(Closed) Buy the dress or not????

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Buy or save?
    Buy the dress at the trunk show. : (6 votes)
    16 %
    Save the money and settle for a similar dress. : (31 votes)
    84 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I vote that you save your money – think of it not as “your dress that got away” but “$2000 that you can spend on something else” like your honeymoon.

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    That’s a big difference between your budget and the actual price.  I would keep looking for something else, especially since you still have some time before your wedding.

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I have to say, I’d get a similar style at a less expensive price.  I can’t justify, in my own mind, spending $3,000 on a dress.  My budget may have allowed for it, but it seems like too much to spend.  I’d rather either not spend that money at all, or put it toward the wedding itself, in a way that would make the experience more memorable for us and the guests.  You still have a lot of time to find your dream dress at a price you’re totally comfortable with. 

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    In my opinion, if you don’t have the money for it, don’t go overboard. I mean, if that’s what you really want, get it.

    However, $3k is a lot of money (to me at least) to wear a dress for a few hours. I’m not trying to put it down & if you have the money, do what you want. I’d say spend it on your honeymoon, or maybe towards a house or something for your future.

    Sometimes the designer dresses don’t look as good as a different dress. You could always take a photo of the desiner dress & show it to a bridal shop & see what they have that’s similar.

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    so tough!  I basically stayed on budget and got a dress similar to designer ones I loved but for muchless…and I really do love my dress.  BUT I totally splurged on a romona keveza veil! Which I’m still in shock about, but I absoultely love it.  Give a little get a little!  I will also add, that I didn’t go near designer dresses while shopping…I knew if I tried on something and loved it, my heart would be broken…

    That being said, my best friend went WAY over her dress budget, as in 3 times the amount…but she continued looking after finding “the designer one”…and nothing compared…so she went for it.  She looked AMAZING, and loved every moment of her dress…and doesn’t regret the money spent.

    So I guess it really depends on if you think you can get away with spending the money (will it be ok in the long run?)…or how likely is it you’ll find something else that you love?

    I’m such a bad advocate for dresses people are in love with! hah

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Do you have a pic of the dress? I couldn’t find it online. If you post a pic we can suggest cheaper alternatives in the same style. Lots of dress experts on this board 🙂 Sometimes you can find the exact same look somewhere else as some brands (*cough* David’s bridal *cough) tend to knockoff designer brands at a percentage of the price tag.

    If it’s a truly unique dress though…And you’re a REALLY picky person…Then I’d say go for it. I was looking for a very specific look and couldn’t find it anywhere, had I found it I would’ve been willing to spend $5,000+ on it. But from looking at the boards I’d say 95% of brides are not like me. Most girls can feel just as happy and beautiful in a dozen different dresses. If you’re like that, definitely keep looking. I’m a “no other dress will do” kind of girl and I came to that conclusion after trying on 100+ dresses.

    Post # 9
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    750 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Don’t splurge just because you got a good deal. Think of all the things you could include in the wedding if you just stuck to your dress budget. I’m sure you can find something similar or used.

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I would save your money! So many things I am sure you could put that money towards! Like a honeymoon 😉

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Have you tried on a sample of the dress? A lot of times they look a lot different on than in pictures. I know I was in love with this one Monique dress from pictures and I saw it in person and I was like blech. I ended up getting a Marisa dress that looked like what I thought the Monique would look like.

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    It depends on why your budget was $1000 to start with. Is it because that’s all you can realistically afford or is it because you didn’t think you “should” spend more on a dress? If it’s going to cause you trouble financially, don’t do it. But if you have the money and this is your dream dress, then buy it. I looooove clothes, so my dress was a high priority and I don’t feel bad for spending money on something I know is going to make me happy.

    One other tip that may help is that my bridal salon didn’t charge sales tax since I will ultimately be having my dress shipped out of state. You should ask about that and if that’s feasible, it could save you 5-10%.

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I would save your money, honestly 🙂

    They will most definitely charge you tax on top of the $3,000, so it won’t be quite the deal you thought it was. And so, you just need to ask yourself, would you buy this dress if there wasn’t a deal? If the answer is yes, then go for it. If not, then don’t even go to the trunk show because you might feel pressured to buy it.

    My recommendation to you would to be to try on this dress BEFORE the trunk show. Sleep on it, and then try it on again at the trunk show, and see how you feel.

    Post # 14
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Can you afford it?

    There’s one thing to squelch your budget by $500, another to do it by nearly $2,000.

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    If your wedding and reception is 5 hours, that is $600 an hour. I would pass, personally. $3000 is a LOT of money to spend on a dress you can never wear again (or any dress, for that matter).

    And you’d have to pay tax- luxury tax, I think.

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Wow, thats quite a difference between budget and price of the dress. If it is something that will not put you in a financial bind with other things in the wedding or just in general then I think it is safe to do so. However, if it will pose a financial problem them I wouldnt do it. There are other fabulous dresses out there and they are a lot cheaper. I would stick to your budget and put the remaining money elsewhere.

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