Brides are always on the lookout for ways to save money while planning their wedding, and whether they’ve decided to pay for the bridesmaids’ dresses or the girls will be absorbing the cost, it’s nice to know how to save in that area as well. Gorgeous dresses can really hit the bank account hard, running anywhere from $300 to $1,000 depending upon the brand, style and how formal it is. Here are 5 excellent ways to save big on bridesmaids’ dresses.
1. Consider Making the Dresses
If you or anyone in your family or group of friends is just a little talented with a sewing machine and scissors, you can make beautiful bridesmaids’ dresses for a fraction of the cost of purchasing one. Craft stores and craft departments often have huge clearance sections with fabric priced as low as $1.00 a yard. Spend $6 on a pattern, a couple of dollars on thread, buttons or zippers, and you can create a stunning dress for less than $20.
2. Scour Your Local “Junk” Stores
Visit local thrift stores, yard sales and consignment shops to search for beautiful dresses on the cheap. The great thing about this idea is that even if you find a dress that’s just “okay,” it can be altered to make a stunning bridesmaid’s dress without breaking the bank.
3. Borrow a Dress
If a friend or family member recently attended a wedding or has formal dresses they don’t mind lending, simply borrow a dress. This works very well if the bride wants mismatched bridesmaids’ dresses or if the color of the dress matches the bride’s wedding colors.
4. Opt for Non-Formal Dresses
A bridesmaid’s dress doesn’t have to be a huge, flowing, taffeta gown to look stunning. Brides often opt for sundresses for their bridesmaids during spring and summer weddings, and even mismatched ones can look absolutely beautiful. Just try to keep some elements the same to create a uniform look, such as the color, going for the same print, or choosing different dresses in the same cut and style.
5. Go Plain
If the thought of plain dresses scares you, don’t be afraid. Plain doesn’t always mean boring. In fact, dresses that are subtle are often the most beautiful. The most important thing is that dresses without a lot of lace, rhinestones or beading will be much more affordable. To dress things up a little, simply add some intricate jewelry.
By using these tips, brides and bridesmaids can save a ton of money on the bridesmaids dresses without sacrificing the elegance and beauty of the wedding!