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.

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