Post # 1
I’ve only watched “Say Yes to the Dress” a handful of times. I find it semi discouraging that all of the dresses are ridiculously expensive and WAY out of my price range. I also find it odd that the bridal people would bring out dresses for the brides that are WAY out of THEIR stated price range.
Anyway, my question is this: do the brides really pay the full cost of the dresses they buy on the show, or do they get it free or at a heavily discounted price? Many of the girls seem like normal girls from normal middle-class families, and I find it hard to believe that the average middle class girl has the dough to shell out $5K on her dress.
Does anyone know?
Post # 3
I think they do pay for the dress because I know of two people here in NYC who have been on the show. They didn’t mention anything about getting the dress for free. And I can believe some folks will shell out 5k for a dress. I mean, they go into heavy debt for a wedding. What’s an extra 5k when you are borrowing over 35k for a wedding?
Post # 4
I just got my dress at Kleinfeld. I can tell you that I am NOT in that sky-high range. I am in what most bridal magazine consider the “low” budget end.
I came in actually willing to spend more on my dress. I told Randy and my consultant what my budget was, and they stuck to it. Even better — they found me MY dress…the one…at half my budget.
I had an amazing experience there. While your selections are less if your budget is low, they will work with you if it’s reasonable. Their dresses start at $1800, and I can tell you that I didn’t pay that — and mine wasn’t a sample.
Happy dress hunting!
Post # 5
I hate it when “Say yes to the dress” consultants. say ” They will never find a gown this beautiful in THAT price range” As if to say there are no pretty gowns out there for less than $3000. I found my dress $1500 and it looks just as gorgeous as any couture gown that I’ve seen on there. Brides, it’s not how much you spend, it’s how amazing you look!!! Quality does not always mean a fortune! I’m a fan of MIKAELLA DRESSES! Beautiful and affordable!
Post # 6
I will say that I have never seen any consultant say that at Kleinfeld’s, but the new Atlanta show goes on and on about price, I feel like.
Post # 7
I have a feeling that “Say Yes” is an interesting viewpoint on the wedding business. The bridal consultants are looking at and seeing how gowns are designed at different price points… They know that you aren’t going to buy a gown with handmade lace at a machine made price nor are you going to buy a silk gown at the same price as a rayon one. The consultants know that the price range you state is going to be pretty close to the one you pay, but they also know that weddings are the time to splurge, so if you want to try on a higher priced gown that you love…then you need to realize if you can’t afford it…you’ll regret having tried it on…
Post # 8
One thing that I had never seen before happens pretty frequently on SYTTD Atlanta. If a bride falls in love with a dress that is out of her price range (nothing outrageous, usually $500-$1000), her friends and family pool their pool their money to cover the difference. Is this a “southern” trait is dress buying?
I think it’s wondeful that friends and family will do this. Being a midwestern girl, I just hadn’t experience anything like it before. One person covers the cost of the dress, whether it be the parents, grandparents or bride.
Post # 9
@Scottielass, I just noticed this as well! It must be a Southern thing b/c I’ve never heard of doing that before but I agree it is very sweet thing to do. Very supportive of the bride!
Post # 10
@MissMargie: and @Scottielass: it happens all the time. alot of girls i know had their aunts and grandma and mother pay for their dresses as a whole, if the dress is too expensive for one person. its more of the “wedding is a family affair” kind of thing. dunno if its strictly southern, but i do know it happens all the time.
personally if i went dress shopping with my sister or best friend, and they fell in love with a dress that was just a couple hundred dollars over their budget, i know my friends and they are genuine people and would fork over some cash to get the girl her dream dress.
its just a nice thing to do! 🙂
Post # 11
@FutureMrsKMF: Ahhh! You met Randy! Super jealous!
Post # 12
I agree that it seems as though everyone who walks through the door is spending $5K plus. Based on what I know from other people and what I see on this website, that is the exception, not the rule. A wedding dress is an emotional purchase, many people go way over their budget for “the dress”. If you are a bridal consultant working on commission, it is worth your while to see how flexible the budget is. I can see going a little higher if the bride isn’t liking anything in her price range but more than a couple hundred is unethical. You are just setting up someone for disappointment. If you look under the casting info, it says that there is no discount, payment, etc.
Post # 13
It may seem out there, but I’m sure all those people are really paying for the dresses exactly what’s shown on TV. There are several salons here in the LA area including the Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier stores that exclusively sell dresses over $3K, and they seem to be doing a lot of business . When you go in there the clientele is pretty normal looking people, not all celebrities and socialites. When I first started watching SYTTD I thought it was ridiculous and that I couldn’t afford anything over $2K, but the more I shopped the more I realized that wasn’t a realistic expectation for what I was looking for. So I ended up with two couture gowns way above what I had initially budgeted. I didn’t go into debt either, I had enough savings for the wedding. I would hope that’s the case with most families on the show. I agree with one of the above posts that when the average wedding cost in the US is $20K-25K, $5K isn’t that much to spend on a dress in comparison. Just hopefully people are not going into debt just for a dress.
Post # 14
the thing that drives me crazy about the show is when someone “falls in love with a dress way over her budget” and it’s a very, VERY basic design (say a simple lace sheath dress) and the consultant DOESN’T say “i’m sure we can find you something else similiar”. they just let them twist. there are a ZILLION lace sheath dresses out there and many of them look very similiar. to have your heart set on a monique lhuillier that costs $5,000 when you can find one that looks almost identical for less than half the price makes no sense to me…….. i can understand paying the designer cost for something that LOOKS it (it’s hard to duplicate the details of some of the vera wang dresses for example) but really, when the design is very simple, what’s the point?
Post # 15
Normally people who go on the show do not get a discount on the dress. I’m sure there are people who have worked something out but I know someone who was offered a spot on the show and they told her, she doesn’t get anything off her dress.
Post # 16
They remind me of used car salesmen. I half expect one of them to try to sell the clear coat and anti rust stuff for the undercarriage.
And that guy who keeps saying “I gonna jack her up!” Major ick factor. Who knew he meant “accessorize.”