2016 is all about making a big splash, but that doesn’t mean breaking the bank. As a modern bride, you can still go big on style and stay on a budget with these three killer ideas! 

Bridal Couture On A Budget 

This year, wedding gowns all seem to have one thing in common: they highlight the blushing bride in epic proportions. That’s where the "go big or go home" element comes into play when you go shopping for your big day. Think of dramatic styles like art deco, and pair this elegant style of wedding with an equally striking dress. Art deco and a neckline that plunges for days go perfectly with a smooth side-swept hairstyle.

Like this Ivory Long-Sleeve Tulip Wrap Wedding Dress from Blush Street Couture:For $162 this modern dress is an absolute steal! 

When shopping for the perfect dress keep in mind “the more epic and overly dramatic the style, the better in 2016”.  Especially for spring and summer weddings! What’s more dramatic than ditching the dress? Don’t be afraid to rock a perfectly pressed jumpsuit down the aisle. Check out this White Strapless Jumpsuit with Side Pockets from the same placeSince this jumpsuit is only $49, you can afford to jazz it up with a metallic bolero like this Silver Sequin Sparkling Bridal Jacket for $120.

Trade Up Your Traditional Ideas 

Even with all of the avant-garde styles changing for 2016, you might still be looking forward to that traditional knockout dress that makes everyone catch their breath when you start your walk down the aisle. These epic traditional styles get expensive quickly, though. You have to think outside the box if you expect to stay on budget.

So what does a girl do when she wants to rock a designer wedding dress on a budget? Rent The Runway. 

No joke, you can rent this gorgeous Say I Do Tulle Gown by Theia for $75. Renting your wedding dress sounds completely out of left field, but 63%* of brides who buy a dress with the intention of selling if after the wedding end up with that dress still in their closet a year later. You’re seriously not going to wear it again, your currently-non-existent future daughter may not want to wear it, and it will take up a ridiculous amount of closet, attic or garage space. Make like Elsa and Let It Go! Rent a stunner for far less than the cost of a dress, and save that money for something else.Go black tie on a beach in this gorgeous dress by Cedric Charlier for $250: Or sweeten things up a bit in the Sugar Coat Dress by allison parris for $70:*This may not be accurate, we just polled all our friends on Facebook!

Show Off Your Toes 

With all the knee length, tea length, and above-the-ankle length dresses showing up on runways this year, it’s a clear indication that shoes will be in the spotlight this wedding season. Look for pretty details like lace and metallic, like these Women’s Heavenly Lace Slings from Payless, $39.99: For that price, it might be a good idea to grab a few pairs for your girls. It might be possible to dye these cute satin peep toes to match their bridesmaid dresses! 

If you’re going to rock a jumpsuit look, go for bold pumps like these BCBG Paris Jaze Metallic Pump, $39.94 at DSW: Saving a fortune on a dress by renting leaves a little bit of budget for something else.  For instance, if you rent that “Say I Do” dress at $75 (rather than purchasing it at $995!), you can splurge on special shoes like these Badgley Mischka ‘Blossom’ shoes – at 6pm for only $115!

All the trends for 2016 can be done on a budget but, like every other element of the wedding, you have to be diligent about looking for deals and possible alternatives. Try not to get hung up on a specific thing, but try to determine what details about the dress (or venue, or guestbook, etc.) make it appealing and special to you. Then look for a cheaper alternative that evokes the same feeling!

Happy Planning,


Maigen is a guest writer for Promise Financial. Check out Wedding for $1,000 for more of her helpful wedding tips.