You might think working with a tight budget for a wedding is a disaster, but we have good news and even greater solutions with these wedding dress hacks.
If your wedding budget is constrained, a surefire place where you can save a fair amount of money is on the wedding dress and accessories.
The good news though is these wedding dress hacks gives you the opportunity to have a dress that is uniquely you.
The great news is that we bring you 14 excellent DIY ideas for you to throw together and make that one-of-a-kind attire everyone will envy.
Here are the wedding dress hacks which could save you a bundle as you prepare to be a bride:
1. The Dip Dyed Ombre Wedding Dress
Let’s say someone is giving you a hand-me-down wedding gown to help you stay in budget. You appreciate the gesture, but it isn’t exactly your style.
Don’t worry. This tutorial walks you through how you can dye and even alter a typical wedding dress and make it uniquely you. The style is gorgeous, and you could probably wear it again after the big day.
2. DIY Wedding Shoes
When I was getting married, I was stunned by how much shoes could cost.
And most people wouldn’t even see it under your wedding dress.
I was married on the beach which made it easier to use discount shoes, but if you need swanky shoes for your dress, adding your own bling. Your budget will thank you, and no one will know you didn’t spend an arm and a leg.
3. Zipper to a Corset DIY Solution
It isn’t hard to find a dress on sale, but they usually aren’t as fancy as the more expensive dresses. I get it. Every girl wants her dream dress on her big day.
Consider buying the discount dress and modify it with creative ideas into your dream dress. This video tutorial walks you through how you can change a basic zipper back of the dress into a satin corset style.
4. DIY Wedding Dress Tutorial
If you’re working on a tight budget, one of the best ways to stay within your limits is by making your own wedding dress. My mother-in-law did this for her daughter, and she had a gorgeous wedding dress.
When trying to save money, it’s important to put all your talents to use. If you’re gifted with the ability to sew, use this tutorial and make the wedding dress of your dreams without the giant price tag.
5. Embroidering Your Wedding Dress
It’s becoming the popular thing to embroider the inside of your wedding dress. You can put your initials, your wedding date, or even a meaningful quote.
But don’t pay for someone else to do it. Instead, use this tutorial to learn how to embroider the inside of your dress yourself.
6. The Tea-Length DIY Wedding Dress
This designer created her own wedding dress. She drew up the plans for a tea-length dress and even added a lace shawl to go with it.
She shows each step of the process through pictures and includes details to help you along. Again, if you are a gifted seamstress, you could save a great deal of money on your wedding and still end up with the dress of your dreams by making it yourself.
7. DIY Summer Wedding Bouquet
Have you been to a florist lately? I know the people who own florists are extremely talented, but most of them charge an arm and a leg for floral arrangements. Flowers (especially for weddings) are incredibly expensive!
Try shaving some cost from your wedding budget by creating your wedding bouquet. This tutorial tells you how many of each flower you need and how to construct it. You can skip buying the flowers by growing your own if you have enough time before the big day.
8. DIY Vintage Dress Clutch
If you’re looking for the perfect addition to your vintage wedding dress, consider making this beautiful clutch.
Even if you aren’t the craftiest person on the block, don’t worry. There are pictures to help you each step of the way.
9. Dollar Tree Fan Wedding Bouquet
You still need your bouquet, but your budget is becoming tight. Plus, you want something different than the typical handful of flowers.
Consider making a trip to your local dollar store. You can create a gorgeous fan with a few inexpensive craft supplies and include white roses. It’s a gorgeous and frugal solution.
10. 5 Step Wedding Veil
Many brides have opted out of the traditional wedding veil to go with a more modern look. I wasn’t one of those brides, and you might not be either.
If a wedding veil is still on your list of wedding must-haves, you’ll be thrilled to know you can easily make your own embellished veil without breaking the bank. This tutorial walks you through five easy steps to make a wedding masterpiece.
11. DIY Wedding Sash
A sash is a great way to gussy up a dress which would otherwise be plain. We’ve already discussed how plain dresses are frequently less expensive.
Therefore, you can buy the plain dress for less money and use this DIY tutorial on creating a gorgeous embellished sash to make your dress a little fancier.
12. Beading a Wedding Dress
Another way to enhance a plain dress is by adding beads. Don’t be intimidated about altering your dress.
It should be what you want on your wedding day, but you don’t have to go broke trying to achieve this dream. Instead, use this tutorial to add beads to your dress and enjoy your day!
13. DIY Wedding Dress Bustle
Some wedding dresses come with a bustle, but some don’t. When you must take your dress for alterations to add a bustle it can become expensive in a hurry.
Instead, use this tutorial to create your own bustle for your wedding dress (if you’re skilled with a sewing needle.) It will save money in your wedding budget and prevent you from ruining your dress during the reception.
14. $30 DIY Crocheted Wedding Dress
I had to save the best for last. If you love to crochet, this could be the ultimate project! This young lady had crochet experience and decided to crochet her wedding dress during her commute to work.
It turned out gorgeous! The icing on the cake is it only cost her $30 to create the entire dress. It’s a bargain and beautiful.
This concludes our trip through bargain suggestions with wedding dress hacks to make your big day a personalized masterpiece without spending a ton of cash.
Save your money, DIY as much as you can, and enjoy the moment. I’ve been married for 11 years now, and I tell my husband all the time if I had one piece of advice to give to a couple getting married it would be this:
“Don’t spend a great deal of time worrying about your wedding day. Celebrate your union and enjoy the day but put more of your attention towards the days and years to follow because this is what will truly matter.”Jennifer Poindexter