(Closed) Did you pass up your dream dress for a more cost effective alternative?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
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215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

I almost did but I couldn’t do it and ended up buying my dream dress (and pretty much doubled by wedding dress budget, whoops). 

I had the same thought as you as how could I spend so much money on a dress I’ll only wear once but then at the same time this is your only wedding! 

My thought was how often will I have the opportunity to wear a gown? Never-again is the answer. So I spent the money and I don’t regret it at all. I knew it the second I tried on my dress that it was the one, I cried at my dress fitting, and I cannot wait to wear it for my wedding. For me, spending the money on my dream dress was the right choice. 

It’s your wedding and you should get the dress you want (if you can swing it), I think you’ll be much happier if you do 🙂 

Post # 18
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240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Hired hall

I couldn’t afford my dream dress, so I’ve ordered a replica from Dressilyme (for a 10th of the price) which is good enough for me! However, if it turns up and is absolutely awful, I will be shopping around for second hand dresses, most likely from the Oxfam shop in London that is dedicated to wedding stuff. In that case, I will be foregoing my dream dress because of the cost 

 

Post # 19
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4813 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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@MichiganGirl24:   That’s a lovely dress!!   We’re month twins!!  

Post # 21
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1926 posts
Buzzing bee

My dream dress is the Pronovias Bermeo but my SO is paying for the wedding and I can’t possibly ask for a $3500 designer dress on top of everything else. I’m saving up the best as I can right now but have zero savings that can go to a designer dress. I may do a Jasmine’s replica if they are still taking orders at that time. 

Post # 23
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3415 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

I initally bought a dress that was cost effective and that I loved at the time.  But then I had dress regret and decided to buy my dream dress that was way over my budget.  But fortunately I sold my car (it had been for sale for a couple months) the day before I was to try on my dream dress and the salon had a sample sale.  The amount I had left over after paying off my new car was EXACTLY the amount I needed to purchase my dream dress.  It was meant to be Laughing

Post # 24
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3668 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MichiganGirl24:  I didn’t really have a dream dress but I had a “almost was” dress 🙂 

I gave up this dress because it was too expensive:

Post # 25
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4813 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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@MichiganGirl24:   Quite all right!! Yes, indeed, my dream dress is upstairs.  I peek at it every day!!  🙂

The Saks dress you link to has a very pretty bodice!!  

Post # 26
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1004 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I wanted a beautiful designer gown. I wasn’t very happy with the selection at David’s Bridal, but I didn’t have the thousands for a designer dress. I ended up getting a sample dress that fit perfectly! It’s a designer dress 55% off the price tag. Yay.

Post # 27
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802 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

i didnt have a dream dress but the first dress i tried on was about 1500 and i couldnt justify spending that. i love my current dress, even though its not “much” cheaper at 1050 but that 400 could be used somewhere else.

Post # 28
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561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I fell in love with an Augusta Jones gown at a high-end salon. It was $3k. God, it was gorgeous – it was like wearing moonlight.

But I just couldn’t bring myself to spend that on a dress. Now, that’s just me and what I felt comfortable with and what I wanted to prioritize. I ended up with an ivory gown from the formalwear department at Dillard’s, and I’m perfectly happy with it and the way it turned looked in photos.

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I was in love with Pronovias gowns. I had a few that I *really* loved that had illusion necklines and lace applique. I knew Pronovias runs $2k+ though, so I was looking into less expensive designers and found a few I liked (Mori Lee, specifically) that were similar. I was NOT going to spend $2k on a dress. 2k is what I budgeted for my whole look – dress, alterations, hair, makeup, shoes, accesories, etc.

I lucked out and won an early appointment for a local bridal salon’s sample sale. I found a Pronovias sample dress from the 2014 collection in my size and it came out to $915 tax included. AND it comes with a detachable illusion neckline! It was meant to be. It will need hemmed and maybe taken in, but I’m still going to come in under budget and get my dream dress! No other way I could have afforded her. I got incredibly lucky.

Post # 30
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410 posts
Helper bee

No, I did not pass up my dream dress and I am happy! Well, kind of happy. We are now about 3k over budget as a result of my dress choice. I suppose my dream look is more important than other things for my wedding.

Post # 31
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2949 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Initially my dream gown was a little over our budget but fortunately, wanting something different paid off for me and the designer was enthusiastic about making my dress and we were able to negotiate having my dream dress made within my budget. It simply meant that the crystal beading on the bodice weren’t Swarovksi and the lining wouldn’t be Italian satin (or some other material – can’t quite recall what it was exacrly) but from Japan – just little things that I wasn’t fussed about and wasn’t going to be missed or noticed. Oh and no train but again, something I wasn’t too fussed about either.

 

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