(Closed) Show me your SPLURGE dresses!!

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 77
582 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My idea was to spend around $2,000-$2,500(my mom is paying for my dress), but my Fiance said that if I found something over that that I love then he would pay the difference (God love him) so I had been to about 5 different stores and tried on what felt like a million different dresses (was honestly at least 20 something) and this was the LAST dress I tried on and I fell in love…however it was over my budget by about $1200 but I just HAD to get it! It’s Watters Ingrid and it’s perfect for me 🙂 


Post # 78
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Mine was definately a splurge – I started my budget at $2000, then upped it to $3900 but still hadnt found anything I loved until this Lazaro:

Dress $4900; Veil $300; Vera Sash $500 so $5700 before alterations! Aggghhh… I insisted on paying for it myself so no regrets or guilt.

Post # 79
43 posts
  • Wedding: March 2013

My parents and I split the cost because I really wanted something special. Here’s mine – Vera Wang Jane – $4900

Post # 80
189 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Well, no pix yet but I thought I would spend $3K max which I first bought one was that price however I had dress regret so I went back to shoppping and fell in love with another dress that I bought for $6,800 with no alterations and accessories yet so overall so far, I spent like $10K.  Crazy I know….*sigh*

Post # 81
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I had a custom gown made but purchased it (i.e. paid for it…it didn’t exist yet because we were designing it) at a trunk show. So I (my parents) got 15% off. So we actually ended up coming in slightly under on the gown itself. I then ended up also buy a short jenny yoo wedding gown for my rehearsal dinner. I think when all is said and done, including alterations, headpiece, veil, undergarments (but not shoes or jewelry), it will end up being between 8000-8500ish? My gown was really important to me – I really wanted what I wanted for this once in a lifetime event. 

Edit: first fitting is next week, so no pics yet!

Post # 82
182 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

bump, wanna see more! =)

Post # 83
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Dress was over $7000 with tax. Budget was as little as possible, but in reality I knew there was no way I wasn’t going to end up with a designer dress. 😀


Vera Wang Spring 2013

Post # 84
13 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

@CourtneyB – are you shopping in Seattle? Is that Marcella’s?

Post # 86
738 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I wanted to spend around $1500-&1800….I wound up spending about $2,300 before alterations…

Totally worth every penny. I can’t wait to wear this Pronovias Pergola in 2 weeks and 2 days!


@CourtneyB that dress fits you beautifully! 



Post # 87
673 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I didn’t go in with a specific budget but ended up spending 5K on my Lazaro

Post # 88
2902 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@CourtneyB:  that dress is so beautiful, clean lines and very flattering! Lovely 🙂

Post # 89
467 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

You guys, this thread is making me feel quite a bit better about my splurge.

My original dress budget was max $2500 with alterations.

I ended up spending around $4800 (counting the $250 I lost on the first dress I put a deposit down on which, incidentally, was perfectly below budget and which I ended up hating and dreading).


But…I do love my dress like nobody’s business and I can’t wait to wear it. (I also can’t wait to see it when it actually fits me!)

Post # 90
1548 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I didn’t really have a budget when I started shopping. I ended up spending $5,300 

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