As inflation rises, and the cost of the simplest things increase, people look to cut corners just about anywhere. However, many people do not consider cutting corners when it comes to their wedding. At the same time, there are many ways to make an inexpensive wedding just as nice, without draining your bank account.

The most popular way to make this happen is by purchasing a "cheap" wedding dress. A dress does not have to be custom-made or designer to be lovely, memorable and flattering. Like anything else, wedding dresses come in all prices, shapes and sizes. Depending on where you'd like to do your shopping, and exploring, there are a multitude of ways to find an economical dress. In this article, you will learn the top six ways to attain a wedding dress for less.   

There are many ways to plan for an inexpensive, but still beautiful wedding dress. One option is to go old-school style. If your mother, or another relative has an old wedding dress, ask if you can borrow it. That way, you wear their memories, carrying on a legacy all while cutting hundreds (and sometimes thousands) off your wedding budget.

Wearing a vintage dress also allows you to check off "old" and "borrowed" from the tradition of "Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue." If the dress is too old-fashioned looking, don’t feel shy about asking whether you can make changes. If the answer is yes, take it to a tailor and have changes made to bring the dress up-to-date.

Another tip to save a bundle on your wedding dress is to hunt for a bargain. Many stores feature annual sales on wedding gowns. These are commonly called "sample sales". Most of these happen twice a year; once in the fall and once in the summer. The most famous places that feature these steep discounts are David's Bridal and Kleinman's.   

Have you ever considered shopping for your wedding dress online? Online shopping allows for the best bargain shopping in the least amount of time. You can find discount stores online, and even find promo codes to save more money. Shopping online allows you to view dresses without ever leaving the comfort of your own home.

Another option for a less expensive wedding dress is to shop gently used stores. Wedding dresses are the perfect items to pick up at second hand stores as they have only been worn once. Most dresses you find will be in these types of establishments will be in excellent condition. You can also find a "cheap" wedding dress in vintage shops and other non-wedding stores. Be creative; plenty of stores offer white and ivory dresses that are suitable for any occasion, including a wedding.

Finally, you can save money by renting a dress. If you do not want your dress for an heirloom, then renting is perfect for you. It saves on storage room, and you only have to deal with it for one day. The trick is to start shopping early to ensure you find a dress that both fits, and is the style that you love. Another way to save is to ask for a rental package (which may include accessories like jewelry, a veil and shoes). Check the contract carefully so that your dress will be clean and available to pick up several days before the big day. Pay attention to extra charges for damages, alterations (if needed), and if you need to pay a security deposit.   

In the end, only you can decide what is an appropriate amount of money to spend on your dress. Remember though, that no one but you will know how much you spent. Whether you rented the dress for the night, fixed up your grandmother’s gown, or found your dress for $20 at a second hand shop, it is the meaning and care that you put into finding the perfect dress that matters. Don’t let anyone tell you any different.