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Concerned about blowing your budget on your wedding gown? Check out our top tips for getting your dream dress, but saving money in the process.
Stick to Your Budget: Before you start shopping, sit down with any parties who are contributing funds and create a budget for every aspect of your wedding (use our handy budget tool!), including your dress. That's the easy part. The more difficult part comes when you set foot in a bridal salon. It's easy to try on dresses in a wide range of price points, and fall in love with something that's way beyond your budget. Be upfront with your salesperson about what you can afford, and only try on dresses within that range. This means, before you try on each dress, confirm the price with your salesperson.
Sample Sales: Bridal salons host sample sales to clear out last season's gowns to make room for newer styles. The older (though usually no less stylish) gowns can be marked down up to 75 percent off in some cases. Check out our events calendar to find a sample sale near you.
Trunk Shows: If you're set on wearing a gown by a particular designer, check and see if any bridal salons near you are hosting a trunk show featuring your favorite designer's dresses. Not only will you be able to try on exclusive gowns that aren't normally sold in stores, many salons also honor a discount (usually around 10 percent) on that designer's gowns during the show.
Keep it Simple: Lots of beading and embroidery can raise the price of a gown significantly. Look for gowns with minimal adornments for a more cost-friendly style. If you require a gown with some bling, buy a simpler gown and source a sparkly sash or brooch to add some glitter.
Don't Customize: Find a gown that you like pretty much as is, rather than choosing a style that requires lots of changes and tailoring. Adding straps, changing the silhouette, dyeing a dress pink - the more changes you make, the higher the price!
Borrow, Borrow, Borrow: Instead of going overboard with jewelry and accessories, borrow whenever possible. Plus, what's more special than wearing your grandmother's veil on your wedding day?