Welcome back Katie, our contributing wedding writer who is getting married this Pi Day!
When you go accessory shopping for your bridal trousseau, make sure to bring a nice brown paper lunch bag. Not because you filled it with snacks, which you may also need, but to stop the onslaught of hyperventilating from sticker shock. Shoes, jewels, and veils are a notoriously high wedding cost, but there are some easy ways to incorporate more meaning and spend less on the pieces that tie your look together.
If you’re a shoe girl like me, you will have to will yourself away from every new pair of shoes that could be perfect for your big day. While I love the idea of perfectly pristine white pumps with cute glitter accents, I can’t see myself wearing the shoes a second time. I decided to take a spin through my shoe collection. Warning: sometimes this can cause an adverse effect and reaffirm that you need shoes. Proceed carefully. Several years ago, I purchased a pair of Kate Spade navy polka dot strappy heels with a bow! on clearance for about $60. I’ve already broken them in and worn them to a ton of different events. The multiple wears does mean that my wedding kicks might have some stains or imperfect soles, but the shoes are perfect for the theme of polka dots with navy and coral tones. Even better: they are the right height for my dress—no hemming required!
Every bride needs to sparkle, but we’re not all made of gold bars. I’m still deciding on earrings, bracelets, and necklaces for the big day, but I’ve got some great options including pieces that I’ve worn in previous weddings as a bridesmaid, as well as a set that my future mother-in-law gifted this Christmas. I’d really like to use those beads as they belonged to my fiance’s grandmother, but they need some TLC due to aging and use. If I can get the parts I need to do some fixes, the family memories can’t be beat—even if it means adding them to the bouquet or rethinking a necklace into a bracelet.
DIY Style or borrowed family heirloom veils can add some bling without cha-ching. As a DIY-er, I could not even believe that a plain veil that was finger tip length was $100 at a national retailer. While the tulle may have been a higher grade than the craft-store-next-door stuff, it certainly did not have $100 finishes. I took a stab at creating my own bird cage combining tips from several different YouTube tutorials and in total, it cost less than $8 including the tulle, thread, and package of combs. A little tip: buy enough material to make two so you can play around with shapes and lengths.
Veils are another great place to ask around your friends and family as many women still have their veil and have no big plans for it. My future sister-in-law who married last July offered me her gorgeous veil, and another of her friends will be using it after me—sisterhood of the traveling veil! After spending a bit too much time looking a bridal party photos on Pinterest, I’ll be using both veils at different points, but I won’t feel bad about having spent too much!