How To Save Money On Your Wedding Gown

October 3, 2011

One of the most expensive elements of any wedding is the bridal gown. Most women start out the shopping process with good intentions and a strict budget. However, they often let their emotions get the best of them and spend way too much money. Going into deep debt to buy a wedding gown that will only be worn once is a bad way to start off a marriage, especially in these economic times. Keep in mind that the cost of the gown doesn’t even include the other accessories like shoes, a veil, headpiece or hat, jewelry, gloves, a wrap and a handbag. In addition, many women also enlist the services of a hair dresser and a make-up artist. The final total can be shocking.

Stick to Your Budget


To avoid being a shopping victim, determine how much you can afford to spend and do not waver from that total. Don’t let your friends, mother or a pushy salesperson pressure you into making an irresponsible purchase. Besides, there are so many wedding gowns to be had, that there is definitely a beautiful gown in your price range.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

The earlier you begin the search for your wedding dress, the better. Waiting until the last minute is a sure way to panic and overspend. To decide which style and silhouette you desire, scour the internet and magazines. Also, visit a few stores to try on gowns, so you get a sense of what looks best. Do not, under any circumstances, try on a dress that is over your budget. If you see one you like, ask the salesperson to find you a less-expensive version. Also, search online retailers, bridal stores or even designer boutiques for similar dress styles that are on sale or are being discontinued.

Use a Variety of Resources


Check out online auctions or consignment stores for your wedding dress as well. Often, you can find brand new gowns that were never even worn due to the wedding being canceled. Even gowns that were only worn once and that are still in great condition can help save money. No one will know the difference, unless you tell them. Keep an open mind about non-traditional gowns or plain, less-embellished dresses and have a local seamstress add details like lace, beads or sequins.

Finally, consider renting a bridal gown, just as the men do with their tuxedos.

Everyone knows what a big decision picking just the right wedding dress is. By using these techniques you will not have to just “settle” for something. By looking at a variety of places and even choosing a pre-owned gown, you too can have the wedding dress of your dreams AND stay within you budget.

Quick Guide to Wedding Dresses

August 11, 2010

Judging from the dozens of bridal fashion magazines available on the magazine rack at grocery stores and the popularity of TV shows like TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, the hunt for the perfect wedding gown can be one of the most challenging aspects of planning a wedding – in the bride’s opinion, anyway!

Fashions and trends may come and go, but when you begin your quest for finding a wedding dress remind yourself that you’ll be photographed more in your wedding gown than any other piece of clothing you’ll ever own. That’s why it’s important to find a wedding dress that you absolutely love, and one that you’ll be comfortable wearing in front of a crowd. After all, all eyes will be on you on the big day – and don’t forget that your children and grandchildren will eventually see those wedding pictures!

When you begin flipping through bridal magazines or you visit a bridal boutique for the first time, you might feel slightly overwhelmed. That’s absolutely normal, and our quick guide to popular wedding dress styles will hopefully help aid some of your confusion.

A-Line Wedding Dresses
A-Line wedding dresses are narrow and fitted at the hips, but they gradually widen as they go down toward the hem. A-Line dresses were given their name because their shape resembles a capital letter “A.” They’re a popular style of wedding dress because they are very versatile – A-line dresses can be made of nearly any material. They can be strapless or have intricate necklines. The choice is yours!

Ball Gowns
Ball gowns are quite possibly the most formal type of wedding dress available today. They have existed since the days of Queen Victoria and they’re always in fashion when it comes to wedding attire. Ball gowns have small, fitted waists and ankle-length, full skirts that are puffed out with the help of petticoats. Ball gowns are a great choice if you’re planning on having a luxurious, formal wedding – a beautiful ball gown can easily make any bride feel like Cinderella!

Empire Waist
The waist of an empire wedding gown starts just below the bust. Its skirt is typically long and loose, which is why empire waist wedding dresses are often favored by brides wishing to emphasize their busts or hide their stomachs.

Mermaid / Trumpet Style
Mermaid wedding dresses are slim-fitting throughout the bodice, hips, and upper or lower calves. The skirt then flares out, similar to the appearance of a mermaid’s tail. They are occasionally referred to as trumpet style dresses because they also resemble the bell of a trumpet.

Sheath
A sheath is a wedding dress designed to tightly hug the body. Because it’s a snug-fitting style, it’s usually recommended for brides who aren’t afraid to show off their curves. It’s a great choice for tall slim women, but brides that have wide hips may not feel comfortable wearing a sheath wedding dress.

Short
There’s no rule that wedding gowns have to trail the ground! Short wedding dresses typically fall at or just below the knee, and they’re great for brides with athletic legs who love to show off their calves.

Good Luck Finding Your Perfect Wedding Dress!
Now that you have a few basic ideas about wedding dress styles, you should have some knowledge as to which type of dress will work well with your body type. Most bridal store associates are extremely helpful when you begin trying on wedding gowns, and it’s a good idea to have a friend take photographs in each dress that you model. The pictures may help you make your final decision.
Once you’ve found your perfect wedding dress, it’s time to begin choosing outfits for your bridesmaids! The work involved in planning a wedding may seem never-ending, but it’s all worth it in the end.

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