(Closed) How much did you spend on your dress and where did you get it

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 61
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Backyard

I bought mine from a woman who sells wedding dresses out of her home. The best part about this was that I got to try on the actual dresses she was selling, not ones that were the wrong size. I spent about $500 on the dress and accessories and about $100 having it altered.

Post # 62
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Mine is currently priced at $750, I’m hoping it goes down a bit before I actually order it next year. 

Post # 63
146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

BHLDN has amazing dresses! I almost went to the states to go to one of their stores until I found out one retailer in my province sells Watters dresses like BHLDN does, so I was able to buy here 🙂 The dress I just purchased is Della by Wtoo by Watters, it was 1700 CAD so probably ?1300 USD. Here’s the stock photo of my dress since I don’t have it yet! Good luck in your search, keep us posted 🙂

Post # 64
5 posts
  • Wedding: December 2017

My dress was $800 USD but was on sale for $600 at David’s Bridal. It was a fun experience for the most part. 

Post # 65
4994 posts
Honey bee

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mollymaxx4 :  The wedding dress is not my highest priority so I refuse to buy one that is more than $1K. I will likely get it from this boutique that is close by my place.

Post # 66
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - Woodlawn Cemetery

it was $68 from Lulus.. didn’t get it altered or anything and wore a veil from Amazon for like $12 to help cover the zipper on the back.. I also have long hair so that helped too. Air of romance in grey … one of those girls that could never spend hundreds on a one day dress so it was perfect for me .. small wedding with 20 people total including us 

Post # 67
26 posts
  • Wedding: May 2018

Also live in the Bay Area, so ended up buying my dress while home in Portland. No sales tax at least!

Post # 68
199 posts
Blushing bee

I liked BHLDN’s separates but had a specific look I wanted that was hard to find on a budget. (The closest from them would have been the Amora top and one of the Watters long flowy skirts they sell- around $1500 in sum.) I paid $100 for a dress from Boutique 1861 and $150 for a skirt from Tutu Moi. I’m having the dress substantially altered for $250 (gown to cocktail length) with the intention to dye it after the wedding and wear it again as a killer cocktail dress. So $500 in total, including a piece I’ll get some reuse out of. 

Post # 69
4509 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I purchased my wedding dress from Everthine Bridal Boutique in Madison, CT for $1,100.  Spent another $400 on alterations.



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Post # 71
6302 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

My dress was Allure, and I bought it from a bridal store. I set an inital budget of $2000, but mentally prepared myself to go over. I was really surprised when the dress I loved was only $1400. I can’t remember what alterations were, but I know I came in under budget for everything.

Post # 73
705 posts
Busy bee

Have you looked at consignment shops? When my husband and I had our first wedding I wanted a dress more elaborate than the style current at that time. Dresses were getting very simple and it was not my taste. I did expect to have to pay a certain amount for a dress, but I wasn’t going to pay 100s of dollars for a dress that I didn’t like. Borrowing a dress wasn’t a option since I’m hard to fit.

I looked at a few regular bridal shops, but didn’t like anything. I wanted lace, pearls and sparkle on a ball gown. One day I stopped in to a consignment shop not expecting to find anything, but I did! It was a log sleeve lace ball gown with everything I wanted. It was a designer gown that would have been about 2000 at the time and I got it for 400. I was one happy woman! Main catch was that I had to bribe a friend of mine to hem it for me. THe bride that wore it before me was over 6 feet tall, and I’m just barley 5’9.  All in town alteration shops didn’t want to hem a lace dress with pearls on it, didn’t want to hem a ‘used gown’, or if they were willing they wouldn’t give me a quote. They wanted to hem it than I’d have to pay whatever they wanted to charge. Consignment worked well for me, but challenge can be finding someone to alter it if it’s needed.

Have you looked into Vows bridal salon? It’s the shop that used to have the show ‘I found the gown’ and from what I’ve heard they are good to work with. If you let them know what dress you want, they can try to track it down for you. If I remember correctly, I think they have a system that allows for you to check it out by mail. Not sure how long you have, but if it was me, I’d check out consignment shops and give vows a call. Good luck, keep us posted!

Post # 74
137 posts
Blushing bee



Mines was $450 and I got it on consignment.

Post # 75
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Have you checked out Lulus or ModCloth? They have wedding but not wedding dresses!

Im doing the big wedding so mine was off the rack and I saved 50% on the dress. 

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