(Closed) Need help! Dream dress or….okay dress

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Hm… the money would be nice to save.

But you did originally think 2K on your dress. Plus it’s a once in a lifetime dress! Maybe you can sell it after the wedding so that you don’t feel bad about the cost? Also have you looked for a used one? I love the second one… and you could wear a lacy little wrap to give it the same feel as the top one…

Personally I don’t think I would order a dress that I haven’t tried on yet. That’s risky!

Post # 4
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Do you have any pictures of you in the second dress? 

IMO, those are two REALLY different dresses.  I like the second one better just because I’m not in love with all the coverage of the first dress.

You have a good amount of time…could you browse around a little more?

Post # 5
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Can you find another place to try on the first dress?  I drove 3 1/2 hours to find a place where I could try on my dress.  It worked in my favor because I ended up buying it there, in Oregon, where there was no sales tax!

Post # 6
2633 posts
Sugar bee

If you don’t LOVE it then don’t buy it (the “okay” dress, which I think is beautiful btw).  I wouldn’t buy a dress that you haven’t even tried on though, I’m just too nervous to do that (esp. with a 2k price tag).

You still have time to do more dress shopping, I’d see what else is out there.

Post # 7
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I would check with them to see if the 180 could be applied to the cost of whatever gown you choose.

Post # 8
639 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i love 8483, and for half the cost!!  What if you spend the $180 to “borrow” the dress to try it on and then hate it?  It puts you over budget if you buy it, or adds $180 unnecessarily to the cost of buying the less expensive dress.  On the other hand, if you try the “dream dress” on and love it, then it may all be worth it.  As artsprout.love said, it is a once in a lifetime dress, so you should end up with what you love.

I definitely would not order it without trying it on first though.

Post # 9
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

If you’re not in love with the dress don’t buy it! Like Mrs. DG said – it’d be great if you could find another shop to try the dress you love on!

Post # 10
1637 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I agree with @noritake22- See if the $180 is applied to the dress you choose. Spending $180 just to try something on is ridiculous! I like both of the dresses but again they are VERY different styles.

Post # 11
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Did you see KLP 2010’s pics in Dress 1? She had a thread about how it was her dream dress but she was disappointed when she tried it on, you may want to check it out. Personally I think it was beautiful, but I like the second dress you posted it as well.

I’d definitely recommend trying on the first one on so it doesn’t keep nagging at you. If you love it much more, then it’s worth the money. I wouldn’t say that if it was $5,000 but this was within your planned budget anyway. If you don’t get what you really want, you’ll probably end up with dress regrets later. There’s a reason there are 10x more posts on the dress thread than shoes, accessories, favors etc, it is a once in a lifetime thing and much more important than those little things IMO.

If you spend the $180 to borrow and you buy the other dress, can the money be applied to that ? Worth asking.

Post # 12
4122 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

haha! Yay for 9552! I still love it, it just wasn’t right for me… I wound up with Pronovias’ megan.

I drove 3.5 hrs to try it on too… and they quoted me $2800, so you’d be getting a steal on it! I only got them talked down to $2450 or something. I should add that I also wanted a $2000 “look” budget but I would have made it work for the $2400…. 

After 2 years of waiting… I tried it on! MANY PICS!

Post # 14
1209 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Personally I like 8483 better, but that could be because I orderd 8465 which is almost the same except tea length. Have you looked on the Justin Alexander website to find out when a trunk show would be in your area? I was lucky enough to find a trunk show only 45 min from where I live and I got 20% off and free shipping. Also the first dress would more than likely be at the trunk show and you would not have to pay extra to have it sent to try on. Good luck!! =)

Post # 15
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Have you looked around for something similar to your dream dress that comes in at a dreamier price? If not, bring the photo to a bridal salon and say “I want this, just not as expensive as this. Find me something similar.”

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