Wedding Dress Cost/Your Experience

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My dress was $375 before tax, at a fancy bridal consignment shop. The shop was appointment only and we had the whole place to ourselves. I went with my mom, sister, and best friend, and we drank champagne and I tried on a few dresses and did a little fashion show. I personally think it’s wasteful and foolish to spend a lot of money on a wedding dress.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

You can find dresses by designers, besides David’s Bridal, in the 800-2,000 range (WToo Mimi comes to mind), but it can be difficult at a bridal salon. I originally didn’t want to spend more than 1,000, but then found my Watters gown, which was 1,500. I didn’t have a problem going up 500 bucks because I realized how difficult it would be to find something I liked in the 1000 dollar range.

You can also look into preowned gowns or if there’s sample room in a nearby city. Good luck! 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by  turtle9748.
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My dress budget was $1500 because I knew that price was mid-range for a nice designer dress. Often dress shops will have sales or sample sales where you can get dresses for less. My second dress choice was a designer gown, sample size, for $650. I ended up with a Maggie Sottero for $1800. You can locate other dresses for less, it just depends on what you are looking for. Have you checked out ModCloth? 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

tiredgrey:  Mine was $150 from Amazon, but it’s from Erin Fetherston’s bridal line, and retails for $600. Zappos also has a lot of wedding dresses from Nicole Miller, Badgeley Mishka, etc. 

You can check out J Crew, BCBG, BHLDN, etc. for wedding dresses. Bridal consignment is a great idea too. I personally don’t like salespeople, so shopping online was the best experience for me. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

A wedding dress is one of those things that comes in every price range. It depends on what your budget is and how much you’re willing to spend. I planned on spending $1,000 on a dress and alterations total. I only went to David’s Bridal and found The Dress for $950. Oh well. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

tiredgrey:  ModCloth might be just what you are looking for if you want short. They have a great return/exchange policy as well! 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I know what you mean! You wear your wedding rings everyday for… Forever! A wedding dress is something you only wear once for a few hours. I caught a great deal during David Bridal’s semi-annual sale. Originally, the dress I wanted was $599, but it was on sale for $108 (after taxes)!!!!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

You could also always take a look at rent the runway. they do have bridal-ish styles there!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I found that most dresses in a bridal salon were at least $1,000, but you can always save money by purchasing a preowned dress.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

Wedding gowns often have obscene price tags because people get swept up in all the meringue and dazzle and designer propaganda and can be convinced to pay them, but there are lots of more affordable alternatives.

I found a great dress at a great price at a Brides Against Breast Cancer event – you could see if there is something near you in the upcoming months: bridesagainstbreastcancer.org

ModCloth is good for shorter styles; you might also check out Shabby Apple and Stop Staring!

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I worked within my budget by purchasing my dress off the rack. I really wanted a lace dress, but was having trouble sticking to my $1000 budget. The dress was originally $1400 but I got it for $550. Even with alterations (it is 2 sizes too big) and having it pressed, I am going to come in under budget.

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