Post # 1
Hi Bees –
I’m an older first time bee but still a fashionista at heart. Wondering if any of you have thought about the cost of your dress on an hourly rate? I really wanted a designer couture gown until I divided cost down to an hourly rate and then I gulped. I just couldn’t fathom spending the money for such a short amount of time when I could invest the money into other wedding items. Did you get real on pricing or did you splurge?
Post # 3
I stayed on budget, but only by accident. I fell in love with a very affordable Mori Lee. But I probably would’ve busted the budget for a dream dress if I needed to.
Post # 4
I actually LOVE designer clothes and fancy things but gave myself a $1000 budget for a dress. I stayed within my budget because I told the shops that I didn’t even want to SEE any dress that was not within my budget, and for the most part, they were very helpful and accommodating. I didn’t want to fall in love with a dress I couldn’t afford.
The reason why I stayed with a relatively low dress budget is because my best friend went into bridal stores and said “I only want to see dresses that are $300 or less”. She looked absolutely STUNNING on her wedding day and you could NOT tell her dress was less than $300. What that taught me is that every bride looks beautiful no matter what she wears, so for that reason, I don’t think it’s necessary to blow the budget on a dress. Just my approach.
Post # 5
I haven’t purchased my dress yet but I’m about 80% sure of which one I’m buying. My initial budget was $600 and I was able to find my dress for $626 through one of the discounted sites. Of course this doesn’t include alterations or the bolero that I’ll be purchasing so I will be spending more than I budgeted for but I wouldn’t say that I’m spending more than I can afford. I’ve learned to give myself some wiggle room for pretty much every aspect of the wedding.
Post # 6
I’m a bargain hunter and my wedding budget is pretty small. My goal was to spend <$500 on a dress and I ended up getting one online for $300.
Post # 7
My dress was half of what I budgeted!!! I was so excited. That said, I have to add tulle (no idea how much that will cost) and get it altered. So it could be even by the time all is said and done.
Post # 8
I voted other. I definitely went all sorts of crazy with dresses due to being on a short schedule, making a hasty decision, then having doubts and becoming a multi-dress bride. So I spent WAAAY more than I should’ve, but I could still afford it. Being an older bride at 35 and having my own savings gave me considerable financial freedom. Still, we didn’t splurge on anything else and kept the wedding small and simple. I’d say it makes sense to choose a couple aspects of the wedding that matter to you most and spend the money on those, without putting yourself in debt. If you start doing the hourly math most wedding expenses look insane 🙂
Post # 9
I knew I didn’t want to spend a lot on my dress, but I didn’t really have a set amount in mind. I ended up loving a pretty inexpensive dress so I lucked out! Mine was $479 after a 20% discount.
Post # 10
The dress was what I was willing to splurge on. I decided I would spend a max of $1K on my dress, including alterations and under garments. I got a dress for $670, $60 alterations, and $55 underthings. Built in crinoline FTW!
Post # 11
I did not care a lot about my dress, and thus it was very important to me to stay in budget. I did not let salons show me any dresses above my stated price limit.
Post # 12
My “reasonable” budget knowing what little I know of wedding dresses was going to be 1k, I probably would have just gone over if I had found a dress I really loved. Luckily, I found a dress at Running of the Brides and will probably stick with it since I really dont WANT to spend more.
Post # 13
i gave myself and 800 dollar budget, it made me sick to my stomach to spend more. i fell in love with 2 dresses. one at 400 and one at 599. i bought the one at 599. it felt good coming in under budget.
Post # 14
My mom said she’d be willing to pay $1500 for my dress, but I really didn’t want to spend more than $1000. I got mine for $960!
Post # 15
I’m having one custom made through an etsy seller for $700. A friend of mine got married 2 years ago and when she was wedding dress shopping, she bought a dress that was $4300 with alterations when her original budget was $1000 and ALL she did was stress over how to pay for that damn dress. I was just not about to let a stupid dress stress me out, so I said I was paying no more than $800 and I meant it.
Post # 16
- Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna
I voted other on the poll because I went over my orginal budget of what I wanted to spend but it wasn’t more than we could afford, I was just trying to be cheap. I really didn’t want to spend a lot but when I finally found a dress I liked Mr. M. told me to go for it.