(Closed) High dress budget brides ($5k+)— Was it really worth it?!

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Was it worth it?!
    So worth it!! : (11 votes)
    37 %
    Noo it was not worth it! : (19 votes)
    63 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    1855 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Would you consider buying the Gemma used?  That would be a way to get the dress without blowing the bank.  I was looking at really pricey dresses thinking I could sell them afterwards, but what happens when someone spills red wine down your dress, steps on your train, etc. and you can’t sell it or get as much after the fact?  You have to be okay with the possibility of not making that money back.  If you buy a used one in good condition, you’ll save the money up front, and then could possibly even still sell it afterwards.  Just a thought…

    Post # 4
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    672 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I had a budget that big but then ended up finding the perfect dress for $1200! Have you tried the dress on yet? Sometimes those great dresses are not as great as we build them up to be! 

    Post # 6
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    790 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I didn’t spend that much on my dress so didn’t vote in your poll, but I would just point out that it seems like that particular dress has basically been copied at just about every price point now. The quality of the Vera may be fantastic but the originality factor won’t be there. For me (if I had to stretch my budget to get it, and I certainly would) it would not be worth it to spend a lot of money on a dress that has so many lookalikes.

    Post # 7
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    264 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    Also, if you can’t buy it used because you are petite and nobody seems to be selling petite dresses of that type, that could also mean that you might have a harder time selling it because there is a smaller market for it. Just something to consider if you are DEPENDING on selling to dress afterwards.

    Post # 9
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    90 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    My advice to you is keep looking. If you absolutely can’t find anything else that you love as much, splurge. I tried on 39 dresses and loved 2 – one at $800, one at $2500. Dress #40 was almost $4000 but without a doubt, the best. Honestly, it’s a lot of money, but my dress is stunning. The cheaper dresses just didn’t have the same magnificence to me. 

    In the end, get what moves your heart, despite the price. (Of course assuming you can afford it.) Just my two cents. 

    Post # 10
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    5670 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I blew my budget our of the water with my dress and ended up taking an original Rivini gown and having the designer alter a number of the details. So once you added up all of the custom work, my dress was over 5k. I loved it! I have never felt so beautiful in my life and felt like and absolute princess. It fit like a glove and looked amazing in pictures. But I didn’t go into debt for it. It was a gift from my parents and my mom fell in love with it as much as I did.

    I personally wouldn’t have paid so much money for such a popular dress. I paid the money because I didn’t find what I loved on the rack. Have you tried trying on similar gowns by other designers since a lot have made a version of this dress?

    Post # 13
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    481 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I bought the Gemma and, to me, it was worth every penny – it fits so well, is so figure flattering, and the material is such a wonderful quality. I have seen pictures of the inspiration dresses and I don’t think they compare. Also, I think it is funny when people make comments on dresses being “too popular” and suggesting people not purchase a dress because of this (this has happened with other dresses too – e.g., Adorae). To be honest, I think we only get this idea of dresses being “too popular” because we are all brides on the bee, looking at pictures of dresses all the time and – especially in the case of the Gemma – there is a huge thread on it (made up of only a few of us just posting a lot of questions/comments – the thread is so long it might give the impression that there are more of us who own the dress than there really are). In the real world (aka. not bride land … haha) most people have never seen any of these dresses before. I know that, after I bought my dress, I showed the pictures to several of my friends and none of them had ever seen it/heard of it before! Just some food for thought 🙂

    Post # 14
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    481 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @kn8973:  Also, if I remember correctly, I think there is only a one inch difference in the bust, waist, and hips between sizes, so I am sure it would be very easy to alter a size 4 to a size 2!

    Post # 15
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    1855 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @kn8973:  Yay!! Should be no problem to take it down a size!  Good luck 🙂

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