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

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’ve had several dream dresses, Oscar de la Renta 12E04, ML Candy, several Lazaro gowns, BHLDN Isadora and the Olivia Wilde Reem….. I couldnt get them all but I got 2 of my dream dresses ๐Ÿ™‚ I fell in love with Lazaro gowns, found my dream lazaro dress preloved and bought it for $1600…. Didn’t need alterations! SCORE! Almost 70% off!!!

Then I found a cute litte charity shop called Church Street Bridal, I was looking for a reception dress and lo and behold ML Candy comes in, for, wait for it, $200 AND the profits go to help battered women and children? Sold. This will beed about $100 in alterations but w/e I have about $13k worth in dresses and spent less than 2k!!!!

My lazaro, and I can’t find the pictures of myself in Candy ๐Ÿ™ 

 

Post # 33
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1247 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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@CatyLady:  I effin love that first dress you put up.

Post # 34
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580 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

At times I feel horrid that I am spending $1500 + alterations = close to $2000 on my dream dress. My older Sister/MOH was horrified that I was spending that much.

 

But my MOH/Sister & Hubby to Be both agree that my dress is everything I could dream of. I would almost say we had love at first sight. Smile

Post # 35
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MichiganGirl24:  Kinda.  The dresses I had been looking at were around $2500 and while I loved them (and still do), I just couldn’t justify spending that much money on a dress that I’d only wear once.  My parents bought my gown and even though they didn’t really set a limit on the price I would have felt weird with a gown that cost that much.  When I found my dress I fell in love with it first for the way it looked (similar to what I had been lusting after) and secondly the price which was $900.  

Post # 36
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I wanted “Lauren” from Badgely Mishka – it was one of the first dresses I ever saw on SYTTD, and I loved it. Until I found out it was $9K. I was actually planning how I could possibly afford it when I discovered Pronovias on a google search. Thank God – that original dress is more than the cost of my entire Destination Wedding.

Post # 37
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773 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Dalhousie Castle

Yep, my dream Vera Wang was five times more expensive than the Enzoani dress I bought. It would have taken over half the wedding budget!! 

Post # 38
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115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I didn’t have a dream dress per se, but even before I was engaged there were 3 dresses that I knew I really liked just from looking at photos of them online.  Coincidentally they were worn by 3 fashion bloggers whom all were married between 1-3 years ago.  I had all 3 dresses saved in my picture files on both my phone and iPad.  ‘The One’ ended up being one of the 3 dresses.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 39
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838 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MichiganGirl24:  I bought my dream dress. ๐Ÿ™‚ I knew I always wanted a strapless ball gown with bling and that’s exactly what I got. It cost about $1500 with alterations. My budget for the dress, shoes, veil, alterations, and jewelry was $2000 and that’s how much everything cost. I got to spend more on my dress because I got everything else so cheap.

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

i don’t have a dream dress because I fall in love with all couture gowns that are elaborately beaded and glamorous

exhibit A

But I did go over my budget and choose the dress that was more expensive out of my top two choices

one choice was a replica of this $10k dress

But I couldn’t stop thinking about this dress so I had to choose it

Post # 41
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300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I bought my dream dress even though it was out of my price range ($1800 vs. $1200). Not sorry at all.

Post # 42
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1268 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

I went with something very cost effective. One of the biggest factors besides cost was also time. 

Post # 43
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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@MichiganGirl24:  I don’t believe in TRUE dream dresses until you’ve tried it on.  It could be your nightmare dress once it’s off the model in the photo and on your body!

Annnnd, since I believe that, and I refused to try on dresses that weren’t budget-possible,  NO! I bought the absolute best, most favorite dress that I tried on!

Post # 44
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@MichiganGirl24:  I don’t think I had a “dream” dress, but I went a few hundred bucks over budget and splurged on this gorgeous private label lace gown that I felt so beautiful in. There were a couple of Pronovias gowns that came in close seconds and thirds, but the dress I chose is definitely the one! Can’t wait to be reunited with the customized one in 6 months!

Post # 45
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Honey bee

I didn’t really have a “dream dress” but there was one dress that I really liked at a local boutique. It was a private label design, but it was $1,800 ($800 over my initial budget). So, I passed it up and ended up finding my dress the next weekend at a sample sale.

I bought my Casablanca Couture for $900 (reg $1700). 

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