(Closed) Cheap or Chic??

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Which would/did you choose... the perfect dress or the perfect deal??
    Perfect dress : (32 votes)
    57 %
    Perfect deal : (17 votes)
    30 %
    Other= explain : (7 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
    3368 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    When I went to the bridal salon, I had every intention of trying on so that I could order a replica. When I put on my Paloma Blanca, it felt PERFECT. It was everything I wasn’t looking for, and it was my dream dress. I saw the $3200 price tag and started laughing, but the consultant went and talked to the manager and said because the sample fit me like a glove, they would sell it to me for $1198. 

    I knew the quality couldn’t be replicated, and who was I to pass up a 68% discount?! So…I got the best of BOTH worlds! I got the perfect dress and the perfect deal.



    Post # 4
    352 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Is somewhere inbetween an option? I knew I had a price limit but wasn’t just looking for the cheapest dress.

    Post # 5
    524 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I would start with the deal (only looking for dresses in my price range, which is way lower than what they have at most bridal boutiques) and then find the dress IN the “deal” category that I liked best. But I’m a little different since my mom actually made my wedding dress. It’s my dream dress, exactly what I wanted, something original, and it only cost us $300 (plus all my mom’s time and energy of course!)

    Post # 6
    1041 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Are you talking about “I Found the Gown”?  I LOVE that show!  It’s my favorite two things combined into one – weddings + bargains!  I am one of those people that HAD to get a deal on the dress.  If the perfect dress existed but I could ONLY buy it at retail, I would pass and look for something else.  Luckily for me, I found a perfect dress and it was a deal.  ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 7
    5428 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I fell in love with my dress, but the price was a good deal… so both! 

    If I had to choose deal or dress, I would choose dress and try to pawn my first born to get it – that’s how much I LOVE my dress!

    Post # 8
    723 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    @katebell17:  I found my dress at a shop close I home. Then, I emailed every shop within a 2 hour radius and asked if they had that dress and the price. I found a shop that was selling it for $150 less which was fairly substantial on a $800 dress. I went back to the first shop with email in hand and they matched the price and gave me an extra 10% off. 


    Best of both worlds!  The dress I loved from a shop 5 minutes from home for a price that I was comfortable paying ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 9
    155 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I went to Vows (the shop from I found the Gown) and I thought I might buy a dress there, but I didn’t care about brands or really love any of the dresses, so I decided against it.   I ended up buying a designer gown (ironically) off the rack at another shop. I could NOT have afforded my Romona Keveza dress at full price, so I was excited to get a deal.  As much as I didn’t care about brand name…. the lace on some of those expensive dresses is gorgeous!  

    Post # 10
    989 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I saw my dress online and fell in love with it… then I got it in the mail and tried it on… It was meant to be mine!… Total cost (prior to alterations)… $20! yes you read right.

    I love it! there are alterations to make (ripping out zipper for corset back, cutting off sleeves and top for a sleeveless. A friendor is a seamstress though so materials shouldn’t be much ๐Ÿ™‚


    Post # 11
    130 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I started with the deal as well. I only looked at dresses within my price range ($400). I found the perfect dress and I could not be happier! I think there are beautiful dresses in every price range.

    Post # 12
    1297 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I chose “the deal”. My budget was $600. Honestly, I wasn’t even tempted by dresses over that amount. I personally couldn’t justify spending more than a month’s rent.

    However, I was picky under that and got a great dress for under $500 including alterations.


    Post # 13
    745 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I refused to try anthing on over what I was willing to spend. Once I found my dress, though, I hadn’t thought to ask for a discount. I wanted to find a dress I wanted in the price range I could afford.

    Post # 14
    942 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Definitely the deal. I bought a dress for $300. I was hsppy with the deal but the dress turned out to have holes in the hem! Luckily they let me take it back and gave me a full refund. Then it was 2 weeks to go and I found the perfect dress, off the rack for $650. I was adamant to not spend over $1000. I did try on a couple of $3500 dresses.  They were incredible, but that is a stupid amount of money.

    Post # 15
    1092 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Mine was I guess a combination since my grandma bought my dress and didn’t give me a budget, but I also know she’s on a fixed income and all so I didn’t want to break the bank.  My dress is a DB that cost like $550 on sale, plus another $280 in alterations (adding cap sleeves, hem, bustle, taking in at the waist and darting in the bust).  She felt like she got away cheap so she also bought me splurge-y shoes for like $200.  I think she had about a $1000 price range in mind for the dress itself. 

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