Post # 1
So, I may start my search here in a few weeks and I’m trying to see what stores I want to go to, who has what designers, etc…
… there’s one store in particular that has a price point of $1500 – 5,500. Now, the low end is doable, but I’m worried I’ll fall in love with a $5000 dress… and on principle I just really don’t justify spending that much on the dress…. But this store has amazing dresses….
What do you think, tempt it? I’m just shy of a year out so I may have some time to wait for a sale too….
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
I refused to even let myself look at them…I just knew if I did I would fall in love with something that I could never afford and nothing else would be good enough after that!
Post # 4
Ok it depends how you are. For me I’m a thrifty stubborn girl and know I wouldn’t spend over my budget (though I was surprised how tempted I was, but it wasn’t that much out of range). So if I liked something it gave me a good idea of what styles I at least liked. Just because you can’t spend 10000 doesn’t mean you shouldn’t really like the dress. So my strategy was to try them and then scour until I found a similar enough one in my budget. But it ended up being just a completely different dress that I liked even more than the more expensive one.
Post # 5
I did try on more expensive dresses (think Vera Wang vampire dress at $6,000)… but I needed to stretch my mind because I wasn’t finding anything I liked and I knew that I absolutely would not allow myself to go over budget. I thought it might give me ideas of new shapes or custom alterations to existing dresses.
It worked for me, but if impulse control is a problem, I wouldn’t go there 🙂
Post # 6
I haven’t started looking at dresses yet, but I will not! I have a tiny budget and I will not fall in love with anything I can’t have!
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2010 - The Mountain Terrace, Woodside, CA
I didn’t want to tempt myself, so I would only look at something I was willing to pay for. I even transferred money out of my checking account and into savings before shopping, so I wouldn’t be tempted to go over!
Post # 8
I tried on the crazy expensive ones after I had already fallen in love with my (within budget) dress – it was fun to play dress up, and the fact that I still loved *my* dress after trying on all the fantasy gowns erased every single doubt I could possibly have about mine. Have fun!
Post # 9
Just tell the sales woman what your range is. If they are a decent person, they won’t show you the ones in the 5K range. I went in with a budget of 700-1200 (only because I didn’t want something cheap looking and I didn’t want to limit myself to the 1000 mark (dresses for 999.99 anyone?) So, I ended up buying a dress that was a little under 1000 with taxes and hopefully, my alterations will be under 200, so I’ll be on budget!
Post # 10
No. I didn’t because I didn’t want to try on something way out of my budget and love it. I would have been heartbroken and knew there was no way I could stretch my budget.
Post # 11
- Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA
Of course… but they were wildly expensive!
I tried on a bunch of runway samples from La Sposa ($8-20k each), and a lot of dresses at Monique as well despite the price tags ($3k – 10k). I knew what my budget was to start with and wasn’t in a “shopping mode” when I walked in to try on those dresses.
I did, however, find shapes that I adored and fabrics and colors that I both loved and hated. And while I did fall in love with the 15 foot train on one dress… I was ok passing on it in favor of a house down payment. 🙂
Post # 12
Yes, and I the first one I tried on out of my budget (without noticing the price tag) turned out to be the one I liked the most. I don’t fully regret it because it showed me what options are out there. I’m still toying with the idea of buying that dress, or altering something else to look more like that dress. If budget is a strict constraint, I’d say don’t waste your time. But if you’re getting desparate like me and may be willing to stretch that budget, it’s worth a shot. There’s also the option of buying an expensive, highly recognized brand name dress, and then trying to resell the dress for a fraction of the cost after the wedding if it’s still in good condition.
Post # 13
Like others have said, it depends on YOU…
I ditto meliss about selling (even here in the classifieds) & I’d like to add an option that’s available here, in LA, & may be possible for you if you’re in a big city or have fantastic dressmakers: a bride can sneak a picture (or if the shop is lenient, openly take a picture) of her dream dress, trot on down to Korea Town & have the lovely, talented seamstresses there mock up a beautiful copy to buy or RENT! So a bride can get a Monique Lhuillier-like gown to rent for $800 – $1600!!
Post # 14
I looked at a few dresses way out of my price range during the early stages but I didn’t fall in love with them (thank god!). As time went on, I limited myself to only trying on stuff within my budget. I honestly feel that’s the best way to handle it.
Post # 15
I would definitely look at that range. Since you have time, if you find a $5,000 dress you cannot live with out, you can hunt the sample sales, Once Wed, etc, and find it for a huge markdown. Of course, for brides who need to buy their dress immediately, it might be asking to fall in love with something over budget. But I think you have room to play!
Post # 16
i am open to try everything. i have set my budget to be at $1500 MAX, but i do have the flexibility to go a lot higher, HOWEVER, i know i would not do it because there are so many beautiful dresses out there that are within my $1500 budget.