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Don’t Let The Dress Blow Your Wedding Budget

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Don’t Let The Dress Blow Your Wedding Budget

Don't Let The Dress Blow Your Wedding Budget

Getting married isn’t cheap and I quickly found that out when it was time to get tie the knot with my husband. If you watch television these days, you see women spending thousands of dollars on their wedding dresses. When I was getting married, I wanted to keep the budget low, which meant I would not have a lot of cash to buy a wedding dress. Not to mention– I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on something that I was only going to wear once. 
I was excited to see that when I watched Here Comes Honey Boo Boo the other day, there was an episode of where Anna Shannon was getting married. If you don’t watch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, then you should know that Anna is the older sister. Also, their family is always about saving money. In fact, some of the ways they save money is downright hilarious and quite contagious. Back to my point– she bought a wedding dress for just $212.
Honey Boo Boo Wedding Dress On A Wedding Budget

Image Credit: DCL

Clearly she could probably afford a more expensive dress, but she chose to stay within in her budget. Are you dying to know where she found that beautiful dress? She bought it from Light in the Box. If you missed the episode and want to see it, I have embedded the video for you! I can honestly say that you won’t believe how incredible the dress really looks on her. She reminds me of when I was wedding dress shopping and looking for the best deal on wedding dresses and accessories. 
The wedding episode featuring Anna’s dress from Light In the Box aired on TLC on Thursday, Aug. 14th.
You may be curious about Light In The Box now and what you can find there! I encourage you to check out all of the wedding items from Light In The Box including wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, accessories available. I wish I would have known about Light In The Box back when I got married. It would have been a time and budget saver, especially with the Light In The Box coupons available on Coupons. com.  Through 9/5/14 you can snag one of these 2 exclusive coupons
$12 off $100 with code HoneyBoo12 OR $24 off $200 with code HoneyBoo24.

Did you have a wedding budget?  How were you able to keep your wedding budget in check? 



  1. 53
    Mary Larsen says:

    So happy to hear that there are cheaper options out there for brides. weddings are stressful enough as it is!

  2. 52
    Brett says:

    I love her wedding dress. What a great deal!

  3. 51

    This is great for those who are looking for an expensive and beautiful wedding dress. I wish I would have been able to wear a pretty white fancy dress down the isle.

  4. 50

    My Sister in law is getting married soon and she was worried about the dress expense..guess what.. I will send her to your site.. they dresses are beautiful and soo affordable… WOW…I remember my dress and it’s still in the closet but it was like $700 … soo jealous now, I think I should marry again and get one of these…:-)

  5. 49

    I’ve never heard about Light In The Box but wow – what awesome prices! And the dresses are so beautiful!

  6. 48

    I was more focused on my relationship than my dress. $212 is even too much … I wouldn’t even spend that. You only wear it once, like you said! LOL

  7. 47

    I bought two dresses, so I went a bit over budget but, not much! I am a budget shopper!

  8. 46
    Liz Mays says:

    It definitely can be done on a budget if you try. I know my wedding dress was on sale for only $400. Anna looked so pretty in her dress!

  9. 45
    Debi says:

    My friend spent a small fortune on her wedding dress. It caused her so much stress.

  10. 44

    As Pretty as this dress was, I would never ever spend $1000s on a dress for one day. It’s the bride who shines anyways.

  11. 43
    Sofia says:

    I’ve never been one to believe that the dress budget should be a huge chunk off your overall expenses. I mean, what are the chances for you to wear it again?! I like the dress she wore, beautiful.

  12. 42
    April says:

    I could not help it. I wanted a certain dress and I went a little crazy with it.

    • 42.1
      Brandy says:

      It’s hard not to April. Especially in the moment and when I got married we didn’t have options like this. My dress was the biggest expense of my wedding. Even bigger than the food and we feed 300+ people.

  13. 41

    It’s astounding how much weddings can cost these days! That site is a great way to lessen it!

  14. 40
    Lori Pace says:

    It’s nice to know that you can save money on the dress. Sometimes they are the most expensive things.

    • 40.1
      Brandy says:

      The dress was the most expensive part of my wedding. It’s nice that sites like this are able to help combat that.

  15. 39
    Katy Rawson says:

    I hadn’t heard of Light in the Box until recently. Weddings have become so outrageous in cost that I don’t know anyone but the very rich can afford one. I is good to know that it is still possible. I was also surprised to see that wedding dresses were not the only items sold at Light in the Box.

  16. 38

    It’s probably hard to believe, but my wedding dress was $9 — it was a gunne sax and I bought at an outlet store (over 25 years ago). Of course, the odds of finding something like that today is probably near impossible, but these deals at this store sound awesome!

  17. 37

    We were broker then broke when we got married in 86. My Mom bought my dress (actually both of them). There was no budget, everything was done at my in-laws.

    • 37.1
      Brandy says:

      That just proves that while it’s nice to look like a princess for a day that’s not what a marriage is based on!

  18. 36
    Shauna says:

    My little sister is getting married next year so I am totally passing this over to her. She is all for saving money…

    • 36.1
      Brandy says:

      It’s nice to save on the dresses and decor and use it for the honeymoon or future life expenses.

  19. 35

    My wedding dress was the one item in my wedding we ended up blowing the budget on but I knew it was gonna be the only trip I’d be making down the aisle (he’s my happy ever after) so I figured it was okay. = ]

    But it’s nice to know something like this is available for people who don’t have the ability to blow their budget!

  20. 34
    Dawn says:

    When I got married, we just went to the courthouse. A big reason for that was because weddings are extremely expensive, especially the dress! If I would have found deals like this, I would have maybe considered a wedding!

    • 34.1
      Brandy says:

      That just proves that while it’s nice to look like a princess for a day that’s not what a marriage is based on!

  21. 33
    Layne says:

    I spent only $200 on my dress and loved it! So glad that I didn’t spend tons of money on it!

  22. 32
    Pam says:

    My daughter just got married and she spent forever looking for a beautiful dress that didn’t blow her budget. She found one, but I wish we had known about Lightinthebox.

  23. 31
    Kelsey Apley says:

    I love that their is a site like this so you can have your dream gown without paying tons of $$$ for it! I loved the Honey Boo Boo wedding!

  24. 30

    Light in the Box is great! It’s nice to see a wedding apparel and accessory company that doesn’t want to stick it to you.

  25. 29
    Dawn says:

    I wish Light in the Box had been around when I got married. I had to do a lot of creative thinking to get a great wedding without paying for it for 10 years.

    • 29.1
      Brandy says:

      Exactly! We were on a tight budget because we didn’t want to invest a years worth of salary.

  26. 28
    Ben - Gentlebim says:

    Light in the Box is great. I think brides should always feel beautiful on their special day, but I don’t see why these boutiques need to gouge them. It’s one day. Thanks for bringing sanity to weddings, Light in the Box.

    • 28.1
      Brandy says:

      Agreed Ben! We are seeing more and more sites offer brides great deals to help bring down the cost of their wedding.

  27. 27
    Jennifer says:

    Light in the Box sounds like a great place to shop for wedding items. I’m all about looking good on the cheap for a wedding. My dress was very affordable, and I still looked great (according to my husband). =D

  28. 26
    Melissa Smith says:

    It amazes me at how much people will spend on a wedding dress. I wish I would’ve know about this site when I got married, we ixnayed everything including the dress I wanted.

    • 26.1
      Brandy says:

      We had a budget and stuck to it but if a site like this had been around we could saved so much more money!

  29. 25
    Amy D says:

    I loved Anna’s dress as well! It looked so detailed and stunning!

  30. 24
    Daisy says:

    Weddings are so expensive. This looks like an awesome way to save and still look gorgeous.

  31. 23
    Dede says:

    My mom gave us money for our wedding. We used about half of it and gave the rest back (which she wouldn’t take). We were able to do it all ourselves for less…..I even had my dress made by a seamstress!

  32. 22
    Aimee Smith says:

    I can;t believe these gorgeous fesses are so affordable! I spent less than $1000 on my dress and people thought my dress was low in cost!

  33. 21

    Luckily I am a DIY person so I could (and wanted to) do a lot myself. I love the dresses on this site – and especially the accessories and kids clothes are so cute!

  34. 20
    Cinny says:

    We did a civil wedding and small family dinner so that saved lots. We still have to do wedding pics though!

  35. 19
    Patty says:

    I got married in 1982 and my whole wedding not counting the honeymoon cost $2500. My dress was $75. My parents didn’t have a lot of money and my husband and I were just starting out in our careers.

  36. 18
    Stefany says:

    These are great prices. She looked stunning in her dress. I’m not in the market for one right now but would totally look there if I was.

  37. 17

    A beautiful dress on a budget is just too good to pass up!

    • 17.1
      Brandy says:

      It almost makes me want to buy one for these great prices and do a vow renewal ceremony…almost.

  38. 16
    Cristi Comes says:

    Light in the Box has such beautiful dresses. I can’t believe the prices!

  39. 15

    Thank you so much for the great tips and advice.

  40. 14

    This is so great for people planning a wedding. My mom and grandma made my dress but they may not have had to if I could have found a beautiful this cheap.

  41. 13
    cindy says:

    excellent advice! pinned

  42. 12
    Chantale says:

    Every girl dreams of wearing a beautiful wedding gown but I agree that for wearing only one day it’s worth trying to save.

    • 12.1
      Brandy says:

      Plus the extra money would be awesome for your honeymoon or planning for your future!

  43. 11

    I wore my mom’s wedding dress when I got married, but if we ever get to renew our vows, I would love to wear a dress from Light in the Box. They look very stylish, but are still affordable. A great combination!!

  44. 10

    I couldn’t agree more. The dress should definitely NOT blow your budget. I only paid $20 for my wedding dress, and it was brand new.

  45. 9

    That is a brilliant budget for a wedding dress! And her dress is amazing too! I love it! My dress was only $175 but it was on massive clearance. Original price was over $600 and that was on the Cheap end of things. Seriously excited for LIght in the box options!

  46. 8
    Nolie says:

    We came in about $3000 under budget thanks to shrinking down the size of our wedding.

  47. 7
    Jenna Wood says:

    I can’t believe Anna Shannon’s dress was so affordable, it is gorgeous! I love Light In The Box and, it’s great I can use both to save!

  48. 6
    Terri says:

    my dress was the cheapest thing I had for the wedding, I just had it handmade and it was so beautiful

  49. 5

    I absolutely had a budget and getting my dress for just a few hundred dollars was the best thing I ever did!

  50. 4
    Heather says:

    I’ve never seen Honey Boo Boo but I have heard a lot about it. That is a stunning dress

  51. 3
    Sara says:

    I love that wedding dress! SO beautiful! I’m getting married in a few months and I still have not found the “perfect” dress!

  52. 2
    Krista says:

    I handmade most of my decorations and such it really helped to lower the cost of stuff!

  53. 1
    Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    My sister got married last October and spent a small fortune on her dress – then she literally threw it away because she couldn’t be bothered boxing it up or even listing it for sale on Craigslist.