How difficult is it to find decent budget wedding dresses?

posted 2 months ago in Dress
Post # 2
360 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I bought my dress as a gently used sample online. Originally it was a 2400 dollar dress and I got it for 900.  Consignment shops are another good place to get a good deal on a dress. 

Post # 3
5548 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Lola's Trailer Park

I had no problem finding a dress in that range. I went to a store we have locally that sells off the rack wedding dresses from previous collections/seasons for discounted prices. So, my dress was technically from a fall 2013 collection (I purchased in Jan 2016), brand new, designer, but an older design. Paid $600 for it.

 ETA: They also ship if you are interested in checking them out.

Post # 4
572 posts
Busy bee

niahc :  David’s Bridal has options within that price range. I was actually pleasantly surprised by their dresses. I also went to some second-hand wedding dress shops. Honestly, half of the dresses still had their original tags on them because someone’s wedding got canceled or something. It’s definitely doable. If you’re in the USA, I would check out Alfred Angelo as well (which is where I got my dress). Most of their’s are around $1k, but they have somewhat of a range of price points.

Post # 5
572 posts
Busy bee

Another thing, Alfred Angelo is having a big sale right now for in-store dresses. If you are in the USA and ready to start shopping, I’d go, like, today to try some on, haha. 

Post # 6
4958 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

niahc :  Your budget is high enough to accommodate any style of dress unless you want to go completely over the top (swarovski, satin and handmade lace, 1000 miles of tulle).  My dress was under 100 (though granted a swing dress, not a standard gown) and there were plenty of other options available as well, even in more standard styles.  And that was with one business that specializes in vintage style for the most part.  It should be a piece of cake to find what you want.

Post # 7
113 posts
Blushing bee

I had no budget and knew I would pay whatever it took to get the dress of my dreams so I tried on anything from discount clearance dresses to $15k+ dresses. I narrowed it down to a $99 clearance dress and a similar dress that was $10,500, but chose the clearance one because it just made more sense. It was originally $899. There were plenty of very nice dresses for under $1,000 and under $500 though so I don’t think you’ll have any trouble finding something in your price range! 


Post # 8
549 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

niahc :  Sample sales as well as Kijiji or Ebay (although a little risky).

Post # 9
450 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I think you will be fine in that range!  I found mine off the rack for 750.  They were having an extra 50% off sale, so maybe you could look out for that type of thing.

Post # 10
1312 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

Check sample sales! You can find them in actual stores and online. I just purchased my dress this morning for $400 including shipping and it is brand new with tags (Haven by Maggie Sottero). It was a sample but only tried on a few times, the salon that sold it to me was clearing out all of their plus size samples so I got it for 70% off retail. 

Post # 11
505 posts
Busy bee

I had a dress worth £1100 for £250 as it was preloved.

I looked at brand new dresses in the price range I had and they were cheap and flimsy things so went for, what I felt, was a much better option.

I have no issue wearing preloved stuff and thought I was pretty damn clever too.

Post # 12
2570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I bought mine at an awesome bridal consignment store, they had hundreds (maybe even a thousand!) of preowned dresses. Mine was beautifully constructed, satin, with a simple decoration at the waist and I paid $250. I didn’t even need alterations. I didn’t really have a vision of what my dress would look like, I just wanted to try some on and see what looked best.  Ended up buying the 6th dress I tried on and it suited me perfectly. I knew I didn’t want to spend more than $400. 

Post # 14
201 posts
Helper bee

For $500, I would go look at off the rack white/ Ivory evening gowns at Neiman’s, Saks, Nordstrom, Net-a-Porter, etc.  It’s summer and most of the designer dresses from Spring 2017 are already on sale and will be discounted further in July. You can probably find a gorgeous designer gown that originally retailer in the $1000-1500 range if you find something you like in the next month. N

Post # 15
536 posts
Busy bee

niahc :  For $500, you’re looking at a Davids bridal sale, used, custom, or non-bridal gown, definitely off the rack, and I hope you’re not including alterations with that budget. with $800-1000, you can get a sample, or bridal outlet where dresses are half off; it might be sample or discountinued. You definitely have more options at $1000. I tried for a $500 budget and realized, for me anyway, I wasn’t finding anything that I liked in that category. 

good luck!


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