Complete Wedding Budget Guide – Part 1: The Dress

Planning the wedding of your dreams is exciting, but it can come as quite a shock to find out that the average cost of a wedding these days is around $27,000.

And even if you’ve been saving for months, and arrange everything yourselves, it’s still going to be tricky to make your budget go round.

So to help you to make as many savings as possible, and to help you get the most from whatever budget you have, I’m putting together this 7 part guide. You can check out the other parts at the links below, or you can read on through this first part that’s all about how to make huge savings on the cost of your wedding dress.

Complete Wedding Budget Guide – Part 1: The Wedding Dress
Complete Wedding Budget Guide – Part 2: The Reception
Complete Wedding Budget Guide – Part 3: The Cake

So How Much Should A Wedding Dress Cost?

Obviously your wedding dress is probably the most important item you are going to purchase for your wedding day. The average cost of a wedding dress is now a whopping $1000, and that is going to take a big chunk out of any-one’s budget.

But with a bit of clever thought you could get the dress of your dreams for half that. So if you can save $500 on the price of your wedding dress, just imagine what that would mean.

Maybe an upgrade on your honeymoon hotel room?

How To Get Your Dream Wedding Dress For Half Price

So before you can start your search for the perfect wedding gown, you need to have a fair idea of the style and colour you want.

The best way to do this is to buy a few bridal magazines, make a cup of tea, and settle down on the sofa and find a dress that you like. This is important. You don’t want to end up buying a dress you’re not completely happy with just because it’s cheap.

So when you know what you’re looking for you’re all set. There are 3 main ways you can find a cheap wedding dress and these are Ebay, Vintage, or wedding shows. All these options can work very well, so let’s examine each of them.

Buying A Wedding Dress On EBay

Using the Internet is a great way to find a bargain. In the privacy of your own home, in front of your computer you can browse to your heart’s content. And Ebay is absolutely the best way to start.

You will be amazed at amount of designer dresses you can find here, all at a fraction of shop prices. This site also features gowns from small bridal boutiques, and amazingly cheap foreign import dresses.

If you don’t find what you want straight away, check back every day. The stock is constantly being updated.

When you are certain you have found ‘ the one ‘ it’s a good idea to go to a bridal shop and try on a similar design just to confirm this is the dress for you.

Buying A Vintage Wedding Dress

Weddings with a vintage theme are becoming ever more popular these days – and of course a vintage wedding means a vintage wedding dress.

This type of wedding is usually more traditional and sometimes more formal, so the dress is absolutely the most important part of the day.

But here again Ebay is a great place to start your search. And there are lots of shops that specialize in selling vintage clothes. And don’t forget the charity shops – often a great place to find vintage dresses.

So go retro – start rummaging! Just remember to check carefully for stains and any rips or tears when you are buying a pre-worn dress.

Buying A Dress At A Wedding Show

When you are planning your wedding it’s really exciting to go to a wedding show. It’s also a good place to go when you are looking for your perfect wedding dress at a bargain price.

So when you see one near you go along, maybe taking your chief bridesmaid with you for a second opinion. Here you will see rail after rail of fantastic wedding dresses – all sizes, styles, colours and designs.

Many designers and high-end bridal shops use these shows to sell their end of line dresses and samples at really knock down prices, so this another way you could buy the dress of your dreams for maybe half price.

At first, many brides wouldn’t like the idea of buying something as important as their wedding dress from an online auction, or a second-hand outlet, but you can still buy a fantastic dress that will look great.

Don’t forget, with a bit of clever shopping,you can walk down the aisle in a designer wedding dress, having saved up to $500.

So start your search now, and make it a task to find the biggest savings possible.

Check Out Part 2 Of This Complete Wedding Budget Guide
Complete Wedding Budget Guide – Part 2: The Reception

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