(Closed) How much did/will your wedding dress cost?

posted 11 years ago in Money
Post # 137
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I actually didn’t have a budget for my dress. It was a huge thing for my mom that I got what I wanted without having to shy away from prices (although I would never go over $10,000)

I tried on all dresses, at all prices – high and low. and I ended up finding a Midgley & Sottero for $1600

so here’s the break down of all my attire for the big day;

Dress – $1680
Veil – $250
Jewellery – $270
Shoes – $170
Undergarments $100

Total = $2470 (estimated)

Post # 138
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I didn’t want to go over $500, but…

PC Mary’s Dress: $599 (marked down from $899)

Matching embroidered elbow-length veil w/blusher: $70

Alterations: $85

Total: $754

I still have no idea about shoes or jewelry, though. And I’m going to be renting a crinoline, which will be about $30. 

Post # 139
3 posts
  • Wedding: April 2010

got my dress at alfred angelo on sale. the sticker price was $749 but the computer said $799 because of the increase for the year i guess…on sale i paid $574 and with taxes the total was $618…haven’t gotten any accessories yet!

Post # 140
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I originally didn’t want to spend more than $300-500 regardless of my budget.  That’s just what I was comfortable with.  My mom wanted me to be absolutely happy with my dress and thought I should go up to $1000.  I gave in and and found a dress I REALLY liked for $800.  I put down the deposit and then freaked out about spending that kind of money I was going to wear once.  So I cancelled it and kept looking. 

Next up I bought a sample bridesmaids dress for $50.  It’s a really pretty dress and I was excited for a few days but then realized I didn’t love it.  So I’m going to have it cleaned and sell it. 

Final Answer: I went back to the first dress I was interested in about bought it used off of Bravobride.com for $400.  Alterations would have been free compliments of my amazing aunt if I needed them but it fits perfectly as is.  I’m going to make my own veil and don’t anticipate spending more than $15 on that.  Also, I’ll be wearing a pair of boots that I already own. 

I don’t expect to go over $500 total. 

Post # 141
903 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

My budget was $300 and I found a lace dress, really close to my dream dress, for $320 with shipping. I’m not sure about alterations yet (I’ll have to wait until the dress gets here so I can try it on). My mom thought she could make a similar dress for cheaper, but I didn’t want to risk it because I know lace is harder to work with.

Post # 142
18 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

Budget was $5000, and I managed to completely blow that… It’s a gorgeous Pnina Tornai that was $9900 at Kleinfeld’s but we did get 12.5% off due to a trunk show special. My Mom and I both *knew* immediately when I put it on that it was the one, so she decided to get it as a gift for me. I honestly didn’t ever plan to spend that much on a dress, but it was just perfect and nothing else would have ever compared.

Post # 143
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My budget for my entire outfit was $500. I’m having a seamstress make mine for $300 which includes alterations.  I’m not having a veil, but I’m planning on having a hair flower and 2 boleros (one for the ceremony and one for the reception) and I don’t know how much those will cost.  I also still need to find shoes and undergarments, so I’m thinking I’m going to go over budget a little bit.

Post # 144
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2020

I didn’t go into dress shopping with a number in mind but knew I wanted to save money-

I found a Melissa Sweet sample dress for $199 and ivory shoes from BCBG for $15.

Now I just have to avoid looking at other dresses for the next 9 months 🙂

Post # 145
3331 posts
Sugar bee

My original dress budget was $750.  I ended up spending $840 on the dress (Casablanca #1858, which I *loved*) and $180 on alterations for a total of $1020.  This was the only place I went over budget and we were able to make up the difference in a couple of other areas.  FWIW, I wish I hadn’t paid that much in alterations.  I was extremely upset with the quality of the alterations–I spend $90 on a bustle that was a complete joke!  It broke when I sat down to sign the marriage license, literally seconds after my bridesmaid fastened it.  Oh, and I didn’t need any specialty lingerie, as I had cups sewn into the dress.

Post # 146
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Budget was $3,000 for dress & alterations.

Found a dress I really loved for $2600

then found it online NWT for $1500 with a veil! Altogether with shipping and other fees I paid $1700, but well worth it.

Post # 147
2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

$300 for a replica. But in trying to save money I ended up with a HORRIBLE replica that I HATE and now I have spent too much on other stuff to get another dress. And there is not enough time to get the designer version as the wedding is 6 weeks from tomorrrow.

Post # 148
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My dress was $1000, but I haven’t quite gotten to the point of alterations yet.

Shoes (so far, my first pair) were $15 6 years ago…. gotta love TJ Maxx 🙂 

Post # 149
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

1,545 (includes alterations, slip and bra). It was still a LOT of money though considering we are only spending a total of 14,500 on our whole wedding. I wouldn’t have it any other way though. LOVE MY DRESS!

Post # 150
6659 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I have no idea – was trying to keep it under $5K (because more than that is just ridiculous in my opinion), but of course I just tried one on that is $7,500 and fell in love. I’m procrastinating making a decision..

Post # 151
984 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My mom budgeted 2000 for me which I thought was insane. I never wanted anything too fancy, but the total cost will probably come out around 1000.

Dress: $600



Jewelry:$200 including a tiara

My alterations aren’t done yet but I will get a discount for them, so we’ll see.

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