Post # 1
I’m watching Say Yes to the Dress (lol) and it seems like almost every bride brings a parent or a relative who sets the budget and is responsible for paying for the dress. Then there is the inevitable back-and-forth between the parent who wants to stick to the budget and the future bride who wants to go above it. (Draaaama.)
I’m in my 30’s so my financial situation is a bit different than that of most younger brides, but I plan on paying for my dress. I was curious about the rest of you! Who is paying for your dress, and how are you deciding your budget?
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Post # 2
We had a destination wedding and paid for the entire thing, plus our parents’ trips ourselves. However, my mom insisted on buying my dress. I didn’t feel too bad though because I found mine at David’s Bridal for less than $400.
Post # 3
My mom, although I did not expect it. I think she’s using the money my grandma left her.
Post # 4
I’m 30 and very financially indepedent–we’re paying for our wedding, but my parents wanted to buy my dress. I wouldn’t have let them if I felt like it would be a burden on them, but they are pretty excited about it and it’s a nice way to get them involved.
Post # 5
I paid for my dress myself. But my parents are paying for the majority of the wedding as it is the tradition in my family. In addition to my dress I am responsible for the decor, favors, invites, and the wedding party needs
Post # 7
I wanted a specific dress that cost, for our low budget wedding, a great deal (though less than most dresses), so I paid for it, outside of our combined wedding budget. Like you, I am also an established professional who can afford it, though. My friend is making it and he gave me a deep discount, so I guess you could say he is also paying!
Post # 8
Fi and I paid for everything ourselves.
Post # 9
My mom paid for my dress and told me what the budget was. No drama when we went dress shopping though, I didn’t even think about going over budget!
Post # 10
I paid for my own dress & wedding…. Although, my parents paid for catering and my FI’s family let us use their backyard for our reception
Post # 11
I did, although the cost was factored into our budget, and my dad ultimately (almost a year later) gave us a check for half of our budget. So maybe it would be fair to say my dad paid for half? ( We’re over budget by $3,000 now, but that’s not really the point….)
ETA: Also, I’m 46 and my Fiance is 64, so we are obviously financially indpendent. The only reason my dad is contributing to my wedding is that I have 2 sisters, a step sister, and a step-brother who all got married in their 20s, and my dad contibuted to and/or paid in full for each of their weddings. This is my first marriage (even though I’m a grandmother – lol) so he felt like it was only “fair” to contribute. I really didn’t expect him to, but I’m glad he did — we are having a MUCH nicer wedding as a result!
Post # 12
My dad is paying for my dress and my mom is paying for the reception. I did not expect it but my parents both want to contribute.
Post # 13
I hate this show. I’m 21, paid for my dress and wedding myself. SO is paying for a modest honeymoon. We aren’t having a cake and punch wedding either.
Post # 14
I picked “other” because I’m going to wear my mom’s dress. So I guess my mom paid for it… 30 years ago!
Post # 15
My mum split the cost half-and-half with me, I wasn’t expecting it but wouldn’t say no! Haha.