The day you’ve dreamed about… Walking down the aisle with prince charming in his sleek, charming four piece suit that scream class and sophistication and not to mention possibly rented for the special occasion. That dream of eventually looking like a fairy-tale princess and all eyes on you and not leaving out the fact that the most cherished and adorned piece of item that sums up the whole voyage of marrying your soul and best mate is ultimately the most expensive item for you as a bride to be. It’s supposed to take roughly a whole year to source your dream wedding dress and within that time frame, chances are you would need numerous alteration and fittings to suit your changing figure, which I’m sure would trigger the need to go on a diet or possibly a crash diet to lose that unwanted love handles that seems to breakdown our world if we don’t lose it just in the nick of time to achieve that perfect hourglass or that supermodel figure for just that one special day.
If you fall into the category of wanting to buy and have the perfect wedding dress, probably a designer named, then spending that amount that could cater for one tenth of the total wedding budget is one to thread carefully and carelessly at the same time if you want to achieve that fairy-tale wedding. However some brides to be would even go as far as buying more than one wedding dress, so that they have a choice on the day and another dress for the evening duration of the event. You would assume that, they perfectly deserve to buy as many dresses as they want since they are spending their hard-earned cash that they carefully planned and saved for and rightly so to spend as they please. Would it have crossed the barrier if finance is scarce and some would take a loan without a blink of an eye to maintain that dream wedding just so that they can be happy and cherish that happy day for as long as they are still within that marriage with prince charming?
It is definitely hard and poignant at the same time, knowing that this wedding dress would only be worn by the bride for just one day and potential would find it difficult to sell that season dress, since mandatory every year, designers introduce their latest collection meaning that the dress that was purchased would be depreciated and would radically lose its monetary value and potential buyers for second-hand dress or even worse, a dress that has been bought for a wedding but the bride had no chance to wear it for many unforeseeable reasons and not a guarantee that it would sell and fetch the money invested from the beginning, let alone a demand for that style and taste with the next year season.
Therefore after searching and speaking with disillusioned and irritated brides, the consensus response and ultimate solution would be summarised in these hopeful (I say hopeful because in an ideal world, it would work perfectly) three tips to avoid falling into this trap and coming on top, but this tips would purely be for the brides who are not overtly concerned about wearing a brand new or a designer named gown for that special day. If you are indeed that bride who cherish and dream of wearing first edition only dress, do not feel guilty as after all it is your special day and you rightly in your element to feel special whether you are spending a quarter of a deposit for a mortgaged house.
1. Look and enquire about a rental wedding dress
This is somehow not a popular trend for wedding dress designers, but I’m sure it would be interesting and beneficial to be able to rent your gown and spend a small fee for couple of days rental and can be returned in a pristine condition, just how groom and grooms-men outfit is rented, this would be amazing if designers offers this service.
2. Look into buying a second-hand dress
This may sound overly unpleasant and remind brides about how financial unprepared they are about their special day and the embarrassment may reach its peak especially when you see glossy and stunning gowns every single day. However cub that feeling and replace with the awareness that this day is important for one momentous day and the rest will just be great memories that will be stored and replayed over and over again but one that cannot be changed or altered. Therefore, the possibility to buy a gown already worn before but one that is in fabulous condition and great quality that it cannot be identified from a new gown, with the obvious major difference of price, which would be far cheaper than the original gown is perfectly sensible and logical.
3. Look into the minimum(budget) and affordable dress
Mostly the cost of a dress will indicate whether it’s by a designer or the dress is customised and bespoke, which will clearly cost a large sum of money, so this require uttermost discipline from the bridal party to maintain and stay on course. By allocating the bare minimum estimated and keeping abreast of the budget and not deviating from the target expenditure, you would be in control and it would help you stay consistent and focus by ultimately achieving the happy ever after.
There are many ways to achieve that fairy-tale wedding and looking like a princess, but by keeping to this tips, which I want to reiterate can only be a great solution if the service of rental is possible and you completely at ease if you don’t mind spending less on a second-hand dress. So to round it up sweetly, by having an open mind, great attitude, an eye and ear to spotting opportunities, then I’m sure your special day will be magical without the mammoth price tag.