Wedding Dress = Donated


My Wedding Dress = Donated
I got married on 8th October 2016 and today my wedding dress was donated to a charity shop.

The morning after my wedding my parents helped the Husband and I clear out our bridal suite hotel room, and load the car up with all the decorations etc. As we were checking out Dad asked me what I’d like done with my wedding dress. My parents were taking the pedestal flowers with them to donate to their local church and Dad had agreed to return the hired groomsmen suits for us. As we were stood there checking out my Mum had my dress in its bag slung over her arm. I instantly said they could donate it to their favourite local charity shop.

You see, I’ve moved around a lot. In the past 7 years alone I’ve lived in 5 houses. Safely storing a wedding dress is difficult when you are moving regularly. Plus the Husband and I were planning on starting saving for a house deposit as soon as we got back from honeymoon. So hopefully the next move I make will be my last for a good number of years if we are able to (fingers crossed we will be able to) buy a home of our own. Due to this, £200 or so to get my gown dry cleaned just felt like a lot of money, especially if I were to add another £100 or so to have it put in  a proper storage box.

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Bridal Reloved



KEEP YOUR FOCUS ON THE SUMMIT

Say I Do On A Budget is all about having your perfect wedding day for less. However having a smaller than average budget for your wedding day does not mean that you have to settle for less. It may mean you have to be crafty about how you spend your money, it may mean that you have to decide what wedding elements are most important to you, and it may mean spending a little longer researching the best option for you. But it does not mean you have to settle for less, or that your wedding day is any less. 

Hopefully this blog has helped you with the researching side of planning. I always aim to not only bring you hints and tips on how to reduce the cost of your big day, but to also BridalRelovedLogohighlight budget friendly suppliers of everything from stationary and decorations to dresses and suits.

When it comes to choosing your wedding dress, as a bride to be on a budget some of the options open to you are sample sale dresses, borrowing a dress from a friend or relative, risking ordering a dress from an eBay store or sourcing a second hand dress. 

The last option mentioned above is one of my favourite options. It speaks to the planet saving side of me and anything that means a bride to be can have the best for less is fine by me! 

Bridal Reloved was dreamed up by Kate Atkinson to help Bride-to-be’s searching for the dress as well as the married woman looking to recoup some of her costs. The Bridal Reloved stores sell immaculate dresses are either brand new, ex-sample or worn once and cleaned. With stores in Cambridge, Yorkshire, Coventry, Essex, Dorset, Liverpool, Kent and Shropshire with more on the horizon you are very likely to be able to make your way to one of their stores. 

BridalRelovedDressesOne of the wedding planning experiences that many budget brides feel they miss out on is the experience of buying their dress from a boutique and getting the full dress shopping, trying-on experience, but rest assured, just because you don’t have the budget to order a designer dress new, doesn’t mean you can’t have the full experience that buying your dress from a boutique offers.

At your pre-booked appointment with Bridal Reloved you will be the only customer in store, meaning the full attention of the staff is on looking after you, they’ll offer you a cup of tea and a biscuit and full styling advice.

If you’ve been struggling to come with a way to have the dress of your dreams within your budget then why not check out the Bridal Reloved links below and contact your local boutique store for an appointment.


Website: http://bridalreloved.co.uk/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/bridalreloved
Pinteresthttps://uk.pinterest.com/bridalreloved/
Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/bridalreloved/

Facebook – Each store has it’s own Facebook page where you can view their current stock in sized albums.

I love the concept of Bridal Reloved so much that I’ve added them to the IDoOnABudget Budget Suppliers page.

Gold Bridal Shoes


Some Brides may have 2 wedding gowns. Very rarely does a budget bride have 2 dresses. But you know what a budget bride can have 2 of?

2 pairs of shoes!

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I had two pairs of shoes on my wedding day and I loved having both pairs. 

 A couple of months before the wedding during a dress fitting with Tina, (the lady who was making alterations to my dress) I was told that I needed to bring my wedding shoes with me to the next appointment. But I hadn’t bought them yet! So a hastily planned shopping trip with my Mum was arranged to get my shoes. 

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My Super Budget Bridal Accessories


As promised here is my post on my Bridal Accessories I had for my wedding on 8th October 2016. 

I  don’t tend to wear a lot of jewellery day to day. Occasionally I’ll put earrings in and every now and then I’ll wear a necklace, however generally the only piece of jewellery I’d wear before getting married was my engagement ring (now it’s engagement ring and wedding ring).

For months before the wedding I was pinning bridal accessories such as the below. I had my mind set on a leafy gold hair piece of some kind and pearl earrings.

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1st Time Trying on Wedding Dresses


So, it all got a bit more real yesterday as I tried on wedding dresses for the first time. As someone who has watched too many episodes of Don’t Tell The Bride and Say Yes To The Dress to count, the expectation of what trying on dresses should be like was almost overwhelming.

Thankfully I’ve always been rather level headed and able to talk sense into myself:
This is just the first time of trying them on to figure out what shapes and styles I like on my body
I am in no way expecting to find the one as I know I can’t afford to buy one at full price anyway!
Take a breath… steady, calm…

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I almost thought I’d be going on my own but thankfully my MOH was able to make it with me which I couldn’t have been more glad for as her opinion really matters to me.

I had booked an appointment with a bridal shop in my home town called Mrs Jones Bridal with the intention of just trying on different styles of dresses so that when I go to sample sales I have a better understanding of what I do and don’t like.

Kathryn asked me what type of things I wanted in a dress before picking some dresses off of the racks and asking what I thought of them. I said that I find myself more drawn to A-Line gowns but was open to try on other shapes except mermaid, that I want lace, definitely do not want strapless and I am not keen on the dress having lots of bling/sparkle.

So Kathryn picked a few dresses for me and I tried on a total of 8 dresses. I don’t have pictures of all of them, and the pictures I do have are poor quality, so I do apologise for that but I thought it would be nice to share my experience with you.

Hana by Charlotte Balbier

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This Dress fit nicely but was just TOO simple and too shiny for me.

Lizzie by Charlotte Balbier

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I really liked the lace top half and plain bottom half of this dress and the sweetheart neckline was very flattering on me. However the skirt was too stiff for my liking and again it really was rather shiny. #

Lillie Mae by Charlotte Balbier

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This was the dress that both my MOH and I loved on the hanger. We both saw it and thought this would be the one.
Sweet heart neckline – TICK
Lace top half – TICK
Flowing skirt – TICK
This dress was stunning – although the skirt was difficult to walk in (my shoes got caught in it twice!) Kathryn assured me it was because it wasn’t the right length for me.

Sophia by Augusta Jones

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I was really surprised by how much I like this dress! Yes you heard me right! I really didn’t think I’d like something that was a bit more figure hugging. The dress hugged by hips and bum and came into the skirt at the top of my thigh. I couldn’t stop looking at myself from the side as the lace on the back looks stunning from the side.

Delphine by Caroline Parkes 

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This dress made me feel the most like a Bride. It has a hidden corset and a stiff skirt but two layers of Tulle/Organza over the top create a softer appearance which I like. I didn’t mind that it had a bandeau neckline although the main change I’d really have liked to make to the dress would be to have the back in more of a V shape like Sophia. I was really surprised by the fact I loved the fuller skirt so much. It isn’t a ball gown, but isn’t A Line – It’s somewhere in-between.

I left Mrs Jones Bridal much surer of what I do and don’t like and feel more confident about attacking sample sales. One of the best things about the whole experience was finding out that the MOH and I are completely in tune with each other. It’s good to know before hitting the sample sales that she will be the perfect person to help me find the perfect dress for me.

Curls like Taylor swift


My perfect Bridal hair would be to have my curls styled like Taylor Swift’s. In previous posts I’ve mentioned how my hair is naturally curly, and I couldn’t bare to have my curls “naturally mine” on the day because I want to look a little different and because naturally styled curls are unreliable. You never know how they will form.

My curls form quite differently to the way Taylor’s do, but having my curls done like hers on my wedding day styled into a loose up-do or half-up-half-down style would just be perfect!

If you’re a hairdresser in the South-East / South-West area of England and think you could do this please contact me!

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Bridal Garters


Planning your wedding day on a budget does not mean you always buy the cheapest option. Creating your big day for less is about carefully selecting where to save and where to spend. Most of the things you will decide to spend on will be big, but sometimes high quality small items give your day that extra special feeling.

There are some suppliers that provide exactly this – high quality small items that could be the difference between simply feeling good & feeling better than you’ve ever felt before on the day you say “I Do”.

I would like to start sharing these suppliers with you starting off with…

Truly I Do – bespoke handmade garters
I’d never given much thought to garters in the past. I’ve especially not given much thought to what separates a standard garter from a truly personal one. I have bought garters for friends, and I have to admit they have always been purchased from eBay or Amazon.

I’d never stopped to think that the garter may not fit. Why are garters ‘one size fits all’ and how can this really be possible? legs differ in size greatly. No bride wants to be tripping over her own garter half way down the aisle or to lift her dress for a garter picture only for it to seem as though it is cutting off her circulation.

When you place your order with ‘Truly I Doyou can provide your thigh measurement or your dress size for Charlie to create your bespoke, hand-sewn garter that will fit you beautifully.

You can choose to have one of Charlies designs, make some changes to one of her designs or discuss a completely custom idea for her to create. Here are a couple of my favourites from her standard range which are both under £20.00…

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All garters from ‘Truly I Do’ can be customised. Choose the colour you would like the garter to be, and the colour of any ribbons then for a small fee you can add personalised touches such as charms and trinkets.

Here are some stunning custom garters created by Charlie..

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As a budget bride it is likely your dress will be from a high street shop, from a sample sale or will be a pre-loved dress. Hopefully irrelevant of where your dress comes from you will love your chosen dress and feel every inch the perfect bride in it. I will likely be wearing a sample sale dress on my wedding, which means that it won’t have been created to my measurements even though i’ll choose one that fits. Wearing one of Charlies garters would give me that special feeling that I have something truly bespoke and made just for me.

 I will definitely be wearing one of Charlies creations on my wedding day; and I can’t wait to buy a garter from Truly I Do as a gift for the next person in my friendship group who gets engaged.