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Your wedding look: Where to save and where to splurge

Text: Niquita Hulbert; Photography: IMAXtree

From the hired venue to the flower arrangements, your big day already comes with a big price tag, so any chance to save is a blessing. But when it comes to your bridal ensemble, where is it OK to skimp? We break it down below:

Where to save

Your wedding: When to save and when to splurge
Nude courts H&M R299

The shoes

The truth is no one really sees them and you probably never wear them again, so you don’t need to blow your budget on your heels. Yes, an uncomfortable pair can ruin any night, but comfort can be affordable! It’s all about trial and error, so be sure to walk around the store in your options before making a decision.

Your wedding: When to save and when to splurge
Jewelled hair slide Mimco R499

The jewellery

You just want a little bit of bling and with your stunning dress and sparkly engagement ring, you’re already halfway there. Keep your accessories simple and elegant. You could always use this as an opportunity to sort out the “something borrowed” part of your ensemble…

Where to splurge

Your wedding: When to save and when to splurge
Wedding gown Bo and Luca Price on request

The dress

It’s basically the most important element of your big day, so a wedding dress is number one on our budget. You don’t want any regrets, so make sure it fits like a glove and is exactly what you’ve always dreamed of.

Your wedding: When to save and when to splurge
Fitted body Wolford R4 575

The underwear

The last thing you need is a bad undergarment ruining your perfect dress – you don’t want your bra to slip or panties to ride up when you’re walking down the aisle. Be prepared to spend on something really comfortable and functional, like a bodysuit or corset. The best part? You’ll  be able to use it again and again.

Want more wedding saving tips? Here are 3 ways to avoid extra costs on your big day. For more planning advice, check out these 5 books!

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