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You know how I had mentioned before that everything for my wedding just seemed to fall into place? Well finding my dress wasn't any different.

It was love at first sight and on top of that, it was on the sale rack! I had made an appointment at a little local dress shop with the thought that I wasn't going to spend any less than $2000 (GASP!). My mom had graciously offered to pay for half of my gown so I wasn't too worried about the cost. I was more worried about finding the one I loved… and I didn't really know how I would know which dress was THE one.

After looking around the racks I picked a couple that I liked, my future mother-in-law picked a few, my mother picked a few, my two sisters had about 3 each that they wanted me to try, and my bestie, the previously mentioned ‘BA' had a few of her own for me to try.

I thought I would never find one that was perfect for my big day. After trying on a few lunkers, the sales lady mentioned that they had a sales rack of discontinued styles and there it was. My dress. I knew it was the one from the minute I saw it. Just like I knew Nate was the one from the minute I saw him. I tried it on and immediately fell in love. I felt like a princess and it fit perfectly. All it needs is to be slightly hemmed. I couldn't believe it and what was even better was that it was just over $500! I'm borrowing my mom's veil for my wedding ceremony, so that was one less expense, and she was excited to pull our her old dress and see her veil worn again.  For the reception I purchased a simple headband since I saved so much on the dress.

Saying YES to the Dress
My mom's dress! It was preserved since my parents were married in 1986!
Saying YES to the Dress
You'll have to wait until the wedding to see the dress!

My budget savvy tip for all you brides and brides to be who are about to search for their dress… Don't be afraid to search the sales rack. You never know what you may find! How did you know your dress was ‘The one'??

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About Joscelyn

My name is Joscelyn, I'm 24 years old and live in the Pittsburgh, PA area. I work with children on the Autism Spectrum and am currently enrolled in grad school for special education. I'm recently engaged and planning my dream wedding, I can't wait to share it!

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  • Chel

    You were prepared to spend $2000 for a dress?! How do you qualify as a budget savvy bride? A lot of people have to do their whole wedding on that amount!

    • Everyone’s budget and priorities are different. Some people splurge on food or flowers, others on their dress. That doesn’t make them any less budget savvy! 🙂

    • Joscelyn

      Even though I had budgeted for $2000 originally, I didn’t end up spending near that amount! I was uneasy about spending that much, but at the time I had made it work into our budget. When I found me dream dress for 1/4 of the price I couldn’t have been happier and it allowed for a little more leeway in our guest list.

      You’ll also notice that I’m saving a TON of money on my veil and alterations. Everyone has different priorities. One of mine was having the dress of my dreams. 🙂

      • Chel

        Sorry, that came out harsher than I intended! I’m glad that you found a dress you love – and that you got such a deal for it!

        I’m just disappointed, because I was so excited to find a blog like this to help counter the wedding excess that seems to be everywhere, but now I find that even the “budget” weddings are way more than anything I could ever spend.

        • We do a call for bloggers twice a year and I can only pick from the girls that apply. Most of their weddings are in the 8-13k range budget wise, which I know is still alot for many brides. But we feature weddings here all the time that are less than $10k, some even as low as $2k. You can view weddings by budget here.

        • Joscelyn

          Even if some of the items posted aren’t in your price range you can still take the advice myself and the other budget savvy girls give and try to make it work, like mine, checking out the sales rack or like @maureen’s, who found her dress on eBay. I hope you end up wih the wedding of your dreams and good luck with all of your planning!

  • Can’t wait to see the dress! That is awesome that it was on sale (money saved) AND it only needs to be hemmed (money saved again)!! I wish my parents had a ceremony so that I could do something like wear my mom’s veil, but they got hitched in the courthouse!

    • Joscelyn

      Thank you for the kind words! I can’t wait to share it with everyone 🙂
      I was VERY excited my mom was willing to pull out her veil for me to use

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