Pnina Tornai Reveals How to Get Your Dream Wedding Dress for Less

posted: 11/16/16
by: TLCme
Pnina Tornai
Pnina Tornai

It's no secret that weddings are one of the most expensive events in a person's life. There's the rings, the flowers, the food and of course, the dress! With all of these things and more to purchase before the big day, finding a way to get it all to fit within your budget can be a difficult task. If there's one thing I know best, it's gowns, so I'm here to give you a few tips on how to get the dress of your dreams even on the tightest budget!

Stay Organized

Since you are going to be juggling so many things during this time, it is important to stay organized so that important tasks and dates don't fall through the cracks. When it comes to finding your perfect gown, it is important to allow yourself enough time to find, try on, purchase, and make alterations. Waiting until the last minute could cost you a lot of money, from paying additional rush fees on shipping and alterations, to even costing you the opportunity to get the gown in time. Keep everything organized digitally and in a physical planner so that these important dates don't pass you by.

Do Your Research

Before you hit the shops looking for your dream dress, use the Internet to your advantage. Do some research to help find out what styles of gowns you like, what designers speak to you, and where you can get your wedding gown at a price that works for you. Doing your research ahead of time helps to cut down on feeling overwhelmed during your shopping. It also helps to prevent possibly paying more for a gown than you need to.

Shop at the Right Time

Shopping during certain times of the year can help cut down on costs when it comes to purchasing your gown. Besides the typical holiday sales that all retail has, bridal retail has special sales throughout the year such as sample sales and trunk shows. These sales are great opportunities to get gowns at amazingly discounted prices and luckily they happen regularly throughout the year. Just make sure you do your research beforehand to check out what the dates are and what gowns might be available. You wouldn't want to miss out on an opportunity to save some money!

Let Loved Ones Lend a Helping Hand

We've all seen how family and friends can get a bit carried away on TLC's Say Yes to the Dress. However, including the right people on the bridal gown search can be a great blessing and can help you during this busy and exciting time. Not only can they give you honest and constructive advice, but they can also help you keep everything straight. With all the gowns you will be trying on (although don't try on too many), the dresses can start to all look the same. Your loved ones can help you remember if you've tried something on before and what you did or did not like, which will help you save time and money during your search.

Bridal Consultants Know Their Stuff

One of your greatest assets while wedding dress shopping will be the bridal salon's consultants. These consultants know how to take the different elements of gowns that you like and combine them to find the gown that's just right for you. Not only that, but perhaps you've been obsessing over a gown that is way out of your price range - your bridal consultant could be the one to find you a similar and maybe better gown than the one you've been eying at a much cheaper price! You might not know what's available to you, but they sure do!

Diffusion Lines are Your Friend

Many high-end bridal designers have what are called diffusion lines. These are essentially gowns made by your favorite designers that are meant to cost you less! Take for instance my LOVE by Pnina Tornai Collection. The gowns in this collection still have all of the glamour and splendor of my other collections, but are made to be more affordable for brides-to-be. I made this line with my budget-conscious brides in mind so that each one can feel her best on her special day!

Buy Simple, Then Accessorize

Never doubt the power of great accessories. As the Queen of Bling, I know how alluring and tempting it is to buy the gown with all of the glitz and crystals you could ever want. However, sometimes it is much more cost effective to buy a simple gown and add the bling in other ways! Buying a simpler gown allows you to work with a blank canvas of sorts and allows you to add less expensive, but still dazzling touches in later. You can use belts, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and veils to add the sparkle to your look without hurting your wallet (and you may even be able to wear them for another occasion).

Go For the Deal

Just because something is less expensive doesn't mean it's any less fabulous! Most of your guests don't keep up with bridal trends, so who's to say something if your gown is from an older collection? Everybody's focus will be on how fabulous you look in your gown, so go for the more budget-friendly gown if that's what your heart desires. Your secret is safe with me!

Trust Your Instincts

You know best what will fit into your budget and what will not. While it is beneficial to get the input of others when it comes to shopping for your wedding gown, you are the one who actually has to pay for your dress. If the dress you want is stretching your budget a bit too far for comfort, then it might be best to keep looking around. Make sure that you are comfortable with the price you are paying for the gown and remember to trust your instincts.

Make Sure it's the One

Make sure that when you say "yes" to the dress that it is truly the one! Don't buy a gown simply because you think you can't find the gown of your dreams within your price range. The perfect gown is out there for you, so never settle just because the search may be hard. Settling could cause buyer's remorse and you may find yourself paying for more than one gown because you just can't live with your first one. Therefore, make sure you love the gown you choose so you walk down the aisle truly feeling your best.

Best of luck to you my loves as you venture out to find the wedding dress of your dreams! Follow these tips I've given you and I promise you will find the perfect gown that fits into your budget.

With All My Love,

Pnina Tornai

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