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

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 47
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221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@KatNYC2011: ha ha, yup, definitely heaven.  I catch myself “petting” the dress when I’m in it!  I need to make sure I don’t do that during the ceremony or reception though…I’ll look really silly!  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 48
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Amounts of money spent on each item for a wedding is so personal, and forces us all to compare ourselves to each other ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s ok, as long as we all understand we’re not in a competion. Obviously it all depends on your overall budget, income, preferences & tastes. I can personally appreciate dresses in all price ranges, even those that are rediculously high-priced IMO ๐Ÿ™‚ My overall wedding budget is right around 7K (hopefully), so obviously I won’t be spending thousands on a dress. My initial dress budget goal was no higher than $500- looks like if all goes well hopefully I’ll be able to do right around $250, inlcuding alterations.

@AprilJo2011: Too funny, so true Wink

Post # 49
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367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Money is all relative. Too much is what you can’t afford. My original dress budget was $5K. I think I watched way to much Say Yes to the Dress. I truly believed that to get a decent dress I needed to pay that much. Oh how wrong I was. I wanted a Pnina style dress – one of her more modest ones ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved Sara’s dress if anyone remembers that. I’m in CA and had no access to try those on (thankfully). My consultant put me in a Maggie Sottero. I bought the first dress I tried on. It was $1,500. Looking back, I’m glad I didn’t spend $5K – $6K just on the dress. You can find a beautiful dress at any price point. I really found it interesting that some lower priced dresses look very similar to very expensive dresses.

Post # 50
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33 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

my upper limit with everything included was $7000. i am coming around $6500. Dress was 4600, veil $1000 and the rest is alterations and tax.

Post # 51
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@TxsAggieBride: I was petting my dress too! I’ll have to make sure to keep my hands VERY clean so as not to get stuff on my dress during the wedding. It feels SO nice.

Guess no finger foods for me!

Post # 52
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Budget is $2,000.  But I tried on a dress this week that I really kinda liked, and it was $229, so who the heck knows what I’ll end up in.  Dress is important to me, but honeymoon is WAY more important.  A thousand dollars can make a huge difference in the honeymoon!!!!!

Post # 53
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

There’s no limit. Yes a lot of dresses are overpriced, but that’s the bridal market for you. It’s only too much if:

-You can’t afford it and are putting yourself in financial hardship

– The dress doesn’t have great quality, style or workmanship to deserve the price tag

– You haven’t shopped around and are paying more than what you would elsewhere for something comparable

I can’t agree with the  “I can’t justify spending x amount of $ for 8 hours” argument. With the same logic, why are a lot of people spending $20K+ for an eight hour party instead of just going to the courthouse?

Post # 54
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My dress came to $1185, which was more than I had originally budgeted, but I loved my dress.

 

While I couldn’t imagine spending more than that, I’m a firm advocate of “If you have the money, spend it”. If I had money to purchase a custom Vera Wang silk ballgown, I so would.

Post # 55
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree with meliss…it’s all relative.  I put a loose budget of 1k in my mind, I could easily afford more, but thought it was crazy to spend that much on something I’ll wear for a few hours.  I only ended up spending 250 + 130 for alterations, and sometimes think that’s too much for those few hours, but I dont think I could have done it any cheaper.

Post # 56
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I personally think anything over 3k is too much.

I don’t really want to go over 650-700$ for the dress & alterations. DB & LightintheBox, here I come!

Post # 57
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@kala_way:I disagree completely. A dress over $2000 isn’t just a waste of money, there are quality differences. Just because they don’t matter to you doesn’t mean that any dress over that price is actually a rip off.

My two second/third place dresses were from two local (San Francisco) couture shops. If your job is high fashion, and you have years of experience as a couture seamstress and designer, your hourly wage is at least decent and it takes hours and hours to build a great dress.

My second favorite dress was $5000. And it would have been worth it, too (even though that is *really* expensive).

Post # 58
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My budget was $1500 and under. I wanted to keep it under $1000 (figured $500 for possible alterations) but when at the bridal salon my Godmother said $2000 and that she would pay the other $1000. It was my first time shopping and I was way to nervous as it was to fight with her over budget. My dress was $1625 but with tax and shipping it came to $1801.28.

Post # 59
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I couldn’t justify paying over $1,000 for a wedding dress — and that’s not including alterations. So up to $1,600 if needed. Even with that, my dress was under $400…

Post # 60
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I spent $350 on my dress which is much cheaper than I thought! I bought it online and here is my dress picture:

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