(Closed) splurge or settle on a dress?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
1695 posts
Bumble bee

I would stick to your budget. Racking up debt even for your wedding isn’t the best idea.

If you’re brave enough, I’d look into Tradesy or PreOwnedWeddingDresses. A lot of those gowns are New With Tags and/or never worn sample gowns at a big discount. That way you get your beautiful, splurge wedding dress without overpaying.

Post # 3
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I would say splurge on your dress but only if you absolutely love it. I chose to splurge on my dress and haven’t regreted it once mainly because I left room in my budget for the cost of the dress. Don’t settle if it will only make you regret it later. Too many Brides settle and then end up buying another dress anyway. 

  • This reply was modified 6 years, 10 months ago by bijoucherie.
  • This reply was modified 6 years, 10 months ago by bijoucherie.
Post # 4
3292 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I personally would not go so far above my budget. Only buy a dress that you can afford. It’s not worth it to have to put it on your credit card & be in debt over it.

For $1000, I’m sure you can find a dress that you love. I say forget the $1700 one, and also forget the $1130 one that you aren’t wild about. 

You still have plenty of time. My wedding was also in September, and I bought my dress (designer, with all the usual time limitations) in June. 

If you post a pic of the dress you love, we might be able to point you toward some less expensive drss designers who use a similar style!

Post # 5
1814 posts
Buzzing bee

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If you can get the trunk show discount I would go for it and see if anyone would pitch in as a wedding gift. Also most places you only have to put a deposit of half to get the dress ordered, leaving you time to get the rest of the money.

Post # 6
12340 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Settle or keep looking.  If you can’t afford it, you can’t afford it.  End of discussion imo.  A dress is not worth going into CC debt for.  A little on the dress, a little on caterering, a little on flowers, etc… it’s a slippery slope… littles add up fast.  Stick to your budget, your bank accound and financial peace of mind will thank you for it.  That’s more important to me than a dress.

Post # 7
2430 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

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scurll:  I splurged and doubled my budget and wish I hadn’t.  I loved my dress and I felt beautiful, but from the moment I pulled the trigger I wished I hadn’t done it, and I just couldn’t get over how much I had spent and ultimately I ended up feeling like I would have preferd some of the dresses that I had orginially passed up simply because I wouldnt have agonized over the cost so much. 

Post # 8
354 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

What dress do you love? Maybe if you posted that some bees could help you find an incredible lower cost option. 

Post # 9
370 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I think it all depends of your bigger budget. Is there somewhere else you could cut to get this dress? Cheaper shoes, make your jewelry, send e-vites instead of paper ? I find that for my wedding I chose to splurge on things that really mattered to me (I had what I consider as a relatively big budget for my dress but will wear $100 sandals underneath and will make my own birdcage veil). We also sent e-vites to guests our age and sent paper invitations ( which we printed and assembled on our own) to just a select older guests. 

Post # 12
3080 posts
Sugar bee

Uh oh … I like the Mori Lee one a lot better.

Post # 15
7991 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

don’t forget alteration costs.  that can be another $300 depending on what you need done.

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