Monday, March 7, 2011

How to Save Money on Glitz Pageant Dresses

Have you priced glitz pageant dresses for toddlers and glitz pageant dresses for little girls? Many winning dresses are custom made and can cost around $2,000. That's for a dress that includes hundreds of Swarovski stones, and a choker and hairbow usually come with the dress. That's still A LOT of money. If you don't have that kind of cash to spend on pageant dresses, you might like one of the following ideas.

One way is to buy a dress that doesn't have any stoning and stone it yourself. We've done this a couple of times for my granddaughter and my niece and have had excellent results. As a matter of fact, my best friend and I stoned the white dress in the attached photo, and I don't think it ever lost a competition. To get step-by-step instructions on how to stone a dress, follow this link:

Another idea is to buy a used pageant dress. Ebay and some of the pageant boards always have pageant dresses for sale. Many of them will have stains on the inside from tanning, but don't let this put you off. In just about every case, the stains cannot be seen when the child is on stage. When you're buying a dress without tryingit on, pay very close attention to the measurements posted. Many sellers do not accept returns.

Here's something else I did once that worked out well. I found a used pageant dress that had a gorgeous bodice but an unimpressive skirt. Fortunately, it was a two-piece dress, so the skirt could be detached. I found a lady who made pageant dresses and paid her to make us a new skirt. We attached the new skirt to the used dress, and viola - a beautiful glitz pageant dress!

Even a good used pageant dress that's going to be competitve might cost more money than you want to pay. In that case, consider renting a pageant dress. In most areas, you can do this for anywhere from $50 to $100. A pageant director or a pageant coach can probably give you information about renting pageant dresses.

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