My David's Bridal dress! ©Polyrhythm Photography
|Taffeta Ball Gown from David's Bridal|
|David's Bridal One Shoulder Tulle|
A few of my friends are planning their weddings, and I definitely recommended that they at least look at DB before they make any decisions. It really is a good, quality budget bridal store.
Of course, there are a lot of other options for finding a great wedding dress. I had no idea, but some department stores have a bridal selection! Depending on the store, you might be able to find your dress for a lower price than at a bridal boutique or DB (some also have more expensive dresses, though.) For example, did you know that JC Penney (JCP) offers wedding dresses!? Their selection isn't very large, but you still might be able to find the perfect dress for you or your bridesmaids there and manage to stay within your budget.
|JCP Strapless Beaded Wedding Gown|
|Flaunt by Mori Lee - Prom|
I have also heard a few people mention buying a white prom dress to wear as a wedding dress because they usually cost less than a "real" wedding gown, but I really don't know if I like this idea for the simple fact that most prom dresses look juvenile because that's how they are SUPPOSED to look. They are designed for high school girls and usually don't look elegant or classy enough to wear as a wedding dress.
One last word of advice, whatever you do, please don't order your dress from the internet! I'll admit that you can get designer style dresses for incredibly cheap, but you are taking a HUGE gamble by ordering from a (usually) foreign company online. You have no idea if the dress will arrive as described or what its condition, quality, or fit will be. My cousin ordered her dress online at the last minute and when she received it, it was GRAY/SILVER and not white!! Talk about panic... just do yourselves a favor and save a little bit of stress by buying from a reputable store and trying on the dress in person. Remember: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.