(Closed) Did you go over your dress budget?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I set a budget and I stuck to it… but my budget was $5000, so I was very proud of myself for spending half of that when all was said and done. I am a “can’t justify spending money” person too so getting this dress was like WHAT AM I THINKING? A story kept popping up in my head from my mom about her wedding day- my grandma, her Mother-In-Law, was giving her a hard time about a more expensive dress, and my mom felt worn down and chose the less expensive dress because she liked it anyway…it just wasn’t “the one.” To this day she regrets not getting the dress of her dreams because of a little more money. On that note: go for it, don’t regret it. You would regret it more if you were wearing one that you didn’t feel like a bride in!

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Nope, my dress came in at about $150 under budget, and I suspect alterations will put me right at budget. That being said, if I’d fallen in love with another dress that was more expensive but still manageable I’d have bought it.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I ended up under budget.  My thought was that I could surely find a white dress that I liked in any price range.  So why spend $5000.00 on a dress, when there could be one that I liked out there for less. I was determined to fall in love with a dress for as cheap as I possibly could. My dress hunting strategy was to always start from the stores lowest price range, and then work my way up until I found something I liked.  

My initial budget was $1500.00, because that was the most that I felt that I could justify spending on a wedding dress.  The 1st time I went dress shopping I fell in love with a dress that was $500.00, but I didn’t want to pull the trigger just yet, since it was my 1st dress shopping trip.  The 2nd time I fell in love with a dress that was $1100.00.  Now, I was all set for the $1100.00 dress, until my DH started telling me how much he hated ballgowns (the $1100.00 dress was a ballgown).  Additionally, I realized that it didn’t really fit my very casual daytime wedding.  It was beautiful, but just a tad over the top.  So I decided not to get that one.  Well, about midway into my 2 month long dress hunting mission, I decided to cut my budget in half, bringing it down to $750.00.  I just truly believed that I could find a lovely dress for cheaper than what I was initially willing to spend, and decided that I’d rather use the $750.00 towards another wedding cost. At about the same time I lowered my budget, the 1st dress that I fell in love with (you know the $500.00 one), went on sale for 50% off.  I ran to the store and got that dress for $250.00, and I live in PA, so I didn’t even have to pay sales tax on it (no tax on clothing items here). 

So my dress ended up costing $250.00, then I spent about $300.00 on alterations. Bringing me to a grand total of $550.00.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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chaibella:  Awesome. I’m so jealous.

I honestly never looked at dresses less than $1000. When I started shopping I knew nothing about wedding dresses and it didn’t occur to me that I could find anything less than that. I’d say my budget in my head was around $2000 (which in my mind was on the lower end). My first dress shopping trip was to Kleinfeld where I didn’t think they’d have anything less than $2000 anyway… I guess I watch too much Say Yes to the Dress. I tried on some $3000 and $6000 gowns (blame my consultant). But the first dress I fell in love with there was $1100 and I was so shocked that they even carried dresses in that price range! I stuck with that designer (Maggie Sottero) and ended up finding my dream dress made by her for $1200. I don’t anticipate needing alterations (unless of course I lose the 20lbs I’m planning to) and the bustle will be $100. So my grand total will be $1300, and may go up to $1500 if it ends up needing to be taken in. That’s under budget and I’m thrilled!

 

ETA: Oh and NJ has no tax!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I didn’t have a set budget because the bridal boutique I went to didn’t have anything out of my price range (the most expensive dress in the store was $3400 but most were in the $1-2k range). I ended up falling in love with a discontinued sample that was $600. Woohoo! Then I went and picked out a $500 veil, though, LOL.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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mandaluv1119:  Omg such a good deal.

I still have to get a veil or head piece so who knows how much that’ll be. The one I fell in love with at Kleinfeld was $550 which is out of the question. So I started looking on Etsy for a good deal. May need to resume that search.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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klbrend:  yes! I wanted budget at Max $800 but my mom booked me at a boutique store and I found a gorgeous dress for $1600. I made it work and it was one of the best decisions I did. I loved/still love my dress. 

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

My initial budget was $1000 but my mom convinced me to bump it up to $1500. The dress I got was $1000 and with the petticoat and tax it came to about $1100 so I was under budget and happy with that. Now the rest is being used on alterations. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

My budget for dress alone was $800 & I got it for $725 (originally $1300) yay! Veil budget was $100 & got it for $50. Yay again! 🙂 But then my alterations budget was $200 & it looks like I’ll be going over that. oops! But it’s okay cause I love my dress!!! 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I paid $650 for mine, which was a tiny bit more than I wanted to spend, but it was exactly what I wanted.  With accessories (belt, shoes, jewelry) plus alterations I fit right into the $1000 “dress” budget.  I may have gone a titch over with my undergarments because I splurged on those, but I was definitely right in the range I wanted to be in.  Alterations were more than expected since I changed to a corset back, added that petticoat material right into the bottom of the dress, and had to take the front in a bit to fit right to my body.  Despite being more than I have spent on a garment ever in my life, I’m really happy with how it worked out.  I’m considering possibly selling it, but at the same time I don’t know if I want to…maybe a daughter would want to use it in the future, or parts of it.  I don’t want it sitting in my closet for forever but at the same time I’m not convinced I want to sell it either.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I didn’t have a set budget, but in my head I was leaning towards $1500. Well w taxes my dress was double that. 

i went into the boutique looking for that dress, I loved it online and I couldn’t find anything else online that I liked. I was hoping to go, try it on, and hate it so I could forget about it and continue my search. 

Nope. LOVED IT. My sisters and mom both were amazed when I came out w it on. i do not feel bad spending $3k On it simply because I knew that was it the moment I slipped it on. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Honestly, I didn’t have a specific budget, but I had a general idea that I wanted to come in under $1500ish if at all possible. After trying on a few lovely gowns, even the best one I found wasn’t exactly perfect. So I got a custom gown from a china-based dressmaker which combined all my favorite elements from various dresses I’d tried. Even with shipping from China to South America, the whole thing came in at US$440. I got a veil from lightinthebox for $35. I overspent on almost everything else, though. Lol.  

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

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klbrend:  Yeah, I went wayyyy over lol. I always told myself spending over $800 on something you wear once is insane. My dress, aftsr tax (but before alterations), was $1800. Fortunately, my mom surprised me and gave me $1500 towards it. But I really was about to completely blow $1800 on my dress. I just fell in love with it and the money didn’t seem to matter in that moment!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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klbrend:  I didn’t. My dad paid for my dress though. I told him I planned to stay around $600 if that was okay and he told me we could do a little more than that if it was what I really loved. The dress I fell in love with ended up being on sale so I think we paid like $500 something

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