Post # 1
I got snubbed by a local bridal store for giving myself a budget of $300-500 for a dress. I know dresses can get really pricey but….give me a break! I had no clue.
How much should one budget for a dress?
P.S. I can comfortably increase my budget to $800-900 but that bridal store made me feel like crawling under a rock. UGH.
Post # 3
It really depends on you and your wedding budget! I budgeted $2000 but ended up spending $800. Head up, you can find something in your budget!
Post # 4
That’s about my budget too, so I’m probably going with a knock off. The dress I want is really simple but will cost atleast $600 plus $200-$300 in alterations. The knock-off can be made to measure for about $200. David’s bridal has sales so you can probably get one under $500 there and consignment stores too. (I may check these out before ordering online, but I’m in love with Mori Lee 3092)
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
There are certainly dresses in that price range- I know J Crew and David’s Bridal have them. Sorry that you were snubbed- maybe you can call to check price ranges before you visit the next bridal store. My SIL was scoffed at for her budget (not sure exact numbers, but think it was around your range), and she found something beautiful.
Post # 6
I budgeted $1000 for dress & alterations.. I spent $950 on the dress.. so I’ll be a little over, but oh well.. life will go on.
I don’t think your budget is crazy, I saw a few that were really pretty in that price range. As bad of an experience as I had at David’s Bridal, I would still recommend checking there.. they had some nice,inexpensive gowns.
Post # 7
My Fiance gave me the budget of 1200, but I ended up buying a Justin Alexander for $600! Then to save a little more money, I found an alterations place OUTSIDE of the bridal stores! What would’ve cost me $200-$400, only cost me $150!
There are some beautiful dresses out there that would fall into your budget!
Post # 8
I budgeted $650 but never told anyone LOL
Post # 9
Unfortunately, there are a lot of snotty bridal stores. Try not to let it bother you – they aren’t ALL like that. While you’re shopping for a dress, keep in mind that alterations/bustles etc add up. 🙂
Post # 10
I dont want to spend anything over $1000 with alterations included. We will see if that actually happens….
Post # 11
My budget was $2,000 but I found the perfect dress for me at $549.
$300-500 is totally doable but might not be found at most bridal salons. I’d stick with David’s or Alfred Angelo WAY before you go knock off. But that’s just me!
Post # 12
I budgeted $900, and I ended up spending (or rather, my dad ended up spending) $600.
Post # 13
2000, got my angelina , plus a white house black market white tea length dress for shower and a rehearsal gown from davids bridal.
Post # 14
David’s Bridal has great dresses for those prices!
My FIL’s paid but didn’t give me a price range so I was looking for about $600. Found one off the rack at a small salon for $399!
Post # 15
- Wedding: April 2012 - Padua Hills Theater
I budgeted $2,000 before alterations. Some of the places I went to the alterations were going to be an added $600! I ended up getting my dress and alterations for $1,500, so I made it under budget!
Post # 16
I didn’t really budget for my dress, I found the ONE and luckily it was in my price range. The only requirement that I had was that it be real silk. I spent $1000, but to be fair, I got an AMAZING deal. Usually my dress goes for around $2500. That being said, keep looking! Go to a bigger brial store, they will have a larger selection with more dresses in your budget range. 🙂