Post # 1
Hey everyone. I know this is a kinda personal question but I’m sturggling with this whole dress thing. I’m one of those people who wants to be married but doesn’t actually want to get married. I would love to elope but compromised with my family and am having a small, simple wedding in lake tahoe. Since my wedding is small and simple I don’t need an extravengent dress. I want something nice that I feel pretty in but it would just look silly if I showed up in some fancy dress for such a simple wedding. I’ve been looking online a bit and have found some things that I like but everything is SO expensive. My mom is paying for my dress and MAX price would be $1500 but I’d rather keep in under $1000. So far my favorite dresses I’ve found weren’t really dresses, they were the bridal separates from BHLDN, but I also did like the BHLDN wedding dresses – they are my kinda style (boho, hippy type stuff). I’ve also looked at David’s Bridal as well and will probably go and try some on, but I prefered the BHLDN dresses. This brings me to my question: where did you find your dress and how much did it cost? Am I just looking in the wrong places? I live in an expensive city (San Francisco) and maybe that’s why the dress prices are so high here?? But every bridal boutique in SF that I’ve looked at says something like “gowns start at $1600” or some other crazy high price that I am unwilling to spend. Do brides order their dresses online? Doing this makes me nervous as I’d rather try them on in the store with the help of a salesperson but the only two bridal shops near me that are remotely affordable are BHLDN and David’s Bridal. Anyway, thanks for reading and replying; also any tips you may have for me on this whole dress thing is greatly appreciated. Thanks 🙂
Post # 2
I bought my dress in Idaho and there were a lot of affordable options. I went with one that was $1800 but the runner up was $850.
You could consider looking at non-wedding dresses that are white – bridesmaids dresses or even prom dresses. That will bring down the price dramatically in most cases.
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course
Got it from a place called Blossoms Bridal for $258, listed under prom dresses. Ordered online after finding the place on Yelp then picked up in store. Traditional dresses aren’t my taste. Others I bought and sold were from Nordstrom, Lulus, used on Ebay and custom from China. Its been a journey and I’m crazy indecisive. 😅 Edit: Noticed you’re in SF. I’m also in the Bay Area. Store is located in Dublin. If you can, drop in and browse the racks. They have tons of beautiful dresses, including traditional, which are very reasonably priced.
Post # 4
Totally understand. We are eloping and while we are making it special I just want to wave a wand and be married already.
My dress is preowned though never worn. It’s Art Deco style by Eliza Jane Howell. It was almost £3k new and I got it for £400. I found it on eBay though t was also listed on preowned and stillwhite. I couldn’t justify the expense of a “new” wedding dress, it’s just not me.
Post # 4
I went to David’s Bridal. I knew they had a lot of different styles and I had NO IDEA what I wanted. I know a lot of people don’t love DB but the sales lady I delt with was so nice and no pressure at all. I didn’t even look at the price tags until after I chose the dress (even though I didn’t want to spend more than $1500 – I knew a lot of DB dresses weren’t super pricey). Luckily my dress was on sale for $750 (it was originally like $1000). I got the dress, veil, preservation, and belt piece for around $1,200 and I ended up spending another $300ish on alterations (I only needed it shortened and cups added).
Post # 6
I was lucky and found my dress at a sample sale from a boutique that I loved, which I absolutely think is the way to go. The dress retailed anywhere from $1600-$1800, but since it was a sample it was marked down to $700. My mom was spectacular though and haggled the price down to $450 as it’s a larger size than I need and there are things that have to be fixed (apart from basic alterations.) It’s the dress of my dreams at a dream price! Since you still have to get all the extras (veil, shoes, undergarments, etc.) saving on the actual dress is a huge help! 🙂
Post # 7
I got mine at a local boutique for only $1200.
I will say that Davids is always a good choice when it comes to budgeting just because they have so many options for under a $1000.
Post # 8
I got mine at BHLDN at the end of summer sale in September. I paid 760 including taxes for an $1800 dress.
Post # 9
Mine was from Unique Vintage, purchased online, on sale for $72. It was a swing dress, but they do have gown options as well, so might be worth a look. Also they are located in LA, possibly elsewhere in CA, so it might be feasible to find a store you can actually visit. I bought about 4 dresses online and then returned the ones that didn’t work for me, no fee.
Post # 10
I’m in the midwest. I actually ordered mine online from JC Penney for $130
Post # 11
$99 (on sale) from David’s Bridal + $40 in alterations. I found a lovely dress at DB on sale for $500, but ended up not wanting to spend that much. Alterations would have been $250 for that dress. I’m very happy with my choice.
Post # 12
I do not have a traditional wedding dress, we have a very small wedding planned with the total budget under $1000! I found my dress at a high end consignment store, not an actual wedding dress but it is white and knee length. I think as long as you find a dress you like that fits with the esthetic your wedding is going for, that is most important! The end of the day the exact dollar amount that is spent on a dress doesn’t matter… the best thing I like about my dress is I can absolutely wear it again as a summer dress :).
Post # 13
I got mine at David’s Bridal. I wanted something short and fun since we are having a very casual park wedding and I would have looked silly in a formal gown. I ended up getting mine for about $450. I’m not sure how much alterations will be yet, but I doubt it would be much as it fits almost perfectly already. One of the best things about David’s Bridal was that there were so many styles under $600 (the max I wanted to spend)
Post # 14
Thanks! I’ll put in on the list of stores to try on wedding dresses 🙂
Post # 15
Davids bridal. I ended up paying less than $700 for my dress.
Honestly, I wasn’t SUPER picky and my budget was more important to me than the dress. I mean, I wanted to feel beautiful and all that, but I didn’t want to blow my budget.