(Closed) Dress budget vs reality

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
757 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Our Backyard/Steakhouse

@2beemrs:  I didn’t want to spend an insane amount on a dress I will wear once, so I told myself no more than $900.  I bought the dress for $599 and have left room for alterations…don’t forget things like the veil, alterations, headpiece, shoes, accessories will add up – quickly – and will need to be budgeted for as well

Post # 4
7103 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@2beemrs:  My budget was $2,000 and my dress was $1400 – so definitely under. I think it’s totally doable! I had not researched dress prices at all, other than knowing that I would not step foot in a David’s Bridal (and know the price range of DB dresses). I had planned on 2k as my dress budget, before alterations, and was pleasantly surprised when I found a dress (actually several) for under that. 

Post # 5
6524 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@2beemrs:  i had a budget of $1500 for my dress and I spent $2400 after taxes (alterations were included in that price) My headpiece was borrwed. My veil was another $400, and my shoes were $70. Jewlery was borrowed

Post # 6
1250 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I set myself a budget of $2000 and got exactly what I wanted for $1700 with 10% trunk show discount (was originally $1900).

Post # 7
470 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I wanted $2000 on the dress including alterations. So far, it’s looking like I’m coming in close to that (dress was $1400). The alterations won’t be finished for another few weeks, so fingers crossed!

For the whole bridal look, I didn’t want my accessories to be too expensive, but I didn’t have a strict budget. Here’s the breakdown:
Veil: $40 off of Etsy
Shoes: $16 at WALMART! So proud of that, haha.
Waist Cincher: $80
Belt: $140 off of Etsy, but I haven’t decided if I’m wearing it or not (may just sell it)
Necklace: Gift from my mom
Garter Set: Gift from a friend 
Fur Coat: Borrowed from fiance’s mom, belonged to his grandmother 

I don’t think it’s going to be so bad.

Post # 8
8686 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

My budget was $6-7K with that being the high range only if I felt I HAD TO HAVE the dress. I came in way under budget at around $2200 (not including alterations). 

Post # 9
8575 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

The most I was willing to spend was $2500. I got my dress for around $500.. although the alterations are probably going to be more than the dress.

Post # 10
2540 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My budget was $3000 and I spent just a little over $1000

Post # 11
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

My dress budget was $2,000. I just found my dress and it is only $500! (<3 Mori Lee) I have plenty of room for alterations and I should still be way under budget. Pleasant surprise!

Post # 12
1010 posts
Bumble bee

My budget was $1000, and I got my dress for $500.

Post # 13
1828 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I have a “look” budget of $2k. Ended up spending $915 on my ceremony dress and $220 on my reception dress, $165 on my party/rehearsal dress, $16 on my veil, $100 on sash, and $55 on shoes. So $1471 as of now, leaving about 500 for alterations. I should be right on the mark.

Post # 14
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My budget was $3000. I spent $850 on two dresses. One dress needs pretty extensive alterations to get it down to my size though but hopefully I will still be way under budget after that appointment Tuesday.

Post # 15
10 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

My dress, veil, preservation kit and garment bag was $1200. I got it from davids bridal


Post # 16
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Dress budget is $2000. Bought mine for $1450, and I’m budgeting $500 for alterations, so I should be right on the mark.

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