(Closed) Dress $$$ Help

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Busy bee

My Maggie gown was about 900 but that is before alterations.  I also tried on an Allure that I liked which was 900 something.  Both gowns have no blink though so that would definitely affect the price.  I think other Maggie gowns are more into the 1200 to 1500 range.  I looked at Demetrios and those are all above 1300 before alterations.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

David’s Bridal is pretty open about their prices on the website so you can also check that out. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

A lot of designers will circle around that 1k mark depending on the intricacy of the gown.  Some maggies will be under 1k while others wont be.  Mori Lee is under 1k for the most part.  Some Casablanca dresses are under 1k too.  Alfred Angelo,.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2002

the wedding shoppe inc website has a lot of prices for their gowns online and a great search tool to search gowns under $1000. 

wedding shoppe is an actual store here in MPLS, MN but their website is a lovely tool to search for gowns – and then you can call whichever store youd like to try it on etc. 

also, mori lee is a great designer in your price range. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Alfred angelo has some beautiful gowns for under $1000, of course there’s David’s Bridal that has cheaper gowns, Da vinci is considered a discount designer. Those are the one’s I know of for sure but i’m sure you can find dresses for under that no problem. I had to decide between 2 dresses I loved at both $850, one was an Alfred Angelo and one was from DB and was Oleg Cassini. I ended up picking the Cassini.

Also make sure you take a look at sale racks and check out sample sales. If you haven’t tried on anything yet then i would go try on some just for the silouette regardless of price, that way when you start looking at sales and cheaper dresses you only bother with the silouettes you like.

Going for $1000 or under doesn’t always mean you have to give up beading, or lace, and go for something more simple. Most dresses can have a sash added to them these days, and my dress from DB actually has a crazy amount of beadwork covering the entire bodice and on the skirt.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I would be extremely hesitant to buy online…alot of bridal shops carry Mori Lee…the dresses are very well made and beautiful and most all I have seen are under 1000 🙂 Mine is a Mori Lee and I got it for 760, with taxes and all…and it was a spring 2012 dress (which i bought in spring 2012)…so that was not a sale price. 🙂

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

It might be a good idea to use bridal magazines for ideas of what you like, not to find THE dress you want. I know I bookmarked some REALLY expensive gowns, but when I handed the pictures over to the consultant, she was able to find the style I was looking for within my budget. It would suck to fall in love with something you can’t afford!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

When I started my dress search, I looked up reviews online to find shops I’d like. Then I called each one to see what range of prices they carried. I found they were all happy to tell me, and I was surprised at how affordable (for me) they were. It’s worth a shot!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would suggest Allure, Mori Lee, and Maggie Sottero.  As PP stated you can also try David’s Bridal, I’m just not a fan of their fabric materials … dresses felt pretty cheap … that was my personal experience though.  Good luck!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@xdaydreams05x:  The DB dresses it all depends on the dress for materials. I tried on many dresses waaay out of my budget at other bridal shops and tried on many in my budget everywhere, each designer is a different quality period. Oleg Cassini and Ver Wang both have lines at DB and both have some nice dresses and some less so. I tried on many inexpensive dresses that actually seemed to better quality then some of the higher end ones. It all comes to the specific material. Taffeta is cheap quality material no matter what, satin is lower quality then charmeuse, and so on. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you want your dollar to go the furthest, I would scroll through the pre-owned websites the other bees referenced above, find those being offered in the price range you are looking to spend and, if you like them, try to find a local salon to try the dress on. When you buy pre-owned youre getting a better fit and quality of fabrication AND most of the major alterations (bustle, hem) have already been done for you. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yes, Maggie Sottero and Mori Lees – they have good quality and at least half their line is under $1k.

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