(Closed) HELP… I can’t afford my dream dress

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2018 - Still Looking!

You didn’t mention what size you are, but there’s a new, unaltered size 10 on PreOwned Wedding Dresses for roughly half the original price:

Also, Ebay has a feature called "Want It Now."  I’ve never tried the feature, so have no idea whether it works.  But there are enough bridal stores selling their sample gowns on Ebay, that you might have a shot there?  (I didn’t turn up your gown in a quick Ebay search just now, though bear in mind that doesn’t mean it won’t be listed next week or further in the future.  It never hurts to keep checking!)
 

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Depending on how far away from your wedding you are, have you considered looking into hiring a local seamstress?
I too fell in love with a dress I couldn’t afford when I went shopping and happily can upon a seamstress who agreed to replicate it for me for $1,200 less than what they were charging.
I know it’s not the same thing, but it’s worth a shot!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

If you really have your heart set on that dress, keep looking — I am sure you can find it at a better price if you’re willing to purchase a sample or purchase online.  But, from my own experience, I will advise you to keep looking at other dresses that ARE in your budget, and try to keep an open mind. 

I found one dress that I liked a lot in photos but not quite as much on me, but it was only $650. Then, I found a dress that I REALLY liked on me, but it was a whopping $3100.  It was hard to think about going back to the first dress after finding this second dress, but justifying the huge difference in price was really tough.  I thought dress #2 was the only dress for me and I HAD to have it, but after shopping around some more I found a dress that was even more flattering on me, more my style, and only $990.  I am SO GLAD I kept looking, because this is honestly the best dress for me and it just so happens to be a great price!  Just don’t get too set in your ways, and maybe you’ll find something really similar (or even better) for the right price

Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Did you request quotes from discount bridal sites, like Netbride.com?  I found my $850 dress for $450 at an Ebay store called JustPrettyBridals, brand new, tags and all.  Search the net a little, you wouldn’t believe what you find.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

did you try http://www.pearlsplace.com?  call them.  since they are an actual store, they can order any gown.  but they have an ordering service and they charge almost half of what normal bridal salons do.  and it’s brand new.  good luck!

Post # 10
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I also found the SAME Alvina Valenta dream dress today, I absolutely love this dress!!! It was $3500 in the bridal boutique and I just found this online custom-dress store that creates the exact replica for ONLY $779!!!! All very positive feedback on Ebay, so I’m definitely going to check it out!!! Good luck on finding the perfect dress!   http://cgi.ebay.com/Silk-Satin-Lace-Ribbon-Valenta-Wedding-Dress-md-Alvina_W0QQitemZ180085717087QQihZ008QQcategoryZ63851QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem 

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I had a similar dilemma in my dress search! I didn’t plan to spend a lot of money on a dress. I was looking for something simple, classic, and very plain. Then I tried on an Alencon lace dress and everything changed. I fell in love with a Jim Hjelm dress that was way out of my price range, and it made me miserable. As hard as I looked for an alternative, nothing else even compared. I loved the color, the fabric, and all of the tiny details that make a designer dress worth the extra cost. I turned to the internet in search of my dream dress. I tried eBay, http://www.savethedress.com, and http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com. Eventually a Google search led me to a listing for the exact dress in the Weddingbee classifieds! It was pre-owned by a recent bride who was very close to my size.  I bought it and couldn’t be happier!

Consider what you love about your dream dress. Is it the texture of the fabric, the quality of the stiching, or the detail of the design. I would definitely recommend finding the “real” dress and not a knock off. Just because something looks like the real thing, it may not include all of the fine details and quality that you fell in love with in the first place.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I’d also suggest contacting Debra at Dori Anne Veils. She can order pretty much any gown, and is able to get fantastic discounts. I just bought my dress from her (mine was a sample she happened to have, but I got it for more than half off the original price, and I could have ordered a new one for just a little more than I paid for the sample).

Post # 13
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Newbee

Paloma Blanca used to have a dress EXACTLY like that.  Not sure if the style is still current or not but you may want to check around for it.  I remember it from my bridal consultant days!

Good luck! 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I’m nto sure how much the Alvina Valenta is, but Marisa makes a very similar dress although it has Alencon lace all the way down.  It’s a very similar silhouette.  I think the Marisa dresses are often in the 1200-2000 dollar range, so if that is closer to your budget, you might look for a boutique that carries her dresses and try them on.  I think her dresses are beautiful and very well made, all in silk/lace, and I’ve never understood exactly how she keeps her prices down (thoughts, anyone?).

Post # 15
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Worker bee

Maybe try ebay if you’re into that kind of thing 🙂 and see if someone is selling a used one, or one which was bought and not worn.

or speak with someone at the store where you tried it on and see if they can suggest a similar and cheaper version.

 good luck!

Post # 16
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Busy bee

I came across this site when dress shopping.  Not sure if they can help but it might be worth looking into.  I think they can recreate anything if they have a photo.  http://www.divabydesign.net/  I don’t know to much about them though. 

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