With the average cost of a wedding in the United States nearing the $30,000 mark, many brides-to-be are finding themselves spending over $1,100 on average for just a wedding dress alone. This doesn’t include the cost of a bridal veil, which can come to more than $500, plus shoes and jewelry.
With such startling numbers, it’s no wonder that so many women want to try to save money when it comes to buying a wedding dress. After all, a wedding dress is only going to be worn once in your life.
That does not mean, however, that you have to settle for a dress that is less than breathtaking. There are many ways to purchase the bridal gown of your dreams while sticking to a reasonable budget.
Determine A Realistic Budget
To decide how much you can spend on your wedding dress, take into account your entire wedding budget. Decide on a percentage of that budget that you are willing to allot to each element of your wedding. For instance, many people are willing to spend 30% of their budget on food, 5% on entertainment, etc. By dividing up the budget of all of the components of your wedding, you will then be able to determine exactly how much of your total budget can go to your dress.
Before determining your dress budget, window shop online to get a feel for what the dress of your dreams is going to cost. Do a google search and explore different styles and materials so that you can get a feel for what the dress you want will cost.
Pick A Style
Decide which style of dress you want. If you know which type of silhouette looks best on you, stick to that. Decide what kind of details you want and what material. By having a general dress style in mind, you can begin to compare prices.
Check Wedding Message Boards
Wedding message boards are your new best friend. The internet is full of these message boards, and these are the places in which where women devote entire threads to talking about bridal gowns. Here, you can find other budget brides sharing more affordable dress shops you may not have known existed as well as lookalike dresses that are similar to designer gowns but are much more affordable.
Avoid Bridal Outlets
Stores that sell only bridal gowns are known for their high markups. Check out stores like Asos and Bhldn for bridal gowns. These are fashion retail stores that have a bridal section, and since most of their revenue comes from selling everyday apparel, their bridal gowns cost significantly less.
Shopping for the perfect wedding dress can be a daunting experience. With the cost of weddings rising annually, the cost of wedding dresses increases as well. However, by following these simple steps, you will be able to buy the dress of your dreams without breaking the bank.