Post # 1
So I read this article ^
I haven’t gone dress shopping yet because I’m procrastinating and because I think wedding is more work than play. I mean, I always love looking at pictures of wedding dresses and I am set out to find my perfect dress but is it worth it? After reading this article, I’m thinking about going to a seamstress.
My budget is 3-5 thousand, and my mom is thinking closer to 10k. Ridiculous. For one day. Do you think your dress was worth every penny? I don’t want buyer’s remorse!
Post # 3
They are overpriced. If I had a ton of money, sure I would spend it. But alas I dont, especialy not for a >10 000 dollar dress that looks like it could be priced <1000
Post # 4
I look even at my prom dresses that I wore once and never again. It makes me so mad lol
Post # 5
@zombiemonster: I spent $500. You don’t have to spend 10k. And 3-5k should be enough to have a large selection of designer dresses if thats what you want. But if you fall in love with something that costs more than that you can always look into purchasing a used dress (what I did) or a sample.
Post # 6
I don’t think a wedding dress is worth $10,000 or even $1,000. I have nothing against people who chose to spend that much, but it’s not necessary. Finding a cheaper dress is more work and your options are different, but it’s totally do-able and you will have just as good of a wedding in a $200 dress.
Then there’s the whole issue of “the perfect dress” or “the one”, and I see a lot of bees encouraging each other to spend more because it’s the one so that makes it worth it. With so many dresses to chose from, how will you ever decide which is the one? My philosophy is you need to pick just one that you like enough and fits your budget and your needs, and then stop worrying about it! (Again, if you want to spend more for a dress you like a lot or you change your mind a bunch of times, that’s fine but there should not be all this pressure on brides that they have to shell out a bunch for the most perfect dress ever) I don’t need to look perfect to get married, I’ll be happier if I don’t look like crap, sure, but all I really need is my FH 🙂
I think my dress is about as close to being worth it as I could get. It’s a big ball gown (lots of fabric) that’s well constructed and fits me right, so I don’t have to sew! It was under $80, so the supplies to make it myself would have cost more than I paid, so I consider it a good deal 🙂 I’m still jealous of the bee who got her dress for $9 though 😉
Post # 7
In short: no. I think its nuts to spend large sums of money for a dress you’re wearing for 6 hours, especially when you can probably find something that is just as gorgeous for less.
But that’s just me 🙂
Post # 8
Theres no doubt that wedding dresses are “overpriced”, but in my case (I had the same 3-5 budget as you) I ended up in the high end of my budget (Vera Wang) because the workmanship and fabrics of the dress was visibly superior. Unfortunately, I’m cursed with an advanced knowledge of garment fabrics and constructions and once I have found something of outstanding quality, I have a hard time downgrading. Be aware, however, I tried on some Reem Acra dresses (in the 5K range) and the quality was surprisingly disapointing considering the pricetag. If you choose to spend that kind of money, be assured that you not only LOVE the dress, but that the quality somewhat justifies the price.
Post # 9
I could never stomach anything over 5K. Ever.
My dress was slightly under 1K and even that made my head hurt. I LOVED it and it was worth the slight-less-than-1K pricetag but I could never pay anywhere close to 10K. Our whole wedding wasn’t quite 10K.
Post # 10
3-5K is perfect to me. 10K is way unnecessary (to me!). I think the most beautiful dresses are in the mid-range. When you start getting too high, they are either too busy or you are just paying for a name, which really does not matter. It’s all about how the dress makes you feel. If a $400 dress makes you feel the best, get it!
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
I think you should go try on dresses at a variety of price points and decide what you like best. 🙂
There are two other threads about this story…
NPR: Why Did My Wedding Dress Cost SO Much?
Article: “Why Did My Wedding Dress Cost So Much?” FYI before you buy, my dears!
Post # 12
@MabelleBliss: $9! That’s a steal! I’m not savvy enough to even buy a skirt that much lol.
@Petite_Fraise: I love Vera. Who could say no to those dresses!
@whitandrior: Agreed. Thanks for your input 🙂 It’s like my brain’s clarity