Everyone likes getting a bargain, especially brides. Since wedding gowns and accessories like veils and bridal jewelry can be very costly, brides often look for ways to get their dream gown for less. These are some of the smartest ways to save money on your wedding attire.
There are a number of ways to save money on your wedding dress, depending what it is that you want. If you are having a fairly simple wedding or you are a second time bride, you might find the most affordable options within special occasion collections, instead of traditional bridal gown lines. Many women have found stunning sheaths and columns in white or ivory in bridesmaid or formal collections. Department stores can be an excellent resource, especially if you keep an eye on their sales. When shopping in a bridal salon, you can ask if a bridesmaid style that appeals to you is available in white; many of them are. Just be aware that if you order from a bridesmaid collection at a wedding boutique, you will get the level of service normally given to attendants, not the full red carpet bridal pampering.
Pre-owned wedding gowns can offer fantastic bargains. Very often they have never even been worn. Check your local boards online for wedding gowns for sale. They are often posted by brides who ended up purchasing a second gown. You may also be able to find a great deal on a dress from a canceled wedding, if you are comfortable with that. Since these gowns will usually be non-returnable, be sure to bring your mother or best friend with you when going to try it on. If you are considering buying a pre-owned wedding dress from an auction site like ebay, it is smart to choose one that has a seven day return policy. Always go by the actual measurements of the dress, not the size number, because bridal sizing is different than readywear sizes. Expect to buy your wedding gown in a size or two longer than your usual dress size.
Bridal salons can also be a place to score a good deal on a wedding gown, if you are a smart shopper. Ask the owner if they have any sample gowns for sale or dresses from canceled orders. In many cases, they will be glad to sell them off at deep discounts just to clear them out. Every bridal salon has sample sales a few times a year when they sell the discontinued sample dresses. You can expect to save from 25% – 50% on a sample sale gown. Be sure to book the first appointment of the sale for the best selection.
Once you have found your dress, it is time to find a great deal on your wedding accessories. When it comes to your veil, the best piece of advice is not to buy it in a big city bridal salon. Head to a smaller town to find the exact same veil for a fraction of the price. You will be shocked at the savings! This is good advice when you shop for bridal jewelry too. Instead of the bridal salon, look for jewelry at smaller jewelry boutiques or at online retailers. They will tend to have much smaller mark ups than the big bridal salons, who often mark up their accessories a lot to compensate for the fixed retail on their designer bridal gowns. When you know where to shop for everything, you can find everything you need to look absolutely gorgeous on your wedding day without breaking the bank.