Frugal shopping tips for your wedding outfits

Weddings should be a day to remember, but that day doesn’t have to revolve around how much money you have spent on it. When it comes to your wedding, it’s not about how much money you spend, and this includes on your attire. Whether you’re on the hunt for your dream wedding dress or a dashing suit, you don’t need to spend a small fortune when that money could be better spent on your future life together. There are plenty of ways to reduce the cost of your wedding wear, while still looking great. Here are a few of the easiest ones…

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Shop On The High Street

There is a lot of negative press surrounding wedding attire, specifically dresses, being “off the rack”, but a lot of this is purely superficial. There is no reason why you can’t pick up a beautiful wedding dress or stylish suit from a high street store. Sure, you’re not going to find any bespoke suits, and the wedding dress isn’t going to be perfectly tailored to you, but it will be considerably cheaper than buying anything custom made. Just be sure you leave yourself some time and spare cash to have any alterations made before the big day. If you definitely don’t want your wedding dress to be off the rack, then consider buying more budget-friendly accessories from a high street store, instead of going for diamond necklaces and designer shoes.

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Visit Some Charity Shops

This idea may be an absolute no-no for some people, but there is no real reason for it to be. Almost every charity shop that you look in will have at least one wedding dress on sale, so if you’re not dead-set against second-hand clothing, this may be an interesting option for you. Some charities, such as Oxfam, have specific wedding sections, from which you can purchase dresses, suits, decorations, and more. You should also bear in mind that, just because you’re looking in a charity shop, it doesn’t mean that all of the clothes have been worn before. Some may have been kindly donated brand new, so don’t be too quick to dismiss the idea. 

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Consider Renting

If you don’t get too attached to stuff and aren’t too bothered about keeping your wedding dress or suit, then you might want to consider renting your wedding attire. Often, you can rent an entire outfit, including shoes, a veil, and jewellery for a fraction of the price of keeping the outfit. Of course, you won’t be able to alter these clothes, as they will have to be returned, but you will have a large selection, most of which will be the latest fashion, straight from the runway.

Your wedding needs to be special, but special doesn’t need to mean the same thing as expensive. If you don’t want to spend too much money on one day or have a smaller budget than some, then these ideas may be helpful to keep your wedding expenses low. Remember that your wedding day is to celebrate you spending the rest of your life with the person you love, not about how many diamantes you can fit on your dress.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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