Some readers reported that their wedding dress was a huge waste of money. Here's what they had to say:
"I got a typical strapless dress that was in fashion at the time. But looking at pictures now, I kind of cringe. It's in my closet now dirty AF because it was too expensive to get cleaned and now I'm kind of like, what was the point? I wish I had just worn a cute, simple sundress that never goes out of style."
"I loved [my dress] and I couldn't wait to wear it. Then I ended up wearing it for two hours. I wish I had looked through Torrid which, unbeknownst to me, has an ENTIRE line of plus-size gowns that won't break the bank! Now it sits in the closet, waiting for someone else to be ready to love it."
"I ended up spending a lot less [on my dress] than I know others have. It was about $800 but it’s not worth that much. I wore it ONE day, it was uncomfortable and it made it hard to dance. At the end of the night, I said fuck it and danced hard, causing it to rip at the bottom, and the back hook to come off."
Okay, you get the point! If you're not set on buying a gown, consider renting a dress or an outfit instead, especially if you'll likely never wear it again or if it would be too expensive to have cleaned. Also, keep an eye out for sample sales from brands and boutiques. You might end up scoring a great dress or wedding outfit at a deep discount! Lastly, look out for off-season price drops on certain styles; strapless or spaghetti strap dresses tend to be discounted in the wintertime when the weather is colder.