(Closed) How much is too much for a dress?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How much is too much for a dress?
    $500 : (5 votes)
    4 %
    $500-$1000 : (11 votes)
    9 %
    $1000-$5000 : (44 votes)
    34 %
    over $5000 : (69 votes)
    53 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

    I feel like it all depends completely on what you can afford and what you’re comfortable with. For me, anything over about $700 or so would have been absolutely out of the question. I had a hard time accepting that my dress was about $550!! But, I totally understand that tons of brides spend way more than that, and I think that’s great if you can afford it!!!

    Post # 4
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    3709 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    For me…anything over $500 would have been too much. Money wasn’t the issue…but rather, I didn’t want to spend that much money for something that I wouldn’t even be wearing for a whole day. This is actually funny b/c I thought my FI spent too much on my e-ring, but he thought I spent too much on my $474 dress…LOL!

    Post # 5
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    2342 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I think anything over $1500 is a lot, and I spent A LOT!  I didn’t mean too but I loved the dress that nothing else looked good!  So I bought “the one” for $2500!  EEEKKK!  I know that other people have higher budgets, but I have a small one.  I envy those people!! 

    Post # 6
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    1701 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    My dress is actually more than my ring LOL. Ring was about 1,000 – dress is 1,200. As far as how much is too much? I guess that depends on how much money you have to spend, and which dress you want!

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    It all just depends on the wedding budget, and also on the priorities of the wedding.  When I used the Knot’s budgeter, it had calculated a big percentage of our budget for the dress (big to me anyways) so I stayed under that number.  but for some girls, the dress is a bigger part of the budget.  So I don’t think you can really just arbitrarily assign a number as to what is too much to spend on a dress….had I had a 50,000.00 budget I probably would have spent a lot more on my dress. 

    Post # 8
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    3709 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @jingle….I certainly would have spent more if I saw something else that I just HAD to have…LOL. I didn’t even tempt myself…I only tried on things within my pre-set budget. It was HARD…but I did it =)

    Post # 9
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    599 posts
    Busy bee

    It depends on what you can afford and what you want to spend. Personally I am spending around 2k on a dress. To some people that might be extravagent and to others it might seem cheap. But it’s how much I am comfortable with.

    Post # 10
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    2280 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    My dress budget is under $750, and I’m aiming for less than $500. If I were wealthy, I wouldn’t mind dropping a few thousand (I have expensive taste :P), but probably no more than 3 or 4K.

    Post # 11
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    10218 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2010

    i say it’s relative.  it really depends on the couple and their personal priorities.  if they choose to spend 10,000 on a dress, more power to them.  i cannot afford more than 600 or so on my dress, and if i could afford more you better believe i’d be heading to kleinfield’s for a pnina.

    Post # 12
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    577 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    @honeybun: me too!!  My FI and I picked out my simple e-ring together so I know how much it cost – and my dress is more than double that!  I am very very lucky that our parents indulged me on the dress (FILs and my parents are splitting all wedding costs, whereas FI paid for the e-ring himself out of his grad-school salary).  It doesn’t seem logical to spend more money on a dress for one day vs a ring you will wear for the rest of your life (well, at least until the anniversary ring comes along :), but both the dress and the ring are perfect for me so it makes sense for me!  Everyone’s got different priorities, like I see the prices for letterpress invites and I am like “WHA????  Direct me to the nearest Kinkos!”  

    Post # 13
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    agree with crebre80 100% – Pnina was what I dreamed of but it was not in the budget.

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    @Peanut: same here!

    My dress is actually worth much more than my e-ring and wedding set – combined! but my parents offered me the dress as a gift and mom wouldn’t let me look at the price so that’s how it happened. However, for the rings, we both did not want to spend too much either, because I want to wear it all the time and we are very active, it WILL get scratched… also because a big thing for us is travel, and everytime I would look at an expensive ring, I thought: we could go “there” with that money, lol!

    Post # 15
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    2475 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I think this will have a lot of varying responses because it depends on so many things.  For me though, I was not willing to spend more than $1,000 on a dress, even though I could afford to spend much more.  So it wasn’t really a financial aspect in my decision, but more of a practical one.  I just can’t fathom spending a ton of money on a dress I wear for one day when I can think of a million other things I’d rather spend my money on. 

    Post # 16
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I didn’t really want to spend more than $500, and came in (with tax) at $614. I asked the bridal shop if they were able to offer any sort of discount, and was told “No.” So, I’ll be taking my gown to an independent seamstress for its alterations, since that shop has proven that it’s unwilling to work with me.

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