How to Look Your Best Without Breaking the Bank on Your Wedding Day

posted: 03/17/18
by: TLCme

There's no getting around it: Wedding dresses are expensive. In fact, according to TheKnot, the average cost of a wedding dress was at $1,500 as of 2016. This number may seem staggering to some brides, but never fear! Here are seven ways to look your best without breaking the bank on your wedding day:

Bridal Outlets
An easy option is to opt out of shopping at the standard boutique bridal salon and instead opt for a more department store-style bridal outlet. You can still find beautiful, quality gowns at a fraction of the price!

Trunk Shows
Many designers will host trunk shows at bridal salons or wedding expos. Not only are you able to see the entire collection, but often the designer is present. It can be easier to negotiate a price down. Bonus: you can often customize your dress at trunk shows.

Use Accessories
Accessories are the secret weapon to saving money on bridal fashion. Although belts, headbands and earrings can be pricey at bridal salons, it's easy to find these items at any jewelry or accessories store. There's no easier way to add some glam and sophistication to your wedding day look!

Rent a Dress
Guess what! You don't HAVE to buy a wedding dress. There are many wedding dress rental services that allow you to wear a high-end designer gown at a fraction of the price. The downside? You have to find a dress that fits without alterations, and you have to give it back after your big day.

Sample Sales
Many salons and bridal outlets will have sample sales at the end of a season. This is where they sell the sample dresses from past designer collections. You can get designer gowns up to 80% off, but know that you'll likely need to spend more in alterations, and there may be some wear-and-tear on the dress.

Buy Used
Another misconception is that you have to buy a brand-new dress. There are many online retailers that allow brides to sell their gently used wedding gowns. This is a great option if you don't mind a little wear-and-tear, and it can save you some major dollars on your dress.

DIY Hair and Makeup
Another easy way to save? Do your own wedding day hair and makeup. Professional stylists can be very costly, and more and more brides are opting for a more natural bridal look. Save on hairspray and caked-on foundation, and let your dress do the talking!

How did you save on your wedding day? Let us know in the comments!


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