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Wedding dress on a budget: Go charity shopping

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 24th, 2011 1 comment

Bride shopping at Sense Charity Shop

All brides want to look princess-like on their wedding day, but without the royal budget to blow on cakes, bubbly and the dress what is a girl to do? If the increased VAT rise – and general economic austerity – has taken a stab at your wedding budget, it’s time to think differently and go charity shopping!

Once an item to keep for life, many brides are now thinking differently and donating their wedding dresses to charity shops – recycling their dresses as a way of sharing their special day and letting the dress play the role it was designed for many times over. We’re guessing smaller flats and less storage space is a key factor too. The stigma once connected with second-hand clothes is long gone and thrifty brides-to-be are hitting local charity shops in the hunt for the perfect dress at a fragment of the price. And that is without the added benefit of contributing towards a worthwhile cause!

National charity Sense, the deafblind charity, reports an increase in donated wedding dresses across all of their charity shops in the UK. Its Kingswinford branch in the West Midlands has even received such a high quantity of donated wedding dresses that it has opened its own wedding department, complete with dresses, shoes, tiaras, bridesmaid and page boy outfits, as well as mother-of-the-bride accessories.

What are you waiting for ladies – go shop!

You can search for your local Sense charity shop at or buy online here.

Image: Sense

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