(Closed) For ladies who went over budget with their wedding dresses….thoughts?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 16
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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DrD711:  I think you’re getting a really good deal actually – you could easily spend 300 on the alterations and veil if you go with a different dress. If you can stretch to it and the dress is “the one”, I’d go for it. I am totally with you on the “you only wear it once” thing because I felt that way too, but now that I am married I also understand that the photos and the memories of how you felt wearing it are forever. So within reason (ie not spending more than you can comfortably afford) I think brides should get the dress they love. 

Post # 19
57 posts
Worker bee

I think that’s a super great deal! I think you’ll end up spending about $300 on the veil and alterations anyway, and you’ll have the dress of your dreams! I say go for it. 

My budget was SUPER small (around $750) so that I could splurge on the live band and photographer. I found a backless boho dress I liked for $500 and snatched it up, but I was secretly in love with a tulle Vera Wang for $1500. I decided not to get the dress and I regretted it so much; my parents eventually told me to just splurge and buy the Vera Wang. It ended up being on sale for $700 which was perfect and I’m so happy! What I’m saying is, if you walk away from the dress you really really like deep down, you won’t be able to stop thinking about it. I know I couldn’t!

Post # 20
799 posts
Busy bee

I went over budget with an $1800 dress then you factor in the $400 for alterations. Yikes! I loved my dress and don’t regret spending the money! 

Post # 21
1610 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May

I went 200 over my budget not including alterations or a veil. The day my dress came in and I tried it on was true love. So for me going with my gut instead of a cheaper dress was worth every penny. Now I don’t need to change it to match my vision of a perfect dress. FWIW I think your getting a great deal and a cheaper dress after alterations and a veil could easily run you way over your budget. 

Post # 22
36 posts
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Toronto, Ontario

My dress was about $400 over budget. My range was from $1000 to $2000 – ideally $1200.  After visiting five bridal stores, I narrowed it down to two dresses: one was  $1200 and the other one was $2400. The last store I visited had both dresses, so I was able to compare them very closely.

Let me tell you – $1000 makes a huge difference in terms of fabric and comfort. I knew as soon as I put the $2400 dress one that I wasn’t going to find anything better. So I bit the bullet.

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