(Closed) I was told I was crazy

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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5978 posts
Bee Keeper

My dress was my mom’s, so I can’t help you with the budget of the dress, but with your $550, are you including alterations with that? If not, I spent probably about $500 on alterations alone. Now, I completely changed my mom’s dress to fit me and my style, but still, the alterations of a wedding gown definitely aren’t cheap unfortunately. I think you can definitely find a dress for $550, but the alterations are going to be more than the dress itself.

Good luck and hope you find what you’re looking for!

Post # 4
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17 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My dress was only $650 and I know plenty of girls who have gotten their dresses for much cheaper—just let it roll off! As long as you can bargin hunt you should be golden 🙂

Post # 5
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592 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Totally!  I’m amazed at some of the deals some of the ladies here have found!  With some patience and bargaining, I’m sure you’ll find something perfect!

Post # 6
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11327 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

My original budget was $500 but I was concerned I wouldn’t find anything I liked for that amount. My budget now for dress + alterations is $1000 (although I’m willing to spend a little more if I fall in love). The biggest thing I’m going to try to do though is find a dress with a corset back so that the cost of alterations will be cut down!

Post # 7
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1251 posts
Bumble bee

What size are you?

Post # 8
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14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I budgeted $700-$1000 but REALLY wanted one under $500. I found mine for $400 on sale, off the rack.

So don’t let anyone tell you your dress is cheap/chintzy/crappy if you don’t spend a gazillion dollars. It may not be couture, but you’ll keep your dinero in the bank =]

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Post # 9
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2000 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Mine cost $600!!! You are not crazy, girl! I got so many compliments on my dress & it was perfect for me! You will definitely find something in your price range with no problem.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

I plan on getting my dress from Aria dress. I love their simple, classy styles. And I REALLY love their prices. They also go all the way up to a size 26.The dress I want is below, and in the fabric I want, in a size 16 is only $455. In Silk Shantung its $265 or Duchess satin it would only be $205.

I’d really recommend checking out their site.

 

Post # 11
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14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@ilikepink, your board is adorable =]

Post # 13
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1251 posts
Bumble bee

@ejs. Thank you! I am a photoshop nerd, so I love making IBs.

@LYBANA- You should def. check out Aria then. They are really simple dresses, but they have a wide variety of styles.

Post # 14
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285 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

if there is a running of the brides anywhere near you, try that (sponsored by filenes basement) i went there in NYC this past february and found my dress! i had toyed with a few dresses some of which were originally 7000+ (at the event they were reduced to 799!) the dress i got was around 2000 and it was at the event for $249! you cant go wrong.

i didnt actually have a dress budget in place before going to the event. but i must say, i just went to have fun and get the expereince and try on a billion dresses. there were TONS (most were around size 10 and up) but there were also smaller and larger sizes too. i highly, highly recommend it! and it was a blast 🙂 see if they do that anywhere near you!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

Hi,

Seriously, look at http://www.keepmeinstitches.biz  I bought a gorgeous/well made MOB gown there (Queen size)  for $219.00 plus shipping.  I went to a local drycleaner/seamstress and had her take my measurements -so I knew the’d be correct, and then called customer service, bc I only had 2 months til the wedding.  Based on my measurements they told me what size to order, and I received it in the right size.  I had been leary of ordering online, but when I saw that they have a “brick & mortar” store in Scottsdale, PA it made me have the courage to order.  I was worried about the quality-but a woman that did minor alterations makes wedding gowns and without knowing what I paid for the gown, she said is was very high quality.  I don’t know what size you are, but I would suggest you get measured by someone who is a seamstress.  Now it looks like you can enter your measurements at this website and you will find what size to order.  Their simpler wedding gowns start at only $99.00!!!  I would suggest if you need alterations, to go to a drycleaner seamstress-unlless the gown is very complicated-you will pay much less that way!  Good luck and keep us posted.  I was an extremely happy customer!  (My daughter’s photographer & friend said I should just wear the gown everywhere!) hee hee

Post # 16
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2010

You are not crazy!!  My dress was $550 and I picked it because I loved it not because of the price.  What area of the country are you located in? 

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