(Closed) Should I spend a fortune on a dress?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2633 posts
Sugar bee

You don’t have to spend a fortune to find a dress you love.  There are many, MANY dresses out there that are under $1k!!!  Or you can look on sites like http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com or http://www.oncewed.com and find a previously owned dress for very cheap.


I’m defintely of the mind set that you shouldn’t spend a TON on a dress if you can’t afford it.

Post # 4
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Is your total budget $5,000 or is that the budget for your gown?

I gave myself a budget of $600 for my gown and ended up going over. I spent $936 and change including tax for a Justin Alexander sample gown; including tax, undergarments, and alterations.

I went to a small bridal boutique close to where I live and had the best service and experience. They didn’t pressure me at all and encouraged me to try on a lot of gowns; some that I showed them from pictures and the sample that they somehow knew would be the one.

I think you should stay as close to your budget or below your budget as you can; especially if you forsee having to spend extra for your family and other guests to be at your wedding.

Post # 6
1700 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

You can very easily find a gorgeous dress for under 5K. Mine is a Maggie – I love ALL of her dresses – and I’m pretty sure her most expensive is under 2K.

Post # 7
10216 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

I think it depends, if you can afford it go for it!! i’d love to be able to afford it.  if the thought is keeping you up at night, perhaps you should cut your budget in half?  have you been to marry go round? i saw them on peter perfect and loved them.  they have designer dresses at a very inexpensive price that are being resold, sort of like a consignment type deal.


Post # 8
4485 posts
Honey bee

I personally couldn’t do that but it’s your money. Do you want to spend a huge chunk of change on a dress or get a less expensive dress you love and use the money toward something else that you and/or your guests will appreciate (even if you don’t spend any of it on the wedding and save it for married life expenses or savings)?

Post # 9
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I agree; $5,000 for a gown should be more than enough to find something “designer” that you love.

Post # 11
483 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I purchased mine on Ebay NEW from someone who didn’t end up wearing it and it cost me 200 plus 150 in alterations and steaming.  It was EXACTLY what I wanted but I just had to do the footwork. 🙂  Hope that gives you a little something to work with.

Post # 12
6593 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

You can definitely get an amazing dress for less if thats what you want to do!

One way of looking at is breaking the price down by hour! A bride did this on Say Yes To The Dress and found that the dress she wanted would be $1000 per HOUR on her wedding day! She ended up choosing a less expensive dress if I remember correctly. It helps to put things into perspective!

Post # 13
523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Sign up for emails from the bridal shops in your area.  I had a lot of luck at a sample sale.  TONS of beautiful designer dresses, 2-3 other girls there (so totally un-crazy), amazing prices.  I got my $3700 dress for $1000.  It still sells used on preownedweddingdresses and oncewed for $2000!  And this was Saks in NYC on a weekend!  Sample sales!!!

Post # 14
460 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

It really all depends on what is most important to you. Some people spend a lot to try to get the perfect band because having great music and dancing is their number one priority, some people spend a lot of photography, or food, maybe yours is your dress. This will most likely be the most expensive piece of clothing you will ever buy, if you can afford it, why not go all out?


May I ask why are you expecting to have so many alterations? I haven’t done the research, so I’m sure other bees can speak to this better than I, but would it be less expensive just to have a dress custom made if you considering doing MAJOR alterations?

And that is a gorgeous dress, what label is it?

Post # 16
577 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I would start trying on dresses in all price ranges, and see what you like.  I was like you when I started out – I kinda had a blank check for a dress but the thought of spending that much on one dress seemed crazy.  Then I fell in love with an Amsale dress … and the rest is history 🙂  I also found that I liked some dresses that were way on the low-end of the price scale too, so you never know!

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