(Closed) And how much did you pay?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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24 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Snowden:  Thanks for posting this video, it was well done and funny but also informative.

Its shocking, but also expected because society has upped the standard of cost of wedding and it gets people wrapped up in it. Unfortunately not everyone sits down and really thinks about it especially when you get thrown in with people who tell you dos and donts left and right…it can sure confuse someone to fast decision-making.

I personally knew from the beginning that I wasn’t going to get a dress from a bridal salon. I’m getting a custom-made dress that will get made by a local dressmaker (a dying field, unfortunately). I am also able to get somewhat of discount because I’m providing my own fabric as well as participation in a show she’s a part of to showcase her talents.

I’m not saying that this is for everyone, but at least I know what materials are going in and its absolutely the dress I want, because I designed it myselfSmile

 

Post # 4
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3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I saw this story too, not really shocking to me, for a lot of clothes it’s probably a huge mark up. I don’t know how much I want to spend, but I’m considering buying second hand or cheap dress for the cermony then buying this gray vera wang for the rest of the day because I don’t like white.

Post # 5
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1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

i used to work in bridal..so i was WELL aware of the mark ups!! I refused to pay the amount of money that salons ask,

I am super super super lucky that i happened to find not only my dream dress.. but at a 1/4 of the price beacuse the salon was closing…..my $1200 maggie sottero only cost me $300 new. 

So many people pay thousands and its ashame!

Post # 6
Hostess
16195 posts
Honey Beekeeper

We budgeted a certain amount for my dress, but ended up paying less than half of that amount. My dream dress just happened to be a great price!

Post # 7
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5009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

I always asked what dresses were made of. I wanted silk and wouldn’t compromise on it. My dress was made in Scotland by a dressmaker I got to know well in around 20m (25 yards) of beautiful silk. It has three skirts, a steel boned corset underneath and a hand-made crinoline (hoop-skirt) and it still cost less than that girl paid for her wedding dress made in China from polyester.

Post # 8
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580 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@SpecialSundae: No way! I thought your dress must be mega bucks since it’s handmade, huge and drop-dead gorgeous!

Post # 9
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5009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Mrs.SleepyKitty:  It was £1500, which isn’t bad as far as I’m concerned.

Ooh! And she’s doing my bridesmaids dresses, ties for all the men and a tricorne hat for me for the evening.

Post # 10
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3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Great video!!  Thanks for posting it!  🙂

Post # 11
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5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

Wedding dresses are just one of those things that are absurdly overpriced.

I paid $700 for mine which was more than I wanted to pay. I bought it from a second hand bridal store called “Gown Go Round”. I thought buying new was absurd, considering my dress was in perfect condition when I wore it, even though it had been worn before. In the end, I looked and felt gorgeous in my dress and both my husband and I are glad I had it! I think the max I would ever spend on a dress is $1k. I don’t get spending 2k or 3k on a wedding dress, I just don’t. I would rather take a vacation lol!

Post # 12
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286 posts
Helper bee

@DeathByDesign:  i have to agree. i didn’t want to spend more than $500 on mine. the one i got had a price tag of $1050 & i was just like… no thanks. but then, it as one sale for $647.00 so i got it. ended up being like 700 something after tax. more than i was gonna pay but i got a great deal.

Post # 13
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1463 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m a little (a lot?) overly frugal. My mother generously paid for my dress as a surprise and at $250 with tax it was more than I wanted to pay. But I’m really happy with the price we got for such a great dress.

Post # 14
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36 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I didn’t want to spend a lot on my gown. But I let my sister talk me into one that I paid about $1,300. for — Oleg Cassini dress through David’s Bridal, and have fretted about spending so much, ever since. Veils, jewelry, hair comb, purse, shoes, lace jacket, sash, probably another $5-600. Wasn’t thrilled with aspects of the dress and ordered a slightly different Oleg Cassini through David’s Bridal online as an exchange. When I inquired about returning the first dress to the Maine store — after making the second purchase (another 1,200.00), I was told the two are not offiliated and I cannot return the first one.

Post # 15
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263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I found a 3300 dollar Cassablanca for 350. It has never been worn, so I feel like I got the deal of the century. My alterations is only 50 and my undergarments were around 160 so in total i will pay $560 for my dress.

Post # 16
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1311 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I was hoping to pay 1500 with all alterations (at least that was my budget) but ended up buying a dress that was 1300, with taxes and changing the neckline, it came to 1700 plus I assume my alterations will be anywhere 200-300.

The mark up is crazy on this and really any weddign related stuff!

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