Bridal couture is within reach, even for bride’s facing a tight budget. Designer wedding dresses from the industry’s top fashions – such as Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta, Alvina Valenta, Lazaro, Carolina Herrera, Badgley Mischka, Ines di Santo and many more – can be purchased or rented for a fraction of the cost thanks to options other than shopping your local bridal boutique or retail shop. Buy a gently used couture wedding gown or designer sample, or simply rent the wedding dress of your dreams. These eco-friendly options won’t blow the budget.
If the thought of wearing another bride’s gown makes you cringe, the savings will make you smile and often outweigh the stigma of buying gently used designer garb. After all, the bride wore the dress for less than a day and you can’t really afford the splurge. Websites like Recycled Bride, Once Wed and Bravo Bride offer an online marketplace for brides to sell their designer dresses, while Los Angeles-based One Night Affair rents designer bridal gowns. White Xchange, Encore Bridal and Bride Couture sell sample and gently used designer wedding gowns. Do your homework and you can find the perfect couture wedding dress that will wow guests and photograph beautifully. If you don’t want to store your bridal gown and you could use the cash, search local bridal boutiques that offer consignment or find the right website to list your gown. You can also donate your bridal gown to worthy causes such as Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation. Check out breast cancer awareness apparel and accessories at Advantage Bridal, including Save the Tatas and our new Fight Like a Girl products.