(Closed) Did you try on dresses outside of your price range?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How far outside of your price range did you seriously consider or try on dresses?
    I tried on (or seriously considered from photos/web) dresses way out of my price range. : (29 votes)
    21 %
    I tried on (or seriously considered from photos/web) dresses slightly out of my price range. : (51 votes)
    36 %
    I didn't tempt myself into botching my budget and/or falling in love with something I wouldn't buy. : (60 votes)
    43 %
  • Post # 3
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I didn’t look at or consider any dresses outside of my price range.  Why risk falling in love with something you can’t (or at least shouldn’t because it will break your budget) have?

    Post # 4
    43 posts
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I tried on ONE dress that was out of my price range!  Guess what one I bought?

    Post # 5
    5921 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    Only one, on accident.

    The salon that I chose my dress from, my budget (even though it wasn’t more than $2,000) could buy pretty much any dress in the store.  The salon only had 4 designers, and they were all within my price range. 

    However they had a local designer who had a line, and I tried on one of his dresses, but they were about double my price range.  I didn’t like it on anyway!

    My mom paid for my dress, so I was very cautious to not be tempted by another dress and make an uncomfortable situation.  I know my mom would have bought me any dress I wanted, but I didn’t want to stretch her already generous budget! My dress, with alterations, shoes, etc. was about $1,400.

    Post # 6
    88 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I only tried on one dress out of my price range, which was only about $300 more than my max budget.  Luckily I didn’t even like it and I ended up with a dress that was about half of my budget!

    Post # 7
    2947 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I actually had to up my budget once I realized I was drawn to more expensive gowns. This was before I actually tried any on, so I didn’t set myself up for heartbreak before I went in.

    Post # 8
    2580 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I read somewhere that it’s a good idea to lowball your estimated budget when you go in so you can try to find something that comes in lower and if you have to move up, you’re still within your “true” budget. I wanted to spend less than $1000, so I told the store I was looking to spend under $700.

    I actually ended up falling in love with a dress and couldn’t believe it when I found out it was just a little over $500! They asked a few times if I wanted to up my budget, but I was determined to first try on everything within it to see if I could find something I loved.

    Post # 9
    562 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I tried on a few dresses slightly outside of my price range…nothing too major. The one I bought was slightly out of the price range…but so worth it 🙂

    Post # 10
    56 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Hahaha, No! For one reason and one only. Every dress I tried on (obv not the one I bought from China) was in the sale.  I am onto dress number 3 now. The first (from China) was about 100 GBP, but that included shipping (but not taxes, who knew?), the second is Coral which my mum bought for me, that was 40GPB, and the final one, which I actually intend to wear for the wedding was reduced to 50GBP from a wedding shop in a local town centre because… wait for it… it wasn’t floor length and she couldn’t sell it! I never wanted a floor length gown because I’m getting married in August and it would be too hot.

    I had three dresses bought for my first wedding too, H2B almost had a fit when I told him I wasn’t sure about my shoes anymore.. eep!

    Post # 11
    1398 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Nope.  My price range was actually twice what the salons I went to sold.  When I told them my budget, they were like, “Yeah, we don’t have anything for over half of that.”  WIN! haha

    Post # 12
    729 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I tried on one dress out of my range, about $500 out of it. I almost got it but didn’t want to risk the length being too short.

    I didn’t know that it was out of range until they told me. They pulled it even though it was out of my price range and didn’t tell me until i had it on.

    Post # 13
    3049 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    I did’t try on any dresses out of my price range. We started in the mid-price range and ended up buying one within my high-end price rage. But it was still within budget. I didn’t want to tease myself… I also didn’t want to open the door for a whole mess of dresses to try on. I only tried on like 40 dresses in 3 hours, and decided on the one I love that same day (3 days after I got engaged!).

    Post # 14
    9029 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I avoided dresses out of my price range. I told the consultant I wanted to stay under $1000 and didnt even look at dresses that were more expensive. I didnt see any reason to make it harder on myself

    Post # 15
    193 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I knew I wanted something simple and sleek, so there were lots of options in my price range.  (I know there are also very expensive dresses in that style, but there were so many good choices under $2000 that I wasn’t tempted to blow the budget.)

    Post # 16
    102 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I did try on some, because none of the stores I went to ever asked me for a budget.  Which ticked me off.  Thankfully I didn’t like their overpriced dresses, but what if I had really fallen in love with one?

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