Post # 1
Recently I have been trying to be very rational about shopping for my wedding gown, and have been looking at dresses that are around 3% of our total budget ($1000 dress/$35000 total). Although we are getting some help paying for the wedding, I will be buying my own dress. I’ve just started shopping this week, so we’ll see if this rational dress budget lasts 🙂 but I was wondering…
how much of your total wedding budget did you devote to your wedding gown?
I’m not CRAZY to think the dress isn’t that important, right??
Post # 3
5% for just my dress (add in alterations/shoes/veil and its more like 7%)
Post # 4
my dress was approximately 4.7% of my overall budget. you’re not crazy. besides, you need to budget for alterations and possibly jewelry, shoes, a slip, etc. depending on what you want and what you already own.
Post # 5
I did not budget my dress into the “wedding budget.” I bought my dress with my normal “spending money” (bought nothing frivolous/ was very tight with my finances for a couple of months). I guess I do things kind of weird.
Post # 6
@JenniMichele: Not too weird, I did mine the same way. I’m also not counting the jewelry or honeymoon into the wedding budget *shrugs*
Post # 7
Mine is 8% with alterations. And yes, I had to use a calculator. Man I need a Math refresh.
Post # 8
9% was mine, but I included alterations in that percentage
Post # 9
I’ve got to say though, I would get the dress I chose even if the were 25% or 75% of the wedding. To me, I could have just the dress, the honeyman and the JP and be good 🙂
Post # 10
Initial dress budget was 5%, but then i made the mistake of trying on dresses without looking at price tags. I ended up spending about 10%, but it was a sample and needs very few alterations. And I love it!
Post # 11
My dress, alterations, accessories and shoes all together were 7% of my wedding budget, but I didn’t include them in my budget, I just paid for them out of my regular checking/savings money.
@Belle2Be: no kidding, that took me like 5 minutes to figure out how to calculate – using the calculator!!!
Post # 12
I think our whole budget, rings and all, was about $900 or so…$500 for both our bands, plus about $400 to feed 30 people at a nice restaurant. My dress was $180, so…you do the math! 😉 I’m an English major, and I suck at equations and whatnot.
Post # 13
Everyone has different opinions on what is more important. For some people the dress is the most important thing, and others would rather spend more on other areas and have a cheaper dress. My dress including alterations is around 9% of our budget
Post # 14
My initial dress budget was just over 6%. But I ended up buying a dress that was under 3% of my total budget.
Post # 15
Just over 3%. My dress was extremely important to me, but I happened to find many, many gorgeous dresses that I loved for a small price tag. I don’t begin to grasp the notion that wanting a high-quality beautiful dress means spending at least $5-7 grand. For things like photography and food, there’s definitely a correlation between cost and quality, but for gowns, I think once you get above about $1000-ish, it’s simply a matter of taste. (And label.)
Post # 16
@IvyClimb: There actually is a huge quality difference, both in the materials and the craftmanship. Some of the mark-up is name-brand, but not all 🙂 Silk is very expensive 🙂
(This coming from someone with a polyester and satin dress!). I picked my battle, and opted out of the higher quality materials 🙂