How to Find Affordable Designer Wedding Dresses – Saving Money Advice

How to Find Affordable Designer Wedding Dresses – Saving Money Advice

Top Moneysaving Tips to find Cheaper Wedding Dresses 

A wedding dress might be something you’ve been thinking about since you were a child, but there’s nevertheless no reason why you should have to shell out a fortune for it.

By being canny, you can nevertheless have your dream wedding dress without the debt.

The bridal shops in Central London tend to sell designer wedding dresses and consequently come with a designer price tag. By looking out of town to the suburban shops, you’ll be able to see dresses from cheaper designers and have a method of comparison on cost.

Unworn Wedding Dresses in Charity Shops Charity Shops not only get wedding dresses donated to them by generous ex-brides, but they get given unworn wedding dresses too- donated by Designer Bridal shops who’ve used them in their catwalk shows. These are often in something perfect.

Eleven of Oxfam’s stores have specialist Bridal departments: Bracknell, Bradford, Cambridge, Chippenham, Coventry, Eastbourne, Heswall, Leicester, Poole and Southampton (the address and contact details are below). They are as-new top designer dresses that have been used for displays, modelled on catwalks. The Wedding departments in Oxfam shops are not well advertised and their opening times are quite restrictive, but if you are getting married, want a dramatically dress and want to save yourself several hundred pounds (£1500 reduced to £200 would be typical) then check it out. The wedding dresses there sell for approximately 30% of what they would in the actual bridal shops – the average price being £250.

Bargain Wedding Dresses found from Private Sellers Another easy way to save money on your wedding dress is to buy from a private seller – these private sellers are typically brides who are seeking to sell their worn dresses, or back up options that they’ve decided against wearing on their big day. Try specialist wedding dress websites such as proportion the Dream or more general sites such as eBay or Gumtree, but don’t hand over any money until you’ve seen the dress, tried it on and inspected it for marks and tears.

Top tips for buying Wedding Dresses at Sample Sales

  1. It’s best not to visit any sample sales at all until you’ve had a good shop around and are aware of the various options out there. Sample sales are typically non-returnable so only buy a wedding dress there if you’ve already had a good shop around and you know that this dress is “the one”. 
  2. It’s best to take a trustworthy friend along with you to ensure you don’t get caught up in the moment and make a rash buy. I’ve seen heaps of unworn wedding dress samples for sale on 2nd hand dress sites – don’t become a statistic!
  3. I’d recommend booking an appointment out of sample sale time so you can try on dresses and get a clear idea of what suits you when the shop is less busy. Then when you go back in sample sale time, you can be much more focussed about which dresses you try on (and it’ll be less traumatic when you have to proportion a mirror with 5 other brides-to-be). Sometimes wedding dress shops can also enforce a maximum number of dresses that you’re allowed to try on, which can be tricky if you’re not sure what you’re looking for. 
  4. It’s worth shopping around for a tailor to alter your dress as using the alterations service within the dress shop can be pretty pricey, particularly if it’s a designer bridal store. 
  5. You’d be surprised how easier it is to negotiate further discounts during sale time – will they throw in a veil or shoes for free? Will they give you another £50 off if you buy a bridesmaid dress too? It’s never rude to ask for a discount – as long as you do it with a smile on your confront!
  6. Finally, it’s obvious, but before you buy, double check the dress for any stains, marks and tears. Mums & Aunts tend to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of marks that will come out and those that won’t, so it can be helpful to have them on hand  to advise whether a mark is a deal-breaker or something that can be removed quite easily. already if it is the latter, you should nevertheless ask for some sort of discount – after all, it’s going to be more difficult for the shop to sell it onto anyone else.

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