Post # 1
I haven’t started to shop for my dress beyond a little casual browsing on the web and through some magazines.
I’m not sure what kind of price tag I should set for the dress. My parents have enough to buy whatever I want but I think spending a ton of money on the dress is pretty frivolous.
Then again…I really love some of the designer dresses out there.
Anyone care to share an opinion?
Post # 3
@Corydora: Hmmmm… For me, personally, I wanted to stay under $300, but that’s because I sew most of my own clothing, so I knew I could sew a dress for that little.
But for a bride that is not crafty like that – like my BFF and sister – I think 1200-2500 is reasonable.
Post # 4
What are you comfortable spending? For me I decided $2000-2500 range was ok. But everyone’s different!
Post # 5
My parents gave me an unlimited dress budget but I set a budget of $1500 for myself. To me anymore than that was just too much. My dress ended up being $400.
Post # 6
@Corydora: if i had an ‘unlimited’ budget, i was going to set a self-imposed budget of $5000. as it turned out, my real budget was $2000 INCLUDING alterations and a veil. my dress was $1200.
love me some lazaro – but there is a reem acra i’ve swooned over, too.
my actual dress is an Allure. 🙂 happy shopping!
Post # 7
i spent $675, but my dress was a store sample, and it was discontinued.
my “budget” was $1500. i think around $1000 is average for most dresses, at least most affordable dresses in my opinion.
Post # 8
@Corydora: oh man, I think it all depends on you and your circumstances. That’s pretty much my “opinion” on it. We are paying for everything ourselves, so we definitely have a budget. My cap I’d put on my dresses (one for our destinatio wedding and a shorter one for a reception back in our home state) was $1500.
Well, I ended up bumping into my dream dress in a store for uber cheap, so even with both dresses I’ll be coming in WAY under budget 🙂
I’m a bargain-hunter in real life, so spending a fortune on a dress wouldnt have made sense for me, especially for one day 🙂
Post # 9
Mine was on sale for $300, but I think that’s rather unusual. Nice to know there are gorgeous gowns out there to be found for little though!
Post # 10
@Corydora: You can really tell the difference in fabric and fit when you go with the designer dresses that are over $4k…..with that said, the Allure dresses are usually under $1k and are very beautiful. The lace isn’t as thick or nice as the Lazaros or Alvina Valentas, Monique Lhuilliers, Ines di Santos….but they are still gorgeous dresses nonetheless. I ended up with a $3k Augusta Jones and I thought (and was told by many sales ladies) that her dresses are VERY well made for the price. The lace is comparable to the higher end dresses that cost over $5k. I think for something decent, you have to spend at least $1500 and if you really want to get something nice, you can get something great for around $3k and up. Once you go past that, you’re basically just paying for the designer name (unless there is some crazy amount of detail, embellishments, super rare fabric, etc.).
Post # 11
@Corydora: Oops, I meant that Allure dresses are usually under $2k, not $1k
Post # 12
@Pinkmoon: That was my budget too, I wanted the dress + alterations + veil to stay under $3,000. I bought a $5,600 dress used for $2,700 will have very minimal alterations ($200ish) and a $150 veil so I succeeded! I tried on dresses in the $1,000-$1,500 range and I could tell a huge difference in quality with a jump up in price, so for me it was worth it. It’s really a personal decision though!
Post # 13
Oh wow, I guess I’m definitely in the minority. I could never see myself buying a dress more than even $800, although even that makes my stomach hurt just thinking about it. I just bought my dress, a very beautiful one, on sale for $240. Not on sale it was $399, which I couldn’t believe because looking at it I thought it was going to be a $1200 dress.
I’ve always had the mindset that my wedding IS just one day (not even a whole day!) so why spend so much on something that you wear for a few hours. I know this isn’t how most people see it though. If I had an unoimited budget, I think $1200-$1000 is more than reasonable for a dress.
Post # 14
Though I really wanted a dress under $500, my body type made it nearly impossible to find a dress that didn’t look silly. I did end up getting a really nice dress that was initially over 3K (alvina valenta) for 975. It was a brand-new dress that was cut to the wrong proportions for another bride.
if you keep your eye out, you can find some great deals.
Post # 15
I definitely wanted to stay below $2000…I just couldn’t see myself spending more than that. From what I saw…there are plenty of options for around $1000-$2000!
I ended up spending $1100 on mine.
Oh there are definitely dresses I love that are $4k+ but I couldn’t bring myself to spend that much on one.
Post # 16
I had given myself a budget of 2k because I wanted to be able to get a dress I absolutly loved. I also thought that I was going to have a hard time keeping that budget and finding something really nice, which ended up not being the case at all. I haven’t bought my dress yet but the one i’m leaning towards is $790 and gorgeous and really well made.