Cheap Wedding Gowns Do Exist

Cheap wedding gowns don’t have to be tacky, and "cheap looking"! Great tips here for finding an inexpensive dress for every style and budget...

Cheap wedding gowns can be beautiful and stylish.  Staying on budget for your wedding shouldn't determine how beautiful or sentimental it will be.

Once you have decided the style and theme of your wedding, you can move forward with ideas for your wedding gown. Like most brides, you probably want your dress to match the theme and style of the wedding. For example, you may not want to wear a formal dress with a long train if your wedding is at a scenic outdoor location like a beach or lakeside.

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  • Don’t let Bridal Shops scare you off. You can find bargains, sales and everyday good prices, especially at chain bridal stores. They offer personal service and on site alterations, which is a plus for many brides.
  • Check Mall Department Stores, and Big-Box Discount Stores. Keep an open mind and look at dresses outside of the bridal department. Check out cocktail gowns, formal dresses and prom dresses. Many stores like Target, J.C.Penny, and H & M offer stylish and cheap wedding gowns! Many start at under $100.00!
  • The Internet is full of great deals! Try online auction sites like Craigslist.org and ebay. Shopping auction sites and community sites requires a little patience, as you may have to wait for the right dress to come along.
  • If you are a one-of-a-kind of bride, shop Vintage Shops for a unique look at a great price.
  • Rent your wedding dress and maybe even the bridesmaid's dresses. Bridal rental shops are in many areas. Also, a great idea if you are having a themed wedding like Medieval...costume shops are a great place to look.
  • Trunk Shows might be a good choice for you if you are really crazy for a particular designer or look. Discounts can be quite large at some shows.
  • Have your dress made by your Favorite Seamstress. Having your dress handmade ensures you really get what you want, and will be even more sentimental if it's made by a loved one!
  • Check out several Thrift Stores in your area. You’ll be amazed at the wedding gowns that are gently used or never worn at all! Shop carefully and be prepared to have it dry-cleaned and altered. Goodwill's Wedding Galaheld every year in many parts of the U.S. offers donated new dresses starting at $50.00. You may also score deals on accessories, dresses for Mom, flower girl, and bridesmaids. 
  • Check out Women’s Clothing Catalogs. Many offer beautiful dresses not in the “bridal” category.
  • A great FREE choice is to wear your mom or grandma’s wedding gown. It adds a special meaning to your wedding and is a huge money saver!
  • You can put together a nice Do it Yourself gown! Buy a short or simple dress and add a tulle “apron”. Do this by gathering tulle and sewing ribbon on for a waistband to tie a bow. Ask your local fabric store for recommendations on how much you'll need. The coolest thing about using tulle is that you can cut it and it doesn't need to be hemmed!

 Make yours unique..and you'll stand out from all the rest! 

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