(Closed) How much is too much money on a gown

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Mine was $1,600 (before alterations) and it’s stunning. I love it.

Post # 4
1664 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t think I could justify going over 2k. It’s a dress I’ll wear for one day… I just don’t see the point. I’d like to stay around $1000 …although I haven’t even been in to try any on yet. I won $500.00 off the price of my gown at a bridal show, so maybe that means less money? Or as my Fiance says….nope..that just means you’ll buy a more expensive dress, knowing you.

Post # 6
274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think this is all just relative to a person’s opinion.  Everyone has their own idea of what is too much. I don’t think any amount is right or wrong…it’s just a matter of what is in your budget, what you are comfortable with and if the dress makes you happy.

Personally – anything over $500 is too much for me.  I spent $100 on a full length gown for the church ceremony and $75 on another dress to be cut into tea length for the outdoor reception.

Post # 7
9028 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I wanted to stay under $1000, I got my dress for $625, alterations will be around 150-200 so I’m still way below my budget, Plus I bought 3 veils [one cathedral veil, one blusher and one birdcage for the reception] and the veils came up to 200, so altogether DRESS+ALTERATIONS+VEIL =1000, so I’m pretty pleased about this!

Here is a pic of my dress by MORI LEE BLU

Post # 8
551 posts
Busy bee

It is all relative. I didn’t have a budget and my dress ended up being 7k from top to bottom. Could that money have gone elsewhere? Yes, but it did not effect anything else and I love my gown and felt it was unique and just was awesome, so it was money well spent IMO

Post # 9
123 posts
Blushing bee

The budget for a dress is definitely a personal choice, as well as the budget for the entire wedding. My friends’ budgets range from 1k to 13k. To each her own, right? I mean, there are people who really value nice fabric and the art of handmade gowns and see the gown as a pivotal part of their wedding. Then there are women out there who could care less about the dress itself and could easily rent one. 

Post # 10
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I didn’t really have a budget either, I wanted to stay under $1,000, but my dad would have paid anywhere up to $10,000+ if I found the dress. I found my dress the day after a trunk sale, and the store gave me the same discount so for the dress and the veil (plus taxes) it was $1,500. Alterations will probably be a little more because I’m adding/taking a couple things on/off, but it will (hopefully) be under $2,000 when all said and done.

Post # 11
1636 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I am HOPING to spend around 5-700 but will go up to 1000 if its the RIGHT dress.  and it has to be the RIGHT dress to have me spend that much.  That is ALOT Of money to me. my original budget was 200.  yep, thats right 2 HUNDRED dollars, but I decided this is the wedding (VR) of my dreams and after 20 years, I am not settling. 

so yea,thats it in a nutshell…

I agree though, I couldn’t imagine spending like 12k or even more than 3k on a dress, but that is just me, and I do not have the budget for it.  God bless those who do:) 

Post # 12
10285 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I personally think even $1000 is too much for a dress that’s going to be worn once. My initial budget was $500 but I soon realized that it was just unrealistic for what I’m looking for. My wedding dress is $869 and I’m even having an issue justifying that. 

Post # 14
2589 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

My dress was $340 because that’s what I could afford.  If money weren’t an object for me, and I had fallen in love with a $12k dress, I suppose I would have gotten it.  Money is all relative.  The value of $340 to me, maybe the same value that $1800 is to another bride, or $12k is to another bride…

Post # 15
2392 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think my ideas on budgets changed as I looked at more dresses, even though I managed to stay right around my initial budget.  When I first started looking, I thought it was kind of silly to spend more than 1k to 1500 on a dress that you’d only wear once, especially since that’s more than I generally spend on my wardrobe in an entire year (fair warning… my wardrobe stinks and is falling apart).

As I tried on real dresses, I could tell that there was a definite difference in quality between the dresses in the 1k range and the ones in the 2k range.  It was kind of depressing to realize, for instance, that my favorite favorite lace dress (Marisa 865) was 2700 and no lace in the 800-1k range was anywhere close to that.  So I definitely see the reasons why someone might spend several thousand… there’s a palpable difference in the materials especially for certain types of fabric.

But in the end, I freaked at that price and also freaked at the whole long dress thing.  I ended up choosing a knee length Priscilla of Boston dress that was about 1100.  It’s a gorgeous silk fabric (though not so much of it), within my budget, and I can wear it again.  Yay.  Though it took a lot of time to realize I would regret wearing a long dress more than I’d regret wearing a short one.

Post # 16
482 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

$3k i think is going to be my limit. my mom is paying for my dress (she insists) and i just can’t put her out like that.

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