As most of us are fully aware, the costs of a wedding aren’t going anywhere but up. Apart from your house, it just may be going to be one of the most expensive things that you ever spend your money on. And your beloved wedding dress is on the top of the list as well. (Image Credit: Min Woo Park/Pixabay)
There are a whole host of expenses that make up the big day, but one of the biggest comes in the form of the wedding dress. Sure, you can pop to a department store and buy one for a “relatively” small amount, but few of us choose such a path. Instead, bridal shops tend to be the final destination – and these prompt expenses that we never imagined paying!
Today’s guide is all about looking at ways you can save on your dress. No, you’re not going to walk down the aisle in rags, but with a few shrewd decisions you can save significant sums and make your day a bit more affordable.
You don’t HAVE to spend huge amounts
First and foremost, get the idea that dresses are always hugely expensive straight out of your head. It doesn’t have to be like this, and this can be summarized through an infographic we recently saw. Most of the examples there are grossly expensive, but look closely and some of the finest dresses cost very small amounts.
Let’s not forget that your big day is unlikely to be attended by scores of designers who can distinguish an expensive dress, so as long as you are contempt, what does the price tag matter?
Do you have to buy your wedding dress?
Historically, brides are used to buying their dress. A new trend has entered the market over recent years though, and it involves renting your dress.
At first, the thought might not sound overly appealing. However, we would urge you to conduct at least a little research into the practice – and this article from the New York Times not only shows how this is becoming much more commonplace, but also how you can save around 85% at times.
Generally speaking, you’ll get a better dress and while you might have to hand it back after the big day, you should question just how often you are going to wear this in future anyway.
Know what you want
You may not have shopped for this garment before, but that doesn’t mean you can head to the stores blind. Instead, have a good idea of what you want, and some of the designers you are considering.
Not only are you less likely to give until the store’s sales patter, but most stores will offer you a hefty discount if you opt to buy the dress on the day.
It’s possible to make a simple dress look amazing
You might be trying to buy an all-singing, all-dancing dress, but in reality you can get away with a much simpler garment.
More and more brides-to-be are turning towards a simple dress, before then having custom alterations to give it that elusive wow-factor. It makes you stand out, for all the right reasons, and helps you save a small fortune as well.