Post # 1
I have given my daughter a budget of 1,000 to 1,200 for her wedding gown, but she keeps looking at designers who are out of my reach – Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier, etc. Can anybody suggest designers who are in the 1,000 to 1,500 range? I am willing to go a little higher if I have to. Does anybody know Essense of Australia?
Post # 3
@saratoga:Alfred Angelo and Mori Lee are GREAT designers. Fabulous dresses on a budget.
Post # 4
i know many brides love maggie sotterro. none of the shops i went to carried maggie so i didn’t try any on. i also wanted to stay away from maggie because many of my friends bought maggie dresses.
i have to admit i too tried on many of the same brands as your daughter but i ended up going with a mid-range designer (watters). i also bought a second dress from the less expensive watters line wtoo.
if your daughter likes the designs of vera wang, monique lhuillier…you can try going to david’s bridal for the vera wang white line. monique lhuillier also has a cheaper line called bliss but i’m not sure of the pricing.
i really like the wtoo line from watters. i think pronovias also has a cheaper line called san patrick. a few dresses from demetrios are also in the price range. you also have alfred angelo and david’s bridal.
the only issue i have with sub $1k dresses is the material. i wanted silk, not a synthetic. i bought my wtoo dress and then realized that it was polyester so i went and bought a watters dress because i wanted real silk.
the other option is to buy it pre-owned or used. i know some brides end up changing their minds so often you can get a brand new dress for less.
Post # 5
It’s not that she particularly wants Carolina Herrera or any specific designer. She made appointments at really high end dress shops where not one single gown was even close to our budget. One dress shop had absolutely nothing under $4,000. I feel like we are wasting everybody’s time. I am trying to find nice designers who would be in that $1200 price range, and then I can look around for shops that carry those more affordable designers. Two of the shops carry Watters and Watters (but not WTOO) but their prices seem unreasonably high, compared to other shops, for the same gown. All the W &W were well over $2,000.
Post # 6
I say check out Allure, Mori Lee, Casablanca, and lines like that. They have some GOREGOUS gowns that are under 2,000. Why is your daughter making appointments at salons that are higher than her price range? Is she aware of the budget? It almost sounds like she’s looking to fall in love with a dress above the price range. Its a very dangerous road to go down if she gets her heart set on something that is outside the budget. Try and limit your shops to stores that carry lower priced lines. Maybe she isn’t aware how beautiful the less expensive gowns can be.
Post # 7
Sottero & Midgley
Davids Bridal White by Vera Wang
I think Blue by Enzoani might have some dressed in the higher portion of your price range but the quality for what you pay for is pretty dang good.
If she really wants a high end gown try sites like preownedweddingdresses.com and oncewed.com, sometimes they have samples for sale as well as pre owned dresses.
Also, try churchstreetbridal.blogspot.com. They get samples from Kleinfeld’s and they sell them at a very discounted rate and the proceeds go to charity. They have a few posts on wedding bee as well.
bestbridalprices.com has dresses cheaper than they would have them at a store so say she finds a Watter’s dress she loves but its $3,000 then check bestbridalprices.com and they may have it for $2,100 (just an example, sometimes I see better discounts and sometimes there’s not as much as a discount.)
Good luck and I know you can find something she loves in that price range!
Post # 8
@saratoga: Hi there! You may want to try Blue by Enzoani, they seem to have a lot of pretty dresses and I’ve seen some for $1300-$1500 on here. They do have some over that price as well.
There is also a great thread on here of dresses under $1500 on real brides (the bee’s!). I’ll update this post with that link.
Is your daughter looking for a certain dress style, fabric, ect? Or just hitting up the brand name shops.
Here’s the link, the first dress is a Blue by Enzoani:
Share your under $1500 dresses!
Post # 9
I agree with what other bees have said. Check out casablanca, alfred angelo mori lee, etc.
In reference to essence of australia, I think they have beautiful dresses and the qualiry is good. The designer also allows fabric changes, zipper and corset backs, and color changes also at no extra charge. However, all the ones I tried on were over $1,200 but under $2,000.
Post # 10
Blue by Enzoani 🙂 you get the designer, couture look for less
Post # 11
I love couture but couldn’t afford it for my wedding. I was fortunate to wear Badgley Mischka on my wedding day by doing a little research. Since you have time, I would try the designers to get the correct sizing and then start looking for sample dresses. I purchased my sample Badgley Mischka dress from yourdreamdress.com. Many boutiques advertise on preownedweddingdresses.com.
Also if your near Virgina, I highly recommends Church St Bridal which is housed @ a local YMCA.(Just do a Google Search) Bridal designers and top boutiques send sample dresses there to support raising funds for a Battered Women’s Shelter. Many of Bees have gone and have been able to purchase gowns retailed 4k and above for under 500.
Post # 12
Definitely recommend Casablanca, I got my dress from them for under $1k, and I thought the quality was much nicer than the dresses I tried on at David’s Bridal.
I tried on a bunch of Essence of Australia gowns at a Filene’s Basement Running of the Brides event, and I was not impressed at all with the quality.
Post # 13
The vast majority of the women on this board probably paid significantly less than $2,000 for their dresses.
Before you visit another salon, call them first and make sure they have a large selection within your budget, not just one or two designers. Also, don’t forget to consider sales tax, alterations, accessories, etc.
While I don’t have much to add to the designer list, I do think that when you get to the upper end of David’s Bridal ($900+), the other designers are much better quality for the money.
I also bought my dress from http://www.yourdreamdress.com. It was a $4200 Anne Barge that I paid $649 for. There are PLENTY of ways to get a dress under $1,500.
Post # 14
I didn’t try on any high-end dresses, but I am one of soooo many Maggie Sottero fans… In general, I though her dresses looked and felt more “rich” than similarly priced gowns. Also, they are very easy to find and she has hundreds of designs. And finally, as a less-than-skinny bride, I found that her corset designs were especially flattering. Her dresses are very well structured and I instantly felt two sizes smaller when I put on my dress.
Oh, and for the record, I paid $600 for my Maggie Sottero sample dress. With tax + alterations, it came in just under $1000. It’s a very simple design – no beading, lace, etc., but it is a very good quality dupioni silk.
Post # 15
@spoiledvamp27:Dear Blushing, I agree with you completely. She’ll put on a gown she can’t afford, fall in love with it, and nothing else will measure up. I don’t think she knows how to shop for a gown. I think she is clueless. Either that or she is waiting for a miracle to happen. Rather than go to stores that carry designers out of our price range, I am trying to find designer collections she can look at online. Then, we can look for stores that carry the types of dresses that she likes and I can afford. I made appointments at stores that carry Da Vinci, Maggie Sottero, Essense of Australia, and a couple other affordable lines.
Post # 16
@natbug21: My niece had a Vera Wang and she looked lovely, but I have never been a big fan of any of her clothes. My dream dress would come from Priscilla of Boston. But any bride who likes Vera Wang should sure check out the David’s Bridals line of Vera Wang. They’re nice.