If you are planning a wedding, you know a bridal gown can easily cost $5,000. That’s just for the bride’s wedding gown. What about the bridal party? As the bride, are you paying for the bridesmaids’ dresses, as tradition goes?
You need some inexpensive ideas for purchasing the wedding gowns on a budget. If the bridal gown and the bridesmaids’ dresses are purchased at the same time and at the same place, you may get a packaged deal and save a bundle.
Ideas for Wedding Gowns on a budget:
1. Borrowed Dresses – If you and some of your friends are getting married around the same time, you may be able to borrow a wedding gown or even bridesmaid dresses.
Tradition says: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” Maybe the gown can be “borrowed”.
2. Thrift stores, second-hand shops – Thrift stores and second-hand shops are perfect for buying wedding gowns on a budget if the store has any.
3. Seamstress – Price a seamstress. It may actually be cheaper to have your wedding dress made compared to buying one. You would have an “original” designed wedding dress to your specifications and it would cost less than a designer dress.
4. Bridal Shop Sales – Wedding gowns are like regular clothing. Wedding gowns are seasonal so they go on sale at bridal shops. If you go to a bridal shop, you will always find last season’s dresses discounted. Bridal shops sell discontinued items as well. You should be able to find a bargain from either the previous season or a dress that is no longer being made. Every year fashion changes and bridal gowns are no exceptions.
Bridal shops that may be near you include David’s Bridal, or JCPenney. You should also shop your local Bridal galleries.
5. EBay, Amazon, Craigslist – You should shop eBay for that perfect wedding gown on a budget. EBay has new gowns with tags, as well as used gowns. Craigslist is like eBay except the sellers are local and you can look at the product before you purchase it.
Remember that any time you purchase a wedding gown or any fitted dress, you may have to have alterations. Bridal shops usually provide the alteration services free of charge when you buy a dress from them, but always ask first.