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

posted 13 years ago in Money
Post # 77
76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

$180 🙂  Alterations for the dress will be about $300 — there’s a fair amount of beadwork and chiffon.  It will be perfect though.

Post # 78
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I went dress shopping for the first time at David’s Bridal.. needless to say I bought my dress there! I really didn’t plan on it, because I wanted something different and you see those dresses everywhere… i must have tried on 30 dresses and none of them gave me that butterfly. The consultant walked away and came back with this amazing dress and as soon as i put it on, my moms mouth dropped…It wasnt a dress i had seen on anyone else, so i was happy. the website and magazine also due my dress no justice whatsoever. I had never set a budget just figured i’d wing it.

My dress alone without alterations so far was $1,200 it is an Oleg Cassini. I got it for an even $1,000. I still haven’t had my alterations nor have i picked out a veil or ordered my slip… keeping my fingers crossed on a reasonable outcome!! [attachment=149891,7945]

Post # 79
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

The process for finding my dress was gruling but im extatic(sp?)

 My budget wasnt specific i just didnt want to drop 1,000 on a dress i’d were for max 5 hrs.

First I went to Davids Bridal. . .. .. long story short. . . .baaaaddd experience..

Then i went to a privatley owned boutique and found an Alfred Angelo that i absolutley LOVED. . . they had it listed as $900.00 not including alterations which would have run me about 200-300.

So then i went to a tiny boutique the next town over from mine and found THE dress; similar to the Alfred Angelo i tried on and in the end in was 655.20 and i am planning probably about 100.00 on alterations! 



Post # 80
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Mine is a Maggie Sottero (Capri Marie). It was $1200 up here in Vancouver (only 1 store in this city sells Maggies). So I went online and checked out stores in Seattle and found it for UNDER $800 AFTER taxes!  It’s being altered now so I don’t know how much that will be…but I’m thinking under $300 because the lady who’s doing it is a retired seamstress who works out of her home so it’s cheaper than most places. 

I have 2 veils.  One is $140 after taxes but I split it with a friend who’s getting married in August (mine is in July).  The other one is just a plain long cathedral length one I got off ebay for $35.

Shoes are $200 in Vancouver but I got them in Seattle for $120 after taxes.

Headpiece is  $20 from MICHEALS!!

Earrings were $3……yup! $3   and my necklace my parents got me….it was $2000+ (the most expensive thing I’ll be wearing).

Oh and I got a stick on bra (since my dress has a open corset back) from Victoria’s Secret last month for 50% off so it was $35.

Post # 81
784 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2008


I fell in love with a Jim Hjelm and nothing else I tried on compared.  

Dress:  Jim Hjlem 8765 –  $3600

Alterations: $200


Veil: Malis Henderson – $400 value (but free with dress)

Grandmother’s veil: $100 cleaning/preserving/alterations

I am thrilled with how all of it turned out!

Post # 82
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I fell in love with my dress without even looking at the price tag! We went back during their sample sale and it was marked down to $399! I bought it on the spot! We paid $180 for alterations (bustle, hem, and lowered the back). My shoes were $300 and my veil and accessories we $550. so total for the day of $1298!

Post # 83
468 posts
Helper bee

My budget was $2000, and my dress with alterations was $1500.  With the crinoline and long line bra it was closer to $1700.

Post # 84
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

My dress budget was $1,000 and I got a $750 dress on sale for $650. It is ordered and I have not received it yet but I am hoping alterations won’t be through the roof, I would like it to be no more than $200.

 My veil budget was $200 and I purchased one for $160.

My accessory budget was $200 which was very understated. I have already spent $50 on a bra, $83 on a bracelet, $67 on a clutch, and $140 on shoes. Plus, I still need earrings which I would like to keep under $50. So we are looking at $390 for the accessories – good thing that dress came under budget!

Post # 85
10 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

one word: J.Crew

 Unless you go for the more expensive dresses on their website (i think 3K is their highest) the range is between $500 and $1000.  Mine was $850 (Not including the 20% off I got for opening a Jcrew credit card — i shop there so often anyways that it was worth it, and it was sent to me with no shipping).  Then you get 60 days no questions to return the dress!!!  So if it doesnt fit, order another size and return the first.  Best part: the dress sizes are true to size… none of this silly size 6s wearing size 12s or anything like that.  i knew my normal j crew dress sizes and ordered my wedding dress in that size as well.  Fit like a glove.   So well done and the customer service is wonderful.

However, j crew’s dresses are simple, no fuss and very straightforward elegant.  If you’s like a more "princess," formal look for your dress, the options become more limited/expensive at jcrew.  But its always worth a look!

Post # 86
101 posts
Blushing bee

Budget (for everything):  $1000

Dress and slip:  $374
Shoes:  $0
Alterations (only need the hem, so my mom can do it): $0
Veil: no more than $25
Bra: still need to figure this out

At this rate, I’ll be able to buy a suit and trimmings for the FH.  YAY!

Post # 87
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009 - Byodo-In Temple, Luau Reception

I really didn’t want to spend more than $500 on a dress and I’m sooo glad I didn’t!

Dress: $320 (originally priced at $750)
Alterations: $53
Shoes: $56 & $10 (I bought a second pair to change into for the reception)= $66
Clutch: $30.00
Hair Flower: $50.00

So ALL together I spent probably around $550 for ALL my attire. Undies included. :o)

Post # 88
23 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

My budget was $2000

I fell in love with a dress that cost $3500

Bought a sample of the exact dress on ebay (in perfect condition) for $127.50

Alterations were $480

I’ve allocated the rest of the budget elsewhere so I hope I’m able to get a good deal on a veil too!

Post # 89
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

My budget was $600 ..

I’m buying an Indian dress called a lengha and have been looking around for something in my budget. I think I have found the one but its $200 over .. but I am pretty sure that will be the one. 🙂

 Jewelry will be close to $150 for all the Indian jewelry. And alterations will cost me about $35.

Post # 90
13 posts
  • Wedding: November 2009

I budgeted $2000 just for the dress but fell in LOVE with the 2nd store I went to (RK Bridal) and bought my Casablanca dress for $920.

A dressmaker is making my mantilla chapel-length veil (materials & cost)= $80

So, even with alterations budgeted at around $200, I’m still way under.

P.S.- Glad to read so many B2Bs getting such good deals too!

Post # 91
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Budgetted $1000

Ended up getting knock off made in China: $180

Alterations & bustle (estimate): $100

Shoes: $300 (biggest wedding splurge so far!)

Accessories (DIY veil- indecision cost me here): $137

Total: $717

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