Reasonable/Average dress budget

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 16
307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I didn’t have a budget for my dress, and ended up paying $1500 … I was pretty happy with the cost 🙂

Post # 17
395 posts
Helper bee

$2000 in my humble opinion is more than adequate but that is just me.   I think it depends on your priorities as to wedding ie food, dj, flowers, dress etc.  Your goals in life ie buy a house, no mortgage, debt free and or what you are comfortable with as to debt.  Personally I have no problem with a much lower budget but I know dresses can be expensive and alterations even moreso almost lol.  Each person has a different perspective and values.  I personally have issues with people going into debt and worse that 50percent of marriages  or whatever don’t last (I know how negative) and spending enormous amounts when people are starving on the street and or going into debt ridiculously.  But $2000 or 3000 in total should get you a very nice even designer named dress of some level – not haute couture but nevertheless a nice dress – maybe even some deal ie a $5000 dress on sale for 2000.  Just know what YOU want and what is important to you.  I have seen some lovely dresses on brides for like 200 dollars (on sale reg fifteen hundred.

Post # 18
11461 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

You actually can find a lot of beautiful dresses in the $2,000 and under range, if you don’t care about having a silk dress. I definitely wanted silk, so that made finding a reasonably priced dress that also had embellishment on it more of a challenge. I was able to do it though, thanks to finding something from a mid-range designer and with trunk show pricing.

A few years after my wedding, my DSD found a stunning dress that wasn’t silk, with beading, that was a little under $1,000, and the synthetic fabric certainly looked luxurious and expensive.

Post # 19
44 posts
  • Wedding: June 2018

If you can afford it and not feel bad after you buy it. My budget was $1000 and my dress was a total of $800. I love it and glad I didn’t spend too much for our budget. We’re having a small outdoor lake wedding. 

Post # 20
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

I agree with everyone else that reasonable is subjective.  I had an idea of what designers’ styles I liked and that dictated my budget.  I’m open to spending less but love detail work and realized I couldn’t get what I loved without maxing out my budget.  But I generally don’t splurge on myself and have healthy savings so I’m comfortable spending the $$$.  (I already own my home and have no other debt so by treating myself I’m not taking $$$$ way from something else.)  I should note I’m also buying my dress myself.  I knew my parents wouldn’t agree with the budget for the dress so I’m happier buying it myself to get what I want.

Post # 21
9733 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I had a budget of $2K. My dress was $1800. It fit perfect so the only alteration was adding a bustle which cost $25. The veil I got off Etsy for $45. Shoes were $30. My florist gave me some extra flowers for free for my hair. 

The total wedding budget was around $15K (we spent a little less than that though). 

You certainly would not need to spend an extra $1000 on alterations and accessories.

Also, my second choice dress was only $800. You can find gorgeous dresses at any price point really.

Post # 22
3536 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

AnonBee2019 :  you can get almost any style you want for around $2k (maybe more like 2.5 if you want a huge ball gown). Of course there are couture gowns that are pricier, but at 2k i think it’s really hard to be unsatisfied (unless you’ve just already decided you MUST have a pronovias or something like that)

Post # 23
605 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

For me anything over $1000 (before alterations) felt frivolous. I spent exactly $1000 on the dress and $200 on alterations. Shoes were $65 and all my jewelry/accessories will come out to under $100.

Post # 24
2400 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I spent $350. $150 for alterations because I’m super short. Even that felt frivolous 

Post # 26
3884 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

$2k sounds great for having a bunch of lovely options but not getting ridiculous with price. And you’ve allowed plenty for alterations so that’s good. 

Post # 27
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

AnonBee2019 :  I think 2k is beyond reasonable! That was my budget before alterations and I thought I was being “cheap” because of all the dress shows I have seen lol. But, all the dresses I tried on were under 2k and were beyond stunning! Have faith – you will find your dream dress!  

Post # 28
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I think it’s reasonable! I have a $3400 budget for everything dress related (dress, alterations, shoes, accessories, undergarments, etc.). I told the bridal salon I wanted to pay no more than $2000 for dress. I had a ton of options, and I was easily able to pick one. I had somehow got the idea that nothing would be available for me…I think I watched too much say yes to the dress…but I was totally proven wrong! 

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