Post # 1
I have looked at a few places, and so far have not found a dress that I love. Looking in magazines, I have found a few that I want to try, but don’t want to bother if they are way out of my price range. I am looking to spend $1000 or under.
Can anyone give me an idea of what price ranges each designer carries?
Online searches bring up prices for what appear to be knockoff gowns and therefore aren’t accurate price ranges.
Post # 3
My Maggie gown was about 900 but that is before alterations. I also tried on an Allure that I liked which was 900 something. Both gowns have no blink though so that would definitely affect the price. I think other Maggie gowns are more into the 1200 to 1500 range. I looked at Demetrios and those are all above 1300 before alterations.
Post # 4
David’s Bridal is pretty open about their prices on the website so you can also check that out.
Post # 5
A lot of designers will circle around that 1k mark depending on the intricacy of the gown. Some maggies will be under 1k while others wont be. Mori Lee is under 1k for the most part. Some Casablanca dresses are under 1k too. Alfred Angelo,.
Post # 6
If you look at listings on websites that sell used wedding dresses, you will see the original prices in the listings. I’m not suggesting you necessarily purchase a pre-loved dress if that’s not what you are looking for, but it is a good way to find original prices.
Post # 7
the wedding shoppe inc website has a lot of prices for their gowns online and a great search tool to search gowns under $1000.
wedding shoppe is an actual store here in MPLS, MN but their website is a lovely tool to search for gowns – and then you can call whichever store youd like to try it on etc.
also, mori lee is a great designer in your price range.
Post # 8
Alfred angelo has some beautiful gowns for under $1000, of course there’s David’s Bridal that has cheaper gowns, Da vinci is considered a discount designer. Those are the one’s I know of for sure but i’m sure you can find dresses for under that no problem. I had to decide between 2 dresses I loved at both $850, one was an Alfred Angelo and one was from DB and was Oleg Cassini. I ended up picking the Cassini.
Also make sure you take a look at sale racks and check out sample sales. If you haven’t tried on anything yet then i would go try on some just for the silouette regardless of price, that way when you start looking at sales and cheaper dresses you only bother with the silouettes you like.
Going for $1000 or under doesn’t always mean you have to give up beading, or lace, and go for something more simple. Most dresses can have a sash added to them these days, and my dress from DB actually has a crazy amount of beadwork covering the entire bodice and on the skirt.
Post # 9
I would be extremely hesitant to buy online…alot of bridal shops carry Mori Lee…the dresses are very well made and beautiful and most all I have seen are under 1000 🙂 Mine is a Mori Lee and I got it for 760, with taxes and all…and it was a spring 2012 dress (which i bought in spring 2012)…so that was not a sale price. 🙂
Post # 10
It might be a good idea to use bridal magazines for ideas of what you like, not to find THE dress you want. I know I bookmarked some REALLY expensive gowns, but when I handed the pictures over to the consultant, she was able to find the style I was looking for within my budget. It would suck to fall in love with something you can’t afford!
Post # 11
You can look up prices for many designers on bestbridalprices.com. I found their prices to be $50-150 higher than in salons, but it will give you a ballpark figure. Also, here are a few threads dedicated to dresses under $1,000:
Budget brides with dresses under $1000!
Show me your under $1000.00 dresses
Please post pics of your UNDER $1000 dress!!
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
When I started my dress search, I looked up reviews online to find shops I’d like. Then I called each one to see what range of prices they carried. I found they were all happy to tell me, and I was surprised at how affordable (for me) they were. It’s worth a shot!
Post # 13
I would suggest Allure, Mori Lee, and Maggie Sottero. As PP stated you can also try David’s Bridal, I’m just not a fan of their fabric materials … dresses felt pretty cheap … that was my personal experience though. Good luck!
Post # 14
@xdaydreams05x: The DB dresses it all depends on the dress for materials. I tried on many dresses waaay out of my budget at other bridal shops and tried on many in my budget everywhere, each designer is a different quality period. Oleg Cassini and Ver Wang both have lines at DB and both have some nice dresses and some less so. I tried on many inexpensive dresses that actually seemed to better quality then some of the higher end ones. It all comes to the specific material. Taffeta is cheap quality material no matter what, satin is lower quality then charmeuse, and so on.
Post # 15
If you want your dollar to go the furthest, I would scroll through the pre-owned websites the other bees referenced above, find those being offered in the price range you are looking to spend and, if you like them, try to find a local salon to try the dress on. When you buy pre-owned youre getting a better fit and quality of fabrication AND most of the major alterations (bustle, hem) have already been done for you.
Post # 16
Yes, Maggie Sottero and Mori Lees – they have good quality and at least half their line is under $1k.