We discovered last month that on average a bride will spend £1,268 on her wedding dress when we looked at the average cost of a wedding in the UK. Which means after your venue and catering costs the wedding dress is the third biggest expense out of your wedding budget. But it doesn’t have to be! We appreciate everyone wants to feel and look a million dollars on their wedding day but have a read over our top tips to find cheaper wedding dresses without compromising on style and you can have the dream dress without breaking the bank.
Where To Find Cheaper Wedding Dresses
We aren’t saying you shouldn’t splash out on the perfect wedding dress – we are just saying it doesn’t have to cost an arm and leg. Why spend such a large amount when you can spend a fraction of this and still look fab? You just have to know where to look.
Shop Pre-Loved Wedding Dresses
Instead of buying a brand new wedding dress consider purchasing a second hand one or pre-loved as we like to call it.
This can either be from a specialist boutique offering second hand dresses such as The Little Bridal Boutique or from second hand shops such as Oxfam that even have specialist bridal stores for you visit.
Cut out the shop altogether and browse the plethora of online social communities out there geared up to connect brides to be with newlyweds looking to sell on their wedding outfits and accessories such as Brides to be, preloved and wedding suppliers on Facebook. You can be sure to find one in your local area featuring loads of lovely items and dresses (often never even worn) for you to buy. These communities are also great for speaking with other brides to be and not feel like your boring your friends with constant wedding chat.
High Street Wedding Dresses
Move away from shopping for your wedding dress down the traditional avenue of bridal boutiques and look more towards the high street. With the increase in budget savvy brides has come the increase in high street brands releasing their own range of more affordable wedding dresses.
Shops such as Debenhams, Phase Eight, ASOS, Quiz, Dorothy Perkins and of course most recently, Topshop (to name just a few) offer a beautiful range of affordable stunning gowns to fit a variety of bridal styles and budgets.
Hire Your Wedding Dress
If you just can’t tear yourself away from those luxurious designer brands then the other alternative is to consider hiring your dress.
That way you get the dress you have always dreamed of but with a much more affordable price tag. To Have & To Hire is one company that offers you just that service and features stunning dresses from the likes of designers Vera Wang, Jenny Packham and many more.
Visit Factory Outlet Stores
And finally, don’t rule out the bridal outlet stores. Shopping last season’s styles or end of range products means the prices are decreased dramatically.
Wed2Be has very recently become a massive hit with brides-to-be having a huge range of dresses and every one for £599 or cheaper! Do some digging into your local area to find out where the outlet bridal stores are and pay them a visit.