Knoxville brides cash in on tax free weekend

Knoxville brides cash in on tax free weekend

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"Almost every bride that came in here took advantage of tax free which was great for us and great for them," said Caris Conner, manager of White Lace & Promises. "Almost every bride that came in here took advantage of tax free which was great for us and great for them," said Caris Conner, manager of White Lace & Promises.
A number of other items fall under the tax exempt state holiday, like bridal gowns. A number of other items fall under the tax exempt state holiday, like bridal gowns.
"It's so exciting. We got engaged last weekend. Me and my family are trying to do a lot of it ourselves to try and save money," said Leah Thress of Knoxville. "It's so exciting. We got engaged last weekend. Me and my family are trying to do a lot of it ourselves to try and save money," said Leah Thress of Knoxville.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Tax-free weekend came to a close Sunday night after thousands of Tennesseans hit the stores over the weekend to take advantage of the savings.

However, the weekend isn't just about school supplies and back-to-school clothes.

A number of other items fall under the tax exempt state holiday, like bridal gowns.

Several East Tennessee brides made the most of the tax free action.

As newly-engaged Leah Thress scanned the racks of wedding dresses at Knoxville bridal boutique White Lace & Promises on Sunday, she had her budget in mind.

"It's so exciting. We got engaged last weekend. Me and my family are trying to do a lot of it ourselves to try and save money," said Thress of Knoxville.

Throwing a wedding is more expensive than ever these days, so Thress decided to shop smart, waiting to buy her dress until this weekend.

"I'm trying to save on the dress," said Thress.

Bridal gowns fall under the tax free weekend guidelines. The only catch is that they have to cost $100 or less.

Since very few gowns come with that price tag, a number of boutiques, like White Lace & Promises, actually covered the sales tax on all wedding dresses this weekend.

The offer had local brides flooding in the last two days to make the most of the savings.

"Almost every bride that came in here took advantage of tax free which was great for us and great for them," said Caris Conner, manager of White Lace & Promises.

Not having to worry about sales tax can make a big difference in the bridal budget.

If a dress costs thousands of dollars, that translates to hundreds in savings. "If your dress is $3,000, then you're saving $300 off your dress," said Conner.

For brides like Thress, the savings means she can devote more money to other parts of her wedding.

"It's a huge difference. It's gonna help a lot," said Thress.

As Thress tried on gown after gown, trying to find the right one for the big day, she knew she's getting the best deal she can for her trip down the aisle.

"We tell our brides, once you have your dress, then everything else can fall into place," said Conner.

"When I thought about this day, I've always pictured my mom, my sister and my sister-in-law being here," said Thress. "We've been looking forward to getting married for a long time. I can't wait. I can't wait."

A number of other bridal items are also included in tax free weekend, including veils, shoes and jewelry.

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