Post # 16
For that price I would rather wear a really nice white evening gown to stay in budget personally.
You seem pretty set in price so I wouldn’t try on dresses above that, not because you won’t love them but because you seem pretty intent on keeping to a certain amount.
Post # 17
There are also reputable online bridal stores like bestbridalprices.com or rkbridal.com which I totally recommend (they are authentic, not replicas) which can sell dresses closer to cost since they have less overhead. I’d only suggest doing this if you’ve actually tried on the dress you want to purchase at another store first. They often give significant credit for veils and other accessories. The dress I wanted was $1800-2000 in stores, but I was able to get the dress, a veil, headpiece and after wedding cleaning for $1400.
Post # 18
Check bridal consignment shops.
Also where ever you go, talk to your consultant, tell her (or him) your price range and other criteria. A good consultant won’t waste everyone’s time ( including their own) with unrealistic dresses.
Post # 19
CazzieCoo: If your budget is set in stone, don’t go to the more expensive shops. Only try on dresses within your budget, and after you buy it don’t try any more on. If it’s got a bit of wiggle room, then go for it.
I started looking before I got engaged and bought my dress for $99 online. When it arrived it fit and I looked good in it- so I kept it and never tried on another. And I don’t regret it a bit.
Post # 20
I would strongly recomdend not trying on any dresses outside of your budget a lot of people fall into this trap and end up blowing their budget
Post # 21
- Wedding: October 2015 - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Ok I recognize that I am still looking at a difference in budgets but I wanted a designer dress. I fell in love with Lazaro dresses (all priced around $6-7K and my budget was under $2K) so I tried them on in a shop and then found the one I fell in love with online for $1750! So did I waste the salespeople’s time? Yeah, sadly I did. But I got the in-store shopping experience that I wanted, found my gorgeous dress and stuck to my budget! So I say it was worth it.