Post # 1
I got over my dress shopping angst and made it to a couple stores and found the dress I liked best.
I kind of wish I did more dress shopping – but, I honestly never found myself in the mood to do it.
What I started finding (after trying 25+ dresses on in those 2 experiences) was that I either loved the top of one or loved the bottom – but rarely the top and bottom.
Fast forward to today – my dress is selected – I love it and feel pretty in it – BUT…. I’m starting to have serious angst about spending $$ on a dress that will sit in a box for years to come.
The dress is $1200 + tax + est $400 for alterations. Add the petticoat ($75) and the veil ($225) – that’s just about $2K for a freaking one-day outfit. AHHHH!
I thought I’d be ok spending around $1000 for a dress… and now I’m not so sure anymore. Maybe I need to rethink it all and perhaps start looking for a $500-ish dress, so I feel better about how this money is being spent.
I just feel like it’s such a waste of money for a one-time deal.
And… of course, I’m just about 5 months out and dress decisions need to be made SOOON.
Post # 3
You could always sell the dress after the wedding and get some of that money back instead of keeping it. If you really want to go with a lower price one, you might want to look for something off the rack so you don’t have to worry about having it made in time.
Post # 4
I tell lots of bees this because it is what i did and think its the best option. Put a add on etsy.com with the pictures of the dresses you like top of this bottom of that etc. and you will have tons of replys! the best part NO ALTERATIONS!!
PM me if you want more info about how to put the add etc on!
Post # 5
@MissAsB – I totally forgot about this option!!! I wonder what the likelihood of the dress actually selling would be.
@mishelleez – do you mean that someone on Etsy would make the dress? I actually found one that I want (like the top & bottom together) – just am having second thoughts on spending the money.
I think this all hit home when I was at a friend’s house – she offered her wedding dress to me – and wanted me to try it on. It had been sitting, sealed up in a box, collecting dust in the closet. I can’t help but feel it’s a GRIP of money for a big box in your closet – which made me think, I’m doing this the wrong way.
A friend suggested I find a dress maker – but, I’m too freaked out the material would be wrong and it would come out ugly and then I’d be stuck with a dress that I don’t love….
Post # 6
Yes! they generally wont do the EXACT thing because thats like ripping off the original designer (you might find someone who will) but most will make it pretty damn close for a fraction of the cost! You can check out there work & feedback before buying.
My dress was 30% less then the cost of 1 of the dresses & I wont need alterations so i saved WAY more then just 30%
I too couldnt understand spending soo much money for 5 hours!
Post # 7
Mine’s going to work out to about the same cost as yours. I agree it’s a lot, but I don’t spend a lot on clothes. This dress needs to be right. I’m totally going to try to sell mine after. That will reduce the price almost in half… If you have it in your budget, do it. If you truly don’t, look for something you are more comfortable with.