Post # 1
I’m just curious, how much are people spending on their dresses. If you watch say yes to the dress (which I do obsessively) a significant portion of people spend 10k plus on their dress. That amount seems crazy to me unless you are a multimillionaire. Do people really spend that much? How much did you spend?
Post # 3
@lawyerchick13: I disagree that a “significant portion of people spend 10k plus on their dress.” I think if there was any statistics taken, it would suggest something under $5k as an average, possibly far less. That is a TV show focusing solely on gals ABLE to spend that much, I do not by any means think they reflect a majority.
My dress, with alterations and customizations, MAY hit $2k. And thats a BIG maybe.
Post # 4
I agree with @badabing88, a significant portion of people don’t spend that much on their dress. Look at past dress polls on the bee, most spend between $800-1500 on their dresses.
With alterations, my dress will be about $6,000. It was a gift from my mother and not included in our wedding budget.
Post # 5
I’m afraid to think about how much mine will be in the end after alterations, but mine was pricey and isn’t anywhere close to 10,000. My mother paid for it as a gift. I do not think those bridal shows represent a majority of brides.
Post # 6
My dress was 600 ( originally it was 1200 but I bought it preowned but never worn/altered) and the alterations will be about 300.
Post # 7
I assumed most people don’t spend that much on a dress. But the show makes it seem like they do… I just wanted to see if people do this in real life or these women are the extreme outliers.
I’m just procrastinating during finals…. 🙂
Post # 8
Mine was 1200 and alterations were another few hundred (my mom paid for it as a gift, so I don’t remember exactly).
Post # 9
My dress if you include alterations, the blingy cathedral length veil and sash, my dress was between 5 and 6 thousand…but I also went to Kleinfeld where the starting price is like 2,000 for the cheapest dress if there isn’t a sale. Apparently the average price brides spend on their dress is about 1,000: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/theknot-com-weddingchannel-com-reveal-141000109.html;_ylt=AwrNUbBozzhRqEUALuDQtDMD
Post # 10
The people who spend $10,000 or $5k + on a wedding dress are a fraction of a fraction. Most people are definitely spending less than that. As I said in another thread, you sort of have to go out of your way to find a dress that costs that much. My dress retailed for $3k, but I got it for $2k from a sample sale.
Post # 11
I think if you have the extra money go for it, but if its not something that you can realistically afford, then in my opinion you’re just being irresponsible and selfish to spend that much on a dress you will wear for a few hours.
Those women on say yes to the dress make me cringe with their thinking its the most important purchase they’ll ever make, and that if they have an emotional attachment to a dress they HAVE to buy it regardless of price Ugh.
Post # 12
My dress was on sale for about $800 (including shipping to my door). Unless you are a millionaire, I just can’t imagine how people manage to spend so much money. I want to look as beautiful as the next bride but if me and my lumpy/busty/stumpy body can find something for under $1k that flatters me and makes me feel bridal, anyone can.
Not to mention I’m only wearing it for a few hours. I’d rather spend that money on a down payment for a house than a pretty dress!
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
I spent $2200 on my dress without alterations and honestly I felt that was too much. But it was a dress I just knew I was looking for and couldn’t pass it up.
I’m hoping my daughter will want to wear it for her wedding but if she doesn’t I could make it into a christening dress for my grand babies.
Post # 14
I have a very expensive dress (retails for $5k) that I was able to get at signficantly less at a sample sale. It does need repair work on some seams and beads, but even after alterations, I will still be at under $1k.
Post # 15
I have two high-end gowns (Vera Wang and Carolina Herrera), both of which I purchased preowned at huge discounts (they retail for $10K each, and I paid about 30% of that). No need for alterations at present, as the previous brides shared my measurements, but this may change closer to the wedding date.
I’ve been watching a lot of SYTTD lately – such a guilty pleasure – and I think for every $15K bride, there’s a more moderate $2 or $3K bride. Not to say that the latter is a throwaway amount by any means, of course! It’s still a substantial amount of money to spend on one dress. Besides, Kleinfelds pushes Pnina Tornai as their in-house ‘exclusive’ designer so I’m guessing that’s why there are so many $10K plus brides on the show.
Actually I just saw the episode where this baseball player’s fiance spent $14K on a custom Pnina…and then did a trash the dress session with it.
Post # 16
- Wedding: December 2014 - Catal Restaurant
@peonyinparis: you saw that too!!!! I couldnt believe she did that, what a waste of dress……..