Something about weddings makes people money crazy. The average bride spends a whopping $1,334 on her dress, probably more than she has spent on anything in her closet, and this is on a dress that is going to be worn once.
Just because it is an important day in a woman’s life doesn’t mean she has to go broke getting dressed for it. Increasingly, women are thinking outside of the box when shopping for their dress, buying it online, or even renting their dress for the day to save money.
Here are some easy ways to save on your walk down the aisle! Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone what a great deal you got on your dress.
1. Let go of preconceived notions of how much you have to spend
Come up with a maximum budget, but also don’t necessarily set out to spend that much money. Even if you set aside $1,000 to spend on your dress, don’t rule out looking for your dress at discount retailers, at second-hand stores, or online. Remember: Any amount you save is good.
2. Shop the sales and use cashback sites
Because it’s hard to get a wedding dress on sale, the first place to start your search is via bridal stores where you can get money back via Ebates including BHLD, David’s Bridal, and J.Crew.
Shop via Ebates and you’ll get cash back on every single one of your wedding purchases anywhere from two to 15 percent. That can translate to a lot of savings.
3. Consider a dress rental
For those really looking to save, there is a growing number of women who are renting their wedding dress via Rent the Runway. Pick a style from designer brands like Badgley Mischka, Marchesa, or Monique Lhuillier, dresses that retail for thousands of dollars, but spend only a few hundred renting it. Purchase a Rent the Runway rental via Ebates, and you’ll save even more by getting cash back on your purchase.
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