(Closed) Anybody know where to buy a really inexpensive dress?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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509 posts
Busy bee

Ebay. You can get one from one of those Chinese vendors, and they actually make them to your measurements (still wanna leave some wiggle room though! 😀 ) They’re around 200-400 dollars that way.

 

Also, check local thrift stores. The dresses there are a lot of times dated, the wrong size, or need fixing. But you never know! Sometimes you may find the diamond in the rough! 🙂

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Check Davids Bridal they often have a 99 dollar rack.  Also, when i was getting married almost every salon i went into had a “clearnce rack” floor samples etc.  Go in and ask every where i bet you find something really nice and fitting a disney wedding.

Post # 7
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4110 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Check out The Limited’s line- they have some great inexpensive wedding dresses. Also I just discovered the online only dresses at DB that are really pretty for $100-$300 (whose dresses I usually dislike). Going the chinese replica route is another great way to save $$$, and you’re not so limited in what you can have…

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

how inexpensive are you looking for? and what style are you looking for?

Post # 11
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1766 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Can you get to a ‘Running of the Brides’?  Alternatively, ask for samples at bridal boutiques.  I found my reception dress for $300, the original price was $1000. It was being discontinued.  Many a bride had tried it on so it didn’t look sparkling new, but nobody noticed!

Post # 12
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4824 posts
Honey bee

Have you checked out local second hand stores?  We have several that are bridal dress and gown specific.  I havent checked them out myself, but I have also heard you can find dresses at the more traditional salvation army stores as well.

Also call your local bridal stores and ask if there is a sample store nearby. There is a store near us that sells their samples in an “attic” and you can get great deals there.

Post # 13
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291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

i can really, really recommend j.crew, especially when they have sales. the dresses are high quality materials, very reasonably priced plus with the right accessories can be nicely dressed up. i am going to wear the sofia in silk chiffon with a handmade crystall and rhinestone sash (look on etsy and ebay) and love the light feel of the silk for a summer wedding! whole outfit for under 200$. good luck!

Post # 14
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Wannabee

@Ms. Polar Bear:  I am selling my wedding dress.  Worn once and then heirloomed.  Size 6 petite.  Beautiful gown fit for a princess!  $199.  If you e-mail me, I can e-mailed pictures.  [email protected]

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Check the classifieds on here. You can also check oncewed.com and preownedweddingdresses.com (I frequented both when I was dress shopping). Like others have said, thrift stores are an option, though I didn’t have any luck going that route (my one friend did, though, and found a gorgeous, unique dress in just her size for $20). David’s Bridal has inexpensive dresses as well. And I once read that sometimes dry cleaners have dresses that people dropped off but never picked up that they’ll sell to you for the price of the cleaning bill. I never tried that, but it could be worth a shot? AND sometimes you can get a sample for really cheap.

Basically, it may take a little searching, but for $500 you actually have a lot of options. I found my preowned (but never worn for a wedding) for $300 🙂

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Try checking out the fancier bridesmaid dresses. Most can be ordered in ivory or white, and some of them even have trains. I bought mine for $205! Plus they don’t take as long to come in as a bridal gown, I was told mine would arrive in 3 months maximum.

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