Did you go over dress budget??

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@hummingbirdkrista:  My FI also encouraged me to get a dress that was about $700 over budget.  I really didn’t feel good about it, but I seriously wanted that dress.  Fast forward to trying on about the 100th dress, still thinking about the overbudget one and BAM — I find the dress at a quarter of what my original budget was.  Turns out money really was holding me back.  If you don’t mind, go for it!  I feel great about my decision — I’m using my extra money for some personal training and also some extra wedding expenses.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@hummingbirdkrista:  I got a brand new Ensoani that retails for 2400, for 400. Once I knew what I wanted, I did a little research and found preownedweddingdresses.com.  It was sold to me from a bridal shop where a bride had ordered it, then cancelled the order, and the shop got stuck with the dress and just wanted to dump it. Unless your dress is brand new, as in Spring/Summer/Fall collection from this year, see if you can find it for sale either gently used or new like I did!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I went about $300 over my original dress budget.  I don’t think it’s that uncommon to go over budget.  If FI is fine with it and you can afford it, I say go for it!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@hummingbirdkrista:  my budge for a dress was $1500 and I went over budget by $590 only because alterations were included. If they weren’t included, i still would have bought the dress.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Well I blew ,y budget buying a second dress due to dress regret…so make sure the one you buy  is the one you LOVE!

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My budget was $2000 and my dress wound up costing $2400 and I still haven’t started alterations yet…. Oops. Oh well, it’s gorgeous and I love it!

Post # 10
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Helper bee

I doubled my budget after trying on almost 150 dresses. It was ridiculous. I think I tried on every dress in every store from here to Timbuktu.  I learned that I just wasn’t going to find what I was looking for at my budget. Once I found “the” dress, I wanted to order it online (save $400), but my mother and MIL were so adamant that I get a new dress (not a “used” one, pfft). In my mind, I was going to spend $1,000; my mother, who is paying for the dress, had no qualms about doubling that for the dress I ultimately chose. Of course, I still need alterations… eek!

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

under budget by almost $250 (dress was $700) as I didn’t need alterations!

 

I made my own straps:

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

My budget was $1500 for dress and alterations. I found my dress for $450 plus $90 for the sash. Alterations should clock in at around $200. So… I went out and bought a pair of Jimmy Choos I’d had my eye on that were $65 over my shoe budget. Still feel no guilt.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Double post. Oops.

 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

I really had no idea how much wedding dresses were until I saw a pretty princess ball-gown with a price tag of $1,000. This was over 12 years ago.

Actually, I did some dress shopping while being pre-engaged, just to get an idea of how much I need to save over 2 years. When the consultant asked me what was my budget, I said, “$1000. Maximum I would be willing to go is $1500.”

So, that really helped narrow down which designers’ dresses were within my reach. (I put away $100 each month)

Fast forward 2 years, I went to DB and found an Oleg Cassini tea-length dress for way under $1k! 🙂 (It was $750) Alterations were estimated to be around $60; involving only taking the side-hems. The more under-budget everything would be, the better! We’d need any savings that we didn’t spend for renovating our home.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

My original budget was $1,000 and after some shopping frustrations, I was OK with going up to $1500. I ended up getting a dress for $800 because it was discontinued.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Bought my own dress, stayed in my budget, and am inlove <3

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