Bridal Dress Budget

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How much did you spend on your Bridal Dress?
    $100-$500 : (36 votes)
    14 %
    $500-$1000 : (57 votes)
    23 %
    $1000-$1500 : (56 votes)
    22 %
    $1500-$2000 : (45 votes)
    18 %
    $2000+ : (56 votes)
    22 %
  • Post # 3
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    3978 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @SPH556:  My parents are paying for the wedding but I decided I wanted to pay for the dress/alterations/accessories, etc myself. My budget was based on how much I could save (while not digging into past savings) during my engagement and was also based on the fact that I cannot bring myself to spend more than $2000 on one dress. I set my budget at $1000, realized I wanted really quality lace, so bumped it to $1500 since it wasn’t reasonable. I’m super frugal in every aspect of life so I still feel sort of guilty. I ended up spluring at $1650 plus alterations (please God let it not be expensive) and I’m still hoping it’s worth it in the end!

    Post # 4
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    606 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I just set a number I was confortable with.  Wedding dresses are so expensive but it didn’t sit right with me to spend thousands on a dress for one day.  So, I set a $1k budget.  Luckily, I found a great dress at a sample sale for $500!

    Post # 5
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    3280 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I had an unlimited budget from my parents and ended up buying a dress for $400. I personally wouldn’t spend over $1,000 including alterations for a dress I will wear once, I just don’t see a reason to. It just depend on how much you think is reasonable and can spend without worrying about it. Make sure you include alterations and veil in your budget and don’t spend more than your comfortable with. 

    Post # 6
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    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    My parents paid for my wedding dress, since they wanted it to be the dress of my dreams! They were fine as long as it was less than 2K.

    My dress was Maggie Sottero Sabelle, and it was about $1,800!

    Post # 7
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    6000 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I guess technically I didn’t have a budget. I was going to use some of the money my dad gave me for the wedding to buy my dress (and other things) and since it wasn’t a large amount I didn’t want to use all of it for my dress. I set my budget at $2,000 but fully intended to stay closer to $1,500…well I spent $2,500, oops! My Nana graciously paid for half so in the end I ended up paying less than what I origianlly thought I would.

    Post # 8
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    2441 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    My parents bought my dress and we didn’t have a budget. My dress was $800. This is my second wedding and my first dress was ridiculously expensive (my parents bought that one too) and I just couldn’t stomach the thought of spending thousands on a dress again.

    Post # 9
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    8593 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I just couldn’t imaging spending more than $2k on a dress for one day, so that’s what I told them.  I spent $1100.

    Post # 10
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    1068 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Dress has always been in my second-priority category of “things I’d love to spend money on if we had unlimited money, but ultimately not going to impact the feel of the wedding.”  We chose to spend most of our budget on my dream semi-destination venue, so there was not a lot of budget left for dress.  I’m shooting for $500-$800, probably a replica or pre-owned.

     

    Post # 11
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    926 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @SPH556:  I didn’t really set a budget for my dress.  I knew where I wanted to shop and the store prides themselves on not selling anything over $999.  So I guess that technically was the budget.  I ended up spending $910 when all was said and done on just the dress.  I couldn’t justify spending $1500 or $2000 for a one time use.

    Post # 12
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    4576 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    We are paying for everything, so to decide my budget: I watched some dress shows on TLC. I noticed on the show that bridal consultants had a VERY hard time working with a bride with anything less than a $2k budget….so I went with half of that. I figured “If $2k is ‘budget’ wedding dress, I’ll do half of that” and went with $1,000. Then it became a challenge.

    I immediately eliminated all designer dresses, because there was no way I could buy a strip of fabric for $1k, much less an entire dress.

    In addition, I really wanted a colored dress, so that put me into Prom territory (additional savings).

    Ultimately, my dress (with alterations) is $600…leaving enough for me to get a second, shorter dress and STILL come in under budget 🙂

    Post # 13
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    4639 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I haven’t sent an official budget, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable spending more than $2000 on something only being worn once.

    Although my FI jokes that he’ll come home from work and I’ll just be hanging out in it.

    Post # 14
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    1555 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @SPH556:  I didn’t really have a budget for my dress, my mom paid and she said “somewhere around $5,000”. My dress, with alterations and veil was around $7,100. 

    Make sure when determining your budget, you consider the cost of alterations, they can add up quickly. 

    Post # 15
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    3978 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @KC-2722:  I might do that hahaha

     

    OP, spend what you can afford– no credit card late payments, no family loans, etc. And don’t feel guilty about it! Different people have different priorities. My dress, I wanted to love, and cost within reason. Had my dream dress cost $3k then I would have looked into preowned but even then, would have given up if I couldn’t find the right price. It’s not worth losing sleep over one dress, at the same time, if it’s possible for you, buy what you love.

    Post # 16
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    637 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I had a very distinct vision of what I wanted my dress to look like and didn’t want a strict budget to stop me from getting something I was in love with. My dress ended up at $6k, which sounds obnoxious to some but it’s the one and I love love love it 🙂

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