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January 25, 2017  TAGS:  RESOURCES  PLANNING

Wedding Budgets | Bridal Gown & Accessories

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In our prior blog, we addressed budgeting for The Honeymoon; Category 2) of the Series “Creating/Working with a Wedding Budget”.  In this blog posting, emphasis will be placed upon Categories 3) Bridal Attire/Accessories and 4) Beauty/Spa.

Bridal Attire:

Within the US, there are 2.4 million weddings performed every year.  And over 62 billion dollars a year is generated on wedding related expenses.  Today’s brides are older and able to contribute both time and money for their wedding; while placing emphasis upon what is most important to them.  They report that their wedding attire was the highest priority, followed by the reception site and caterers with the reception entertainment being a low priority. 

Every bride wants to look beautiful and the perfect wedding dress is considered to be a critical component of the typical American Wedding.  Of the average $26,645 spent, the bridal gown consist of 6.1% of the overall expense; ranging from $800 to $1,469.  An additional 1.6% is spent on the veil and accessories.   With regards to selecting the perfect dress and accessories, it is important to research on prices in order to establish what is affordable.  Know exactly how much you can spend on such items and be sure to stick to your established budget.   Also, take into account the fact that today’s brides purchase multiple dresses; a dress for the Reception Dinner Party and another for dancing.

Brides typically decide upon their gown approximately eleven (11) months prior to the wedding; allowing plenty of time for necessary fittings and alterations.    Although much research is done using wedding magazines, 59% of brides use Pinterest for wedding dress inspirations.  89% use their smartphones for wedding planning activities, researching and contacting vendors, creating and managing their registry or personal website.  And 58% of brides browse wedding gowns on their mobile device.  In purchasing a gown, 18% is done online, 32% from a national chain, 57% from an independent bridal salon and 1% from a sample sale. The average price of a wedding gown is $1,355 and the average cost of the headpiece is $199.  14% of brides would wear a colored wedding dress, 21% of brides plan to wear at least a second dress and 86% of brides wear something old, new, borrowed and blue. 

The biggest wedding splurges other than the dress are: 31% on shoes, 67% on hair/makeup, and 2% on a wedding clutch.  66% of brides want bridesmaids to wear matching dresses.  14% of brides show their dress to groom before the wedding.  46% of brides preserve their wedding dress for children or grandchildren.

Bridal stores primarily sell bridal wear, including gowns, veils and accessories such as shoes, gloves and jewelry.  They also perform alterations, i.e., hemming, taking-in/letting-out seams and shortening/lengthening sleeves.  Most also provide bridesmaid dresses, mother-of-the bride dresses, groom and groomsmen tuxedos/suits and dress/suit accessories.

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Metallic Gold French Netting Birdcage Veil, Niceties and Nuptials Boutique

Wedding Accessories:

There are many wedding accessories to consider for the bride as well as bridesmaids!  Included are veil ($56-398), hair combs ($27-$98), hairpins ($22-$24), headbands ($44-$160), tiaras ($44-$78), gloves ($12-$40), ribbons/sashes ($32-$72), garter ($12-$26), umbrella ($28-$127), shawls/wraps ($16-$96), underskirts ($18-$26), petticoats ($60-$170), satin wedding bouquets ($10-$337), earrings ($14-$100), necklaces ($28-$216), back necklaces ($60-$104), necklace/earring sets ($17-$270), bracelets ($18-$128), brooches ($20-$40), lazos ($80-$90), bouquet jewelry ($8-$32), garment bags ($10-$14), shoes ($55-$160) and undergarments ($36-$98).  Do not forget to factor all accessories into your wedding budget!   And remember that Niceties and Nuptials Boutique provide a large range of quality wedding accessories; including most of the above items! 

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Beauty/Spa:

A spa visit is important for the bride-to-be; consisting of a relaxation message ($80-$200) and beauty skin treatment ($80-$130).  A refreshing facial beauty treatment ($65-$90) is recommended the day prior for a radiant look on the wedding day; cleansing and hydrating the face with foam scrubs, creams and masks.  Pimples should be removed with a zit extractor and eyebrows should be plucked.  Once face is smooth and flawless, the bride’s makeup and hairstyle can be worked on.  It is essential to find a reputable Beauty Salon for hair styling on wedding day ($80-$100), plus cut($28), perm ($15-$30), color ($100/Mo.), extensions ($15), eyelashes ($15-$20), nails ($7-$36), makeup ($85-$200), skincare ($80-$130), manicure ($35), pedicure ($45-$55) and day spa ($80-$100).

15 Steps to Jump Start Bridal Beauty Routine:   (By Amanda Black)

  • Weekly manicures to keep nails and hands looking fantastic; experimenting with colors.
  • Whitening teeth using whitening toothpaste, white strips or get professionally done. Don’t overdue as whitening wears down enamel causing sensitivity to hot and cold.
  • Eat healthier by staying away from sugar and processed foods. Focus on green vegetables, fruits and drink several glasses of water daily.
  • Work out regularly to firm body and improve skin.
  • Add lift weights to workout routine to tone arms.
  • Get a smooth face by using a primer daily for foundation to adhere to. Or use hydrating facial serum daily before makeup for smoother skin.  And start monthly facials three months out.
  • Use a gradual sun tanner moisturizer such as Jergen National Glow moisturizer. For a beautiful glow, get a spray tan a few days prior to wedding day.  DO NOT use tanning booths!
  • Do makeup test runs with makeup artist at least three months prior to fine-tune your desired look. One is recommend the same day of engagement photo in order to see what you will look like in wedding photos; allowing for necessary makeup changes prior to the wedding.
  • Have brows shaped by salon pro to determine the best shaping for face. Waxing is an option but threading is quick, precise and recommended if on antibiotics or skin medication.  Start 6 months out with 3-4 weeks between sessions and last one a month prior to wedding.
  • To enhance your eye shape, get longer false lashes or for a softer look, apply half lashes in outer corners of eyes. To prevent running lashes on wedding day, apply favorite mascara and curl lashes. Then apply a top coat of waterproof mascara or get semi-permanent lash extensions at salon; eliminating need for mascara.
  • Focus on lips each night by applying a coat of lip balm or Vaseline; gently rubbing over lips in circular motion with a wet washcloth. On wedding day, go for a glossy lip.  A matte lipstick will look classic.  Apply a gloss over to cover up imperfections.
  • Start working with a hair stylist; experimenting with different hair styles. Start weekly treatments using favorite conditioner and mush-up avocado for silkier hair.
  • Get smooth skin by doing body scrubs in shower to get rid of dead skin. Use moisturizer with a good almond or shea butter.  Or get a full body scrub at salon.
  • Start monthly waxes to remove unpleasant peach fuzz above upper lips.
  • Create a “Day-Of-Bag” consisting of an arsenal of bridal beauty fixes to have on hand day of wedding; makeup, comb/brush, hair spray, hairpins, clear nail polish, deodorant, safety pins, min-sewing kit, q-tips, etc.

And remember to factor all bridal accessories, beauty, and spa expenses into your wedding budget; including gratuaties (15% - 20%) and taxes.   Do not get caught up with what seen in wedding magazines and with celebrities.  Reign in your fantasy!  Work within your budget to create your own signature wedding!

This post is republished courtesy of Niceties & Nuptials Boutique.