(Closed) sticker shock is givng me cold feet D:

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think you can’t really think a dress is not worth that much because it is simple. It also depends on the materials and cutting. And more importantly, if it looks good on you then it is worth every penny. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

Honestly, I don’t think it’s a simple dress at all. The fabric, how it lays and the beading at the top are lovely. It is a simple style, maybe, but when you factor in all the details: no longer simple. I think if price is a big sticking point for you (it was for me), you could find something similar, but not as high quality. For example, the way its cut, but cheaper material, and maybe no beading. If you do a China order, I doubt they’ll use the same fabric (looks expensive to me), but you will get a similar dress. It’s really up to you. If I had a larger budget and wanted that dress, I think $900 is a pretty fair price (not a deal or anything…).

Can you go somewhere to try it on to make sure? You may decide it’s not the one if you see it in person, or you may decide it’s not worth the $900.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree with bellagio your dress is a simple style but the fabric and how it lays is beauitful.  I totally get where you are coming from. I never , ever spent that much before on a dress before.  However I absolutely love my dress and am glad I spent as much as I did

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would keep the style in your mind and try to find it cheaper like site like preowneddresses.com and oncewed.com from other designers. Since price is in your decision, be flexible and try asking for dresses at the next place in a more affordable range. I would not do the china ordering. I’ve heard rough things about that and the dress will not be what the pic is. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee

I think it’s insane what wedding gowns cost but I’d still rather spend $900 and love my dress and how I look in it over spending $500 and thinking I look ok and like the dress. Reason is that $500 is still a lot of money and if I don’t really like the dress then I see it was wasting $500 – not saving $400 off the $900 dress.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You can get wedding dresses for under 500 if you check davids bridal or other places. You dont have to spend 900 if you arent comfortable with that

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Is this Cinderella? I was expecting to see a much more generic looking dress, I don’t think this dress is simple at all! I’ve seen photos of real people in it, and it really is stunning. All of the fabric sparkles, and the draping on the bodice really accents the waist. I think $900 is a bargain for this dress.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I don’t think I would “wish for the best and order from China” because of the risk involved.

It sounds to me like you can afford the $900 but just don’t really want to, which is totally understandable. I would go along with the PP’s advice to consistently check oncewed.com or even eBay before you splurge and buy it at its full retail price. They get great deals on there on lightly used or even new gowns from brides who are looking to get some sort of return on their gown.

You could also consider re-selling the dress after you wear it to get some of your money back if you end up having to spend the $900.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Don’t cross it off your list yet.  You can purchase a gown off the rack at a bridal store for a considerable discount.  I did that for my first wedding and saved over $1K!  When I went to purchase my Sottero & Midgley last month, I received a pleasant surprise in the form of a nice discount because there was a trunk show going on that day.  So, instead of $1250, I paid $900.  Also, don’t shy away from buying a pre-owned dress so long as you give yourself enough time to get another dress just in case you receive the pre-owned dress in less than favorable condition. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Do it!! Or wait for a sale – I almost ordered my AA dress but decided to wait until I brought my cousins back with me- turned it out was $100 off at the time I ordered 🙂 $900 isn’t terrible, and that dress is beautiful

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would keep that in the back of your head and keep looking.  If you still don’t find *the* dress at another store, then the $900 will be worth it.

If the price is making you nervous, you still need to factor in alterations and accessories too and see if you can truly swing it.  You may love it, but if it takes away from other parts of the wedding, it may not be worth it.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would spend the money to get your dream dress and resell it after the wedding.

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