(Closed) How much is TOO MUCH for a wedding dress?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
7555 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

That is such a subjective questions. Personally I don’t think anyone should deplete their savings or go into debt for a party including their clothing for thar party.

A wedding should be about more than the party and the dress. 

So I think buy the dress that you can truthfully afford, because a lot of people lie to themselves over what they can truly afford.

There are hundreds of dresses for under $500 and the majority of them are beautiful dresses. 

You need to remember that wedding TV shows are a marketing tool. The designers either give their dresses for free or at a reduced rate for being showcased on the show. TV shows are not reality.

Make a new thread asking for links to dresses under $500. 

Also both you and your Fiance need to come to an understanding on what the clothing budget can be. Neither of you should dictate it if you are both contributing.

Post # 3
122 posts
Blushing bee

It depends on how much you earn and saved up.. but I personally wouldn’t recommend to any average person to spend so much on a dress.. because there will come a time where you feel you could’ve done more with the money. If you like a particular design, why don’t you get it replicated by one if those popular replica online stores? They do a wonderful job.


TV always exaggerates things.. yes many brides spend $5000+ on a dress.. but what about the majority that don’t?  They don’t get much airtime because exactly that,  they are the majority.

Post # 4
7 posts

I think you do not need spend so much money for your dress.the price of mori lee is about 1000$.I suggest you choose mori lee wedding dress!

Post # 6
736 posts
Busy bee

My limit for the dress itself was $500, plus extra for shipping and alterations.  I bought a dress for $499 from bestbridalprices.com, and I’m very happy with it.  I’ll admit that I was tempted to buy a more expensive dress that I saw at a local store, and it was also a bit scary ordering online, but in the end I’m pleased I went with the less expensive option.  It’s still a lovely dress.

Post # 7
254 posts
Helper bee

I honestly think brides in $500 dresses look just as beautiful as brides in $5k dresses.  Remember so much of the added cost in the expensive gowns is just paying for a label.  If you are comfortable going down the used route – you can get a beautiful gown for a fraction of the price it would be new and when dry-cleaned they look pretty much new anyway.

Post # 8
1979 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

My budget was no more than $2500 and i fell in love with a dress for $2100. I don’t regret a penny spent on the dress because I work hard, i save for a long time and deserve to spend what I’m comfortable spending on myself. 

Post # 9
1113 posts
Bumble bee

Honestly, even though I could have spent thousands on a gown, spending the $325 I spent was too much for a dress I will wear once for 7 hours.  

I hate to be a downer, but I cannot remember gowns.  I remember all my friends wore white dresses, but besides that, I really couldn’t tell you how much I remember it.  Maybe it’s because I’m not a “dress” person, and I don’t care much about clothes.  They all more or less look the same to me, and I knew I would NOT have enjoyed the process.

So all in all, wedding gowns are worth very little to me.  I don’t want to look dumpy, but I couldn’t talk myself into the time/money it takes to get “the” gown, whatever that means.  

You need to figure out how important it is to you.  If you have an unlimited budget (which, I am willing to bet nobody on here does) for your gown, then whatever.  It’s a personal choice and I would rather use the cash to buy an upgraded bar package, a welcome dinner for guests, more food options, a valet, or any number of other upgraded things.

Post # 10
1526 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

There’s a really big difference between $5,000 and $500.  There’s a lot of middle ground that might make you both happier.  I went into dress shopping with a $3000 budget, just because I didn’t want to limit the styles I could see, and nothing that I liked was over $1,800.  Lots of great brands/designers are “reasonably priced” compared to the $5,000+ dresses you see on TV.

Post # 11
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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elizabethturner:  are there any second hand/consignment wedding stores near you? That’s where I got my dress. MUCH cheaper than ordering new.

$500 is doable but keep alterations in mind (mine were $150). Also are a accessories (veil, shoes, underwear) included in the $500? If so those can add  fast.

I see a lot of brides on here that get great deals on wedding dresses because they buy white/ivory dresses that aren’t called a “wedding” dress.” From modcloth, nordstrom rack, etc. 

fwiw I wish I would have spent less on my dress. My whole look was about $1500, but I’m jealous of the brides who looked as equally gorgeous for much less 🙂 


Post # 12
12326 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Too much is more than you can comfortably afford.  Except everyone defines “comfortably afford” differently.  To me, comfortably afford, or even afford at all does not mean emptying out every last penny in savings.  Yes that is “affordable” since you technically have the money for it… but what if your car breaks down next week and needs $700 in repairs, then you’re screwed with a 5k dress hanging in the closet.  On my big splurges, I never spent more than 5%-10% of my savings.  So if I wanted to splurge 5k on a dress, then I’d feel I need 50-100k in savings to seem “affordable”.  Personally, I didn’t think the dress should be that expensive so even though I actually did have that much in savings, I paid $250 for my dress and was totally happy with it.

Post # 13
2595 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

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elizabethturner:  My Budget was 3,000 but I found a dress on Amazon for $20 that i really liked. So I bought it and because why not? If I didn’t like it I could always sne dit back thanks to amazon prime. But I think this dress looks great. I am changing the sash in the middle but in the end I LOOOOVE it. What style of wedding are you going for? Because I know tons of dresses under $500

Post # 14
154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

My budget was pretty low in terms of dresses (1500) but that’s because I could easily find a dress within that limit where I live. The one I ended up loving and buying was $800. I agree with the pp’s who said you shouldnt go into debt for your wedding dress. There’s a couple my fiancé knows whose wedding was four years ago and they’re STILL paying off her dress. 

Post # 15
1814 posts
Buzzing bee

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You can get a beautiful dress for under $2000, just depends what you want. I usually say the lowest realistically you can go is $500. I work in an mid-range price boutique and our stock average $750-$1500.

Mori Lee is a great affordable brand to look at (minus their AF couture collection). Even their bridesmaids dresses are a great price.


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