December 25, 2018

Staying Stylish Under $100, How to Save Money on Your Bridesmaid Dress

Being asked to be a bridesmaid in your friend’s wedding can be a flattering experience, but the cost of being a bridesmaid can be surprising for a lot of people. A bridesmaid can spend up to (or above) $800 on the responsibilities of being a bridesmaid. These include:

·      Travel
·      Hair
·      Makeup
·      Gifts
·      Hosting events
·      And the dress

Bridesmaid dresses
                                                              Image credit: essensedesigns

As a bridesmaid, you will be expected to help plan and attend pre-wedding events, as well as helping the bride get ready and standing beside her on her big day. While some of the costs related to a wedding aren’t negotiable, the one place where you can find some leeway is in the cost of your bridesmaid dresses.

Traditionally, bridesmaids are usually expected to pay for their own dresses. Because of this, many brides are becoming more lenient with their bridesmaids’ dresses. Instead of choosing one dress that every bridesmaid needs to wear, they are instead choosing one shade and letting their bridesmaids choose their dresses for themselves.

If you’re feeling strapped for cash, be upfront with your bride. If your bride has a different financial situation than you, she may not be aware that asking for you to pay for a dress that costs hundreds of dollars may be too much for your bank account.

If you’re looking for ways to save money when shopping for your bridesmaid dress, consider the following tips.

1.     Don’t buy in the ‘bridesmaid’ category

If a dress is categorized as a bridesmaid dress, it’s more likely to cost more. To avoid this, find the shade you’ll need and then shop around for cocktail dresses or maxi dresses in that color. This will strip out the price inflation that is often added for wedding-specific dresses, while still getting you access to a fashionable, affordable dress that you can wear. Best part? You’ll probably feel more comfortable wearing the dress again if it’s not specifically a bridesmaid dress.

Staying Stylish Under $100, How to Save Money on Your Bridesmaid Dress

2.     Look online

In reality, Shopping online is truly a great way to save money. Cheap bridesmaid dresses abound online because of the lack of overhead costs. Online stores don’t need to pay for sales associates, rental space, décor, or any of the other things that come with a storefront. Instead, they focus solely on a website, and a warehouse.
Buying online also means you’ll have access to a larger variety of dresses in many more sizes and colors.

3.     Buy off the rack

If your bride is getting her wedding dress for cheap off the rack, there’s no reason you can’t do it as well with your bridesmaid dresses. Off the rack, dresses mean that you buy the dress right off the rack in the store. No ordering in, no tailoring. By offering to buy the dress in cash that day, many bridal stores will be willing to work with you or even give you some discounts. This is because the dress becomes a guaranteed, cash-in-hand sale. You can then take the dress, and have it tailored someplace cheaper. That being said, be sure that the tailoring you want to be done will work. Dresses can only size up or down a certain amount before it starts to affect the overall structure of the dress.

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