Budget Bride Tip for June 15: Hire a friend to make your wedding gown
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 ...
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Thanks to Amanda and Julian Salyer for sharing these personal photos from their wedding album.