7 Budget tips for Wedding Dress & Accessories

Posted on: April 15, 2013

1. Sample Sales/Trunk Shows

wedding dresses budget tipKeep your eyes peeled for sample sales, where bridal shops will sell off their stock for a fraction of the price to make room for new season pieces. Check out announcements in the Old Faithful forum, where we post about these events weekly or on the ‘Shows’ page where we list wedding shows and often other Irish wedding events going on around the country, including bridal shop sales. Trunk shows are popping up all over the country also, taking a leaf from stylish brides and fabulous designers in the US. Trunk shows offer brides the opportunity to meet the designer or a representative of the company and view the entire new collection during an appointment. Often on these days the bridal store hosting the event will offer a special discount on the dresses.

2. Rent your Accessories

 wedding accessories tipsRenting is becoming a more and more popular way for people to get their hands on otherwise unaffordable designer clothes and jewellery. It’s a great way to find a statement piece that you know you would only be wearing once anyway.

3. Hit the High Street

budget wedding dress tipsMany high street shops have taken the leap into bridal recently, and are now offering a range of dresses specifically for the wedding market. Of course many of these gowns won’t be made to the same standard as actual wedding dresses (which use top quality materials and techniques such as boning, corsetry, hand beading and hooping to create a top of the line gown that shapes, holds and feels like the most luxurious and beautiful thing you’ve ever put next to your skin!) but if your budget is in and around the two-to-three hundred mark, this could be a great option. bridal offer an entire collection dedicated to brides and the wedding party, including wedding dresses, bridal cover ups, bridesmaids dresses, bridal shoes and hair accessories.

4. Charity Stores

budget bridal dress tipsAnother place to find designer dresses at a fraction of the cost is charity stores. Several charity shops in Ireland have developed bridal rooms within their stores and offer a dedicated service to find brides-to-be their dream dress. Barnardos Bridal, for example, receives brand new, never worn wedding dresses directly from designers and bridal stores, selling them for a fraction of the original retail price. Of course not only might you manage to find an incredible gown on a budget, but you’ll also be helping to change a child’s life through funding the great work Barnardos do for vulnerable children all over the country.

5. Second Hand/Once Worn/Pre-loved Bridal Shops

second-hand wedding dress Pre-loved, once worn, or second hand wedding dresses are a great way to get your hands on the dress of your dreams without paying the full whack for it. Many of these shops buy designer dresses from brides to sell them on, in pristine condition to budget savvy brides. What is important about these gowns is that they are the real deal, not knock offs that feel flimsy or will fall apart the morning of the big day! The sellers are trusted as they seek out the quality names and designs in the international bridal market that the most stylish and exacting of brides.

6. Something Borrowed? Something Shoes!

wedding shoes tipsHave you been eyeing up that pair of Jimmy Choos your mate bought last year? Why not subtly hint to her how much they’d go with your wedding dress a few times before flat out telling her a lendsies could take the place of a costly present? If one of your friends or female relatives suffers from a bit of a shoe fetish, chances are she’ll be more than happy to lend you one of her good pairs for the big day. Alternatively you could wear a pair of shoes you already own and love, they’ll be broken in and you’ll know how you’ll feel after 10 hours in them!

7. Mid-season Bridesmaids

budget wedding dress tipsTo save on bridesmaids’ dresses, one option is to shop the high street during transition of stock. As with all season sales, the trick is to get in their early and know what you want. Scout out the dresses while they’re at full price and get the girls to try them on so that you have their correct sizes. Then play the waiting game. If when it comes to sale time they’re out of a size fret not, getting one dress altered isn’t going to break the bank but know the price of alteration before going in or you could end up at full price all over again! Of course another option we champion for certain types of weddings (small weddings, boho wedding, rustic style, outdoor or festival style weddings) there is an option for bridesmaids to wear a dress they already have, thus taking the stress and the budget constraints off you. Nice!


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