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How can you save money on bridesmaids' dresses?

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November 10, 2010 7:47AM

Struggling to find the perfect attendant dresses while not completely blowing your bridesmaid's budget is a tough one. On one hand, you want the day to be absolutely perfect and so beautiful as to never be forgotten. On the other hand, you know that these dresses may only be worn once, and it's hard to spend a fortune on something so frivolous. One good way to appease your budget (or your bridesmaid's, if they're going to pay for the dresses) is to shop for the dresses during or especially just after the holidays. The key, though, is to not look in expensive bridal salons for the dresses.

Try your local department store's formal wear department, or even catalogues. Not only can you find absolute steals on bridesmaid dresses, but often you might be able to find just the perfect design and color, while still choosing a dress that your bridesmaids can wear to other formal-type occasions. In addition, many of the dress designs in department stores are incredibly similar to those you'd find in a bridal salon, and no one will ever be the wiser.