(Closed) Price of your Gown?

posted 7 years ago in Toronto
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@His_Swallow:MIne at 10% off is $728 before tax, and it is Mori Lee style 1602. It is just about entirely composed of chantilly lace and organza.  It really depends on the designer and material  that  you want. You can get more simple dresses at davids bridal for $100, you can get designer dresses for $10,000 and there are a hundred different dresses for every dollar in between the two prices.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We used this link:

http://www.slice.ca/advice/SliceBlog/BlogPost.aspx?sectionID=42&postID=74855

….as a starting point on what our wedding budget would look like. It helped us establish what we would have per category if we opted for X amount to be our total budget. We used different scenarios and figured what we could save per month and then went from there!!

That being said I went under the % allotment, and will need limited alterations -the cost of my dress was $642 taxes in.

We have totally modified the %’s from this link, but it was a great starting point and of course flexible as you see fit depending on your priorities ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I paid $998 including tax !!! Just under my $1000 budget :))

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

mine was about 900–but that was with the discount of buying the sample gown.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

All I can tell you is to start doing research online to see what you like, get familiar with designers and brands, and compare prices. Dresses can range from under 1k all the way into the thousands and beyond. Do your homework!! Also, see if you can hit up the trunk shows that bridal salons have because they offer special discounts if you buy at a trunk show. And don’t be afraid to ask for discounts because the worst they can tell you is no. My Fiance is in the army and I ask for military discounts all the time. Quality, machine made vs handmade, and fabrics really do make a difference but sometimes, it really is just the name. Again, really look at the quality of the gown vs just the name.

My dress budget was more than enough and a gift from my paternal grandfather and even though we had a budget, I blew it ๐Ÿ™ I had fallen in love with a gown from doing my research online but not looking at prices so I chose a bridal salon to try on dresses based on who carried this particular gown. I knew nothing about prices and when I tried on the gown, I knew it was my dress but it was over budget by 4k, including the matching veil! I did get the gown but I still haven’t heard the end of it from my dad, who kicked in the extra to pay for it.

Hard lesson learned but I am absolutely in love with my gown!

Lazaro 3819

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@His_Swallow: My dress came in around $3000 after alterations. I’d highly recommend looking at this consignment shop, Gown and Glory in Mississauga. I got my veil for my boudoir shoot there and she has some STUNNING dresses. She wasn’t open when I had been dress shopping and I really wish she had been!!!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Just bought A Mori Lee  ( 1602) gown for $880 (I got a 10% discount because there was a trunk show going on that day) Alterations aren’t suppose to be that expensive were i went J

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Just bought A Mori Lee  ( 1602) gown for $880 (I got a 10% discount because there was a trunk show going on that day) Alterations aren’t suppose to be that expensive were i went. One of my bridesmaids got her dress at Alfred Angelo and alterations alone cost her over $300.So I ended up paying less for a designer gown. Don’t get fooled by the lower prices davids bridal and Alfred offer!!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Mine was about $650(with tax) after the 10% discount. Since I have 5 or so laters, alterations costed $300. So, $950 all together.
My suggestion: do not try on a dress outside of your budget. There are a lot of cute dresses under 1 grand that look like the expensive ones. You just have to find them ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

@ThePinkTyrant: i love your dress! where’d you get it!!!!!???

 

As for my dress budget- we have 3,000 set aside, but I haven’t bought one yet and only went looking once (at davids bridal where i didn’t find what i was looking for). I would LOVE to spend 1000 or less on a dress. From what I’ve heard from other brides-dress regret can be serious! It can literally haunt you forever. So, do your research, know what designers/dress types you like and THEN make a budget. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@His_Swallow:  I did not have a dress in mind, sure I had looked a lot of designer gowns as inspiration but I knew that once I tried things on in the stores I’d find something that I loved and within my budget. 

Never quite got to the stores yet and starting looking at consignment websites, personal adds and found a few that were lovely and in my budget, then some out of my budget by a few hundred but emailed them anyway to bargain a bit. 

In the end I found a dress I LOVED, a maggie sottero that was a sample in a store going for 500 (original $1800) and bought if off the girl who bought it as the sample but then got herself another gown that she liked better. 

It worked out perfectly and I only paid $575. 

If you’re looking for a great deal, look for your size at places like smartbrideboutique.com you could score an expensive dress for a quarter of the price if you don’t mind buying it off someone else or a sample. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Mine is about $2000 (not entirely sure of the exchange rate right now) with alterations.

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