Wedding Gown Sticker Shock

7 years ago
Are you in shock over the extreme price of bridal gowns? I know that when I began breaking down the cost of the gowns I loved to an hourly price, I was horrified.  Here are my solutions as to how a beautiful designer gown can be had but a discount price.
Go for the trunk sales!  

Many stores have annual sales on gowns and several top wedding dress companies hold sample sales. Sign up at your local bridal shops for email alerts on their sales and events. Keep in mind, that the sales at the larger boutiques can be quite frantic and some don’t have private fitting rooms, so wear conservative undies if you are concerned about showing your goodies to the entire store.

Shop used!

If you are currently cringing at the thought of this than a second hand dress might not be for you, but the reality is it makes good financial sense.  When you've really thought about it, this garment has been worn for less than 24 hours. When you do find one, pay attention to any alterations that might have been made to the gown. If the previous bride was 5'3" and you are 5'6" the dress wont work for you. My favorite online source is OnceWed. Consignment shops don't generally just accept any item unless they are in top notch condition.  A couple of things to be aware of, know the return policy and get it in writing, compare the consignment price with the retail price of a brand new version.

Don't shop at bridal stores!

You don’t have to have a sleeveless, white, satin wedding dress with a 5 foot train in order to get married. Brides not afraid to think outside of the box can save a lot of cash on a dress if they shop outside “wedding” stores. Plenty of department and other types of stores offer white and ivory dresses that are suitable for any occasion, including a wedding. A good friend of mine got her dress at Macy's for $100 and it was stunning. No one will know, nor should they care, where you found your dress.

Look at the knock offs!

So you love a Reem Acra which comes with a $6,000 price tag new and you can't find it used. Try shopping online for the dress is a great option if you know the type of dress that you want and you have plenty of time before the wedding.  There are some many companies that will do a knock off and some of them will do it terribly, so do your homework.  Read all the reviews whether you are on Ebay or Etsy, and then do a general search on Google or Yahoo to see if any brides had experiences with them.  Chances are if they had a bad experience then they will want to tell the world.

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