(Closed) Budget…or dream dress?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Stick to budget or choose dream dress?
    Budget : (34 votes)
    63 %
    Dream Dress : (20 votes)
    37 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @JoandJade:  I think if you would be in credit card debt because of it, budget dress. If you can afford it, it was just more than you had planned (but the cash is available) then follow your heart.

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Can you post a pic your dream dress and budget dress if you have any pictures. Also can you tell us the price of the dream dress and how much you are over budget? If it is only a few hundred dollars i say cut in other areas of your budget. If the dress is 1000’s over budget i think you should try to find a cheaper dress.

    Post # 5
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    1238 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I voted budget, but only because I think you can find a dress you’ll fall in love with that is closer to what you want to pay.

    As a budget bride myself, I know what you are struggling with! Buying a dress “off the floor” from a bridal shop is a great way to get a steep discount (that’s how I got mine), and another is buying pre-owned from someone off of Craigslist or something.

    Just make sure you try it on first! online shopping is risky.

    so keep looking, shop around, and if in another month or so you haven’t found anything and you still can’t get that first dress out of your mind, well, if you can re-arrange your budget and cut out some other things, then get it.

     

    Post # 6
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    for me its this question, if you get a budget dress will you in a month time, a year time when you look at photos be thinking about the dream dress

    if your Fiance supports the change in the budget and you can make it happen then i vote do it

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    It’s kind of hard to say because everyone’s financial situation is so different. Are there other areas where you can cut? That way you can get your dream dress without feeling bad about it. I tend to side on the splurge side, though. 🙂 

    Post # 9
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I pick budget dress but I will always pick budget option no matter what in a situation like this….I am a frugal person. Plus DOUBLE your budget is pretty extreme. How much money are we talking here? If your budget is $200 and you are paying $400…no big deal. If you budget is $1500 and you found a dress for $3000….that is crazy…

    Post # 10
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @JoandJade:  Like PP said, seriously consider buying used. I bought my dress used for 500, and the seller paid 1200 + alterations for it. I avoided needing to have the dress hemmed and taken in (except for the bust needs a slight adjustment) so I saved A LOT. And the dress retails now for 1500-2000. Heres a pic if you’re interested.

    Remember that this is how it fit, out of the box, before alterations. All it needs is to be taken in a tad at the bust, whereas if I bought it new I definately would have needed it hemmed (I’m 5’3″), which can be over $100 as well as probably still having the bust and waist taken it.

     

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I voted for Dream Dress, but I think you should look for it used first

    Post # 12
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    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I found a sold one on oncewed for 450, so it shld be within budget used. It just takes some time and energy on your part.

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    i said budget. b/c ur dream dress is twice as much plus alterations plus accesories. like someone else said, try to buy it used. otherwise after the wedding u will have $1200 worth of dress in your closet.

     

    Post # 15
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    you might find your budget dress is your dream dress, just keep looking and here in australia there is website called wedding dress express and they have amazing formal dresses in there ready to wear which you can get in white and they look just like a wedding dress but only around $300 , i was thinking about that option in the begining for mine ,

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @JoandJade:  I am wearing the Tiana gown for my wedding and I have yet to find something similar. Could you possibly go with one of the replica sites? I’d be glad to send you the photos I have of me in the dress if you need some more pictures besides the ones on the AA site to send to them.

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