Post # 1
I’m starting to look at dresses and so far have been to David’s Bridal, which is an easy place to look online beforehand and bring in ideas that fit not only what I like but also my budget! I’m willing to spend up to $1500 (preferably not more, but it’s possible) so DB wasn’t a huge deal price-wise, but I’m concerned about going to other bridal stores and accidentally bringing in dress photos of things I can’t afford!
How do you find out the general price ranges for different designers? How do you know if a designer’s dresses are between 1-2 K or like 5 K?
I love a ton of stuff from Watters/Wtoo, but I also like Essence of Australia and some Justin Alexander as well. I want to make an appointment at one of the only bridal stores in my area (I know, it sucks), and they carry all three of these! BUT, I don’t want to go in and say “I love these… this is my budget” and then be left with nothing on my list and essentially have to start from scratch in the store. I also don’t necessarily want to call the store and ask in case I sound cheap? Is that the only way to do it?
What did Bees with dresses from those designers spend, and where do you live?
Post # 2
Moorea12: Well Essence of Australia dresses range between $1000-$2500
Watters wedding dresses cost anywhere from $650-$4,000 and up.
Justin Alexander dresses Can range from $1350.00-$4000 and up as well. I
It basically boils down to the sytle or collection of the dress and how new it is. If you worry about people thinking your cheap you should pick some dresses that you love then call the bridal salon and ask if they have that style in-stock and what the price is? Good luck.
Post # 3
Your price point sounds reasonable for Wtoo. I don’t think Watters will have too much for you, if anything. Watters starts at about 2k-2.5k where I live. I know Wtoo is supposed to start at a lower price point than Watters does. I think around $700. But Wtoo is just another branch of Watters so it’ll have similar styles. I don’t know much about Essence of Australia or Justin Alexander.
My best suggestion would be to call the shop and talk to them about it when you make your appointment. Tell them the designers you’re looking at. You could even ask if they’re having any trunk shows soon for any of these designers. You can get a pretty good discount at a trunk show. Don’t worry, most shops want to make the sale. They want you to buy at their store. If you’re close to their price range, they’ll work with you and find you something you love. If you go in and fall in love with a dress way out of budget, you could try to buy it off tradesy. It’ll be pre-worn but probably at a bargain price.
I wore Watters on my wedding day; I love their designs too! Best of luck to you on your search!
Post # 4
Moorea12: You can also get a genreal idea by looking at ads on resale sites. Most sellers list the original price.
Post # 5
Moorea12: I use http://www.weddingshoppeinc.com
to check pricing on gowns. They don’t have every designer but they do have a lot of the popular ones. They have an actual brick and mortar store in Minnesota as well. Theres another site like that but I can’t think of the name.
Post # 6
I was just like you, very intimidated but the thought of going to private boutiques, but interested to see what was out there. I found that some salons have a broad range of gown prices and there are others (like the one I purchased from) that cater to the 1000-3000 price range.
I also started at DB and then shopped two other places, hoping to spend around $1500 or less (mainly on principle of thinking more than that is outrageous for one dress lol).
The shop I went to carried Allure, Stella York (which I believe is a subset of Essence of Australia), and Justin Alexander. Everything I tried from these lines ranged from about 1250-2300. Of the three, Justin Alexander tended to be slightly more pricey.
Post # 7
I had the same budget as you did and I ended up with a Casablanca. To me it’s a lot of dress for the money. It has good structure and doesn’t feel cheap.
I think Venus Bridals, Jasmine, Mori Lee, and Alfred Angelo were names I was looking at under that price point. There are plent of gorgeous, affordable dresses out there.
Post # 8
I had similar budget as you, the dresses I tried on that are within budget are from Casablanca, Allure, WTOO, Justin Alexander, and also David’s bridal.
Post # 9