Post # 1
Hi everyone! I never really researched how much dresses cost prior to getting engaged and to be honest I still dont really KNOW what costs what. Right after he proposed I pulled a number out of the air that would be my max to spend. That number was $3,000. I dont think its THAT much in the scheme of things, but to me that is a nice chunk of change! The question I am getting to is:
How many of you picked a max and then went under it? When I go to the bridal salon to try dresses and tell them I dont want to spend more then $3000 will they still bring out dresses that are less then that? AND is that even a good number to go in with? I have no clue! Literally! One more question and then I am done! Promise! I am going to Kleinfelds for my 1st “try on session” and they say they want a 60% deposit on the dress. Is that pretty normal across the board??
Thanks girls! Sorry about the million Qs!
Post # 3
I would have written something quite similar when begining my dress hunt. I picked a number as well, actually I said (in my head of course) I want to find a dress between $3000-$5000 with $5k being my max. It was perfect! When I went to try dresses on I told them that bringing a dress above $5k will not work – however I did try on a $12k Monique Lhuillier because I wanted to feel how different a $12k dress felt than a $5k dress – – they didn’t feel different at all!!
To the second part of your question – – I only tried on at 3 places: Neiman Marcus, Stanley Korshak, and a bridal boutique in Portland. All three requested 50% deposit at the time of ordering.
Hope that info helps – – – its such an amazing fun thrilling experience. My only advice – – Enter with an open mind. Try anything and everything on, no joke. You may end up with a dress you never thought would be ‘you’ in a million years
Post # 4
I also had no idea how much dresses cost before going to try on dresses. I wanted to stay between $500 and $750 and told the lady that when I went in to try on dresses. She brought out a few dresses in that price range but then brought out a few that were a little bit higher. Of course I fell in love with the 3rd dress I tried on, which was $ 950, but didn’t get it right then, I still had a couple of appointments that day to try on dresses. Needless to say none of the ones I tried on felt as good as the 3rd dress, so we went back and ordered that dress, mainly because at the time my mom said she would help me pay for the dress so I still stayed on my budget. I think we had to put down 50% at that time and then pay the rest by the time of my first fitting. I think $3000 is probably a good number! Good luck and just make sure you remind that you don’t want to go above that number and they should pretty much do that for you! Good luck!
Post # 5
Stick with what your budget is, because some places WILL try to sneak more expensive dresses in.
Post # 6
I would probably say that you don’t want to go above $2500, 2800, because then they’ll probably bring out dresses that are $3000 or just over. If you say $3000, I think a lot of places think, well we can push her to $3500 or $4000. Just remember that the price of alterations is not included in the price of the dress, so you’ll likely be paying more than $3000 for dress + alterations. Good luck! And have fun at Kleinfeld’s–hope you get a good consultant! 🙂
Post # 7
well $3000 i believe it is a good budget, not sure if it could be enough for Kleinfields though..(i watch the show say yes to the dress)…
i can tell you that some bridal store overprices their dresses, like ridiculosly overprice!!!my budget was about $2000.. i once went to this store and i told them i wanted a lace gown, lots of lace..and they said that lace was over my budget!! really? pftt!! then i found this place where i got my gown (beautiful all LACE from top to bottom) for only $1100..great deal!!! just becareful where you go and look around! if you have a budget, they usually try to show you what is in the budget, but with $3000 you should have not have any problems in finding a nice dress..but if you are worry that you cant afford that much money then just try to spend a little less.. rememebr you need alterations done too..
Post # 8
totally LOVED kleinfeld and got my dress there a few weeks back. They are not pushy and will respect the budget and work with you to get you a dress of your dreams. At least that was my experience there.
$3K is absolutely enough!
Post # 9
Stick with your budget. Ironically, I had a number (in my head of $2000) and I went to a bridal salon that let ME look around and pick a number of dresses to try on, lo&behold the dress that was “THE ONE” was $1950.
Post # 10
I think $3000 is a good number. That was about the amount I could personally justify spending and I was able to find a huge array of styles within that figure. My mom was a little more flexible though, so we did go to a couple of higher end stores and looked at $3000+
I think the key is to go to a variety of stores that have different price points. I found a dress I liked at Davids Bridal that would have been $750. I also found a Christos dress that I loved for $5500. I ended up getting a Manuel Mota that was $2000, which put it right in my range.
Have your max, but don’t dismiss a dress because it’s cheaper. Kleinfeld’s wont expose you to dresses much less than $2000, so you’re pretty much committing to meet or exceed the top range of your budget by shopping there, but if you are ok with that, I bet you can find a gorgeous dress there. Good luck!
Post # 11
If you fall in love with a dress, but cant buy it on the spot, do they usually still keep it in the stores for a few weeks? They dont sell them right off of the floor, do they? I am just thinking if I find a dress when I am alone and want someone to see or if I DO happen to find a dress thats a little out of my budget and I need to save some more………(hopefully that doesnt happen!)
Post # 12
Usually you order the dress, so it’s made for your measurements (unless you buy a sample, which would be the dress that they have it the store at that time). So definitely don’t feel rushed to make a decision that day; go home and think it over and get others’ opinions if you want.
Post # 13
you don’t need to pay it all upfront, just the deposit i would imagine
Post # 14
3k sounds good to me. i wanted to stay around 1k and wasn’t sure how much i would find in that range….everything i liked was around that price and the one i felt PERFECT in was just what i wanted…1k!
you have so many options with 3k, really. you could spend much less if you really wanted to.
Post # 15
I’m going to throw this out there and say that you should tell them $2500 is the budget. Alterations and accessories can get expensive quickly, and you want to have a cushion in there! Good luck!
Post # 16
My budget was 2500 and I am under it.
BUT. That is largely due to the fact that I did not end up going with a designer I had originally loved!
I think the important part is realizing your budget and sticking with it. IE If you must have brand new don’t even bother trying on Monique. But if you’re willing to purchase a preowned dress then hey go try on whatever designer you want. Because with a 3K budget you can def find a preowned designer dress. If you choose to go the preowned route though give yourself plenty of time to find the dress in your size.