(Closed) I am so frustrated with dress shopping!

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 16
2409 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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xtals:  My gown came from a designer who won the 2007 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award, was a finalist for the 2007 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, and in 2009 was inducted as a member of the CFDA. It came from her bridal line, so definitely a wedding gown.

Very fashion forward — my girls who work in fashion / lifestyle all loved my gown. It was less than $200.

You can do it, just be creative. You won’t get Pnina from Kleinfelds, but you can find something. 

Post # 17
6 posts

Hello there, i’m was on  the the same boat. My husband and I are having a church wedding after 10 yrs  of being together and we have 4 kids,  so my budget was the about $600 and everything i liked was way over that or not what i was looking for.  I finally came upon Nicole Miller’s website and saw a dress that was very very close to what i wanted.  100% silk!  so i got it for $700.  I’m not sure how simple you want your dress to be but Nicole Miller has options and JCrew, if you think they are too simple you can go to etsy and buy some appliques for your dress and with the help of your mom or a seamstress add them to the dress.  Good luck!

Post # 18
2407 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I think Ann Taylor also has some affordable options. 

Post # 19
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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xtals:  I’ve had lots of dresses custom made for me, (I have a love for a particular company who makes 50’s style custom dresses and outfits who are based in Bali)……. and I had my reception dress made for me by a company in China (hand sewn solid silver sequins with a huge fishtail tulle mermaid bottom for £300) and i’d say it was WAY better than my £1400 wedding dress.

I HATED dress shopping with a passion as I just couldn’t find anything I liked in my budget. In the end I just went for the dress my friends thought looked best. I didn’t even really like it! But I so wish I’d just gotten one made in China at a fraction of the cost. These Chinese companies are extremely good imho… Just make sure you are VERY accurate with all of your measurements.  (PS. Etsy is great to shop from.) 

Post # 20
362 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I second the PPs who suggested trying on nicer dresses at boutiques and then finding a used one online.  Try preownedweddingdresses.com or oncewed.com.  I bought my dress used for $600.  You might even want to search the sites in advance, find some that look pretty and are in your price point and size, and then find boutiques close to you that will have those dresses specifically to try on.

Post # 21
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Definitely try the preowned sites and look at the sample sales around you.  Also, find out when Brides Against Breast Cancer comes to a city near you.  According to their website, “most gown prices range from $99 to $799 with designers gowns valued up to $3,900.”  I would be wary of the knock-off sites.

Post # 22
299 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

hi although I’m in the UK I had the same budget as you! I definitely agree with pp about trying on dresses you like & looking for them online, that’s what I did. I tried on the maggie sottero Kirby at a boutique and bought the divina online Off eBay. 

Dont give up you will find your dream dress within budget too, x

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