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

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 31
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Helper bee

I think it’s how much you can COMFORTABLY afford.  If one is a multi-millionaire, a $10,000 dress is nothing.  If one is a middle income earner, and the dress is more than a couple of months salary, that’s just silly in my opinion.

Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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elizabethturner:  According to this poll of about 350 Bees, most paid b/w $1000 & $2000, which is actually what I paid. Quite a few paid less than $1000 & $500 and more Bees were on the lower end than the higher end. For instance only 10 paid over $5000. So don’t be fooled by TV. The average bride is not clearing out their savings to buy a dress. My guess is that you’ll be happier to find a reasonably priced dress that you love and still have money in the bank.

How much did you pay for your wedding dress?

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I don’t know if anyone has mentioned the fact that different styles of dress have different average price ranges.  I was looking for a fitted lace dress, and all dresses I looked at seemed to be around the $750-$1500 price point.  I ended up purchasing a Maggie Sottero dress for around $1300.  There was a girl near me in one of the bridal salons looking for a big poofy ball gown, and her dresses seemed to be at higher price points than the ones I was looking at.  So I think your budget will depend partly on what dress you want.  There was a sample dress for sale in one of the shops in my size that I liked, and it would have been about $700, which I did strongly consider.  Ultimately though, for a variety of reasons, I decided to order the dress I did.  But purchasing the sample would have been an easy way to save a few hundred dollars.  You can also try on dresses in shops to find your size and style preferences, then purchase a used dress online.  Or just choose a designer and style that naturally falls at a lower price point.  Dresses with more fabric and more detailing are often more expensive.  Some people order a bridesmaid dress in ivory for their wedding dress also.  Good luck!

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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elizabethturner:  I think it depends on budget and what was saved.  I had saved up for my dress and had a set amount that I would spend on it, alterations included. When I hear of dress amounts anything over $2k sounds like way too much for me to spend on a dress you wear one day.  I’d actually say over $1500 because of alterations.  Mine was a sample sale $900 dress.

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Enoch Turner Schoolhouse

As a bride-on-a-budget, I didn’t think I’d be wanting a dress that cost $6,500!  My Fiance knows me too well and when I told him about it, he expected the dress to cost $10k.

With everything I’ve ever wanted in life (going back to college, my first car… etc) I always looked for ways to get it in the most cost efficient, practical, reasonable way. 

First I decided to buy pre-owned.  I didn’t care that the dress would’ve been owned by someone else previously, all I worried about was the condition of the dress.  Luckily I found a seller within my city!  Bonus: her and I were the exact same height and size.  The dress FIT like a glove, like it was meant for me.  No alterations, no hemming, it was perfect!  She sold it to me for $3500 cash.  I benefited from her purchase (she bought it at the Vera Wang Salon for $7000) because she got some elements on the dress custom made – like the buttons going down the back was extra, because the original design was zipper, and a custom made sash that cost her an extra $500 at the time. 

For this dress, I saved up all of my tip money (I work part-time as a waitress alongside my full-time job of executive assistant) and was able to pay for it in full.  What I plan to do after the wedding is to re-sell it, and hopefully, if I sell it close to the paying price I got it for, my dress is essentially “free”.  I don’t mind not keeping the dress – as it will only take up room, and when am I going to wear it again really?

So I guess my advice is, if you find your dream dress – your wedding after all, is a once in a lifetime experience – go for it!  Sell clothes, bags, shoes you no longer want to make extra money, get a part-time job, re-sell the dress afterwards and make your money back.  There are TONS of ways to get the money you spend back – wearing your dream dress, on your wedding day, is a ONCE in lifetime opportunity you shouldn’t miss out on!

Post # 36
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Bumble bee

I’ve seen girls in clearance dresses that cost as little as $100, and they looked like they could be worth a few grand. So definitely hit the sales rack, you might get lucky.

Post # 37
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Helper bee

I am of the personal opinion that as long as you have the money, and you want to spend it on a dress then however much you can afford. My budget so to speak is £3000 ($4500) however I have saved an extra few thousand just in case I fall in love and my dream dress is say £5000 ($7500) 

I would not like to spend more than £3000 ($4500) on a dress however I only plan on getting married once, and I work hard so why not spoil myself and buy the dress of my dreams 

Post # 38
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I agree with a lot of other bees. If you have the money to spend on the dress and feel comfortable spending that money then go for it!

My dad offered to pay for my dress and gave me a $4000 budget. I personally felt that was way too much so I went into the bridal shop with a max budget of $2000 but if I didn’t find something I liked then I would have upped it. The dress I loved ended up being $1500. I do feel its a lot to spend on a dress you wear for one day, but honestly because I could afford it, it was totally worth it!

Post # 39
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

While it would be pretty sweet to have an unlimited budget, I think it’s fun to have to hunt for something in my price range! I’d like to spend around $200 but I think I’d be willing to spend up to $500. In my experience, Tradesy, preownedweddingdresses.com, BHLDN, and eBay are all fabulous options! I love a lot of the J.Crew wedding dresses, and Nicole Miller has a lot of options for <$1K. If you’re willing to buy a dress that’s been worn once, it’s way easier to find something gorgeous within the budget you feel comfortable spending. I found an amazing pair of (comfortable!) gorgeous gold high heels that are totally my style at Goodwill for $5.00 and I’m saving them for my wedding!

I think the budget should look very different for everyone! My wedding budget is $7K so obviously it wouldn’t make sense to spend thousands on my dress, but for someone else, you wouldn’t bat an eyelash. Nothing wrong with that! The boy told me he thought it’d be ridiculously sexy for me to get married in something awesome AND cheap from ebay! haha! I live for a great deal.

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

How much you spend is dependent upon your individual budget. If you have to deplete your savings for any portion of the wedding, then it means you cannot afford it. There are plenty of beautiful dresses in the $1000 range and below. It might require more searching, but it can be done. I agree with your fiancé.

Post # 42
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

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prettygirl05:  yup. Kinda stoked about it. But idk… Fiance just gave me a new budget of 7000 for the dress. Ughhh. I loved the dress not sure anymore😑

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

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sumshine.dawn: Wear two! You can wear the second one for your reception. 

Post # 44
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

For me, spending more than $3000 on a dress Was too much. I went dress shopping 5 times before I found my dress. The most expensive dress was about $2800. I was expecting to spend $2000-$3000 because in my area that is just how much wedding dresses cost. Mine ended up being $1500, but after alterations, veil and hoop skirt hire, it was about $2500. 

Post # 45
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Newbee

Right when I got engaged I decided I was buying my own dress because I didn’t want anyone to have control over my choice because they were paying for it. I am the first of my friends to get married and I only have brothers so I had no idea how much wedding dresses cost. I went to David’s bridal with my mom and before I even looked at any price tags I set a $1,000 budget for my dress. After trying on a really plain dress for $800 I was so worried I would be able to get anything beaded or lace for that price so I bumped it up to $1,500-$2,000 for the right dress. I ended up buying a plain tulle dress for $400. It was $800 brand new, but I purchased it used for half the price and you can’t even tell anyone previously wore it. I would suggest looking at wedding resale sites where you can still get a gorgeous dress that’s been pre-owned for half the price! Plus you don’t have to pay sales tax and some sellers will pay for the shipping themselves. (belt is not included in the $400 I paid)

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