(Closed) More affordable designers?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Kate0558:  I would look at used dresses. I got mine for $500 and it retails for 2k. It was in pretty close to perfect condition (technically there is a spot or two on the underside of the train where you can’t see). Its La Sposa’s Fanal. I also saved a ton on alterations because the bride who wore it before me is my height and has the same measurements. So all I have to get done is add a bustle (though this doesn’t often happen, I just picked a popular dress so I had a lot of listings to choose from).

ETA: preownedweddingdresses.com and oncewed.com are good sites to start with.

Post # 4
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I know someone who had good luck at Alfred Angelo’s sale rack. She got a beautiful dress for $500!

Post # 5
8424 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Mori Lee makes affordable dresses! Try searching the classifieds on wedding bee for a used Mori Lee! Also her new ones might be in your price range as well!

Post # 6
1297 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Did you try this one? This one is V-neck with pickups and $349


Halter with pickups $400


Cap sleeves and pickups $600


My budget was about like yours and if I could do it over (and if I’d had more time!) I’d probably have gotten a nicer, used dress.

Post # 7
136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I second Mori Lee, here are some I tried on that were under $1000, if you bought the sample it would be a lot less, some samples sell for 25%-75% off the original price.

  • Mori Lee 1612 -$880
  • Mori Lee 4521 – $500
  • Mori Lee 4808 – $600
  • Wtoo “Mimi” – $800
  • Wtoo “Natalia” – $850

Maybe it’s worth taking a trip to Church Street Bridal they are located in Lynchburg, Virginia. http://www.churchstreetbridal.com/index2.php?v=v1#/home/ They sell sample dresses from high end bridal shops like Kleinfeld bridal. They also post their inventory on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/churchstreetbridal

Post # 8
645 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I would suggest calling some bridal shops in your area and asking if they have anything under $500. I did and I had very honest responses. I ended up going to one that said they had a few – maybe 5 or 6 and then some sale dresses. I made an appointment and got mine for under 400. I wanted a fairly simple dress so it worked out perfectly. I never would have thought I could afford that shop but I was pleasantly surprised! I actually found David’s on the pricey side.

Post # 9
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I found many stores that had entire sections of their store dedicated to last years samples that were all priced around 500 dollars or less. Can you find a store like that in your area? I absolutely love my sample dress and no-one will ever know how much it cost!

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