I always thought I would wear flats at my wedding. Even as a fashion editor with a love of beautiful shoes, I couldn't fathom being uncomfortable in heels when all I want to do is dance. Still, by the time of my first dress fitting, my mom had talked me into a gorgeous pair of bridal heels. I compromised by adding that I would switch into TOMS wedges at the reception (which happen to be the same height as the heels I had chosen). Turns out, as usual, mom was onto something. With the heels, my dress was the perfect length — no hemming required. The result: I saved close to $600 in tailoring.
While that's not always typical, hemming the dress can run you anywhere from $100 to $225 on average. So, if you're looking for a way to cut costs, this is an easy place to start.