Archive for July, 2008

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Stick to your guns

July 11, 2008
Stay firm on your choices...even in last-minute sitautions

Stay firm on your choices...even in last-minute sitautions

There are so many choices for brides…at least the choice in a husband is taken care of.  Where to get married?  What are my colors? Flowers? Dresses? Jewelry? Food?  Shoes? How many guests? The list goes on.  The thing to remember, and this is especially important for a BBB: make your decision and stick with it. 

After you figure out how much you can spend, figure out how many people you plan on inviting.  Remember, in most cases only half of the people you invite will actually attend.  If you want 50, invite 100.  You get the point.  What this could mean is that some people may be left out.  That is the unfortunate, or fortunate, part about having a beer budget wedding. 

For family this can be hard.  Say you or your husband-to-be has a large family.  There has to be some sort of limit.  For example, setting limits on how extended the family tree can go.  No great aunts/uncles, no cousins, no third cousins twice removed.  Whatever it is, stick to it.  My advice on getting around hurt feelings…have a party (smaller party) for people who couldn’t make it!  Call it a BBQ reception, a holiday wedding party.  Whatever…don’t step on toes because that’s tacky.  But do be firm. Don’t let your almost mother-in-law convince you that her second cousin’s sister’s daughter has to attend your wedding because she went to hers. 

Pick your color for bridesmaids dresses, table cloths and flowers.  Do not change this color, it will make things difficult.  Besides, your first instinct is the right one.

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The Big White Dress

July 8, 2008
Off-the-Rack Dresses Rock

Off-the-Rack Dresses Rock

Your wedding day will likely be the most-planned outfit you will ever wear (Halloween costumes not included).  And if you’re truly beer budget, it’ll also be the most expensive.    The most important piece of this outfit is, of course, the dress.  Stores are dedicated to it, magazines, books, etc.  Major fashion designers end their fashion shows with The Wedding Dress.  The bad news?  You will never, ever afford that dress.

The good news: you CAN afford a designer gown.  Of course, I will devote many posts to The Dress – each post with a tip on how you can buy a dress that’s worth, I hope, less than your car.  Another bit of good news here: it never hurts to try on a dress worth more than your car.  In fact, you might be surprised at how uncomfortable those dresses can be…both on your body and on your beer budget.

Here’s a trick I picked up from a friend.  Buy a dress off the rack.  What this means is that you literally go to the wedding dress store, you try on some dresses and then you take it home.  An off-the-rack dress can be a dress that was on the ‘showroom floor’ that many potential brides have tried on in their quest to get a custom dress for their size.  Or the off-the-rack dress could be a ‘showroom floor’ dress that the shop owner ordered extra.  Off-the-rack can give you deep discounts on an in-season, designer gown (20-60%). 

Don’t forget, just because a dress is cheap doesn’t mean it should look cheap…don’t forget that champagne taste.

Off-the-rack dresses are a standard Size 10.  That equals about a size 6/size 8 for most other clothes. FYI. 

The only potential drawbacks of the off-rack dress are that they may need cleaning and/or altering.  It’s all a judgement call.  If you can pick up a dress for $250 and it costs $250 to alter/clean it…it’s still ‘only’ $500.