We've all watched Say Yes to the Dress episodes where a bride intending to spend $3,000 falls in love with a gown that's triple their budget. With so many gorgeous (and expensive!) gowns out there, figuring out how to save money on a wedding dress can feel like a lost cause. But there are actually lots of ways to stay within budget and not sacrificing style or quality when it comes to your wedding gown.
Want to know how to save money on a wedding dress? Check out our top tips.
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.