(Closed) I just can't spend that much on a dress for one day

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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2398 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I spent $99 for the dress and 160 for alterations. I would not have spent a dime more. I loved the dress so that was a bonus. I think each bride is different and some dont mind spending so much. 

Post # 4
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4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@CocoLoco523:  Me! So I bought my dress used. I got it for 500 and the original buyer paid 1300. And if I bought it new today it would be closer to 2k.

Post # 5
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197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You should definitely try on dresses to get a feel for what you like….and then stalk all of the used wedding dress sites.  You could also try sample sales and trunk shows, you never know what you could find.  I bought the floor sample from a local boutique and they gave me 20% off.  Have fun shopping!

Post # 6
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529 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@CocoLoco523:  I feel exactly the same way! My plan is to try on some wedding dresses to get an idea of what I like and then order a similar gown from a knock off discount online wedding dress maker like DressilyMe. I’ve been reading through the boards at some of the other Bees that have done this and from what I get, most have been happy with their dress, especially considering the typically less than 300$ pricetags!

Post # 7
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1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I bought mine from china, and never regretted it. I know for a fact that I could have spent ten times the money, and the dress would not have been any nicer. It fit my budget, and best of all, freed up money for other things. 

Post # 8
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1600 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My budget was $1000 and I was thrilled to fall in love with a dress that I got for $595.

I got frustrated a few times because at most of the shops I went to, dresses STARTED at $900, which didn’t leave me much wiggle room.

But I kept pressing on and refused to try on anything over my budget. And eventually I found the one. You will too! Just keep your focus and be patient. 

Post # 9
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529 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@SandyThePoet:  Did you order it online? If so, what site if you don’t mind me asking

Post # 10
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3297 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat

Bought mine for $200, which is the exact amount I wanted to spend! Alterations will add a bit to the bill, but I figure, I was so frugal that I have that extra amount to spend, guilt-free.

Post # 11
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915 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I spent almost $3,000 on mine, it seemed excessive at the time, but no compared to everything else I am pretty ok with it.

Post # 13
Hostess
3371 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Definitely try on samples! My dress was originally over 3k, but with my sample discount I paid just over 1k. I told myself I was going to order a replica, but I KNEW this quality couldn’t be replicated and I couldn’t pass it up. 

 

 

Post # 15
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4722 posts
Honey bee

I’m considering buying a white bridesmaids dress. The long chiffon ones will fit my style and my really tight budget. 

They even have some that look ridiculously similar to bridal gowns, and the really expensive ones are less than $300. 

Bestbridalprices.com is where I started looking.

Post # 16
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688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

my SIL got a beautiful dress from Nordstrom’s for $150, and no alterations needed!

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