(Closed) I'm never going to find a dress I love in my budget

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1239 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@MissFireFlower:  sorry to hear what you are going through.  Can you sell that one and keep looking? You still have a long time to go, more dresses will come up before then. 

Post # 5
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

try rentthetunway.com!! There are plenty of fancy gowns that can pass for a wedding dress!!! Your budget is doable!!! I have rented three times already for a date with the hubby and formal events, I love it!! use what you have and do what you can!! Good Luck from a fellow WB!! PS I spent like 1500 on my Maggie Sottero and about 1000 on alterations, no joke!! the dress is just sitting there in one of our closets!!! My Maggie was amazing but damn talk about blowin’ dough! Try Nordstom too for a simple ivory/white dress! 

Post # 6
2891 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

hmm what size are you? I can help you look. Watch local craigslists etc.

Post # 7
467 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Have you tried http://shopruche.com/? My friend got a dress from there and she didn’t even have to get it altered.

Post # 8
3368 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Bridal consignment shops! I’m not sure where you live, but most every city these days has consignment stores I’m sure you could stay well within your budget and find a gown you love!

Post # 11
1598 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

have you tried looking for bridesmaid dresses (or evening wear dresses) in white or ivory? 

These dresses will be more simple than most bridal gowns but I’m sure you can find a lot of options for under $300.

Good luck! Smile

Post # 12
882 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Rue La La has sales on wedding dress all the time. 

Also check out the designer ABS—they have a wedding dress line now, too. Good luck!

Post # 13
1963 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@PacificMrs:  I second this! I found some pretty good ones at bridal consignment. The only reason I didn’t go that route is its too hard to decide under pressure for me. Also have you considerEd finding a bridesmaid or grad dress you like and ordering it in white?

Post # 14
9181 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Another place to watch is macy’s and nordstrom’s!  I would check the online catalog of “formal evening dresses” every once and a while, and there are a few REALLY pretty white/cream/nude/champagne dresses for $150-300. I ended up getting one from Macy’s for $110.  It’s totally fits my style (not super frilly) and I’m going to have the neckline altered a little to make it perfect.

Or a white/ivory/etc bridesmaid dress?

Or a prom dress?

I second the second-hand bridal stores too.  My friend got a beautiful dress at one of those for $150.

“Bridal” gowns are just white dresses with crazy price tags In My Humble Opinion.  Good luck!

Post # 15
882 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Also, try Church Street Bridal. They are located in Virginia. All of their designer gowns are between $200-$700. They get all of the dress samles from a ton of stores and designer showrooms (including Kleindelds)—they are samples that have never been worn. It’s a nonprofit and the money goes to battered women. They post pictures of their dresses that come in on their Facebook page—you can call and order over the phone. 

Post # 16
1522 posts
Bumble bee

yes u can just gotta do some hard shopping… keep looking… especially craigslist

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