(Closed) Dress Decision-Price or Love?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
859 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

I think you should just look around at dresses around your price.

Post # 5
3277 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’d say definitely look at dresses in your range. I could never justify spending much on a dress for one day. There are plenty of gorgeous dress that won’t break the bank. 

Post # 6
1870 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I wouldn’t spend too much BUT maybe add a little wiggle room. Your dress is worn for a day but your pictures last forever. Too many brides say they didnt love their dress or they didn’t feel beautiful on their wedding day… you dont want to feel that way.

Post # 7
1064 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@ApocalypseCow: I think dress is a bad place to stretch your budget.  There are so many gorgeous dresses, you can buy used, you can buy a replica, you can buy from a lower-priced line…I’d save the money.  There are a lot of wedding items that come at much less flexible prices. and I think surplus is better spent there.

Post # 9
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@ApocalypseCow:  Try budget first.  Remember that even though it is your big day, it is one day.  If you’re on a budget (or want to stay within one) the more you spend on your dress the less you have to spend elsewhere.  

Post # 11
384 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@ApocalypseCow:  Honestly, I think you need to consider both. At first, I was completely hung up on price. I couldn’t stomach the idea of buying a dress that was any more than $600. So, I jumped on a dress I found online that cost $520 and was originally $1200. Yes, it was a great deal, but now, I don’t feel like it’s the one. Looking back, I wished I had tried lots of dresses on, and then once I solidified an idea of what I wanted, then I could have bargain shopped. 

In your situation, the idea of using your mom’s gown is really sweet. But, be sure it’s what you love, and that you’re month just “making it work” for the price. Trust me… Easier said than done though! 🙂

Post # 13
6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

Keep in mind, too, that your DB dress will need alterations, whereas your custom dress from the seamstress won’t. If you need to take something in our out substantially, hem a scalloped-hem dress, and/or change the silhouette, the alterations can total $500 in a hurry. Also, keep in mind that DB will be charging tax. The seamstress may roll tax into her prices. That could also make a hundred or so dollars’ difference. She may also be able to make slight changes to the design that will lower the price.

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