Post # 1
I am in a pickle here because I can’t decide on what I want to do. I found my dream dress
Justin Alexander 9552 – It costs 1900.00 which I talked about spending 2000.00 the most on a dress- but really I don’t want to spend that much since I am the one paying for it.
Of course the bridal store did not have this dress so I couldn’t try it on. They want to charge me 180 dollars to borrow it from Justin Alexander.
But while I was at the Bridal shop I tried on Justin Alexander 8483- the one with the flowers on top and big poof bottom…It was okay looking I really like the top of the dress just not in love with the bottom. It was 995.00 for this one.
I am torn because do I have them order the one I love to try on or do I settle for this other one. Also if I buy the cheaper dress that means I will have more money for my shoes/wedding ring…whatever else.
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
I would check with them to see if the 180 could be applied to the cost of whatever gown you choose.
Post # 8
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
- 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
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
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
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 # 13
I didn’t know I could take pictures in the dress!! I know some places like Kleinfeld don’t allow that, so I just figured I couldn’t. I drove an hour to this bridal shop because they were the only ones in the area that carried the Justin Alexander dresses. I just had my daughter in August so I hafta take her with me to all the places so it’s hard to travel too far. But the closest place that has the first dress is like 5 hours! I thought about re-selling the dress afterwards…I kind of wanted to keep it for my daughter- but who knows what will be in style like 20+ years from now lol.
I posted the rest of the picture of the second dress- It’s really poofy compared to the first one…I really did like the details of this dress It just wasn’t a WOW I’ve found it my dress for me…everyone else in the room came over to see it on me and was blown away. It’s really pretty I am just not sure. Most of the other dresses I was looking at were A-line/Ball gown lace dresses. I am having a very New England fall themed wedding- think pumpkins, leaves…we are doing thanksgiving dinner type menu. I wanted the dress to reflect a classic look. My photographer is going to be taking a lot of bridal shots of me in the woods with the leaves so the second dress goes with the naturey type theme almost. Most of the shops I talked to told me to order my dress by march since it takes a while…I’m just torn. I do have a Kleinfeld appointment the first week of march but I have a feeling most of the dresses are way over what I want to spend. Anyone been there?
Post # 14
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
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.”
Post # 16