(Closed) Say Yes To The Dress: Ridiculous Budgets! Am I just CHEAP?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 137
288 posts
Helper bee

@jholler25:  Absolutely INSANE!!! I think that even retail prices for dresses are crazy high. Although it’s one of the most important days of your life, it’s still one dress that you will only wear for max 12 hours ONCE. I got my $1200 dress of craigslist for $290 and couldn’t be happier! 

Post # 137
11 posts
  • Wedding: August 2015

I have looked at the expensive wedding dresses over 2k and told myself that I will only wear this dress once, for five hours if not less, my future daughter will not touch it (if I even have a daughter) because fashions change over time. I am thinking to donate my dress after the wedding to brides who cannot afford to buy dresses. By the way David’s bridal has a huge selection of beautiful wedding gowns, I am getting mine from there, about $800, and they offer 6 months financing option for everything you get there including veil, shoes, etc.

Post # 138
658 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: Stonehouse at Stirling Ridge

In all honesty it’s not that the consultants are saying a 2k budget is “chump change” it’s just Kleinfeld’s carries specific designers and it just so happens that the most economical dresses carried in their store happens to fall at the 2k range and there are very few of them-hence why they can’t find what the bride is asking for. 


Yes there are many people on SYTTD who are spoiled and bratty but they are not the only people who shop their, they happen to be the people who are casted for the show because they make for good entertainment.


I purchased my dress from Kleinfeld and was lucky enough to have my parents offer to purchase my dress, but if It were up to it and I had to purchase my dress myself I would have regardless if it was from Kleinfeld or not. I found my dream dress and that was priority for me, that being said I didn’t give them free range to place me in 24k dresses because I knew that was completly out of my budget. The consultants at Kleinfeld are amazing and truly want you to be happy so give them your vision and they will try to make it a reality. 


P.S. you also have to keep in mind location. Kleinfeld is in NYC one of the main fashion districts in the world, they are most known for carrying exclusive couture designers and with that comes a price tag. There are plenty of NYC bridal stores that carry economical bridal gowns (pronovias flagship, rk bridal etc.) all great places but just because someone wants to treat themself on one of the most memorable days of their lives I don’t think that entitles them to be “outrageous”. It’s all subjective. 

Post # 139
7536 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

You’re comparing apples to oranges with that show. Klienfeld’s is a high-end bridal store, they don’t cater to brides on a lower budget. The reason you don’t see any brides on the show getting a dress under 2k is because they don’t SELL any dresses under that. They make a big deal when a bride has a budget that low, because they won’t have much to offer them.

Budgets are subjective, and it’s all about what you are comfortable spending. I gave myself a 2k budget because I knew I would likely have a hard time finding anything for less that I liked. I didn’t even visit a David’s Bridal because from what I had seen I just wasn’t impressed with what they offered. I ended up with an Allure, and surprisingly came in under my buget.


My SIL wanted to spend no more than $500 on a dress – she couldn’t fathom spending more than that. I warned her than in her price range, she probably wouldn’t find a dress anywhere other than DB. She went, and hated everything she tried on. She ended up with a 3k dress from a salon that she fell in love with. It’s all about priorities. I couldn’t have spent 3k on a dress, because it wasn’t worth it to me. Likewise, I spent close to 5k on my photography because as a wedding photographer it’s SUPER important to me. My SIL spent 2800 on photograhpy, but spend 5k bringing in an out of town videographer she LOVED.

Post # 140
2697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I think the show is designed to be dramatic and 25k dollars dresses makes for dramatic television. I spent about 2300 for my dress not including alterations. I thought this was reasonable considering the budget would be about 35k. I think what you spend as long as you can afford it is fine. also wedding dresses are expensive. mine for example is satin with a lace bodice bad cap sleeves. I’d say about 500 dollars worth of fabric, another 200-400 to make it up. I’d say the mark up was about 1000 dollars. But the designer has to be paid, the distributor needs to be paid, the store where I bought the dress has overhead, and everyone needs to make a little money…lol that’s how wedding dresses get so expensive 🙂 

Post # 141
519 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I think its some people’s dream and they save money. My budget was in the $3000 range and I stuck with it, tried on some that were $10,000 and didn’t like them (thankfully). Me and my fiance don’t make a lot of money but I’m a BIG saver. I save about a third of my salary and have no debt. i guess you can never judge a person’s situation based on their job.

Also keep in mind hte salons that are featured on these shows. They have to be larger salons that carry a wide variety.

My fiance’s sister spent $500 on her dress and one strap broke before the ceremony and the other strap broke after. i caught the dress from falling at the end of the night when she was drunk. I caught one flash of nipple and ran to grab it so it wouldn’t fall.

Wedding dresses are very intricate to make and granted I think the budgets can be a bit exsessive I also think sometimes when you pay more you’re getting your money’s worth in detail and quality.

Post # 142
1128 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I had a budget of $500 when I went looking for my dress.  Ended up paying a little over.. LOL the alterations where way more than the dress but that was my fault.  I went with the first seamstress I found.  So overall my dress was probably $1,300.  

Post # 143
1973 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

There is another show I saw recently: “I found the gown” and it seemed to have less expensive dresses, more realistic for the average person. My dress budge will probably be less than $500, if that much. 

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