Special to OneWed by Susan Alexander Shapiro from BravoBride.com
I was watching Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids Edition this weekend and was reminded of the high costs associated with being in the wedding party. The honor of being asked to be a bridesmaid might fade when you spend several hundred dollars on a dress you’ll probably never wear again. So I came up with a short list on how to save your bridesmaids' money while finding a dress you can all love.
1. Think Out of the Bridal Shop Box Try looking in unconventional places to buy a bridesmaid’s gown. Go shopping for them during prom season and after New Years Eve at department stores or online. A bridesmaid's gown can be budget-friendly and doesn't have to come from a bridal shop.
2. Buy a Preowned Bridesmaid Dress Most bridesmaids' dresses are only worn for a short period of time and just once so consider purchasing a preowned dress. Search your local Craigslist, eBay or online wedding marketplaces.
3. Resell Your Dress If you have a stylish bridesmaid’s dress you can recoup some of the cost by selling it to someone else. List it for sale for free on BravoBride.com and help out another future bridesmaid or try the new service from NewlyMaid.com. You can mail your dress to NewlyMaid and trade it in for a new dress on their site.
4. Rent Your Gown Yes, you can now rent your gown just like the guys can rent their tuxes. Take a look at LittleBorrowedDress.com and for only $75 you can have a dress that will match the whole wedding party. Send it back after the wedding and keep the extra space in your closet.
5. Wear a Dress You Already Own Who doesn’t already have a little black dress in the closet? If you don’t, it’s a great excuse to buy one. Allow your bridesmaids to wear their favorite LBD and then pull the look together by asking them to all wear the same color sash, brooch or wedding hair accessory.
Now we want to hear your money-saving ideas for bridesmaids! Post a comment to share your secrets!