For ladies who went over budget with their wedding dresses….thoughts?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I went over budget on my dress and I do kind of regret it. However, I went well over $300 above my budget. With the alterations and veil being included, that’s definitely a good deal! I’d go ahead and get that dress.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

Did your original budget include alternations costs and the cost of a veil? If not, then you are exactly on budget.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

That’s a good deal if it includes veil and alterations.  I’m spending about $300 on my veil and alterations and my dress requires very minimal alterations.  I would go with the dress you love.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

DrD711:  get it. i did the same thing. i had a budget of $1500, I had room to spend more but thats what I really would have wanted to spend, and I spent $2400. I went $900 over budget for my dress and I don’t regret or feel guilty about it bc it was such an amazing dress. 

I also didn’t have to pay for alterations and that saved me a lot of money! 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

DrD711:  With veil and alterations included, it’s quite a good deal. I went over my budget by about $400. Oh well…lol

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

DrD711:  my dress was Demetrios “Ilysa 964” and it was a big deal for me bc out of all the dresses I tried on, this was the only one that made me feel flawless and beautiful. The price of the dress itself was only $2095 but with tax and I added 2 layers of crinoline it was $2400. When the saleswoman told me the price I was shocked, I was expecting it to be at least $3K-$4K because it was beaded from top to bottom, 

 

In this picture you can see the little beads, they look like pearls. My dress had the illusion of lace which I loved bc I’ve never seen anything like it before

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I found a dress I loved overbudget and I walked away. But, I called around to other stores closer to where I live (was looking closer to mom initially) and found the dress within my budget. I do think you are getting a good deal, assuming you budgeted separately for dress and alterations, but just something to keep in mind. call around to other stores and see if the price is lower elsewhere. If you are looking near a city now, you should be able to get it cheaper further out.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

That is a great deal- I ended up paying almost 400 dollars for alterations alone (my dress was lace and I had to order it 2 sizes bigger to accomendate my hips).  

I went about 500 dollars over budget on my dress.  Sometimes I feel bad about how much money I spent on a dress I only wore once, but it was so perfect and I felt gorgeous in it. While I did only wear it once, I look at the pictures everyday!!  In the end, a few hundred dollars isn’t a huge amount in the grand scheme of things for a wedding.  I ended up cutting my flower budget, and doing some DIY projects to save money to make up for the difference.  They all turned out great and I can’t imagine feeling more beautiful on my wedding day- definitely don’t regret it!

I would make sure that a bustle is included if you are planning on having one.  Sometimes that isn’t considered part of alterations, and I don’t want you to feel like there are hidden fees that you aren’t expecting.  

Post # 11
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Busy bee

What % of your overall wedding budget is $300?  Think about it in that context, is that a lot or a little?

Post # 12
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Newbee

DrD711:  My dress was about 400 over budget, but I got it anyway because all the other dresses I tried with the same level of quality were a similar price. My veil alone was 150 and most places have quoted around 300 for alterations so I think you’re getting a really good deal! You can always cut back on some other things. Good luck! 🙂

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I didn’t really have a budget, per se, but I was thinking about 1200? I ended up finding a Romona Keveza gown that I just HAD TO HAVE which was more than I was thinking I would spend.  I just got married on August 23rd, and it was 100% the best money I spent.

Mostly because the day was very hot, and the fact that the gown was 100% silk was a huge factor in my comfort. Synthetic fibers hold heat!

Also I felt like I looked amazing which is worth pretty much anything. I am dying to see the pics! I cut back on a bunch of other stuff (I ordered a plain veil off etsy which was hundreds cheaper than a veil that long in the shops, etc)

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

With them including alterations and a veil – that is a good deal! Most veils can be pretty spendy to what you think they should be. And alterations… no matter what you get done can up the price a bit too.

I wanted to only spend $1K on my dress, but did find one that was $1500. Had the salon told me the designer so I could find it online and compare to the one that I actually bought… I may have gotten it. But, they didn’t – so I went with one under my budget.

The salon I got my dress at gave a credit for accessories, so I ended up pating $20 for my veil. Alterations are being done by a local gal (whose done dresses for me in the past), and won’t be more than $200. So, I’ll still be within my $1K range for everything when it’s all done.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I wouldn’t panic about going $300 over budget with alterations included.

I’m sure there’s a lot of budget busters on here– but I ended up buying a sample and spending about $1500 less than my budget.

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