(Closed) COBees: Boutique Dress on David's Bridal budget?

posted 6 years ago in Denver
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I bought my Allure for around $900 before taxes (it was 20% off as a special the store was running).  Try trunk shows and sample sales.  You can get some samples for steep discounts.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

The only other place that is affordable is Dina’s in Arvada. They should be the same price range as David’s and are really nice. Goood Luck!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Alfred Angelo has some dresses in that kind of price range too.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Are there any recycled bridal boutiques in your area? They have a few around where Im from that still have the accesories and consultants but are much cheaper because they are second hand! You can always go to the regular boutiques with the family and then try and find a replica online as well. Good luck :0)

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Just search for bridal boutiques, and tell the lady your budget constraints when you make your appointments! I went to a salon that sold Maggie, Allure, Mon Cherie, and Eden, and about half of the dresses I tried on were under 1k (I was trying on ballgowns, so they’re even less if you’re getting a dress with less fabric!) My dress was $1700, but my runner-up choice was only $700! And I tried on one Maggie dress that was on a sample sale for $350, down from $1500!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Check out Costco’s website! I know it sounds crazy but they have beautiful Kirstie Kelly gowns for about $200 less than you’d pay for the exact same Kirstie Kelly gown at a bridal salon. You have to pay $35 to ship the sample to you so you can try it on before ordering, but the dresses are affordable. The dresses are supposed to be fully lined and great quality, esp. for the price. One of thes ones I like is only $299 through Costco. I know you don’t get the whole dress-shopping experience that way, but if you find a dress you love who cares? I think you can keep the sample for 3 days so your family/friends can see it and give input.

Also, check out bridal salons that carry lines like Mori Lee and Alfred Angelo.  

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Sorry not Dina’s its Amanda’s in Arvada. Dina’s is in louisville and sometimes they have good trunk shows

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Encore Bridal in Fort Collins sells used wedding gowns in a boutique-style where you can look through dresses, try them on, and add accessories. When I was there most dresses were between $300 – $500 dollars.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I got my Sincerity dress at a sample sale 50% off for $650. It can be done! Just keep your eyes open for trunk sales & the like.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

All of the boutiques (from high end boutiques like Anna Be, Blue, to lower end Amanda’s Bridal) I went to had sample sales and dresses for $500 or under.  In fact, for $750-800 you can get a brand new dress depending on the designer. . .Maggie Sottero, Casablanca come to mind.

Now is a good time to go check out sample sales because they are bringing in 2013 gowns.

Post # 13
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I had that fun boutique experience at Little White Dress in Highland Square. I had a really sweet consultant, got to try on lots of dresses, and have my mom ooh and ahh over them. I fell in love with a gorgeous Justin Alexander dress, but the $2700 price tag was way too much for me. After that, I kept a close watch on used wedding dress websites, and ultimately I found the exact dress in a good size being sold from a reputable wedding dress boutique for only $800! They told me it had only been tried on once, and I believe them because the dress was immaculate when it arrived.

I did feel a little bad about spending the day at the boutique without buying a dress (mostly because my sweetheart of a consultant didn’t get a commision), but not as bad as I would have felt for throwing away $3k on a dress I’ll only wear once.

That’s my fairytale story of finding my perfect dress on the cheap.

Good luck to you!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Go check out “The Green Bride” in Downtown Littleton – that is where I got mine!

For $850, I got a sample designer gown that had never been worn, tags still attached.

They also have refurbished/recycled gowns for even cheaper but almost everything was under $800.

Here is my dress for an example:

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Not sure if I’m late to the party but ECO-Bridal in Denver had reasonable prices!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

tradesy.com!

i got a maggie dress that was $1500 for $840

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