Post # 1
Okay so I’m heading out to try on (and hopefully buy) my dress two weeks from now. So excited! My question is whether my budget of $1500(ish) is reasonable. I’m not crazy about DB (a few bad experiences before as a bridesmaid), so they’re on my “B” list – meaning I’ll go there if I don’t find anything I like in my price range elsewhere.
On my “A” list (where I am actually scheduled for appointments) are Alfred Angelo, which from their website seems like I should be able to find something in m price range, and two local boutiques which carry designers including Maggie Sottero, Casablanca, Sincerity, Justin Alexander, Allure, and a bunch of others I can’t remember. I tried really hard to price out the designers beforehand but since so few actually post prices I’m going in semi-blind.
So ladies–what do you think? Am I setting myself up for disappointment or am I on the right track?
Post # 3
I sure hope so, because that is my budget as well.
Post # 4
No you are on the right track. The majority of gowns i have been looking at fall in that category. Check Mori Lee and Ella Rose as well. They have BEAUTIFUL gowns for even around 1000! Also, check trunk shows. A Maggie that is 1600 will go down in price at a trunk show.
Post # 5
I think you’ll be able to find something. My dress budget was $2000 and I ended up getting a dress that was $1100. And I absolutely LOVE my dress.
Post # 6
That was my budget! I went to a local boutique, BHLDN, Nordstrom, and Nicole Miller and I had tons to try on at the right price.
Post # 7
Nope I think you are fine. I bought a Maggie Sottero for $1100 (without alterations or veil, just the dress). I tried on others for around that price range under $1500 (since that was my budget too). and I liked the quality of Mori Lee, Sottero and Midgley, Sophia Tolli (a bit pricer) a lot as well. When I tried on dresses that were $700/$800 I could tell the difference for sure.
Post # 8
@LilySarah: I think that should be ok. My allure dress was 1650, I believe, so it’s just over your budget. The Maggie’s that I tried on were less than 1500.
Post # 9
I’m in Canada but that’s what my dress was and it was one of the more expensive ones I tried! Good luck, I hope you find the perfect dress for half price! Lol
Post # 10
Totally doable. I was seriously considering Alfred Angelo, before I went to DB where I found my dream dress for $800. If you find one you love make sure to ask the store if/when they have sales, chances are they can’t tell you. In any case make sure to watch for sales to save even more. In addition look for a dress that would require vere few alterations as they drive up the cost faster than you’ll ever believe.
Post # 11
I tried on a whole bunch of dresses today all in the 1000-1500 range and they were all amazing! You can definetly do it! I tried on Allure, Casablanca, and Alfred Angelo.
Post # 12
Completely doable. I got my Justin Alexander dress for $1225 (before tax and alterations). 🙂 I tried on quite a few other JA’s and Casablancas all within range, too.
Post # 13
@nooraalj: Oooh that’s exciting! I browsed the Mori Lee website but for some reason decided that they would be out of my price range. That’s great info to have, although that might mean scheduling a FOURTH appointment. I really wanted to try Casablanca and Maggie Sottero, and none of the boutiques around here carry them both, so I made appointments at two different places, and neither of them carry Mori Lee!
@adoc86: Good to know! Of course I would love to come in a little under budget if possible!
@Silverblade: This is one of the reasons I wanted to stay out of DB. Although they do have some beautiful gowns, I’ve done the dress shopping thing with my bride friends when I was a bridesmaid, and I noticed that the gowns they tried on in DB seemed to be of lesser quality but of comparable price to higher quality gowns tried out in boutiques. Of course the DB in my area doesn’t do a great job of keeping the sample dresses in good shape, or steamed, or ANYTHING, so I could be biased.
@Charliejeorge: Me too! If I found THE dress and it was half the price, I’d probably be dancing through the streets all the way home.
Post # 14
Absolutely! My dress would have been right there if I hadn’t added a sash to it and mine’s a Maggie. Alfred Angelo and Mori Lee are also really affordable designers with gorgeous gowns. I don’t think you’re going to have any problems finding something stunning!
Post # 15
Definitely! Pretty much all of the lines you listed have a lot of options in that price range.
$1500 is also in the territory where you could get a very nice pre-owned dress from a higher-end designer, if you wanted to do a little hunting.
Post # 16
You should be fine. I saw several Allure dresses that were $1200, 1400 etc. And Mori Lee makes nice but affordable dresses. Maggies are more expensive, but they probably have a few that might be in that range. Keep an eye out for anyone having trunk shows. Also, Mikaella makes nice dresses that are cheaper.