(Closed) How much did you budget for your dress?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
23602 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

It really depends on you and your wedding budget! I budgeted $2000 but ended up spending $800. Head up, you can find something in your budget!

Post # 4
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

That’s about my budget too, so I’m probably going with a knock off. The dress I want is really simple but will cost atleast $600 plus $200-$300 in alterations. The knock-off can be made to measure for about $200. David’s bridal has sales so you can probably get one under $500 there and consignment stores too. (I may check these out before ordering online, but I’m in love with Mori Lee 3092)

Post # 5
4193 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

There are certainly dresses in that price range- I know J Crew and David’s Bridal have them. Sorry that you were snubbed- maybe you can call to check price ranges before you visit the next bridal store. My SIL was scoffed at for her budget (not sure exact numbers, but think it was around your range), and she found something beautiful.

Post # 6
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I budgeted $1000 for dress & alterations.. I spent $950 on the dress.. so I’ll be a little over, but oh well.. life will go on.

I don’t think your budget is crazy, I saw a few that were really pretty in that price range. As bad of an experience as I had at David’s Bridal, I would still recommend checking there.. they had some nice,inexpensive gowns.

Post # 7
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My Fiance gave me the budget of 1200, but I ended up buying a Justin Alexander for $600! Then to save a little more money, I found an alterations place OUTSIDE of the bridal stores! What would’ve cost me $200-$400, only cost me $150!

There are some beautiful dresses out there that would fall into your budget!

Post # 8
2063 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I budgeted $650 but never told anyone LOL

Post # 9
869 posts
Busy bee

Unfortunately, there are a lot of snotty bridal stores.  Try not to let it bother you – they aren’t ALL like that.  While you’re shopping for a dress, keep in mind that alterations/bustles etc add up.  🙂

Post # 10
5242 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I dont want to spend anything over $1000 with alterations included. We will see if that actually happens….

Post # 11
4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My budget was $2,000 but I found the perfect dress for me at $549.

$300-500 is totally doable but might not be found at most bridal salons.  I’d stick with David’s or Alfred Angelo WAY before you go knock off.  But that’s just me!

Post # 12
2158 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I budgeted $900, and I ended up spending (or rather, my dad ended up spending) $600.

Post # 13
2616 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

2000, got my angelina , plus a white house black market white tea length dress for shower and a rehearsal gown from davids bridal.

Post # 14
1725 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

David’s Bridal has great dresses for those prices!

My FIL’s paid but didn’t give me a price range so I was looking for about $600. Found one off the rack at a small salon for $399!

Post # 15
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - Padua Hills Theater

I budgeted $2,000 before alterations. Some of the places I went to the alterations were going to be an added $600! I ended up getting my dress and alterations for $1,500, so I made it under budget!

Post # 16
46 posts
  • Wedding: November 2012

I didn’t really budget for my dress, I found the ONE and luckily it was in my price range.  The only requirement that I had was that it be real silk.  I spent $1000, but to be fair, I got an AMAZING deal.  Usually my dress goes for around $2500.  That being said, keep looking!  Go to a bigger brial store, they will have a larger selection with more dresses in your budget range.  🙂  

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