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

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 62
3139 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

However after taxes and extra costs for ordering a shorter version, potential alterations and the face that I was laid off and not working full time the year we married I really had to question what I wanted or could spend on a dress tha I would wear for one day. So I continued to shop and I found a new dream dress in budget for half the cost.

Post # 63
1117 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Kind of I guess. When I went grad dress shopping I found a beautiful dress thatthe store carried in white, and I said that that would be my wedding dress. It was $900 for the yellow grad dress.When I got engaged a year later, I went to a very small store to try on dresses and look for shapes that I liked, and found a similar dress that I fell in love with for only $400. I bought that one and never even went back to try the other one on.

Post # 65
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I loved this dress:

I wanted a beach wedding too, so it seemed perfect… until he told us the price.  It was several hundred outside our budget.


So I continued to look.  I found a new dress within our price point, and I’m absolutely in love with it:

Post # 66
2492 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Sort of. I originally fell in love with Jasmine T346 and DH was cool with whatever the price just to be sure I was happy ($1,600+), but I ended up going with a very close second, Maggie Sottero’s ‘Isadora’. I got it second-hand with no alterations needed and a free matching bolero for $900.

Post # 67
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I found my dream dress on the internet and found out it cost over £5000, however I found an almost identical dress in a liquidation sale for under a fifth of the price! very happy girl indeed! i cannot wait to wear it!!

Post # 68
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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@MrsSparkle10:  I think you look gorgeous in your wedding dress!

Post # 70
1914 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

My dream dress was a Monique Lhuiller. I just couldn’t justify the price, so I bought a $2000 La Sposa dress. I don’t regret it. I don’t have an extra 3k lying around and it would have had to be taken out of somewhere else in the budget.

Dream dress:

My dress:

This is a picture without a crinoline petticoat underneath, which I will be wearing so the real deal will have more poof at the bottom!

Post # 71
772 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens

I loved a dress I only saw online – Kenneth Pool Estelle. It’s $8000. If found out about getting it made at Jasmine’s ($1000). Decided to make sure I liked that shape, and even $1000 just wasn’t comfortable for me. Went and tried on dresses at David’s and ended up getting a $350 dress that is similar to the Estelle, without the beading. So, maybe? I knew I would never get the Estelle, but I love it. However, I am thrilled with my dress and I love it, and it was a comfortable price for me 🙂

Post # 72
2890 posts
Sugar bee

@MichiganGirl24:  It’s easy to get unrealistic expectations and love at first sight when shopping online. There are sooooo many beautiful dresses ! But my price tag was not really negociable, and it was small (400$). I knew I couldn’t have a lace gown like I initially wanted to. But I looked for dresses that were similar to those I liked, and I found one that fit my budget. I shopped on classified ads and what allowed me to have a quality dress that was similar to ”my dream dress” was to buy it pre-owned. Bonus points for not having to do any alterations. 😉

Post # 73
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@MichiganGirl24:  Catherine Deane dresses are amazing, I thought the Ortensia was my dress for awhile and I ordered it and tried it on, unfortunately it didn’t have the bridal feel to it thta I was looking for but, with that being said if you call BHLDN directly and order it they waive shipping fees and also if you try it on and don’t like it you can return it within 30 days.  Happy dress hunting!

Post # 74
5870 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Meh… I didn’t end up with one of the dresses I pinned, but I also didn’t have any illusions that my “dream dress” from a picture would be my dream dress in real life, so I just focuesed on trying on dressses within my price range and buying one that I loved. 

Post # 75
2890 posts
Sugar bee

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@kimmo416:  Your dress (to me) is 10 times more beautiful than Lhuiller’s !!

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