Your wedding is bound to be one of the most important days of your entire life. That’s a lot of pressure - especially when the average wedding in America costs over $25,000! Because your wedding can end up costing a pretty penny, we’ve put together a list of some ways that you can save on your wedding dress. However, even if you’re taking advantage of some cost-cutting, that doesn’t mean you’ll have to skimp on taste! Here are 5 suggestions for how to save money on a dress!
1. Check out daily deal sites.
One of the easiest steps you can take to save money is to do a little research. Check out which sites or stores offer reasonable prices or frequent promotions before you shop. Daily deal sites, like Groupon or Living Social, often provide great sale prices on wedding dresses from tons of different retailers. For additional savings, don’t forget to look and see if there are coupon codes available for the site you’re looking at. You could end up qualifying for a discounted dress or free shipping on your order!
2. Have a gown custom-made for you.
There’s a misconception out there that having a wedding dress custom-made is super pricey. In fact, if you find a reasonable dressmaker, you could end up paying way less than if you found a dress on the rack. The Nest estimates that having a dress in an unadorned style can run you between $500 and $1,000. If you want more frills, embroidery, or beading, it can cost you between $2,000 and $5,000. A lot of the price depends on what you want and which fabrics you prefer.
If you decide to go this route, ask friends and family for dressmaker recommendations. You’ll get the best deal and work product from someone with a lot of experience and a great portfolio. Not sure who to choose? Ask for names on Facebook or check out reviews on Yelp.
3. Buy a vintage or thrift-store dress.
If you don’t mind wearing something second-hand, you could end up finding a fairy-tale wedding dress! (It’s only been worn once, right?) Dresses found at vintage shops or thrift stores (like Goodwill or Salvation Army) are often extremely low-priced (we’re talking as low as $50!), and many are available in retro styles which can make your look completely unique.
Finding a dress this way means you’ll only have a few minor costs to incur. Alterations can be done so that your dress fits you perfectly, and you can get it dry-cleaned - it’ll be fresh and clean for your big day!
4. Shop sites with great bargains.
There are plenty of sites out there that offer amazing deals on wedding dresses. One great option is Light in the Box; they have over 900 dresses to choose from and some run as low as $54! The range of styles lets you pick exactly what you want, whether that’s a tea-length 50’s frock or a mermaid, strapless gown. You can even get exclusive savings for deals that are only available to CouponPal readers!
Another fabulous site is Izidress, which has a selection of over 1,500 dresses! Their site is super easy to navigate, and you can find what you’re looking for by searching by silhouette, train/hemline, neckline, embellishment, waist, sleeve length, or fabric. If you have an idea what type of dress you want, you can pick out your preferences so that you only see the dresses that fit your needs. They even carry dresses for less than $100! Want to increase your savings even more? Use a discount code at checkout!
5. Go for a more casual look.
Even if you dream of having a gorgeous white wedding, it doesn’t mean it has to be a fancy affair. If you go for a more casual look, you can buy a simple white dress (like a cocktail dress or sundress) that won’t cost as much as a formal gown. (Side note: it’s much easier to get your dance on in a more casual dress!)
Make your wedding a wonderful occasion - without hurting your wallet buying an expensive dress!