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Save on a Wedding Dress

For many brides, the dress represents the culmination of all of one’s emotions regarding a wedding: elation, fear, love and stress. It’s one of the most talked about and most cherished aspects of the planning process, and it can also be one of the biggest headaches. If you’re on a budget or just don’t buy into the standard dress process, here are some alternatives.

Altering an heirloom dress worn by a sister, aunt, mother, or even grandmother can be an economical and original alternative to buying one brand new. You’d be amazed what a seamstress can do with a little time and creativity: a six becomes an eight, a long train becomes sleeves. If you’re really looking for a budget option, a free dress can’t be beat. And there’s something to be said for a dress – and a marriage – that can stand the test of time.

Discount outlets
Buying a dress off the rack can save you as much as 50 percent off the cost of a gown. There are a number of national and regional discount bridal outlets that the same gowns at significant discounts. They also sometimes have rack dresses by size, past-season dresses, and discontinued items or irregulars. Make sure to check your dress carefully and ask the retailer how the dress made it to their store. These outlets are also a great place to save on other bridal wear and bridesmaid dresses.

End of season sales
If you’ve got some time and have found a few gowns that you like, ask the salesperson whether any of the dresses will ever go on sale. Many retailers will want your business enough that they will tell you, and some will even go so far as to automatically reserve a dress for you when it does go on sale.

Sample models
If you are a size 10, you’re in luck. Most dress manufacturers make their sample dresses in size 10, meaning that there are tons of them floating around. If you don’t mind the thought of having a dress that others have tried on, it’s a great way to get your gown for a steal. Even if you’re an 8 or a 6, look into taking the dress to a tailor; after all, that’s what you’d do with a full-price custom-made dress anyway!

Renting is a great option for people who don’t understand why you’d want to hang onto a dress once you’ve worn it. If you’d rather spend money on the venue or the wedding bands, check out local bridal rental shops, and see if you find anything you like. A word to the wise: some rental shops buy directly from the bridal gown manufacturer, while others purchase worn gowns from past brides. If you have feelings either way about this, be sure to do your research and go with someone you trust.

Look for Deb Dresses
Many debutante balls and cotillions require young women to wear white. These dresses are often elaborate, sophisticated, and a heck of a lot cheaper than a wedding dress of the same workmanship. Check with local retailers on whether they have catalogs of cotillion dresses, or check in with someone who has a social 20-year-old!

Check the racks
There are some gorgeous white dresses out there that are produced for other formal events and can be found on the racks in fine clothing stores. I have a friend who, after searching bridal gown shops for months, came across a perfect white satin, floor length dress at Henri Bendel for $399. She purchased it on the spot, and was told that she was the fourth woman with the idea. Imagine how far the money you’ve saved will go towards flowers or the band!

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