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

posted 12 years ago in Money
Post # 17
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My dress was $800 before alterations…


I’m getting my chapel lenght veil for $60 through Occansey

Post # 18
294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

We are doing a very small, and simple wedding so I had a very LOW budget for my dress (esp. since I am paying for everything)

I was able to find my dress second hand…


dress & slip = 140

corset, bridal sash and veil = 180

shoes = 9.75

Post # 19
765 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

i came right in at what i thought.

my dress was $1400 but i talked them down to $1100.  my alterations were $300 so it was a wash.

Post # 20
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Mine cost $1300 plus $150 alterations.

Post # 21
222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Here is my breakdown:

Dress: $500

Slip: Not necessary $0

Alterations: $0 (IT FITS PERFECTLY!!!)

Headpiece/Veil: Still trying to decide on one.

Post # 22
1091 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2020 - Oakland Manor

My dress was $650, I have yet to see how much alterations will cost though…

Post # 23
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

My budget was $1000.  My dress cost $1050.  A lovely Weddingbee reader alerted me to a coupon and saved me $100, and some sweet-talking brought me down another $50.  Plus, there is no sales tax in Oregon. Dress price $900 out the door… with $100 left over for DIY supplies 😀

Post # 24
397 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I expected to pay $500-700. 

My dress was $650.  Alterations will be around $100-150. 

Corset was $48.  Veil, shoes & underskirt are all borrowed! 

Still need to find jewelry!

Post # 25
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

With alterations (including the row of buttons I just, er, have to have), mine will be about $3,000, which was the budged I had to work with. I was hoping to save part of it, but I fell in love with my dress.

Post # 26
484 posts
Helper bee

My dress was about $3000 and I NEVER thought I would spend that much. I thought no more that $1000 for sure. But when I tried it on I teared up, my mom teared up, the bridal consultant teared up… my mom just said "well, I guess this is it!"and said we had to get it. I’m trying to save money in other spots to make up for it by making my own jewelry and doing several DIY projects.

Post # 27
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

alowehe – I am totally in  the same boat. My dress was $2450 and I NEVER thought in a million years that I would spend that much. But it was the very first dress that I tried on with my mother and we BOTH TEARED UP, and just knew that was the one. Don’t worry other bees – I tried on another! It was perfect and I absolutely LOVE it! I could just envision my entire wedding day from the moment I slipped my dress on. My veil was $250 and I added a blusher, so tack on another $150. I am lucky though, since my parents basically picked up the tab (except the blusher add-on). I’m dreading the alterations bill though, I won’t lie. My FH and I are trying to save money in other spots (just like alowehe again!).

Post # 28
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

$445 for the dress which came with a slip, veil/tiara, garter, and dress bag! It also fits so perfectly that I will only need to spend about $35 for a bustle. WOOT!

Post # 29
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I got two dresses totaling under $200 from eBay. We had a really low budget for our outdoor park island ceremony so I wasn’t about to spent tons on a dress. I spent around $70 for two pairs of shoes, of which I only wore one of them. But when I look back now I wish I had gotten a dress that I loved instead of one that I liked that cost less. I did love my reception dress so that kind of made up for it.

Post # 30
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My budget is $1000 and I intend to stick to that 🙂

Post # 31
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

My dress was $650 (maggie sottero "colby")

Veil was $20 (I made it)

Alterations:  Free one of my bm’s is a seamstress and that was her wedding gift to me, and I did my own bustle.

Shoes: $40  from endless.com

No bra, no stalkings, all jewelry was given to me by my fmil and my fh

I made my own swarovoski hair pins which cost me nothing because they were made with supplies laying around my house.

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