(Closed) Did you have “sticker shock” when you started dress shopping?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2634 posts
Sugar bee

I had a fairly good idea about what dresses cost.  I also told the salons I went to that I didn’t want to try on anything that was over $1000.

Post # 4
1347 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I had a pretty good idea too, and was sure that I wanted to stay under a $1000 for my dress. My generous and awesome mom and sister had other ideas though, and we ended up going slightly over for my dress. I do remember the first dress I fell in love with was closer to $2000, and realizing that it was the most expensive thing I’d ever try on!

Post # 5
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I had a pretty good idea going in – my dress budget was $1000

The dress I bought was $1250 with $250 in alterations – so I went a bit over budget!

Post # 6
806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yes… I had figured I’d spend around $500-600 (and even that felt like a lot to me for a dress you wear once)… I ended up at $800 + tax and alterations.  That price was after some “trunk sale” discount too.

I found there wasn’t even much to try on in the $500-600 range.

I think trying to stay under $1000 would give a bride plenty of options, that seems like a reasonable price point having seen what’s out there.

Post # 7
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

When I started shopping, I gave myself a budget of $800, and no greater. Having been on multiple shopping trips, I never found anything that I came close to loving. I re-worked our wedding budget and was able to almost double the amount I could spend on my dress. I found my dream dress at the higher price point, but ultimately ended up paying less then $1,000 after shopping around Wink. Once you realize that dresses are negotiable, it makes it alot easier to get a luxury designers gown for an average designers price Laughing

Post # 8
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I definitely went into sticker shock!  I have never paid as much as $1,000 for any outfit in my life, and here I was discovering that that was a normal cost for a dress that I’d wear once!  And since we had two brides, the price immediately got doubled.  Fortunately, we found a consignment store where we got two beautiful dresses for under $500 each.

Post # 9
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

i check prices ranges for different designers so if i cant afford that range i dnt even bother allowing myself to fall in love with their gowns. u can get gowns between $500- $750 but it just depends wich designers

Post # 10
1805 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

My dress budget started out at $300 (I was going to wear a tea length 50’s style dress though), then went up to $500, then $600, then $900.. as I started searching and realized I wouldn’t be getting ANYTHING I liked for less than $600, especially due to my very particular tastes.  I know all brides are choosy, but I did not want strapless AT ALL, in any form, which seriously narrowed my choices and subsequently caused the budget to have to be stretched higher.

I have chosen a dress and am only waiting now to order it (waiting for money since I have to pay in full).  It’s priced at $1000 to $1200 “normally” but I think I’ll be getting it for around $650 from an online retailer.  Still hard for me to swallow but I love it, so yeah…

I pride myself on being thrifty and finding awesome deals second hand… and I figured I would find something in a dress the same way, i.e. a thrift shop.  Ha! Not unless I want a late 80’s wedding dress look! Found that out very quickly.

Fourteen years ago I paid $450 for a wedding dress (brand new, huge and poufy, lots of sequins and beading no-name dress from a local huge bridal-mart type place) so I guess when I look at it that way it’s not THAT bad.

Never wore THAT dress either (ended up in a courthouse wedding instead), ended up selling it with tags still attached for $75 on eBay about 7 years ago.


Post # 11
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I also had major sticker shock when looking at dresses!!  I decided to look at bridesmaid dresses that came in white/ivory, and you know what?  I bought my wedding dress for a measly $135, and it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever worn in my life.  I can’t wait for my first fitting!!!


Post # 12
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I kinda sorta knew where prices were going to be.  You should be able to find something for under $1000 with no problem.  There are hundreds of options out there on the internet so keep looking.  I bought my dress on yourdreamdress.com for $650.  There is also bravobride, oncewed, preownedweddingdresses, powerbride and many others that have never-worn dresses at great prices.  You also have lots of time, so keep your eyes open for trunk sales.  These usually offer a nice discount and have some freebies (hem to hollow, customization) too.

Post # 13
4520 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I also had sticker shock…I knew wedding dresses were expensive, but I didn’t realize that they would be SO expensive. I set my budget at $600 and blew right through that pretty quickly…I am sure I could have stuck to it, though, if I’d had more time to find a used dress.

Post # 14
1893 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I did, but in a good way.  I guess I watched way too much “say yes to the dress” before I went shopping because I was floored to discover that the dress I fell in love with was only $640 dollars (I had set a 1,000 budget.) They’re always kvetching about how there’s no way anyone can find a decent dress for under two grand on that show.

I ended up buying the second dress I tried on, ever (I tried on a few after that, but went back to my favorite.)  I’m almost a little disappointed that I found her so quickly, because trying them on was way fun.  I guess there’s worse problems to have, right?

Post # 15
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I had a pretty good idea of what dresses cost.  But I had total sticker shock over the cost of alterations!!!  Definitely keep that in mind when accounting for your dress budget!

Post # 16
2742 posts
Sugar bee

I have a pretty good idea what dresses cost but then, I’m planning on wearing a used dress so once I find out what I want, I am going to start stalking ebay, the classifieds, etc to find what I want. I don’t want to spend over 1k (which includes everything, plus alterations!)

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