(Closed) Dress budget vs reality

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 32
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My Mother bought my dress and set a budget of $2,000. We’ve both watched alot of SYTTD and we figured wedding dresses we’re expensive and it’s a pill we just had to swallow. The only dress shop I could think of that would be under the budget would be David’s Bridal, but I wasn’t happy with the dresses. We started searching out various bridal shops, and couldn’t believe how low the prices were. Sure all the top designer dresses are always expensive, but we found good quality dresses at great prices. The dress I finally chose costed $667 which also included the price of my flower/feather hairpiece. I haven’t done alterations yet, but going with the prices of the shop we’ll still be under budget at $1,00 give or take which gives me some extra cash to put towards accessories like shoes, jewelery and lingerie.

Post # 33
3367 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My budget was actually around $500. I was originally going to order a replica gown, but when I went into the salon to try on gowns and I put on my dress, I knew the quality couldn’t be replicated. Paloma Blanca gowns are just breathtaking with their quality, and no way some overseas manufacturer could match what I had on my body. 

They offered me the sample for 68% off and I couldn’t say no! I wound up paying a little over $1000 for a $3k+ dress. No complaints here 🙂 

Post # 34
2967 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i went over. my budget was 1200-1500, including alterations. my dress ended up being around $1700, plus another $215 for the bustle and a hoop. the other alterations (hemming and whatnot) were free. so i guess all together it ended up being around $2000.

Post # 35
524 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My orginal budget was $2500.00 and that included alterations and anything else. My Darling Husband saw a dress he wanted me to have in a brides book and the budget was gone.

But sold the dress to a bridal cosigment shop and made my orginal budget back

Post # 36
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012 - Prairie Production- Chicago (loft)

Since Fiance and I are paying for the wedding mom said she would spend up to 1500 on a dress…but I found a beautiful one at a samller boutique for 600 incl tax…and the only alterations I need are to get it hemmed. I bought shoes for 30, earrings, a haircomb and bracelet for 100, and a veil for 40.

Post # 37
5004 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2018

I had a $400 budget… Or so I thought. After finding nothing at my price point, my mom offered to buy my dress on her own, separate from the overall budget, and was willing to spend up to $1,500. I fell in love with a $1,235 Casablanca and we’re ordering it soon! 

Post # 38
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

My budget was $3,000ish – I was willing to go up to $3,500 IF I really loved the dress. Yes that is a terrible way to set a budget but it worked out… My dress was $3700 but got it at a trunk sale so it went down to $3200.

Post # 39
1991 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

My budget was $1000.  I got my dress for $450 because it was discontinued and I purchased the sample, but because it was a size up the alterations ended up costing around the same as the dress so we ended right around our budget.

Post # 40
831 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: Either Philadelphia City Hall or a small chapel.

I really didn’t consider a budget, but, the dress I want is actually under $200. Fell in love with it searching on Etsy. 

Post # 41
547 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I aimed for about $1000, ended up spending $1547 for dress and alterations (just needed a bustle put in).  Spent $79 for mantilla lace veil and $7 for shoes (had a gift certificate to DSW). 

Post # 42
1023 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My budget was 2k-3k max. I tried on lots of dresses n the one I fell in love with was only $900. So even w. veil,alterations, and bustle I am deff under. 

Post # 43
26 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

My budget for dress, alterations, and accessories is $1500. The dress with tax and the sash cost me about $1200. So hopefully alterations and accessories won’t cost me more than $300.

Post # 44
7553 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

My budget was 800 (before alterations) and I spent 350. Sample sale! 

Post # 45
10 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

I wanna see pics of these under budget dresses….I thought I was being unrealistic when I didn’t want to spend more than $200.00 to wear a dress once!

Post # 46
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My budget was $1000 and, while it’s a lot for me, it’s definitely considered a budget wedding gown. I ended up going to Running of the Brides and snagging a dress for $700…and the alterations brought it up to $1000. Glad I stayed in budget! I can see where it would be difficult though if an event like ROTB or sample sale wasn’t an option. I probably would have gone over otherwise!

The veil was extra but I got an amazing deal on that as well and it is a BEAUTIFUL mantilla veil from etsy. The store owner is a sweetheart too so I have to give her a shoutout on here! http://www.etsy.com/shop/veiledbeauty

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