LOOKING FOR A DISCOUNTED WEDDING
Finding A Cheap Bridal Gown
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One of the biggest decisions for every
future bride is choosing the perfect wedding gown.
How can you find
the right gown for you? Which wedding gown should you buy? How soon
in advance should you purchase your gown?
Can you find a cheap bridal gown or a discounted wedding
Don't fret, read on to
find answers to all of your questions and extra tips for selecting
the wedding gown of your dreams.
When should I start shopping
for my wedding gown?
As soon as you got engaged, you probably
started thinking about your wedding gown. So, should you buy a
wedding dress as soon as you've got a ring on your finger? Not
Though you could shop for your wedding gown before you
ever get engaged or years before your wedding date, that's not the
wisest course of action.
Bridal gown trends
change through fashion seasons and most likely the wedding dress
that you see in the bridal shop today will probably not be in
fashion a year from now. But, what you can do in advance is decide
which gown silhouettes fit your figure best and you can get an idea
of what types of wedding gown styles you like.
When you're a little closer to your
wedding date, about 9 to 12 months in advance of your wedding day,
you'll need to start shopping to buy.
Many gown designers,
especially designers who operate overseas, need 9 months to fulfill
Plus, once you've chosen your bridal gown and it has arrived,
you'll need time for gown fittings. But, if you have waited a little
longer and you need a wedding gown quickly, you can often go to the
big retail chains like David's Bridal and purchase something off of
What are the
basic rules of shopping for bridal gowns?
When you go shopping for your wedding
gown, bring along a close friend or family member whose opinion you
can trust. Also, if the wedding gown retailer will allow it, you
should bring a digital camera so you can have pictures of the bridal gowns
you like for future reference.
Many brides try to lose weight before their weddings. Your wedding
is a big event and all eyes will be on you, so it's understandable
that you want to look your best in your wedding gown.
But even if
you are planning on firming up before your wedding, don't order a smaller size that you can't fit into right now.
The reason that you shouldn't order a smaller size is because it's
not too difficult for a good seamstress to alter your gown to a
smaller size, but it is really hard to alter your bridal gown to a bigger
As you're trying on dresses, an employee at the bridal gown
store may be attending to you. Be sure to keep your own likes and
dislikes and don't be swayed by a salesperson.
Most bridal gown
employees truly want to help, but some may try to persuade you to
purchase a gown that isn't your favorite. Remember that ultimately
you are the one who will be wearing the gown and it should please
you, so go with your instincts.
How can I find a
As with many other wedding expenses, you can save money on your
wedding gown if you know a few tricks.
Remember that just like clothes in department stores, gowns are
seasonal. If you buy your wedding dress at the right time, you can
take advantage of sales on "last season's" gowns. The best time of
year to get the biggest savings is late summer and early fall.
During this time, new gown styles are coming out and bridal shops
need to sell last season's gowns to make room for the new ones.
bridal gown styles only change subtly from season to season and many other
gowns are classic styles that are timeless, so it really doesn't
make a big difference if you're wearing a gown from the previous
season. Often just by shopping at the right time, you can get a
lovely one for less than half of the original price.
Another great way to save some money is to purchase your dress at a
wedding gown trunk show. You can get a designer dress for a very
reasonable price. At trunk shows, there are a limited number of
dresses featured, but if one of the wedding gowns fits and you can
pay at the show, you can save 80-90% of the original
You can also order your bridal gown online or through discount
retailers. Often you can find a designer gown at a great price
through an online discounter. The caveat with ordering online is
that you don't have the same customer service that you'd have with a
bridal boutique to help you with any problems with your dress and
you also have to find your own seamstress for alterations. But, for
many brides, the cost savings is well worth it.
Now that you have the basics for choosing your bridal gown, you'll
have more fun shopping and it will be easier for you to get the gown
you really want. With these tips and a close friend on your arm,
you're ready to find the perfect wedding gown. Happy shopping!