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When it comes to selecting your wedding dress, there are three important criteria – that the gown flatters your figure, suits your style, and fits your budget. With thousands of dresses out there, the first two shouldn’t be too difficult, but sticking to your budget can be tricky. Here are five of our top money-saving tips for wedding dress shopping.
Sample Sales – Most gown salons have sample sales to get rid of older gowns and make room for new ones. This is a great opportunity for you to buy a designer wedding gown at a discounted price. This works particularly well if you’re a size 8 to 12, as most sample gowns are in that size range. Check out our Events Calendar to find a sample sale near you.
Trunk Shows – If there’s a designer that you love, look on their website and find a trunk show near you. Often, gowns from a featured designer are discounted during a trunk show – usually around 10 percent – plus you’ll be able to see exclusive gowns that aren’t normally carried in stores. Check out our Events Calendar to find a trunk show near you.
Be Honest – Before you start trying on dresses, tell your consultant your budget – and be firm. Ask the price of each dress before trying it on. If it doesn’t fall within your price range, move on to the next. You don’t want to fall in love with a gown that you can’t afford – so don’t even let it become an issue.
Go Simple – The more beading and embellishments a wedding gown has, the more expensive it will be. Instead, look for dresses that don’t have a lot of adornments and add a sparkly sash or brooch if you need a little extra sparkle.
Limit Alterations – If you’re shopping at a sample sale, don’t assume that it’s more cost effective to buy a gown that doesn’t fit and get it altered. Major alterations can cost more than the dress if you’re not careful! And also, choose a gown that you love pretty much as is with limited customizations. Adding straps, changing a silhouette, changing a color – all of these changes can add up.
How did you save money on your wedding dress? Share with us in the comments!