Getting Your Finances in Order
Before stepping into a bridal shop, it is imperative to allocate a portion of your budget towards your dress. Having a defined budget in mind will ensure you are trying on gowns that you can actually afford. If you plan on splitting the cost with a family member or your spouse, designate a time to talk about your financials and the variety of ways you can save some extra cash. Limit the amount of spending on non-wedding items such as clothing, food and entertainment for the time being. If you and your partner are still paying off college debt, research the option of refinancing your student loans to unify the cost. If you’re paying for unlimited data on your smartphones, evaluate your internet usage and consider a cheaper plan. After discussing your options, you’ll go into dress shopping with the comfort of knowing how much you can spend.
Shopping the Sample Dresses
Almost every bridal shop displays their available gowns within the windows and throughout the store on mannequins. In many cases, the sample dresses have been tried on or lightly worn, yet undamaged and in great condition. Retailers set these dresses at low prices due to an overwhelming amount of new dresses coming in that keep up with the seasonal trends. Purchasing a gown ‘as-is’ comes with a responsibility to fix any subtle imperfections or alterations, but ultimately, you’ll be saving a great amount of money on something that was originally at a high price point.
Consider Renting a Dress
If you aren’t interested in spending a crazy amount of money on a wedding dress that you’ll wear for one day, this is a great option for you! Renting a dress is a great way to try on both simple and designer options that meet your style requirements all while keeping your budget in mind. Even though you have to give the dress back, a great perk of that is not having to find storage space for it. When looking at rental dresses, it is possible that others will try to go after the same dress. Always follow up with the consultant to secure your interest and willingness to pay for it before it becomes the dress for another bride.
Another great option for saving money on your wedding dress is to buy separates. Buying a top and skirt individually gives you more choices to pick from and places to choose from, which makes it simple to budget accordingly. If you have trouble finding a separate top and skirt that you love, don’t be afraid to buy a full dress that is on the cheaper side and have it altered to another top or bottom that you’ve found. You can get really creative with this, and it will almost feel like you’re the designer!
Simplify Your Look
Wedding dresses with intricate beading, gems or fabric are bound to be more expensive due to the time and attention to detail used to make it. When looking for inexpensive options, scout a simple, yet elegant gown to save money. A plain dress can really make a statement, especially if you pair it with an embellishment that stands out, like jewelry, shoes or a unique bouquet.