(Closed) Gown Shopping on a Budget…help!

posted 13 years ago in Chicago
Post # 18
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

sweetestdaybride- i just sent you a pm!

Post # 19
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2021

Hi, I tried a store called Eva’s Bridal in Oak Lawn. They had a huge selection of dresses, and one of my favorite was only 700!

Post # 20
619 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

def online! good luck

Post # 21
25 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’m in PA, but I went to a local boutique that carried inexpensive gowns (not designer) – they include casablanca, mori lee, private label by g, moggie sottero, etc.  They were under $1000 (for most styles) which is very reasonable.    You could always go to David’s Bridal if you want to spend less. I have friends who had great experiences there.

Post # 22
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Hi Sweetestday,

I live in Chicago and I’ve been to eight different stores (sometimes visited a store two or three times!) and tried on over 50 dresses. Whew!  So here are a few things I learned along the way…

-Search the internet and magazines for pictures or any style of dress you particurlarly like or think.  Collect those images so when you actually do visit a store, they can get a sense of what you’re looking for.

-When you do go to a store, they will ask you what your budget is and will bring out dresses in your style in that price range.  Like a previous commenter, Eva’s Bridal in Oak Lawn does have a HUGE selection at many different price points.  They even have a "store" next door to their actual store that houses some "as is" dresses.  You’ll have to go through the racks but some of those dresses were incredibly inexpensive!


-WhiteChicago.  If you want designer dresses for less than designer prices.  These are consigned dresses.  You may want to call ahead of time to see if they have any dresses around $1000.  It all depends on the inventory they have at the particular time, since its always changing.

-The Bride’s Room in Wheeling also has some good deals.

-David’s Bridal – you can find some chic dresses there at great prices.

-Preownedweddingdresses and OnceWed are great sites to browse through as well not only for the prices but to see how dresses fit on real people.

hope this helps!  Good luck!


Post # 23
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2021

I definitely agree with peony– start looking at dresses in magazines. I went to a very high end bridal store and tried on a dress that looked really pretty. When I went back to the first store (much cheaper), I showed them a picture of me in the designer dress & she was able to pull something that was MUCH cheaper but looked very similar.

Also, give them your budget up front. My bridal salon was great about not bringing me anything over my budget. There was one dress that was about $150 more, and she was about to NOT bring it out for me because it was over my budget! I told her that I didn’t mind that it was a little extra & I still wanted to try it on– so they are usually good about not having you try things on out of your price range.

Post # 24
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

If you want to save money, I always recommend Alfred Angelo dresses!  You can get a beautiful, high quality gown from an Alfred Angelo boutique for under $500!  I am from PA, so I am not sure if there are any Alfred Angelo stores near you, but if at all possible, get your dress straight from your designer! Small bridal shops want to make a profit and will sometimes charge double what you will pay for at the designer’s store.  I got my dress from one of the boutiques, and I received great customer service, REALLY quick delivery of my dress (5 weeks for a wedding gown to come in!), and a ton of compliments on the dress at our wedding!  And, what is nice about going to the designer instead of a small boutique – they have a lot of different sizes to try on, which will save you money on alterations!!  I was not a fan of David’s Bridal at all, but Alfred Angelo was really great – especially for brides on a budget!! 

Post # 25
294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Davids Bridal has a great selection and the majority of their dresses are under 1000.

Post # 26
37 posts
  • Wedding: June 2009

I got my dress from David’s and i loved it!!  Alot of what i was running into there was not really original, they all pretty much looked about the same…then i saw this dress.  the pictures didnt even do it justice!!!  And the price was amazing…i got it for $800!!  The first time i tried it on i feel i love, but at that time it was marked $1100.  that was a little more than i wanted to spend, but i kept an eye on it online and waited for it to go on sale.  I know right now that are running some really great sales too. 

Here’s my dress……

http://www.davidsbridal.com/bridal_gowns_detail.jsp?stid=2800&prodgroup=10′ defer=’defer

Post # 27
24 posts

definitely check out the bridal mansion of lisle–they have a huge selection and a number of designer knock-offs.  i also liked the selection at here comes the bride in addison.  you’d be surprised at the number of dresses that you can get for under $1000–i was really surprised!

Post # 28
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

i know this is late but we are trying on dresses all over and we are looking for exactly what i want – then i am going to go to http://www.weddingo.net and ordering it on line – i will have whoever i am going to have to do the alterations do all the measurements and order it a bit bigger then i need – they are all under $300 – or the ones i’ve been looking at. 

good luck!

Post # 29
1 posts

I just want to add a recommendation for a great store for brides on a budget.  Vegas to Venice bridal boutique has quite a few of the WTOO dresses for well under $1000.  She doesn’t have a lot of dresses overall, but if you are looking for a less poofy style of dress, she has wonderful options.  Also, her prices are great and service is fantastic!

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