The phrase “affordable wedding dresses” may seem like an oxymoron; however, it is possible to save money without compromising on your dream wedding dress.
Most brides yearn for the dazzling designer dress without sacrificing the venue, flowers, reception, and everything that makes the day special. With a bit of research and a lot of patience, the bride can have her cake and eat it too!
Where to Find Affordable Wedding Dresses
Knowing where to shop for an affordable wedding dress is half the battle. Here are some helpful suggestions.
Trunk Shows or Sample Sales
Trunk shows are designed to showcase one designer’s collection, usually at a wedding boutique. In many cases, these publicized events will be hosted by the designer themselves. It is an opportunity to see the dresses with reduced prices. A sample show is a similar event but offers a collection of various designer gowns, usually at clearance discounts.
Retail Wedding Lines
Wedding dresses are a multi-million-dollar business and many retail outlets have joined in the race to bring the best selections to brides at low prices. Online sites offer a larger selection due to space restraints within the stand-alone stores.
Coupons and Discount Vouchers
Affordable bridal dresses are easy to find if you know where to look. Brick-and-mortar wedding dress boutiques and online shops may offer discount vouchers and coupons on select designer dresses. Keep watch for promotional sales and vendor listings.
Used Bridal Dresses
While used bridal dresses may be seen as cheap wedding dress in some eyes, the important thing is how does the bride feel about it? Wedding dresses tend to be worn once or twice for fittings and then for a time of 4 to 8 hours on the day of the ceremony. Why not recycle the dress by allowing it to be used by another bride?
Shop from Off-Season Sales
A wedding dress is designed with a particular bride in mind. The gown a bride dreams about can be part of this year’s fashion show or may be found in last season’s selection. There is no right or wrong when it comes to choosing a wedding dress. Off-season sales are a good way to save money while seeing your vision of the perfect dress come to life.
Pop-Up Bridal Dress Sale Events
For the best wedding dress deals without compromising on style, consider shopping for a new dress at a pop-up bridal dress sale event. This offers an opportunity to see the dress up-close, feel the fabric, and try on the dress before buying.
Benefits of Shopping at Opportunity Bridal’s Sales Events
Opportunity Bridal is a travelling wedding dress boutique that brings designer dresses and gowns to brides throughout Canada. Our one-day pop-up shops showcase the most gorgeous designer and off-the-rack wedding dresses across the country. Opportunity Bridal can offer our dresses and accessories at massive discounts of 50% to 80% off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.
Designer Bridal Dresses
Opportunity Bridal is proud of the wide range of national and international designer wedding dresses we offer brides of all tastes. Whether it is a traditional classic look or one of a unique style, the dress should express the personality of the bride. We work with designers to offer limited-run sample dresses as well as the latest styles and designs.
We offer a variety of bridal accessories to choose from including veils, tiaras, hair accessories, and belts. Having these options onsite allow the bride to coordinate the wedding look in one spot! It can be difficult to ensure the accessories match the design or style of the dress without having it on hand.
Plus Size Wedding Dresses
For affordable plus size wedding dresses, our pop-up sales events are the only stop a bride needs! Opportunity Bridal offers Canada’s largest selection of plus-size wedding dresses at each one of our pop-up show events. Enjoy selecting your dream wedding dress from our collection of more than 200 gowns in plus-size options.
Get to Try a Dress Before Buying
At Opportunity Bridal events, we offer 20 to 32 private changing rooms for brides, the number depends largely on the size of the venue. Each bride can have three dresses in a changing room at one time in order to keep the inventory on the floor for other interested brides.
Enjoy a Self-Service Shopping Experience
Each one of our pop-up wedding dress events are organized for the bride and her entourage to freely browse our massive selection. Choose the dresses to try on at your own pace! We do have onsite staff to assist with hanging up the dresses and to answer any questions you may have!
Bring Your Dream Wedding Dress Home on the Same Day
Because of our one-of-a-kind business model, you are able to take your dream wedding dress home with you! All of our dresses and gowns, as well as the accessories, are “pay and carry”!
Multiple Payment Options
We accept cash, Debit, Visa and MasterCard at all pop-up sales events.
Deals and Discount Offers
Opportunity Bridal offers VIP early access tickets at a price of $40, which will be applied as a credit towards the purchase of your wedding gown. The VIP ticket includes early access to the dress show before the doors open to the general public, guarantees use of a changing room, and skip-the-line access. Brides are welcome to bring along four guests with their VIP ticket.
Check Opportunity Bridal’s Upcoming Bridal Sale Events for 2023
For affordable “bridal dresses near me” searches, click here for Opportunity Bridal’s complete list of upcoming sales events in 2023!
Ricarda is the National Sales Manager for Opportunity Bridal. Ricarda comes from a creative background but has been working in the Bridal industry for over 5 years and has done over 300 sales events, coast to coast. Her mission is to create welcoming and warm experiences for everyone she meets and loves the chance to learn and share her knowledge of the Bridal industry with others.