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How to find an amazing wedding dress on a small budget

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.

As the first step, here is what you should do so you find the dress of your dreams sans the hefty price tag.

  • Start early. You cannot zero in on the right wedding dress till you know your wedding style and venue. Soon after your engagement, quickly identify your wedding venue and theme. You can then go on the search for your wedding dress as early as is possible.
  • Recognize what you want in your wedding dress. Complete your wedding shopping research in advance. Identify the silhouettes you prefer and create an inspiration board with the dress styles and features you like. Shortlist this and you can recognize exactly what is right for you.
  • Locate the different sources. These are places where you are most likely to find dresses that fit your expectations. Again research is necessary. Set aside few hours and track down and note likely places where you can find the best dresses.

Once you have the information we enlisted, it is time for shopping. Here is how you can find a gorgeous wedding dress for less.

Sign up for alerts on discounts at leading bridal stores

Every bridal store holds discount and clearance sales at some time of the year. The earlier you identify the dress you want to wear, the sooner you can make the most of such sales. You may not find all bridal stores advertising their sales in full swing. They usually announce such details on their website, social media pages or through email newsletters.

So, subscribe to their mailing list and visit their social media page to stay abreast of such news. Also visit the websites regularly. This will help you discover limited time offers and discounts as and when it occurs. You can also contact the store over phone and inquire when their next sale is.

Be ready to shop at the right time

Most stores hold sample sales when they need space for new collections. So, time your shopping accordingly, and you can snag the best deals. New collections enter the market just before spring and fall. So, stores clear their racks around this time. This is when they slash the prices considerably, as they have to get rid of existing stock to accommodate new ones.

Although this means you will have to choose from previous collections, you will still have plenty of choice. After all, not all people follow bridal fashion trends closely. As long as you aren’t looking for an extreme or brand-new trend off the runway, you should find what you want in these collections. Shortlist the designer collection you want to buy from and keep track of stores that carry these collections. Then, it will be easy for you to plan your shopping when there is a sale. Many shops also give huge discounts at the time of bridal shows. So, you may benefit from it if you plan your shopping at that time.

Consider buying a floor sample

When you buy a wedding dress, the normal procedure is that the boutique will place your dress order in your size with the manufacturer after you make the payment. However, the shop will also have floor samples for you to try on when you go shopping. If you are fortunate to find that the shop sample fits you closely, you can ask the shop whether they are ready to sell it to you. If they agree, you can get your dress at a significant discount.

Make sure that the sample is in relatively good condition. It should ideally be just the right size or slightly bigger, so you can have it altered to fit you perfectly. A gown that is too small or too big isn’t recommended, as it may lose it’s original impact and finish if it requires significant alterations to fit.

Consider buying a gently used dress

Many brides who initially decide to save their wedding dress may later change their minds and put it up for sale. Most of these brides take the trouble of having their dress dry-cleaned and preserved professionally after their wedding day. This means that the dress will be very well-cared for. With the considerable difference in price, this is a good option.

Many brides advertise their dresses on websites like Oncewed  and Pre-owned wedding dresses.  So, stay tuned to these websites and you should come across suitable advertisements. However, remember that you may not always find the exact designer dress you want in your size, when it is second-hand. Shop with an open mind and you can increase your chances of finding a dress that works. Don’t forget to ask the seller about what type of alterations they did on the dresses, to identify if they are reversible.

Search for second-hand but never worn dresses online

There are many brides who buy a dress and even have it altered, only to later realize they aren’t happy with their choice. Instead of continuing with the same dress and ending up with dress regret, they decide to buy another dress. There are also cases where the dress is never used because of the wedding being canceled.

In all these cases, the brides often sell the dress off at a discounted price to adjust for a part of the expenses they incurred. These dresses may not have their original packaging, but are usually as good as new, and have the tags still on. You can always negotiate the price and get this as-good-as-new dress for a heavy discount.

Visit trunk shows

Trunk shows are a good place to find discounted versions of designer wedding gowns. The only catch is that limited sizes are usually available for a certain design. Also, you should expect trunk shows to have a big crowd. So, it is best to attend the show with a bunch of friends. After all, what are your bridesmaids for?

Be alert so you can find out about any upcoming trunk shows. The first two days are usually the most rushed. If you are not too particular about a certain dress itself, skip the first day or two and go when the crowd will be much lesser. However, don’t expect anything like a regular dress appointment. You will have to share space with others if you have to try the gown out. Also, you can’t linger on forever to make your decision. It is best to attend a trunk show with a number of possible alternatives in mind, and be satisfied with the one you find from this list.

Look for exclusive online coupons and discount vouchers

Many bridal stores offer exclusive online offers which you may not find in-store. Make the most of such offers and get a significant reduction on your wedding dress. Since these are limited-time offers, it is a good idea to first decide which is the dress you want by shopping at a store.

Once you have made up your mind, don’t purchase the gown just yet. Wait till they have a discount or offer on the design, and you can have your overall price reduced to a great extent.

Explore good package deals

Many bridal salons give you a bulk discount when you buy accessories like shoes, jewelry, veils and sashes along with your wedding gown. Although this technically doesn’t change the price of the gown, it gives you more for the money you spend.

You will anyway have to accessorize your wedding dress. Buy all your extras from the same place where you buy your gown, if they have a good discount on it. This is often better value for money than having your gown’s price reduced. You can then divert the funds saved for your accessories to another wedding expense.

Look other than in the wedding dress section

Depending on the type of wedding you have in mind, you may not even have to search through wedding dress collections to find the right dress. For weddings based on a casual theme, like a beach wedding or a garden wedding, the requirements are often different. Rather than being weighed down in a heavy, elaborate wedding dress, a light, breathable dress would be more suitable.

Although there are bridal collections that cater to these requirements, you can also find such dresses in bridesmaids dress collections and dresses for special occasions. The difference is that the cost is less. So, you can enjoy the look for less when you choose dresses other than wedding dress.

Have an old dress re-purposed

Has your mother or grandmother lovingly preserved her wedding gown to hand down to you? If yes, we think you should take a good, close look at it. You may not find it suitable to wear as it is, unless you are looking for a vintage style. However, with the help of a talented dressmaker, you can easily transform this dress into one that satisfies your modern taste.

Most parts of a well-preserved gown are suitable for reuse in a new dress. You can also have it altered, dyed or customized to meet your specific needs. In any case, working with an existing dress will allow you to have your wedding dress for much cheaper. Also, wearing this heirloom on your special day will be a tribute to your mother or grandmother. It will be a very sentimental moment for her!

Rent your dress

The final, but very practical option to having an amazing wedding dress is to rent it. There are many bridal shops that offer rental services. The benefits of this option are many. You can find amazing designer wedding dresses that you couldn’t otherwise afford, for a fraction of a cost.

Also, with a dress rental, you needn’t worry about taking care of the gown or preserving it after the wedding. Return it to the shop and they will do the rest. With a huge chunk of your budget saved in this manner, you can allocate it to other wedding expenses.

So, tell us, which of these options do you think is best and practical in your case?

Whether it is a brand new wedding dress, rental, discount or sale, we have all the options at Best for Bride. We pride ourselves on our lowest price guarantee. So, expect only the best quality for the best prices at the Best for Bride stores. Check out our clearance and discount section for amazing deals and bargain shopping offers all-year round. And for more tips and tricks on planning your wedding on a budget, stay tuned to this page.

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Perfect wedding party favors according to bridal personality—Which of these is for you?

Are you one of those brides for whom everything changes, the moment that big sparkly stone touches your finger?

Real life experiences tell us that some stones lay low, but others have the power to bring out the best or the worst of the wearer. So, what bridal personality did your engagement ring transform you into—a psycho Bridezilla or a pleasant party girl? Read on to identify which of the stereotype bridal personalities best describe you as a bride. Once you do, we have a list of wedding favors for you to choose from, so you find the one that best suits your personality.

The fairytale princess

From the moment her Prince Charming was on his knees, proposing marriage to her, this bride’s life is a real fairytale. She has spent all her life waiting for this magical moment to happen, and now, nothing can spoil it for her. She must be wed in a castle venue, or at least one that looks the part. Her vision of the perfect wedding will include overdoses of pink, peach, yellow and gold. There will be lots of dreamy, floating elements in her wedding. So, expect to see balloons, lanterns, wreaths, flower balls and similar décor in her wedding.

You will know you are the fairytale princess type if your wedding dress has to be a poufy ball gown or a dress with plenty of embellishments as princesses cannot settle for anything less than the best. You are waiting to tint your eyelashes with sparkle and wear a tiara in your hair. A glass slipper sounds just right for the finishing touches of your bridal outfit.

The perfect party favor would be a gift that is as magical as the day you will be wed on. Beautiful trinkets with a touch of class will be just right to display on your party favors table. If they have a fairytale charm to them, they just cannot go wrong. We recommend the Cinderella wedding carriage candle for the die-hard fairy tale fan; add a touch of glamour and charm to your wedding with these whimsical little beauties.

cinderella wedding carriage Other suggestions you may like are the embellished golden lac box card holder and miniature gnomes in polka dot hats.

The thrifty bride

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This is the bride who searches far and wide to find the best items on a bargain to meet her wedding vision. Working on a tight budget, she will turn to DIY for as many things as she possibly can handle. Although weddings are expensive, she has her mind set on an amount, and nothing will make her spend a penny more than that. Although she may not be entirely tuned to the idea of wearing a second-hand dress for her wedding, she won’t hesitate to choose it if the ones she likes are not reasonably priced. And she truly believes she can make it happen as per her wish too, as she has invested time, energy and effort into nailing every detail with perseverance.

You will know you are the thrifty bride if the first thing that you look at when you go shopping for, whether it is for your wedding dress or the wedding cake, is the price tag. If you have to spend anything more than you originally anticipated, you will first have to do a lot of calculations to make sure you can accommodate this excess elsewhere. You will start early with your wedding shopping and planning, as you know that time is of the essence if you are to find a great bargain. You are also bold enough to step away from tradition, and try something entirely new, if you thinks it is a wiser choice for the money you have to spend.

The perfect party favor would be a gift that is more practical than pricey, and a gift that the guests would use rather than toss. Edible wedding favors like cookies, chocolates and cupcakes that can be delightfully customized for a trivial cost will be great choices that fit the thrifty bride’s vision of a satisfying gift that isn’t too pricey.

chocolate wrapper

We have a whole page of edible favor wrappers that can be customized to the last detail. Check it out here.

The Classic Bride

Traditions and elegance rule the wedding of this bride. Her choices are not flashy or over-the-top. Despite that, there is a magnificence to every detail executed at her wedding. Everything from the wedding invitations to the color palette and the wedding dress are designed elegantly and echo timeless elements that just cannot go wrong. She will prefer a predictable wedding style, without too many surprises and you can expect traditional fare at the wedding. Family heirlooms, standard wedding speech progressions and classic music will all be part of the evening. Nevertheless, it will be pleasant and a fun evening, just as a wedding ought to be.

You will know you are the classic bride if you turn to the older generation for ideas on planning your wedding. You will have your mind set on traditional, even heirloom jewelry for your big day. Your accessories and makeup will be simple but stylish, and not too loud. You already have serious colors and simple silhouettes for your bridesmaids dresses in mind. You want your wedding venue to be beautiful, but not stuffy with too many details. Your wedding dress will feature classic elements like lace and pearls, and your bouquet will feature roses and delicate blooms.

The perfect party favor for the classic bride should be gifts that are as classy as the couple they represent. The antique style key bottle opener which has a vintage charm will easily find favor with her, as it is a good-looking gift with a touch of personality.  antique key opener

Equally impressive will be the miniature beveled mirror box with lid and  and the leaf wine stopper in an enchanting silver finish.

The environment-conscious green bride

This bride worries about the carbon footprint of her wedding, and is determined to make eco-conscious decisions for every aspect of her wedding. From choosing local and seasonal fare for her wedding menu to renting her wedding dress or repurposing an heirloom, she will painstakingly make every detail of her wedding a green choice. Although it may not be too easy to customize the centerpieces so they do not involve any wastage, or to stay away from the tempting cut flower bouquet, this bride knows that what the environment cannot afford, she doesn’t want. Don’t be surprised if you see her and her groom cycle away from the wedding venue, in the best interests of the planet.

You will know you are the green bride if you have been looking far and wide for the most eco-friendly choices in wedding invitations, dresses and food. You will have researched how you can cause lesser pollution by arranging group transportation for your wedding guests, and you will also be considering all that can be reused and recycled post your wedding, so there is minimum loss. We also think that ring on your finger may not be a diamond, if you are real green girl. Are we right?

The perfect party favor would echo the eco-friendly sentiments of the green bride. These should be favors that will continuously serve the owner and perhaps includes a green element as well. We can totally see this see paper sun filled with wildflower seeds warming up the heart of the green bride. Not only will it give her guests a chance to plant some joy into their own homes, it will also be a small gesture to encourage them on the environmentally conscious route.

seed paper

Equally attractive are eco-friendly bamboo ball point pens with a green inscription that we have at our store. Find out more about this favor by visiting this link.

The fun-loving party bride

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This bride’s wedding party will be a huge hit, for the fun it entails. Everything will be about entertainment, and she will be excited to enjoy everything on offer, just as much as her wedding guests. Don’t be surprised if you see her wearing a dress that is more about comfort than bridal style, or you notice sneakers on her feet. After all, her wedding will be a day to enjoy lots of activities with the people she loves, and high heels would hamper her freedom to move about. If you see Piñatas at the venue, food trucks and lots of activities in the space, your guests will know they are in for quite some fun.

You will know you are the fun-loving party bride when all you can think of is how long and to what extent you can party on your wedding day. You will not care so much about how your wedding looks or whether your bridesmaids match each other or look glamorous. All that matters is everyone has fun, and that your party be the biggest fun event of the year.

The perfect part favor would be gifts that can be used at the party to add more fun, than just be taken home. Just married Sun glasses that can double up as photo props for the wedding party, are ideal gifts for the outdoor bash that this bride hosts.  sunglasses

For the children at the party, our bride and groom Frisbee in our online favors shop is a good idea. Check it out here. We are quite sure that even the adults can partake in some great outdoor fun with this practical party favor.

The trendsetter bride

Forget about following trends, this bride is all about setting trends herself. Everything she does and chooses is unique, and memorable in an exotic way. This is the bride whose wedding everyone wants to attend. All her friends, neighbors, colleagues (and social media stalkers) look forward to the event and seeing what her vision is like, from the minute they know she is engaged. She is as exciting as brand new fashion, and everyone knows that her wedding will showcase at least a few novelties that nobody else could possibly even think up.

You will know you are the trendsetter bride when you like to think outside the box, and want everything at your wedding to be distinctly unique. Your eye is on the details and how different it is from what others have tried and tested. You do not hesitate to step away from fashion stereotypes, to carve a totally different look for yourself. Most importantly, whether you choose a dream designer wedding dress, or a Boho chic dress, you can totally rock it. Don’t be surprised if everyone is asking questions about your wedding plans and are all ears to hear what you have in mind for your big day. After all, they know that it will be brand new and interesting.

The perfect party favors for this personality will be just as interesting as the bride herself. This is after all, the one thing, that the guests at the wedding get to take home as a keepsake, and it should live up to high expectations. Customized gifts possess that unique touch. The gold dreamcatcher inspired key ring is a gift that is unique and not too popularly distributed. It makes an excellent keepsake, precisely for this reason.

keyring

Now tell us, which of these bride personalities best describes you?

Whether you love the favors that we have featured here, or would like to see more options, you will find everything you need in our exclusive bridal shop at Best for Bride. Apart from wedding favors, we also have a great collection of wedding dresses, accessories, tiaras, veils and everything you need for your wedding. Whether you are on the search for the dresses for your bridesmaids, or need help with choosing the mother-of-the-bride’s dress, visit us and we will help you find what you want. Our services also include wedding dress and accessories rentals and wedding dress dry cleaning and preservation. Come visit our shop today, or check out our website here to find out more about all the services we have to offer you to make your wedding a big hit in every way.

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Things to remember when buying your wedding dress second-hand

Nothing beats a brand new wedding dress, but we all know how expensive it can be! It may not be possible to find that perfect wedding dress you always wanted, if you are on a limited budget. So, let us think of what is the next best option. You can either buy a second-hand gown, or rent your wedding dress from a reliable wedding store.

wedding dress

Buying your wedding dress second-hand is not a bad idea, as it will have been used just once before. If you are lucky, you may even find a gown that still has the tags on, if the bride who originally bought it later changed her mind after buying it. Either way, one thing is certain; the price will be a lot lesser. Nevertheless, there are a few questions you should ask when taking this route, and here they are.

Was the gown professionally preserved?

A once-worn wedding gown can quickly age, if it wasn’t preserved properly. So, it is wise to find out whether the gown has been preserved professionally following the wedding. Although a gown can be priced at less than 50% of the original cost, it isn’t always worth the price, if the gown hasn’t been properly cared for. A well-preserved wedding gown, on the other hand, will be as good as new, and you can be assured that you are getting the best deal for your money.

Are the alterations reversible?

Any bride who buys a wedding gown will have performed minimum alterations, so it fits her exactly. Since it isn’t likely that your measurements will match hers, you may have to further alter the gown to fit you. So, it makes sense to check on what alterations were carried out, and if they are reversible. This article on the Bridebox suggests that you ask for the actual measurements of the second-hand gown, and not the measurements that it originally came with, to understand whether it is the right choice.  Remember that it is always better to buy a bigger gown that you can take in.

Always deal with a trusted and reliable seller

The last thing you want is to buy a gown that is a knock-off, when you want to start off your marriage on a perfect note. Avoid this by asking your seller for proof of purchase. This will also allow you to check when the dress was purchased. If it was professionally preserved, ask for receipts of that as well. This will allow you to check whether the gown was preserved immediately after the wedding, and not when the seller decided to put it on the market. Since you will most likely be keeping the gown after your wedding, you must make sure that it received good care from the time it was out of the box.

Exercise caution and pay attention to the details, when you buy a pre-owned wedding dress. This way you can not only realize your dream of wearing the perfect wedding dress, but can do it with satisfaction.

If you would like to rent your wedding dress instead, get in touch with us at Best for Bride, and we can help you out.