6 ways to have a fabulously cheap wedding dress

05 Feb 2015

6 ways to have a fabulously cheap wedding dress

We’ve got the best tips from Day Dreaming Bride to cutting down the costs of the most important dress you’ll ever buy.

Nobody wants anyone to look at their wedding dress and think ‘Oh that looks cheap’ – yet, according to Google Analytics, ‘Cheap Wedding Dress’ is one of the most highly searched Google items when it comes to weddings. Cheap is relative – for somebody with a wedding budget of £50k, a £1k dress would be cheap. However, for a wedding on a shoestring, £1k could be totally out of reach. 

Here’s a rundown of 6 ways in which you can have a truly fabulous, yet cheap wedding dress – whatever your budget.

1. Hit the sample sales

Most bridal shops will run sample sales when they need to shift their stock to make room for the new season. It can definitely be a good chance to snap up a bargain and there’s probably room for some negotiation – but be sure to factor in the costs of dress alteration, as well as the specialist cleaning as the dresses can often be quite grubby from months of being tried on by fake-tanned brides. Alternatively have a look online – for instance you can shop the amazing BHLDN bridal sale collection online.

2. Look to the high street

You know by now that I’m a big fan of high street wedding dresses and, really, the sky is the limit here in terms of budget and choice. Adrianna Pappell is always a good bet for glitzy evening dresses that would be perfect for an art deco or 1920s wedding and her range is available at House of Fraser and John Lewis. For stunning wedding gowns at the higher end of the high street range then you can’t go too far wrong with the beautiful Phase Eight bridal collection.

3. Buy online - with care!

It is certainly a way that many brides get the dress of their dreams for a fraction of the price – but you’ve GOT TO BE CAREFUL if you want to avoid disaster. At the very least, give yourself a ton of time (and perhaps a little contingency fund) just in case the dress doesn’t arrive on time, or as advertised!

4. Have the dress made (Un-couture)

The beauty of this is you can tweak a lot of aspects of the dress to suit your budget, whilst still maintaining the look of the dress. It’s certainly worth looking into this option if you know exactly what you want, but can’t afford a similar dress in a bridal shop.

5. Embellish a 'blah' dress

One way of making a cheaper dress feel more expensive and customised to you is to add some embellishment – such as a ribbon or sash belt. There are some gorgeous options on Etsy for example.

6. Rent it

Renting a wedding gown is a bit like Marmite – you’ll either be totally into the idea, or it may fill you with horror. To be honest, most dresses will likely disappear into the Bermuda Triangle of your wardrobe or spare room. This is a great cash saver if your budget really needs it. After all, many grooms do it! There is a great range of gowns to suit all styles and shapes available at places like To Have & To Hire and Girl Meets Dress.

It really should be possible for every bride to have a stunning dress, whatever the budget. With a little creativity you can create your dream dress, or just be patient in looking for a bargain!




Article courtesy of Day Dreaming Bride!



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