(Closed) POOR bride looking for a dress that looks like a MILLION bucks

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

What is your budget?  I think you need to get offline and go to a real shop.  if nothing else, you have to try these things on to know that it fits and it worth the money.

Post # 4
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513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

My friend got a beautiful designer gown brand new on ebay. 🙂 She went to bridal salons, tried on dresses and discovered what she liked. Then, she found the dress on ebay for so much less!

I got mine at alfred angelo and I am very happy. 

Post # 5
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1428 posts
Bumble bee

I second eBay. Also it could be worth checking out some thrift stores and re-sale stores in your area. Good luck!

Post # 6
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426 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

My friend ordered from littlecoral.com and loves her dress.  I think she said she paid around $290 and free shipping.  She ordered in way in advance incase she didn’t like it.  But she did, so it worked out.

I also have a friend that got a bridesmaid’s dress in white for her wedding dress.  It was very pretty and didn’t really look like a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress.  Im not sure what she paid, but Im sure it was less then a Bridal gown. 

Post # 7
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1883 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

How much will you spend on a dress?

Post # 8
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21 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ebay for sure I bought a brand new Pronovias LA Sposa dress from a 3 dress bride who of course just wore one dress. $255 with free shipping try your luck there. and the dress was more beautiful in person.

Post # 10
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773 posts
Busy bee

So I am a HUGE fan of Nordstrom.  Look at these:

 

http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/3012649/0~2376776~2374327~2374331~6014150?mediumthumbnail=Y&origin=category&searchtype=&pbo=6014150&P=1 

http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2980430/0~2376776~2374327~2374331~6014150?mediumthumbnail=Y&origin=category&searchtype=&pbo=6014150&P=1

 

http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/3032848/0~2376776~2374327~2374331~6014150?mediumthumbnail=Y&origin=category&searchtype=&pbo=6014150&P=1

 

http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2984554/0~2376776~2374327~2374331~6014150?mediumthumbnail=Y&origin=category&searchtype=&pbo=6014150&P=1

 

Any of those would look great– you could add a sparkly or lacy bolero from Etsy to add a little something fancy.  The nice thing about these dresses is that they are going to be a much higher quality than a dress bought at a bridal salon for the same price.  Also, you could try getting a bridesmaid dress in white. 

 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

If you sew, you can easily pick up materials for fairly cheap. I made a lace dress for under 50$. You could always go on Etsy too, there’s lovely things, and usually, you can find somthing you love for a decent price. And if that does work, you can always put out a request for your dress to be made.

 

If you were in Ontario, Canada, I would make a dress you love even and ship it to you for materials + labour.

Post # 12
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27 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Alfred Angelo has great prices on wedding dresses and sales.  I love mine and only paid 315.00.   I’ve attached a pic.  It’s perfect for my beach wedding.   Good luck, I am in the same boat as you re: finances.  Try not to stress, it will all come together!!!

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Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

You can find a lot for $300-400, especially with sales.  A lot of shops make after-hours appointments.  I would never dream of buying a wedding dress without trying it on.  You have to find the time to do so.  Any amount of money you spend will be a complete waste if the style doesn’t look good – and bridal sizing is not the same as in street clothes.

 

Post # 14
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610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I have heard very good reviews on an ebay seller : April Bridal He can also modify whatever design you see on his page. If you decide to go that route, make sure you get your measurements right with the help of a seamstress or experienced tailor & not do them yourself.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2009

If you go to the webpage for Alfred Angelo (http://www.alfredangelo.com) you can view their "Resessionista" line.  They are very, very reasonable.  There are at least 10 of their stores in California.  Almost all of their Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses come in white or ivory as well.  They are also made in short, average, and tall sizes which could help you save money in alterations.  I am 5’2" and the short fit me with no alterations needed when wearing moderate heels. 

Good luck to you – will keep my fingers crossed that you find your special dress at an amazing price!

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I was in the same boat as you – looking for a dress for $400 max.  I found an inexpensive bridal shop in my area and ended up buying a sample!  I spend about $100 over my original budget but am also planning on re-selling my dress after the wedding to get back some of my money.  If thats something you would consider, that can be a great way to get back some of the money you spent on your dress!

 Also, I think buying a dress online is safe as long as you try on dresses in person first to see what style you like, etc.  Then finding a dress online would be a much safer bet, imo. 

 Good luck!!!!!!!!

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