At SmartBride Boutique, we’re all about helping you find designer names and fabulous style for your wedding, without paying those designer prices.

Get Designer Style for Less With These 5 Tips:

  • Lose the Extras

Sometimes you try on the dress of your dreams, only to find out the deco belt around your waist, or the beautiful shoulder sash are extra! Many brides have told us that they found their dream dress and were ready to purchase, only to discover the price increased by $1200 because of extra trimmings. Be aware of what you’re paying for and avoid those hidden costs!

  • Avoid Custom Alterations

Maggie Sottero AD3395 V-Neck A Line Wedding Dress, listed for $900 at SmartBride Boutique.

It’s no question that unless you’re lucky enough to buy off-the-rack there will be alterations involved.  Regular alterations like shortening the length of your hem will be inexpensive, but custom alterations that involve adding or altering a sleeve, or changing a neckline, could increase the cost of your gown significantly.

Try to find a dress that already has the elements you want or look for a dress that can be worn in a variety of ways. This Maggie Sottero dress (pictured above) has sleeves that can be pushed up for a different look.

  • Look for Simple Silhouettes

If your heart is set on a princess gown you’re going to have to pay a higher price than if you chose a simple silhouette.  Remember that dresses with layers of tulle and organza will cost significantly more than a simple sheath in the same material because of the amount of fabric that’s used to construct the dress.

Nicole Miller Strapless Sheath Wedding Dress, listed for $500 at SmartBride Boutique.

Remain open to options and you just might surprise yourself! One of our smart brides thought she wanted a flowing Grecian gown, but ended up in a curve hugging silhouette. This Nicole Miller wedding dress (pictured above) is a great example of a simple, but oh so
chic silhouette.

  • Shop Sample Sales, Trunk Shows & Evening Gowns

Save 30% on this Pronovias Pompeya Halter Trumpet Wedding Dress, listed for $1470 at SmartBride Boutique.

Sample sales at bridal shops generally happen in summer and winter when retailers look to clear out old inventory at reduced prices. However, remember to factor in the cost of alterations and even dry cleaning because these dresses have often been tried on numerous times.  This stunning Pronovias Trumpet Dress (pictured above) is a sample gown and is available for 30% less than the original retail cost!

Bridal boutiques also hold Trunk Shows for specific designers throughout the year. During these events, savings abound. Alternatively, why not consider wearing an evening gown? We’ve heard many stories from brides who’ve found a white evening gown for less than the cost of any of the wedding dresses they tried on.

  • Go Online!

This one certainly isn’t rocket science for all of you smart brides out there, but after you’ve found some favorites at the boutiques, it might be worthwhile to search online to find that dress you want at a reduced price.

As a note of caution, if you do find your dream dress online, it’s best to deal locally if possible. This protects you from online fraud and allows you to meet the seller to inspect and try on your dress before purchasing it.

More About SmartBride Boutique:

SmartBride Boutique is a premium, local classifieds site connecting brides past and present to buy and sell discounted and used wedding dresses, bridesmaids’ dresses, shoes, accessories, decorations, and more! Today’s savvy brides no longer have to sacrifice designer names or fabulous style to create the wedding day of their dreams.

(Thanks to SmartBride Boutique for this guest post.)

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