And pillage your mother’s or grandmother’s jewelry box, too. (Just be sure to get permission first!)
Many Web site retailers don’t require you to pay shipping fees and sales tax. Just be sure to stick to reputable companies.
Bid on eBay
You can find amazing deals on designer items at auction sites like eBay. Ask for a photo and a full disclosure of any damage (preferably in writing) before bidding.
Pretty and practical
Rather than buying two pairs of shoes (high heels for the ceremony, a lower style for the reception), purchase a pair that's chic and comfortable, like a kitten heel slingback.
Check the classifieds for headpieces and veils that are on sale, or consider renting.
Keep your veil short. The less fabric you sport, the less you'll pay.
Buy shoes you can wear with other outfits. Metallic or exotic leathers and flattering neutral hues like beige, rose and ivory can be more easily incorporated into your non-bridal wardrobe than bright white styles.
Forgo the veil or headpiece for fresh blooms tucked into your updo. Or adorn your hair with bejeweled barrettes, a strand of pearls or sparkly crystal pins.
Visit vintage stores for antique jewelry, lace-up boots and other unique touches. The right accessory can become the centerpiece of your outfit.