Bridal Club Magazine
Make Your Bridesmaids Look A Million Dollars For Way Less
Make Your Bridesmaids Look A
Million Dollars For Way Less
As you know, these gowns can be rather pricey - especially when
you consider that the bridsmaid may only
ever wear it once. So we put together a few ideas to help cut the
costs of the dresses.
Forget specialised bridal boutiques; try
going to your local department stores to see if they have any
dresses you like. Thanks to a change in fashion trends, hip
bridesmaids' dresses now look much like the same offerings found in
department stores. And those department stores offer much lower
prices (and higher quality) than bridal shops. Chances are, you can
add sparkles and highlights for a fraction extra. It would be a
bonus if they can be removed easily as the dress will have a better
chance of being used again by your bridesmaids. Department stores
will also have a large range of sizes to choose from that may even
fit better than the boutiques. Simple fitting alterations can be
done at our local drycleaners if they have that service available.
I used them once to take up a hem and make the waist fit a little
better for fewer than fifteen dollars.
Off-season sales. Say your wedding is next summer, look in the
beginning of winter sales. Shops are willing to let great dresses
go for nix just to make room for incoming stock.
Package discounts. If you are ordering your wedding gown from a
bridal shop - there may be a discount offer ranging from 10 - 20%
if you order all your bridesmaids dresses as well. This could be
negotiable as well. If you don't ask, you won't get.
Think about having the gowns made. What's a bridesmaid-style
dress, anyway? A basic dress pattern with little detailing or fuss.
You just buy typical bridesmaid fabrics such as taffeta or crepe at
a fabric store? We've heard from several brides who had their
favourite aunt sew their bridesmaids' dresses. Although not a
solution for everyone, it has its merits. Maybe once you find the
dresses you want in a magazine, take a picture of it to a reliable
seamstress to see how much s/he will charge. Should I remind you,
that if you were to try one on in a bridal boutique and attempt to
photograph it, the designer might not receive it very well.
Rent or buy second-hand. Rental stores provide the service at a
fraction of the cost of buying retail. Advertise or look in your
local newspaper for second hand dresses. The NZ Wedding Planner has
a section in their discussion forum where you can buy or sell your
Any dress will do? If your wedding is more informal; instead of
forcing all the bridesmaids to wear the same dress, just give them a
colour (a swatch is best) and then have them buy separate dresses.
They won't exactly match in style, but who cares? Let the
bridesmaids hit the department stores and find a style that they
can wear again. (One tip: suggest to them a basic style or skirt
length). Obviously you can't be a control freak to do this, but it
might be worth a shot.
Don't forget the web! Put in an online search and see what you can
find. Grab some mail order catalogues - don't be afraid to order
from these. With your own touch, these dresses can be made simply
Time is of the essence here. Don't neglect finding your dresses as
you plan the rest of your wedding. The more time you have, the more
likely it is that you will find a good bargain. If you are on the
ball, you can avoid incurring a late or rush fee if you have left
it to the last minute. Perhaps you could look for your dress
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