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How to Save Money on your
Bridal Salon Wedding Dress
According to the Bridal Association of
America, the average wedding gown
costs $1,505 or more even before you get
your alterations and accessories.
While some people may think that is a
steal, not every bride is prepared to
spend that amount on a dress.
For the budget conscience bride, here
are a few helpful hints that can make
saving money easier, without limiting
your dress options.
- You can avoid “rush fees” by ordering your wedding dress at least two to five months before the
wedding. These extra fees can be as much as 10 - 15 % extra!
- It is always a good idea to ask your bridal salon if alterations are included in the given price, and if
they are not included ask for a written estimate. Small alterations can be as little as 20 dollars but
if a lot of altering needs to be done it can be 200 dollars or more.
- If you have fallen in love with a wedding dress you cannot afford, you could consider hiring a
tailor. She might be able to make the same dress out of less expensive fabric. Just make sure you
have hired the right tailor.
- You can find a cheap wedding dress by
looking at sample sales where gowns are 25
to 75 percent off. Most sample bridal gowns
come in smaller sizes such as 4, 6 or 8 but
you can sometimes find larger sizes. Some
stores also sell overstock, which will come in
more sizing options. David’s Bridal’s 99
Dollar sales are typically their floor samples.
However, I would be careful if your think of
ordering your dress from them, I have heard
of some horror stories from brides that have
bought their dress from my local David’s
- Do not ever try on a wedding dress that is out of your price range, you could wind up falling in love
with something you could never afford. Keep in mind that you will only be wearing it once.
- You can find a number of ways to save money and find a beautiful but cheap and affordable
wedding dress just by following these few suggestions.