How to Find the Perfect Wedding Dress on a Budget

Go to any wedding and it is always apparent who is the centre of attention. Yes, you guessed it: all weddings revolve around the bride. For many women, their wedding is the most important day of their life. It is a wonderful opportunity for the bride to shine, bask in the glow of admiration of her friends and family, and be the focus of attention. However, in order to feel her best, a bride needs to be wearing the right wedding dress, so if you are currently planning your dream wedding, but you don’t have much money to spend, here are a few tips to help you choose the right dress.

When money is unlimited, the world is your oyster and you can have your choice of wedding dresses. Designer gowns and the latest couture wedding outfits; whatever you want, it can be yours. Sadly, when you don’t have much money to spend, you won’t have as much choice. This is not to say you will have to ‘make do’ with a cheap and cheerful wedding dress. No, it is possible to find beautiful wedding dresses even on a tight budget, but you do need to look in the right places.

What’s Your Style?

To a certain degree your body shape will dictate the style of wedding dress you choose. Some lucky ladies are able to carry off just about any style of wedding dress, but the majority of women need to cater for their body shape and pick a wedding dress to suit.

  • Larger ladies will need a wedding dress that makes the most of their curves and fits well – plus size bridal gowns are specifically designed to flatter fuller figures and are perfect for ladies with more buxom body shapes.

  • If you are blessed with an hourglass figure, consider yourself lucky for this is the easiest body shape to find a wedding dress to fit. Classic hourglass figures suit a fishtail wedding dress design with a sculpted neckline that enhances the bust without being too tacky.

  • Tall, willowy women will look good in soft, flowing fabrics, but if you want to create curves, choose a style of dress with a defined waist. Don’t go for a shorter length wedding dress or voluminous style, as your slender frame will be swamped.

  • Apple shaped figures will suit a shorter, tea length wedding dress, especially if you have great legs. Stay away from strapless designs as you can easily end up looking top-heavy.

  • Pear-shaped ladies look fabulous in dresses with a sculpted top half with a full skirt. Strapless styles will flatter your slender top half whilst an A line skirt will hide a fuller bottom half.

Once you have chosen your style, start looking for a budget dress to suit your body type. Second-hand dresses can be a good buy – after all, they have only been worn once – but don’t forget to check out end of season sales or online wedding dress retailers. You can often pick up beautiful bridal gowns if you are willing to put in a bit of time and effort looking.

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