Are you looking for the perfect wedding dress, but don't want to break the bank? If so, you've come to the right place. Whether you are on the hunt for something sweet or something that will make a statement, you can find the wedding dress of your dreams and keep to your budget.

Bridal Boutique Sales

The interior of a wedding dress boutique
Photo: Sweet Violet Bride

When you think of going into a boutique, you likely think of high prices, but not everything is going to cost you an arm and a leg. In fact, bridal boutiques often have great deals and even though sizes and styles may be limited; it's always good to look around because alterations are often a possibility.

Online Auctions

Wedding dress is auctioned off
Photo: Martindale Auction Services

Online auctions such as eBay are a great way to find yourself the perfect wedding dress. Not only are there tons of options, you can actually have your dress custom made. It may sound like a crazy idea, but if you are willing to wait a couple of months or more to score a great deal, this is an option we encourage you to look into.

Local Seamstress

wedding dress seamstress makes alterations
Photo: Ralph & Russo

If you prefer to have a dress custom made somewhere close to home, check out your town's talent. Tons of young seamstresses around the country are willing to work at an affordable rate as they build their reputation.

Keep it in the Family

Bride and groom hold family wedding photos
Photo: Alison Epps

Most of the time, there is a family member close to you who has gotten married already, and you could recycle their wedding dress. Think vintage! Even if there are certain things you'd like to change or upgrade, such as the sleeve length or veil, using a family member's gown would make for an awesome story.

Know When to Shop

The exterior of a wedding boutique
Photo: Lisa Gigliotti

If you are set on a designer gown, be sure to shop at the right time. During the summer and winter months, most bridal boutiques are lowering their prices on last season's designs to make room for new wedding gowns, which makes these months ideal for scoring the best possible price.

Take Your Time

wedding dress reflected in mirror
Photo: Paris Ciel

Of course you are excited to buy a dress. But don't let the excitement get the best of you and go overboard on the first gown you see. Take things slow and enjoy the shopping process. This way, once you find a great wedding dress at a great price, you'll know you made the right choice.

Ask for Help

bride gets help shopping for wedding dresses
Photo: Luulla

Two heads (or more) are always better than one. Don't be afraid to ask for advice from past brides. Their knowledge can be extremely valuable when it comes to shopping for wedding dresses -- and just about everything else wedding related.

Etsy it Up

etsy wedding
Photo: Maruysa

If you have a passion for arts and crafts, get creative. Start out with a basic white gown and add your own unique touches such as a beaded corset or lace overlay for a one-of-a-kind gown that looks like a million bucks.

Don't be Afraid of Online Shopping

online wedding dress
Photo: DH Gate

Once you've decided on your ideal style, check out the many amazing deals online -- but be sure to do your research before ordering. There are tons of scams online so it is always best to do a Google search before placing any orders.

Rent a Wedding Dress

floral wedding gown
Photo: Borrowing Magnolia

If keeping your dress isn't important, consider renting one. This will allow you to wear the gown of your dreams -- even if it is completely over your budget to purchase it.