Wedding Outfit Shopping Tips for Families!

As you know I am a big fan of weddings. Ours is a day that still brings me joy whenever I think about it. Attending other people's weddings always brings back happy memories, and makes it easier to create more, as a family.

However, it does mean going shopping for outfits for everyone. The more I do it the easier it is to get the whole family looking great without spending a fortune. To help you to do the same, I have outlined my top tips below.

Check out the larger retailers first
My first tip is to avoid the boutiques. These days, most department stores stock beautiful occasion dresses and formal wear that are not crazy expensive. There is usually plenty of choice. They update their ranges regularly, making it easier for you to stay on trend.
Perhaps, more importantly, you can usually buy everything you need for the whole family under one roof. This is a huge time saver, which is an important consideration when you have a busy family life.
Keeping control of your budget is also easier when you shop in this way. Most large retailers target family buyers. They want to be the first place you think of whenever you need something, so they work hard to keep prices at a reasonable level. Boutiques want you to buy from them regularly too, but economies of scale and the fact you are only going to occasionally need a special outfit makes it hard for them to keep their prices really low. 

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Do not be afraid to ask for a discount
However, that does not mean that you can never find an affordable outfit in an independent boutique store. That is certainly not true. Often, if you ask an independent retailer for a discount they will be able to meet you halfway. Generally speaking, the more you are buying the easier it is for them to offer you a good deal.

Shop in the sales
Of course, if you shop in the sales you will save money. Set up a separate email and sign up for clothing retailer website newsletters. Make sure that you include the smaller retailers when you do this. I say this because, these days, most of them have websites, and market themselves in the same way that the bigger stores do. If you do this you will be notified of most of their sales and special offers. It is also worth signing up for the bigger voucher and coupon sites.
You do not have to read every single email. Just sign in a week or two before you are due to go shopping to see who has sales and offers, so you can focus your shopping efforts. 

Re-work what you have
Updating outfits you already own is another option. Usually taking this approach saves you time as well as money. As you can see here, you do not necessarily have to be able to sew to alter and update items of clothing that you already own.

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