Five tips for finding cheap bridesmaid dresses and reducing wedding costs

WEDDING season is in full swing, but the cost of being a bridesmaid is rising.

Oasis Fashion estimates that the average spend on a bridesmaid dress is now £114.

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We’ve got five great tips for finding cheap bridesmaids dresses and cutting wedding costsCredit: Getty

Whether you’re a bride shopping for dresses for your maids or a bridesmaid grabbing yours, here’s how to keep dress costs down while staying glam. . .

REPORT IT: If you’re a bride on a tight budget, don’t overdo it.

Pick a color that most of us have in our wardrobes, like navy blue. All bridesmaids can wear their own dresses in this shade.

You can easily pull the theme together by choosing an accent ribbon to then tie around the bridesmaids waist and bouquets. Get 15 yards of pink satin ribbon from Hobbycraft for £1.

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LOVE TO LOVE AGAIN: Check second-hand sites like Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree, Shpock, and Depop for bundled bridesmaids dresses.

I spotted a set of six blue Debenhams bridesmaid dresses auctioned off on eBay for £53 in total.

SOMETHING BORROWED: “It’s nothing new for guys to rent out their tuxes,” says Laura Devine, wedding planner and coordinator of devinebride.co.uk.

“Women can do the same through shopping apps like Rotaro, My Wardrobe HQ, and my favorite, By Rotation, buying designer dresses for the price of a round of cocktails.”

GIVE AND GET: Oxfam has dedicated bridal shops across the country or visit oxfam.org.uk to find a great selection.

I’ve seen bridesmaid dresses for kids from just £4.99 and for adults from £23.99.

GO TO MAIN STREET: Flower girls and their parents should check out Primark’s selection of little white lace children’s dresses from £8.

Meanwhile, H&M’s blush or pale blue satin bridesmaid dresses are available in wrap, pleated and slip-dress styles, from £39.99.

  • Prices correct at press time. Offers/offers subject to availability.

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