(Closed) CRAZY? dress budget vs. total budget??

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How much of your total wedding budget did you devote to your wedding gown?
    less than 3% : (46 votes)
    25 %
    4-7% : (54 votes)
    30 %
    8-11% : (48 votes)
    27 %
    12-17% : (16 votes)
    9 %
    18-25% : (6 votes)
    3 %
    over 25% : (5 votes)
    3 %
    I suck at math, but see my comment below! : (6 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    5784 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    5% for just my dress (add in alterations/shoes/veil and its more like 7%)

    Post # 4
    Member
    273 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    my dress was approximately 4.7% of my overall budget.    you’re not crazy.  besides, you need to budget for alterations and possibly jewelry, shoes, a slip, etc. depending on what you want and what you already own.  

    Post # 5
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    1810 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I did not budget my dress into the “wedding budget.” I bought my dress with my normal “spending money” (bought nothing frivolous/ was very tight with my finances for a couple of months). I guess I do things kind of weird.

    Post # 6
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    1986 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @JenniMichele: Not too weird, I did mine the same way. I’m also not counting the jewelry or honeymoon into the wedding budget *shrugs*

    Post # 7
    Member
    1986 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Mine is 8% with alterations. And yes, I had to use a calculator. Man I need a Math refresh.

    Post # 8
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    7587 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    9% was mine, but I included alterations in that percentage

    Post # 9
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    1986 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’ve got to say though, I would get the dress I chose even if the were 25% or 75% of the wedding. To me, I could have just the dress, the honeyman and the Justice of the Peace and be good πŸ™‚

    Post # 10
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    145 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Initial dress budget was 5%, but then i made the mistake of trying on dresses without looking at price tags. I ended up spending about 10%, but it was a sample and needs very few alterations. And I love it!

    Post # 11
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    2090 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    My dress, alterations, accessories and shoes all together were 7% of my wedding budget, but I didn’t include them in my budget, I just paid for them out of my regular checking/savings money.

     

    @Belle2Be: no kidding, that took me like 5 minutes to figure out how to calculate – using the calculator!!! Tongue out

    Post # 12
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    3525 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I think our whole budget, rings and all, was about $900 or so…$500 for both our bands, plus about $400 to feed 30 people at a nice restaurant. My dress was $180, so…you do the math! πŸ˜‰ I’m an English major, and I suck at equations and whatnot.

    Post # 13
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    9029 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Everyone has different opinions on what is more important. For some people the dress is the most important thing, and others would rather spend more on other areas and have a cheaper dress. My dress including alterations  is around 9% of our budget

    Post # 14
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    5494 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    My initial dress budget was just over 6%.  But I ended up buying a dress that was under 3% of my total budget.

    Post # 15
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    1570 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    Just over 3%. My dress was extremely important to me, but I happened to find many, many gorgeous dresses that I loved for a small price tag. I don’t begin to grasp the notion that wanting a high-quality beautiful dress means spending at least $5-7 grand. For things like photography and food, there’s definitely a correlation between cost and quality, but for gowns, I think once you get above about $1000-ish, it’s simply a matter of taste. (And label.)

    Post # 16
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    1986 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @IvyClimb: There actually is a huge quality difference, both in the materials and the craftmanship. Some of the mark-up is name-brand, but not all πŸ™‚ Silk is very expensive πŸ™‚

    (This coming from someone with a polyester and satin dress!). I picked my battle, and opted out of the higher quality materials πŸ™‚

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