.  I snagged a $60 gift card to Beau-Coup.com for $30 and got lots of little personalized things for our out of town bags from there.

Basically, the key to my wedding was mixing reasonably priced things with very cheap things.  In the end, the higher quality details stood out over the inexpensive things.

For instance, I bought a reasonably priced sample dress off the rack (i.e. under $1000), but it was still a splurge on my budget.  So I got my amazing seamstress to make a custom bolero and a matching hair piece made from the leftover beading and sequins from my dress for under $100.  My clutch was $9 on clearance at Target.com and my shoes were colorful Me Too slingbacks (SO COMFY) on sale for $60 at Zappos (even though I too wanted colorful Kate Spades).  $6 satiny ivory Old Navy flip flops for dancing at the reception.  Instead of expensive support garments (like a bustier or corset), I just paired some $20 highwaisted Assets (Target-brand Spanx) with a $12 padded strapless bra (also Target).  I wore cheap CZ studs for earrings, but wore my mom’s sapphire pendant.  

I splurged and had professional bouquets for me and my BMs, but I made my own church flowers and centerpieces with wholesale flowers the day before the wedding to offset the cost.  I got my reception dress for $70 and all my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses for $55 on Ideeli.com, and paired them with a $15 cardigan for me and $10 ivory pashminas for the BMs from Target.  

As you can see, a LOT of my stuff was from Target, and usually on sale or clearance.  I even got my rehearsal dress for $20 and wore it for my bridal shower, rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner.  They have pretty decent quality stuff and they have lots of extended sizes that help for curvy girls.

We actually just got blogged today (eeek!) so you can see some pictures HERE.

 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If you want designer, but don’t want to spend a fortune, have you thought about checking out Target’s designer lines?  Right now is Calypso and that could be your something blue!  It is carried in Womens, jewelry/accesories, girls, infants, and home decor.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I second the PP which suggested something from Tiffany’s – they have affordable pieces that can be passed down…

My splurge was my veil – which is so odd, but I had so many issues with veils, I bought a cheap one and it sat funny on my head (even though I tried it on in a store beforehand).  So I went to a bridal salon and paid the SAME AMOUNT for my veil that I did for my dress (600-700.00).  FOR A VEIL!  But, it’s amazing….and I love it…and I’m going to have the lace preserved and made into items that my children can own and wear….

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