(Closed) Cost of a wedding dress

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I ordered a bridesmaid’s dress in ivory, and it cost $300. And if you don’t care anything about “the salon experience,” you can shop at places like jcrew and Ann Taylor and Banana Republic and find amazing dresses for $200-$500.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You can look at David’s Bridal or even some department stores.

Post # 5
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Newbee

Have you thought about getting a knock-off made? Sorry, knock-off isn’t the nicest word… but they can be done very well! Though I’m not sure about the exact price point. You should ask someone who’s ordered a dress through dressilyme or a place along those lines. 

Post # 6
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Newbee

(ignore this, accidental double-post)

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

you can find a pretty dress in any budget- davids bridals sales are good start. my first marriage i picked up a dress there for under 2 hundred.

 

my second marriage i went another route- i got angelina by maggie sottero

 

look at trunk and sample shows, if you dont want “bridal” you can find dresses at department stores

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012
Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012
Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

No, it’s not unreasonable! I can’t get over the cost of wedding dresses and think it’s really absurd. I think regardless what my budget was, I’d never spend the “normal” amount on a wedding dress. It really does blow my mind.

Since I wanted vintage, I knew I wouldn’t be spending as much as a new, modern dress. I got my dress from etsy for $179.00 (not including shipping).

Once you determine what you want in your dress, check out other avenues of getting it,

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

dress & alterations were about a thousand.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@ProfessorGirl:  Totally second this – my dress is a bridesmaids dress as well, Nordstrom, Monique Lhuillier, $200!

The Wedding Suite at Nordstrom has been awesome, can’t state that enough.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

 

You are not crazy to not want to spend that much, and you certainly aren’t alone! It is totally possible to find a gorgeous dress under $400. Remember that tacking the word “wedding” or “bride” to anything will raise the price. So you can look at bridesmaid dresses, prom dresses, or just plain white dresses anywhere. You can browse used dresses (used meaning literally only worn once) and likewise you can sell the dress you got in order to make up the initial cost.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

It depends what a nice wedding dress means to you, I guess. From my perspective, yes, you can absolutely set your budget where you’re comfortable and find something great. I recommend http://www.unique-vintage.com/, they have a lot of interesting and unique wedding dress options, some are “actually” prom dresses and thus don’t have a wait time to order and the prices are fantastic.

Post # 16
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Not sure if they do Running of the Brides near you (if they are still doing it, not sure what happen after filenes basement closed and theres no new info on their site: http://www.filenesbasement.com/running-of-the-brides/) but I got mine there for $250 + $130 in alterations.  It was a Jasmine with a $899 price tag on it.

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