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Brides Can Save Money By Shopping Smart

Jul 12, 2008
Ask any bride-to-be what one of her biggest concerns is and she will probably tell you sticking to a budget. Just about every bride and groom is looking for deals to help them save money on their wedding.

With the cost of living constantly going up brides and grooms have so many reasons to want to save money. Even with two incomes it costs so much to support a family today. Even before the wedding most couples are thinking about buying a new home and starting a family. If there are children from previous marriages then their will be additional expenses when merging two families.

Fortunately, brides can save money in a variety of ways. One of the most popular ways to save money is by shopping on eBay and other online auction websites. You can truly find just about anything at online auction websites. Brides can find wedding favors, accessories, bridesmaids' dresses and even their wedding dress! Actually selling wedding dresses on eBay has become quite popular. One man actually sold his wife's wedding dress after their divorce. His funny listing had him wearing the size 12 gown and talking about his troubles with his ex-wife. By the end of the listing, not only had he sold the gown for a good price -- he'd gotten five wedding proposals from single women!

When shopping on auction sites keep in mind that other brides are doing the same thing. Sometimes you can get lucky and be the only bidder of a certain item. However, if their is a lot of interest in one particular auction (such as a one-of-a-kind item) then the bidding price can go higher than your budget allows. Just remember that you are trying to save money so don't bid higher than what you are comfortable with.

A great challenge of shopping online is that you don't get to touch; feel and see up close the items that you are purchasing. When buying something like a wedding gown - this can become quite challenging. Some sellers will offer a return policy and others don't. Remember to be fair when trying on an online auction gown: don't wear makeup that could smear on the gown. Be gentle with it to avoid tearing. Also note if the gown has any stains or other marks and let the buyer know -- especially so they don't think, somehow that you made these marks yourself. Do all that you can to make the return process easy. Ship the gown back via UPS, Federal Express or some other shipping method that will obtain a signature and has shipping insurance.

If online auctions don't appeal to you then how about checking out consignment shops. If you don't have any locally then check out nearby cities. Many of these stores even specialize in wedding gowns and accessories.

Consignment shops do lack the variety of bridal shops. If you find the gown of your dreams at a bridal shop you can simply order the size that you need. With consignment shops you wont be so lucky. You may find a beautiful gown but if it is isn't the right size then you will probably have to keep looking unless it can be altered. Many consignment shops wont have anyone available for alterations so try and find a good seamstress before you start shopping and have one less thing to worry about.

Another challenge with consignment shopping is that you need to be able to make your decision pretty quickly. You don't want to take the chance that someone else would take your bridal gown tomorrow or this afternoon. Bring your mother, sister or whoever you want to give input. Be ready to make up your mind. Understand that the minute the gown leaves your hands, it is gone. Another bride can come in and buy it right out from under you. In a bridal store, they can always order another copy of the dress. This is not so in a consignment store.

Either way, shopping on eBay or in consignment shops can save you a lot of money. Your wedding gown alone can end up costing less than half what you would have normally paid. If you are flexible about what you purchase for your wedding and reception you will have plenty of options to save money. After the big day is over you will have plenty of great memories and maybe even some extra money in the bank for your future!
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