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I kind of feel alone in some of these threads. Are there any other brides out there with what is considered a super low dress budget?! I know my options buy it used, buy a bridesmaids dress, buy a knock off… just to name a few. I’m happy about the decision we made to have an affordable wedding.
Compared to my cousins I have a huge budget. My one cousin got hers for $25 it was a brand new davids bridal dress in the store it cost $850, and my other cousin got hers for $50 its a beautiful designer mermaid dress off ebay. Were a frugal family. How are you all doing on your search? Any great finds or horror stories?
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I was just going to suggest David’s Bridal. Have you thought about having a seamstress make it? Anyway, try not to be upset about it. You and your FI chose what is best for the two of you. Nobody can argue with that.
Post # 4
What would you say your style is? Are you having a large wedding or small and intimate? It is totally doable and I recommend looking a JCrew, the have beautiful dresses or even I know some people who buy Ivory or white bridesmaid dresses. FWIW, my dress was under $100 and CAN wear it again and will next summer at our anniversary party! 🙂
Post # 5
My budget is low. We don’t have much money and his family wasn’t really willing to help him get married. So we use DIY options. For dresses… ebay is good! There are some real nice ones from China and all over. Just be sure to get it larger that ya think cause you make it smaller a lot easier than make it larger. david’s bridal sometimes have that $99 dress sales. There are places like “Brides for Breast cancer” shows that go all over the US and they are designer gowns donated to sell for a lot less. It goes towards Cancer awarness. (Google it!) =) Use your friends, cousins, moms? You can always have it altered and fixed to your style and size. Another option.. make it! If your wedding isn’t too formal or something. Great patterns to follow!
I bought my dress from a friend that never got a chance to wear it. They had been engaged for a month and she found this dress she liked allright and then they broke up! She said she would never wear it if she got married. She sold it all to me.. petticoats, veil, and dress for $600. She paid over $1200 for it all. My budget was 800 so I get to alter it with a friend of my mom’s to be the dress of my dreams!
Good luck!! Let us know what and where ya find it!
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The thing about David’s Bridal is that the dresses are relatively inexpensive…but they will rob you blind with alterations. I saved several hundred dollars by getting my alterations done elsewhere. Just keep in mind, wherever you go, dress shops pretty much make their money by charging obscene amounts for alterations.
Post # 8
Shop shop shop…My duaghter and I were ‘shopping’ for her dress…really just fooling around as we planned to shop with her FMIL. We were in a very expensive shop…she tried on a dress totally unlike anything on her inspiration boards just for the heck of it and we both new it was th one. she cried. I cried. I couldn’t imagine the price. Imaginen my surprise to find out it was on sale and marked down to $200! It’s beautiful. You can find lots of huge mark downs..this was more than 80%. The funny end of the story is my daughter starts working at that shop next week…her second part time job for a full time studenT
Post # 9
I didn’t even have a budget, I just needed cheap. I wasn’t even going to buy a *real* wedding dress, b/c I couldn’t afford it. I found a dress on the classifieds here, a sample dress with tags still attached, for $85. With shipping, I paid $115 and then paid $200 in alterations. My dress was bought buy the original seller as a sample for $300, and it retailed for $800. It can be done!! I didn’t really get the luxury of the dress of my dreams, but it’s still a beautiful dress, within my means, and I’m happy! 🙂
Post # 10
I say shop around. Check online, check craigslist. I actually was given a free wedding dress off craigslist. I was going to wear it until I found my dream dress. I got my dress off the marketplace on facebook. It is brand new with tags, $1000 retail price. I got it for $50, $80 after shipping. It was a wedding that was called off. Depending on your style and your size, I can offer you the free wedding dress I was going to wear, just pay for shipping.
Post # 11
I got my dress from Milly Bridal and I love it. I just went to try on different styles in the salons and asked if Milly Bridal if they could do a custom dress. I got my dress for about $300 and I did not need alterations since it was custom made. I took a risk getting my dress made in China, but it paid off and I saved so much money.
Post # 12
I second the J.Crew suggestion! I stalked their sale section for a few weeks and got my dress for less than $80 — and because their size charts are pretty accurate and they offer petite/tall sizing, I didn’t need any alterations.
I also think Nordstrom’s online selection is awesome if you are looking for a simple, elegant gown — they have a “Wedding Shop” link and most of the dresses are under $200.
Post # 13
check out local salons , we have one locally that had very VERY affordable dresses. Have you checked out the classifieds here??
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i found my beautiful romona keveza dress on ebay – it cost 325 inlc shipping.
one trick is to look for listings marked “buy it now or best offer”. they wanted 500 for my dress, i made my best offer 300 and SOLD! it was a sample from a bridal store going out of business in near perfect condition.
if you know which designers you like look for those on ebay. i was shocked at what i could find!
this is a lovely maggie sottero for 399 or best offer just as an example and they seem to have a return policy- http://cgi.ebay.com/Maggie-Sottero-Genevieve-Wedding-Dress-in-Size-10_W0QQitemZ310165280062QQcmdZViewItemQQptZWedding_Dresses?hash=item48374a953e&_trksid=p3911.c0.m14
Post # 16
A couple of weeks ago, we were volunteering at a thrift store that benefits a women’s home. They had a great selection of wedding dresses (about 2 dozen). One of my sister’s friends bought her dress there for $30 (it was marked $50, but they were having a sale). It was a Watters & Watters, apparently a sample because it still had the tags on it but had a few rips in the tulle. However, the bride decided she could add pick-ups (plus it was too long). Couldn’t beat the price!