(Closed) Dress too expensive, any advice?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1473 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

i fell in love with Maggie Sottero Venecia. It was $1900 at the bridal salons around me that carried it. My parents bought my gown but I refused to have them spend that much money on a dress for me for one day. Although i really loved it, it was just pointless to me.

So I looked and looked and found another ball gown with a lot of skirt detail, Mori Lee 1601 and it was only $800. I loved it, not as much as the venecia but I still loved it so I bought it.

I had some extreme dress regret for a few weeks but then I realized that it isnt the dress that makes your day, it you and your husband to be. I had my first fitting a couple weeks back and I can honestly say I am SO glad I got the cheaper dress. I didn’t put my parents out of too much money and it was a lot lighter.

I’d keep looking if I were you, you never know what you’ll find!

Post # 4
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Yikes if your wedding cost cost four grande you need to scale your dress way down(UNLESS YOU CAN AFFORD IT AND IT BE A BIG DEAL FOR YOU TO SAVE THE MONEY) I wouLD suggest looking for simular designs with cheaper labels, perhaps look into buying a use dress. Perhaps think of your elements of the dress you love most and try to find it in other dresses.  I’m sure if you post a people will help you come up with someo ther options.

My final suggestion is only if you don’t have the money or means to pay for the dress. Move on look at other options, and take some time to mental and emotional come to grips with the fact that you cannot afford that dress. If you can afford it think of the pros and cons and then decide what you want too do. Good Luck!

Post # 5
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Find a different dress. That’s $4000 plus tax for something you will be wearing for mayyyyybe 8 hours. There are a million dresses – there will be one that is within your price range that you love. Also, stop trying on dresses outside of your price range!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 7
32 posts
  • Wedding: November 2012

Do you have this model’s very shapely body? I can’t imagine many people could pull this look off, so that in itself might be enough to help you get over it. Loving it on a model and loving it on you are often 2 different things (I actually didn’t like my dress on the model, and never would have tried it on if I didn’t see ‘real’ girls here on WB in it).

I think spending the same amount as your entire wedding on a dress is a poor use of funds, also, I think you will seem out of place.  I’m sure the Bees can help you find something similar in your budget!

Post # 9
215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I just a chinese manufacturer to replicate the dress I wanted. The site is Janemabridal.com Perhaps you could go that route?

Post # 11
46 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

When is your wedding? I would hold out for awhile and see if you can’t find it once-wed for less OR look for other illusion back gowns. There are some really beautiful ones out there. I think Monique Lluhlier has tons, Sue Wong, and Tadisha Soji had an interesting one on the nordies website not too long ago that was really cool for like $700 bucks

Post # 13
2589 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Have you tried it on?

I was swooning over a dress that would have been a stretch on my budget. Tried it on and went “mehhhh”.

and ended up with a dress UNDER my budget.


Post # 14
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Get it replicated! : ) There are tons of Chinese replica dressmakers that will make a dress for <$500 that you can find online. I think the favourite tends to be DressilyMe, but there are many others out there too!

ETA: You can request that they put in a lace-up/button-up back if you want.

Post # 15
869 posts
Busy bee

Don’t spend that much!  You’ll find a different one.  You have a lot of time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 16
927 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

That dress is stunning! But considering it’s as much as a your wedding budget, it’s probably not a good idea. Keep an eye on used dresses:

Preownedweddingdresses.com, bravobride.com, oncewed.com, smartbrideboutique.com

Ive seen some Claire Pettibone dresses on there!!!

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