(Closed) think i found my dress. . .but so expensive!

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: is $2300 too much to pay for a dress? (it's actually on sale; the real price is a few hundred more!)
    that is crazy. go feed some hungry children with that money. : (53 votes)
    31 %
    hm. . .maybe more than i'd like to pay, but if it makes you happy, sure? : (72 votes)
    42 %
    that's about average, I don't see the big deal. buy it. : (45 votes)
    26 %
    that is chump change! can you even find a quality dress for less than $5000?? : (3 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    It’s pretty; I bet you can find something very similar for less than 2300.

    Post # 5
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    5786 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’d keep looking, I’m sure you can find something similar for less $. And don’t let anyone else put you in a dress that is double your budget!

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee

    I am facing a very similar problem myself :(. The dress you like is very pretty! I am sure you could find something very much like it for a much (or at least a lil bit lower) price. Good Luck!! >.<

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I agree I’ve seen dresses very similar to that for a lot less. But if you are set on that dress I would check out some used dress websites a lot of the dresses listed on them are brand new!

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    If its way out of your budget which it sounds like it is, then its not worth it, but thats just my personal opinion. I tried on a dress that was 1900.00 (I didn’t know it at the time, I told the lady mu budget was 1500.00 max) I LOVED it, told her it was the one, got teary eyed, all that good stuff. The she told me the price and that was that. It turned out it actually wasn’t the one 🙂 I think she was suprised by how quickly I said no way. I eventually found a dress I love even more and for under 1500.00.

    Post # 10
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    16213 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    I know you love it and don’t want to give it up, but I’d keep looking around some. You CAN find a gorgeous, dream dress within your budget. I refused to go over budget on what I thought was *the* dress. After shopping more, I found one I loved even more that was less than half the cost of the first!

    Post # 11
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    16213 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    @hellorebecca: To me personally, the fabric isn’t a big deal…at all.

    Post # 13
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @hellorebecca: I do think fabric makes a difference, especially when the dress does not have many embellishments. But there has to be a happy medium between 600 at davids and the 2300 dress you like. Have you thought about taxes, alterations, shoes, jewelry, a veil, undergarments? 2300 is just the beginning.

    Post # 14
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    What brand is it and can you get it online? From a trusted boutique with a real store like Pearl’s Place? I know there are others, but I don’t know them off hand. My girlfriend got a 1300 Pronovias for 800 online! Or, check oncewed.com or preownedweddingdresses.com.  You’ll have better chance of finding it if it is a well known designer like Priscilla or Melissa Sweet, Monique Lhullier, etc.  You can also justify the cost by planning to sell it later…I think these factors all weigh in to the question of whether it’s worth the cost.

    Also, you can probably negotiate more off the price.  The higher the cost, the more profit they get.  It’s worth a try! I got an unbelievable deal on my Maggie — they basically threw in alterations and bustling for FREE.

    Post # 16
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    604 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    It’s a tough one. I know I will also spend more than I would like on my dream dress, however, the dress I love is quite a popular design, and I’m quite confident that I could re-sell it and make at least half of my money back. I would go to a seamstress to recreate it, but it is quite intricate.

    As for fabric, the only place where your wedding dress “lives on” so to speak, is in the photography. It’s hard to spot different qualities of fabric in wedding photos. And I bet the guests at your wedding won’t tell the difference.

    So the bottom line is: if you can afford it, go for it, but if you can’t, getting a seamstress is a very good option.

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