Gone are the days when the words “high-street wedding dress” would send a shudder down any bride-to-be’s spine.
With stunning high street dresses available for as little as £100 , shoppers are already guaranteed to be getting a bargain. However, another bonus of buying your dress from the high-street is being able to make the most of voucher codes, discounts and cashback offers.
We’ve come up with some handy hacks for anyone looking to say yes to the dress and the price tag too.
How to save on your high street wedding dress
1. Do your research
While having a browse online and in store can be helpful, we advise doing some research beforehand.
It’s always best to plot out what you need rather than what catches your eye in the moment. The high street is filled with plenty of affordable version of designer or premium bridal styles, meaning you can find a dress you really love – and stay quids in.
2. Use cashback sites
They’re free to join and you’ll earn money on any online purchases you make with eligible retailers.
So how does it work? Customers shop through a cashback website like TopCashback or Quidco – who will then get paid (by the brand) for ‘referring’ you to them. The cashback website then pays you a cut (into your member’s account) as a reward for using its services, and as an incentive to encourage you to return. You can then transfer the cash earned into your bank account.
Here are some of the best cashback deals from TopCashback we’ve spotted for popular high street retailer’s with bridal ranges:
3. Look for discount codes
It’s always worth looking at voucher code sites before you buy as you can save yourself a small fortune.
Don’t forget to sign up to specific retailer’s newsletters to receive news on the latest offers and promotions – and often you’ll get a promotional discount just for signing up.
4. Save on delivery charges
Most retailer’s offer free delivery if you’re spending a fair bit with them, which is great if you’re ordering a few dress options.
If you’re not eligible for free delivery, opting for a free click and collect in store option can be great and many retailers will let you try on and return if not suitable in store.
5. Search in the sales
It’s a no-brainer really. With seasonal discounts going on throughout the year chances are if you time your search right you’ll be able to coincide shopping with the latest sale. The only risk is hunting that size UK12 dress when everyone else wants it may be tricky.
Also it’s worth noting that just because it’s on sale, doesn’t make it a style steal. We advise you to follow these simple rules:
- DON’T buy something that isn’t the correct size. Chances are that if you vow to alter or slim into it, you won’t, and you’ll end up in meltdown in the run up to your big day.
- DO stick to styles and silhouettes you know will suit you. You’ll feel more comfortable on the day and that’s the most important thing.
- DON’T pick a dress based on trends. Here today, gone tomorrow.
- DO shop with purpose – and decide what you want beforehand.
- DON’T let the price sway you. A bargain may be a bargain, but sometimes it’s better left on the hanger than in your wardrobe.