How to Save Money on Your Wedding Dress

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One aspect of the wedding day seems to be so prominent in brides' minds and that is the dress! For many brides, their wedding dress is something they have dreamed about since they were little girls, so of course, there is quite a bit of emphasis put on their dress selection. There's an abundance of gorgeous wedding dresses created by high-end bridal designers, and when paired with inspiration overwhelm from wedding blogs and Pinterest it can cause brides to reach for unrealistic standards that they cannot reasonably afford. So if you are looking for tips to save money on your wedding dress, perhaps this advice will help you find a dress you love at a budget you can afford.

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    Shop off the Rack or at a Department Store

    If you are open to shopping something a little less traditional, a great option is to shop at a department store. High-end department stores such as Nordstrom and Macy's carry a gorgeous selection of designer gowns that come in white and could make great wedding dresses. If your wedding style is a bit more laid back or casual, these train-less dresses might be perfect for your big day! 

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    Buy a Sample Dress

    Visit the websites of your local bridal salons and sign up for email updates from each. Each year, salons will bring on new inventory and will sell last season's dresses at sample sales. Sample sale dresses are considerably marked down, (sometimes as much as fifty percent or more off of the original price) so this can be a great way to save money on a dress. Sample sale dresses have typically been used for brides to try on over the course of a year, so there could be some wear and tear to the gowns. Be sure to inspect sample sale gowns thoroughly. If you decide to purchase a sample that is larger than your current size, keep possible alterations costs in mind when weighing the benefit of purchasing a sample gown. 

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    Purchase a Used Gown

    There are a plethora of places online and in-person to purchase a gently used gown, and this is a fantastic way to save money on your wedding dress. Sites like Nearly Newlywed, OnceWed, Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses and more allow brides to list their once-worn wedding dress for resale. Often times, the dresses are listed at up to 50 percent off their original price, giving future brides the ability to snag a designer gown at an awesome price. 

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    Order Online and Take Advantage of Discounts

    Retailers like David's Bridal, BHLDN, and J.Crew often run sales or put certain gowns on clearance, allowing you to score a major deal on a dress you love. Occasionally, these shops will run exclusive online-only discounts, so be sure to sign up for their email newsletters to stay in the loop on sales and clearance events for an opportunity to save. 

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    Shop Last Season's Styles

    If you do not put an emphasis on having the latest style, consider shopping discount bridal shops who carry inventory from previous seasons. Forever Amour Bridal in New York City offers gowns from previous seasons at major discounts, allowing savvy brides to save over fifty percent off the original price. They even carry high-end designers, so you can score a major deal on a designer dress by shopping with this specialty bridal boutique. 

    With the help of these ideas, you'll be sure to find a killer deal on the dress of your dreams.