Wedding Dresses & Bridal Gowns
Love that designer wedding gown, but just your budget says no? We have creative ways to help you get the dress you want and still stay on budget.
SHOP THE SAMPLE SALES
Twice a year, usually December and May, you can get huge savings at a designer sample sale or at local bridal shop sample sales. At these sales, buyers attempt to get rid of inventory and may cut prices by as much as 80%. You'll need to factor in dry cleaning and alteration costs though, since these gowns are usually sold as-is. Because they are samples, sizes are usually limited so get there early.
LESS IS MORE
Keep your budget balanced by choosing a simple dress silhouette. A sheath dress can cost nearly half as much as a ball gown in the same fabric.
AVOID BRIDAL SALONS
Shop department stores and dress shops instead, many stores have bridal departments and their dresses are priced well below the bridal salons.
SWAP THE FABRIC
Most dresses are available in different fabrics. Choose your dream dress in a different fabric and save from 15%-35%. Poly satin can cost hundreds of dollars less than the same dress in silk satin.
LESS IS MORE
Choose a classic gown without all the embellishments may lower the price tag significantly (often up to 25%). Get all that gorgeous lace and beading on the bodice, but go simple on the hemline and skirt to save even further.
AVOID EXCESSIVE ALTERATIONS
Try to avoid buying a dress that doesn't fit well - alterations can add up quickly and are unnecessary if you are willing to compromise styling for fit. Making special changes, such as changing the shape of the neckline or altering a sleeve, can cost up to $300 per adjustment.