As a bride, you have tons of decisions to make. You have to think about everything wedding-related from the size of the cake to the design of a bridesmaid dress that’ll make all your bridesmaids happy. But nothing seems to be more stressful, or more time-consuming, than finding the right wedding dress. It’s not that you can’t decide; it’s more that whenever you find one you like, it seems to be totally out of your price range. With all the other costs of your wedding, and the honeymoon, and your plans for your married life, it’s enough to make you want to drown yourself in champagne. Glass after glass after glass, and not in the fun way you’ve envisioned doing during your bachelorette party.
Luckily, there are some great strategies you can use to save money on your wedding dress–and still feel fabulous on your big day. Here’s how.
1 Shop online
Sure, it may not be the most romantic thing in the world, to choose a dress from the Internet. After all, every bride dreams of going to the bridal boutique, having a couple of glasses of sparkling wine with her friends, trying on every dress in the store. But did we mention that every dress in the store is absurdly expensive? You’re paying way more than you need to, and in today’s modern world, there’s no need to do that. It’s 2018 now, and there are plenty of trustworthy sites you can buy dresses from without having to worry about getting a dress that doesn’t fit well or will be made from cheap materials.
The fact is, more than 80 percent of shoppers conduct online research before making a purchase. There’s a lot of info out there about dresses, and many ecommerce stores will offer quizzes you can take to determine what size, shape, and style will work best for you. Some have even gotten so creative that they’ll bring the dresses for you so you can have a fitting at home. Azazie, for example, has a try at home option that works like this:
“Select up to 3 bridesmaid dresses for $10 each, or 2 wedding gowns for $25 each. Shipping is included in the price. Try the sample(s) on at your convenience. Return within one week of receiving your order with the enclosed pre-paid label.”
2 Be creative with your phone
If you’re committed to trying a dress on, and trying on a whole bunch of them, then maybe you still need to go to your local boutique or shopping mall. And that’s okay–there are ways you can save here, too. We spent 70 percent of our time online on phones in 2017, so why not take advantage of that smartphone addiction and use them to your advantage?
It works like this. You figure out your size and style, then start trying on some dresses with friends. You take pictures. Then, when you’ve decided which ones look best, you look the dresses up on your phone, on the brick-and-mortar store’s website. Chances are, it’s going to be way cheaper to order it online, even though you have the dress right here in front of you. This way, you can still have a fun fitting and save.
You can also use the Wedding Dress Studio app. This app allows you to “try on” dresses virtually, and, according to the Daily Mail, “Featured silhouettes include A-line, ballgown, empire, column, and mermaid, and users can choose from a strapless, bateau, V-neck asymmetrical, off-shoulder or halter neckline. There are also eight different color variations and 22 embellishments, such as bows, flowers, belts, and brooches.” By having all this information, you’ll know what you’re looking for, which will keep you from splurging on something that doesn’t look right or spending tons on alterations later.
3 Buy a used dress
Some brides are superstitious, and don’t want to buy a used dress–or maybe something about wearing a used dress isn’t what would make them happy. But if you’re one of those people who’s recycling, and you were already considering using your mom’s old dress or fixing up one of your own, why not buy a used dress? There are plenty of sites online where you can wear dresses that were worn only for one ceremony–and you can even go fancy and buy brand-name vintage dresses, too.
Considering that, in 2017, the average wedding cost was $25,764, it’s smart to save some money on your dress so you can spend a bit more on other elements of your wedding.
By using these strategies, you’ll save on your wedding dress. What other strategies are you using to save money on your wedding?