There isn't a woman in the world who does not want to look like a princess right out of a fairy tale on her wedding day. And to make this fantasy come to life, scores of women will squander their money on ridiculously expensive designer wedding gowns. However, they fail to see that spending 5-10 k after a gown would be a futile expenditure considering the fact that you will probably wear it only once in your life. With a decent sense of style, a less expensive wedding gown can look just as fabulous as a designer-made one. So unless you are sitting in your fifth avenue penthouse sipping champagne, here are some tips on how to buy a budget wedding gown.
The first step is to know what you are looking for and this is the part that will take quite a bit of time. However, there are lots of different magazines, websites and catalogs dedicated to exactly such an occasion where you can find a wedding dress that is more to your liking. As you are likely to feel attracted to quite a number of dresses, a notebook to keep a record of them is essential. In time your list will grow shorter until you finally can put your finger on the one you want.
If you're just dying to have a specific wedding gown on your big day yet your budget won't allow it, the cheapest solution to your problem would be to present your local seamstress with a picture of it. If you're lucky and find a good seamstress, she may be able to stitch you a gown that is a dead ringer for the one you want and considerably cheaper. However, you need someone who is experienced in sewing wedding gowns. So it is always a good idea to ask for pictures of their previous work with this type of dress.
Also available to you is the option of buying your wedding gown online. There are several sites where you can get a heavy discount on the wedding dress of your choice. This may come as a surprise to you, but in your hunt for awedding gown that meets all your expectations you should not skip over prom dress shops as they also hold gowns for special occasions. If you are a plus sized woman there are several discount wedding gown shops online that offer dresses that will not only fit well but also look awesome.
Don't forget to take a look at the classifieds in the newspapers as well as sites like Craigslist in your quest for a budget wedding gown. A lot of women will find the cash you can offer for their wedding dress a lot more useful than the dress itself. You could then have the gown altered to suit your taste. Alternatively you could pay a visit to the several consignment wedding gown stores cropping up in some cities.
Don't leave your wedding gown as the last item to check on your wedding to-do list, because the sooner you start, the more time you have to explore and weigh in all your options. Some people like to say that 'good things come to those who wait', but, although a good thing, your wedding gown isn't one of them, so don't expect it to come to you!