Budgeting for Your Dream Wedding Dress!

budgetingLets start from square one… What is a budget? The definition of a budget is “an amount of money available for spending that is based on a plan for how it will be spent.” In the bridal world, your budget is the amount of money that you are comfortable spending on your wedding. Why are budgets important? Weddings are expensive! For a bride, having a budget for her wedding dress will ensure that all the money isn’t spent in one place. :)

 When setting a budget for your dress, it’s important to make it a number that you are actually willing to spend. For example, a bride tells her consultant that her budget is $1,500 for her gown, but when she falls in love with a gown that is $1,300 she says it’s too expensive because she actually only wanted to spend $1,000. It’s important to be honest with your consultant about how much you want to spend on your dress. Charlotte’s Weddings’ gowns range dramatically in price and we want to help you find the perfect wedding gown that you’re comfortable with in every way – including price point! 

When planning your dress budget, it’s also important to factor in the “extra costs.”  Alterations are not included in the price of the dress and you will need them to ensure that your gown fits perfectly!  At Charlotte’s Weddings, we recommend factoring between $200 and $400 for alterations on your gown.  This is the average range suggested by our recommended seamstresses.  And don’t forget about the accessories!  Sometimes a sash or a veil can really change a gown from being a favorite to being “the one.”  We have a beautiful selection of bridal jewelry at Charlotte’s from necklaces, earrings and bracelets to tiaras, hair combs, pins and brooches.  And don’t forget about your wedding day shoes!  You don’t necessarily have to give yourself a firm number for these items, just remember all the elements that make up your wedding day look when planning your budget. :)  

Our consultants at Charlotte’s Weddings are extensively trained on dress styles, designers, and the prices that go along with each of them. You can trrust your consultant – we’re here to help you find the dress of your dreams within your budget!  Check out our online pricing guide to get an idea of the price ranges for our designers and schedule an appointment on our website!  We can’t wait to work with you. :)