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

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 48
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MichiganGirl24: ahhh…I have the same situation, except I am not sure I can sell my dress easily. I only found 1 dress that listed on a used wedding gown website, and the sale price of a used one is more than the sample dress that I plan to purchase (sample gown is 50% off).

Post # 49
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

Ummm, maybe?  I don’t know.  I never really tried on any dresses out of my price range because I didn’t want to fall in love and then be heartbroken.  I think I did end up with my dream dress!  Could I have found one I loved for more money?  Sure, probably.  But I loved my dress and that’s all that matters.

Post # 50
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Well, I found my dream dress at a bridal salon but I couldn’t justify the price so I found a used one online in the same color but a size smaller than I need.

So far, I’ve lost 11 lbs and still can’t zip it up. Plus, she altered the straps and they’re too small – the seamstress actually cut the strap instead of tacking it in and the skirt needs some fixing (missing button on the bustle, some embroidery pulled off) but I got it for $650 instead of $1300 so I can’t really complain. I just fell in love with the one in the salon, it fit perfectly.

 

In the end I will end up with my dream dress, it will just take some effort and alterations.

 

 

 

Post # 51
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013 - The front lawn of our church

@MichiganGirl24:  I think you should get your dream dress if you can. I tried on Dabra by Enzoani and absolutely loved it, but couldn’t afford it. I bought a knock off that was close, but just not quite the same. Every time I see my wedding pictures I’m a little sad. And I don’t feel proud to show off my pictures. 

 

Here I am in my dress

 

 

 

And here I am in Dabra

 

Post # 52
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I bought my dress yesterday and I went into Davids Bridal and they asked me if I had a budget and I was like “you don’t have anything over $1500 do you?” and they said no so I said nope no budget then.  It was nice to know that everything I did put on I was willing to buy.  However, if I did have a budget I would not even humor the idea of trying on a dress that was outside of said budget.  I wasn’t paying good attention to the price tags but I think I actually ended up in one of the less expensive dresses I tried on. 

Post # 53
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@MichiganGirl24:  if you’re getting a BHLDN gown, then your resale potential is huge! So many brides love those dresses, but can’t justify the price. My friend wore a short white Anna Sui lace dress she bought from Anthropology for her wedding ($500) and sold it for half price the week after! The bride who bought it was so happy because it her dream dress and she couldn’t afford the regular price. 

I think that there are a lot of laid back brides who want a BHLDN or JCrew dress, don’t really care about the traditional bridal salon experience, but don’t want to pay the going rate of those dresses anyway.

If your Fiance is on board, I think you should buy your dream dress!

Post # 54
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195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@bossypants:  So beautiful!  And so hard to find a wonderful dress when you’re a hijabi! 

Post # 55
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@habibti:  thank you! and I agree..so hard

Post # 57
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@MichiganGirl24:  yeah I am still regretting/ loving ( both equally) that I did buy my dream dress. I thought 1000 was too much but after all is said and done w/ accessories/alterations I think is will be about 2200-2500! Same cost as venue (2300) and reception dinner (2400) and double my first car! So I flip out and think ” who the heck am I ” but the look, quality etc… Can’t be beat and I do love it. 

Post # 58
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Wannabee

@kellynn323:  Where did you find the Lazaro 3059 used?  That is also my dream dress and I’m trying to find it used, but not having any luck. Would love any thoughts you have.  It’s beautiful!

Post # 59
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I ended up being able to buy my Maggie Sottero dream dress due to a sample sale. Had it not been 75% off, I would not have been able to stomach shelling out the original $1800

Post # 60
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I bought my dream dress, even though it was $500 over what I originally wanted to spend. Oh well, its gorgeous and I’d sell a kidney to get my dress if I had too. 

Post # 61
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yes I fell in love with a dress at a wedding show… looked like a Cinderella dress to me.. then when I tried it on in the store I did not look at the price… I fell deeply in LOVE… excuse my faces.. I was in awe

 

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