Here Comes the Bride!

Ladies it’s almost that time of year again! Someone is getting married whether it’s you, friend, coworker or sister you may find yourself shopping for either a formal dress or a wedding dress soon!

So where can you find a nice,cheap dress to your liking? The thrift store! Yes it’s true you can. If you are open to wearing a previously owned wedding gown there are quite a few in the thrift stores and Good Will stores in your local area.  This past weekend I went to a few thrift stores and the Salvation Army and saw a repetitive theme of formal dresses and wedding gowns. I was surprised but then  I also thought to myself it is wedding season and some bridesmaids are donating their dresses as well as brides.  A few tips for picking out your dream dress:


  • Be open- if you are planning to save money on your big day, finding a dress you like at the thrift store may be an option. It may not be the exact dress you pictured but maybe it could be altered or enhanced to what you desire. Also some formal dresses can be worn as a wedding dress in ivory or cream and remember accessories bring any dress together!
  • Shop around- Look at multiple stores. You can check in your area but check other stores if you are out of town. Also check for stores in wealthy neighborhoods, most times they carry really elegant items!
  • Get opinions- in this instance you may want to take 1-2 friends/family that will be honest with you. Maybe someone who is also into thrift shopping and understands saving money. They can help you decide which dresses would be worth purchasing and how to alter the dress to your desire. You could even ask other customers in the store and take pics to send to friends and family for feedback!

     If your goal is to save money and you aren’t stuck on purchasing an $800 dress for one day then going to a Good Will is a good option. The same goes for purchasing a formal dress for a wedding or special event. Why spend that much when you can spend $50 and possibly resell it or donate it again!


7 thoughts on “Here Comes the Bride!

  1. I love the thrift store. I often get formal gowns and things from there and have found some food finds. And even if you get your wedding dress from the thrift store, you can get someone to add beading or something to make it look new and how you like it…AND probably still come out cheaper.


  2. I totally agree! Thrift stores are filled with surprises. I actually had my bridesmaids pick their own dresses, I just told them what the color had to be and then got them matching necklaces and hair flowers. They all showed up looking amazing and unique to their own style. This is a GREAT post!


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