Post # 1
I’m paying for the dress and have approximately $2500 set aside but if possible I would like that to include the dress plus taxes, alterations and accessories, so really I figure I probably have about $2,000. My wonderful fiance, however, told me not to fill restricted by my budget and to be willing to go up $500 or so if I really love a dress.
From what I’m seeing on this site and also on SYTTD that when you tell a bridal salon your budget they sometimes show you dresses that are several hundred dollars over your budget without thinking much about it.
I’d love to find a great dress well under my budget, but I’m afraid if I say my budget is $2500 they will show me dresses for $2800. On the flip side I don’t want to tell them too much less then my actual budget and miss out on some dresses that I could love.
How did you all handle the budget question?
Post # 3
I’d tell them my budget is $2500 at the VERY most. I’m sure you can find a dress you love under that price point.
It’s smart that you are factoring in alterations and accessories and everything, it really does add up.
Post # 4
It depends on what kind of store you go into. My budget was 1500.00 and I told all the stores I was looking around the 1,000 dollar range. I only had one store show me a dress that was well above my range.
Post # 5
I don’t think I was ever really asked about a budget until I started seriously considering a dress…although all the stores I went to had prices on the tags attached to the dress, so it was not like they were trying to be sneaky and get me into more expensive dresses without my knowledge. If I were you, I would say $2000. Then if they do bring you a dress that is a little more, you can either try to barter the price down or get something included (veil, some alterations, store credit, etc) or at the worst, you still have the ability to fit it into your budget. I would also ask about the cost of basic alterations, just so you have an idea about what you might have to spend above the cost of the dress. It is tough to know exactly what alterations you will need until the dress comes in, but it will give you a ballpark number to work with. Good luck!
Post # 6
I would say you want to spend less than 2500 including alterations. They may show you some dresses that stretch your budget a bit, but they may also we willing to negotiate a bit.
Post # 7
I didn’t give my bridal salon a budget, instead they had me go through and pick dresses. I think it worked better that way because they were arranged by designer and I could see the price before I even pulled the dress. I don’t know how many salons do that though.
Post # 8
I would tell them $2000. the first time we went looking for dresses – just looking – they didnt ask us a budget. we just went straight for it and I managed to unknowingly find the cheapest one in the store ($800)!
Keep in mind you don’t have to get accessories or alterations from the salon. I got a jcrew dress and found a streamstress who was beyond incredible locally.
Post # 9
My budget was $900 but I told them $800 WITH ALTERATIONS. I’ve found that if they want to make a sale, they will make it happen for you 🙂 Sometimes they will only show you dresses within your budget, so you can’t see the ones that are over (how thoughtful) but most of the time, if it’s a little over, they will just give it to you 🙂 That’s a really nice budget!! 🙂
Post # 10
I told them my budget was 1,000 when was budget was about 1500. I ended up getting a dress for 1200. A good happy medium in my price point. I’m glad i told them what i did because most showed me dresses above my 1000 price range. If i would have told them 1500 then they would have probably showed me dresses a little more expensive than that! If i were you i’d tell them your budget is 2000 but 2500 MAX and you’d rather stay towards the 2000 price range. Accessories, shoes, veil.. it can all be expensive!
Post # 11
If you want to be really safe, I’d tell them your budget is $2000. I made the mistake of just trying on all the dresses they brought me without asking about the price first. The staff did bring me some dresses that were a little over my budget, so if I’d known that, maybe I wouldn’t have tried them on. In general, though, they will most likely respect your budget.
Post # 12
If you want to be under budget, tell them a lower number like 1,500. (or whatever is reasonable in your area for a dress). If you fall in love with a dress – great. If you don’t like anything, you can go back to shops and tell them your budget got raised.
I’m not saying the stores will are trying to push you into a more expensive dress, but I doubt they will show you dresses close to your range, and not a lot under it. Especially if they work by commission.
Post # 13
We told the salon $2000-3000. We ended up finding a gorgeous dress for $1090, but after the veil, crinoline, and taxes it was over $2000! Ugghhh! So, be careful with those veils…they’ll get ya!
Post # 14
FYI, I found my dress at a bridal salon and then ordered it through another store in South Carolina (I’m in CA) for 1200 less! Once you find the right dress, I would encourage you to leave and do some research. Make sure the vendor is an authorized dealer (I even called the Chamber of Commerce to make sure the store in SC is a member, and that it’s an ACTUAL storefront, which it was). Just make sure you get measured and know exactly what style and size you want!
Post # 15
Be honest and tell them exactly what you said here: you’d like to spend, at the very most, $2,500 for your complete bridal attire (dress, veil, etc.) including taxes, shipping, alterations and fees. They may show you higher-priced dresses that stretch your budget a bit, but if you stand your ground, many will discount the price to meet your budget.
I would not give them a price range because they’ll only hear the high side of it. Set a limit, give it to them and stick to it.
Post # 16
I told my bridal place my budget was $1000. (It was actually $1500 so I went lower)They did bring in dresses up to $2500 but I didn’t try them on kept asking “how much is this one” before I tried anything on. You just have to be really firm and not get carried away. i ended up with a $1300 dress and only paid $85 in alterations which was awesome.
EDT-oh this did not include veil and jewlery and reception flower. though, that ended up being another $500. bah!