Wedding Dress Budget – How did you decide? Advice!

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
2657 posts
Sugar bee

I’m super frugal too, so I feel your pain.  I originally wanted to stay under $1000 for my dress, but I couldn’t find anything I liked at all in that range.  It wasn’t until I started looking in the $1200 – $2000 range that I started getting excited about dress options.  My dress was $1500, but with shipping and alterations and veil it will be about $2000.  I personally have no regrets about spending more on the dress and less on other things for the wedding.  One thing to keep in mind about the custom dress is that alterations will be minimal, so you may be able to save on extra costs after the dress is finished.  I think that you should go with the dress that matches with your vision 🙂

Post # 3
668 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

My budget was $2k. I knew I could get something well made of silk (I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on polyester!). Some of the gowns I really loved browsing online where much more expensive (Lazaro, Romona Kaveza, etc) but $4k plus on a wedding gown was just absurd for our overall budget.

The second dress sounds really awesome, so I’d seriously consider it. Another bee dyed her wedding gown black after the wedding and now wears it to formal events. You could do something with your gown (either one) and get more mileage out of it, too. 

Post # 4
274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I am on a tight budget as well.  I had also set my original budget to around $600, and wouldn’t touch a dress more than $1000 no matter how pretty it looked.

I couldn’t find anything I liked in that price range at all.  So I decided to allow myself to go a few hundred over $1000 and see what happened.  For my next shopping trip I also had some specific dresses picked out that I wanted to try. I ended up finding my dress this time – but it was $1300 plus tax.  I even got emotional because I loved it so much but I couldn’t justify the price.  That was when my mom told me she would pay for half so I could keep myself within my original budget.  Since FI and I are paying for the whole wedding ourselves, this is actually a huge help and we are very grateful for this!

I went home and called around all the salons within driving distance from me and I found it for $1100 at another salon.  This helped ease my mind as well.

Not sure if this helps with your decision, but I really think you should do what you feel is right.  Do I think there’s a $4000 dress out there that suits me better?  Maybe. Could someone have custom made me a dress that I could love more?  Maybe.  But I still don’t regret my decision because not only is looking beautiful on your wedding day important, so is staying on budget (IMO).

So I guess if I were in your shoes, I would exhaust all my resources to try and find a dress you’re happy with in the lower price range before deciding to increase the budget to $2000.

Good luck!

Post # 5
37 posts

I had a budget of 2k. My parents were buying my dress- but that didn’t mean I wanted to spend up to that amount. I went to a sample sale at fancy-pants bridal salon in our city- and I found a gorgeous Amsale for $800 (down from $4500)- we bought it on the spot- even though it was 6 sizes too small (I was a bridal 14, sample was an 8)- I *knew* I’d have to have extensive alterations that needed to be done. So I budgeted in $500-$700- and sure enough it was $550. Still, for a designer gown- I’m happy with $1550. 

Plus I also factored in how much I can sell it for after the wedding. 


This was the second store I went to. And my tip for brides who find a great dress and buy it. If you don’t want to be a two-dress bride. JUST STOP SHOPPING.  I’ve lost 20lbs since my initial purchase- and I really want to go try on some other dresses to see what would look good on me now. Buuuut- I don’t want to fall in love with anything else.



Post # 6
160 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

artdeco:  I also had a budget of $600 for mine. The first place I went to was David’s Bridal and I didn’t like any of my options in that price range. The second place I went to had much pricer dresses (in the $1500 and up range), so I went straight to the sample rack. I found my dress there. Originally over a $1000 and I paid $499. The fact that it was a sample never bothered me, but it does some people.

Post # 9
1926 posts
Buzzing bee

I know it’s risky but have you looked into going hte China route? Most places can customize the gown completely. I had a really great experience with DH Gate Denia’s bridal. And they may even be able to do it under your $600 original budget! You can even pay more for up graded fabrics. If you have a seamstress at home and time if it doesn’t fit quite right you could get it altered.

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