Thrifty wedding: The perfect wedding dress for £30

Earlier this year my sister, Sheryl, had the most wonderful thrifty wedding and I have been writing posts to show that a wedding doesn’t need loads of dosh thrown at it to make it beautiful.

Previously I have posted about how she bought her own wedding flowers and arranged them herself and the vintage style name place cards I handmade to cut the cost of the wedding. This time I’m talking about the most important part of a wedding (apart from the groom, of course!); the wedding dress. It has to be perfect. It has to be special. It has to make the bride feel elegant. But when you are on a budget, it has to be the right price too.

Second hand dresses are a great way to get the dress of your dreams at a fraction of the retail price. Even more, you can alter a dress to your liking to make it truly unique. This is exactly what my sister did.

She fell in love with a dress from Phase Eight, which, at the time, was a bit over her budget at £750 and it was no longer available to buy as it was end of line. So, she started looking for a second hand dress. After all, wedding dresses are worn for only a day meaning a second hand dress is more than likely to be in excellent condition.

After a while searching websites such as eBay, Gumtree and Sell My Wedding for second hand wedding dresses she actually found the Phase Eight dress for just £350. That’s £400 less than a new dress and it will have only been worn for one day – bargain!

When she tried on the dress for the first time she was a little disappointed because it wasn’t ‘perfect’. The lace design covered the whole piece and she felt it looked a bit heavy on her. So, she paid a dress maker to alter it. It was an additional cost but it would still be cheaper than buying a brand new dress and it would be truly unique and exactly what she wanted as a result.

The dress maker removed some of the lace pattern from the chest and from an area of the back to reveal the netted fabric underneath. The size of the train was reduced and a ribbon handle was attached the train so she could lift it up while walking. The result was a daintier dress that flattered her small figure beautifully. The dress maker cost just £75 bringing the final cost to £425.

And here’s the best bit; she sold it on for £395. That means the dress only cost her £30! Now, that’s an amazing bargain, don’t you think?

PS. Have you or would you be happy with a 
second hand dress on your wedding day?

By Jenni Tulip

I'm a bright-haired, hill walking, magpie whispering, skull collecting, tree hugging, money saving, bird watching, happy campervanning, ferret fanatic, woodland dweller sharing my stories and passion for the outdoors to inspire you to immerse yourself in nature.

  • What a beautiful bargain! Although I think I would of kept the dress as it's so nice! Little Life Thoughts

  • wow what a fab bargain my dress was £800 eek am going to see if i can sell it at some point though

  • That dress is absolutely gorgeous! I'm not even exaggerating when I say it's one of the nicest I've ever seen. I love the idea of a dress being passed on to new brides too. It's a great way of wearing a lovely dress while saving money and being all environmentally friendly