Looking For Discount Bridesmaid Dresses?

When planning your wedding, you want everything to be beautiful. However, creating a beautiful wedding doesn't necessarily mean you have to spend a lot of money. There are many different ways you can plan a beautiful but inexpensive wedding, including saving money on your bridesmaid dresses. Although bridesmaids pay for their own dresses, you should try to be considerate of their expenses as well as your own. Here are ten tips you can use to find beautiful discount bridesmaid dresses that won't break your bridesmaids' budgets.

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Department Store Formal Wear

Discount bridesmaid dresses do NOT have to come from a bridal shop. In fact, local department stores with formal wear departments often have beautiful dresses that would work perfectly for your bridesmaids. You can save plenty of money just because the word "bridal" isn't attached to the dresses.

Online Formal Wear Stores

Shopping online is a great way to find discount bridesmaid dresses, especially if they are having a sale. As an added bonus, there will be a wider selection online than what you would find at any individual local store.

Bridal Store Sales

Occasionally most bridal stores will have sales. When they do, often you can find really good prices. Especially if you are planning a wedding at least a year in advance, you might be able to take advantage of end-of-season clearance sales to get a great price on some really beautiful bridesmaid dresses.

Discount Bridal Stores

In addition to the pricier bridal stores, there are also stores that specialize in discount bridal wear. Although their prices are lower than the luxury bridal shops, they still have beautiful bridesmaid dresses, only at better prices. Plus, when these stores have sales, the prices are even better.

Look on eBay

As with almost everything else, eBay can be a great place to look for bargains on bridesmaid dresses. In fact, there are eBay sellers that specialize in formal wear, bridesmaid dresses, and bridal gowns. Sellers on eBay can often sell at lower prices than any store, because of their low overhead costs.

Small Out-of-the-Way Boutiques

Although specialty boutiques are not generally known for their bargain prices, you might be able to find some really great deals on unique bridesmaid dresses, especially if you don't limit yourself to dresses specifically designed to be a "bridesmaid dress." Small boutiques often have dresses that are a bit out of the ordinary, which can make your wedding even more special.

Second-Hand Shops

Depending on the overall style and mood of your wedding, you might decide to go with one overall color for the bridesmaid dresses, varying the style worn by each bridesmaid. This can actually add a very personalized touch to your wedding, while allowing everyone to wear the style of dress that best compliments their look. Second-hand shops, especially those which specialize in formal gowns, can be a great solution for finding dresses that match in color but not in style. You might even be able to find a nice assortment of vintage dresses that would be lovely on your bridesmaids.

Sew Your Own Bridesmaid Dresses

Although this generally isn't a good task for the busy bride-to-be, a friend or relative who is a good seamstress could sew all the bridesmaid dresses for a fraction of what they would cost in the store. This can be an excellent way of getting really unique dresses for an excellent price. Of course, make sure you start early if you plan to have your bridesmaid dresses sewn.

Shop After Prom Season

During prom season you will find beautiful formal gowns almost everywhere. Even at the beginning of prom season, you'll be able to find gowns for less than what you would pay at a bridal shop or boutique. However, as prom season comes to an end, stores will slash the prices of these beautiful dresses, many of which would serve quite well as bridesmaid dresses, especially if all of your bridesmaids are younger.

Bridal Trunk Shows

Bridal trunk shows usually also feature bridesmaid dresses. Although it can sometimes be difficult to find multiple dresses in the same style, especially in the various sizes you need for all of your bridesmaids, if you've opted for varied styles of dresses for your bridesmaids, this can often be an excellent way of finding beautiful dresses at a really good price.

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