(Closed) Justifying the cost?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Because I’m worth it! No, seriously I wasn’t going to spend more than £500 but then realised that I loved a dress for £1000 but justified it to myself that I would sell it (maybe for half price) after the wedding. That way I’m only paying 50% and someone else gets a great dress at a bargain price.

I ended up finding the same dress on Ebay brand new for £500 so problem solved, but that was just lucky.

Post # 4
804 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Go to a custom or replica dressmaker like Jasmine’s Bridal Shop! I bet they could cut at least 50% of the price.

Post # 5
14657 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@MissWizz:  Good luck!  I certainly couldnt justify it, I’m much too practical.  We had the funds to buy just about dress, and I got one for less than 500.

Post # 6
701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I went double on my original dress budget including the alterations and slip I purchased with it. At this point I really can’t see myself having gotten a different dress.

Post # 7
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I set out with the thought that it is just one day and I will only wear it for a short time and we are only having a few people there so I am not spending alot of money on a wedding dress!!! Famous last words!!!

So after scouring the world it seemed for the dress to ‘fit’ the style of my wedding I was finally able to find a designer in Scotland who would make it but at a VERY high price… I agonised over this decision but finally came to the realisation that this was the dress I wanted to wear and I would always look back and ‘wish’ that it had been ‘that’ dress I had worn… BUT that is just me…

I think if your able to be rationale about it and know that you will NOT torture yourself for years later that you ‘coulda, shoulda’ bought ‘that’ dress then go with the less expensive one…. otherwise…….

Post # 8
1548 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

It’s the most important dress you will ever wear – that’s my justification. You may only wear it for one day, but you’ll look at the photos for the rest of your life.

Post # 9
731 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Have you considered re-selling it after the wedding? You could recover maybe even 75% of the cost! I haven’t researched in-depth the success rate, or how many price reductions girls usually make (which i will eventually do for sure),but that’s definitely an option for me if I end up loving something out of my budget… and even if my dress is under budget!

Post # 11
16 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

I was in the same boat.  I wanted the Jim Hjelm 8011 dress which was 4k (before alterations).  I tried to rationalize why I should get it.  I even attempted to restructure my budget around it.  But after about 2 wks of comtemplating, I went w/ a similar dress – WTOO Lycette, which has all the same things I liked about the Jim Hjelm but for 900.  Ppl I’ve showed the dresses to say they can’t tell the difference but I can – to me they’re completely different dresses…BUT at the end those differences weren’t worth 3k.  My WTOO dress is in and I’m happy w/ my decision.

Another alternative – maybe you can find your dress pre-owned?  Oncewed, preownedweddingdresses, recycledbride, etc.

Post # 13
766 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I knew my dress would be pricey because I wanted lace. I tried on my dream dress and fell in love. It’s $2k. I told my Fiance it was really expensive but never gave a number but it was something I really wanted and I was going to pay for it myself. No help from him, his parents, or my parents. I wanted it for myself. He seemed to really respect that. I just hope he thinks I look smokin’ hot! 🙂

Post # 14
418 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I doubled my dress budget but decided that I would sell my dress after the wedding.  I really don’t care to keep since I will never wear it again.  If you truly want that dress and could afford it then go for it! 🙂

Post # 15
1963 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I went about $600 over my ideal budget, although the cost was still manageable. I figure since I am paying $1700 CAD for my dress I should reasonably be able to resell for about what I am over budget by or maybe a bit less so that makes me feel more comfortable. Is reselling an optiyou for you?

Post # 16
1257 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think you should do whatever you want. You are an adult and if you do not mind spending that kind of money to make you happy then do it.  I personally could not justify spending that kind of money on a piece a clothing, wedding dress or not. I am an advocate for looking for preowned gowns. I got mine for 1/3 of the retail price and I don’t regret it.

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