(Closed) Can we talk budget? Did you stick with it?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
1221 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I set a budget of $1500 and ended up getting a dress for $900. With the slip that goes under and taxes it came out to just under $1100 so I definitely stuck to my budget and will probably save the rest for alterations. 

Post # 3
1185 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I was given a $1,500-2,000 budget for my dress from my mom. Not including alterations or accessories. A lot of the dresses I was interested in were just over $2,000 so I told myself if I found my dream dress and it was under $2,500 that I would pay anything over the $2,000 limit I got from my mom. 

My gorgeous, perfect amazing dress ended up being $2,475, but my mom agreed to pay for it all since she loved it just as much. I did promise her I would cover the alterations since I know those won’t be cheap. I have my birthday and christmas coming up so I might ask for things like my veil or some nice earring/wedding day accessories

Post # 4
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I had set my budget at $1500 but if I found something I love for more than that, I would have paid more.  I found my dress on a sample sale rack for $900, alterations were $300, undergarements were $50, and my cathedral veil was like $150.  So I did pretty well.  Now…as for the rest of the wedding…hah.

Post # 5
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida

lionessa:  My Mom had a budget of $2000 for my dress and I had a budget of $1500 for Dress, Veil, and accessories. (I already had my shoes)  The boutique I went to was having a sale and if you bought your dress on your first visit you got $100 off your dress and $50 off your Veil. So for my dress Veil and Headband we spent $1437.95. I’m not expecting to spend much (if anything) on alterations with my shoes no hemming needed and it’s a Corset so it can be adjusted to my size so only a bustle is needed.

Post # 6
2364 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I set a budget of $2000 for everything, and my dress was $1200 so I think it’s very doable with my veil, shoes, and jewelry to fit in my budget.

Post # 7
316 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

My budget was $300 and I paid $150.

Post # 8
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I didn’t really have a budget as such, but I knew what I could and couldn’t afford. The dress I wanted was much, much more than I could afford, but I found a sample, which pushed it to the top range of what I could afford 🙂 I’m wearing old shoes, a borrowed veil and gifted earrings though, though I more-or-less stayed within my budget,

Post # 9
768 posts
Busy bee

My dad gave me a budget of $3000 but I knew the dress I wanted was more than that. I tried it on anyways during a trunk show knowing there would be a discount. Well, I loved it and ordered it thus going over budget. With tax and alterations (flat fee of $650) the dress came to  alittle over $4000. Not ideal but what are ya gonna do?!

Post # 10
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

My mom offered $500 towards a dress, and I got one for $200, so she also helped me get my heels, flats, and some other things. The whole wedding budget was $2000 but I think we’ll be over because of the suit. 

Post # 11
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Before I got engaged I didn’t want to spend more than 1,000. Haha, not possible when I wanted a full lace dress. I changed my mind to under 1500 but no more than 2,000. When I tried on my dress with THE veil and THE bolero, I couldn’t say no. I spent 2,036. Definitely more than I wanted to, but after trying on so many dresses and going back to the same one 6 times, I knew it was the one. My parents are (hopefully) going to help with the cost of the dress since FI and I are paying for everything else.

Am I upset at myself for going over budget? A bit yes, but then I look at the pics of me in the dress and I’m a puddle of happiness. I used to have the mentality of “you’re only wearing it for one day!” But I HAAAAATE shopping and NEVER find anything that I actually love. My dress is something I love love love. It was worth it. 🙂

Post # 12
155 posts
Blushing bee

I honestly didn’t want to spend more than $2000 and ended up spending closer to $4500 (when all is said and done – although my alterations were under $100, veil is DIY and shoes will only be a few hundered at most). But I honestly have no regrets. I will sell my dress and as it’s an Amsale I’m hoping I could at least recoup 50% and call it a day :).

Post # 13
1650 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

lionessa:  My goal was to have my dress and alterations be $2000, In the end it cost me $2200 so not THAT much over.

Post # 14
932 posts
Busy bee

My mom offered to buy me a wedding dress with a budget of $2000 (later revoked it since she and my dad bought themselves a $27’000 boat, but that’s a whole different story!). I purchased 2 samples, sold one of them and now I bought another preowned dress. In total I am out $750 which I don’t think is to bad.  I might end up buying a fun reception dress too if I can keep it under $400. I am thinking of trying to make my own veil. I am not budgeting shoes in since I will try to pick something I can wear again. 

I also thinks alterations won’t be much since I don’t need lenght altered or a bustle (previous bride added one).  I might need some cups added and hopefully I lose some weight and get it taken in! Lol. 

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Post # 15
6539 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

lionessa:  my budget for a dress was $1500, however, I could spend more if I wanted to, which I am glad I did because my dress was $2275 after taxes. Alterations were free. 

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