5 ways to save money on your wedding dress

Many young girls dream about their wedding dress from a really young age. I know that I used to dream of a big white wedding where I’d look like a princess. It’s such a magical and special time of year, and as adults it’s the one time that a lady really gets to shine.

Being a bride can be a wonderful experience. But choosing the perfect dress isn’t easy. As well as thinking about the style and cut of the dress, what colour to go for and whether to add a veil or tiara, there’s also the dreaded expense to think about too.

Getting married can be expensive, and the dress can eat up a huge amount of your budget.

But there are ways you can save money on your wedding dress without sacrificing style.

1. Visit wedding fairs

Wedding fairs are a great place to visit when you’re planning your big day. You’ll find a really wide range of suppliers all fighting to offer you their service and there are likely to be great deals to be found. Often, dress suppliers will bring along samples that they’re willing to sell on at a reduced price, or offer deals for buying there and then.

2. Consider second hand

Many brides sell on their wedding dress after their big day. They’re never going to wear it again and it’s a great way to make some money back after all of the expense involved in paying for a wedding.

Second hand dresses are often in fantastic condition and are sold on at really reduced rates.

You can get the dress dry cleaned and it will look as good as new.

Make sure you inspect the dress carefully for damage before you buy.

3. Order online

Online retailers are often able to offer lower prices simply because they have fewer overheads. Spend some time searching around for the best deals. You can often find discount codes too. Join some forums and have a look at recommendations from other brides to be.

4. Buy last season’s designs

Dress designs change every season and retailers will often sell off last season’s designs at discounted rates in order to make room for new stock. Nobody is going to know whether your dress is last season. So take advantage of the discounted price and walk down that aisle in a stunning dress with the knowledge that you got it for a bargain price.

5. Hit the sample sales

Many bridal shops will hold regular sample sales. This is where they sell off sample dressers sent to them by designers in the hope that they’ll stock their range.

You can find some really beautiful sample dresses heavily discounted.


There are lots of ways to save money on your wedding dress. With a little savvy shopping, you could be walking down the aisle in your dream dress at a fraction of the original price.

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