Did you pass up your dream dress for a more cost effective alternative?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
4638 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MichiganGirl24:  No. I didn’t have a dream dress, I never dreamed about a wedding. I tried on a dress, loved it, the price didn’t make me heave and I bought it.

Post # 4
136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I almost did. I almost passed up a dress I liked over my what my family liked. In the end I chose the dress I liked (500 more) and now my family doesn’t even know lol. I guess they will be very surprised on my wedding day.

I think if it’s financially possible go with your dream dress. You will be much more happier you did.

Post # 5
3265 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I really love Maggie Sottero and while we could have afforded one from her I’m far too frugal to justify paying more than $500 for a dress I’m only wearing for a few hours. I found a dress that looks like it COULD be a Maggie for only $300 on sale.

Post # 6
10834 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I fell in love with my dress as soon as I saw it on the website, so I really had my dream dress. But if I could’ve afforded the price tag, I would’ve liked to try on these two dresses, which are from the same designer.

Post # 7
3835 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MichiganGirl24:   No, I bought my dream dress.   🙂   

Post # 8
4601 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Yeah. I fell in love with a Melissa Sweet dress, but I couldn’t justify spending $1400 on a dress I’d be wearing for maybe 6 hours. I chose something else that was $600. 

Post # 10
1662 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

Yes and No…I knew I wanted a Lazaro, in fact the Lazaro 3059.  I tried it on and fell in love, I didn’t want to take it off, and I couldn’t stop giggling I was so happy!!  Then the cost factor started to sink in, we had decided I could spend $3.5K, $5K max, but I would have to cover the additional cost on my own!  So I foudn a used Lazaro online and bought that for $2.5K, I love the new ballgown I picked out but I could not stop thinking about the first one…SO i bought the first one (Lazaro 3059) also used for $2.5K no alterations needed to that one…and to be honest b/c I bought it with my own money, not our wedding savings money I like it even more.  I’ll wear the ballgown for the ceremony and the 3059 for the reception.  My advice is if you an afford your dream gown just DO IT!!!!

Just for fun here are my two gowns:


Post # 12
319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I love looking in magazines, there are sooo many *beautiful* dresses to choose from! But I’m a very frugal person and bought a Maggie dress off craigslist for $100. It’s nice, but not a dream.

Post # 13
1383 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

No, I had a vision of my dream dress (train, ballgown feel) And found it in our price range <$1000 (my parents bought it for me).  Mori Lee 1612



Post # 14
1321 posts
Bumble bee

I almost didn’t get my dream dress!  My first dress is very beautiful but I bought b/c I caved into the pressure of my MOH loving me in it and the owner giving me a ridiculous deal on the dress.  Then 3 months later, out of the blue the very 1st bridal store I visited emailed me and told me my dream dress was on sale.  Just out of curiosity I went to try it on, completely believing it would look bad on me and I wanted to not have any regrets of never having tried it on.

Lo and behold, it looked amazing on me and more beautiful than any of the pics on the internet.  Since it was a cut and style that most people cannot wear, the store gave me a price I couldn’t say no to.  So for a 3K dress I paid less than 1K!

Now I have my dream dress and a 2nd beautiful dress!

I know it’s only for one day.  But sometimes it’s totally worth the money to wear something that makes you feel absolutely amazing in!

Post # 16
7997 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

My “dream” dress would cost well over $10,000 (which IMO is ridiculous to spend on a dress you wear once unless you’re uber wealthy and have no other cares in the world) so yeah, I definitely passed on it lol. It wasn’t a big dream of mine, though. More like a fleeting fantasy.

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