Where to Shop for your Wedding Dress
It’s your wedding and every detail must be perfect, but if you are like most, every detail must be perfect on a budget. You might be surprised where you can shop for some of the details and accessories for your wedding , finding exactly what you want for less than you might expect.
Your Gown and Veil
Of course, your wedding gown is likely the central point of your preparations. You will find gowns online, in bridal stores, and in some high quality department stores. You may find some good deals on some beautiful gowns online, but keep in mind the dangers of ordering your bridal gown without first seeing how it looks when you wear it.
Bridal shops and department stores will offer a wide selection of gowns in a range of prices and will have appropriate dressing rooms and fitting areas where you can try on gowns and dresses, and make a sound decision. They will have a wide range of veils as well, often meant to go with specific dresses.
If your budget is tight, check out second hand stores and consignment shops. You can often find great deals on beautiful dresses, which usually have only been worn once. As for your veil, consider making a simple veil yourself. Check out the bridal aisles at your larger local craft and fabric stores.
You will find beautiful beaded bridal shoes in bridal stores and department stores. They are often very expensive and are seldom comfortable. If you are wearing a full gown, think about the fact that your feet will be barely visible. Even if people will be seeing your feet, consider a pretty pair of simple white or ivory leather heels. Your feet will thank you by the end of your big day, and your look will not suffer a bit with this pretty, classic look.
This is an item on which you can save some money. Buy your garter at a bridal shop and you will pay 200 to 300% more than you need to. Party supply stores, craft stores, and even discount stores sell pretty garters which are really no different than their more expensive counterparts.
Remember that according to legend, the bride should have “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.” Ask your mother or a favorite grandmother or aunt if you can wear a pair of borrowed pearl earrings and necklace, or choose a set at a department store or jewelry store. These do not have to be expensive; they just have to offset your gown and your hairstyle.
Bridesmaids’ dresses are also available at bridal stores, but if you truly want your bridal party to be able to wear their dresses again, consider taking your bridal party shopping in the better dresses section of a high scale department store instead. You will find beautiful, classically cut dresses of whatever length you choose, and they will likely cost as much as or less than those at the bridal stores.