(Closed) Dress budget vs reality

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 77
2481 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My mom was willing to do what ever to get me my dream dress

but I could not see it done.

I wanted to do around 300 but for lace and ball gown I was looking 500-600 knowing I’d need alterations and other things!

Post # 78
267 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

My budget was $1500, and my mom wanted to pay for half my dress, so I suppose our total budget could have been a little over 2k. I found mine for $1100, added in extra length and ended up at $1300. No alterations yet, hoping not too expensive, and veil was $75.00. My shoes might be another story…:(

Post # 79
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My goal was to stick around $1000…however, I went to a salon that featured a designer that did not have prices listed…and I happened to fall in love with a $2500 dress…and my mom loved it too.  We waited a few weeks for a trunk show and bought the dress for just under $2k.

Post # 80
756 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My budget was realistically $2000-2500, but then we went to David’s Bridal just to try on a bunch of different shapes and I ended up finding something I love for $499. So thats excellent. That money went into the DJ, Florist and Catering budgets. 

Post # 81
1975 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

my budget is $2500 for my dress (not including alterations, jewellery, shoes ect)

my dress is $1575.

but i have over budgeted everything!! i budgeted DJ and dance lessons would be $1600. we got both for $550

Post # 82
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My max was $2,500, although I quickly realized I wasn’t comfortable spending more than $1,500 on a dress.

The dress was $1,294 before a trunk show discount and tax, which cancelled each other out.  I’m too embarrassed to admit how much I paid for alterations.

Post # 83
516 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I went over my budget.  I was planning on spending under $1000, and then when we found the dress my mom announced that she would pay for it.  My dress was about $1600, veil $200, the sash $250, shoes (two pairs) were about $80, and jewelry $200.  Alterations were about $90 for a couple reasons 1) I was going to order hallow-to-hem since I am short but the shop owner said they would hem the dress for free if I did not order it hallow-to-hem 2) they screwed up my first alterations by taking it in the bust WAY too much (I am a 34F, it was a bit ridiculous), and also messed up the subsequent 3rd and 4th alterations as well, and the kicker 3) they ripped a hole in my tulle skirt after the dress arrived from the designer and before the first alteration appointment (they did end fixing the rip).

Post # 84
1 posts
  • Wedding: November 2012

15 year wedding planner is getting married this 11/03/12. 51 days to go. Original dress budget was $1500. Very budget conscious, even with my vendor hookups. 

Went to Michael’s and tried on every gown I thought might look great on my hourglass (and fabulously curvy) body. 

Went online to http://www.whatabeautifullife.com and found the dress of my dreams based on this information and found the most gorgeous dress ever for $200. Also found a $25 off coupon code online and purchased gown during a free shipping promotion. 

I figured I can take a chance and if it comes out terrible it’s only $175 right? Not too bad of a risk. 

Purchased the gown, had them change out the ivory corset ties to black and the ivory fabric roses to black custom to my measurements all for NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE. 

Gown arrived direct from manufacturer in Singapore 4-6 weeks later in a package the size of a football. I was terrified and nervous as all hell. 

Unfolded the gown and almost cried. THE DRESS WAS PERFECT!

It was a reproduction and the beading, embroidery, tulle, fit and fluff was gorgeous. 

I could not be happier with my experience. 

It is very important to find the right style dress before purchasing online but I highly reccommend this site to anyone wanting to save thousands on a gorgeous dress. 

They even have affordable bridal party gowns and sexy lingerie. SO HAPPY. 

I work at a Yacht Company specializing in Weddings & Events and we do over 500 events per year. You can bet your bee-hind I reccommend this option to each and every one of my happy brides. 

Happy hunting!

Post # 85
2 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013

I haven’t had alterations yet, but had a budget of $2,000 and ended up finding the dress of my dreams for $799!

Post # 86
14 posts
  • Wedding: July 2013

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@icetea:  I must see this $35 dress.. pics por favor

Post # 87
7359 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

My dress budget was 2k, not including accessories or alterations. I ended up spending around $1500 on the dress (including alterations on the length from the designer), and another $400 on alterations. My veil, which I bought as an after thought, was another $200….so techinically I was only $100 over budget but that included everything.

Post # 88
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I really was willing to spend whatever I needed to get what I wanted, but I was planning on having a dress custom made through Jasmine’s and it would have been about $630. However, I ended up finding one on clearance for $299. I was as shocked as anyone, I was not planning on going LOWER! But very happy to.

I’m planning on making my own veil and have $50 budgeted for that. I am wearing shoes I already own. I have $50 budgeted for costume jewelry, and then I have $250 budgeted for alterations but expect to come in well under that.

Post # 89
11163 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

Well originally my dress budget was $5K. After a bit of searching I didn’t really like the dresses that were in that price range any more than those that were a bit less. I cut my dress budget and used the excess to hire a wedding planner (best decision ever!).

In the end I spent $2k on my dress and nearly $800 on my veil. Alterations were $170.00, my shoes were $400 and my earrings were $100. So in the end I was still way below what I had originally planned on spending.

Post # 90
966 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I didn’t have a budget, because my whole wedding has been “spend less”. I went to DB, and I loved it when I bought it. Now I have dress regret. Ahh.

Post # 91
1829 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

My budget was $850 for my wedding gown, I planned on using a friends veil as my something borrowed. The dress I purchased was on sale for $950, only $100 over budget, I bought the veil that matched my dress, it was $189 (crazy price), but got $50 off since I bought my wedding gown and dress at the same time. Without alterations I spent $239 over budget on my dress and veil. I plan on wearing shoes I already have, my girlfriend/bridesmaid gave me a beautiful pair of victorial secrets bridal panties to wear the day of the wedding, so all I need is to buy a bra (maybe), we will see after alterations. I still need earrings and a bracelet, will not be wearing a necklace with my dress since its a one strap style.

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