(Closed) The dress – how much $$ ??

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 47
7103 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Corydora: I loved my dress and still do, but it is a hell of alot of money for one days wear. I would really consider buying a pre-owned dress of my dreams

Post # 48
2478 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Manhattan Church Rec Center

My budget was 15000 with an absolute cap was 3K.

Post # 49
1336 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I had NO idea what my budget should have been, because my mother graciously offered to buy the dress I fell for before I even had a chance to find the price. It is going to be juuuuust over 2k shipped and is 100% custom/hand designed so i shouldn’t need alterations. I am so happy with my decision and was very surprised to learn it was actually on the inexpensive side (I guess alterations in NYC are like $500-$800!)

Post # 50
160 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My original budget was $2500 but I ended up spending $3300.  My dress is from a designer collection so I’m pretty confident I can sell it after for a decent resale price. 

Post # 51
322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013 - rolling hills of southern italy

$350 dress, 150$ shipping+ customs tax, 180€ first tailor, 90€ bow 🙁 this is getting painfully more and more expensive and I could have gotten a nicer gown to begin with….

now I’m off to beg someone new to help me out. more $ …plus it may need a cleaning. 

Post # 52
793 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I set my budget at around $1500.  With alterations my Allure 8850 ended up being about $1900. 


Post # 53
564 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Mine is going to cost $1289, plus $150 for extra length (standard dress length is for girls who are 5’8″, so if you’re taller than that–or close to that height and plan to wear heels–you’ll need to budget for extra length.  Plus tax, too.  However, I’m buying it at a 10% trunk show discount, which negated most of the extra length cost. Total ended up around $1400 before alterations (I’m budgeting $400-600 for alterations, as that seems normal for the Los Angeles area). 

Post # 54
793 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve mentioned this before on other posts about dress buying but I’ll go ahead and share here. 

I’ve found that you can save hundreds by buying online.  I would normally never suggest this but I know what it’s like to be a bride on a budget who doesn’t want to sacrifice her dream dress. I recommend finding your dress in a store and then finding the best price online after you’re sure it’s the one.  This is kind shitty but after you see how much stores mark up their prices it seems more than a little ok.  For example one boutique I tried on the similar Allure had that dress priced at $950 and I found it at the online boutiques for $750. 

I went to try on dresses at brick and mortar stores in my area but never found THE ONE.  I was obsessive about searching online and bridal magazines for something that caught my eye.  I finally found it after trying on a dress from the same designer in a similar silhouette.  After I knew what I wanted I scoured the internet for the best possible deal.

There are a ton of reputable online boutiques(read:not knockoff sites) that will price match the lowest price you find. My dress happened to be Allure which does not allow their dresses to be discounted below a certain set price.  Retailers can lose their right to sell their gowns if it’s found that they are going lower than that price.  Netbride.com made a deal with them to honor that unless someone else is lower, then they will match that price anyway.  Confusing a bit but simply put, you can get the best price no matter what. 

Also, there is no sales tax online.  Which can save a ton right there.  The final thing that won me over was the freebies you get for ordering online.  A lot of the online stores give you a credit for purchasing your dress from them.  For example, since my dress was over $1500, I got a $500 credit towards shoes and accessories.  So I got my bel aire bridal veil worth $200 for absolutely free and my fancy Brianna Leigh bridey shoes worth $200 for absolutely free.  AAAAAAAAnd shipping was free, even though each item shipped separately. 

Anyway, that was my experience and I’ve shared it with many friends who are getting married.  I tell them not to buy anything without me, I know I can help them get a better deal. 

If any bee has any questions about this ramble of a post, feel free to ask.

Post # 55
1640 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

It’s different for everybody, and while there are beautiful dresses at every price level, you should spend however much YOU want to spend/can spend. How much you can/want to spend is a very personal matter. I fell in love with a certain designer (and a certain dress) online, but tried to keep an open mind for dresses at other price points. Ultimately though, I ended up buying the dress I truly loved, because while I may only wear it for this one occasion, I will only get married once, and I will have the pictures from that one occasion to look at for the rest of my life! 

Post # 56
26 posts
  • Wedding: May 2016

for a dress,not over 200 pounds..as for girls,though it is a big day,but the bridal gown only can be worn for once…

Post # 57
211 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I cannot share this info enough with Bee’s. If you live in Los Angeles, you can get an amazing dress for super cheap in Downtown Los Angeles fashion district!


I found this out when I was informed that I was NOT going to receive my dress in time, just ONE WEEK before the ceremony. I was HORRIFIED! Then someone from church told me to check out the Fashion District. She took me there and I found my dream dress. It was the first one I tried on! I mean, I spent the whole day there and tried on countless dresses, but I got the one I tried on first. They had it one size too big, and I had to do last minute alterations so it didn’t fit perfectly. It could have used a little bit more alterations. But it wasn’t noticeable, and it saved my wedding. I was refered to a seamstress in the same downtown area and it was also super cheap! Had I had more time, I know they could have handled the other small alterations I would have liked. They were pros. I was really impressed by all of it. I got my dress for about $100. Isn’t that wild?!


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