Purchase a Like New Wedding Gown and Save Money

By: Judith Turner
With the high cost of weddings it is nice to try to cut back where you can so that you can splurge a little in other areas (such as the honeymoon or reception). A great way to save money is by purchasing your wedding gown used. While this may not seem appealing to you keep in mind that many bridal gowns are only worn once and you may just find the gown of your dreams at a fraction of the price!

Places to purchase a like new wedding gown to save money:

Check out bride magazines for a picture of the wedding gown of your dreams. Distribute copies of the photo to your friends and family members to be on the lookout for 'the dress'. Visit bridal boutiques and try on the same exact style to see how it looks on you. Even if you need to pay for alterations you will still come out ahead.

Consignment shops- Wedding gowns are usually only worn once so they are practically new. An informal wedding dress can be just as beautiful as an expensive dress. You can always add accessories. These personal touches could be the 'borrowed' part of something old, something new. Adding a treasured heirloom piece includes your loved ones in the celebration.

Wedding etiquette does not say you have to stick with a white gown. Open up unlimited possibilities by not narrowing your selection to only white. Don't worry about what anyone thinks if you decide to go with something a bit less traditional. This is your special day; pick the gown that suits you best.

Thrift stores- Thrift stores are a great place to find an inexpensive gown. They hold bridal clearance sales, marking down gowns for a remarkable discount. Buying a discounted wedding gown can save hundreds of dollars. Vintage clothing stores may also be worth a look. you might even find the most beautiful wedding gown that you wouldn't have been able to afford if you had bought it new!

eBay- Search on eBay for a like new wedding gown. A quick look reveals a wide variety of beautiful gowns. Searching by size and style, you can easily find just what you are looking for.

Tips for buying online:

Make a trip to a local department store and get a proper fitting, to know your correct measurements. Form a buddy system with your bridesmaids to keep you from endless snacking so you can all fit into your gowns!

Ask if the wedding gown has been dry-cleaned. It is beneficial to know that your wedding gown has not been hanging in a musty closet, and the previous bride took care of the dress.

Find out what the return policy is, if for any reason you change your mind about the dress. Once your wedding is over you could even list the gown for sale again and get your money back!

Purchase a like new wedding gown to save money, and enjoy many happy returns to the memory of your fairytale wedding come true. Remember, YOU want to take his breath away, not the price of the gown. Let us help you plan your wedding!
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