(Closed) thoughts on expensive dresses

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I would never spend over $1000 on a dress im wearing once and I wouldn’t know if someone else had either.  A pretty dress is a pretty dress, regardless of price, brand etc. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

jmj1021:  I spent $1700 on my dress. I went into the store wanting to spend less than $800 but I fell in love with it.  I only got it because we/I had the money. Had I not had the money, I would have found something else. 

But I loved it then and I love it now. It was a once-in-a-lifetime dress and dress price. 

Post # 4
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2076 posts
Buzzing bee

When I go to weddings I have zero idea of who the designer of the gowns are.  So when people insist that they must have a Vera or a Marchesa just because of the name then I think that is crazy. But if people have the budget for an expensive gown then good for them.  I would judge someone who spent $6K on a dress and then turned around and had a cash bar though.  I think the cost of your dress should coordinate with the type of wedding you are having.

My dress was $1200 and I have zero regrets with the cost of it.  It made me feel beautiful and it was within the budget.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

There are so many gorgeous dresses in the 3,000 – 5,000 range, and every range really, I didn’t see the need to spend 13,000+ . If I was mega wealthy, I could see buying a C Herrara or Oscar de la Renta, or Elie Saab couture. They really are another level of design, materials, and craftsmanship. Not just hype at all. But I’d rather spend it on jewelry I can wear again and again than a dress I wear for 12 hours. But again, if I was the kind of wealthy where I’d never have to worry about work, retirement, or living expenses again… Hell yeah id go couture. 

Post # 6
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9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I had anxiety and guilt when I was dress shopping. I am in grad school so I am poor, lol. I just could not imagine spending $900 on a dress that I would wear for a day. A day! That kind f money can go to better purposes. I bought a Mori Lee on an online sample sale for $300, put new trim on it for $50. I am so happy with it. It was a comfortable dress on a hot day, looked perfect and the price was reasonable. It looked much more expensive. People spend how they want. Not my business

Post # 9
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2000 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

i spent 1200. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

I would do it. I’ve noticed that when I really admire someone’s wedding dress, whether it’s someone I know or on a site like SMP, and I find out the name of the designer, it’s always a Vera or Ines di Santo or Marchesa or other well-known designer. Something about the quality of the materials and the craftsmanship of the dress shines through to me, even if it’s a style that is been common or has been copied by other designers. It’s a lot of money, especially for a dress only meant to be worn once, but to me it’d be worth it to have the dress of my dreams on my wedding day.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

But I am also having it framed for my closet wall. 

So essentially i am paying $150/hr for the wedding, and then having a nice piece of romantic art for the closet LOL

Post # 13
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1700 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I think it’s hilarious that one of the most stunning dresses on pintrest turned up in a weddingbee thread the other day and it turned out to be a $50,000 custom gown. Wedding costs are all relative. You could get a nice dress for a few hundred to thousands of dollars. That being said, I told myeslf I was aiming to spend $300-600 and I ended up getting a ~$1000 gown (plus alterations) because it was the right one for me. 

Post # 14
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1980 posts
Buzzing bee

I spent more than I wanted to, but I’m going to have my dress altered so that I can wear it to special occasions in the future, so I don’t feel like it’s a waste of money as much as if I were only wearing it for a few hours.

The term “expensive” varies from person to person. If they want it, can justify it, and are willing to do what it takes to pay for it… power to ’em.

Post # 15
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431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I bought an Inbal Dror gown pre owned but still cost me a lot more than most brides on here would spend. It’s my dream dress and I love it. I work hard and my Fiance works hard and I feel like it’s one day I can wear some crazy gorgeous dress and not get weird looks. Having saying that. I plan to resell it after for a reasonable price so another bride can wear it. Which hopefully will mean the total I spend on it will go down. I also don’t spend lots in my day to day life. I make my own lunches and coffees at home and rarely splurge on clothes etc. 

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