Did anyone else blow the the budget on your dress?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@urbanriceball:  My dress was almost double my budget, but I had a very small budget. I didnt want to spend over $500, and my dress ended up being $950. But if its a larger budget (like 2k changed to 4k) then I wouldnt personally go over twice the budget. Depends on what you’re comfortable with! Just remember that its a dress you’re only going to wear for a few hours.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

Nope, my dress was only $200 and I was wanting to spend a max of $500.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@urbanriceball:  My hope was $600ish and I got one that was $895 with free alterations. I think it was totally worth it but I didn’t go over budget by a ton, either.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@allyfally:  +1 agree.  My ideal dress budger was $300 or so and I ended up spending $700….so it was double, but still reasonable in an objective sense.

Post # 7
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610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I went over my budget by about $100, so I didn’t exactly “blow” it, but decided I had wiggle room to accomodate my dream dress. Nothing else made me as happy as my dress did, so it was absolutely worth it.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@urbanriceball:  I didn’t blow the dress budget initially ($2,500 allocated, spent about $2,650 after taxes), but I just had my first fitting, and my alterations are over $600. Yeah. That one hurt. Don’t forget to factor those in.

To be honest, while the dress is important, i’d rather settle a little than have to forego good food or have debt. It all depends on how you can shift money around. If you can make it work, go for it! Just weigh the pros and cons. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I went in expecting something for $2K and walked out with a dress that was $5K. The heart knows no budget! Laughing

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I based my budget off of my sisters wedding. I figured if I kept expenses in the same range as she did then I wouldnt go over my total budget. I was going to try to find a dress under $900—that didn’t happen. $1,600 later I found my dress. Yikes! That just means I have to cut down somewhere else. We are doing pies instead of a cake so that helps a lot!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@urbanriceball:  went $500 over my dress budget, but I was able to pay in cash “under the table” so to speak, so I payed no taxes. No shipping fees. My dress was made so no alteration fees, and my veil was free and custom made with the dress…so adding up I was basically on the mark.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Yup I blew my budget. I was originally aiming for a dress under $1,000 but ended up spending $1,462.26 on a David’s Bridal Vera Wang dress (style # VW351166: it was on sale so got it at a discount price along with the slip). I have to make alterations (changing the neckline to sweetheart) so overall I am thinking the dress will cost between $1,600 – $1,800…def over budget

 

 

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@urbanriceball:  My budget was 5k but I ended up spending 7,900 (not including alterations) 🙁 even though I was guilt-striken at first, I have been finding little ways to save money, and ended up making up for the splurge in other areas of the wedding.  The most important thing is for you to feel happy and beautiful on your day.  You will also have your pictures forever!  Try resolving your guilt by spending less on less important details that guests wont notice quite as much as your dress

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I blew my budget big time. Two words: Reem Acra. 

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@urbanriceball:  What does it look like? Maybe we can help find one that looks similar.

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