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Saving Money on a Wedding Dress

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Every woman wants to look beautiful on their wedding day. Finding the perfect wedding dress can be time consuming and expensive. There are many ways you can save money on a wedding dress. This guide is about saving money on a wedding dress.


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August 31, 2009

I purchased a beautiful wedding dress and saved a lot of money by purchasing a white prom dress. Yes, these days prom dresses are available in so many colors and sizes that if you want something elegant yet simple, it fits the bill.

By Routtingaround from Steamboat, CO

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September 12, 20090 found this helpful

That is awesome! I just bought a white sundress at the Black White Market outlet store - it was only $30! It works for me because I am going really casual. Otherwise, my thought was to have it made. It sounds like that would be expensive, but it is only as expensive as you make it, and you don't have to worry about alterations!

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July 25, 2007

When I got married, OK, it was 10 years ago and it wasn't for the first or last time, but let's skip over that part. Great wedding though, and my dress has an interesting story. You see, it began life as a brocade formal pants suit, of 1960's vintage. I found it at an antiques show, and while I detest the pants suit in general, I thought it was beautiful and had an attractive neckline. So, with a little help from my mother-in-law, it was turned into a dress (let's just say there was plenty of material in the legs!).

She added a simple tulle train to the back. I took it home, and spent quite a few evenings stitching pretty crystal beads on the brocade at the neck and bust area. It looked very beautiful and expensive, and cost probably $50.00 ($20.00 for the pants suit, $10.00 in tulle, and $20.00 in beads) and I recently saw a dress in a bridal show that looked a great deal like it for around $2800.00. I still have the dress, if not the husband!

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August 6, 20070 found this helpful

I would love to see a picture of this. Sounds quite unique. Mary

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March 3, 20160 found this helpful

White wedding dress on black dress form against white background

This is a guide about buying a used wedding dress. For the bride on a budget a used wedding dress option allows for buying the perfect dress for less.


April 14, 20040 found this helpful

Considering many dresses carry price tags of a thousand dollars or more it pays to do your homework when shopping for a wedding dress. These following tips should help you in that process.


March 17, 2006

Don't feel you have to spend a lot on a wedding dress. The First one for me was a version of my grandmother's wedding dress. And the second was a long green linen dress for a garden wedding I got in a thrift shop for $4. No one could tell the difference!


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March 28, 2007

It's my advice to all brides that they don't buy very expensive langa for their marriage. It's better to buy a different colour langa which can be worn on other occasions also, so that, after the wedding, you don't feel that you can't wear your marriage langa on particular occasions.


March 23, 2007

Consider wearing a vintage family wedding dress. They often were made of very good material and had trains that could be used for alterations. Or just wear the veil with a new dress.



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November 26, 20110 found this helpful

I recently bought a plain wedding dress. In an attempt to save money, I am interested in adding jewels to it myself to make it a bit more glamorous. Where can I find/buy the materials to do this (jewels, glue, etc.) and does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to go about doing it?


By Justine

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November 29, 20110 found this helpful

Try Michael's, Hobby Lobby, and JoAnn Fabrics for supplies and clerks who actually know how to do what you want to do-they'll be able to give you great advice, too.

Best wishes on your marriage, and good on you for going creatively frugal with the wedding dress, that's a great way to start married life:)

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November 29, 20110 found this helpful

You can buy jeweled lace and other similar things at Jo Ann's fabrics. You can also order Jo Ann's fabrics on line. At the store they offer free advice and help with projects like yours. Good luck. I wouldn't glue onto the dress. Whatever you want on the dress should be stitched.

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November 30, 20110 found this helpful

I redid my sisters revow dress, but it already had some things on it. What I found is that if the dress has any form like an asymetrical side, a bodice that is drop waisted, etc, that is where you want your accents.

Her's had some imperfections on it, so to make it all look the same, I covered them all with the same embellishment. I did use glitter glue, but I have been crafting for years so I am pretty good at it. If you are a novice, then they are right, stick to stitching, esp' if you have time.

There are indeed some lovely laces and edgings out there that would really doll up a plain dress. I actually crocheted some edgings for a dress one time, and it turned out great.

Believe it or not, thrift shops and such can be the best place to find cool things. I got a dress once that netted me 4.5 yards of lace, a rhinestone brooch, some satin and pearl buttons...all for 5.00

I put together some of the lace I have for my crafts, just to give you an idea of what is out there. Hope this helps. PBP

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January 1, 20120 found this helpful

You can get lace with sequins. Organza in Ivory with sequins and glass beads or pearl beads will give it a more elegant look .Have a look at some bridal magazines and you can get ideas and your imagination will run. It will work out cheaper.

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November 3, 2011

Do you know any sites that are good at replica wedding dresses?

By Anna from Seattle, WA

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July 21, 2006

My previous entry was about my daughter's wedding dress. This one is about my 5 year old granddaughter's wedding dress. She wanted a wedding dress too because her aunt was getting one. So I made her one to wear for a Halloween costume. What a cutie! Grandma is in the picture with her. No real tips except do what you can to make your grandkids happy!

By Judy from Birmingham, AL

Holloween wedding dress for granddaughter.

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July 21, 20060 found this helpful

Way to go! You are an awesome grandma. I had a grandma like that too and believe me even when your get my age, over 40, you will still rem. all of the special little things that she did for you. You are making sweet memories in her heart that will last a life time. Very rare trait. Koudos to Grandma!!!

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