Post # 1
I am a recently-engaged grad student (a.k.a. BROKE) and I am wondering if any of you know of any local places that aren’t outrageously priced. I have been to David’s Bridal on multiple ocassions with other brides-to-be, and it just wasnt’ my thing.
I would like to stay as close to $500 as possible, with $750-$800 being my max. I’m planning on going in mid-January when loans come in (but, shhh!, you didn’t hear that from me)!!
Also, I don’t know how I feel about buying a dress online. It’s not that it’s used/discontinued/the like, but I want the consultant, the accessories, the feeling of trying it on with my loved ones around me.
Don’t burst my bubble, is this too much to ask for my budget? :-/
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
I bought my Allure for around $900 before taxes (it was 20% off as a special the store was running). Try trunk shows and sample sales. You can get some samples for steep discounts.
Post # 4
The only other place that is affordable is Dina’s in Arvada. They should be the same price range as David’s and are really nice. Goood Luck!
Post # 5
Alfred Angelo has some dresses in that kind of price range too.
Post # 6
Are there any recycled bridal boutiques in your area? They have a few around where Im from that still have the accesories and consultants but are much cheaper because they are second hand! You can always go to the regular boutiques with the family and then try and find a replica online as well. Good luck :0)
Post # 7
Just search for bridal boutiques, and tell the lady your budget constraints when you make your appointments! I went to a salon that sold Maggie, Allure, Mon Cherie, and Eden, and about half of the dresses I tried on were under 1k (I was trying on ballgowns, so they’re even less if you’re getting a dress with less fabric!) My dress was $1700, but my runner-up choice was only $700! And I tried on one Maggie dress that was on a sample sale for $350, down from $1500!
Post # 8
Check out Costco’s website! I know it sounds crazy but they have beautiful Kirstie Kelly gowns for about $200 less than you’d pay for the exact same Kirstie Kelly gown at a bridal salon. You have to pay $35 to ship the sample to you so you can try it on before ordering, but the dresses are affordable. The dresses are supposed to be fully lined and great quality, esp. for the price. One of thes ones I like is only $299 through Costco. I know you don’t get the whole dress-shopping experience that way, but if you find a dress you love who cares? I think you can keep the sample for 3 days so your family/friends can see it and give input.
Also, check out bridal salons that carry lines like Mori Lee and Alfred Angelo.
Post # 9
Sorry not Dina’s its Amanda’s in Arvada. Dina’s is in louisville and sometimes they have good trunk shows
Post # 10
Encore Bridal in Fort Collins sells used wedding gowns in a boutique-style where you can look through dresses, try them on, and add accessories. When I was there most dresses were between $300 – $500 dollars.
Post # 11
I got my Sincerity dress at a sample sale 50% off for $650. It can be done! Just keep your eyes open for trunk sales & the like.
Post # 12
All of the boutiques (from high end boutiques like Anna Be, Blue, to lower end Amanda’s Bridal) I went to had sample sales and dresses for $500 or under. In fact, for $750-800 you can get a brand new dress depending on the designer. . .Maggie Sottero, Casablanca come to mind.
Now is a good time to go check out sample sales because they are bringing in 2013 gowns.
Post # 13
I had that fun boutique experience at Little White Dress in Highland Square. I had a really sweet consultant, got to try on lots of dresses, and have my mom ooh and ahh over them. I fell in love with a gorgeous Justin Alexander dress, but the $2700 price tag was way too much for me. After that, I kept a close watch on used wedding dress websites, and ultimately I found the exact dress in a good size being sold from a reputable wedding dress boutique for only $800! They told me it had only been tried on once, and I believe them because the dress was immaculate when it arrived.
I did feel a little bad about spending the day at the boutique without buying a dress (mostly because my sweetheart of a consultant didn’t get a commision), but not as bad as I would have felt for throwing away $3k on a dress I’ll only wear once.
That’s my fairytale story of finding my perfect dress on the cheap.
Good luck to you!
Post # 14
Go check out “The Green Bride” in Downtown Littleton – that is where I got mine!
For $850, I got a sample designer gown that had never been worn, tags still attached.
They also have refurbished/recycled gowns for even cheaper but almost everything was under $800.
Here is my dress for an example:
Post # 15
Not sure if I’m late to the party but ECO-Bridal in Denver had reasonable prices!
Post # 16
i got a maggie dress that was $1500 for $840