(Closed) Buying my dress…

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Where should I buy my dress?
    Woman up and buy it from an online replica site -- you'll save so much money. : (7 votes)
    15 %
    The simple JCrew and Ann Taylor dresses are great, try them. : (21 votes)
    45 %
    A used gown really wouldn't cost THAT much to alter. : (13 votes)
    28 %
    Game of Thrones has too many characters. : (6 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
    1676 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I would try a replica dress. I don’t have any personal experience with it, but many other bees were happy with them. I’ve seen some that were fabulous. 

    Post # 4
    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    It depends on the dress and the specific used dress you find. I found my dress used which had been altered to fit the previous bride who happened to match a lot of my measurements. So all I have to get done is add a bustle. My dress prealterations:

    And my dress was only 500 used. There is a lot more legwork involved in buying a used dress, but you’re definately getting a quality product. All that being said, the other two options you posted aree beautiful.

    Post # 5
    2584 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    You say you aren’t willing to spend over $1000… what would you say is your budget? I would personally not buy from an online replica site, but a lot of people do and are really happy with it, so if the site you find had good reviews, go for it. Used is a good option too.

    But… my dress was a brand new Maggie Sottero and it was $900. It was one of the more expensive dresses I liked- many others were $600 or $700. Almost all the salons I went to also had a clearance section with many dresses under $500. David’s Bridal has a lot of nice dresses for well under $500 also.

    Post # 6
    768 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    i would look on preownweddingdresses.com and recycledbride.com and see what you can find. also, when i was looking for my dress i saw tha craigslist has a lot of dresses for great prices. maybe you could even find one locally. a lot of people already have already had bustles added, hemmed the dress, etc. so you might even get lucky and not have to do many alterations. 

    Post # 8
    768 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think you should go to a couple of bridal stores to at least figure out what style looks best on you. And from there you can start looking for used or less expensive. That’s what I did, I knew I’d never be okay paying full price. 

    Post # 10
    902 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I am buying from David’s Bridal ONLY because it’s the only thing I can afford.  I can’t afford a $800 – $1,000 plus gown although a few that I do LOVE there is in those price range.

    I hate their customer service, it’s horrible.  BUT their gowns are really pretty and very affordable.  So if you go and ignore the shitty consultants and just focus on the prize (a beautiful gown at an awesome price) you’ll find something you like!!

    If I had the cash to buy else where I would go to a boutique but sadly I am using their credit card so I can pay it out monthly so I can stay on my budget and still live day to day.

    Post # 11
    2086 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

    I’d buy a sample or secondhand gown. I feel as though the replica stories vary so much, from successes to total disasters.

    There are plenty of designer gowns for under $1000 on the sample sites.

    Post # 12
    1935 posts
    Buzzing bee

    what’s your budget? i’ve seen some really inexpensive dresses similar to your pics at davids bridal

    Post # 13
    768 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Yeah I didn’t have  a great experience at DB either, the women were nice, but the dresses didn’t suck my post baby stomach in nearly as good as the designer gowns did lol. 


    You can get a sample or used designer dress for usually half off. I’ve seen a ton of Maggie Sottero dresses in the $400-$500 range, which is probably close (if not less) to what you’d be paying at DB.  Even check the weddingbee classifieds. There are a ton of awesome dresses there. 

    Post # 14
    4014 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I love the J Crew dresses! I dont think they are too simple but you can always add a little something special to them.

    I got my dress brand new off of PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com for $600!! Thats a good option as well!

    Post # 15
    23602 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    J Crew and Ann Taylor both have some gorgeous options now!

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