Buying a Wedding Dress on a Budget

Getting the dress of your dreams for less


Most brides dream of slipping into an expensive designer wedding dress on their wedding day. Sadly the price of these dream dresses can mean they stay being exactly that — a dream. This is particularly true if you’re trying to plan a wedding on a budget.

Every bride deserves to look like a princess on her big day though, and there are ways to do this without breaking the bank.

As you only wear your wedding dress once, you could hire it instead of buying it outright. More and more places are providing hire services for stunning designer gowns, so you can wear the dress of your dreams for a fraction of the price. Is it worth paying thousands of dollars to buy a dress outright when it’s just going to be stored away once the wedding is over?

You can cut costs by visiting a second hand store to look at their wedding dresses. You could find the dress you always wanted, for a reasonable price. It may only need dry-cleaning, or a few minor repairs, which would prove much cheaper than buying a brand new dress. Just make sure that you inspect it thoroughly and are confident that the repairs can be made before you buy it, as many second hand stores don’t have a returns policy.

If you would prefer to look for a dress that has not been previously owned, try visiting a sample sale or bargain basement. Many bridal shops only have these sales once a year so you will need to make sure you’re aware of what’s going on. Join mailing lists and sign up for newsletters to make sure you’re notified of any special offers. As sample sales are often very chaotic, it’s best to go with a few friends. If you tell them what you’re looking for beforehand, then you can split up to search for your ideal dress.

Finally, if you have your heart set on a particular dress and don’t want any imitations, visit more than one store and be willing to negotiate. You may find one store will offer a better deal than the other, or will agree to lower their price to trump the competition.


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