The hunt for the dress
I am beginning to think it is cheaper to be the bride than attend a wedding. I mean in the next couple of months we have 4 weddings and HOPEFULLY no Funerals. I am super excited to watch my friends and family tie the knot. I know that being married is a wonderful thing however; finding a dress to go to a wedding is a NIGHTMARE. I mean without knowing what the bride is wearing how do you know what to wear? Do you wear a short dress? How about a long one? Do you match your date? I have no idea how to figure out what to wear.
Here are the details
wedding 1 semi formal
wedding 2 cocktail attire
wedding 3 black tie husband will wear a tux
wedding 4 not very formal at all
I have become an Internet stalker scouring the websites of the reception halls to try to figure out what I should adorn. I have an eye for designer clothes but my wallet does not match the overwhelming price tags. I mean $600.00 for one dress. That would come out to $4200 for 7 dresses. I hope over the next couple of weeks that I can find 4 dresses for the weddings themselves and 3 dresses for the rehearsal dinners. Oh my budget…. Just $250.00. That’s right for 7 dresses and 4 of them are party dresses. Can I do it? Can I buy a dress for around $34 each. Why, Yes I can!!!
I think it is important to get out of my mommy clothes and treat myself to a night out wearing an amazing dress. I spend so much of my time taking care of others. I spend the majority of our budget providing for the children so its my turn. I am usually able to go to my closet and grab something however, after baby #2 my clothes do not fit. These wedding are going to be our much needed date nights as well so looking good for the husband is just an added bonus. I mean do I need 7 dresses no but if I can buy them for less than the cost of one nice dress then why not?
The secret to my success is going to be: buy a dress that looks super on me and accessorize. What am I going to do after the weddings? I am going to cosign the dresses That way my out pocket expenses will be less and lets be honest am I really going to wear the dress again? I know most of you do not need to buy 7 dresses but I hope my fashion edition will help you find that one special dress for LESS much LESS because it is not what you SAVE it is what you SPEND.
Here is what I found for Wedding #1
The first dress I bought was the Tahari dress at the SPCA rummage sale. It had the tags still on it for $325.00. I paid just $20.00. I will wear it to the rehearsal dinner. It is unique and cheerful.
The second black dress is a classic A line dress. It is dressy or not very dressy since these sequin dresses are being worn everywhere. I picked this one up this summer at the banana republic outlet while I was in Orlando, Florida. I knew I was going to several weddings so I try to shop in advance to spread out the cost and to not be left in a position that I have to pay big bucks for a dress. This one also has the tags attached $189.99. I paid $9.99.
Total spent: $29.99
Still left in my budget: $220.01
5 dresses to go
Tip buy your dresses at consignment sales that way you will have less of a chance of seeing someone in the same thing at the same event!!