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Want To Get A Perfect And Elegant Wedding Dress For Less? Here Are My Five Tips

By Kennly Yakamoto

Planning a wedding on a budget is a task most brides have to deal with. Let’s face it only a few brides ever have an unlimited budget. That being said, saving money on the wedding dress tends to be one of the more intriguing tasks on the wedding planning list. That is because a bride is more likely to stay on budget when she is able to take a more business like approach to her wedding instead of an emotional approach. That being said, the wedding dress tends to be one of the more emotional parts to planning a wedding which is what makes it intriguing.

The wedding gown is probably one of the harder things to stay business-like about since after all this is what many of us have dreamed about! When women dream about their future wedding, often it’s always an image being in a dress with the handsome man they love that sticks out.

So do your best to stay business-like when you look for your dress. And here are some tips so you don’t have to compromise too much on your budget either!

So here are my five tips on landing that fantastic and inexpensive gown.

1) Buy off-season or last-season.

The time frame for this would be the last few months of the year, meaning November and December. During these months the bridal business also slows down so you should find some lower prices.

2) Purchase your accessories separately.

A bridal shop definitely is a convenience place to get your accessories, but there is a hefty markup for that convenience. You can definitely purchase your veil, gloves, tiara, and other jewelry at other places and at a lower cost. eBay and Amazon are two of the great places to shop for these accessories.

3) Go for a more simple look

Modern day weddings have started to become less traditional: whether due to the fact of being more creative with less budget or simply more creative and bold thought from women over time, it is not a surprise anymore to see something different than the traditional wedding. In some cases the traditional wedding cake is replaced by a delicious alternative. In other cases the traditional flower centerpiece is replaced by something else less expensive and just as personal. And in some cases, the traditional classic dress is replaced by something more simple and elegant AND less costly. These types of dresses can be $200 or under. One popular place for this is Light In The Box.

4) You can widen your search by not looking for an exact fit

Even if you do find the “perfect size”, your dress will need to be altered anyway. So if you find one that is inexpensive that is only slightly off, that might do, and then take it to professional tailoring to get it fitted. If you go this route, you might want to consult your tailor or seamstress first.

5) Make sure to look at eBay and Amazon!

I had already mentioned using eBay and Amazon for accessories. But you can also check it out for dresses! I had just searched eBay and Amazon and found quite a few vendors with dresses for less than $200. When you shop on eBay, it is buyer beware so make sure to look for a reputable seller with high feedback ratings. If you can afford it, you can also use PayPal for payment which is buyer friendly. Many really nice new and used pieces are for sale or auction on eBay for not a high price.

Erica Yoon in her book “Amazing Wedding Planning” has an entire section of her book dedicated to dresses and claims that you can utilize the resources in her book to find a dress on eBay for $50. Check the link on my website for her book and check it out.

If you shop on Amazon, you need only do a search on wedding dresses (or use my link in the resource box) to find some great deals. And all the vendors are Amazon approved.

Good luck and happy hunting!

Looking to find the best deal on inexpensive wedding dresses, then visit Kennly Yakamato’s website and be your own wedding planner and save money.

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