Weddings can certainly run away with your cash so, not surprisingly, savvy couples are keen to save money while creating an amazing day.

Smart ways to save your wedding cash:

marry out of season on a week day – this way you can snap up the fantastic deals offered by venues during their quieter times. fab shoes don’t need to cost a fortune if you avoid big name brands – make sure they are comfy though – its a long day on your feet hold your ceremony and reception at the same venue or at two places within walking distance of each other – you will save transport costs consider a buffet instead of a sit down meal this saves waiters wages hire graduate student musicians – very talented and a fraction of the cost of professionals

Photography by Sarahrabbin at 315

But what about the wedding dress?

Every bride wants to look and feel fabulous on her wedding day – let’s face it – with all eyes on you, your gown is the most self-expressive dress you will ever wear. The good news is you don’t have to blow your budget to wear an amazing designer bridal gown. You just have to be in the know. So what are your options?

Amelia by Essense of Australia £550 Bridal Sale Week Limelight Occasions


Buying your wedding dress online seems is tempting on the face of it. There are hundreds of sites on the internet offering designer wedding dresses at a fraction of the recommended retail price. But there is a saying – if it seems too good to be true then it probably is and this is never more true than in the case of the online wedding dress.

This is how it works – the discount website steals the images of a gorgeous wedding dress off the designers website. You, the bride are led to believe you will get an exact copy of this dress at a fraction of the price. But there is another saying – you get what you pay for in life. If you order a cheap copy of a designer dress from a discount website, you risk a poorly made dress  arriving in cheap fabric, looking nothing like the original design, which was made from quality fabrics by highly skilled seamstresses overseen by a top designer.

These nasty copies are usually made in China with no option for return and refund. Suddenly you are on your own with a wedding dress you wouldn’t be seen dead in and now you have to buy another dress – no savings there then!

To spot a counterfeit wedding dress manufacturer look out for these tell tale signs:

there is no money back guarantee there is no contact information or returns policy on the website there is no alterations department or shop you can visit if you have a problem the website isn’t listed on the designers website. Only authorised stockists can sell that designer’s collections – anyone not listed as authorised is likely to be selling counterfeits.

But don’t take my word for it – check out the link  or simply type counterfeit wedding dresses and read the horror stories for yourself.

The High Street

Many high street stores are currently offering a small selection of wedding dresses – I’ll have those skinny jeans in a stone washed size 10, oh and that wedding dress please………….. really??? 

 Outlet Stores

Recently chains of wedding dress outlet stores have opened across the country. This seems like the answer for the budget conscious bride – rows and rows of the same dress in different sizes for you to queue up to try, buy and take away. Our brides report that the dresses are OK for what they cost. You queue for someone to  help you into your dresses and you have a limit of four. If you don’t find your dress among these four you have to go back to the end of the queue and start again. So you get an OK dress with an OK service but is Ok good enough for your wedding dress – the most self expressive dress you will ever wear? You can do so much better and still work within your budget!

Authorised Designer Stockists – independent bridal boutiques

Wild flower by Ian Stuart £950 Bridal Sale Week Limelight Occasions

Did you know that authorised stockists of designer wedding dresses are experts in bridal styling and sizing and regularly sell sample dresses – original top quality wedding dresses – off the peg at reduced prices? This is because they have to make room in the store for new collections. The beauty of this is you know you are buying a genuine, quality designer bridal gown and it really is a fraction of the price it would be to order. Now that is the way to save money on your wedding dress! Tell the boutique’s bridal stylist your budget and what you are looking for and she will find you an amazing dress that truly is a bargain – it’s a no brainer!

To help brides find a gorgeous, genuine wedding dress at a price they can comfortably afford, The BBSA – the British Bridal Suppliers Association whose members include well known, highly respected designer bridal brands and authorised bridal retailers, are holding a national bridal sale week. Limelight is very excited to be a part of this event – so check out images of our sale dresses at and ring us on 01484 605185 or email to book an appointment for bridal sale week Friday 30th June to Friday 7th July 2017. Our bridal stylists will help you find your wedding dress at a fraction of it’s normal cost and you can take it away that day! We look forward to meeting  you!