(Closed) In love with a dress…over my budget! Share your opinions & experiences!

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
18627 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I didn’t buy a used dress but I would think that you should be able to negotiate for a dress like this since it has been worn often.  Also, if you find one that was modified, you might be able to negotiate more than a not altered one.

Post # 4
53 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MrsJH13:  I clicked on your post to comment on my experience and then saw it’s about Enzoani Diana- my dress!  I was stuck between this dress, which I paid 2500 Canadian for or the White one 411 dress at 1100.  Huge difference and I almost settled for the less expensive dress but I know now that I would have had HUGE dress regret if I’d done that.  I probably would have ended up buying two dresses and been out more money.

So, my suggestion is to follow your heart and readjust the budget to get the dress you love, if its possible.

In answer to your question about pricing, you may be able to negotiate a bit with the salon, but not on the basis of it being a carried over style.  Materials and labour actually get MORE expensive each year.  I would be honest with consultant – you love it, but it’s out of your budget and you may try to find it secondhand- and ask if they are flexible on the price.  If not, maybe they can help with accessories, or a veil or something.  Call a few salons and compare prices.  Ask if you can buy the sample.  Look for it secondhand.

good luck dress twin!


Post # 5
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Yes, you can and should try to negotiate. I did.

Post # 6
472 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Try to negotiate or find it second hand. Emotions need to be left out of dress shopping. It’s not worth wrecking the budget for an article of clothing you’re going to wear for a few hours.

Post # 8
612 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

You could also try purchasing the sample if you love it that much. Your consultant may also be able to find something very similar in your price point that would wow you just as much. Its not worth stressing about now though. You love the dress in a picture and might hate it on. I know I ended up with something completely different then what I imagined.

Post # 9
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

have you looked on preownedweddingdresses.com?  I’m trying to sell my Fabi and it’s never been worn.  There are several dresses on there never worn with tags at a discounted price.  I would take a look.  I know many are in your price point.


Post # 10
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

get the dream dress! my dress was WAY over my budget ( ended up being close to 7k) but honestly it was totally worht it! i wouldnt have felt as pretty if i had to settle for another dress .. trust yourself!

Post # 11
19 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

This is so funny, I was just about to write a post about the Enzoani Diana! I cannot find it anywhere to try on! The only bridal store in my state doesn’t carry the sample and told me that I would have to buy it sight unseen. There aren’t too many Dianas that I can find preowned online either. Good luck, its a gorgeous dress!

Post # 12
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Yes, definitely worth it to ask.  The bridal salon I visited this weekend – the consultant brought me a gown to try on that was priced on the tag at $1099.  Over my budget.  However, it was a 2011 sample (Casablanca 2032) that seriously just “happened” to fit my body like a glove.  I swear this dress was made for my body, LOL.  Anyway, the owner of the shop saw how much I loved the dress, and offered to take $300 off if I wanted the sample.  After a bit of negotiation on my end, they included tax and a pressing/dry cleaning.  So I ended up with a much higher quality gown than I thought I would have been able to afford!!

Post # 13
641 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013


There is a difference between going over your budget a little bit, and doubling your budget!


Try the thing on first!

Then, try some more.  If your still in love with her, then negotiate, or find it used.  If you cant, dont go over your budget that much!  Keep looking and you will find your dream dress.


Because, really? After the wedding, what will matter more? That you wore that dress, and now have no use for it. OR you saved $1000 and got a different beautiful dress, that you still felt great in


Post # 15
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MrsJH13:  that is a pretty dress.  if you know that is out of your budget then do not try it on.  you will fall in love with it and not be able to get it. most bridal salons have fixed prices and from my experience they do not negotiate.  there was only one salon that would give a few hundred dollars off. 

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