Money-saving wedding dress ideas

Time and time again you will hear that it's all about the wedding dress.  However, while the wedding dress is the focus of much attention, that doesn't mean it has to cost a fortune.  The most important thing is that your wedding dress fits you properly and is flattering.

So if you've decided you'd rather not break the budget on a dress you'll only wear once, consider these money-saving wedding ideas:

Buy a pre-loved wedding dress

Many women do spend thousands on their wedding dress knowing that they'll sell it after their married to recoup some of the expense.  Take advantage of this!  The dress has only been worn once and still looks new but it has a significantly less-than-new price.  You may even pick up a designer wedding dress for far less than the retail price.  Look for pre-loved wedding dresses on wedding directories and eBay.

Check out bridal outlet storesWedding dress shopping

Wedding dresses from bridal outlet stores have never been worn but because they are last season's and classed as old stock, they can't be sold at full retail price.  Wedding dress styles tend not to change too much each year and buying one from last season or last year will save you hundreds off the original retail price.

Wear an evening gown

More and more brides are choosing wedding dresses in simple styles with basic detailing, rather than the princess dress.  If this is you then take a closer look at the evening gowns available.  Many of them are every bit as stylish and elegant, but without the wedding dress price tag.  Evening gowns are readily available in neutral shades, and they also give you more choice if you're looking for colored wedding dress to go with your wedding theme.