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Now something that always freaks out the husband or wife to be is the cost of the wedding dress. Heck your father or father in law usually goes bug eyed when they see how much a wedding dress will cost. If you go to a non designer, they could cost between $800-$5,000. If you go full designer, get ready to pay up to and beyond $20,000. Now if you want a cheap one, chances are it is going to look cheap as well. The thing is, if you don't have a huge bidget for wedding dresses or tuxedos, you don't have to spend a lot and I am happy to help share a few tips and ideas that will help you find your perfect wedding dress or tuxedo at a fraction of the cost, while still appearing to be one of the $20,000 plus dresses.


One thing that people forget is auction sites like eBay. eBay is said to have everything for a reason. IT DOES! People list wedding dresses and tiaras on eBay on a daily basis and if you check back regularly I am certain you will find one or two you like. One of the great things is that with auction sites like eBay, the community gets to determine the final price you pay for the goods you are looking for, unless the seller puts in a reserve which allows them to not have to sell if they do not get the amount they were looking for.

Now, after you buy the dress from eBay, you should consider a couple things, the first thing to remember is that if the dress is a little to big or small, you can easily have it sized to meet your figure. You will also probably want to take it to be professionally cleaned. Now, if the person selling the dress to you does not include accessories like veils or tiaras, you will definitely want to wait for the dress to arrive before you select the accessories. You never know how well what you bought from seeing the pictures will work, until you have seen the dress first hand. There is always time to shop for the extras, the dress is the important part. Suppose online auctions aren't for you, there are other ways to get a wedding dress at a fraction of the cost.

Costume Seamstresses

Costume makers, especially ones for theatre create amazing looking gowns and clothing for women and men all the time. It is their job. Whether it is for theater or for a party, these people work with the tiniest budgets and always come out on top. They know where to find the best fabrics at the lowest prices, they know how to really emphasize things and hide bad features. Because they constantly sew for different people every day, they are also experts at fitting the dress to you, instead of you trying to fit the dress. They are also great at last minute touches too.

As far as cost, all you need to pay for is the fabric, the accessories and the labor hours which will usually only be a couple hundred dollars. Now if you always wanted to look like a fairy tale princess or the prince who rescues his one true love, these people make those dreams come true every time they sew an outfit. Think about it, when you see a princess on stage, someone had to make that. That same person had barely any budget and that person brought a dream outfit to life. Instead of paying for a designer dress that seems like something you think is perfect, and instead of going to an expensive tailor or seamstress, find yourself a costume designer, tell them your dream wedding outfit and watch them bring it to life for you at only a fraction of the cost you would have had to pay at a retail store.

Thrift Shopping

Now I personally wouldn't do this, but a lot of people donate their dresses and tuxes to charities like the Salvation Army or Goodwill when they don;t need their outfits anymore. This is a great place to find a nice dress or tux at a minimal cost. If you decide to take the thrift store route, please make sure to have your gown or suit cleaned thoroughly and make sure to take a shower when you get home from trying it on at the store....God only knows how many others tried the same one on without showering first. Gross thought, but that is only one of the reasons I would not go this route, but if you are ok shopping at thrift stores, then this is a great route for you to choose.

The yearly events

There are various stores out there like Loehman's or Saks off Fifth that have great sales all the time. One in particular which carries tons of designer clothing for less and also happens to be fashionable and on season is Filene's Basement which I believe is now owned by the Macy's company. Filene's basement also has a yearly event called the Bridal Event.

The Bridal event is a mad dash for Bridezillas of all shapes and sizes with all sorts of budgets to find a super highend and gorgeous designer wedding dress at only a fraction of the cost that it would normally be. I remember waiting outside of the Filene's Basement in Pittsburgh at this event a few years back with my friend who was getting married for about an hour and a half. When the doors opened and brides and their mother's fought their way in like savage animals, my friend somehow felt her way to the perfect gown and to our surprise, the $5,000+ wedding dress was on sale for about $800. We both freaked....not oly was it her size, but it fit her perfectly. It also seemed that virtually every other bride to be was able to find their perfect dress as well. Now $800 may be above your budget as well, however don't fret, some of the dresses were down to just $150 and $200 even though they were on season and MSRP'd between $800 and $2,000. Filene's Basement is an absolutely ideal way to find th perfect wedding dress, but just remember, it is a once a year sale and people line up like crazy and make a mad rush in for it. You'd be wise to get their early, or to wait until the crowd leaves and look for a dress when it starts to clear.....that is if one is left. The only other issue you may have is that there is not a Filene's in every city. I know they mainly focus on the Northeast, but hopefully one day they can spread across the country.

Men's Tuxes

Now not everyone can make it to NYC to do some shopping, however, if there is an option to get your man or women who wants to wear an ideal tux or designer suit on your wedding day, there is a store called Century 2000 up there which is like Filene's Basement, except it is for men. They carry the Armani, Dolce and Gabanna, Versace and all the other good ones for a fraction of the retail cost. It is seriously worth the spend on the trip with the amount of money you will save on the designer dream suit or tux of your choice for your big day.

I hope you found this article helpful and please feel free to browse the site for other ideas and savings tips. have some great stores in the online mall and in the wedding rings section fabulous deals on wedding rings and wedding bands for gay and straight weddings including the wedding vow rings where they engrave your personal wedding vows in the band. =0).

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