Inexpensive Options: Bride’s Edition

I was browsing around a wedding gown website the other day and I was totally floored by the prices. $8,000 for one gown that most women will wear for one day? Seriously?

What really blows my mind is that most of these fancy-schmancy gowns are nothing different than what you can find in the Fancy Dress section of a department store or in any of the new pricepoint bridal sections in most big box stores. The key to saving money on your bridal attire is to remember three things:

1. Most brides want white dresses. That's great! But don't get sucked into only buying labels that say "bridal" – many different types of cocktail and evening gowns are made in white or ivory and in a variety fine materials. Look outside the bride section and you'll find a world of affordably priced dresses that look just like bridal gowns.

2. Spend on the important stuff and save on everything else. If a lovely dress is a biggie for you then budget the bulk of your money towards that – then buy cute shoes from Payless or make your own veil from a handful of tulle.

3. Buy good foundation pieces. I do not care what kind of a deal that you got on that incredible Vera Wang dress. If your boobies are hitting your chin and I can see your underwear – it's just not pretty. The good news? Consumer Reports recently did a testing of bras and underwear and found that the best bang for retaining bust is the Gilligan & O'Malley line from Target. They make a variety of styles, in a large assortment of sizes, and cover almost every skin tone. Here's another tip, create a budget for your undergarments. I know, I know. It's sounds so silly but think about it. If you pick out the right garments, you can use them after the wedding is over. Think of it as an investment for your undies drawer.

So, keeping those tips in mind. Here are three options for your wedding day attire – all under $150.00:

Option #1 (Total Cost of Outfit – $128.98):

J Crew Embossed-Cotton Aubrey Halter Dress in White – $78.00:
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Summer is the time for shorter hemlines and textured cotton – great for a beach wedding.

Old Navy Jeweled T-Strap Sandals in Caymen Pink – $15.00:
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A sleek and simple beach sandal that is easy to move in, a fun color, but tasteful enough for your beach wedding.

Target Floral Headband in Pink – $7.99:
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Photo Courtesy of: Target

A fun pop of color for your beachside wedding.

Amazon Skinny Silk Scarf in Pink Coral Stripe – $14.99:
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Photo Courtesy of: Amazon

Use this as a fun sash or even as a chic hair wrap for your 'do.

Target Multi Strand Earring & Necklace Set – $12.99:
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Photo Courtesy of: Target

Finish off your fun beach look with this fresh and colorful jewelry.

Option #2 (Total Cost of Outfit -$147.97):

Amazon 50's Strapless Satin Gown in White – $64.99:

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Oooh…shiny! A pretty dress for a princess (or church) wedding – but not too stuffy and over-the-top.

Bella Bridal Veils 1 Tier Fingertip Bridal Veil in White – $25.00:
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A simple, fingertip length veil for your simple and stunning dress.

Two Lips Strawberry in Turquoise – $29.00:
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Photo Courtesy of: Piperlime

Your something blue!

Miss Megan Mac Silk Chiffon Scarf in Turquoise – $10.00:
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A nice shot of color to wind around your waist.

Alaskan Crafty Alaskan Blue Dreams – $14.99:
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A sweet way to finish of your princes look and add a bit of color.

Option #3 (Total Cost of Outfit -$147.98):

J Crew Swiss-Dot Fontana Dress in White – $59.99:
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Photo Courtesy of: JCrew

A fun but completely chic dress for a semi-formal, tailored wedding.

Which Goose's Quinn – $25.00:
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Photo Courtesy of: etsy

A very cool and chic little fascinator – a great topper for those who think a veil is a little to "wedding-ish".

Payless Karaway Dress Sandal in Orange – $9.99:
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Photo Courtesy of: Payless

A fun pop of color were people just don't expect it!

Design By Denise Marie Bright And Bold Necklace – $36.00:
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Photo Courtesy of: etsy

**PAIRED WITH**

Design by Denise Marie Crabby Large Fire Crab Agate Earrings – $17.00:
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Cool and chunky jewelry that won't distract from your dress.

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