Engagement Photo Dress… Worth the $$?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
3806 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If you have the money, then go for it. Value is subjective.

Post # 4
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I agree, if you can afford it get it.

Post # 5
45 posts

@MrsPhilly:  It looks like a dress that you can use again after the pics and also, have you considered using a wide belt around the waist instead of getting it altered? That could save some money. For me personally, that’s quite a bit to spend on a dress (but I’m more of a bargain shopper) though if you get lots of use from it besides just the pics (shower maybe?) then maybe that can justify the cost for you…


Post # 6
895 posts
Busy bee

I wouldn’t spend that much but as everyone else has said, if you have the money then great. I think the pattern is a little too small and busy for pictures. I would keep looking

Post # 7
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@mrsztobee:  yeah, if it were me, I would keep looking. I wouldnt want the pain of paying for something that wasnt exactly what I wanted. I’ve only had two things altered in my life and one of them was my wedding dress, so it wouldnt be worth it to me.

Post # 8
1648 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

I wouldn’t have a dress altered just for the engagement photos; it isn’t worth all the trouble.  It also seems a bit boobilicious IMO.  Cute pattern though




Post # 10
809 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

have you considered rentals? here’s the dress I wore to my engagement shoot, I had it temporarily altered (they measured me and took it in on the day of), and though if I jumped around in it it’d slip off, for photos it was perfect. since it’s not the wedding, and just a shoot, I’d opt for a really nice-looking (not necessarily the most sensible) rental dress.

unless you’re going for more casual, then I wouldn’t get adjustments anyway and just wear something you’re used to (I changed into sweater and jeans for an outside shoot afterwards)! the happiness between you and your SO is what’s most important. 🙂

Post # 11
274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

$158 for a dress you have to alter? No way! I’m sure you can find something similar/better for less.

Post # 12
1015 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

It’s a really pretty dress, and like a PP said, one you will definitely be able to wear again. I’m such a bargain shopper though that I would probably keep looking for another couple of weeks to see if anything else measures up. If not, go forward with alterations :). It looks great on you and I love the pattern. I could see it looking fabulous in photos.

Post # 14
1340 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

The dress is okay. For that amount of money, I’d consider getting something that fits better.

Post # 15
3032 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

The dress is cute, but does not look like it costs that much money.  For that much money you can do better and not have to pay for alterations.  It looks like from that pic you have an beautiful shape to find a dress. Have you considered renting a designer dress for pics- you could spent like $60 and wear a designer dress.  I promise this isn’t an ad for it but I eyeball and have heard fantastic things about rentherunway.com.  Here’s a few purple ones from that site, all about $50-$75 for 3 days incl. shipping (they have a $25 off 1st order coupon too.)  You also an order a second size for free and I think a second dress for $25 more.





Post # 16
351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

IMO that dress does not look like is worth $158. It also shows a little too much cleavage for my taste. I would keep looking. Maybe try searching for some solid colored dresses. They tend to photograph better than busy prints. You can still give your outfits a little pop with some fun jewelry and shoes. 

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