Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Recessionista Brydes Money Saving Tip #1 - The Perfect Wedding Dress

Explore any bridal magazine at your local bookstore and you will become overwhelmed with all the images of gorgeous couture gowns fit for an A Lister.  The reality for most Savvy Brydes is that these particular gowns are not within their budget and many will resist the temptation to overspend (we hope).  Finding the perfect wedding dress is of uber importance but the goal is to set a realistic wedding dress budget.  Before even deciding on a dress, look at your wedding budget, and set aside 10% for your dress and accessories.

Yes, I know many Savvy Brydes would love to strut around in Oscar De La Renta, but the bigger picture is building financial wealth with your spouse after your wedding.  It is very important not to equate your worth with the price tag on your dress.

 Here are a few Savvy tips for finding the perfect wedding dress and attire:
  • Purchase an off-season dress from a sample sale
  • Visit The Remix Vintage Fashion Shop in Washington, DC
  • Purchase a pre-owned dress - which surprisingly is becoming very popular.  The following websites are great resources: Ebay, Craigslist, Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses, and Sell Your Wedding Dress
  • Shop around and do not be afraid to travel outside of your hometown to find the perfect dress and visit Blueberries Bridal or Garnish Boutique
  • Consider hiring a seamstress to make your dream dress
  • Avoid wedding gowns that require substantial alterations
  • Purchase from a Bridal Chain Store, such as Davids Bridal
  • Consider wearing a bridesmaid dress that has a bridal glam vibe 

  • Research online bridal stores such as: J Crew, Alfred Angelo, Mon Cheri and Mori Lee
     Find your true inspiration by selecting a wedding dress that speaks to your personality and wallet. 

    Happy Shopping!

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