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Buying a Wedding Dress On a Budget

Updated on July 2, 2010

Weddings are undoubtedly a big occasion, and every bride wants to feel special and glamorous on her big day. If money is tight though, you may have no choice but to cut back on your spending and opt for a more 'budget' wedding dress that doesn't cause so much damage to your purse. Fortunately, 'budget' doesn't necessarily mean cheap and tacky as you can still find some lovely wedding dresses for a fraction of the price that you'd expect to pay, if you can get creative and track down some less obvious ways of finding your dream dress. Here are some tips for buying a wedding dress on a budget without having to resort to the woefully inferior.

1. Look online for used bargains. If you can't find any sales or discounts at online shops, there is always the option of looking for second-hand bargains. This thought may horrify a lot of women but it can be a much cheaper way to get your hands on a wedding dress. Sadly, not all brides-to-be actually get the chance to wear their wedding dress after it's been bought and if they're keen to get rid of the bad memories that it holds, you can often find a real steal in terms of price. Try the likes of eBay or even Craigslist to see anyone is selling wedding dresses in your area.

2. Check the resale shops. Again, this is another way to find used wedding dresses and can come up trumps with a big bargain. In comparison to buying online, you can get a much better feel of how the dress is in real life so you know what you're getting before you buy.

3. Buy outside of the wedding season. You can make some significant savings if you buy a wedding dress outside of the 'peak' wedding season (usually the summer months, which tend to be the most popular months for getting married)Retailers are generally keen to get rid of stock that hasn't sold during the 'peak' season so you can often pick up some good bargains after this time. 


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    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      These are very good and helpful tips.