Post # 1
I went dress shopping for the first time this weekend. I knew dresses weren’t cheap, but I thought they were a little cheaper than they are. I was thinking $500-$750. But my current top 2 dresses so far are priced $850 and $1400.
At least I think I got my mother thinking a little more expensive for the dress cost. When I had asked her at the beginning of the day what our budget was, she said “Oh, I think we can find something good for $200-300!”. I think as the day went on, she realized beggers can’t be chosers and has increased her mental price limit.
Post # 3
I had a fairly good idea about what dresses cost. I also told the salons I went to that I didn’t want to try on anything that was over $1000.
Post # 4
I had a pretty good idea too, and was sure that I wanted to stay under a $1000 for my dress. My generous and awesome mom and sister had other ideas though, and we ended up going slightly over for my dress. I do remember the first dress I fell in love with was closer to $2000, and realizing that it was the most expensive thing I’d ever try on!
Post # 5
I had a pretty good idea going in – my dress budget was $1000
The dress I bought was $1250 with $250 in alterations – so I went a bit over budget!
Post # 6
Yes… I had figured I’d spend around $500-600 (and even that felt like a lot to me for a dress you wear once)… I ended up at $800 + tax and alterations. That price was after some “trunk sale” discount too.
I found there wasn’t even much to try on in the $500-600 range.
I think trying to stay under $1000 would give a bride plenty of options, that seems like a reasonable price point having seen what’s out there.
Post # 7
When I started shopping, I gave myself a budget of $800, and no greater. Having been on multiple shopping trips, I never found anything that I came close to loving. I re-worked our wedding budget and was able to almost double the amount I could spend on my dress. I found my dream dress at the higher price point, but ultimately ended up paying less then $1,000 after shopping around . Once you realize that dresses are negotiable, it makes it alot easier to get a luxury designers gown for an average designers price
Post # 8
I definitely went into sticker shock! I have never paid as much as $1,000 for any outfit in my life, and here I was discovering that that was a normal cost for a dress that I’d wear once! And since we had two brides, the price immediately got doubled. Fortunately, we found a consignment store where we got two beautiful dresses for under $500 each.
Post # 9
i check prices ranges for different designers so if i cant afford that range i dnt even bother allowing myself to fall in love with their gowns. u can get gowns between $500- $750 but it just depends wich designers
Post # 10
My dress budget started out at $300 (I was going to wear a tea length 50’s style dress though), then went up to $500, then $600, then $900.. as I started searching and realized I wouldn’t be getting ANYTHING I liked for less than $600, especially due to my very particular tastes. I know all brides are choosy, but I did not want strapless AT ALL, in any form, which seriously narrowed my choices and subsequently caused the budget to have to be stretched higher.
I have chosen a dress and am only waiting now to order it (waiting for money since I have to pay in full). It’s priced at $1000 to $1200 “normally” but I think I’ll be getting it for around $650 from an online retailer. Still hard for me to swallow but I love it, so yeah…
I pride myself on being thrifty and finding awesome deals second hand… and I figured I would find something in a dress the same way, i.e. a thrift shop. Ha! Not unless I want a late 80’s wedding dress look! Found that out very quickly.
Fourteen years ago I paid $450 for a wedding dress (brand new, huge and poufy, lots of sequins and beading no-name dress from a local huge bridal-mart type place) so I guess when I look at it that way it’s not THAT bad.
Never wore THAT dress either (ended up in a courthouse wedding instead), ended up selling it with tags still attached for $75 on eBay about 7 years ago.
Post # 11
I also had major sticker shock when looking at dresses!! I decided to look at bridesmaid dresses that came in white/ivory, and you know what? I bought my wedding dress for a measly $135, and it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever worn in my life. I can’t wait for my first fitting!!!
Post # 12
I kinda sorta knew where prices were going to be. You should be able to find something for under $1000 with no problem. There are hundreds of options out there on the internet so keep looking. I bought my dress on yourdreamdress.com for $650. There is also bravobride, oncewed, preownedweddingdresses, powerbride and many others that have never-worn dresses at great prices. You also have lots of time, so keep your eyes open for trunk sales. These usually offer a nice discount and have some freebies (hem to hollow, customization) too.
Post # 13
I also had sticker shock…I knew wedding dresses were expensive, but I didn’t realize that they would be SO expensive. I set my budget at $600 and blew right through that pretty quickly…I am sure I could have stuck to it, though, if I’d had more time to find a used dress.
Post # 14
I did, but in a good way. I guess I watched way too much “say yes to the dress” before I went shopping because I was floored to discover that the dress I fell in love with was only $640 dollars (I had set a 1,000 budget.) They’re always kvetching about how there’s no way anyone can find a decent dress for under two grand on that show.
I ended up buying the second dress I tried on, ever (I tried on a few after that, but went back to my favorite.) I’m almost a little disappointed that I found her so quickly, because trying them on was way fun. I guess there’s worse problems to have, right?
Post # 15
I had a pretty good idea of what dresses cost. But I had total sticker shock over the cost of alterations!!! Definitely keep that in mind when accounting for your dress budget!
Post # 16
I have a pretty good idea what dresses cost but then, I’m planning on wearing a used dress so once I find out what I want, I am going to start stalking ebay, the classifieds, etc to find what I want. I don’t want to spend over 1k (which includes everything, plus alterations!)