Post # 1
Hello Pittsburgh Bees!
So I, like most brides, have a pretty strict budget. I cannot imagine spending THOUSANDS of dollars on a dress that I’ll wear for a few hours. And because of that I’ve become slightly terrified to even enter most bridal shops.
I would like to keep my dress cost under $1000, I might be able to stomach going up to $1300 and I look at these websites and feel like if I walk into their store and tell them that’s my budget they might laugh at me or just have nothing for me to try on.
I’ve done David’s Bridal (not my cup of tea) and Alfred Angelo’s (found a few I’m interested in) but everyone says when you find it you’ll just know, and that hasn’t happened yet.
So do any of you Pittsburgh Bees have recommendations on where I could go? I live and work in the city, and would be willing to travel up to an hour away if need be.
Thanks so much!
Post # 3
I live in the Robinson area, which is where I got my dress. There is a small shop called CK Bridal Boutique on Steubenville Pike. The people there are awesome! They carry a lot of Casablanca and the dresses I tried on were under $1k. I highly recommend them!
Also, as a warning, I’d avoid Babette’s in Bridgeville at all costs. I have a friend that had a terrible experience there where her dress never came in. She kept calling to get a delivery date, and they kept putting her off. Finally two weeks before the event, she had to go shopping for something off the rack to wear because they couldn’t get her dress in. Apparently they had account issues with the designer so the designer wouldn’t send any dresses to the shop until they paid up. This was after they took my friend’s money. I’d hate to see a bride have to deal with that stress!!
Post # 4
I would try the White Orchid in the South Hills. All the dresses I tried on were under 1k and weren’t plain. All of them included some kind of lace or beading. I purchased my dress at a store called Zelenski’s in Chaleroi (a bit of hike outside the city) but they were GREAT and affordable! I got my Jasmine gown and veil for $1000.
Just a tip, you should always ask if they can negotiate on the price. They almost always can and the worst they can say is no. I got $70 knocked off mine….every little bit helps!
Post # 5
I went to Bridal Beginnings for my dress. They seemed to have a lot of different price ranges to choose from.
Post # 6
Your budget is not that restrictive. You should not have any problems finding a dress in that range. If you feel like traveling, there is a Running of the Brides in Cleveland in August. Not too far from Beachwood Place, if you’ve ever been to CLE. Also, there are tons of sample options.
Post # 7
i went to bridal beginnings on 450 Cochran Road. they were so amazing. i will tell you this. go to a place before this and try on like 10 dresses. get an idea of what you want. i thought i wanted a big ballgown…..looked horrible on me!! i ended up with Jovi by Maggie Sottero. form fitting and beautiful! it was $1100 but after the bustle and cups…about $1500. make an apt and try them! sooooooooooo wonderful! she brought in 2 dresses….i wanted a maggie. the first i tried on was it! the woman was really good!
Post # 8
When I went dress shopping, my budget was $500 and none of my consultants even flinched. But make sure you check the price of the dress anyway – they’d often bring in dresses that were $600-800. And definitely tell the consultant your budget. Some of them don’t ask, meaning you could end up trying on (and falling in love with) a dress that’s way out of your budget.
Post # 9
I just wish I could sew lol…I know what I want in my head and I can’t afford it…
Favorite number one…
Favorite number two…
But ::sigh:: those are both basically twice my budget…
Post # 10
Both of those dresses are gorgeous! I especially like #2. Have you considered finding a seamstress and having one made?
Post # 11
Try MB Bride in Greensburg! They have tons of dresses and almost all of the ones I looked at were under $1000. I bought my Maggie there, and paid like $850 for the dress and alterations (not including the bustle).
Post # 12
I’ve also heard babettes is awful. I got mine in Youngstown, OH at a little place call Jacqueline’s Bridal. She has a good selection in that range. My dress, with alterations and veil was about $1500. However, her hours are restrictive and she is kind of annoying. I’m having an extremely difficult time working around HER schedule to get fitted. Which is weird because I’m paying her. I also looked at Tula’s in youngstown. She has a HUGE selection and my best friend got hers there. Good luck!
Post # 13
Theres a place in Sharon, PA (about an hour away from downtown Pittsburgh) called “The Winner”. You purchase dresses of the rack but all are really gorgeous and affordable. They have signs up that say “70% of retail prices”. I looked there and found one dress I loved but they didn’t have it in my size and couldn’t order it- but it was definetly worth looking!
Post # 14
I found my dress, my daughter’s dress and her homecoming cocktail dress at The Winner. There were two more shops on the same street.
Post # 15
Sorry I missed this thread earlier, but a previous poster suggested MB Bride and I would definitely agree. There was a Maggie dress that I had looked at when I visited Bridal Beginning and was told it would be about $1300. The same dress at MB was just over $1000. I couldn’t believe the price difference, for literally the exact same dress!
My only issue with MB was the alterations lady we had. I have scoliosis (curve in my back) and the alterations she made were uneven (she took in more on one side), which enhanced my curve instead of making it less noticeable. Not cool! After several tries, she finally adjusted it so the curve was barely noticeable at all, but along the way she kept insisting and insisting that my back was the problem, not her alterations. She also did some really odd things when she was altering my mom’s dress (adjusted one shoulder but not the other), then tried to tell my mom that HER back was crooked too (it isn’t!). So try to avoid the eastern European alterations lady… but aside from that, I would highly recommend MB!
Post # 16
MB Bride ordered the wrong size dress for me. Twice. Their selection is fantastic, but their customer service was awful. I cannot comment as to their alterations department, since after the ordering fiasco, I just wanted to get the dress away from them as quickly as possible. However, I’ve heard from numerous brides who have had rotten experiences with their alterations department.