(Closed) Income vs dress budget? What is yours?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Mrs.Z.:  I paid for my own dress, it was $750 (+tax & alterations) on clearance.  I made just under $60k that year.  My ering was around $1k (I don’t know the exact price), my husband is/was a grad student, but it seemed ridiculous to me to spend more than that on a piece of jewlery (I hardly wear jewlery otherwise) regardless of how much he made.  I loved both, spending more wouldn’t have increased that but I also wouldn’t have spent $750 on a dress I didn’t love just because it was cheap, ykwim?

Post # 4
8453 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I spent $900 on my dress, I make $0 income (SAHW).

Post # 5
2224 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Uhh, my income is $0 right now (I’m in grad school) and my dress budget is $4000 (although the dress I fell in love with is only $2415). Our parents are paying for our entire wedding, though, so our income isn’t really relevant to our budget for anything.

Post # 6
9199 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I make about 50k and spent 120 on my dress! (Macy’s for the win.) But actually my parents and in-laws funded most of our wedding, with a set limit. I preferred to spend thousands on booze and food and all that than on a one-time dress, personally. 

Post # 7
1671 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

Mrs.Z.:  Dress is a little over half my take home each month after taxes (my mom was kind enough to purchase it as a gift tome), but it is less than half my FI’s monthly take home. My ering is probably the equivalent of just over one month’s salary for Fiance or 1.5 month’s salary for me.

Post # 8
4035 posts
Honey bee

Mrs.Z.:  While income is relevant, it really depends on where you live because $100k in New York is way different than $100k in Kansas.

Anywho, Darling Husband and I make about $115k combined and my parent’s gave us a total of $6,000 for our wedding. Our entire wedding cost was $11,500. My dress was $900 (+$300 in alterations), though it was orignially $1,700. I bought a sample Casablanca Couture and it was a great deal/still really good quality. 

If you want to keep under a certain amount, try to find a sample dress. Many of them are still in good condition and may only need spot cleaning, if that. I bought mine, had it hemmed and brought in a little and then the salon steamed it for free. 

Post # 9
799 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My dress budget was $1500, but the dress I feel in love with was $1800 and by the time we finished with alterations I was at $2300. No regrets. Combined we make about $110,000 a year. My e-ring, I don’t know the price he paid, but I believe it comes around $7500. 


Post # 10
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Mrs.Z.:  I will say, my original budget was $1500, keeping in mind that there would be other expenses and I just wanted it under $2k.  The dress I ended up buying was on a total whim.  I went to David’s Bridal with a friend, had no intention of ever (yup, I was being a bit of a snob, which is stupid given my original budget anyway lol) buying a dress there, but they tried that one on me and I thought it was gorgeous.  When she told me the price, I said “wrap it up!” 

Post # 12
8050 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

We both have middle class to upper middle class incomes living in an affordable part of the country. We’re doing a really simple wedding, and I don’t want to pay that much for a dress I’ll probably only wear once. I have one dress for the legal ceremony and one for the celebration. Altogether it’s about $400. My Engagement Ring is probably a little less than one month’s net salary for Fiance.

Post # 13
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Calamigos Ranch

My parents and future parents in law are paying for the wedding, which has made me even more frugal in my wedding planning (I don’t like spending other people’s money). But I make 90K a year right now and my fiance makes a considerable amount more than I do. My budget was $3500 according to standard budget breakdowns, but I spent $700 on my Monique Lhuillier gown. I have known which dress I wanted since I first saw the design in 2011. I got such a great deal because the design is older and I bought a sample. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/345510602634130540/. I call myself a budget bride by choice! 🙂

Post # 14
2422 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I make about $45,000 a year and my budget is $2000 for my whole look- dress, veil, shoes, jewelry. The dress that I fell in love with is $900 so I think that will be very doable.

Post # 15
9 posts

I am a student, and just had heart surgey so unable to work right now, so my fiance is paying for our wedding and my mom and nana are going to help me buy my gown $2000 limit no exceptions! I’m doing house work for my grandma and walking her dogs and making her dinners to help her as thanks for my gown 🙂 I think its very smart and awesome that you are being so practicle! 🙂

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