Save Money On Your Wedding Dress Or Wedding Gown And Other Bridal Attire – Tips And Ideas For Brides

Both bride and groom should be involved in most wedding planning activities. However, the wedding dress or gown and bridal attire purchases are strictly the bride’s domain.

So, here you are, a bride to be with a wedding date and a lot of wedding planning activities to take care of so your dream wedding becomes a reality and your first thought is – your bridal attire.

Shopping for a wedding dress or gown and bridal attire is a lot of fun but can be extremely expensive and rather frustrating.
Guess what! You can reduce both expense and frustration and enjoy the process without sacrificing quality.
To find out how, keep reading.

This is how:

DO SOME HOMEWORK

As soon as your wedding date is confirmed start researching in magazines, on the Internet and by visiting bridal shops and trying on dresses and gowns so that you have at least a general idea of the style of dress or gown you want.

Look for seamstresses who specialize in wedding gowns and dresses and ask for a price range. From $ but no more than $.

As you choose your style, consider the following:

Choose a classic dress or gown. If you opt for a ball gown style be ready to spend more money because the more fabric it takes to make a gown, the more it costs.

Remember that sometimes less is more and opt for no embellishments or with embellishments only on the bodice. Having embellishment on the sleeves, waistline, hemline,and or train, will raise the price of the gown and may actually make the gown over embellished and less elegant.

RETAIL STORES AND SALONS SAMPLE, CLOSEOUT, DISCONTINUED ITEMS AND INVENTORY REDUCTION SALES

Time your gown and wedding attire shopping with samples, closeout, discontinued items and inventory reduction sales.

Bridal stores and salons pay a hefty price for their floor space. They need to make room for the latest new styles.

Take advantage of it and you win! How?

Simply call up the shops and salons in your area and find out if and when they’re having their next sample and inventory reduction sale.

Ask if they will allow you to preview the dresses that will be offered.

Some, especially privately owned stores, will be glad to comply and may even encourage an early purchase. After all, they want to sell the items and reduce their costs and inventories.

Note that samples are usually available in size 6, 8 or 10.

Closeout items come in all sizes.

While you are there, check out about other wedding attire for you and your wedding party.

If you must wait for the sale itself, arrive early and bring a companion.

Wear clothes that’s are easy to slip in and out of. Do not stop to consider every dress you see.

Pick up anything that you think you might like and let your companion hold it.

Once you are done, try the dresses on as quickly as you can as time is short and competition may be great and have your companion look at other brides for more possibilities for you.

She may pick up dresses other brides tried on but did not choose, yet have the exact features you want.

Once you have narrowed your choice to one two or three dresses, unless they fit you perfectly, lucky you!, check out if the store offers alterations the costs and the time frame. If the cost seems too high, contact the seamstresses you have already interviewed.

DEPARTMENT STORES CLEARANCE

Do not stop there. You do not need to wait for a special sale, check all of the clearance racks at the bridal sections in department stores frequently. You’ll be favorably surprised at what you can find.

The only drawback is that what you see is what you get. You purchase any sale item as-is.

Though you can have a gown altered to a smaller size at an additional cost and risk, it cannot be made larger.

You cannot add sleeves to a strapless gown.

The color and designs are set so you may have to compromise.

Also, take into consideration that you may need to dry clean a dress or gown that has been sold as sample, discontinued or inventory reduction sale.

CHECK OUR THE INTERNET

Do not disregard the power of the Internet.

Go to Google and search for wedding gown or wedding dress.

Visit as many web sites as time and patience allows.

You’ll come across bridal shops that have web sites and see many designers names their styles, colors and price ranges.

You’ll also come across online only shops.

The online only shops are not saddled with the huge overhead that brick and mortar shops pay and often pass their saving on to their customers by offering lower prices.

It is important that you are aware that for some reason, most wedding gown sizes run small (A small 6, a small 8 etc…) So, unless you are sure of your size and have an alteration seamstress available, you may be better off ordering the next larger size.

If you plan to shop on the internet, be sure to provide the vendor with the following measurements:

  • Size
  • Bust
  • Waist
  • Hip
  • Hollow to Waist
  • and Hollow to Hem. Hollow to Hem is the measurement from the hollow of your neck to the floor, taken while you are wearing the shoes and slip you plan on wear at the wedding.
  • Caveat Emptor – Buyer Beware

    There are many online wedding dresses – gowns retailers on the Internet.

    Some offer actual designer products and others offer replicas or gowns designed to look like, but with moderations, while others have their own designs.

    So before you order a dress or gown, check the web site thoroughly.

    Look for an address, and a phone number and by all means CALL the owner personally and interview him or her.

    Be sure that ALL your questions are answered and that you are COMPLETELY satisfied and comfortable buying from that PERSON. Base your decision on the person not on the web site.

    IMPORTANT! Never store your wedding dress or gown in plastic. Depending on the material used, it may yellow or become gray and never lay it flat as it may crease. Store it in a cloth bag and hang it in a closet free of heat, dust and other impurities.

    SHOES

    You need shoes to go with your wedding dress or gown. But do you really need wedding shoes?

    Think about it. The difference in price between purchasing shoes at a shoe store or at a bridal salon may surprise you.

    Yes, adding the simple term wedding to the description of a pair of shoes may double even triple its price.

    GLOVES, VEILS AND TIARAS

    These items are much less expensive than a dress or gown. Therefore your risk of purchasing them on the Internet is small.

    Yet, you can save a lot of money.

    Look for a pair of gloves you saw offered on the Internet for less than $20.00 in a bridal salon and figure out your savings.

    The same holds true for veils and tiaras.

    Do the math and cash in on the savings.

    Article Copyright © Nily Glaser, All Rights Reserved 2007

    Copyrights © 2007 All Rights Reserved Nily Glaser of A-wedding Day and Gan Publishing

    Weddings on a Budget – Wedding Dress Rental and Other Cheap Tips

    Among the things that you should consider to find out what exactly is the size of the dress you need to purchase. Although, it’s not enough that you find out your “regular dress” size. You also have to consider the type of material that your wedding dress has. Sometimes, medium sized dresses would fit too tightly on a bride who usually wears medium sized regular clothing. One way of getting through this is to try on several wedding dresses in commercial bridal stores. This will give you a better perspective of what size and material would look good on you, and since you will not be obliged to buy these dresses, you won’t have to worry about spending anything at all. Once you have decided on your size, then you are ready to shop for your wedding dress.

    Among the great places that you can check out are local thrift shops. Wedding dresses may be hard to find but sometimes, they do appear – and in many times, under a hundred dollars. This is a great place to find vintage pieces and if you have to resize it a bit, it wouldn’t cost that much. Perhaps you can find a great temple dress or another vintage styled dress. Another great place to try searching in is any dry cleaning shop in town. It might be unusual but sometimes there are wedding dresses that have not been claimed for a long time and the cleaners have the right to sell them once the claiming date is past its due.

    If you still can’t find a dress suitable for you, then you might find your luck in wedding dress rentals. These rental shops have a vast selection of wedding dresses and you could pay only have the price of their worth. The only catch is you have to return them.

    Wedding dresses usually hike up the wedding budget. With these options available, you can spend your extra money in other wedding specifics like your honeymoon – or better yet, to save for the future.

    Helpful Tips For Finding the Absolute Perfect Wedding Dress

    Your wedding dress is one of the most important aspects of the entire day as all eyes will be focused on you, the bride, and it will sure to be a keepsake you’ll treasure for years to come. Most of us have dreamed of their wedding dress for years, the one that will allow us to feel our most beautiful on this most special of days. As you probably know, there are countless choices available today when it comes to wedding dresses, so how do harried brides-to-be know where to begin? Read on for some helpful tips for finding the absolute perfect wedding dress for you and your big day.

    Unique Wedding Dresses
    Are you a person who loves looking unique? If so, then you want to make sure to look for what you like in a wedding dress. Before you even go out shopping, consider looking through magazines and on the web to see what styles you really love. This way you know what you are looking for when you start shopping for your dress.

    There are many unique wedding dresses out there, and you have a couple of different options. If you want to have a unique dress that is all your own, you can go with a one of a kind designer gown, which will end up costing big time. When on a very strict budget, consider having a relative sew the wedding gown for you. This way you can have it exactly how you want it, the dress will be totally unique, and you’ll save a lot of money too.

    Beach Wedding Dresses
    If you are planning to have a beach wedding, there are special considerations when you are choosing beach wedding dresses. First of all, you want to think of the heat out there on the beach. You don’t want to be sweating the entire time in your wedding gown, so go with a dress that will be fairly cool. Choose a lightweight fabric that will help to keep you as cool as possible and consider styles such as strapless or sleeveless dresses.

    It’s a good idea to go with dresses that are a bit less formal if you are getting married on the beach. The last thing you really want to do is have a long train that ends up dragging through the sand. Instead a ankle length gown, or even a shorter gown, will be a perfect option for your beach wedding. You’ll still look breath taking, without having to worry about ruining your wedding gown on the beach.

    Cheap Wedding Dresses
    On a tight budget for your wedding? Many people are these days, especially with the economic recession going on. However, just because you have a limited budget doesn’t mean you can’t still have the dress of your dreams. You just need to know how to shop to get a great wedding dress for a great deal.

    Finding a cheap wedding dress will require diligent searching and the key is beginning to shop as early as possible. It can take some time to find the dress that you want, especially if you want to find a great deal. By shopping as early as possible, you’ll have plenty of time to find that one dress you really love, rather than feeling pressured as time ticks away closer to the wedding date.

    Shop the sales if you want cheap wedding dresses. There are many wedding boutiques that have special sales, and you may want to attend them to save money. Some stores have special sales on model dresses that they have used, and you can get a great dress for a discounted price.

    Another way that you can save and still have a great wedding dress is to wear the dress that someone in your family wore. Perhaps your mom has a great dress and you’d like to honor her by wearing it. With a few adjustments and expert tailoring, you can have a cheap dress that looks incredible, and it will look all your own as well.

    Your wedding day is a big day, and you want everything to be perfect. This includes you wearing a fantastic dress. With these helpful tips, you can find the perfect dress, so the entire day will go just the way it should.

    Top 10 Wedding Dress Shopping Mistakes

    There are many common mistakes brides make when they come wedding dress shopping – often because they are underprepared or unwilling to think beyond the ideal vision that they have in their head. But wedding dress shopping needn’t be stressful, or fruitless, or time-consuming. Here are our top 10 mistakes that brides make when shopping for a wedding dress – try to avoid these and you should be fine!

    1. Not knowing their budget

    Unless you really do have an unlimited amount to spend, you should have an idea of what you can afford. Obviously your budget will go a lot further if you choose to shop for discount wedding dresses, from a factory outlet or discount designer store, but you still need to know what your limit is.

    2. Not considering extra costs

    When you budget for your outfit, you need to remember that you will be wearing more than just a dress! You need to consider your shoes, underwear, a veil if you will be wearing one, any jewellery you don’t already own (I’m guessing most of us didn’t have a tiara before we got married!), and even your hair and make up should be included.

    3. Bringing too many people

    You should definitely bring someone. Many people bring their mum and a sister or a close friend. Whoever you choose, they should be people you trust to give an honest opinion but also not try to influence you to choose a dress they like rather than the one you like! Any more than two people and you’re going to end up with too many different viewpoints, which can get confusing for you. Besides, you want your wedding dress to be a surprise for as many people as possible on the big day!

    4. Getting all made up to come wedding dress shopping

    Okay, so wedding dress shopping feels more special than normal shopping, but there really is no need to get all dressed up for us! You should make sure that you are wearing a well-fitting bra if you are likely to need extra support under your wedding dress, but apart from that, casual is fine. In fact, we would prefer you didn’t wear any make up that could get smudged off on to the dresses.

    5. Shopping too early (or too late!)

    Shopping too late is less of a concern for shopping at wedding dress factory outlets, for example, as these dresses don’t need to be made from scratch for you, but you should still aim to leave enough time for any alterations. As for shopping too early, you really need to at least have the wedding date booked, and preferably the venue, as both of these decisions will influence what style of dress you choose. Also, if you aren’t ready to make the purchase, you could fall in love with a dress that isn’t available when you have the money ready.

    6. Not having done a bit of research before

    It’s all very well having an open mind as to what style of dress you want, but you should have some idea about what you like. Knowing your venue will help (beach weddings have a very different dress code to church weddings!), but take the time to look at some pictures and see what appeals to you. Perhaps you prefer plainer dresses to the more detailed ones, or a detachable train to a built in one. If you have no idea where to start, it can be a bit bewildering to look at all the wedding dresses on the rails!

    7. Only trying one style on

    Conversely, being adamant you will only try on white strapless ballgowns, may mean you miss out on a dress that would suit you more, as well as restricting your choice somewhat.

    8. Trying to buy a smaller size saying “I’ll lose weight before the wedding”

    It’s so easy to say, but not as easy to achieve, and while we’re not saying that you won’t lose weight before your big day, it is worth remembering that most dresses can be taken in by as many as four sizes without affecting the style. Letting a dress out is much more difficult, and if it is possible, you will only be able to let it out by one size. So choose a dress that fits now, and have it taken in when you lose that weight!

    9. Forgetting they have to spend a whole day in the dress

    This sounds obvious, but many people will try a dress on and decide to buy it without even trying to sit down in it. The wedding dress is for more than just the ceremony, so think about how comfortable it will be to wear while sitting down, eating and even dancing in. This is particularly important with corset style bodices that can be restricting, and fishtail dresses, which if too closely fitted can stop you being able to sit down at all!

    10. Buying a dress you don’t love

    This is YOUR dress. It should be the dress that you keep comparing all other dresses to (I still do this 4 years after my wedding, and so far, I still love my wedding dress more than any other!). Choosing a dress because it made your mother well up, or just because it has a coloured trim that will match the bridesmaid’s dresses is really not advisable. You aren’t planning to do this more than once, so make sure to buy the wedding dress of your dreams.