(Closed) How many of you went over budget on your dress? Do you regret it?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Did you spend more than you had planned on your dress?
    Yes, I went over my budget and I don't regret it at all. : (36 votes)
    35 %
    Yes, I went over my budget and I totally regret it. : (11 votes)
    11 %
    No, I stayed within or under my budget. : (48 votes)
    46 %
    No, I stayed within my budget but wish I had spent more to get the dress I loved. : (2 votes)
    2 %
    Yes, I went way over my budget ($1000 or more) and I don't regret it at all. : (7 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    1326 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

    I had budgeted $200-$300 on a dress + alterations. It ended up being double, but my mom bought it for me, so I voted “I stayed under my budget”. Honestly, if budget is a huge issue for you (it is for me) I’d just keep looking or see if you can find something similar to what you love in your price range, or even just slightly over instead of double. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also think it depends on your personality. For me going over budget on a dress would have given me anxiety all through the planning of the wedding. But if not getting what you love is going to give you anxiety (vs. spending more money), then buy what you want. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 4
    5921 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I did, but only a little.  I had budgeted $1,000 for my dress, and spent $1,400. I don’t regret it for a second.

    Post # 5
    2100 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I had $3000 budgeted for my dress and only spent half of that.  I am glad I did not ignore dresses that were not in my price point but just looked for style.

    The fun thing is now that we are doing the after wedding Vegas night in our wedding finery it was no big deal for me to buy a dress (well several lol) off Ebay to go out and have fun in.

    I think it is better to set a budget and only try on dresses that come in at or under your budget so no frustration.  I have seen amazing dresses at every price point (the ebay ones I got were current designs, nwt, perfect unworn condition and bought them for at or just over $100 (Alfred Angelo and Maggie Sottero))


    Post # 6
    489 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I stayed within my budget for the dress price, but I didn’t really include alterations when i budgeted.  So, including those I went over a bit ($40).  I was really happy to find a dress I liked within my budget.

    Post # 7
    693 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I said I went over my budget because I bought two dreses. I too bought a dress too early that was within my budget, decided to try to sell it and find another.  To date, I have not sold the other one, but I did find by “Dream Dress”, again within my budget. So even though both were in my set budget, I bought two… 

    Lesson I learned: don’t settle and if you have an apprehension do not purchase.

    Post # 9
    494 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I went over by $100, and I am totally fine with it 

    Post # 10
    1701 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I did almost the exact same thing.  Dress #1, way under budget but just not the right thing.  Exchanged it for Dress #2.  Still way under budget and I liked it better. However, it wasn’t great quality and that just bugged me.  I found a gorgeous Anne Barge on http://www.yourdreamdress.com for less that Dress #2–a totally unbelievable price.  I am still trying to sell dress #2.  However, both dresses combined + alterations came in at about my original budget.  I felt guilty about the extra money but I had a dress I was very happy with instead of settling.  It was the difference between “that’s a pretty dress” and “wow! that is gorgeous!”.  If this is within/reasonably close to your budget or you can reconfigure your budget, do it.

    To quote my Mother-In-Law on my wedding day, “I thought you were insane with the 3 dress thing, but I’m glad you held out for the designer dress.  I like it WAY better than what you originally picked out”.

    Post # 12
    829 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I budgeted $500 for a dress (totally low I know, but we’re on a major budget & I had priced my budget according to used or David’s Bridal).  I ended up paying about $800 with tax and factory custom-length.  I do not regret it at all!!  I cannot wait until I get the dress in May!!


    Post # 14
    156 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    My budget was 1,000 as well and i spent 1,400 as well i dont regret it one bit

    Post # 15
    217 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Originally I had planned to spend $800 on my dress, and a $1000 total for alterations, shoes, veil, jewelry… yah that didnt happen, LOL! Thanks to my mom buying my veil for me, I will be at about $1400 for my dress, accessories and alterations. I don’t regret it for even a second!

    Post # 16
    26 posts
    • Wedding: November 2011

    i budgeted around $2500 for my dress.. I bought my Ramona Keveza for $3200 (which was 25% off) and an Enzioni sash for $900…so i definitely went over. don’t regret it!! after searching & searching, i found the perfect dress & didn’t want regrets!

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