Your wedding day is the most special day of your life. However, it is also likely to be the most expensive day. The average UK wedding costs upwards of £20,000 and the average wedding dress is approximately £1,000. But it is possible to find a wedding dress on a budget – without sacrificing your bridal style.
Here are a few money-saving tricks that you can use to find your dream dress, without wasting money.
Trawl the thrift stores
Most brides will only wear their wedding dress once and many choose to donate their gown to charity after their Big Day. In fact, this has become such a popular trend that many charity shops (such as Oxfam Bridal) now run their own wedding dress boutiques, where you can pick up a second-hand designer gown for under £100. Gather your bridesmaids and make a day of it – and don’t worry if the fit isn’t perfect, you can always alter it to your own figure later.
Try out the high street
Over the past few years, high street stores have been experimenting with affordable (and trendy) bridal collections of their own. The most popular lines are by Monsoon, H&M, ASOS and Debenhams and they are often generously discounted during sale season. What’s more, at many of these stores you can take advantage of loyalty card schemes and e-voucher codes to get the best possible price for your wedding dress.
Customise your gown
A simple white dress can be transformed into a show-stopping wedding gown with a few strategic alterations. Add a few applique flowers to the train, hot glue rhinestones around the bust, add a sparkling belt, or throw in a flash of colour with a blush pink petticoat or underskirt. The smallest alteration can have a huge impact!
Go for discount couture
Who says you only have to wear your wedding dress once? If you’re going to spend a small fortune on a beautiful gown, you may as well get your money’s worth out of it. Discount couture sites such as The Outnet sell last season’s designer gowns for a fraction of the price – and many of them come in cream or white. When else will you have the chance to own a Temperley or Valentino gown for just a couple of hundred pounds?