(Closed) How difficult is it to find decent budget wedding dresses?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Check out department stores like Macy’s and lord & taylors.  They don’t have “bridal gowns” per de but go into their evening gown section and you’ll see plenty of ivory and white gowns that will do the trick, most under $500.

Post # 32
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I bought mine from jcrew.com, which is admittedly online, but the return policy for wedding dresses is the same as everything else, so you can try on at home and return at your leisure.  I spent $400, plus $80 alterations. 

 

Edited to add: I just discovered jcrew discontinued their wedding line, so this is unhelpful.  I also tried some bhldn dresses, which also had a generous return policy, though fewer sales. Modcloth also usually also has an option or two and, again, totally returnable.

Post # 34
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Newbee

I bought my dress secondhand online from stillwhite.com. I arranged a return policy with the seller, though I can’t imagine all sellers would be this accommodating. The dress as well as the veil and headpiece the seller generously threw in, ended up being $200 before shipping/exchange rate/duties. If you go the secondhand/vintage route I would recommend shopping more locally than I did to save yourself potential extra charges. 

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I got my dream dress from David’s Bridals for $500. I think it was a special sale? But it doesn’t look like a budget dress at all. It’s a ballroom gown with a lot of layers/sequins/bling/details.

Post # 36
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Busy bee

I bought my dress for $700. I used tradesy.com. I went to bridal stores to try on dresses, then went online shopping to find the dresses I liked at a better price. 

Post # 37
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

 private messaged you 🙂

Post # 38
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I found a dress that I love for $549 at David’s Bridal and my other, more traditional option is $899 — tip: House of Brides sells dresses online for MUCH LESS than they do in store!  David’s is having a sale right now, so you should have lots of options around $500.  Prices never include alterations, but I’ll probably go with a local seamstress vs doing in store to save.

Post # 39
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Re: my comment on buying House of Brides dresses via their website vs in store to save BIG MONEY — I was able to go in store to try on the dress, but if I buy it, it will 100% be online since the prices are much less.  You should’ve seen the consultants’ faces when I told them how much the online price was 🙂

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