(Closed) How much did/will you spend on your dress?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I spent $1299 Australian on my dress – it doesn’t need any alterations to it, so thats final cost.  I had a higher budget, but i didn’t like any of the “wedding-y” dresses i tried on so i went for a gorgeous cream designer gown.  Keep in mind though, that dress prices in Australia are beyond ridiculous.  I tried on a couple of Amsale dresses that were both above $8000 (those i liked ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

so pretty!  With alterations, etc, I was hoping to spend MAX $1,500.  But… then I fell in love with the $2,500 dress… Don’t even know where to go now… Hopefully I will win the lottery!  But my best friend bought a $99 dress (without knowing the price until she went to pay for it)… and she felt great and looked great- so I guess it it all relative!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Check out sites like oncewed.com and the WeddingBee Classifieds section; maybe you will find this dream dress on there. You can find a really good deal on brand new or lightly used dresses from brides who are either trying to make some money or who have changed their minds. I have a friend who got a brand new Paloma Blanca gown for $400 when it was over $1000 originally. Happy hunting!!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Brand new J Crew Dress, $350 from Oncewed.com; $160 on alterations and $70 for professional steaming.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My budget was about 600-700 dollars, and I ended up finding one for about $500 (not including alterations, but the 600-700 wasn’t including them either). I think that there are sooo many dresses out there, that once you find things that you really love (fabric, cut, style, etc), you can start searching out some cheaper alternatives. I do say though, $850 to include the veil and alterations isn’t all that bad, considering a lot of veils run around $75-200 from what I’ve seen, and alterations can be anywhere from $100 on up. 

P.S. Welcome to the WB!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

My initial budget was $3000 but I ended up getting my dress for $1386

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I spent about $3000 on my dress, including alterations. However, it was a sample dress–it retails for about $4450. $850 including alterations AND a veil seems like a good price to me!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

hrmmmm i spent 780 on my dress and my alterations should be around 200… then i still need a veil… which i hope is not more than 150.

i budgeted 1000 dollars for my dress so im going to come in over that once all is said and done… and that not even including the headband i spent 80 dollars on, or shoes, or undergarments, or jewelry ๐Ÿ™

i think you should keep shopping ๐Ÿ™‚ your dress is relatively simple so there are prolly lots of dresses that look very similar. if you dont find anything you could always go back and order it. is buying the sample an option? those are usually wayyyyyy cheaper. heres mine!

and heres a link to some dresses very similar… the first one is eden bridals… i think they start around 500 dollars so that might be more in your budget ๐Ÿ™‚ and the rest have prices

http://www.edenbridals.com/2359-p-1601.html

http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Satin-Pleated-Drop-Waist-Bodice-with-Pick-up-Skirt-SAS1203_Bridal-Gowns-Features-All-Gowns

http://preownedweddingdresses.com/dresses/20711/Mori-Lee-2515-Size-6.html

http://preownedweddingdresses.com/dresses/18650/David-s-Bridal-2037-Size-8.html

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Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My budget was $1000 including alterations and other extras. I ordered my dress today for $760 including a free hair piece and shoes! I also won my veil at another store and my friend’s mom is a seamstress who is doing my alterations as a gift!!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

I wanted to spend less than 500, but spent 1100 instead. I bought Alfred Angelo’s Belle at the trunk show. My alterations will be about $130, and I’m going to DIY my veil for about $20.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

If I can convince my guy that we CAN do a civil ceremony, I’ll try to find a cheap white dress/skirt.  If not, my mom’s paying, and she doesn’t really have a budget, but the dress we agreed on is $500, plus a $50 bolero.  Hemming only needed.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My budget was 1000$, but I spent $1600… but I am really happy about my gown ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I spent about $850 on my dress and my original budget was $1500 but I ended up spending about $400 on alterations, $100 on cleaning the day before the wedding, $40 on a veil and $60 on shoes so grand total of almost $1500 for my whole wedding outfit! (Not including jewelry and underwear)

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I didn’t want to spend more than $1000, but I went over by $50.  The dress itself was $800 brand new from preownedweddingdresses.com (retails for over $2000 in bridal salons) and $250 for alterations. 

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