(Closed) Did you splurge and go WAY over budget on your wedding dress???

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 32
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i went over just a bit. my budget was 1200-1500, including alterations. my dress cost 1700, but they let us have it for 1600. and since i purchased my dress during my first appointment at that store, my alterations will be free.

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I went over.  I wanted to keep it at about $900 or so, but ended up paying $1200 plus $150 in rush fees.  Fortunately, it’s fully lined and the store threw in a bustle (the only alteration I’ll need) and a fingertip veil for free.  So, it shouldn’t be much more than $1350 plus tax for the whole outfit (plus shoes).  I’ll be adding some tulle sleeves and might end up wanting closer to a cathedral-length veil, but I think my aunt should be able to do the sewing for both of those–just need to pay for the fabric.  So, maybe $1500 for the whole outfit?

Compared to the total budget for my wedding, it’s huge but I am going to be able to be extremely frugal for most everything else and it so important to me that I feel confident and beautiful in my wedding dress since I can be very insecure at times.

It’s a ridiculous amount when you consider how long I’ll wear it, but:  1. I didn’t go into debt and I plan to resell it for half price since it won’t need alterations, I’ll be indoors the whole time, and it’s a popular designer/style; and 2. Feeling good about how you look on your wedding day is priceless if you can swing it.

Post # 34
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

i wanted to spend around 900 and ended up getting my dress, veil, and peticoat for around 1200.

Post # 35
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

I wanted to spend around $500 on my entire bridal outfit. I spent around $700 on my dress. Oops!

Post # 36
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I wanted to spend around $5000.00 but spent $9100.00

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I did go over my budget by $200, but without the discounts that I happened to get because it was a grand opening and I bought the sample, the dress would have been about four times my budget.

Post # 38
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Way under for me! I thought that I would be spending around $600, but I am wearing my mom’s dress, and the alterations cost less than $200

Post # 39
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My dress was only $200.00 ove budget however the boutique threw in a veil(only paid abotu $40-50 bucks oon the veil which retailed at $299.99) for any gown purchased over $1200. So it was well worth it bc i fell in loved with gown.

 

I would say whatever you feel most beautiful in and if you can afford the more expensive gown w/o dipping into other aspects of the wedding….Go for it but if you can get a similiar look and feel great in it. Its a no brainer then! Good luck w/your decisions!

Post # 40
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My budget was $1000 i fell in love with a dress that was over budget so i kept shopping. In the end I went with affordable and I am truly in love with my heart pitter pattering from the moment I laid eyes on it Mori Lee 4866 is my dream dress

Post # 41
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I put a deposit on another dress I was just ‘eh it’s pretty’ about because my mother loved it..and then found THE dress, canceled that dress and bought this one. So that put me over budget by about 500 dollars..but it was worth it to me to have something I felt beautiful in. Certain things like my dress and our wedding rings I’m willing to spend a little more on…other aspects of the wedding I am not as worked up over.

Post # 42
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My dress was actually exactly on par with my budget. We had set a limit at $1500, then I found a sample for 1000 and alterations were $400.

My mom bought the dress for me, and actually told me afterward that she had fully expected to blow the budget for a dress we both loved.

Post # 43
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I went over budget and massively regretted it. I kept kicking myself, looking at other dresses, etc. Then there was a problem with the original shop, I got my deposit back, and bought another, much cheaper dress. I cannot even begin to describe my relief. If it’s out of budget, don’t buy it. There isn’t one dress for everyone and it’s not worth eating such a big chunk of your money up.

Post # 44
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I went WAY under. Found my dress for $200 when I was ok spending 10x this amount 🙂

Post # 45
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My dress fits my budget.  Mom said I had a $1500 budget and my dress was about $1100 and alterations shouldn’t exceed $400 according to my dress shop.  He said more than likely it will be closer to $250 in alterations.  Just gotta check it out I guess.  Nervous about that but at least I know I won’t be over budget!

 

Post # 46
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My dress was more than 8% of my total wedding costs- ie: what many wedding checklists tell you you’re “supposed” to spend.  However, I’m spending way less than I’m “supposed” to on entertainment, invites, and venue costs so it evens out in the end.  If you can make it work within your overall budget, I say go for it.  If it can’t work, don’t get it and make yourself crazy.

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