Dress Cost vs Total Budget – (Bees that covered their own wedding costs)

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 16
3532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

youmaysayimadreamer :  dress budget was 2k – mainly because i had seen other dresses and knew that you could bascially get almost any style for that price. i wasn’t attached to having a couture desginer label on it. my dress wound up being$1,200 and alterations were $500. overall wedding costs were about 55k.

Post # 17
1578 posts
Bumble bee

My dress was .2% of our budget.  My dress/es in total cost 100$  I knew what kind of dress I wanted, and Darling Husband and I knew what kind of wedding/budget we wanted.  We priced out what we were envisioning, and created a budget.

Post # 18
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

We budgeted $1000 for the dress and another $500 for accessories and alterations. 

My dress cost $750

Alterations were $250

Shoes $50

Accessories $100

Dress Preservation $200

We were pretty close to our budget. Wedding overall budget was 20k ish 

Post # 19
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

we are paying for our wedding ourselves and we are budgeting 10k for the overall wedding and so far we have done really well keeping everything in budget.  For the dress I spent 1200 it was way more than I wanted to spend ( I had budget 1000 and was hoping to spend half) but I fell in LOVE with the dress and non of the previous dresses gave me the bridal feel. 

Post # 20
297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

youmaysayimadreamer :  We are also paying for ourselves. My initial dress I was looking at was worth $2k. It was lovely but it wasn’t me and I was ultimately uncomfortable in spending that much money on a dress. I ended up finding my own dream dress for less than $430AUD – and it’s definitely more me.

We expected that our elooement would come to around $6-7k, with accommodation, cake, rings, dress/accessories, taking parents out to tea afterwards etc. included in the price. I suppose that would be the clincher though – this is for two people, and another four for food.

We didn’t really have a budget it mind, but the less we spent the happier we were, without compromising on things that are important to us (in this case, food/wine/champers!).

Post # 21
655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Our budget is he’s paying $3000 and I’m paying the rest. I claim our budget is 3k but I don’t include the probably 1000+ I’ll be putting in over time. The dress I fell madly in love with was designed but I doggedly seached ebay and used dressed sites for months until I found a bridal salon ging out of business and got their sample for around 300. Alterationg I’m planning for them to be in the 300 range as well but since my seamstress is amazing (Blanca Shek if anyone is in the DC area looking for one) and does her work at a discount it may be less but if it’s more I’m still totally thrilled because she did a lot (put in a corsetted back, added panels where I felt like the sheer was too revealing, bustle and adjusted it for my giant climber arms and back).  

Post # 22
498 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

My dress ended up being about 8% of the final total wedding cost.

Post # 23
693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Our overall wedding budget is about $5000 and I set a $500 budget for my dress. It was just a number I decided on that I felt comfortable with, no rhyme or reason to it. 

Post # 24
44 posts
  • Wedding: July 2017

My wedding dress was 5% of the total budget. I didn’t need alterations.

Post # 25
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I didn’t really have a budget. Just looked for what I liked. It ended up costing $3400 with alterations and taxes. It was like 2.06% of my whole wedding budget. 

Post # 26
6272 posts
Bee Keeper

Dress and veil and belt etc was approx 5% of total budget. 

The amount spent was basically the least I could pay (mainly secondhand) for the look I wanted (chic and classic). 

Post # 27
468 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I didn’t pay for my wedding (I did cover a couple of small things) but I will say that my dress was $600 before alterations. In total, it was around $900. My total wedding cost around 14K.

Post # 28
94 posts
Worker bee

youmaysayimadreamer :  I think I spent $1600 on dress itself with cups added in and a petticoat. Alterations were include. Total wedding budget was about $25k. 

That said, dress was a very low priority to me so I limited my dress budget to $1500 so I actually went a little over once taxes were included.

Post # 29
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

We are paying ourselves.  Budget is $45k (high cost of living area).  My dress was $3500.  I wanted to stay under 10% of the wedding cost

Post # 30
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

We’re eloping. $2500 budget. Dress $180 before alterations.

I agree with PP that there are many beautiful dresses that are affordable for every one’s budget. 

I knew going in I wasn’t going to spend more than $200-$300. I was surprised at all of my options. 


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