I like a bargain, but not when it comes to a wedding dress

Sarah Beeny

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Lou Nash and Jez Clark

I would never spend thousands of pounds on a dress I’m going to wear once, but I do have to put my foot down when it comes to buying a wedding dress from a supermarket.

The practical side of me thinks a supermarket wedding dress, lunch at the all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet and a honeymoon camping in Devon is the way forward.

It’s meant to be a dream dress, the most beautiful you’ll ever wear. Searching for the perfect dress and trying it on is a special experience shared with your mum, sisters and bridesmaids sitting in a beautiful boutique sipping champagne.

But somehow I can’t see your family and friends wanting to hang around the aisles of Tesco, where you can’t even try the thing on.

I don’t think Jez understands that a wedding dress isn’t just any old white dress, it needs to fit you perfectly and make you feel amazing.

I just can’t see Tesco’s one-style-fits-all dress making any woman feel that special.

Although I’m sure they’ll prove popular with the male contestants of TV show Don’t Tell The Bride!

Jez: I am slightly sad that Tesco did not sell wedding dresses for £80 when I got married back in June 2000.

My wedding cost thousands and my wife’s dress was hand-made at a little boutique in the village of Botley.

Now, 15 years later, I can’t help but think we spent an awful lot of money on just one day.

Don’t get me wrong, it was a brilliant day and the honeymoon to Miami and New York was also fab.

But surely if we could have purchased a Tesco wedding dress we could have saved a considerable chunk of money.

The wedding dress just has to look pretty and white, as within a few hours most of the guests are normally too tipsy to notice the bride’s dress anyway.

The practical side of me thinks a supermarket wedding dress, lunch at the all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet and a honeymoon camping in Devon is the way forward.

Then with all the money saved, you’re on the way to the deposit needed for your first home.

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