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Say Yes to the Wedding Dress… on a Budget

Weddings can quickly become eye-wateringly expensive. With the venue hire, photography, catering and flowers, plus insurance and transport, it’s no surprise that the average wedding in Britain now costs around £30,000. One aspect that’s sure to be talked about for years to come is the wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses - but there’s no need to spend a fortune! Here are our tips on on getting fabulous dresses at an affordable price!

Shop on the High Street

The high street can be a treasure trove for beautiful wedding and bridesmaids dresses - without the eye-watering price tag. All of these Debenhams dresses are £60 or under, as are all of these Next dresses.

Go Vintage on eBay or at Local Fairs

What’s better than a new dress? A vintage dress! No one else will have one, after all.

If you’re in Essex, we recommend checking out Hotties Vintage Village fairs, or The Bearded Gypsy Vintage.

Online, eBay is a must-visit for two reasons. One, eBay has a plethora of vintage dresses on offer that won’t be available anywhere else. Two, a lot of people buy new dresses from big brands, but end up changing their plans. As long as you’re willing to take a risk with the sizing, you can’t go wrong!

Visit Brides Do Good

Have you always wanted a luxury label wedding dress? Visit Brides Do Good, a wonderful organisation that resells pre-owned luxury wedding dresses at up to 70% off, then donates up to two thirds of sales to charities working to end child marriage.

Ask Your Friends

The best way to find a bargain: ask your mates! If you know anyone who’s recently had their wedding, been in a wedding party or even works in the events industry, pick their brain for ideas. They might know a good local warehouse offering clothes at trade prices, or have the inside line to a cute local boutique. You won’t know unless you ask!