3. Go Non-Traditional – You don’t have to have a sleevelss, white, satin wedding dress with a 5 foot train in order to get married. Brides not afraid to think outside of the box can save a bucket of cash on a dress if they shop outside “wedding” stores. Plenty of department and other types of stores offer white and ivory dresses that are suitable for any occasion, including a wedding. No one will know, nor should they care, where you found your dress.

Try:
Lightinthebox
eDressMe.com How to Find a Cheap (and Stylish) Wedding Dress
CocoMyles
Bluefly.com  How to Find a Cheap (and Stylish) Wedding Dress
OldNavy.com How to Find a Cheap (and Stylish) Wedding Dress
Nordstrom.com How to Find a Cheap (and Stylish) Wedding Dress

4. Search Online– Shopping online for a wedding dress is a great option if you know the type of dress that you want AND you have plenty of time before the event (at least 6 months) to take a bit of a chance.

Try:
Lilywedding.com
Milanoo
Watters.com
Dessy.com
Overstock.com  How to Find a Cheap (and Stylish) Wedding Dress

5. Hit Up a Relative – Why not borrow a wedding gown from your mom, sister, or cousin? Most wedding gowns are stored away and never used (or seen) again. Asking a loved one for a dress loan may start a new tradition in the family. Ask if you can alter the dress to your own specifications, saving you a ton of money.

Photo: Silk Tricotine Dress, $325 at JCrew