Some women are more than willing to pay an upwards of $10,000 for their wedding gown (have you SEEN Say Yes to the Dress?!) It’s their special day and they want to feel like a princess. And yes, your wedding day should be a monumental day in your life. Others are weary of spending so much on something they will only wear once. The engaged bargain shopping ladies of the world are in luck. You can keep the budget low and still look stunning!
Did you know Target sells wedding dresses? They can only be purchased online, but the most expensive one is a mere $269 (below). And they are all BEAUTIFUL nonetheless. They may require a good steaming and a quick fitting from your local tailor, but that’s still chump change when pricing the couture gowns at bridal shops.
Don’t underestimate a secondhand dress. Again, it was only worn once! Ebay has thousands of wedding gowns for sale, many of them designer brands. If you won’t be wearing it again and your closet has very limited space, then it just doesn’t make sense to hold on to the dress. Do you want a puffy ball gown taking up half of your closet space? Many women don’t. This stunning ball gown is priced at only $169!
Want a couture look without the couture price? Many Etsy designers design wedding dresses for a reasonable price. The gowns are hand made and unique – chances are not many (if any) brides have worn that dress. Contact the seller for personalization, too. Anything is possible when you can actually talk to your dressmaker. Feel good about buying something that wasn’t mass-produced in a factory! This dress is handmade from seller LecrochetArt and costs only $250.
Or… transform an old dress into something new. If your mom still has her dress (no matter how outdated and puffy it is), consider getting it tailored into something meaningful and more modern looking. Knowing that you are wearing your mother’s dress adds a special touch that no bridal shop can recreate. Be sure to find a tailor that specializes in "Semi-Custom" wedding dresses. We recommend The Enchanted Bride; they have wedding designers who specialize in hand work and semi custom dresses. They know specifically how to work with heirloom lace and fabrics. The beautiful transformation below is an example of taking an heirloom dress and giving it a beautiful update.
A budget doesn’t have to hold you back from getting a beautiful dress. There are many reasonably priced gown options out there that don’t cost as much as a down payment on a house. Happy hunting!
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