Shopping for a gown on a budget

by aiowedding on March 12, 2014

So here’s the deal: you want to look like a gorgeous, glowing bride on your wedding day without breaking the bank. What do you do? You shop with you head and your heart.

First, check out eBay. It may not sound as thrilling as going to a bridal shop, but you will definitely be able to find a gown you like, at a price you like even more! You will be able to search through thousands of dresses that range from designer gowns to gowns you can grab and go! One positive aspect of purchasing from eBay is that you can score a dress at a much, much lower price compared to a store. However, there are a few things to be aware of. You will not be able to see the dress in person before purchasing, so make sure to have a seamstress on hand in case it needs to be altered! Also, if you have your eyes on a designer look, just know that other brides may want it too. They may be willing to take the bidding to the next level so be conscious of your budget before you bid.

Another option is to go dress hunting in retail stores. You may be able to find the dress of your dreams at a fraction of what you expected to spend! J. Crew offers the largest retail bridal collection with prices maxing out at $3,000. Don’t let that scare you; there are plenty of gowns available for under $1,000. Can you say steal? At The Limited, they offer basic styles that fall around $500. Don’t be afraid to save! Buy a basic style dress at a good price and then spruce it up and make it your own. Anthropologie, Ann Taylor, and BCBG are other great retail stores to check out before you head to a more expensive place.

If you are keeping it low-key, stop by your favorite department store and take a peek at their bridal collections. You may find a dress that is more simplistic and won’t make your wallet cry. This option is best for destination or less formal weddings.

Shopping pre-owned is another great way to save. Yes, the dress may have already been used once, but that doesn’t mean you need to pass up on a great steal! If you do purchase a pre-owned gown, add something to make it yours. Adding some sleeves, a sash, or some extra bling will transform your gown into a masterpiece that represents you.

No matter what you do, whether it be a bridal store, shopping online, sample sales, trunk shows, or any of the options we mentioned above, you will find the perfect dress that will fit perfectly within your budget. The search may be a little harder, but the reward will be beautiful and will help you make memories. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start shopping!

This post was written for AIO Wedding by Lesley Allen. Lesley is the Fashion and Marketing Director for CC’s Boutique, Tampa’s premier bridal salon. You can follow Lesley on Google+.

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