Finding a Cheap Wedding Dress
Your dream is to walk down the aisle looking gorgeous wearing the
perfect wedding dress. Whether it's a long or short, formal or
informal, it must be special. It must be YOU. And it must be CHEAP
because you are on a tight budget.
Shopping for the perfect inexpensive dress is a time-consuming
process. So start early, at least eight to 12 months ahead of time.
Your dress will be on display during the ceremony and reception, set
the tone for your wedding, and be immortalized by the photographer.
It has to be cheap, but it has to look stunning. How do you buy the
dress of your dreams when you're on a budget? You will be amazed at
the possibilities. Here are some suggestions:
1. Be prepared to compromise.
You will no doubt fall in love
with a gown far more expensive than you can afford. Take the
opportunity to discover what features you love. What is it about the
dress that makes you look wonderful in it? The high collar? Plunging
back? The bell skirt? Note those features and look at cheaper dresses
in similar designs.
2. Try on dresses with someone who knows you and your style and
has a good eye for fashion.
Her mission is to help you choose a
style that showcases your best features while steering you away from
the expensive gowns.
3. There are often outstanding bargains in regular bridal
Some stores in our city carry a selection for $100 or
less. Always ask about discounted gowns when you are in a dress shop.
4. As popularity of destination weddings increases, so has the
selection of cheap ivory and white dresses in department stores.
Look in the dress sections of department stores like Dillards,
Macy's, or Nordstrom for clearance or sale-priced dresses. Even
full-price formals are cheaper than many wedding dresses.
5. Look in upscale consignment stores.
The better shops
carefully screen incoming dresses for tears, stains, and other signs
of wear and have like new inventory. They also tend to carry more
brand name dresses and gowns than less discriminating stores. Some
cities even have bridal consignments. Check the online yellow pages
for options near you (www.yellowpages.com).
6. Cheap wedding dresses in like-new condition are plentiful on
There were over 5,000 bridal gowns listed as of this writing.
7. Free is wonderful relief on a budget.
Make your wedding
dress the "something borrowed" in your wedding and ask a friend or
relative if you can wear hers. (There can be a lot of emotions
attached to a dress, so consider carefully before asking to wear
someone's dress. They may be flattered, or offended.)
8. There are several outlet chains that carry designer dresses at
Find Bridal Mart, Cinderella Bridal, JC Penny
Outlets and other bridal outlet locations through www.outletbound.com.
9. Samples are another source of cheap designer wedding
With a bit of online research you can find original
designer gowns 50% or more off retail. Search Google for "designer
wedding gown samples" (without quotes), or something similar, and you
will find many deeply discounted wedding dresses.
By researching and carefully choosing a cheap wedding dress, you can
walk down the aisle in style without breaking the bank!
About the Author
Bobette Kyle-Wagner is publisher at
http://www.MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com, a Website helping engaged couples
get the most use from Internet wedding resources. The site includes
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