A wedding just wouldn’t be a wedding without a bride in a beautiful white gown

A wedding just wouldn’t be a wedding without a bride in a beautiful white gown. Of course all that beauty comes with a price, and sometimes it is quite a high one. For brides who don’t want to sacrifice style for budget, these ideas will help you find the best deals on designer wedding gowns.

As with anything else, top quality costs top dollar. If you want a designer gown without the designer price tag, it pays to be a clever shopper. Your first step is to scout out the bridal salons in your area. Talk to the staff and find out when they have their money saving events, like sample sales or end-of-season clearance events. Typically held in January and July, these clearance sales are when stores try to move the samples from previous seasons to make way for incoming merchandise.

What this means for brides is the chance to get a deep discount on a designer sample; markdowns usually start around 30%, with 50% being common. You may even get lucky and find a sample sale bridal gown for as much as 70% off – imagine buying a designer gown for less than wholesale! That will sure clear up some room in the budget for your veil, headpiece, and bridal jewelry. The key is to be one of the first to get to see the dresses when the sale starts, which is why you want to speak with the bridal store staff; either to make the first available appointment, or to find out when to start lining up before the event.

Although we think that when a woman finds her wedding gown, she instantly knows it is the one, that is not always the case. More than one bride-to-be has bought a wedding dress only to later find another one she likes even better, or a style that makes more sense for her event. What does that mean for the bargain hunting bride? A steal on a never-worn designer gown. Since they cannot return the first gown, brides usually try to sell it to make back at least some of what they spent. Sites like Craig’s List or the local newspaper classified ads can be a good place to hunt down these bargains. Of course, always take a pal with you when meeting up with a stranger to see her wedding gown both for safety and to help you make a quick decision on whether or not to buy it.

If you have a favorite bridal gown designer, attending one of their trunk shows can be a way to get a better price. Usually held for only a couple of days, at a trunk show a representative from the designer will bring along all their latest styles along with perennial favorites. You won’t find the same kind of deals that are offered at clearance sales, but you can at least save a little and get a brand new bridal gown. Many salons offer trunk show only discounts around 10%, some may also have other incentives on veils and bridal jewelry if you buy during the show. A little known bonus is that the designer’s rep is usually authorized to throw in extra perks at no charge during trunk shows. You might be able to get a longer train or other pattern change for free that would normally cost hundreds of dollars. Every little bit helps, after all.

The one thing that brides should avoid when seeking a deal on a designer wedding gown is any website which claims to sell new designer wedding dresses below retail. There is almost always a catch, and in some cases, the gowns are actually knock-offs. Stick to purchasing a gown from a reputable salon or one which can you inspect in person, and you will be confident that you are getting the best wedding gown at the best price.

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