Bridesmaid on a Budget (Ross, Charming Charlie & More)

Happy Hump Day Peeps!

First off, I’d like to apologize for taking so long to get this post up. I usually try to post on Friday or Saturday evenings but this past week was just crazy eventful (2 birthdays, 1 death and wedding planning)! As you may have gathered by my last post, and the title on this post, today’s blog is about weddings! In particular, how I am styling and accessorizing myself for an upcoming wedding I am a bridesmaid of.
This is and is not a traditional wedding in the sense that the bridal party only consists of two bridesmaids and a best man, it has been put together in 6 weeks and is a very small/intimate but formal affair. You guys know I am all about “fabulous on a budget” so lets get started on the look I will be using. The purpose of this is to show future brides and bridesmaids that you can totally have a chic and formal wedding without breaking the bank. Actually, my entire look costs less than $125 (cheaper than the average price for a bridesmaids dress)!

The Dress

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This dress was selected by the bride as my bridesmaids dress. Of all places, we found this dress at ROSS with similar styles in the same color for the other bridesmaid to wear. The best part about it??? $49.99 was the cost. We had visited 5 dress shops in one day including the places that rent formal gowns for Quiceañeras and weddings. Besides the poor selection in the color the bride wanted, no dress was cheaper than $120.

The Shoes
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These are a little bit if a cheat because I had already purchased these shoes for a wedding last year. This is why it is so important to have a nice pair of gold and silver shoes…you just never know how many formal events can come up and those shiny neutrals go with ANYTHING! I purchased these at Payless ShoeSource for $29.99 last year but there are similar styles at most shoe stores today (especially during the spring from prom/graduation season).

The Accessories:
Jewelry

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This bracelet and earrings were purchased at Charming Charlie (like a Claire’s but for grown ups LOL). This store specializes in accessories organized by color. I actually went to that store looking for red accessories for the bride (it is the accent color she has chosen) and ended up buying all my stuff instead!

The bracelet is part of their RSVP/Bridal collection, and it was $6. I chose it because it actually stretches to put it on and take it off instead of using a clasp. I have rather small wrists so finding bracelets that clasp usually require a trip to the jeweler to have it resized. This one, however, fits perfectly and does NOT pull on my little arm hairs!

The earring are from the same collection and cost $8. Simple and cute but with some sparkle!

The necklace is shown in the picture of the dress and it cost $10. Again, simple and cute but with a little bling.

The HandBag/Clutch

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No one likes to fuss around with a big bag on the day of the event, but us ladies carry a lot of fail-safes just in case emergencies happen (bandaids, perfume, deodorant, safety pins, lipgloss, powder, etc). The features this little bag has (which incredibly almost matched my dress perfectly) make all those things easy to carry.

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All the little compartments make it easy to carry all these things without creating too much bulk. In addition, this bag can easily go from purse to clutch with the removable straps. Greatest part…? Only $19!

The Watch

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Again, this is a little bit of a cheat as I had previously purchased this watch a couple of years ago at a Fossil Outlet. I believe it was less than $40 as it was also at half price.

So there you have it…dress, necklace, earrings, bracelet and purse for less than $93. If you include the shoes…$123. I am not including the watch as it is not a necessary expense and could easily be substituted for another bracelet. Given normal circumstances, spreading these expenses over a couple of months would make it easier to afford everything. We only have 6 weeks all together as the wedding takes place at the end of this month; but if we could make it work, you can definitely make it work over a few months as most weddings are planned a year or two in advance.

As an added tip, places like Charming Charlie have a reward point system where you basically earn $5 off after every $100 that you spend and, if you sign up online, they will even send coupons for $10 off purchases of $50 or more. Since they sell all kinds of accessories (purses, jewelry, shoes, organizers…even clothes) it is quite easy to start racking up rewards.

Buying your dress at a place like Ross, TJ Maxx or Marshalls is great because you usually save a lot of money and making simple alterations are pretty inexpensive. If you are handy with a needle and thread, you could even do them yourself. Even with the cost of alterations, you will usually save a big chunk of money this way instead of purchasing a full retail priced dress that will most likely need alterations anyway.

Keeping accessories like jewelry and shoes in neutral colors make them easier to re-use for other occasions so you can get your money’s worth out of everything you buy.

I hope I have been able to supply you guys with some ideas and tips on having a fabulous but affordable formal affair. Please share your tips below so we can all learn from each other. I am thinking about posting the makeup look I am using at the wedding along with a review of the products but I will need to wait until after the wedding to really judge them properly.
I hope you all have a great week. If I do not post again this weekend, check out my other blog joceyspov.wordpress.com (or click HERE )
for other kinds of posts. I will surely post the weekend after that. Take care everybody!

Disclaimer : Not a sponsored post! All items where purchased with my own money and opinions are genuinely my own!

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