Was it really worth it??

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Did you regret spending hundreds of dollars on your wedding dress??
    Totally worth it! : (120 votes)
    61 %
    Wasn't worth it..... : (10 votes)
    5 %
    I spent lots of money on my dress but I wish I wouldn't have. : (9 votes)
    5 %
    I didn't spend lots of money but wished I would have got a more expensive dress. : (7 votes)
    4 %
    My dress was fairly inexpensive and I didn't regret it! : (50 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 3
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    6812 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    You only wear it for one day, but the memories and pictures last forever..

    Post # 4
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    457 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I don’t know because I’m actually going to wear my mom’s wedding dress! So it’s free! 🙂

    Would you be willing to sell it afterwards to make back some of the money you paid? Or if this is not a dress that just came out on the market, can you see if you can buy it used from somewhere cheaper?

    If you make a decent amount of money and have no debts or any serious financial obligations, why not? But if not, I wouldn’t do it!

    Post # 5
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    3223 posts
    Sugar bee

    @cmoest:  Honestly this will probably be the only answer you get on this side of it.  But it totally doesn’t matter.

    I don’t believe in “the one” in dresses any more then I do in men.  If I hadn’t met Husband, I would have met someone else that I would have married.  It’s not like if I didn’t email him back I would have doomed myself to a life of misery and singledom.

    In dresses, there are lots of dresses that you will feel wonderful in.  And in my opinion, financial goals are more important then any one dress.

    If you cannot imagine not getting married in this dress, then what are you willing to cut from your budget to make it happen?  Less guests?  Ipod vs. DJ?

     

    Post # 6
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    1168 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @cmoest:  The way I see a wedding dress is, yes you only wear it once… BUT it is the 1 picture that is likely to outlive you, by many generations. Your dress (in picture or in person) will say a lot about you, to furture generations. I always look at my great grandparents, grandparents, and other family memembers wedding pictures.

    Feeling comfortable and gorgeous on your wedding day, is abosolutely priceless. 

    Post # 7
    Member
    3442 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @cmoest:  I wish there were an option for “My dress was fairly unexpensive & I don’t regret it!”

    Post # 8
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    296 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    The “only one day” thing can go both ways…yes…it’s a long white dress that you’ll never wear again…

    But also, it’s not the day to be feeling insecure or wishing you were wearing something else. It’s the day to give yourself everything you’ve been working for. Let yourself buy it, if you can afford to! That’s my advice 🙂

    Post # 10
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    2878 posts
    Sugar bee

    @cmoest:  If I was in the exact same situation, I would not go that much over budget. If I really liked that dress, I would try to find it pre-owned or wait for it to be on sale (if I could, according to my timeline of course). I have a 400 $ budget for my dress not including alterations. I’ve fallen in love with a dress that was on sale, 50% off for 725. I could have bought it … it’s still quite reasonable a price. But after battling between heart and reason, reason won. I know myself quite well, I would not have regretted the dress itself, I would have regretted the price, I would have regretted getting into debt to get it because I didn’t listen to my wallet. I get how emotional dress shopping can be, but I’m really trying to avoid getting into that game because to me it’s not worth crying over my Visa payments for months afterwards.

    Post # 12
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    8903 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    My dress cost $120 and I totally loved it… I was willing to spend thousands on the venue and food and drink and photography, but not an item of clothing I’d wear for 12 hours.  But my style is relatively casual so a small dress budget fit my vision well. 

    Post # 14
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    8903 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    @cmoest:  your added option says expensive, not inexpensive!

    Post # 15
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    1416 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    Personally, I don’t think it’s worth it. But then again, I’d rather put the money I could spend on a designer dress towards an awesome honeymoon or house. My budget is $400 for that reason. Even though I could afford way more, I just don’t think its worth it for something you wear once.

    Post # 16
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    7997 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    As long as you can afford it, I say go for it.

    I love plenty of dresses that cost $10,000+ but i am choosing to spend way under $500 on my dress because it’s just not a priority. No one really looks at wedding photos, and we have tons of other things we’d rather spend the money on.

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