Saving Money with a Cheap Designer Wedding Dress

February 22, 2010

in Wedding Attire

You can save money on your wedding dress by sample sales, off-brand dresses, using a white bridesmaids dress, use David’s Bridal, and more, but my favorite is getting a designer dress on the cheap. It is relatively simple to do. Here is how you can snag the wedding dress of your dreams for less money.

First, find the wedding dress of your dreams. All you need is to find the designer and style number of the wedding dress you want. There are lots of sites to help you, including the designer sites and online bridal shops. One of my favorites is House of Brides. The actual store is based in Chicago, Illinois and the online version is wonderful.  The beautiful wedding dress in the picture retails $567.99, but you can get it online for only $378.

Once you find the dress you love make sure to type it into a search engine so you can compare other online prices.  I did this with the Eden dress and it turns out it can be purchased for $289.17 at

When you find the lowest price print the page for your records along with a page that details their shipping policy (Plus Size Bridal charges $15 to ship a wedding dress).

Fax those papers to RK Bridal.  This is a bridal shop based in New York City.  They are very reputable and they will match an online price plus give you an extra 5%.  You will also have the peace of mind that comes with working with an actual bridal shop.

SAVE 40-70%
If you walk into bridal shop you will spend $567.99 plus tax ($613.43 at an 8% rate) for the Eden dress.  Buy that same dress online through a bridal shop and you will spend $274.71 plus shipping ($289.71), which is a savings of 53%.  On average you save 40-70% purchasing your wedding dress this way.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Barb February 17, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Great tips! My wedding dress shopping days are long since over, but I will definitely pass these on!


Heidi February 17, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Thanks 🙂


Gina February 18, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I tried and tried to find the dress of my dreams, but I couldn’t find it. Then, on a fluke, my mom showed me her sister’s wedding dress that she’d been holding onto for years. It was almost exactly what I’d been looking for! I had it altered and spend a lot less than buying new. It was meant to be!


Heidi February 21, 2011 at 11:02 pm



Mindy February 21, 2011 at 4:38 pm

I paid only $250 for my wedding dress. It’s a designer dress that was marked down and was absolutely beautiful (if I say so myself). I received a ton of compliments on it. It’s all about just looking!


Heidi February 21, 2011 at 11:02 pm

That’s wonderful!


Rose February 17, 2012 at 3:02 am

I want a wedding gown that looks sexy but created specifically for conservative lady. Maybe sounds complicated but I think it’s possible.
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james February 2, 2017 at 10:51 pm

Awesome tips! I really like your thought of saving money. It is very important for everyone to save money for their future and if you save money in your wedding expenses.The suggestions you give for a better dress are very nice.Online shopping is a best way to save a lot of money and explore a range of beautiful dresses.

Thanks for sharing.


Asian Brides April 26, 2017 at 12:36 am

Great tips no matter where you are. Keeping up with the costs is so important.


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A good tailor can alter your suit thoroughly to fit you exactly as you need.


William Henry September 20, 2017 at 7:10 am

Haha good tips. By ordering bridal dress on amazon can save money. Thanks for sharing your ideas.


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