If you’re one of the 1 million couples that got engaged this holiday season, congratulations! Now that it’s official, you’re probably excited to start planning the wedding (if you haven’t already). I’d like to help you save money while planning the wedding of your dreams. Every Thursday for the next few weeks, I’m going to add a new post with fresh ideas about how to save money on everything from wedding flowers to your wedding rings. But of course, the thing that’s probably foremost on your mind is finding the perfect wedding gown. Although I’ve never actually worn one myself, I’ve helped many brides find an affordable wedding gown that looked absolutely fantastic. Here are some surprising places that you can find a cheap wedding gown that will make you look like a million bucks.
- Your grandmother’s closet. Few things are more sentimental than wearing the wedding gown of a woman that you admire. And few modern wedding dresses compare to the classic sophistication of old-fashioned gowns. For the cost of a few repairs and alterations, you can enjoy a timeless and affordable wedding gown, while creating sentiments that a new dress just wouldn’t provide.
- Sample sales. If you’ve never attended a sample sale before, there’s never been a better time to jump right in. Make sure to line up early, as there are often swarms of brides-to-be crowding the doors of sample sales in search of a cheap wedding dress. It may be a bit of a shoving match (think Monica from “Friends”), but with a bit of perseverance, you may just find a fantastic and affordable wedding dress.
- Department stores. Though not every location of a department store chain has a bridal department, brides who live in urban areas should have a few within driving distance. For starters, try Nordstrom, Dillards and JCPenney. Macy’s also has a bridal department, though prices are generally more expensive than other stores.
- Wedding gown websites. There are hundreds of internet sites that offer affordable wedding gowns that are truly breathtaking. Just make sure that you can get a refund if it’s not exactly what you wanted.
- A seamstress. Depending on the fabric you choose, you may be able to get a custom-made wedding gown for a few hundred bucks. Plus, you’ll enjoy the added benefit of getting exactly what you want.
- Ebay. If you’re shocked to hear that you can get an inexpensive wedding gown on ebay, you’re not alone. Still more and more brides are turning to this unlikely venue, which offers gowns from $20 and up. If you’re committed to getting a cheap wedding gown, ebay is a great place to start.
Happy Dress Hunting,