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

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 32
7650 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

My wedding dress budget was about 0.82% of our income. I ended up spending under our budget.

Post # 33
14 posts

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SweetEmerald:  I know you weren’t judging! 🙂 And that’s horrible about the “hosting properly.” That’s awful! This is off-topic, but I was just over at the Knot boards and I couldn’t believe how horribly people were treating those who had more than 1 wedding (meaning, getting married in a court house legally and throwing a church service and reception months or years later). Why the judgment, especially when it makes the bride and groom happy? Ugh 🙂 Thanks for your response 🙂 I appreciate it!

Post # 34
78 posts
Worker bee

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Post # 35
4885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I did not pay for my dress (my parents did), but I, myself, wanted to stay around $1K, I did try on dresses that were up to $2K but knew I could find something better for less money – and I did. My dress was $880, and will maybe have around $100-200 in alterations done.

My Fiance and I make alright money, for where we live. It’s not anywhere near what most of you have posted, but we manage just fine.

Post # 36
66 posts
Worker bee

Erm, wedding is easily into the $300,000+ range.  Dress is in line there.

Our combined income is ~$225,000 yearly, plus we both have fairly substantial trust funds.  We can afford our wedding no problems, but both families are big time into this.  As I’m the only daughter of nine kids, and only granddaughter of 73 grandkids, the big ass wedding is expected and has been budgeted for since I was born. DF’s family has certain things they expect and they pay for those since it’s what they want. 

Post # 37
1376 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base

My wedding gown was $99.00 at David’s Bridal Semi Annual Clearance in June.  My gown came in at 2% of our 5k wedding budget.  Our, read his, income is very high for our area.  We just choose not to spend where it is not necessary.   We are older.  I am 45, he is 53 and this will be his first marriage.   I am very proud of the fact that our wedding is being done so inexpensively and so far under budget.   We paid cash for my weight loss surgery and find that was money better spent.   Everything comes down to priorities.   Our wedding isn’t at the top of the list. 

Post # 38
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I haven’t added it up recently but our combined income is ~$200k. I will spend whatever I have to spend to get the dress I love but I am very strict about the dress being “worth it” in other words, the materials and workmanship must at least partially justify the price. This excludes places like alfred angelo and davids bridal that use cheap polyesters but charge designer prices. Similarly, a $7000 gown would have to be really something for me to be willing to consider it.


That has left me mostly in the $1500-$2500 range where the quality and value intersect. I’m fine with that. Our total wedding budget is $8k but I didn’t include the dress as I’m paying for that myself.

Post # 39
9632 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

my salary had NO bearing on my dress budget.  my mom had X amount of money to pay for the wedding.  she wanted me to have a $3000 dress, i wanted a $300 dress.  didn’t see the point for one day.

my dress was $850 + alterations. 

Post # 40
233 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Aug 30th, 2014

Our income was 50000 (he was in grad school). I was considering dresses in the $1000-1500 range, but ended up making it myself for about $800. I did splurge on the other aspects of my bridal look, though.

Post # 41
398 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

My dress was about 16% of what I personally make in a month. But when you combine the incomes of everyone who’s contributing to the wedding (FI, me, my parents), it’s only 2%.

Post # 42
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Beach

I’m looking forward to a David’s Bridal $99 dress sale, though my budget is a meager $300.  My fiance and I are paying for the whole thing (We make about 65,000/year combined, living in MA). I don’t see much point in spending a ton of money on a dress I’ll only wear once. I don’t even really like dresses. I think I’ll find something tasteful but not extravagant

Post # 43
3723 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

My income played no role in my dress budget. The budget was based upon what we thought we could get a nice dress for. We found many beautiful dresses in the $1,500 to $2,000 range and so that’s where we tried to stick. We didn’t want to overpay but we also didn’t have a strict budget. We were just looking for a reasonable middle ground.

Post # 44
1609 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I make 55,000 a year and my fiance makes about the same. I paid for my dress myself and it was 900 plus tax. My whole look (dress, veil, shoes, jacket, and belt) was around 1300. My mom gave me a set of pearls to wear for my birthday.

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