Help! Self-conscious tightwad needs something to wear…

posted 4 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
403 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

A civil ceremony is definitely worth buying a dress for! It just depends how much you want to spend. If $420 is feasible for you, then go for it! Does the seller have a return policy, in case you’re not satisfied with the purchase?

Post # 4
7 posts
  • Wedding: December 2012

@renaikekkon:  YES, I think you should buy a dress!!  It is an extraordinary day regardless of the venue. Try something in tea length and less formal. Even if you get hitched at the courthouse, you’ll still want a few keepsake photos. The dress doesn’t have to be fancy and expensive; and it will help make your day even more memorable.  Just my 2 cents. 🙂

Post # 5
23 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

I totally think its worth wearing a dress for! I also live in Ohio and my fiancé and I are eloping in late September in New York City, my cousin owns a bridal shop and I ended up getting a dress through her!  My dress was discontuined so super cheap! Plus she had a bunch others for like 99.00! I am also plus size so I know how hard it is to find something you love and it to fit! Good luck!

Post # 6
2609 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Do you have your heart set on an Etsy dress?  Have you considered good old David’s Bridal?  Check some of these out… lots of cute options including short and tea length dreses, and plus sized as well (thought, you don’t mention if you’re plus-sized or not, just that you’re heavier than your ideal weight).

Post # 7
6125 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@renaikekkon:  Yes you should buy a dress!


As the woman who bought FOUR online dresses sight unseen – please try to go with a store that accepts returns!  Mine were all final sales so I could not return them.  I had to resell all my gowns, and I did, but just a PITA honestly. 


I also had a civil ceremony the first time around and wore just a brown skirt.  I regretted that.


Might I suggest these stores:


And a few in white if you’re wanting white:



Nordstroms also has some wedding gowns that are affordable:



Post # 10
8044 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Could you just buy a dress from a normal store? That’s what I did for my teeny tiny 4-guest wedding. To me it’s not worth paying hundreds of dollars… and I would be afraid to buy something custom online in case it doesn’t pan out.

Post # 11
1367 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I vote yes – get something special, and by special I don’t mean that it has to be crazy expensive.

Here is what I wore for my City Hall wedding.  The dress was originally $700 but thanks to an end of year sale I got it for $250.  Even though we are having a reception where I will wear a nice dress (also not traditional) I am still happy that I had a little white dress for City Hall.



Post # 16
1367 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@renaikekkon:  I like the first one.  It feels a little more dressy and would look great with sparkly detail.  For the second, even though you can give it a better belt, the cotton fabric looks casual to me.

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