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Cheap Wedding Dresses, the Do’s and Don’ts of buying a cheap wedding dress.

Cheap Wedding Dresses, the Do’s and Don’ts of buying a cheap wedding dress.


by Opus Couture in News, Events & Trends

All good wedding planning starts of with an achievable budget, but before long it all begins to mount up so a girl has to start looking at where she can save some money. Here’s a guide to help you save money but also make sure you have a top quality wedding gown. Start looking early, at least a year before your wedding date if you can so you have time to explore all the below options.

Buying on-line is it a good idea?

The problem with buying on-line is that you wont be able to see what you are buying until its to late. We have heard horror stories where some websites have used the actual Designer’s picture but have been sent a very poor quality replica gown. Some gowns are then non-returnable and a bride then has to pay a huge amount in alterations for the gown to to be made wearable.

Why do I need to get measured when ordering a wedding dress?

We are not used to wearing tailored clothing in this day and age and bridal gowns are not sized in the same way as clothing from the high street. If you are ordering a gown from a wedding dress shop or alternative make sure you are measured. This will help you to be able to select the correct size of gown that will fit your measurements, this also helps at the fitting and alteration stage to give you an idea of how much extra the alterations may cost.

Should I go to a sample sale?

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Absolutely! This is a great way to save money on a designer gown. A sample sale will consist of ex-sample gowns that will have been discounted. You will try on the actual gown that will be the one you buy. Check out the condition of the gown at this stage to make sure is in good condition. I know at Opus all our samples and fully cleaned and refurbished before going into our sale. If you find a gown that hasn’t, but you love it, you can take it to a reputable cleaner yourself, an alteration specialist should be able to refurbish it for you. You won’t be measured when buying a sample so remember if you are buying a dress that needs to be downsized we recommend no more than 3 dress sizes bigger so that you don’t compromise the fit of your dress.

How do I pay for my wedding dress?

If you are ordering a wedding dress its normally a 50% deposit to order your gown then balance is due when your dress arrives 4-6 months later but check with the salon as they may offer alternative payment options. When buying a sale dress normally its full payment on the day of purchase but again check with the salon what their payment terms are, at Opus we offer payment options that work for you making sure you can have the dress that’s “The One” for you.

Alternative options…

Looking for something simple without a long train? Why not look at bridesmaids collections and evening wear ranges and order in a gown in ivory. You can still accessories the gown with a detailed beaded belt or overskirt to create a customised look.

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Fell in love with an expensive gown - how else can you save money?

Some us us just have expensive taste and just can’t help it! If your dream dress is more than your budget here are some tips on where other savings can be made!

  • Look out for Designer weekends where you may be able to buy the gown with a 10% discount.
  • Ask the salon if they would be willing to sell you their shop sample at a discounted rate.
  • Look out for 3 for 2 events on bridesmaids dresses.
  • Order in a custom length, this may have a small charge at the time of order but would mean you wouldn’t have an expansive hem alteration later on, for lace hems especially this can save you money.
  • Can you borrow your sister / bridesmaid / friends underskirt, headpiece or veil?………you need a something borrowed anyway! Also keep an eye out for accessories events where you could get some extra discount.


Final tip - do your research, don’t be afraid to speak to your bridal consultant, check out event pages and use their social media where you’ll be kept up to date on future offers……… happy wedding dress shopping ladies :) 

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