Before you exchange vows, you should promise to love, honor and obey these helpful hints for saving money on your wedding dress. Planning a wedding can be costly, which is why it's important to cut corners wherever you can. And while many brides cringe at the notion of paring back their dress dollars, it's important to realize that you can still get the dress of your dreams without breaking your bank. Consider this -- most wedding gowns are only worn once --- on that big day. So it only makes sense that a second-hand gown would make for a great investment. If you're down with wearing someone else's designer duds, check out consignment shops, Craigslist.com and eBay. Of course, you'll want to get your measurements before you seal the deal. Getting someone else's pricey dress at half the cost is the ultimate steal. And your guests will be no more the wiser. If the idea of a secondhand score doesn't wash well with you, hit up the nearest bridal outlet.
Even if you have to put in some travel time, it will be worth it. At bridal outlet stores, you'll find everything you need (dress, shoes, veil and other wedding garb) at a fraction of the price. Some women opt to use a bridesmaid's dress as their gown for the main event. These dresses are often less expensive, meaning you'll get more bang for your buck. Find something in white or off-white, and nobody will be able to tell the difference. If you're looking for a real basement price, renting a bridal gown can also save you big money. Check the internet for a rental establishment near you. For the ultimate bargain, make it your something "borrowed." Ask friends or family members if they'd be willing to lend you the dress from their special day. There's no bigger savings than something that's absolutely free. Now that's definitely a happily ever after.