At the Crystal Ballroom, we understand that every bride wants an amazing wedding celebration. We also understand that not everyone is born with a silver spoon in their mouth. For that reason, we present three suggestions for finding a stunning wedding dress, even if you are planning your wedding on a shoestring budget.

Throw Off Tradition

Although traditionally a bride floats down the aisle to the man of her dreams, dressed in a swirl of white silk and tulle, there is no hard and fast rule that states every bride must wear a gown for her ballroom wedding. Nancy Reagan wore a simple wool suit at her wedding in the 1950’s when she exchanged vows with future-president Ronald Reagan, yet somehow, in spite of her lack of a traditional wedding gown, the two of them managed to live happily ever after. If they can, you can, so consider bucking tradition and wearing a dress of your own choosing in lieu of an expensive gown.

Something Borrowed

Although the “something borrowed” isn’t typically the bride’s dress, there is nothing wrong with borrowing or even renting your dress for this special occasion. By wearing a rental gown, or borrowing from your best friend’s closet, you could save thousands of dollars on the dress that you only intend to wear once.

Shop ‘Til You Drop

If the only places you look for a wedding dress are expensive boutiques, then, yes, you can expect to pay expensive boutique prices for your dress. Many brides have successfully found stunning gowns in a places you would not expect to find such exquisite formal wear. Don’t be afraid to look at second-hand shops, online bargain sites such as Craigslist, or even estate sales if you are serious about pinching your wedding pennies. Yes, that means you may have to invest a little more time and effort into finding just the right dress, but we think you will agree that the savings will be worth it!

Of course, if you are planning a wedding on a tight budget, one of the easiest ways to cut your wedding costs is to book the Crystal Ballroom as your reception venue. Our wedding packages start at prices even the most frugal bride and groom can afford. For more information on all that our packages include, or to book a ballroom for your next special event, contact us today!