Found my dream dress, but it's over the budget. What should I do???

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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37 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@fiona8718:  You could put ads out on wedding sites to see if you could find someone selling this dress after their wedding or if they bought it and didn’t use it, or also scour websites such as ebay etc… but honestly, if your budget is really that fixed and you can’t find the dress anywhere else, I think unfortunately your only two options are either: bite the bullet and just buy the dress (and maybe cost-cut elsewhere in your budget if you can to compensate), or keep looking for something else that’s within your price range :/. 

 

Best of luck!

 

Post # 5
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37 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@fiona8718:  

 

I can’t say as I know. Mine was marked off by 50% because the gown was discontinued and the line was priced to sell. I don’t know what the norm is otherwise, sorry 🙁

 

Post # 6
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1584 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yes I would say it is highly unlikely that a store will give much of a discount that they have to order brand new, ESPECIALLY 2013 designs. I got a 40% discount on my dress, but I bought it off the rack, didn’t order new.

Post # 7
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11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Try to find it used, or wait until after the Fall dresses come out!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

From what I’ve heard from saleswomen at various shops, the shops that offer discounts are marking up their dresses and dropping the price to make you feel better. Some offer the “first day discount” only so that you have to decide immediately.  One salesperson told me that selling the dress under the list price is against the desiger’s regulations and would put the shop at risk for losing the contract to sell that designer’s gowns there.  Now that could be a total load (sounds like one…) but that’s the only experience I had trying to haggle.

That being said, I think the prevalence of those first day discounts is due to the fact that once you identify the style you like you can quickly go into any shop and find a couple dresses you’ll like too.  You’re looking for a drop waist ballgown in satin with a rouched bodice and beading, not something totally uncommon and I’m betting you’ll have no trouble finding a dress in your price range that you love.  I vote to keep looking, and if you try a dozen shops and don’t like a thing you might be more willing to push the budget up to $2000.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Have you checked eBay or tradesy? I got mone off recycled bride (now called tradesy) for half off retail,  plus the veil and slip came with it.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’d say first that you try other dresses on.  If price is a huge sticking point, don’t try on anything over budget!  If you are still struggling to find something you like, try bargaining!

Ring around a a few of the different retailers and ask for a price.  Tell them “such and such will do it for $1500, but I’ve heard fantastic things about your alerations service/customer service/range of accessories” and see if you can  get them to offer a lower price.  Even if they are geographically further away, it can be shipped anywhere right? No harm in asking. 

Some shop, somewhere, will have gone one in for someone who canceled or not care about undercutting the RRP (maybe a retailer who is going to stop stocking the line?) or have a sales assistant that quotes you cost price instead of RRP.  Give it a try!

Post # 13
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609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

You can call around to the different salons around you and see when they are having their trunk shows. There are normally some steep discounts there.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

@fiona8718:  Pic below for reference.

If you can’t afford it, I would say wait.  Keep looking until you fall in love with something you can afford!  If you never move on, then do what you’ve gotta do to get the one you want!

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