(Closed) Do you ever feel like you settled on “the one” because of money?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1664 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Maybe a little.  If I had an unlimited budget, I probably would have a different dress. I made a point of not trying on anything out of my price range.  I actually see beautiful dresses on the bee, magazines and Say Yes to the Dress…and when I start to have dress regret it makes me feel better to know that they were over my price range.

Post # 5
1235 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Oh I completely agree. I know that if I had more money I would be in a different dress but I do love mine and know that it is going to be gorgeous on me on my wedding day. I just have to keep thinking about that.

Post # 6
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve only ever seen one dress that truely gave me dress envy – KLP2010‘s.  And that dress costs more than double my dress budget so I guess one could make the arguement that I settled due to money.

That said – I LOVED my DB dress too and got so many compliments on it (most people didn’t believe it came from DB either) so I’d say I still did pretty darn well!

Post # 7
661 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Believe me, that’s a common feeling amongst brides.  I agree wth @eleanorrigby – if the price range was infinite, then a different dress would probably be picked.  And because there are so many different designs available (and constantly new ones appearing) you’re always going to wonder if “this” dress or “that” dress would look better.

But, the truth is … you fell in love with the dress you picked at the time that you picked it.  You don’t have any regrets on it, just curousity as to whether or not another dress would look better. (the cost should have nothing to do with it … if you didn’t love it, you wouldn’t have bought it regardless if the price was $150, right?) If the dress makes you feel beautiful, then that’s the perfect dress.  🙂  And that’s all that matters on your special day. 

Good luck!  🙂

Post # 9
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Unless you have infinite sums of money to spend, you will always “settle” for things that are less expensive, aka things you can afford.

Welcome to the club ;p

Post # 10
46 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Glendale Lyceum

I think a lot of dresses could make me feel comfortable and bridal on my wedding day- ones that were more expensive AND less expensive. I also think that there will be dresses created in future fashion lines that I would have chosen over my dress, had they been available at the time. But oh well!

Budget can make things feel limited, but really- money and dress success don’t necessarily equate. (Sorry, but I think some 5-digit dresses are cringe-worthy.) People see how joyful you are IN the dress- that’s what makes it great.

Post # 11
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

prairie dog said it perfectly! sure, if i had no budget, i would have tried some moniques or veras, but i LOVE my dress. it’s perfect for me.

Post # 12
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@ejs4y8: exactly. If your budget is 200 you’ll find a dress you love for 199. If your budget is 1000 you’ll find a dress you love for 900. If your budget is 10,000, you’ll find a dress you love for 9,000. I think that if I had more money I would have gotten a similar style dress, but it probably would’ve been silk and swarovski crystal rather than taffeta and random crystal…

But I’m thrilled that I found a dress I truly LOVE for what I can afford. 

Post # 13
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Yes, definitely.  That’s why you aren’t supposed to try on dresses over your budget – because you will ultimately fall in love with them!  Once you’ve determined what you can spend, make the most of it and then move on.  You could spend forever wishing you had a different dress (I did that for 99% of my engagement) without focusing on why you loved the dress in the first place.

Post # 14
3126 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

If I had unlimited funds, my dress would be similiar, just a bigger designer (Vera Wang or POB). I just cant justify the price.

I guess I feel like I could second guess what I have decided on, but it is kind of like second guessing my Fiance. There are probably other gowns (and men) out there, but due to a variety of factors, this one is the best for me.

Post # 15
6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

I had my heart set on getting an Atelier Aimee or a St. Pucchi for as long as I can remember, but I ended up getting Justin Alexander 9552 (it’s the same one KLP2010 has, if you wanna see pics.) 

I don’t really feel like I settled, though, because the dresses I originally wanted would have required twice my budget and then some, plus plane fare to somewhere far away from here to actually purchase it. I think my dress has sort of the same luxury feel as some of the dresses by those designers; it was that extravagance, level of detail and timelessness that I was going for, I just happened to find it new for a price that I would have paid to get the St Pucchi used on Ebay.

Post # 16
7295 posts
Busy Beekeeper

i love my dress so much. it is true that i didn’t try some on because of my budget. like if they were $2000 out of my budget. my budget was to stay under $1000….but i kind of knew that if i went a bit over, it would be worth it. which i did. my dress is $1120, plus whatever the alterations will be,  but i did this because i decided i can also sell it after and with the money i get back, it will be as though i stuck to my budget

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