Aside from food, your wedding gown can be one of the major expenses of your wedding. I see it all the time on “Say Yes to the Dress” a woman falls in love with an expensive gown and she cannot get it out of her mind….then, her hubby to be, mother, father or grandmother shell out a bunch of money so she can wear the dress…..for one night! Maybe I’m jaded…or too frugal…but it doesn’t make any sense to spend a lot of money on a dress that you won’t (hopefully) ever wear again! So here are 5 tips to save money on your wedding dress.
1. Rent a Wedding Dress – Did you know that RentTheRunway rents bridal dresses? I’ve used them before for party and cocktail, special ocassion-ish type dresses, but never realized that they rent wedding dresses until now. Like..NICE designer wedding dresses..for a fraction of the retail costs. This can be a great option if you have your heart set on a particular designer that is out of your budget!
2. Sample Sales – Oftentimes designers and wedding dress shops will have a sample sale at certain times of the year where the public can go in and purchase sample dresses or display model dresses at a discount.
4. Mall Stores – Stores like Target & JCrew all feature a wedding dress section of their website. While you can’t go into the store and try them on, this can be a great way to get a wedding dress a lot cheaper than you would at a traditional dress shop. The Tevolio cowl neck gown pictured above is on sale at Target.com for $99.99!
4. Don’t wear a wedding dress – Did you know that the cost a white dress goes up dramatically when it’s labeled as a “Wedding Dress”? Check out online stores and shops for white dresses…be careful about saying that you are looking for a wedding dress, because the price tag will jump! The Maxi Dress you see above is only $69.99 at Target!
5. Secondhand Shops – Another route you can take would be to visit some secondhand shops online & in-store. Sites like Ebay and Craigslist can be helpful in scoring designer wedding dresses for a discount. You’ll also want to pop in to some of your higher end secondhand shops in your local area to see if you get lucky.
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