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How to Find an Amazing Wedding Dress on a Small Budget: Step-By-Step Guide

How to Find an Amazing Wedding Dress on a Small Budget: Step-By-Step Guide

Wedding dress shopping is one of the most exciting wedding planning tasks for a bride. After all, the wedding dress is the focal point of your bridal look. When you get the dress selection right, you will look gorgeous on your wedding day.

Although nothing beats the thrill of discovering “the dress” from numerous available options, it isn’t always possible for every bride to buy a brand new dress. A new designer wedding dress is always expensive. Fortunately, it is possible to get married in a beautiful dress even if you must work with a small budget. All that you require is early preparation and flexibility with the best options available.

A budget wedding dress will trim your overall wedding expenses. According to this article on Project Wedding, couples should allocate no more than 10% of their total wedding budget to their outfits. This amount doesn’t include just the bridal dress. It should include the groom’s tux too. Unfortunately, not all brides can find their dream wedding dress as well as fit all related extras like accessories and alterations within this limit. 

Nonetheless, it is no big deal if you are ready to go the extra mile and find a budget-friendly dress. When you do, the good thing is that you can allocate the remaining funds to bigger priorities like the menu, entertainment or venue. So, the benefits are many.

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5 Steps to Selecting a Wedding Dress at Your Local Bridal Shop

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Selecting a wedding dress may seem simple, but when you are in a store filled with dresses that all have different styles, it can be a little bit overwhelming. With your maid of honor and a close family member at your side, usually your mother or sister, a wedding dress shop may not be as intimidating, and by following these five easy steps, we are confident you will find the perfect dress for your wedding day in a your local bridal shop.

Step One – Research Wedding Dresses You May Want to Try On

Looking online or through some bridal magazines will give you an idea of the kind of wedding dresses you may want to try on. If you want a specific designer, make sure to write down their name or save the photo to your phone. Doing a little bit of research online before going dress shopping will ease the feeling of being overwhelmed when you get to the shop.

Step Two – Research Prices for Dresses You Like

Price is an important factor, and this can vary from store to store. In order to get prices on dresses, it is always easiest to go to the designers website and see if the price is on there. This will help you stay within your budget so you aren’t trying on dresses you will never be able to afford. It is important to stick to your budget, especially when it comes to the dress.

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Step Three – Research Shops in Your Area

Most shops will have social pages that provide reviews from other people who have shopped there. You can also see photos of the shop, or visit before making an appointment to make sure that this is the shop for you. Pay attention to reviews that talk about the service and reliability of the people who take care of hemming and taking in dresses as you may need to have something on the dress altered. A dress boutique with high ratings and happy clientele is definitely the place you want to shop.

Step Four – Make an Appointment at the Shop You Want to Buy From

With every bridal shop, you must make an appointment. Make sure to tell whomever you are bringing with you the date, time and location if you will not all be traveling together. Appointments are important to keep as some bridal shops take bookings weeks in advance, depending on how popular the store is.

When you are making the phone call, you can also tell the person booking the appointment if you have any specific dresses you would like to try on. This will give them time before your appointment to pull the dresses so you are not stuck waiting around for them to find them. Plan to arrive about fifteen minutes before your appointment and browse around a bit while you wait; you may find a dress to try on that you hadn’t considered before.


Step Five – Take Advice from the Salesperson but Listen to Your Heart

The salespeople at bridal boutiques usually aren’t that pushy about sales, however if you do not like a gown you are trying on, you have to be honest. The salesperson is there to help you find the dress that is right for you but it is always alright to accept some advice. They may even find a dress you love that you wouldn’t have looked at before. Make sure you absolutely love your dress before confirming that this is ‘the one’ because you will be looking at the photos for years to come!

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Top Ten Most Expensive Wedding Gowns [Infographic]

These elaborate wedding gowns are sure to make you in awe of their beauty while crying at the price tags. These dresses aren’t for your average bride, but it’s ok to drool over them a little bit.  Just don’t drool directly on the dresses or you’ll pay a steep dry cleaning bill.

Top Ten Most Expensive Wedding Gowns
Top Ten Most Expensive Wedding Gowns

#10 Imperial Pearl Syndicate Gown – $100,000
The cheapest on the list, who wouldn’t want a gown made with 100,000 pearls?  This gown weighs a whopping 27 pounds and is made from silk and satin.  This beauty took eight dressmakers and two months to create.  Hope the bride didn’t get cold feet and ditch the wedding.
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#9 ‘Bach Ngoc Xiem Y’ Wedding Dress – $117,000
This dress is made of white silk and satin and is adorned with 222 diamonds and 100 rubies.  If you ever make it to Hanoi, you can check it out at the Ruby Plaza.  Just be sure to wear your sunglasses or you may go blind from the reflection off the diamonds.
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#8 9,999 Carat Gems Wedding Dress – $158,874
A wedding dress with 10,000 carats of gems has to cost a ton as well as weigh a ton.  Poor bride will have some back issues after wearing this gem-laden design.
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#7 Platinum Wedding Dress – $250,000
Platinum?  While this red and silvery gown is beautiful, seems like this over the top wedding dress would get a bit stuffy and heavy to wear.  It’s on display in China’s Anhui Province if you ever get out that way.
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#6 Mauro Adami Wedding Dress – $372,564
This silk wedding dress is sewn with platinum thread.  The beautiful embroidery is just one small detail adding to the gown’s elegance.  While any bride would like to add this to their dream list, most will come to reality real quick after looking at the price.
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#5 Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress – $388,088
Many people are enamored with royalty, and the big royal event in recent history was Prince William and Kate’s nuptials.  The big question before the marriage was “who will design Kate’s” wedding gown??  Sarah Burton was the winner and she created a beautiful, but pricey, masterpiece.
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#4 Danasha Luxury Gown – $1.5 million
This gown was a creation of Danasha Luxury and Jad Ghandour.  While seemingly no-fuss, the dress holds 75 carats of hand-picked Antwerp, Belgium diamonds and 250 grams of 18-karat gold.  Any buyer would need to break open a lot of piggy banks to own this dress.
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#3 Peacock Wedding Dress – $1.5 million
This gown veers way off course from the traditional wedding gown.  Created with 2,009 peacock feathers and painstakingly sewn together by 8 different artisans. Vera Wang created this in 2009 and was premiered at the Nanjin, China wedding expo.
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#2 Yumi Katsura White Gold Dress – $ 8.5 million
This gown carries a hefty price due to the 8.8 carat green diamond centerpiece.  It also boasts 1,000 pearls, and a 5 carat white gold diamond.  The material is crafted with white gold and fine silk and satin.  Any bride would feel like a fairytale princess at her wedding wearing this gown.
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#1 The Diamond Wedding Gown – $12 million
The most expensive wedding dress on the planet.  This gown was fashioned in 2006 from the finest fabrics and features 150 carats of diamonds.  It is currently on display at the Ritz-Carlton del Ray.
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Wedding Dress Styles for every Bride

Every bride wants to look beautiful on their wedding day. The main way that she is able to do this is by choosing the perfect wedding gown to fit her personality and style. However, there are so many different designs to choose from that it can be difficult for the bride to find her perfect gown. When you are in this situation, you should start by choosing the style that is the most beautiful to your.

Trumpet Wedding Dress

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This is a beautiful gown that works best for girls with an hour glass or rectangle shape. If you are a girl who is fit but curvy, this dress will look beautiful on you.

Princess Wedding Dress

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With this gown, women who are top heavy, or have the pear, hour glass or rectangle shape will be perfect for the design. It can also help to hide tummy bulges as well.

Empire Wedding Dresses

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This dress has a high waist line and is great for women with an inverted triangle, apple, pear or hour glass shape. It is very flattering and is also great for slim brides with small busts as well as for pregnant brides. It is an extremely comfortable shape to wear and many brides have chosen this design.

Column Wedding Dresses

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These dresses are form fitting and tend to hug the body. For women who are not as confident about their bodies, this may not be the best option for them to choose. It works great for brides who are slim and have balanced figures.

Ball Gown

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The ball gown dress is usually referred to as the fairy-tale wedding gown. This is the dress that you would expect to see Cinderella wearing. They are very dramatic dresses that flare out from the waist line. They usually come with a fitted bodice and work great for women with a pear shape, the hour glass shape, inverted triangle, rectangle or even apple shapes.

Making the Decision

When you are choosing your wedding gown, it is best to choose a style that you will feel comfortable with. Take into consideration your body shape and try on a few dresses in each style. Once you have found the style dress that you love the most, you can focus on the dresses that are available in that style range.

Whether you are planning an over the top wedding with glamourous dresses or something a little more budget friendly, you will be able to find dresses in each style that will fit well with your budget. Make sure that you take your time and find the dress that will make you feel the most beautiful. With the nerves that you will be experiencing on your big day, the last thing that you need is a dress that will make you feel uncomfortable.

Don’t forget to visit Best for Bride to find the wedding gown of your dreams. The store offers options for every bride, every budget and every preferred wedding gown style.