(Closed) dreading dress shopping on a budget … is it that bad?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
9129 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

If you are going to purchase your dress from AA or DB then definitely tell them your budget and make sure to ask before trying on each and every dress because salesgirls might try to give you a dress over your budget in hopes that you will love it enough to go over budget.

If you don’t plan to buy from AA or DB and you are just trying on dresses to see which style fits you best, then I wouldn’t worry about telling them a specific budget.  Just try on dresses and ask about the type of skirt, neckline, and waist and the material so you get a better idea of what styles suit your frame.

Post # 4
5422 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

Since your going to DB and AA I don’t think you will have a very good chance of finding something on sale that you can walk right out with.  You should 100% tell them your budget upfront.  It is very important that you stick to it.  And there is a high probability of them trying to say “oh this dress is only a little over”.  I have read about it on here many times.

An alternative you may want to try is getting a bridesmaid dress in ivory/white/champagne/whatever color you want.  Almost all of AA dresses come in those shades and cost a lot less

Post # 5
1447 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

All the long Allure bridesmaids gowns I purchased for my bridesmaids were under $250 as well.  I also tried on some AA bridesmaids gowns; their vintage line is really comfortable.

The odds of finding something in your budget is really good.  Good luck!

Post # 7
1668 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My mom’s friend runs a store where she primarily sells samples and gently used dresses. It is really fun in there AND she would have things in your price range. If I were you, I’d look for a similar store in your area.

Post # 8
5422 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

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@batbrain:  they may give you the stinkeye but who cares?  If they want the sale they will show you whatever you want.

Post # 9
996 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My dress budget was $200. I originally was going to go to David’s Bridal to hopefully purchase a smple or sale dress. I would definitely tell them your budget up front so you don’t fall in love with something you cannot afford (like they do often on Say Yes to the Dress).

I didn’t end up going though because I found my dream dress for under my budget at a consignment shop 🙂

Post # 10
778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Catal Restaurant

You should look into a replica dress or check the outlet link on davids bridal.com

When you call DB to sched your appointment as them if they have any of those dresses.


Post # 11
3274 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Definitely tell them your budget up front. You don’t want to fall in love with a 1k dress. I had an unlimited budget and spent $400, so it’s definitely possible and won’t be that bad. You’re not offending anyone, they are there to help you no matter your budget. 

Post # 12
838 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Def tell them your budget right away and stay firm at that amount. Tell your consultant you don’t want to see any dress above it. I told my consultant my budget and said I was mostly set on it, but if their was a dress a bit above I would like to just see it because I would consider it. She didn’t show me anything higher than like a couple hundred over which was ok for me and most of the dresses she did pull that we’re over actually ended up being under because of their special trunk show price.


Post # 13
1004 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would consider going to a private salon…and plan to hit several places.


In Toledo there is a salon that sells sample gowns, consigned ones as well as some new, I’m assuming there are places like that all over, I would def plan to go to lots of places in search of what you want. 

Post # 14
2437 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@batbrain:  My sister bought her dress at the $99 sale at David’s Bridal, it is sooooo pretty. I would be up front about your budget. They’ll find you a dress :). My sister had a small budget and had a fantastic sales rep at David’s. I had a 3k budget, went to another salon and received equal service. 🙂 


Post # 15
8574 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would go to try on dresses, find something that looks fab, then look online for similiar styles.

There are places you can get gorgeous dresses for under $200!

Post # 16
297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

GO TO SAMPLE SALES! Seriously. I purchased a $900 Mori Lee Ballgown at a sample sale for $180. It was in perfect condition just simply being discontinued. Contact local bridal salons to find out when their sample sales are. Most shops just got new fall lines in, so there should be sample sales going on now.

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