Post # 1
Soooo…after trying on what seemed like an endless amount of dresses, I found my dress. It’s a Maggie. And it only cost me $700 more than what I had budgeted for it. Whoops.
I just didn’t want to settle on something that I thought was “okay”, so I thought I’d suck it up, spend the money and get the dress I loved.
Now I have to figure out where I can cut back in other areas of my budget!
Has anyone else gone over their wedding dress budget? Anyone ever gone UNDER?
Post # 3
@ChelseaBells: I did come in under my budget, but hey, if you love your dress, I think it’s worth the extra money. Particularly if you have the room to play around with budget, and take away from some other places in the wedding. What does your dress look like?
Post # 4
The dress that ended up being “the one” for me also happened to be half of the amount I budgeted for my dress. I definitely got lucky!
However, there are SO many ways to cut back in other places. For example, we got our wedding cake for < $500 (to feed 200+ people) by shopping around and finding a really great, affordable baker. All of the other bakeries quoted us at $800-$900 for the same cake. Right there was a savings of several hundred dollars that we were able to put toward other things. (I think it ended up going toward the budget for the limo we got to transport the bridal party day of.)
Post # 5
@ChelseaBells: I was about $4,000 UNDER my max budget so it worked out great.
I think you could cut back with flowers, stationary, or maybe how much money you spend on music/DJ/band?
Post # 6
I feel you pain – I ended up buying two dresses (long story) and busting my dress budget by $2K -but I’m selling everything at our wedding that’s not nailed down to the floor so I hope to make up the difference afterwards.
Post # 7
I was under, but was willing to go over by a couple of hundred before I found the one. I’m with saving money with the cake. We ended up finding a baker who was willing to make us a faux cake with the top layer being real. Our guests will watch us cut a “real” cake and then be served our favorite sheet cakes from the back! Stationary was also an easy place to save some money.
Post # 8
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
I was right on my budget, but now that I’ve been around the forums more, realize that I could have found my dress pre-owned for a helluva lot less – which bugged me for awhile 🙁
Budget idea: Cut favors (we did!)
Post # 9
I didn’t have a dress budget, my parents would have spent anything but my dress ended up being $400, but may get a reception dress.
We are cutting back on flowers, because I could care less about them. The only thing we’re really paying for is the food/drink for guests which we can’t really cut back on bc it comes with the venue. Stationary is also a good way to cut back.
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World
I also have a Maggie dress and I did come in under my budget, but that’s because I really had no idea how much dresses cost (and no idea how much her dresses cost). I was pleasantly surprised. We are busting our overall budget though. :-/
Post # 11
I accidentally set a dress budget that was unrealistically low, so I’m at least $400 – probably will be more like $600 with alterations – over my dress budget. We’re saving money with the cake being less expensive than expected, having a friend officiate, and lower cost flowers/decorations. I’ve also just started saving more: i.e. cooking at home, not going out to eat and cutting out other expenses. It’s working out, and for me it was worth getting a dress I love versus a dress that would simply “do.”
Post # 12
I originally had a total budget of $3000- alterations, accessories, shoes, etc all in. Unfortunately, I fell in love at a trunk show with a Watters gown that was $4200. I have really made myself sort of sick over this but I bought it and now I’m OK with the decision. My Mom is helping with the veil and accessories. I really think you have to ask yourself “how important is this part of the wedding to me?” the dress was super important to me, so I am at peace with this now
Post # 13
At first I didn’t think I was going to be able to afford a nice dress but fortunately my mum said that she’d pay anything for the right one as she had such a bad time of dress shopping (in the 80s lol). So given that I ended up with no budget I consider my dress fairly modest at £1240 ($1870)! There were a lot of dresses that I liked around the £3k mark but honestly they were not that much greater in quality, whereas the dresses between £1k-2k were so much better than the ones under £1k
We’ve now blown the budget a bit due to my fear of guests being bored but as the many sales pitches have told me- I’m only doing it once!
Post # 14
@ChelseaBells: I got my Maggie for over half off retail on a pre-owned site. It had never even been worn.
Post # 15
I went over on my dress budget. I went in with a $2,000 budget thinking I was going to stay towards the lower end (like $1,000-$1,500) but I fell in love with a $2,700 dress…oops! The salon gave me a discount so I only came in $500 over budget but oh well. I didn’t include the alterations in my budget because I figured those would come out of my pocket and my dad paid for the dress. My whole entire wedding is over budget :