Post # 1
Soooo I’m goin to start dress shopping this wknd and I see a wide range of prices . I’m curious to know how much everyone spent on their dresses? Any feedback would be helpful, I don’t want to go to cheap or to expensive either. What’s the average ? Thanks bees!
Post # 2
I found my dream dress it will be $2900 I don’t know what alterations will be yet.
Post # 3
I got mine through a trunk show, so it was $1,250, originally listed for $1,550. But that’s all before tax, alterations, and the belt I’m going to add.
Edited to add: This is Canadian dollars. I just did a quick conversion, and my $1,250 would actually be around $1000 US.
Post # 4
Including alterations I’ll be spnding $1300 and I think I got a great deal. My budget was almost double.
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2016 - Enoch Turner Schoolhouse
My dream dress retails at $6500 (damn you Vera Wang) but I bought it preowned at $3650 – but no alterations or hemming needed 😀 I plan to re-sell after I’m married. I hope to get at least $2000 back :/ but I’m totally in love and can’t wait to wear it!
Post # 6
My dress was 15% off, got it for $2200. I expect $200 for alterations max.
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2015 - Historic Chapel
I always knew I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a dress that I’ll only wear for a few hours. At first I thought Icould buy used, but decided to check out David’s Bridal as they seem to be the perfect place for a bride on a budget. I ended up spending almost $900 on the dress with taxes. I still need some very minor alterations done and I want to bustle my dress, so I’m thinking maybe $200 to $300 more. I guess it really all depends on what you can afford and feel confortable with. I often hear many brides who regret getting a super expensive dress, instead of using the money for a nicer honeymoon.
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID
I couldn’t imagine spending a ton of money on a piece of clothing that I’ll wear for 4-ish hours.
I bought my dress for $260, but I’m not sure how much alterations will be yet.
Post # 9
If you want a pretty but simple white dress, you can avoid the bridal shops and save big. My dress for our private ceremony was less than $100, and the dress for our upcoming celebration was a “splurge” at $200.
Post # 10
- Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016
I got my dress for $499+tax. It was marked $200 off the already marked down sales price, so I really feel like I got it for a steal. I think when it comes to what to expect, well, you’re the one who has to make that decision.
For me, I had a serious budget to work with. It doesn’t matter if the average a bride spends on her dress is usually 1.5K or 2k or whatever. That average wasn’t going to work for ME. So I had to go shopping with my own budget in mind. I recommend you too look at what is realistic in your budget and to remember that gorgeous gowns can mostly come in every single price point, you just have to do a little research and look around.
Post # 11
This is my dress.
The dress alone (with tax) cost a little over $500. However, there are some alterations being made and that would, of course, still just be for the dress and nothing else to complete my outfit for the day. i’m not sure what the final total on them is yet.
However, you should go based on what you can afford and not the average of what others pay.
Post # 12
My dress was $1795 + alterations cap is $300 and bustle cap is $200. The lady said I shouldn’t really need any alterations, so hopefully just the bustle will add onto the price.
I also agree if you don’t want a traditional wedding dress, check out special occassion/prom dress designers because a lot have dresses that I would even consider wearing for a wedding. I might end up getting a shorter white dress for the reception, but I’m going to see how mine feels once it’s altered.
Post # 13
Mine was a £1000 ($1500) and it was a sample so i got it cheaper then marked price. It was the cheapest dress i tried the most expensive was £3500 ($5270) and then everything in between. I found average was £1200-£1600 ($1800-$2410)
Post # 14
Mine was $1400, my budget was $2500 (thanks mom!), so I feel like I did good!
Post # 15
this dress looks a lot like mine! What’s the designer?
Mine was $1234 (including taxes) with a 10% trunk show discount. It’s Wtoo.