Typically, the price of a gown does not exceed 10 percent of your total bridal spending. However, if it’s all about the dress, we say go for it! You can plan your budget allocations based on what’s important to you using our Budget Advisor. No judgments. We make sure you know what you need to know to stay on budget. If cost is a consideration, the following tips can help you save money:
Putting on the glitz
Purchase an inexpensive dress from a manufacturer that makes bridesmaids dresses. Add glamour with an antique brooch, jeweled tiara, a fur wrap or sequined high heels.
Shop sample sales
Upscale department stores often discount wedding dresses from the past season to make room for new styles. Check newspapers and local salons for sale info. Because of huge price reductions, sales can get mobbed. Visit the shop a few days before the sale to pre-select dresses.
Seek out outlets
You'll find dramatically reduced rates on gowns from exclusive stores at outlet venues like Filene's Basement. Be prepared for open dressing rooms and less-than-pampering service.
Bid on auction sites
Purchase your wedding dress from auction sites like eBay. Just be sure to get a photo from every angle and a full disclosure of any damage (preferably in writing) before buying.
Check if Mom or Grandma saved her wedding dress. If it's in good condition, a seamstress can tailor it to fit your body. A good seamstress may be able to alter the style a bit too, to suit your tastes
Do-good dress shopping
Purchase your wedding dress from charitable organizations such as The Bridal Garden, a New York-based charitable society that donates once-worn gowns. Proceeds benefit disadvantaged kids.