Finding your dream dress… for less!

… and doing it without EVER having to stand on line at 6 o’clock in the morning, or dashing from dress to dress among other discount divas in a sea of last year’s not so sought after sample styles…

At discount sales, animal instinct prevails.

Step 1 is likely complete: you’ve found your dress; it’s THE ONE, no doubt about it. But it’s also way out of your price range. Well, let’s look at the facts. Your wedding day will likely be the most photographed day of your life. To be honest, unless you are photographed for a living, this is the best you’re ever going to look. So, I’m going to assume that you’d like to look really good, maybe even HOT, on that one-of-a-kind day, am I right? Of course I’m right. And that, my dear friends, requires, at the very least, a very nice, very flattering, and, potentially, very expensive dress. That dress is called THE DRESS, and we want you to have it. So, all that’s left is acquiring it without breaking your budget…

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Well guess what? I did it. For about 60% off the retail price. And I’m no banker’s daughter. So that means you can do it, too.

All it takes is a little bit of legwork. Did I say legwork? Fingerwork is more like it. Here are the simple steps to getting that dream dress for less:

~ Step 2: visit sites that boast gently or once-used wedding dresses. Here are some strong examples:,,,

Tip: unless the seller states upfront that she isn’t willing to budge on the price listed, don’t hesitate to negotiate. Email her with a reasonable offer, and see what happens. It’s very likely that it’ll work out in your favor!

~ Step 3: this one’s obvious, but google the designer and style name/# of your dress. Who knows, maybe you’ll have the fortune of finding it on the web page of a charming little boutique somewhere nearby, or maybe across the country. If you find the dress, it doesn’t matter where it’s located, just pick up the phone, pronto! Most shops are happy to accomodate you over the phone or via email. Most wedding shop owners are in the business because of their undying love for it, and that means they take pride and joy in helping a bride LIKE YOU find her dream dress. It’s a win-win, for you and for them. Example: I just HAD to have a certain Melissa Sweet dress (I can’t tell you which one yet, as the hubby-to-be wants it to be a surprise and will be uber-upset if he finds out via this blog. Believe me, it’s very important to him, and they ask for so few things, we’ve got to honor them. Even though I’m DYING TO POST photos of my dress. But I can wait, I can. I can do this.) Ok so back to the story…

I tried on countless other dresses that were in my price range, but always found myself comparing it to the dream. That’s when I decided to buckle down and search the world for it. Low and behold, I found my super pricey, HUGELY DISCOUNTED dress within a day or two! … in Scottsdale, Arizona. And I’m in NY. Fortunately, it didn’t matter! The whole experience, from the first email and phone calls to the moment I received my boxed dress in the mail, was one I wouldn’t trade for anything. It was so thrilling, so heartwarming and so easy! I came away not only with a dress, but a pretty great friend in the boutique owner. She was the absolute kindest person, and better yet, it’s a lovely story I can think back on when I’m older, tummy swollen after multiple births, knitting some kind of blanket and talking to myself on the porch while my husband pretends to listen and then goes inside to turn on the game. (He doesn’t do that yet, but it’s comin’. Yeah you KNOW it’s comin’.) Ah yes. But at least I’ll have my stories… right?

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