Attend a sale like Fileneâ€™s Running of the Brides, where designer dresses are sold for as low as $249. Check FilenesBasement.com for dates. Also, avoid changing dresses between the ceremony and reception. There are stylish and affordable options from retailers such as Davidâ€™s Bridal that have removable trains and bustles. If youâ€™re in NYC or plan to be, check out the Garment District for super inexpensive bridal accessories (veils for as low as $40!) and visit the Bridal Building, 1385 Broadway, NYC 10018 212.764.5769 (primarily for trade but open to the public on Saturdays) for other bargain bridal buys.