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How to Save Money on Wedding Dress

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

Whether you want an extravagant ball gown or something more simple, there are lots of ways to get your dream dress within budget.

Start the Search Early

By starting your search early, you’ll be able to find the perfect dress for your budget and your style. You’ll also have plenty of time to try on different gowns, which is important when it comes to finding one that fits perfectly. When shopping for a wedding dress, there’s nothing worse than running out of time before finding the perfect fit.

Know Your Budget

  • Knowing your budget is important. If you don't know how much money you can spend, it will be very difficult to make smart choices about your wedding dress and accessories.
  • Set a budget first, then stick to it. Once you have your budget set up, the next step is to figure out how much money will be available for the wedding dress and accessories (if any). If buying a new wedding dress is not in your future, then try searching for used ones via Craigslist or eBay—you may find some in great condition at bargain prices!
  • Get the most out of every dollar spent by being flexible when setting a budget. For example, if $1000 was allocated for buying an imported silk gown from overseas but only $700 left over after all other costs were accounted? Try checking local stores first—perhaps one of them has something similar at half price!

Set Priorities

Now that you have an idea of what you're looking for, it's time to start setting priorities.

What is most important to you? What can you live without? You may find that the answer is: not much! Or maybe there are other things on your wedding wish list that would make a bigger impact on your day than the dress. Maybe you want to buy an expensive pair of shoes or invest in some beautiful china instead. No matter what, it's essential that both of you agree on how much money should be spent on each item before starting this process so there are no surprises later on down the line.

You'll also need to decide whether or not you will be able to afford everything as a couple—and if not, which items will have priority over others when choosing between them (for example: do they really need those $1 million sparklers?).

Shop Off-Season

They say that there’s a time and place for everything, and the same is true when it comes to buying your wedding dress. Spring is a great time of year to shop for a vintage-inspired gown—and if you find one you love, snap it up! But if you want something more contemporary or on the shorter side, then fall or winter are better options.

Look in Unexpected Places

You can save money on your wedding dress by looking in unexpected places. Here are some ideas:

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  • Thrift stores, consignment stores and discount stores.
  • Catalogs. If you have time to sift through the pages of old catalogs (does anyone?) you might find something that catches your eye and fits what you're looking for. This can be especially helpful if you're not sure exactly what type of dress style or color scheme would look best on you. You just never know what will catch your eye when browsing through these catalogs, even if it's not something that's normally considered "bridal" attire.
  • The back of magazines! Bridal mags often feature advertisements for dresses at discounted prices because they are older styles or discontinued lines from designers who want to clear out their inventory before creating new designs for upcoming seasons; therefore this is a great place to find deals without sacrificing quality too much (because most bridal shops carry only current fashions).

Stick to Your Budget

  • Know your budget. When you first start looking at dresses, you may be tempted to go into the store and think that anything above $1,000 is worth buying. But if your wedding budget is really $1,000, then don't spend more than that for the dress. You can always look for deals later on in life when you have more money saved up.
  • Stick to your budget! If this is the biggest purchase of your life (and it should be), don't let yourself be tempted by a gorgeous dress that costs double what you had planned on spending or even more than what some people earn in a year—that's just crazy talk! And seriously—no one will judge anyone who doesn't buy an expensive wedding gown; they'll just think that she was sensible enough not to do something she couldn't afford just because everyone else was doing it too!

The best way to save money on a wedding dress is to know what you want and shop around.

The best way to save money on a wedding dress is to know what you want, and then shop around. Before you go out to buy your gown, make sure that you have a budget in mind. This will help guide your shopping experience and keep it from getting too expensive or stressful. You can find great deals if you're willing to look for them!

If there are certain designers or styles that are important for their craftsmanship or reputation, don't be afraid of going outside of the box when hunting for an affordable tuxedo (or bridesmaids’ dresses). Don't get discouraged if the first place doesn't have what you need—keep looking until someone has the perfect dress at an affordable price point.

Stick with your budget! It's tempting to cut corners here and there while planning a big event like this, but remember: one time won't hurt; overspending can ruin both parties' finances as well as their relationship


Hopefully, these tips will help you find the perfect wedding dress without breaking the bank. It’s important to know that no matter how much money you spend on a wedding dress, it should be a beautiful moment in your life—and not just an excuse to buy something new. However, if you want to make sure that special occasion goes off without a hitch (or at least with fewer tears), then start planning early and do some research before heading out onto the town with friends or family members looking for dresses.


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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