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Save Money on a Wedding Dress

Save Money on a Wedding Dress

I have been racking my brain trying to figure out what I was going to write for today's Save Money Monday. I asked my wife for advice and she suggested that I write about how to save money on a wedding dress. Despite the photo here, it's not all that common for men to buy wedding dresses. I love a challenge, but I'm not crazy. I've enlisted my wife to help me come up with ideas. Here's what we came up with:

  • David's Bridal - This is where my wife ended up getting the dress she actually wore at our wedding. (She decided that she looked better in this than the Ebay one.) She found it on a $99 sale. It was a situation where she was at the right place at the right time.
  • A Simple White Dress - Maybe it's just me, but I don't necessarily need all the poof of traditional wedding dresses. My wife suggests J. Crew or Ann Taylor - something that you can at the mall. It's good enough for Carrie Bradshaw... Simple can be great... and cheap.
  • Best Places to Pick up a Cheap Designer Dress - The media has manipulated people extolled the virtues of getting a designer wedding dress. You too can get a dress by Vera Wang (or a bunch of French-sounding designers whose names have significantly more than the 8 letters that I can't remember) for around 10% of the retail price.
    • Search Ebay for Wedding Dresses - My wife fell in love with a wedding dress on her search. There was just one small problem - the price tag. It was priced at $4400. Sorry, that's just not on our agenda for something that is worn one day. However, via Ebay, she found and bought the same dress for around $500.
    • Filene's Basement Running of the Brides - Where I come from, Boston, there's an annual stampede of women sale of wedding dresses at Filene's Basement, a department store with a long history in Boston. The sale has gotten such large recognition that it's very much like a Black Friday event - thousands of women line up for it. Some even travel a great distance to be a part of it. Last week it was time for another running. Just to give you an idea of the mayhem, here's a clip.

  • Have a Naked Wedding - We used to joke that we were going to do this. Preparing clothing for a wedding is just a huge hassle. The bridesmaids complained about any and every choice (you can't make 6 people happy in the same dress). Why not just avoid the whole issue? You'll be one step closer to consummating the marriage.

Check out Money Smart Life for more tips on how to save money on wedding dresses.

Last updated on March 5, 2009.

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10 Responses to “Save Money on a Wedding Dress”

  1. MICHELE says:

    There is a place in Western Pennsylvania (Sharon, PA – just outside Youngstown Ohio) called “The Winner” that has an outlet with wedding dresses starting at $15.00. I sometimes see people arriving by busload to visit there. That is where my daughter got one of the three dresses she bought for her wedding.

  2. Coupon Artist says:

    You can also buy a beautiful white corset from a lingerie type store or ebay (they sell corsets meant to be worn outside the bedroom as well) and then just get a skirt made. It is much cheaper than buying and altering a dress, it gives you a real custom look, and it is forgiving about small changes in the brides size between the time of purchase and the big day.

  3. kosmo says:

    A naked wedding? Wow, you must really be Lazy if you can’t be bothered to “unwrap” your bride on your wedding night.

    :)

  4. plonkee says:

    And the other suggestions people put forward are usually to make your own, look in nearby second-hand / charity shops, use your mother’s / sister’s / aunt’s, get a bridesmaids dress in white, be more alternative and don’t have a white dress at all.

    I think the naked wedding sounds interesting. Pity that in the UK weddings must be in public, and public nudity is generally illegal. Certainly would be memorable though.

  5. It is like you read my mind… Check out my antique wedding dress post which I had randomly moved back to the front page yesterday: Antique Wedding Dress

  6. Lola says:

    This is a great post! I have actually attended free-for-all wedding dress sales where everyone waits in line for hours, the doors open, and you better watch your back, or be trampled! If you don’t have a team of women there to help you divide and conquer, there’s no point in attending. Just stay home, shop online, and avoid the hassle…if you’re set on having a certain gown.

    Otherwise, I think the scuba wedding is a good idea…everyone in wetsuits, no makeup, no hair dresser…and you get your exercise, too. 8-)

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  9. mrs debw says:

    Hello there
    I am writing in regards to the wedding gown. I want to purchase it for my daughter for her forthcoming wedding. I have checked its size and other information and i have did let my daughter knows about it so pls do let me know i fit is still available.

    Regards

    Mrs Debw

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