Post # 1
I HATE that designers never post the actual price of the dress on the website. It drives me nuts, because unless you have an unlimited budget, that’s something you need to know!! It’s such a pain to then go and have to look for other sources for a certain dress, especially if your just browsing so your looking at tons of things. Im at the very early stages of planning so I want to just browse websites to get an idea of what I like and cost, but the lack of prices is making it a huge pain in the a**.
Im a very anxious person generally, so I’m not looking forward to dress appointments, and would like to minimize that as much as possible. I don’t want to deal with putting on a gown, lovig it, and then realizing it’s way over. Or sales people judging me based on budget. My budget is also not set at this point… the dress is really the only thing that I am willing to splurge on if I fall in love with something unique. So I would be bummed out if sales people didn’t show me a gown that may be perfect but over my (flexible) budget. I also don’t want to give them a high budget (which may be like 2-3x my original budget for that one special dress that I may find) because then obviously they will try to get me to buy in that range to make more money.
I have also looked at venues and many of them do the same thing. It feels like they just want to make the process as convoluted as possible.
I know it’s not really a big deal but this is the first thing that has driven me crazy with planning. I know I could just give them a quick phone call or email, but as stupid as this sounds, anxiety makes this a huge deal for me. I guess the planning process will be a good exposure therapy?
Sorry for the rant guys, first world problems
Post # 3
Not posting prices is annoying, but easy to work around. Just google the dress and style with the word price and you’ll get a pretty good idea of the cost. As for your appointments, I would set a budget, look for dresses in that budget, and if you don’t find anything, up your budget the second time around. I told all the dress shops by budget and only one place put me in gowns that were slightly above my budget. I also asked price before I put anything on. And don’t worry about them judging you. Most of those people (with the exception of the shop owners) probably aren’t paid enough to afford the expensive gowns either, so if their judging you, they are just mean.
As for venues, I was able to weed out tons of venues for not wanting to put prices on line or give me an estimate through email. There’s no point wasting my time going out to talk with venues if they might be considerbly over my budget. I ended up choosing one that had all the info online, which helped me tons.
Post # 4
Try and Google the prices of the dress… I did and that helped me keep with a budget when i was looking online
Post # 5
You will find that, a lot, through the planning process. And the best part? When people do post prices, there is ALWAYS an upgrade.
Invitations can have fancier printing, more colours, custom designs or better paper.
Stamps can go from standard to custom.
Veils can be simple to hand beaded swaroski crystals.
Limos are cheap for a club and ten times the price for a wedding.
Everything can cost more!
That being said, if you are curious about what to expect, why not start a “how much did you pay” thread? Ie. How much did you pay and give a brief description for your dress, venue, flowers, cake, veil, hair, makeup, transportation, paper, guest book, photography, etc.
Maybe expecting it like that might make you feel better. I will warn you, however, that pricing is a very regional thing.
Post # 6
To get an idea of dress prices I go on preownedweddingdresses.com because the seller posts when they bought the dress and for how much so it can help to give you a rough idea.
Post # 7
The wedding shoppe is a local wedding shop, but they have most of the well known designers and they show prices on there website.
Post # 8
I set my budget but when she started pulling pieces I kept on explaining what type of lace I liked and she showed me a dress and told me it was above my budget but I told her it was ok and turns out it was the one. The girls on here are great to help find dresses in your price range if you know what you want. But before you know what you want you should try on a few dress styles.
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Dress prices will vary so much from store to store that I’m not sure getting a price online would be too helpful. Some stores mark the dress up more but include certain things in the purchase or an allowance for accessories. Some stores have to charge more because of overhead if they are in an expensive area. I tried on a number of dresses in Gainesville, FL, that were way cheaper than the same dress on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables (Miami), and that’s simply because it costs a LOT more to opperate a store in Miami than in Gainesville. It’s annoying, sure, but there’s a reason that there isn’t a standard MSRP advertized.
ETA: be honest with your dress consultants. I had great experiences with mine (except at David’s Bridal, which I ran from screaming) and they were totally understanding of my budget and respected that I told them I planned to spend between $1500 and $2000 but could spend more if it was absolutely perfect. They put me in dresses mostly within my price range and never tried to put me in one way outside that. I ended up buying a dress that was $1975 but 15 or 20% off because of a promotions tarting 2 days later, which the consultant told me about and got a manager to honor for me in advance.
Post # 10
i think sometimes not posting prices has to do with the fact that a designer may not be the one determining the price. shops can determine their own retail price based on a suggested amount sometimes. i found that out when looking for BM dresses. same dress, 2 different bridal salons, $50 price difference…
still totally annoying though!
Post # 11
I think it also protects the shopowners if you don’t quite know how much it’s going to cost. There’s a lot of dealing and bargaining going on when buying a dress and it makes the stores a little harder for stores to compete with each other if the prices are just out there. I’m sure you can imagine, its gonna be hard for the store to sell you a dress for 2000 when you know the dress is only worth 1500. Plus with the prices being out in the open, other stores can simply lower theirs by like 100 and suddenly and steal customers. Some stores go as far as to hide the labels from you just so you can’t find the dress somewhere else for a cheaper price.
Post # 12
It’s ok. I had the same frustration with gauging how much to budget at the start. But after being to a few different stores, I’ve found that dresses are priced differently in different stores. Some stores would be willing to match the price of another store when they find out you saw the same dress in a different store just so they get the sale. I agree with PP on looking it up in weddingshoppeinc.com because they post the dress prices there generally.
What I’ve realized is that the same look can have different price points based on the designer. The price difference is sometimes really based on the fabric and type of beading or lace used. Or, if you’re open to trying on samples or preloved dresses, that opens you up to high end designer gowns at affordable prices.