(Closed) Dress budget vs reality

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 62
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5072 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

No way was I spending more than $600.

My dress was $349.  Bolero was $40.  Sash was $70.  under budget so I spent $52 on earrings.  Smile

alterations were $65. 

Post # 63
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883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

had no budget, was not attending to go “bridal”

well that changed.

Dress was $600 (DB9612), alterations another $235, veil $79, shoes $89

Post # 64
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286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My budget was $1000, I wound up loving a dress for $400 as much as a dress for $800 so I went with the $400 one, then I got dress regret 6 months later and got a completely different dress for $400 that I absolutely love.  So 2 dresses and still under budget, haven’t done alterations yet though!  (oh at the veil was 200, didn’t count that in the cost)

Post # 65
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1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I was prepared to spend up to 1500$, but really hoped to find something under 1000. I ended up coming in under budget at 650, before alterations.

Post # 66
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

My budget is $250.  I fell in love with a dress that was $650-700.  Then I found the Quincenera version for $81 on eBay from a boutique that was going out of business.  I’m having a coat made for it, so I’m hoping about $150 on that.  Also getting a bolero for the reception for ~$20.  That puts me right at budget.  That leaves a veil which I plan on making for ~$5-10.  I had planned on wearing a pair of shoes that I already had, but the dog chewed one of them up the other night so I have to find new ones.  Let’s say $40 at TJ Maxx.  I also ordered a steel-boned corset, but I don’t really count that because I’ve always wanted one of those and this was just the excuse I needed to buy it. 

Breakdown:

Dress – $81

Ceremony coat – $150

Reception bolero – $20 

Veil – $10

Shoes – $40

Total = $301

 

So, a little over budget.  Not too badly.  Hopefully I’ll be able to find a lot of things locally and won’t have to worry about shipping costs. 

Post # 67
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846 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

my budget was $1,000 total. my dress ended up being $1,100.. but i haven’t done any alterations on it yet. so overall, i will probably be about $400 over budget, but in the long run i think it will be worth it because i absolutely love my dress!

Post # 68
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443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My parents were purchasing the dress and set what they called a ‘flexible’ $500 budget. Since they hadn’t purchased a wedding dress for close to 10 years for one of my sisters they didn’t know how realistic that would be.

While shopping I found a dress I really really really liked, with alterations it would have been close to 1k and they were willing to spend it.

Ulitmatley thought I chose a sample dress at a stores retirement sale. I got my gown for $300 🙂

Post # 69
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My entire budget is basically non existant.  We are trying to do this whole thing for as cheaply as possible (under 2K).  Most of our stuff will be gifted (free family venue free cake from a family member who is a pastry chef, im diy the invites so it will costs materials and postage, etc etc), our biggest expenses will be the food and our travel back home.  I was looking at some really nice dresses for about $300.  My mother then stepped in and offered me her dress.  I am losing weight to fit into it and it will just cost me whatever alterations will have to be done.  So I’ve sorta lucked out.

Post # 70
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433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@laurab6320:  

My budget was $1800 and the dress I ended up with was $1350 so that worked out well. 

Post # 71
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705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 1993

No real budget but didn’t want to go off the deep end.  

 

Found a dress for $549 that had everything I was looking for.  $210 in alterations later and it was literally the dress of my dreams.

Post # 72
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1038 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I didn’t want to spend more than 500-600 for the dress(not including alterations).  I ended up  paying less than $500 for my dress AND alterations Smile

Post # 73
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571 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Mine was $1600 and I spent $1690 plus tax so it came to $1900.  Whoops. Embarassed

Post # 74
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827 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

wanted to spend $800 for the dress + $200 for alterations = $1000. I ended up spending $1150 + $180 for alterations = $1330.

I actually got this dress as a sample, so it was greatly reduced from it’s original $4000 price tag and I couldn’t pass it over.

At the time that I set the budget for the dress I didn’t really have much reference for how much dresses cost, and I thought that like regular clothes, it would be easy to find dresses at every price point; however. in my experience, it seemed to be more like particular ranges of dresses around $200 $600, $1100, $1500, $2000 and onward. Each step up seemed to be corrolated with the type of dress such as a $200 dress would probably be fairly simple or an alternative style dress, the $600 dress would be more of a “traditional” gown,the $1100 dresses would be made out of silks rather than polyester like the less expensive gowns, and the $1500 + range would have more embellishment or be from more exclusive designers. 

I am sure that there are $800 dresses out there, they just didn’t also happen to be the style that I was looking for.

Post # 75
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

wanted to spend $800 for the dress + $200 for alterations = $1000. I ended up spending $1150 + $180 for alterations = $1330.

I actually got this dress as a sample, so it was greatly reduced from it’s original $4000 price tag and I couldn’t pass it over.

At the time that I set the budget for the dress I didn’t really have much reference for how much dresses cost, and I thought that like regular clothes, it would be easy to find dresses at every price point; however. in my experience, it seemed to be more like particular ranges of dresses around $200 $600, $1100, $1500, $2000 and onward. Each step up seemed to be corrolated with the type of dress such as a $200 dress would probably be fairly simple or an alternative style dress, the $600 dress would be more of a “traditional” gown,the $1100 dresses would be made out of silks rather than polyester like the less expensive gowns, and the $1500 + range would have more embellishment or be from more exclusive designers. 

I am sure that there are $800 dresses out there, they just didn’t also happen to be the style that I was looking for.

Post # 76
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My budget was $1200 for the dress and alterations. The dress was $960, and with alterations, it came to just under $1300. Not too bad! If I added the $200 it cost to freaking press the thing, though… well, not so close!

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