Post # 1
While many of us would love to go to Kleinfelds with no budget, truth is the majority of us either cannot or will not have an unlimited dress budget. Which designers surprised you about the quality for the price either positively or negatively.
I thought Casablanca and Mia Solano and Enzoani we surprisingly affordable for the details and quality of the dress – they are not cheap but all had some pretty couture designs and attention to detail that made them stand out.
I thought Augusta Jones and Melissa sweet were a bit disappointing – I thought with the simpler designs that the fabrics would be more luxurious but did not find that.
I do not want this to offend anyone, every designer out there makes beautiful dresses depending on your price point – I just thought it would be interesting to see who provided more or less value for the money since we all are watching our budgets.
Post # 3
When I was looking at dresses online, I was really excited to try on Melissa Sweet and Vineyard dresses. But when I got to the Priscilla of Boston salon, the dresses that I tried on were not as nice as I expected. The samples were really worn out and the materials didn’t feel that nice.
I was really happy with my experiences with Christos and Amsale. Surprisingly they had a bunch of dresses under $5000. The material was good, structure was great, and the details were gorgeous. I also saw a few Lela Rose dresses in the same price range that were really nice too.
Post # 4
I was not a big fan of the Amsale fabrics… michelle roth fabrics did not make me swoon either (but also that is a relatively lower price point). All Melissa Sweet samples i tried on were brand new to the store and the workmanship and the details were stellar.
Post # 5
I really, really love my Robin Jillian dress. The material feels really great, and it has a ton of beading and details (plus, all the crystals are Swarovski, which means it sparkles a ton). It was $1.5k, so it wasn’t exactly inexpensive, but I think it looks better than a lot of the more expensive designers’ dresses (obviously I’m biased, though!).
I’ve noticed that Casablanca has a ton of gorgeous dresses, too, and aren’t too expensive. There are a ton of great designers at lower prices, these are just the ones I ran into!
Post # 6
I was a Casablanca bride and while my dress wasn’t cheap it was a lot less expensive than many of the other designers I tried!
I was also pleasantly surprised by David’s Bridal dresses – they have many, many that I think are just beautiful for an extremely reasonable price.
Post # 7
@lisa105: I agree! The dresses are gorgeous. I almost went with one, but the saleslady I got that day was so awful I just couldn’t buy from her and then I found my dress :).
Post # 8
I love my Alfred Angelo dress, I was surprised at the quality feel and the attention to detail for fairly inexpensive.
Post # 9
I’m considering an Amy Kuschel dress. Affordable and very soft and pretty with beautiful fabrics.
Post # 10
I loved most of the Pronovias gowns I tried on. They felt very European and glamorous! I ended up getting a gown from a Pronovias line, San Patrick.
Post # 11
i tried on some Mori Lee’s and i was blown away by the quality compared to the price. $400.00! and they were made beautifully…i didnt end up with one but i still love them and will tell everyone i can about them
Post # 12
I agree that Casablanca was surprisingly affordable for the beautiful quality and details.
Post # 12
I didn’t end up buying one, but I was very surprised by Enzoani’s prices! I think their dresses are absolutely gorgeous and I love the attention to detail. I figured they would in the $4000-$5000 range, but the one I tried on was $1600! Enzoani was in my top 3.