If you are one of the many couples who became engaged between Thanksgiving and New Year's, congratulations! And while the uncertain economy will probably not stop you from tying the knot, it may affect your wedding budget and how much is spent on your wedding dress. Here are some ideas on how to get that dream wedding dress for your big day without breaking the bank.
Set a budget. Look at all the expenses for your wedding and decide if there are some adjustments you are willing to make in certain expenses (such as food or reception hall) so that more money can be allocated for your wedding dress.
Style of wedding ceremony. Depending on the type of wedding ceremony you choose to have (traditional, informal, indoors, outdoors) you may want a wedding dress that reflects the style of the ceremony. If that ceremony is short, simple and informal, you won't need to spend a lot of money on a couture, high-fashion wedding dress. Of course, the wedding should reflect your personal style, so choose your wedding dress and ceremony to match your style and whatever makes you feel comfortable.
Be a smart shopper. Do your research online and off-line to find the best deals in wedding attire and accessories. Researching online to find discount and affordable wedding dresses will give you an idea of what types of wedding dresses are available and price ranges. You can then take that information and look for a local bridal store that can offer comparable prices for wedding dresses as well as various deals and discounts on additional wedding products and services. Purchasing your wedding dress locally from a reputable bridal store at a good price would be the best option. You are able to try on the dress and be fitted at the store and if there were problems, you could handle them in person at the shop. If you are not able to find a bridal store to purchase your wedding dress locally, then you may want to consider ordering it from one of the many online discount and wholesale bridal stores. But remember to give yourself enough lead time when ordering your wedding dress online in the event you need to have it altered.
Remember that details add to the cost of your wedding dress. Exquisite craftsmanship in a wedding dress adds to its value and price. Things such as hand embellishments, the bustier, luxurious lining, rich fabric, detailed finishing and machine stitch work all add to the beauty and cost of a wedding dress.
Consider going vintage. If vintage is your style, you may find your dream wedding dress in a second-hand store at an affordable price. Or better yet, you may find it in a relative's attic who would be more than willing to let you have the wedding dress for you to wear on your big day.
Rent it. Many "green" brides are starting to consider the idea of "reusing" their wedding dress by renting it instead of purchasing a gown. When you consider what you are really spending your money on (a once-in-a-lifetime dream dress) that will only be used once and then be placed somewhere in a box never to be taken out again, renting your dream wedding dress becomes more affordable.
The most important thing to remember when looking for your wedding dress is don't compromise your style for your budget. The key is to find a gown that fits both your budget and style preference. With a little work and planning, you can have the wedding dress of your dreams without breaking the bank.
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