(Closed) How much did you spend on your dress? Did anyone spend 5k plus?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How much did you spend on your dress?
    0-$499 : (19 votes)
    10 %
    $500-$999 : (38 votes)
    20 %
    $1,000-$2,499 : (86 votes)
    45 %
    $2,500-4,999 : (27 votes)
    14 %
    $5,000-$9,999 : (21 votes)
    11 %
    $10,000-$14,999 : (2 votes)
    1 %
    $15,000-$19,999 : (0 votes)
    20,000 or more... : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    4523 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @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
    1548 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
    1669 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    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
    193 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    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 # 8
    2389 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    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
    1416 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    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
    3823 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    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
    903 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    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
    1585 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    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
    3415 posts
    Sugar bee
    • 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
    1041 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    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
    3371 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    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
    778 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2014 - Catal Restaurant

    @peonyinparis:  you saw that too!!!! I couldnt believe she did that, what a waste of dress……..

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