(Closed) Does anyone have any dress-money-saving strategies to share?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@Aisling10: If you dont mind about it there are EXCELLENT replica makers! The dress I wanted was originally $2100 dollars, but I had a replica made for $600, and I cant wait to wear it. Replicas are not for everyone, but if you dont mind that is an aoption.


If not you can always try to find the dress used??

Post # 4
713 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Try prom dress shops! If you don’t care about the actual label, prom dress shops have really affordable dresses and a lot of them come in white.

Post # 5
3374 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

What about finding your dream dress and then buying it used? It normally saves 50% and it will be hemmed and bustled. Buying used works best if you’re a usual size/height, but I’ve seen dressed of all shapes/sizes online.

Post # 6
3000 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Buy a sample gown! I did and mine was 75% off the regular price!

Post # 7
2583 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

trunk shows tend to offer 10=15% off collections, and used dress websites are typically 25-50% off.  And if you go to a shop and try on a sample that fits you or is a little too big, barter with the shop owner to buy the sample off the rack.

Post # 8
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Once you find a dress/salon you like be on the look out for sales/trunk shows. The dress I purchased my maggie from honored the trunk show from another salon that was going on that weekend.

The place where we are getting my BMS dresses from does monthly bms dress sales and so I let my girls know when those are each month.

Also a word of advice, don’t trust the salon to call you if there is a sale check with them often to see. I find facebook and dress designers webpages are the best places to look for what events are coming up in your town. Ask for the salon you want to purchase from if they will honor it. In most cases they will because they want your sale, and if they wont go get it where its cheaper. 😉

Hope this helps.

Post # 9
266 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

1. See if the store offers price matching. A friend of mine called a bunch of other stores out of town to ask about the price of the dress she wanted, and her store matched the lowest price.

2. Go to a discount bridal mart that sells gowns by the designers you like. I was able to get about  $450 discount on my dress by doing so.

Post # 10
250 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012


A friend of mine got married earlier this year, and she got her dress in the St. Catherines/Welland area.  She was saying that the prices are waaay cheaper out there.  Good luck!

Post # 12
26 posts

If you don’t mind buying a dress online some department stores have a great selection of bridal gowns. My favourites sites are Nordstrom, Lord and Taylor, Neiman Marcus. Oh and The Limited as well. Depending on what the shipping and return policies are to Canadian customers these may be worthwhile.

Also if you join membership sites like ideeli and ruelala they tend to have bridal sales a few times throughout the year. Ideeli had one a couple weeks ago and Ruelala has one going on right now actually.

Post # 13
491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Try bridal shows/fairs! I went to one in my hometown and they had a room full of dresses that were either the sample or worn once in a show.. every dress was only $100! And they were originally over $2000!

Post # 14
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I noticed this after I bought my (Watters) dress but the same exact style dress was available as a bridesmaid dress in ivory!! I was not looking for anything elaborate so I very easily could have saved a lot of money by thinking of this!

Post # 15
2580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think I read this tip in Bridal Bargains, but it helped me out a ton: lowball your budget, since most salons will try to get you to spend at the top of your budget. I was really willing to spend $1000, but I told them I was looking for something in the range of $500-$700 max. They will show you dresses at the top of the price point you give… it’s unlikely someone on commission would want to bring you a $500 dress if you say you’re willing to spend $1000!

Post # 16
336 posts
Helper bee

In the book:

Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Throwing A Fantastic Wedding On A Realistic Budget http://www.amazon.com/Bridal-Bargains-Throwing-Fantastic-Realistic/dp/1889392391/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1318613878&sr=1-1


These venders stood out to me from the “dress” section:






 I’ve also heard good things about Jasmine’s Bridal on the Weddingbee boards: 




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