Most women spend countless hours dreaming and researching their perfect wedding dress long before they ever say “yes” to a proposal. The dress is the key to the whole wedding for most brides. For those that are on a tight budget, finding ways to save a bit on the dress of your dreams is a priority.
If you are trying to save money on your wedding budget, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to skimp on your dress. There are ways to find the perfect gown without breaking the bank. With a bit of creativity and some compromise, you can find the dress that you have always wanted while staying on your budget.
Saving money on your dress will help you economize for other important expenses like hiring your wedding planner and decorating your reception. Let’s take a closer look at a few ways to get the best price on your wedding dress and stay on budget.
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Keep It Simple
The more complex architecture that your wedding dress has, the larger the price tag will be. Expensive fabrics like silk and lace will add to the cost of the average dress. With additional details like beading and encrusted jewels, you can expect to pay premium prices. If you are on a budget, you may need to consider something a bit more simple. A stunningly sleek and simple dress can be dressed up with edgy and ornate accessories to give you the shine that you want for a fraction of the price.
Avoid Complex Alterations
When you are trying on dresses, you want to find something that fits you naturally without the need for complex alterations. Making large changes to a wedding gown takes time and expertise that can cost you a fortune. A dress that generally fits off the rack and only needs minor adjustments like fixing the hem will help you to save money.
During the winter, many retailers and designers are anxious to clear out their dress inventory to make room for the new season’s designs. If you wait until the snow starts to fall, you can take advantage of some significant savings when shops are hosting their clearance sales. During the summer, when more brides are heading out to shop for their dresses, many stores will host a sale to increase their sales. Knowing when to shop can help you to save up to 80% on your dress.
If your budget is tight, but you still want to find a dress that will make you feel like a princess on your wedding day, you may want to take a closer look at your own bride network. Sadly, many to-be brides buy their dresses and then never make it down the aisle for one reason or another. These never-worn dresses can be bought at often heavily discounted prices. Many brides decide not to keep their dresses and put them on the market for new brides to use.
If you are a frugal bride or you are trying to keep your wedding budget to a minimum, you may want to consider some of these tips to help you find the best deal on your dream wedding dress.