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Wedding Dress Budgeting and Saving

Unless you’re lucky enough to have a parent or relative pay for it, the cost the wedding gown is your responsibility. You know what you can afford and you need to stay true to that. You are so tempted with bridal magazines and beautiful gowns on the mannequins, I know!royalty-dress

Buying your gown online might seem like a way to save money, but it is just too risky! Your wedding day is too important to chance purchasing a dress that looks beautiful in the picture but looks completely different on you. Think about how difficult it would be to alter a dress that is too small. What if the stitching was really bad. Don’t buy online!

There are ways to stick to your budget, and even save money on your wedding dress. First, always make sure you set an appointment up with the bridal shop. They will give you better service, believe me! When you arrive for your appointment, make sure you are clear and firm with the sales staff about your budget so they stick with that price. They will, of course, try to get you in the dress that is $1000 more — they want the sale, right? Start by trying on the cheapest dress first. You just might fall in love with a cheaper dress that you never imaged would be your dream dress and save lots of money!

After you’ve found the dress it isn’t over yet. You still have to get all the accessories that go with it. That can be hundreds of dollars more! There are shoes, jewelry, slip, undergarments, veil, headpieces, lavish sashes and alterations. They can really add up!


Before you buy the dress, be sure to ask for an estimate for alterations so you aren’t astonished later on. If they have to do a lot of intricate alterations it can easily add up to $300-500!


More Ways to Save:

  • Ask the bridal shop if they have any specials that are going on. Sometimes they want to get rid of their floor samples and will discount them.
  • Look for imperfections (a broken zipper, loose threading, beads missing, makeup on the dress). You can ask the salon to fix it for free or offer you a discount on the dress.
  • If you buy your dress and all the accessories at the same store they will be more willing to offer discounts.royalty-dress4
  • Look into trunk shows or special bridal parties – they might be offering a special discount there.
  • Always ask what’s included (a garment bag, pressing or steaming, delivery, etc.) so you don’t spend more money on items that you could have gotten free through th bridal shop.
  • Always be super courteous and friendly. They might be more willing to work with you on delivery dates, free items, and discounts if you are a “Kind Bride” instead of “Bridezilla.”

As you plan your big day, it can be a big help to have a professional planner on your side. As an experienced San Antonio wedding planner, I can help you stay on budget and get the wedding of your dreams! Please email or call me, 210-595-9263 or


The Hottest 2014 Trends for Texas Brides

While we’re still in the middle of the 2013 wedding season, it’s also time to start looking ahead to the big trends for 2014 weddings. I was recently at the Austin Wedding Market Expo, where the fantastic Laura Cave from The Knot spoke about 2014 Wedding Trends.

Wedding trends come from a lot of places. These include celebrity weddings, fashion, technology, social media, and real life inspiration. For 2014, many of the trends include a more causal feel with an emphasis on fun.

Here are five of the big trends for 2014:

Deco Chic

From décor to attire, the glamour of the 1920s will continue to be big in 2014. Along with the Great Gatsby-inspired style, expect to see a lot more Art Deco influence.

English Romance

royalty-teaThe elegance of England is going to be popular, with tea party themes and garden weddings being a great twist on vintage styles. This trend will also show up through attire, with plaid and corduroy suits for the men and parasols for the women.

Homestead Elegance


Rustic will take an elegant turn in 2014. This popular theme includes soft, feminine touches to hairstyles, flowers, and décor.

Technology Showdown


Plugged-in weddings will be a big trend, with couples using hashtags and Instagram photobooths to get great photos from their guests.

Farm to Fork



The big trend for wedding menus in 2014 will be fresh, organic, and green. Food quality is hugely important, and couples are opting for farm fresh food for their big day.

Of course, there are more than five big trends for 2014! Check back next week to see part two of the top trends.

If you’re looking for help planning your San Antonio wedding, give me a call today!


How a Wedding Planner Can Save You Money

You might think that going it alone with your wedding planning is the best way to save money. You can search for the best deals, and won’t need to pay a wedding planner, right? Wrong! Working with a wedding planner can really save you money.

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As an experienced wedding and event planner, we get great discounts from some of the area’s best vendors. We pass these savings on to you, so you get a better wedding for a lower price.

We also save you a lot of trouble. You have our own job; you don’t need to add a second one that you might not even like doing! Working with a wedding planner means you get to focus on enjoying your engagement while somebody else does the dirty work of creating your dream wedding.

This can help prevent the post-wedding blues, too. Your schedule won’t have changed before your wedding, so you won’t suddenly find yourself with nothing to do after your big day.

To find out more about what we offer, and the benefits of working with us on your wedding, give us a call today!

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