(Closed) Dress shopping.. when and how much?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
4 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011


I started looking casually about 13 months or so before, but didn’t commit to buying anthing until about 8 months before – the shop i ordered from said it would take about 5-6 months to come in, and I wanted to ensure I’d have plenty of time to get any alterations done.

my budget was about $2500 too, but I was shocked to find tons of dresses that were WAY under that, I spent just under $1500 and got the dress of my dreams!

good luck and have fun!

Post # 4
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Since I had only 3 months to pull off my wedding, I purchased online.  I got my dress dress for under $700.  I wouldn’t have been able to get it otherwise because Badgley Mischka dresses normally sell in the 4ks. 

I agree that you should casually look now and make your finally decision 8 months prior to your wedding.  Buying to early could mean that you can be a 2 dress bride.  Also remember about alterations.  So your 2500 budget should include alterations.  Also I would include any little incidentals such as undergarments and possibly a veil.

Good luck and enjoy…..

Post # 5
849 posts
Busy bee

I’ve just ordered mine (being custom made) and my wedding’s in 1-2 years (depending on school!) and it’s $200

Post # 6
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I just purchased mine and mine is in 2 years, but I simply could not turn down the bargain I got from a wedding shop on groupusa.com. It was on clearance from 800 to 200–and the last one! It was beautiful ivory dress with embroided roses and leaves. So I will be just placing it in a safe place til it gets closer to my wedding day. 🙂

Post # 7
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

That’s a generous budget, you will find something you love for sure!  Not a Monique Lhuillier or Jim Hjelm, but something more mainstream like a Maggie Sottero, Pronovias, Mikaella, Mori Lee etc.  You’ll have so much choice at that price range!  I got my WTOO dress for about $1000 CAD.

As for timing – I would start looking about a year ahead of time, so you don’t feel rushed.  You should have your order in about 8 months before, but it really depends on the designer and the dress.  Just go shopping early, and don’t give in to pressure!  There are so many two-dress brides on here, and usually it’s a similar reason – felt pressured by mothers and salespeople and time.

Post # 8
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I agree with the PPs, start looking now and have fun!  But don’t commit for a couple more months.  The new collections were just released and there will be another one before you have to commit.

Post # 9
10714 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I bought my dress 2 months ago and my weddings not until June 2012.

I paid $2000 for it before tax.

I wanted my wedding to match my dress so I needed to find a dress as a starting point… =)

Post # 10
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve purchased my dress through a wb member for 1300$ its brand new and wont be shipped by davids bridal till july this year.. my wedding is in June 2012. It’s from the white by vera wang collection. I’ve secretly been wedding dress shopping online for the past year though before i became engaged haha

Post # 11
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If you’re not adverse to shopping sample sales, you could very well grab a designer dress for $2500 or less. I found my Christos (Julianna) dress at a boutique’s sample sale for $999, and it was in near pristine condition. I’m told that particular style normally retails for close to $4K.  So definitely take your time and be open minded about trunk shows and sample sales!!

Post # 12
23602 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I started shopping about 10 months prior, and put in the order for my dress 9 months prior.  Most girls probably like to give themselves more time to shop around, but I was lucky to find her early on in the game! 🙂  My dress cost $950 with the store discount (originally $1030), before alterations.

Post # 13
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i started shopping last week so 16 months before the wedding.  i didn’t have a budget in mind so when the consultant asked me at the first shop, i told her to bring them all out.  i didn’t want to miss out on a great dress.  the cheapest dress i tried on was wtoo and the most expensive was amsale.  i also tried on dresses in the $5-7k range at priscilla and then some monique lhuilliers at a small boutique.  i really wanted to fall in love with a vera wang or a monique lhuillier but nothing looked good onme. i ended up loving the watters and the wtoo lines the most. 

i bought one of my dresses today and they gave me half off so it was under $500. 

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