Choosing the right wedding dress can make or break your big day. No bride wants to walk down the aisle in a dress they hate. This is your time to shine, so of course you want to wear the perfect dress. Unfortunately, wedding dresses can be very expensive, with brides spending, on average, around £10,500 on a gown. It is possible to save money on a wedding by using a site such as ukweddingsavings.co.uk, but if you have the ceremony covered and all you have left to buy is a wedding dress, here are some simple tips to help you be a thrifty bride.
Have a Budget
The most important thing you need to do before shopping for a wedding dress is to have a budget. The next most important thing to do is stick to your budget!
It is pointless looking at dresses you can’t afford. Sure, they might look amazing and yes, you will have a memorable day if you wear a designer wedding gown, but realistically, if spending all that money on a wedding dress means you can’t afford to go on a honeymoon, it isn’t worth it.
Keep it Simple
The simpler the dress, the cheaper it will be. Once you start adding major embellishments such as handmade lace, beads, and complex shapes to the design, the dress will creep up in price. If your budget is low, look at dresses with a simple silhouette.
Look for a Pre-Loved Dress
Wedding dresses are generally only worn once. Probably only for a few hours in fact. On this basis, it is definitely worth looking for a pre-loved dress in your size. Check out sites such as eBay for pre-loved bargains. If you are really lucky, you might even spot a dress in your size that is being sold because the wedding didn’t go ahead!
Wear Your Mother’s Dress
Some families keep wedding dresses as keepsakes to be passed down through the generations. You may not like the dress your mother or grandmother wore, but if you have your heart set on a vintage wedding, a family wedding dress could work out beautifully.
Rent a Gown
Don’t overlook the possibility of hiring a wedding dress. After all, you will only wear the dress once, so why bother forking out all that money to buy when you can hire? It will help if you are a standard size, as the dress can’t be altered. Check out bridal shops in your area to see if they offer a hire service.
Shop at Sale Time
Sales take place all year round, so if you have seen a dress you like, keep a close eye on the price and be prepared to act fast if you notice it has been heavily discounted in a flash sale.
Make Your Dress
If you or a relative are handy with a sewing machine, have a go at making a wedding dress.
Don’t forget to allow plenty of time to find the right dress. It could take you months!