Post # 1
My budget for a gown is $1000. Two weekends ago, I tried on about 14 dresses. Half were under $1000, most were over. Now I don’t have a problem spending a little more than $1000 if I really love it, but I’m scared I won’t find a dress I love in my price range.
I know it can be done, so I’m wondering if any of you ladies found your dream dress for under $1000, just to give me some hope!!
And in case you’re wondering, I’m a simple girl, I like rouching, I want a train, I don’t want jewels, sparkles, pearls, etc on my gown. I also must have a button up back (corset underneath is just fine,) I don’t like corset backs (please don’t take offense if you have one, it’s just not my style!) One shoulder with flowers on it would be ideal 🙂
Post # 3
There are MANY dresses under 1000. You absolutely should not have a problem finding one in your budget. Unless you are shopping at Kleinfelds….LOL. I’m sure most of the population has a similar budget. Most of the gowns you see in all the bridal magazines are $1500 or less.
Post # 4
I actually got my dress of under $1K..it was originally like $1700 at Pronovias but I got it for 40% off because someone had ordered it and never picked it up..I hear of this happening alot..Alot of times people return dresses or never pick them up..
I am sure you will be fine!! Lots of places of have dresses under $1K!
Post # 5
Oh, wow, there are so many gorgeous options for under $1000! I bought my Maggie Sottero at a traditional bridal store where most dresses were $1200 and up, but they offered me the floor sample at 30% off. That brought it to $600. It’s the Vernice model (mine is white, not champagne):
Look for sample sales at dress shops, and also consider high-end department stores. Many of them have bridal selections under $1,000 (check online for best selection). Even retailers like J.Crew and Ann Taylor offer bridal now, and they’re priced at a few hundred dollars (though not as formal).
Keep looking – you can absolutely find something you love in your price range!
Post # 6
Try Allure —
Allure 8755 — this one has a corset back, but they are known for their crystal and satin buttons so I don’t see why you couldn’t customize it.
If you google the style numbers, you can get price ideas from bestbridalprices and jaysbridal, which are reputable, authorized dealers. Even with the customization, you’d probably come in under budget.
Post # 7
I found mine for under $700. If you go shopping now most bridal stores are getting rid of their summer stock, so if you find one on the rack, you can get a good deal and take it home right away.
Post # 8
Each of my top 3 dresses were between $7-800, by Casablanca, Maggie, and Justin Alexander. I tried on a ton of dresses and only a handful were over $1000 (Pronovias and Sophia Tolli), but even those were under $1200.
It definitely can be done, just maybe not at the highest end retailers. I’m always amazed at people who go into places like Kleinfelds with a $1000 budget and are upset that they’re only getting to try simple sheath dresses. If you look at smaller local stores, your money will go so much further.
Post # 9
you should definitely look on websites where people sell their dresses new and used….check out preownedweddingdress.com or oncewed.com…i actually had bought a dress for $1600, didn’t like it anymore. so i never wore it or altered it, then i sold it for $1200 online! so the person buying it from me got an awesome deal. so i would say don;t let price get you down, there are ALWAYS ways.
also, if you are not set on keeping it forever since you will only be wearing it once…sell it after! lets say you get a dress for $1700, you can knock off half of that and sell it easy after your wedding.
Post # 10
Thanks so much for your advice ladies. I just got back from going to a couple more places and I found 2 gowns that I love – one was $650 and one was $750 🙂 Now I have to make a decision!!!
Post # 11
If you find a dress you love try the websites http://www.ebridalsuperstore.com or http://www.netbride.com. They are both reputable businesses that have actual stores in Burlington, NC and Chicago. I know the first one is accreditated by the BBB, and I think the second on is. The dress I love is $1400 in the store I tried it on in, but ebridalsuperstore has it for $792. They both carry a large number of designers. Good luck!!
Post # 12
The fact that you don’t like pearls, beading, rhinestones, etc, is a good thing for a girl on a budget. My budget was also $1000 and I was looking for similar styles as you – ruching, no bling, no corset, flowers. I got my dress today and it was $1027, 25% off $1350. Also remember you can haggle with the bridal store! There was a trunk show going so I would’ve gotten 15% off but I was really adamant about my budget so they knocked off some more for me!
Post # 13
Have you tried this Maggie dress from her Destinations collection? It has a GORGEOUS one shoulder design with flowers. I think its around $900 if I remember correctly.
Here’s another…I’m not sure of the price though!
Are you open to purchasing a used dress? That is always an option too!
Post # 14
I’m 100% positive that you can find a dress in your budget! Just keep looking and be patient.
Post # 15
These are all Casablanca dresses. The dress I bought is Casablanca, so I can attest to the quality of the dresses. They’re gorgeous and very well made for the price range.
I’ve included prices that I found for these. They’re from Jay’s Bridal in FL, so they might vary depending on store, but these should be close.
Post # 16
You can totally find them! Another option is to find a seamstress, either locally or on a site like Etsy, and ask to have a replica made for you. I’m getting a custom dress that would have been about $600 from Dolly Couture made for just $180 by a seamstress.