Budget Bride Tip for June 15: Hire a friend to make your wedding gown

Bride and groom with pink piggy bank

We’re celebrating the month of June with a daily tip from savvy brides who saved big bucks on the wedding of their dreams.

When Amanda Salyer walked down the aisle at Imago Dei Community Church in Portland, Ore., on April 7, she donned a wedding gown stitched by a friend.

“We kind of invented what I wanted,” says Amanda, 25, of the dress she created with friend Libby Stokes, who has sewn multiple wedding dresses after learning the craft from her seamstress mother.

The two visited a bridal salon so Amanda, a civil engineer, could try on different styles to see which would look best on her. She already knew that she wanted a shorter dress.

“Usually in April in Portland, it’s pretty rainy, so I wanted a tea-length dress so it wouldn’t get muddy from walking outside,” she says.

(Of course, Amanda notes, the day she wed Julian Salyer, 25, a software engineer, was gorgeous and sunny.)

With a basic pattern in hand, Amanda and Libby began making modifications, including adding lace straps and layers under the skirt to make it fuller, like a bell.

The result was a satin dress with a lace-covered bodice and an interesting back design.

“I loved it,” Amanda says. “It was perfect.”

The average cost of a wedding gown was $1,166 in 2011, according to The Wedding Report, a wedding industry research company. Amanda paid her friend $500.

Amanda completed her wedding day attire with purple shoes that matched the bridesmaid dresses.

“That was the fun part of having a tea-length dress — you could wear fun shoes and people could actually see them,” she says.

Here's a photo of Amanda in her wedding gown ...

And this is Amanda and Julian after the ceremony ...

Here are the other "Budget Bride" tips we've published so far:

Budget Bride Tip for June 1: Throw a potluck dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 2: Say 'yes' to an affordable dress

Budget Bride Tip for June 3: Bake your own wedding cake

Budget Bride Tip for June 4: Put dad to work

Budget Bride Tip for June 5: Turn your reception into a barbecue

Budget Bride Tip for June 6: Take the ceremony to the beach

Budget Bride Tip for June 7: Cupcakes make tasty wedding favors

Budget Bride Tip for June 8: Hold down the guest list

Budget Bride Tip for June 9: Feed your guests wedding cake from Costco

Budget Bride Tip for June 10: Decorate your reception with Craigslist

Budget Bride Tip for June 11: Buy dishes for the wedding dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 12: Go with a lunch instead of a wedding dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 13: Buy your wedding veil online

Budget Bride Tip for June 14: Rent a summer camp for your reception

Thanks to Amanda and Julian Salyer for sharing these personal photos from their wedding album.