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How to Save Money on Your Wedding Dress

Updated on March 30, 2013
Cheap wedding dress.
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The most important day of your life is just around the corner, but yet you have not found a wedding dress that matches your budget. Indeed, finding a pretty, but yet affordable wedding dress can be quite a challenge and you may have already wasted too much time glancing at ridiculously priced gowns in your largest retailers in town. So what to do?

Indeed, spending thousands of dollars for a dress that will be worn for only one day may feel like a total waste of money. But it ultimately needs to be done. Luckily, there are various options for brides to be that want to appear beautiful for their wedding without spending a fortune. You are not the only one out there thinking that it is silly to start up a new life with a soul mate already in debt because of the high costs associated with a wedding dress. Here are a few options that may make you look great at the ceremony without the guilt of having emptied all your savings.

1) Ebay

Yes, Ebay is much more than coins, collectibles and books. You have two different choices here, you may go for very low priced gowns that have been used or you may go with a little more expensive gowns but that are totally new. The choice is yours and really depends on how you feel about wearing a gown that has been previously worn. The only drawback is that your gown may need adjustments that may need further spending for a tailor.

2) Amazon

A variety of pretty, never worn before wedding gowns may be found on Amazon. Many gowns are even under 200 dollars! Some are incredibly detailed made with satin and lace at the fraction of the price you would pay at retail stores.


3) Sales

Many bridal stores offer off season sales. These sales are common in the fall or winter when weddings are less common. The prices then skyrocket again when the wedding season picks up again in early spring and mid summer. Call around for special sales if you end up searching for your gown when bridal store sales are down.

4) Pre owned

There are various websites specializing in pre-owned wedding gowns. One of them is This websites helps buyers and sellers reunite while offering even designer wedding dresses even at the fraction of their original cost. Designers are categorized in alphabetical order and there are beautiful pictures of the dresses. Browse through featured gowns produced by elite designers such as Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang, Reem Acra, Amsale, Maggie Sottero, and Melissa Sweet!

5) Borrow One

The borrowed part of the saying ''something old, something new and something borrowed, something blue'' may apply to your wedding gown. If you have a friend or relative that is willing to lend you or sell you their wedding dress, this may be a great way to save some money.

Spending a fortune on a gown that gets mostly ruined during the ceremony and is worn only one day does not really make sense. Save your money without sacrificing on looks, and best of all, feel smart once the compliments on your dress start arriving one after another. Your future husband to be will be stunned by your beauty but most of all, he will appreciate what a smart and savvy wife he has decided to spend the rest of his life with. Cheers!


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