The Perfect Gown

Happy weekend! Today I wanted to talk about something every girl dreams about.. the DRESS. Some may have two dresses (one for the ceremony and one for the reception) I wanted to go over a few major points that they don't warn you about before dress shopping.


  1. Budget.Budget.Budget: This is the word that has probably replayed in your mind a few times thus far. Discuss this with your fiance and parents to get a ball range price nailed down on what is do able when it comes to your dress.

  2. Before you set up apppointments to try on dresses make sure you ask if they have a good selection of gowns in your budget.

  3. Please, please once you find “the gown” ask if they have a “90 day payment program”. Most dress shops do have some sort of payment plan to accommodate you.

  4. Ask your bridal consultant if they offer a discount if you purchase the gown right off of the rack. (most places will offer some sort of discount) The off the rack gowns may have a bead or two loose but the bridal salon should fix that with no charge.

  5. Step out of the box. Lets say that you have a teeny tiny budget to set aside for your gown. That is A-OK. Try your moms gown on, yes I mean the one with the poofy sleeves. Get in your visionary zone and see if there is any way to make it your style. Call a few alterations places including US. We have vision for the old and poofy sleeved gowns. Ask for a quote to re-design the dress. Re-design sounds like an expensive word. Sometimes it may only need a hem and to re-design the sleeves or neck line. Trust us it is worth a shot. You would not believe how awful some of the gowns that we find look before we put our vision into them. Send us an email if you have an old gown that you think could be the one for you with a little help from Vintage Nation. 

  6. Thrifting...”WHAT? You think I am going to find my wedding gown second hand?!!”

    ladies, ladies, calm down! You would be amazed at the amount of wedding gowns (in mint condition) that get tossed to goodwill. Here is a list of a few places I would recommend you to check out if you are on a tight gown budget.

  • Goodwill

  • Ebay

  • Facebook marketplace

  • Your mom or grandmas closet