Being a bride on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have a gorgeous gown. At Vows, designer brands are seriously discounted, and the service, if not quite five-star, is all smiles and helpful advice. Search for styles online before elbowing aside other girls for Oscar de la Renta, Givenchy, Monique Lhuillier, and Yumi Katsura dresses marked down well below retail, and save your money for the honeymoon.
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