(Closed) Another Dress Shopping Dilemna

posted 4 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What is a girl to do?

    Pick the one that looks good, is on sale, under budget, even if it doesn't have all dream factors

    Go with with the option that is similar to your dream dress, though over your (arbitrary) budget

    Keep trying on dresses and don't fuss about losing the deal

    Other: explain in comments

  • Post # 2
    209 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    I said yes to the dress yestrday. The sales associate was saying to me think about how upset you would be if you couldn’t get the dress. Would you be ok, move on? Sad? Would you search else where for it or just forget about it? Also can you pick any faults with it? With the dress I bought I loved everything, except the way she showed me it bustled. When we found there was a better way, that was it. Might be worth thinking about these questions about the dresses you’ve seen, it helped me a lot when it came to my decision, it kind of made me ralise my dress was the one

    You don’t sound exstatic with any of these dresses. I wasn’t one who cried or anythin like that or had a major moment, I had another dress I’d tried on before I wanted to try on again before I decided, I went to try that one on, and came back to the one I bought, and totally forgot about the other dress. 

    Post # 4
    2315 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I went over budget on my dress and I have no regrets about it.  I am also like you, indecisive, laid-back,  and loves a great sale!  Looking back at the really good sale and bargain dresses  I  was considering there was no way I would have been truly happy with my final bridal look.  I didnt cry when I found my dress, or have an emotional episode….I just knew that this dress I could work with and will set the tone of the evening.  

    Post # 5
    209 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

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    ladytimberwolf :  if you find the one (or one you think could be the one) its also worth asking if buying the sample (if it’s still decent!) Is a possibility. Or even asking if they could do a discount/deal for you, we asked in all 3 stores I went to yesterday and got £450 off one if I bought the sample, which included money off veil and additional shoulders, and £250 off ordering a new one in another. It’s always worth asking! You never know and that can help bring it down closer to budget

    Post # 6
    940 posts
    Busy bee

    I went over budget, by about 50%. I intended to spend no more than $500, $700 tops, but I tried on many dresses within that price range and could not find anything that I love. When I mean love, I didn’t mean crying and breaking down and whatnot- I mean justifying the price that I paid for. With all those dresses I don’t even feel like spending $700 on. 

    I went home, got online, looked at pinterest, and this one gown jumped out at me. I called around to see if anyone’s carrying it but it seems like they had all sold their samples (it’s from old collection) but the designer is still accepting orders so I can order, but I’d have to get it blind. Also, it’s $5000. 

    I called around consignment shops and lucky me I found one that has it IN MY SIZE! And it’s $1300, cheap because I’m a size 0 and 5’1. The dress is hemmed so taller/larger brides can’t fit. 

    So I’m getting it. What would be the outcome if I don’t buy it? Well I would have to settle for a $700 dress that I’m meh about, might get dress 2 or even 3, and ultimately spending more. 

    To be completely honest, I don’t have a “dream factor”. I like a lot of styles. But the dealbreaker is when I know that this dress has the reasons that justify the price, and I can’t get the same quality/effect made elsewhere for cheaper. 

    You have to decide for yourself how important is your dress in the grand scheme of things. To me, it is really important because it’s going to be featured in like 80% of the wedding photos and I don’t want to see something I don’t love on me. I might only wear it for 10 hours, but I’ll have to look at pictures of it for (hopefully) at least 60 years.

    Post # 7
    3 posts

    I was also in love with the dresses by watters, and I ended up with a sample dress from willowby. The dress I bought ran just a little under $1000 new (i think it was listed for 970 or so). Its the rorain dress by willowby in blush, I posted pictures of it on a different thread! Just an option that may be more in your budget. You can make it look more like the catherine with a belt or sash.

    Post # 8
    1226 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

     Rk bridal has the Love Marley Penelope for $920. That price sounds less to me than the Stella York that you were looking at. This is below the $1100 to $1400 dresses that you liked.  It may be worth it for you to find a sample to try on.  If you can’t find a sample then order the dress from BHLDN. If you don’t like the dress you can return it.  They have a great a return policy.

    Post # 9
    2352 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I was going to buy a dress I wasn’t in love with because of the price at $750. My aunt said she would help pay for a better dress, and I”m thankful because the one I bought is hands down way better, material, lace, fitting, weight(one is light as a feather, the other is heavy).

    To be honest even if my aunt hadn’t paid for some I think I would have gone over my budget with the dress, since it was so damn pretty and my friend said my first choice looked like a prom dress, while this one didn’t.

    Its hard. I am not a clothes horse by any strech of the imagination. And I love a deal…however, I didn’t want my dress to look cheap either. 

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