(Closed) The dress – how much $$ ??

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 32
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

My mom set a budget of $6-7k MAX. I got my dress and sash and alterations for around $3k. I had a really hard time dress shopping. However, I have spent almost $2,000 on shoes and over $500 for a veil. I wouldnt go by what others say or have spent.

Post # 33
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Gave myself a budget of $1200 and got a brand new $2000 sample dress for $600! My veil was another $40

 

Post # 34
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My Mom set a budget of $1,000 with a little room to move up if I really loved the dress. The bridal shop I went to had a huge selection, she showed me everything that was in my budget and there were a ton of dresses to choose from. I narrowed down the selection to 6 I wanted to try on. I loved my dress, and was so ecstatic to find out it was only $600!!! Going into shopping for wedding dresses I was convinced I wasnt going to find anything in my budget that I loved. I managed to find my sash, hairpiece, shoes and undergarments for under $100 and my alterations will be about $300. So total cost of my attire will be roughly around $1,000!!! I’m shocked I got my dress and all the accessories for the original budget my Mom set!

Post # 35
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I got my ~$1500-1700 Maggie sottero dress at a sample sale for only $500!  Fantastic lace detail and gorgeous beading. It was also really fun to go to the sample sale with a couple of my bridesmaids! I highly recommend it to get a great dress at an amazing price!

Post # 36
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2014

It really depends on what you feel comfortable with. My budget was $500 but I went to a sample sale & got My dress for $99 it was originally $1200 since it was a sample & it was discontinued.

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My initial budget was $5,000. I bought by dress during a sample sale, so even though it was originally $6,000, I got it for $5,300 and another $695 for alterations.

Post # 38
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Initial budget is $1,000 (Total wedding will be less than 20k), but I am falling in love with lace, and it’s hard to find all-over lace for $1,000, so I’ve upped to $1500, but wil under no circumstances touch $2,000!! 

Post # 39
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

When I first started looking I was looking for the ultimate dress deal b/c I refused to spend a lot on a dress that I would wear only for one day. I brought my first gown for $99…originally $1199. Second gown was for $300. However, both were regrets. Being fed up, I told myself if I fell in love with it I didnt matter the price. I also knew that this particular shop’s designer (Mori Lee, Allure, and Maggie) dresses would probably have been no more than $2500. My final gown was an Allure.  I got it for about $715 w/tax b/c there was an Allure trunk show and they were offering Allure gowns for a percentage off.

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I had set a 1500$ dress budget.  Ended up finding my dress on sale by the designer for $299.  I never imagined I would buy a crystal cathedral veil and dress for under $350.  I have a hard time justifying spending so much money on a dress that you will wear for 8 hrs in one day and never again.  Espeically when its 4k+  wouldn’t that money better be saved for your childs college fund, new furniture for your home, downpayment for a house, or splurge on an awesome honeymoon. 

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My budget was $2,500 and my dress cost just under $1,300.

Post # 42
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My allure dress was $1,300 after 10%trunk show discount, which is not bad considering the amount of embroidery and beading involved. Materials and labor will vary a lot depending on dress style and designer, and that significantly affects the price tag 

Post # 43
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I gave the lady a budget of $500, since my mom was paying for the dress I really wanted to keep it cheapt. It ended up being $1200 after taxes and preservation kit.

I’d say when you do go in tell them 1/2 your budget so they wont double your actual budget.

Post # 44
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Worker bee

My daughter bought her gown last week.  After going to 6 bridal salons and almost saying “yes” at each one, she found a gorgeous dress and couldn’t imagine wanting to look any other way on her wedding day.  She lucked out.  Her original self-imposed budget was $1,500, but she got a discontinued $1100 gown for $515.  It needs very little alternations (straps need to be adjusted) and it was new in the salon so it needs nothing!  

Post # 45
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Wedding dresses can be anywhere from a few hundred dollars to many thousands, and the price you pay depends on what is comfortable for you and what you can afford.  My dress came in at just under two thousand, which appears to be about average.  However I will still have to pay for alterations, which can spin out and cost several hundred.

Post # 46
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My budget was $2,500 but I just purchased a dress for $2,750 yesterday including sales tax. It’s a little over my budget, but is my dream dress so I’m okay with it 🙂

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