Beautiful on a Budget: Thrifty Tips for the Mother of the Bride or Groom

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As the mother of the bride or groom, the wedding day can one of the most expensive and luxurious events of your life, and understandably, you’re a bit confused as to how to look gorgeous yet elegant on a budget.

Similarly, you want a ravishing dress, but at the same time, you want to draw too much attention to yourself. So, how do you go about it? From availing the “sale season” to getting the most from the best deals, you’ve so many options to buy a dress that’s just perfect for you. Below are all the tips you need to know to look beautiful on a budget.

Plan It Out

You need to keep an eye out for reasonably priced outfits delivering the same look as a high-end dress. There are various styles to choose from. This makes your job a lot easier. Since wedding planning starts at least 6 months prior to the actual date, you’ve ample time to look around and choose a dress that looks as if it’s made for you! Given such a long period of time, surely you’ll be able to lay your hands on a grand dress.

Don’t Miss the Sales!

Sales are the ultimate boon of the shopping season. You would always find plenty of outlets that are displaying  dresses on sale. Many shops have a clearance sale or end-of-season sale. Since the sale season can last for three to four months, you have a good chance of finding a splendid dress.

Shop Early

We’ve all heard the phrase, “early bird gets the worm.” Once you’ve set your eyes on the perfect dress with the best deal, don’t keep delaying the purchase till the last moment. Otherwise, there are chances of it being sold out before you take out cash to buy it! So before this happens, it’s always better to be the first one in the queue.

When you do buy it, let the mother of the groom know too as according to tradition, a bride’s mother buys the dress before the groom’s mother!

Simplicity Enhances It

Sometimes, a simple dress is the best one to go for. How about showing your style with a simple and elegant dress with a statement necklace?

Opt for the Whole Look

A brilliant idea would be to shop for the whole look (i.e. the dress itself, the matching handbag/clutch, the jewelry, and the shoes). There are many websites that offer package deals for the mother of the bride or groom. The dress is sold along with accessories and jewelry.

Go for Bridesmaid Dresses

Bridesmaids are going to be your daughter’s favorite people throughout her wedding. Making them smile will actually help you make the bride happy! To do this, buy bridesmaid dresses that aren’t only beautiful but affordable too. You can add embellishments such as sequins, beads, and other trimmings to create a unique charm to these dresses.

The Bottom Line

With all these tips in your mind, you’re sure to nail the right dress for yourself. Whether it’s the color or style of the dress that has conquered your heart, remember that you can make it more appealing by bringing your own style to it. And yes, that too within your budget!

Lauren Wallace saw her youngest daughter get married last year. She shares her tips with other Mom’s who are soon to be Mother of the Bride. Her articles appear on over 50’s sites, wedding blogs and more.

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