Post # 1
When talking to a few friends of mine the topic of wedding dress pirces came up and I was told that I was crazy to even think that I could find anything of quality for my price range. Now I am a FULL plus size gal so of course the range of dresses is a little smaller so because of that and all that excess material prices are way out there. We are getting married on a tight budget and I only have 550$ to spend on my dress and accessories (my sister is lending me her veil, its my borrowed)
just out of curriosity how much are you all budgeting on your wedding dress?????
Post # 3
My dress was my mom’s, so I can’t help you with the budget of the dress, but with your $550, are you including alterations with that? If not, I spent probably about $500 on alterations alone. Now, I completely changed my mom’s dress to fit me and my style, but still, the alterations of a wedding gown definitely aren’t cheap unfortunately. I think you can definitely find a dress for $550, but the alterations are going to be more than the dress itself.
Good luck and hope you find what you’re looking for!
Post # 4
My dress was only $650 and I know plenty of girls who have gotten their dresses for much cheaper—just let it roll off! As long as you can bargin hunt you should be golden 🙂
Post # 5
Totally! I’m amazed at some of the deals some of the ladies here have found! With some patience and bargaining, I’m sure you’ll find something perfect!
Post # 6
My original budget was $500 but I was concerned I wouldn’t find anything I liked for that amount. My budget now for dress + alterations is $1000 (although I’m willing to spend a little more if I fall in love). The biggest thing I’m going to try to do though is find a dress with a corset back so that the cost of alterations will be cut down!
Post # 8
I budgeted $700-$1000 but REALLY wanted one under $500. I found mine for $400 on sale, off the rack.
So don’t let anyone tell you your dress is cheap/chintzy/crappy if you don’t spend a gazillion dollars. It may not be couture, but you’ll keep your dinero in the bank =]
Post # 9
Mine cost $600!!! You are not crazy, girl! I got so many compliments on my dress & it was perfect for me! You will definitely find something in your price range with no problem.
Post # 10
I plan on getting my dress from Aria dress. I love their simple, classy styles. And I REALLY love their prices. They also go all the way up to a size 26.The dress I want is below, and in the fabric I want, in a size 16 is only $455. In Silk Shantung its $265 or Duchess satin it would only be $205.
I’d really recommend checking out their site.
Post # 11
@ilikepink, your board is adorable =]
Post # 13
@ejs. Thank you! I am a photoshop nerd, so I love making IBs.
@LYBANA- You should def. check out Aria then. They are really simple dresses, but they have a wide variety of styles.
Post # 14
if there is a running of the brides anywhere near you, try that (sponsored by filenes basement) i went there in NYC this past february and found my dress! i had toyed with a few dresses some of which were originally 7000+ (at the event they were reduced to 799!) the dress i got was around 2000 and it was at the event for $249! you cant go wrong.
i didnt actually have a dress budget in place before going to the event. but i must say, i just went to have fun and get the expereince and try on a billion dresses. there were TONS (most were around size 10 and up) but there were also smaller and larger sizes too. i highly, highly recommend it! and it was a blast 🙂 see if they do that anywhere near you!
Post # 15
Seriously, look at http://www.keepmeinstitches.biz I bought a gorgeous/well made MOB gown there (Queen size) for $219.00 plus shipping. I went to a local drycleaner/seamstress and had her take my measurements -so I knew the’d be correct, and then called customer service, bc I only had 2 months til the wedding. Based on my measurements they told me what size to order, and I received it in the right size. I had been leary of ordering online, but when I saw that they have a “brick & mortar” store in Scottsdale, PA it made me have the courage to order. I was worried about the quality-but a woman that did minor alterations makes wedding gowns and without knowing what I paid for the gown, she said is was very high quality. I don’t know what size you are, but I would suggest you get measured by someone who is a seamstress. Now it looks like you can enter your measurements at this website and you will find what size to order. Their simpler wedding gowns start at only $99.00!!! I would suggest if you need alterations, to go to a drycleaner seamstress-unlless the gown is very complicated-you will pay much less that way! Good luck and keep us posted. I was an extremely happy customer! (My daughter’s photographer & friend said I should just wear the gown everywhere!) hee hee
Post # 16
You are not crazy!! My dress was $550 and I picked it because I loved it not because of the price. What area of the country are you located in?