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7 top tips to find your dream wedding dress on a budget

7 Mistakes to Avoid When You Go Wedding Dress Shopping

Your wedding dress is one of the most unforgettable aspects of your wedding. However, it does not have to be one of the most expensive aspects as well.

Trim down your wedding gown budget and find you dream dress for less with these 7 top tips to find your dream wedding dress on a budget from Best for Bride, Canada’s leading bridal boutique.

Keep it simple

Choose a simple gown in a single fabric with few details and save a lot of money. Then, dress it up with statement accessories like an embellished sash, opulent jewelry, or a stunning veil. You can thus achieve a stylish look without having to splurge on an expensive wedding gown. For more tips on making an affordable wedding dress look expensive, visit this post on the Brides Website. You can also opt for simple silhouettes like the sheath that cost less than elaborate dress styles like the ball gown.

Target clearance and end-of-season sales

Score fantastic new wedding dresses at clearance and discount sales, when bridal shops slash prices. Most boutiques conduct sales in June and November to get rid of existing stock and make way for new collections. Therefore, you can find beautiful gowns at unbelievably low prices at these events. The dress will of course, be from earlier seasons. However, it is highly unlikely that anyone at your wedding will even notice.

Mix and match

With bridal separates being a big hit on the wedding fashion scene, this is the right time to embrace the trend and take your wedding dress budget further. Not only do bridal separates give you more choices to fit your budget, they also allow you to enjoy a unique and highly personalized bridal look. The options are endless, and whether you prefer an edgy Bohemian bridal look or timeless elegance you will have no trouble finding the perfect combination. Visit this post on the Martha Stewart weddings website for fantastic ideas on how to pull-off bridal separates.

Explore second-hand options

Find your dream wedding dress at a fraction of the original cost when you buy it second-hand. Websites like Preowned Wedding dresses and Bride2Bride list used wedding dresses online and simplify the entire shopping process. Alternately, you can also buy your dress at a bridal consignment store or thrift store. This cost-savvy idea is not just environment-friendly, it is also a beautiful way to give a wedding dress a second chance to shine.

Rent the dress

Renting your wedding dress is another cost-effective, practical, and environment-friendly choice. Rental wedding dresses are well-maintained, and most boutiques allow slight alterations to ensure the dress fits you perfectly. Moreover, you need not worry about preserving or selling your dress after your wedding day. Simply return it to the bridal store, and they will take care of the rest. Hence, it is a sensible option to look like a dream on your wedding day in an expensive designer wedding dress, without drilling a hole in your pocket.

Buy off-the-rack

The sensible choice for brides who are on a tight timeline, buying off-the-rack is also a smart way to find a fantastic dress when you have a limited wedding dress budget. The only constraint in this case is finding the right size. Most bridal stores stock floor samples and off-the-rack gowns in standard sizes only. Therefore, you may have trouble finding a suitable gown if you are on either end of the size spectrum. With limited choices available, it is also likely that you may have to settle for what is available. When shopping off-the-rack, make sure to thoroughly check the gown for any damages. Also, entrust alterations to a talented seamstress to ensure that the final fit is perfect.

Explore unconventional choices

You can save a lot on your wedding day attire, if you are flexible with your options and open to non-traditional dress choices. Make a major fashion statement on your wedding day with a curated dress that is unconventional, but chic. Find the right dress that reflects your bold personality from bridesmaid collections, dresses for special occasions, wedding jumpsuits or collections of colorful gowns. With this choice, you are more likely to wear the dress again which makes it worth the expense. This post on the Knot website will direct you towards unexpected, but interesting ideas for unconventional wedding dresses.

Author Bio: As Canada’s modern bridal shopping destination, Best for Bride is home to exquisite designer wedding dress collections, bridesmaid dress collections, bridal accessories, dresses for members of the wedding party and a wide range of wedding day services. Having been in the wedding industry for over a decade, this bridal specialty store caters to all needs of the modern bride through four bridal shops and an online shopping portal. Find out all about their extensive dress collections and services by visiting the Best for Bride website – http://www.bestforbride.com

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Hidden gem locations that brides don’t think of that offer spectacular wedding photos

Brides often describe their wedding days as a blur because things happen so fast. From preparation to reception, photographers actually have very little time to produce “money shots”. These images are the ones prominently featured in album covers and wedding blogs, romantic portraits of the newlyweds happily ever after. The good news is that you don’t need to get married at exotic venues for beautiful images. Learn how to see the light and memorable portraits can be captured even in the most ordinary locations.

 

Just add water

A wise photographer once said that the key to make photographs interesting is to add water. Brides wouldn’t want to get soaked in the rain before the reception but don’t be afraid to walk closer to lakes, the beach and shallow river streams.

 

Walk as far as you can whenever you see a dock to surround yourself with open skies, mountain ranges and clear water.

 

The bridal party can tag along for even more fun, who wouldn’t want to have group pictures on the beach? Everything looks much better when the bridesmaids’ dresses match perfectly.

 

There is the church, then there is the annex

Couples mainly book the church for the ceremony. Unless there is another event immediately after, it pays dividend to scout around, especially if you find a dark annex in the back of the church. Having an indoor location is a great alternative to cold or rainy days, always have Plan B ready.

 

Hidden in the back and neglected, we discovered this dark annex with incredible window light coming in from both sides. I immediately advised to keep the lights off to maintain the mood.

 

The window offers soft, directional light that is very flattering for portraiture. The closer, the better. Look for more wedding backdrop ideas here.

 

The local park

A classic choice, clients visit the park often out of necessity, being the location closest to the venue but quality portraits can be photographed here. Just watch out when walking with high heels, they tend to sink into the grass.

 

Be careful of what you wish for. Sunny days mean harsh light, which can be difficult to work with. If you are positioned towards the sun, your eyes will squint. If positioned on either side, the sun will cast a harsh shadow that splits the face, hardly flattering for wedding photography. The safest choice is to stand between the sun and the camera.

 

Let the golden back light shine through your hair, veil and wedding dress for dramatic imagery. Speaking of hair, don’t forget to check out our edgy wedding hairstyle recommendations.

 

Pay your neighbor a visit

These two lovebirds wanted to have their pictures taken near home, located in a rural area. We drove around, only to come across a wide farm land as the sun starts to set. With just some grass and trees, there is nothing spectacular about this place really but remember to always seek beautiful light and not locations.

 

Korean wedding Cantley by Pixelicious Ottawa wedding photographer

It is a good idea to mix things up during the photo session. A wide shot establishes the scene just like in the movies.

 

Then zoom all the way in for an intimate, close up portrait where we focus on the expression. Similar to the sample park pictures above, take advantage of the harsh sunlight by position it behind our couple.

 

Skip the dance floor for a minute

The lights are turned off and the music is pounding, everyone is having fun on the dance floor but if you can just allocate five minutes for your photographer, highly original images can be taken just outside the venue at night.

 

The absence of light is what makes an image sing. During the day, this scene would have been just another park bench under a tree. Revisit the area late at night to capture a silhouette.

 

L'Ambroisie Montreal wedding

A good photographer can make light even where there is none. Wedding pictures by the fountain is so cliché, why not try something different?

 

Known as Pixelicious, Jimmy Chan is a wedding photographer from Montreal (Canada). Often quoted in prominent wedding, business and lifestyle publications, Pixelicious exists to do the opposite of what other photographers do. We are obsessed in delivering stellar customer service and value to our clients, wedding imagery that are described as elegant and timeless.