Getting married on a tight budget? Follow these tips to find your dream dress！
With wedding season soon upon us, many a bride is looking for a way to create the most special day imaginable…without racking up the biggest debt imaginable. The dress is no exception.
Wedding gowns can run into the thousands, which can eat into a good portion of any wedding budget. You want to look amazing, but you'd also like to give your guests something to eat, drink, and ideally sit on.
Wedding gowns are one area where you can significantly cut your costs. We don't believe in compromising on looking absolutely stunning on your wedding day, but we do believe in being smart about looking for the best deal possible.
Here are the best ways to score a cheap wedding dress.
1. Stick to a Budget
If you write down your dress budget on paper, you are more likely to stick to your budget. (In fact, you should write down your budget for your entire wedding plan, including wedding venue, wedding food, and wedding music.) Remember to include in your dress budget money for alterations (estimate about $100), accessories (perhaps another $100 to $200), and dress cleaning costs for after the wedding (could be up to $300).
2. Borrow a Dress
Do you know someone who is about your same size? Would they be willing to let you borrow their dress? Hopefully not too many people who were at her wedding will be at your wedding thinking about how familiar your dress looks! Also, consider borrowing your mother’s dress if she still has it.
3. Buy a Used Dress
You can get some great deals by buying a used dress. Sometimes “used” dresses are not really used but simply “pre-owed” if a bride-to-be called off her wedding or had purchased more than one dress. Check out PreOwnedWeddingDresses to find yourself a good deal.
4. Rent a Dress
When there is something that you need for a short duration of time, you don’t buy it, you rent it. For example, on moving day, you rent a moving truck instead of buying one. The same argument can be used for a wedding dress. It’s expensive and will only be used for one day.
5. Buy a Dress Off the Rack
To buy a dress off the rack means to buy a sample dress that is in a bridal store. PromtimesUK typically carry sample dresses all in one size. When you order your dress, it will be custom-made just for you. However, bridal stores can sell you their ready-made dresses at a discount if all you will need are minor alterations.
6. Shop Online
By shopping online you are going to greatly increase your options. You are much more likely to find the style of dress you like at the price the fits your budget.Far as I know PromTimesUK is a reliable website of large collection of cheap wedding dresses. One word of caution: make sure there is a return policy just in case the dress is not as impressive in person.
7. Look at Outlet Stores
Just as you would shop at the outlet mall for all your other needs, check out an outlet bridal store for your dress. So what if it is last season’s dress; no one will know the difference if it looks stunning on you!
8. Shop at Bridal Chains
Don’t even bother going in fancy boutiques if you only have a budget of a few hundred dollars. There are lots of bridal chains that offer unbelievable deals on dresses. Some of these chains, such as David’s Bridal, offer dresses for as low as $99.
9. Shop Early
Many bridal stores offer sales during their off-season, which is in the fall. Shopping during the off-season is one of the best ways to save big bucks on your wedding.
10. Don’t Forget to Negotiate
Even if you are unable to negotiate on the dress itself, see if you can negotiate a discount on shoes, a veil, accessories, and alterations. Wh