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5 Tips for the Bougie Bride on a Budget


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Planning a wedding that feels luxurious and elegant while staying within a budget might seem like a daunting task. But at Ivory & Main, we believe that every bride deserves to feel like a million bucks on their big day, without breaking the bank. Here are our top tips for the bougie bride on a budget.


1. Prioritize and Personalize

Tip: Focus on what truly matters to you and personalize the details.


Identify the elements of your wedding that are most important to you and allocate your budget accordingly. Maybe it's the dress, the venue, or the flowers. By prioritizing these key areas, you can cut back on less critical expenses. Adding personal touches, like DIY decor or custom-made favors, can also elevate your wedding without a hefty price tag.


Our collection includes stunning plus-size gowns at various price points, allowing you to find the dress of your dreams without overspending. We also offer expert advice on accessorizing to create a high-end look.


2. Choose an Off-Peak Season or Day

Tip: Opt for an off-peak wedding date.


Venues and vendors often offer discounts for weddings held during the off-peak season or on weekdays. Choosing a less popular date can significantly reduce costs while still providing a beautiful setting for your big day.


Book your dress appointments early to take advantage of seasonal sales and promotions. Our experienced consultants can help you find exquisite gowns that fit your budget and style.


3. Opt for Affordable Luxury Venues

Tip: Find a venue that offers a luxurious feel at a lower cost.


Look for unique, less traditional venues such as parks, community gardens, art galleries, or even a family member’s beautiful backyard. These locations can provide a stunning backdrop at a fraction of the cost of traditional wedding venues.


Our dresses are designed to make you feel extraordinary, no matter where you say “I do.” Whether it’s a grand ballroom or an intimate garden, our gowns will make you shine.


4. DIY Where It Counts

Tip: Get creative with DIY projects.


Handmade touches can add elegance and personalization to your wedding. Consider making your own centerpieces, invitations, or wedding favors. Not only will this save money, but it will also make your wedding uniquely yours.


While you handle the DIY details, let us handle the dress. Our collection ensures that you look and feel fabulous, leaving you more time and budget to focus on creative projects.


5. Embrace Minimalism

Tip: Less is more when it comes to decor.


Embrace a minimalist aesthetic by choosing fewer, but more impactful decor pieces. Simple, elegant touches can create a sophisticated atmosphere without overwhelming your budget. Think about using greenery, candles, and statement pieces that reflect your style.


Our boutique offers a variety of accessories that complement a minimalist bridal look. From veils to jewelry, we can help you find the perfect pieces to enhance your elegance.


Focus on What Truly Matters

Being a bougie bride on a budget is all about making smart choices and focusing on what truly matters. At Ivory & Main, we’re dedicated to helping plus-size brides feel glamorous and special, by finding your dream dress within your budget. Visit us to find your dress and let our expert team support you in creating a wedding that’s both luxurious and budget-friendly. Your perfect day is within reach, and we’re here to make it happen.


Book an appointment with our stylists at Ivory & Main right here on our website or give us a call at 631-760-7082. 


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