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Dresses for the Persistent Bride
A bride at the Bethesda, Md., Filene's Basement clings for dear life to designer wedding dresses.
A bride at the Bethesda, Md., Filene's Basement clings for dear life to designer wedding dresses.
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Are you willing to get a little competitive to find the wedding dress of your dreams? If so, lace up your sneakers and prepare for crowds of equally determined, feisty brides!

The annual Running of the Brides event hosted by Filene's Basement is a great time to get a gorgeous dress for an unbeatable price. Just remember to wear a sports bra or swimsuit so you can easily slip in and out of wedding dresses fast.

If a vintage dress is more your style, begin your hunt at consignment shops and antique stores. I know a girl who went shopping at a consignment store in Canada while she was on vacation. Poking around, she spotted a large hat box in a dusty corner. She opened the box to uncover a fluffy white wedding gown, well-preserved and without any major flaws. She ended up buying the 1960s-style wedding dress for only $10.

Moral of the story: You never know what deals you might find if you've got a little time and patience.


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