A Wedding Shopping Guide

Tough times call for practicality. While many brides aspire to have an extravagant wedding that would be the talk of the whole town, many also know that the economic difficulties of today require people to be a little tightfisted when it comes to expenses like weddings. After all, no bride in her right mind would wish to spend her life savings on this one big event and then have nothing left to start her new life together with her husband.

Since shopping is one of the things that eat up most of the wedding budget, it pays to have smart and cost-effective shopping tactics that will not leave your pocket empty. Here are some excellent shopping techniques for the frugal bride.

Have a Positive Mindset

Before you go out shopping, have a positive mindset about saving money. Remember that you are doing this because you are being smart and practical. Never think that wearing an inexpensive dress or jewelry would mean that you are less valuable. As additional motivation, think about things that are more important that you can buy with the money that you save-down payment for a house, installment payment for a car, honeymoon, or a new dining set.

Commit to your Budget

With the right perspective on shopping for your wedding, the next step would be to make a list of all the things that you need to buy and then make a budget for each of these expenses. This way, you will have a clear overview of how much you are allowed to spend on each item. When you go shopping, take this list with you including the budget allocation, and always resist the temptation to overspend.

Keep your Eyes Peeled

Look for cost-saver venues for shopping for your wedding dress and other wedding items. You can find less expensive dresses in department stores, second hand shops, vintage stores, factory outlets, and thrift stores. You can also check out the bridesmaids section and you will be surprised at how lovely the dresses in this area can be. If you see something that you like, order it in white or ecru. Bridesmaids gown carry a much smaller price tag than a regular bridal gown.

Be on Guard around Salespeople

When you go shopping, you do not have to believe everything that the salesperson is telling you. Listen to your gut feel or better yet, bring a shopping buddy whose opinions you can absolutely trust like your mom or best friend. A salesperson would tell you everything you want to hear just to make you spend more than you should. (You may hear, “You look so fabulous in that dress!” even if you see your stomach bulging in front.)

Go Cyber-Shopping

Online, you will find many great deals on wedding dresses and accessories. For one, you can check out eBay or Craigslist. You can also browse through the hundreds of online stores that sell different kinds of wedding items and dresses.

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