In today's 5 for 5, I'm offering suggestions on how to save money on the wedding dress (On the 5th day of every month, I share a downloadable infographic with my Top Five Budget Tips for a specific facet of wedding planning).
Hope this helps y'all find your perfect, budget-friendly wedding dress! (click the image below for a free PDF!):
Top Five Budget Tips for the Wedding Dress
- Don’t be afraid to buy a pre-owned dress. Sure, it’s not romantic but you can get a used gown for 30-90% off. After all, it was probably only worn once or was a display model. Or, cruise Craigslist for a dress that someone bought but never used (it happens a lot). Another option is The Wedding Dress Project, see if one of the FREE dresses there works for you.
- Check the end-of-the or last-season sales. Most stores (both online and off) sell last season's designs or fitting samples at steep discounts once the newer lines come in.
- Borrow a dress or alter a hand-me-down. This is less costly than having a traditional wedding dress redesigned or altered.
- Consider renting your wedding dress. For a much lower price that purchasing, you can rent the latest designer gown or a more traditional style. This is a good option for those with no sentimental attachment to a dress they’ll wear for one day.
- Buy a white dress from a regular clothing store. Places like J Crew, Ann Taylor, and even Target sell lovely lace and silk-like dresses in white that look amazing… and for a fraction of the cost of a dress labeled as a “wedding gown”.