You’ve dreamt about your ideal wedding dress your whole life. You just got engaged, and you probably already know the exact dress you want. Though you have been picturing yourself float down the aisle in this one of a kind, perfect to the tee, dress of yours, have you ever considered if you could afford it? Oops! Or maybe you’ve never even thought about the dress you’d where. Whatever the case is, here are some money saving hints to help you while you are dress shopping:

– If you don’t have a hefty budget, stay clear of ornate gowns with heavy beading and embroidery (intricate detailing means higher design and labor costs).
– Certain fabrics are more costly than others; if you find a dress you love but it’s out of your price range, ask if the salon offers the same dress – or similar style – in a less expensive material.
-Visit designer trunk shows, where sample dresses and/or last year’s styles are often offered at discounted prices. To find out the dates of these functions, call bridal salons and department stores or look for advertisements in wedding magazines.
– Wear your mother’s or your grandmother’s gown – for the sentiment as well as the savings. (I know the style of their dress may be a bit outdated, so consider seeing if they would let you alter the design a bit)
– Inquire as to whether a salon/store gives discounts on bridesmaid dresses if you purchase your wedding gown there.

Good Luck! And remember, even if you wrapped a white sheet around you and paired it with a strand of pearls, your fiance’s jaw would still drop.