(Closed) Dress budget vs reality

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 92
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I went in saying no more the $1000 but would have felt more comfortable with closer to $500. I quickly realized it aould be hard to find something i was looking for (lace with some beading) for that budget. ultimately after a discount and tax my drsss was about $650 which i am thrilled about, but after expected alterations and adding a crinoline, I’m expecting it to be closer to $1k, and thats assuming my measurements dont change. i have my mothers amazing veil and plan to spend less than $80 on shoes. plus i need jewelry.

Post # 93
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686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I am not sure which dress I am picking yet, but I would say my budget is around 3000 dollars with shoes, underskirt, alterations veil etc. Everything is more expensive in Ireland. If I don’t find a dress I like, I might just order one from Jasmines, which would make it cheaper! Let’s see what happens after my first dress shopping experience ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 94
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1855 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

My budget was $3500, and I ended up spending $179! 

Post # 95
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686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

@the_future_mrs:  Woot?! I wanna see pics of that dress ๐Ÿ˜€ Super cheap ๐Ÿ˜€

Post # 96
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63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My budget was about $2000 and I bought my dress for a nice low $1100.  I’m waiting for it to come in at the moment, but alterations they said wouldn’t be very much (a bit of length taken up and the bodice taken in a touch).  Going to have my birdcage/fascinator custom made for about $75 and am looking at blowing the budget on SHOES!!!  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 97
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3624 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The budget was maybe $800. My parents generously paid for it, but this was the price my mom gave me. She told me to keep it under that. I think my dress came in, alterations and all, around $650. Good God, I still can’t believe that’s the price of a dress I wore for all of 4 or 5 hours.

Post # 98
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3729 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

My budget was up to $12K, my dress was $690 with alterations. My mom made me splurge for the $300 veil (which is so funny because she hated veils and refused to wear one). 

For me the $12k budget was to shop at Kleinfelds or in Georgetown at the stores I dreamed of. I saved for the dress long before I met Fiance. However, my grandmother isn’t doing so well and couldn’t travel to NYC or DC, so we went in Scranton. She scurred up the stairs (and was in so much pain later– I felt horrible– when my mom bought her dress at that store there was no stairs. But things change during a 30 year period and my grandmother is stuborn and wasn’t going to be left behind). We found the dress there– it was my dream dress and at such a great price! Plus, it meant the world for my grandmother to be there.

Post # 99
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’d love to see some of these $5,000+ gowns! I was aiming to stay under $1,200 and ended up buying my dress for $700 from a woman that had just closed her bridal shop.

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