Finding wedding dresses on a budget is not a hard process...you just have to know where to look and congrats to you, you have found the place to start!
What I can say is that you probably won't be able to find the best prices in town at your local bridal dress shops.
However, they may be a good place to start to see what kind of style is flattering on you, then look for that style of wedding dress in one of the following places when looking for wedding dresses on a budget. (I wouldn't tell them that that is what you are planning to do ;)
Best Places to Find Wedding Dresses on a Budget:
Here is just a sampling of what you would find at Ebay right now:
A little known fact that I will let you know here is that they just might try to match that amazing deal you just found on the internet for your perfect wedding dress IF you ask!
This will usually turn into a deal amounting to a 20% to 30% discount but without all the perks that the shop would offer another customer.
Just make sure that your end price doesn't get inflated due to "hidden charges".
Sometimes the dress is not even worn or worn once and could mean up to 50% savings for you. Of course, you should carefully check over the gown prior to buying. You might also be able to find other accessories you will need such as crinolines, etc.
A seamstress can often times purchase materials at wholesale prices and because the dress will be made for you, you will not have to pay for costly alterations.
You can also make suggestions along the way as the gown is being made for you and you are seeing the seamstress for fitting so if there is anything you would like to change, it is more flexible.
You will be able to get the best deals if you have your sights set on a dress costing $1000 or more retail. If you go for a less expensive dress, you might just find that you won't be saving as much in the long run if you were to pay to have the dress made (after paying for the materials and the seamstress's time).
You can find patterns, materials and trimming for bridal gowns at local fabric shops. Although the materials for a $1000 dress could be only $250, it should be noted that sewing with bridal fabric is more of a challenge and so please be careful when going this route.
You can also find great sources for bridal fabric and trim online.
Check out these sources as well for more information:
What these budget wedding dresses are, are samples of gowns that have been discontinued or the shop is looking to offload to make room for more up to date styles coming in.
You can find yourself quite a bargain, however, make sure that your sample gown isn't going to need major repair or cleaning or alterations to offset the good price.
Remember, these are the gowns that everyone tries on to see if they like the style and so could be suffering from stains, rips, tears or any other damage. Look carefully!
Now we must buy a hugely expensive dress that we wear for a few hours and then pack it away, never to be worn again! Well I say "NO!" I think it is a lovely idea to wear your Mom's or even a sister or friend's wedding dress.
Even if it is a little out of style or date, you would be surprised at how well a talented seamstress could jazz up a vintage gown.
If you want to "jazz" it up a bit, I'm sure that a talented seamstress could add a train and some beading for an elegant effect!
Once again, check over the condition carefully to make sure that alterations and repairs or cleaning are not going to add up to make your bargain not a bargain. To find these stores, just look in your local phone directory or yellow pages or search online
Try Your White Dress in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They offer all dresses on the floor at the bargain price of $299.
You can also do a search on the web for "bridal dress outlet store" to see if there is one in your area worth visiting.
Better yet, combine a smaller town with other savings such as lower sales tax or favorable exchange rates and you could be saving well over 20% or more!
Just be sure NOT to tell the shops where you are coming from and why you are shopping there as bridal shops have a tendency to charge higher prices to brides-to-be who've made major trips to gown shop.
Some of the dresses are donated by brides but some are also brand new donated from designers for this worthy cause. What a great way to find your perfect wedding dress and support men and women dealing with breast cancer.
The problem is it might be hard to find a shop that actually rents wedding dresses when you are on a budget. Again, as my motto goes "save your money and time, plan your wedding online!", check the internet.
If you do a search on "wedding dress rental" you should be able to find some sources in your area should you like to try this route.
Don't forget, you can also check out an amazing source of designer label wedding dresses at bargain basement prices at Cheap Wedding Dresses.
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