(Closed) Dress budget vs reality

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 47
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

Glad to see I’m not alone..lol.  Budget was 3k.  Dress came to 3100 and change with tax and alterations.  Second short dress for the day after was $500 pre alterations.  woopsies. 

Post # 48
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591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I had really wanted to keep my dress under $1200.  I paid $1620 for the gown.  have my first fitting on Saturday so we’ll see what alterations run me.  I’m hoping no more than $300 as my gown is really simple.  

Still haven’t bought the veil or jewelry yet – will pic this out on saturday.

 

Post # 49
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My budget was $2000 for my dress and veil (after taxes)… I ended up finding a Couture sample that was half off – so I got my dress and veil for 50% off!!!  It ended up being $1200 after taxes…  Now, Im worried about how much alterations will be… Eeeee…

Post # 50
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788 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My budget was $2500 for both my white wedding gown and my Indian bridal saree. My wedding gown is $1365.00 with tax and alteration included, but my mom ended up buying it for me so I’m definitely under budget :). Still need jewellery for both outfits, though.

Post # 51
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701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My budget was $500 and I spent about $1000 including alterations. I wouldn’t change a thing! My dress was one of the best parts of the day!

Post # 52
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I had a budget of 2000 and the dress I loved was originally 1700 but found out after I was going to say yes to the 1700 it was in the sample sale and only 850 if i wanted to buy the sample needless to say I snatched up that sample so fast! I love it and it was WAY below budget! 

Post # 53
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My budget was $2500…realistically would not spend over $3000.00 on just a dress.  Some people do and I think its a very personal decision, I just would not.

We are having a destination wedding and I just wanted a very specific dress and I got it.  After taxes, my dress is just under $1100 and I’m very happy with it and the price.  Alterations I expect to be $300 to $500.

Post # 54
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My budget was 200! (Dressilyme bride here), but after shipping, taxes and customs it’s more like $300.  I’m hoping i won’t need alterations since I gave custom measurements!  Of course, because of my savings, I rationalized myself into getting a reception dress too! So I’ve spent about $500.  Still, not too bad for two gorgeous dresses!

Post # 55
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6117 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I aimed for $400 and the dress was $399 – then I had to get some extras of course.

Post # 56
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My mom bought my dress for me… originally planned to spend around $3K but ended up with a $5k dress. Ultimately decided to spend more because I met the designer at a trunk show and he’s going to cut the dress short for me so I can wear it as a cocktail dress moving forward (hello, per wear price going down!). Got 10% off for signing up for the store credit card (which essentially eliminated tax in my state) and purchased during a bonus where I received a gift card that covered all but $37 in taxes for my alterations. So slightly $5037 total for the wedding dress.

Going through the process of getting my dress cleaned now before I get it cut… let’s just say cleaning isn’t cheap so ladies, remember to budget that in too if you plan to clean or clean/preserve.

Post # 57
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I don’t have a budget, I’m going to see what I like regardless of price and go from there. I’ve seen some gorgeous ones for under £500, so we’ll have to see.

Post # 58
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180 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t have a budget

Post # 59
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

i was also aiming at 1000, dress w/ tax was 1150 out the door. alterations are not done yet, but estimate is around 300-350. i had to get the whole bustier refit and im getting the train chopped off instead of 15 bustles.  and making my own veil for 15, dyed shoes for 80. started at 1000 ended up with 1600.

Post # 60
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My budget was $500-$600 (we’re really strapped for cash.  Yay college… :/).  Spent right at $800 for my dress and haven’t had alterations yet.  I was really upset about going over budget, but none of the dresses I tried on that were in budget affected me like my dress did.  I’m budgeting well elsewhere (I only paid $45 for my veil, my mom made my jewelry, DIYing flowers on the cheap, and we only paid $30 for 150 invitations), so I suppose it evens out a bit.  But it was still one of those moments where I hated myself for a while.  FI was fine with it, surprisingly.  Conversation went like this:
Him:  “How much did you spend on your dress?”
Me:  “…………$800” *hangs head in shame*
Him:  “That’s not too much, as long as you got what you wanted.”
Me:  “?!”
I love him, but budgeting is not his thing.  It’s USUALLY my forte, but I kinda blew it when I went dress shopping.

Post # 61
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My budget was $3000. My dress was like $4995 with taxes (after the wonderful shop owner gave me $500 off my Kenneth Pool dress!). Though, my mom paid for 2,500 of it, so I am still under budget!

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