Wedding gown prices are high enough to turn any bride into a bridezilla, but do not fear! There are many solutions to get the gown of your dreams for much less plus keep the cost down for your bridal party!

A few weeks ago, I went into a well-known bridal shop with my mother and sister. It was my first time trying on gowns, so I didn’t expect to fall in love with one of my selections. But I did fall in love! Like every other bride, I’m on a budget, and the dress was a little out of my price range. I searched the web and was able to get my $1,125 bridal shop dress for just $500! And I found a gorgeous rhinestone, beaded headband for $30!

It is possible to score huge savings for wedding attire, whether you’ll be a bridesmaid, the bride, a guest, or other member of that special day.

Resale

RecycledBride sells all-things wedding: Votive candle holders, table linens, gifts, bridal gowns and formal wear. Bridesmaid dresses are also here, along with mother-of-the-bride dresses, jewelry and every other imaginable item needed for a wedding. It’s like a wedding-themed department store loaded with gently used inventory. But like many resale shops, there are also items that have never been worn or used. What a lot of people don’t know is that indecisive brides flock here to sell their unused wedding dresses when they have fallen for another gown. There are also plenty of little shops that unload their sample gowns here, where they are sold for rock-bottom prices! A recent find included an Ann Taylor silk taffeta halter wedding dress, size 8, new with tags, for $100 (regular price: $595). You can search for gowns (bridal and bridesmaids) by style number. Don’t forget to check out their accessories and decorations, too!

Once Wed is a blog and listing service for used wedding dresses. It also offers DIY tips for weddings and  features a gallery of real weddings. It’s a go-to site for advice on how to create a stylish, unique wedding on a tight budget. Find high-end bridal gowns and bargains alike, such as a Vera Wang short draped dress in a size 8 for $50 (regular price $135).

Etsy

Many people adore Etsy for the vintage and handmade items sold on this site. I never would have thought to look for bridesmaids or wedding dresses here, but the prices are reasonable and the ideas endless. See the latest trends (1930s and chiffon). Get advice on how to find the right dress for your body type. Find a custom, handmade gown (Bonus: Since it is made especially for you there are no alteration fees to pay!) Search Etsy for wedding rings (including great deals on unique custom styles), bridal jewelry and accessories, decor, and clothing for the entire wedding party. There are also options for bridesmaids.

Something Borrowed

LittleBorrowedDress works off one simple concept: Groomsmen can rent tuxes, but the bridesmaids have to put out tons of cash for a new gown? No way! This site is absolutely genius! Rather than having your bridesmaids pay $100 or more for a dress they may not even like, this site offers bridesmaids the option to rent. And gowns are available to purchase for those rare finds that really will be worn again. Rentals start at $50. All gowns are picked to flatter all sizes, no alterations needed! You can choose from many different styles and colors.

Frugal Fellas

What’s better than a free tux rental or suit for groom? Register your wedding at Men’s Wearhouse to enjoy this offer: $30 off each tux rental for groomsmen, and if you have five tux rentals, the groom gets a free suit or tux rental.

For Rent: High Fashion

Perpetual wedding guests need not worry about appearing in the same outfit for every event. Rent the Runway lets the style-conscious have it all: The latest trends without the price tag. Rent a different dress for each wedding on your calendar, choosing from name brands like BCBG, starting at $40! Dresses can be ordered months in advance, and a second size can be ordered for free to ensure the fit is perfect.

This is a guest post by Cheryl from St. Cloud, FL
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