Tips for Finding an Affordable Wedding Dress Online

If you have gotten engaged recently then I am sure you have given thought on your wedding dress. Bridal gowns come in so many styles, price ranges, and even colors to adorn the perfect bride. The excitement of your upcoming nuptials can be overwhelming. I was overwhelmed with everything, even what to wear on that day.

For some brides, purchasing a wedding gown can be overwhelming as well. The average cost of a wedding dress in the United States is between $900 and $1,100. Depending your budget, you will either buy a dress in the lower or higher price range. I didn’t have a lot of money when I was planning my wedding. In fact, I had no money. My parents didn’t help with any wedding costs. It was up to my future husband and I to plan a beautiful wedding on a budget.

As I shopped, I was overwhelmed with the prices. My first shopping experience was wonderful, yet intimidating. It was nothing like the wedding shows I watched every Sunday. I shopped by myself, picked out a few dresses, and then practically ran out of the bridal shop. I couldn’t spare $3,000 for the dresses I picked out. Empty handed, I set out on a larger bridal retail chain. The prices were better, but the sales people were like used car salesmen. I was pressured to buy on the spot. Thank goodness I didn’t.

After those shopping experiences, I began searching online. I knew that eBay sold wedding dresses. I decided to give eBay a try. To my surprise I found a brand new, designer wedding dress for $150. The dress was originally worth $900. The designer sold the dress to a bridal boutique willing to accept flawed dresses. That bridal boutique sold the dress on eBay.The only problem with the dress was the barely noticeable misaligned beading.

I was lucky to find such an elegant dress for that price, but any bride to be can find great deals online as well. It is important to find out your correct size before purchasing online. Wedding dress sizes are drastically different from your regular size. I am a size 14 misses, but my wedding dress size is 14 women’s. To find out your correct size, measure your busts, waist, and hips. You can find charts online to find out your wedding dress size from your measurements. Once you know your size, start shopping on eBay and Amazon.com. There, you will find wedding dresses in all price ranges. I actually found them to be more inexpensive than visiting a wedding shop in person.

Wedding Dress Dilemmas

According to a recent survey, the top wedding dress dilemmas include dresses not being sexy enough, brides feeling faint at the price tag, pushy and unhelpful mothers and too-short hemlines! We believe that there is a wedding dress for every bride – and there are ways to make your search a lot less stressful! Sometimes wedding dress shopping can be difficult and at times, overwhelming, but if you plan carefully, have a good idea of what you’re looking for, and most of all have an open mind, you should be able to avoid these common dilemmas.

In our experience, the top wedding dress dilemmas are:

Indecision: Brides who start wedding dress shopping without a clear idea of a) what dress style suit their body shape, or b) what they are looking for, often struggle at first. There’s also a problem when a bride ends up falling in love with more than one dress – which one to choose?! Be open to the suggestions of others, and learn when to let go if a beloved style just doesn’t suit your body shape. Usually our brides just know when they’ve found THE dress, but other times it can be more of a difficult decision – this is when the opinions of trusted friends and family can come in handy… but beware, as this leads us onto our next dilemma…

Too Many Opinions: Interestingly, many brides-to-be have the most problems with their mothers and mothers-in-law rather than the actual dress! Be aware of how much your taste may vary compared to your mum’s, or your bridesmaids’, and try to stay cool if no one can agree with each other! One way of avoiding this situation is to spend some time before you go shopping doing some research into dress styles with whoever you plan on taking with you – that way you’ll know if your opinions are going to differ wildly. Try to bring someone whose opinion you really trust, and listen to the bridal store staff; they have many years of experience and will give you an impartial view. Another approach is to visit bridalwear stores alone at first, and bring in your friends and family to help you choose when you’ve narrowed your choices down to just one or two. That way they have less leeway to make your life difficult!

Adrenaline/Feeling Overwhelmed: Treat your wedding dress expedition like an endurance event! Make sure you’re well rested, well fed, have drunk enough water and if you start to feel faint or woozy, sit down immediately. Sometimes the tightness of the dresses, the adrenaline of trying on something so special and general feeling of being overwhelmed by the situation can lead to low blood sugar and faintness. Look after yourself – unless you’re getting married tomorrow there’s no rush! Take your time to find the right dress and spread your shopping expeditions over several visits so you are able to fit in trying on as many dresses as possible.

Too Rigid Ideas: Unless you’re prepared (and can afford) to have your wedding dress made completely bespoke to your specific visions, you must be prepared to compromise slightly on your choice of dress. You may have a particular style in mind, but you have to allow for the possibility that certain dresses just won’t suit your body shape. Sometimes you have to let those ones go…. and find an even more fabulous wedding dress instead! It’s good to have clear ideas of what you’re looking for, but don’t prevent yourself from being pleasantly surprised by something that you never normally would have chosen.

3 Ways To Find Cheap Wedding Dresses

If you’re a to-be bride but also considering a budget while planning, then cheap wedding dresses are ideal to start off your hunt for wedding related shopping.

Many brides would think that if they buy an inexpensive dress for their wedding, then they are opting for a low quality and non-branded piece of clothing for the most important day of their lives. This isn’t however true. Just because a dress comes cheap doesn’t necessarily imply that it has to look second grade. Today in fact there are many brides, who are opting for discount dresses.

Every woman dreams of an ideal wedding and would love to splurge and buy a luxurious and pricey wedding dress for the special day; however, most women don’t have a huge wedding budget. All the more, spending thousands of dollars on just one dress, that too for one day, does not seem logical for a lot of us, so buying dresses is an intelligent and the safest option in such cases. Buying inexpensive gowns is a perfect option for all those brides that wish to keep the wedding cost down to an achievable amount.

Now let’s see a few stores where we can buy some lovely yet cheap wedding dresses:

Rentals – There are dresses rental stores out there that will allow you to rent these dresses for inexpensive prices. Although most of the gowns here are used wedding gowns, but that does not mean that it’s below your dignity to buy and wear them. Most of the dresses here are in a perfect condition. Nonetheless, this is a cheap and right way of buying a wedding gown only if you don’t wish to treasure and keep your dress forever, after your wedding.

Outlet Shops – You’ll find many outlet shops selling wedding gowns and dresses from the previous year’s collection that has been exhibited for selling at reduced prices. As and when the new wedding dresses arrive at a shop, the dresses which are leftover are then moved on to these outlet stores.

An outlet store is where you can fetch a wedding dress priced at as high as $1,000 for almost half the original price. Only because these dresses are from last year’s fashion trend, doesn’t necessarily make them less fashionable. It only means that the shop needs more room for the latest wedding dresses and so are offering affordable dresses to people.

Thrift Shops – If you don’t have a deluxe budget for a grand wedding, then don’t let disappointment take the toll on you, as thrift shops are excellent to buy beautiful wedding gowns. Many people in today’s times don’t wish to preserve their special wedding gowns for future memories so they donate these to the thrift shops for other people to buy.

These are nearly as lovely to look at as the other wedding dresses that you would otherwise buy from a regular branded store. Moreover, wedding dresses are meant to be worn only once, so they don’t get dirty or ruined in any way, hence are almost new when you shop for these from a thrift shop.

It shouldn’t matter how small or big your wedding day budget is; what needs to matter is the way you prioritize money and other things, in a way that you can buy things in an amount which your pocket can afford, including cheap dresses. Whether you’re looking out for a brand new wedding dress or a used one, clearance wedding dresses are just as pretty and to top that, they won’t cost you a fortune.