(Closed) Smart shoppers…did you get a good price for your dress?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@MrsD2Be:  I bought mine around the time I got my tax return back so I was kind of in a “screw the budget” mindset when I went shopping.


In retrospect I wish so badly that I had looked for a dress secondhand, but I didn’t really know a market for such a thing existed at the time.

Post # 4
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My wedding dress no – I was too excited but we shopped around a lot for the bridesmaid dresses. We ended up using netbride.com and saved over $500 total! Wish I would have done the same for my dress.


Post # 5
5242 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I got mine for $977 and the alterations were included ๐Ÿ™‚ My budget was $1000 so I did good

Post # 6
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I did horrible with mine, but still love the dressWink

Post # 7
3697 posts
Sugar bee

I wanted to avoid conventional bridal shops entirely. I was delighted with the gown and headpiece I found and the amount I spent at a Brides Against Breast Cancer event. I’m not exactly sure how much they would have cost brand-new at a bridal shop, but I’m guesstimating I probably paid somewhere between 1/4 and 1/3 of the full price.

Post # 8
1649 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

Sure did!

Dress Budget ~$1500

Price I ended up paying $328 (but will have to alter it, I estimate about $250-300, so let’s say $628)

Stuart Weitzman shoes found on amazon $100 (original $600+)

still under budget! ๐Ÿ˜€


Post # 9
4272 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Yes, I went during a trunk sale.

Post # 10
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MrsD2Be:  I got a Rosa Clara dress also on sale — it was $3400 on the tag and I got it for $700!  My budget for the dress was ~$2000+ (really, it was whatever I wanted to it to be since I’m paying) and I was shocked and amazed to end up with such a great dress for such a cheap price.

Dress Savings: 79%

Post # 11
259 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MrsD2Be:  I bought a sample dress. It typically retails for about $1900 and I paid $900 for it. It it a size too big, but alterations are estimated around $200. 

Post # 12
965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MrsD2Be:  Awesome find!  I also bought a sample that was a discontinued style that was originally $2,000 and got it for…wait for it…$199!!!  I was elated!  And my dad was pretty stoked, as well ๐Ÿ™‚  I love finding good bargains as it is, but wedding bargains make me especially happy since, like you said, just putting the word “wedding” before anything marks it up big time!  Take that wedding industry ;P

Post # 13
3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Budget: $1000

Dress: was $600 at this store, but on sale, ended up getting the dress and veil for $450!

I shopped around at all the bridal salons in the area and could not find what I wanted.  I wanted no lace, no bling, just simple and elegant. My mom’s friend told her about a consignment store in a nearby town that she used for her daughter’s spring formal dress.

I went with my mom to this store and found out the the bottom floor had all new, never worn dresses while the second floor was consignment.  I ended up finding my perfect dress, a new, never worn, Casablanca from the 2009 collection (I think?)  It’s exactly what I wanted! I still need shoes, and alterations though! 

Post # 14
2564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Budget – $200

Ended up spending – $400

(Mom paid for it and when I found a dress that was a wee bit over the price range she said “go for it!”) Hehe. ๐Ÿ™‚

Still need to figure in alterations to that # but overall I think I did good!

Post # 15
1004 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MrsD2Be:  yes I did!


Mine originally retailed for approximately $2500, I got it at a bridal resale shop (it was previously a sample) for $900 ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 16
3371 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’d like to think I am the queen of designer bargain-hunting. Part of my decision-making process is the fact that I currently live in a city where there is no access to the dresses I wanted to try on (Vera, Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra). The bridal salons here are filled to the brim with China knock-offs or OTT ‘originals’, and are expensive for what they are (US$1500 upwards for tacky dresses made from synthetic fabrics, and as much as $8000 for the one dress that I was half-heartedly considering). So I figured that if I could get a good deal on a preowned or sample gown, it would be worth the hassle of shipping because I could always resell it if it didn’t work out. My track record so far, inclusive of shipping:

Carla Zampatti Petal organza dress: $250, retail is $1200. I bought this one as an engagement party dress = 80% off RRP

Vera Wang Georgina (for my destination wedding in Bali): $3800 including VW veil, retail is $10K = 65% off. This is my ‘main’ dress that my mum insisted on paying for, my stepfather was trying to convince me to get it new but I just couldn’t feel good about making them pay that much when I knew I could get an equally beautiful worn-once gown.

Reem Acra Saviour ballgown (may or may not keep this, the seller was a nightmare but it’s still a beautiful dress): $1400, retail was $8500 = 83% off RRP

Reem Acra Snowdrop ballgown (new): $770, retail is $4800 = 85% RRP

Rachel Gilbert Isadora gown (this is an evening gown, I’ll use it for an outfit change): $300 from an Australian website, this dress was sold out at BHLDN for $1800 (!) I can’t believe how much that site marks up for Rachel Gilbert. She makes beautiful gowns but even at full price at the start of the season, her dresses are rarely priced at more than $1K in Australia. 83% RRP

Phew! I’m looking at one final dress for my Swiss wedding (a Carolina Herrera), and that will be it. I will probably end up consolidating the above and will end up with 2-3 dresses that make the final cut, and resell the rest. I attend a lot of formal events and I know I’ll be able to wear some of those dresses again. I love bridal fashion and couture and I always anticipated that my dress/shoes/accessories budget would be a hefty one.


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