(Closed) thoughts on expensive dresses

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 61
9022 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I personally would never spend that much money on a piece of clothing, wedding dress or not. It is all mark up and not value for money.

However if someone else wants to spend that kind of money and can afford it, then I really don’t care. Same as some women (IMO) waste money on expensive cosmetics/shoes/bags/whatever. At the end of the day it doesn’t effect my bank balance so who cares.

There are two instances where I will judge a bride on the amount she spent on her dress:

1. When they live hand to mouth and/or have debts especially to family/friends and then spend money they don’t have on a luxury item or worse can only afford it on credit.

2. When a brides tells everyone how much they spent on their designer dress and then cheap out on their guests (cash bar/crap, cheap food/ no seating). These are usually the type that spend more on their vision (flowers/decor) than the inportant things (guests comfort). 

Post # 62
942 posts
Busy bee

I love designer clothes as much as the next girl, but when I invest in pieces, I expect to get a lot of use out of them. My dress cost me less than $500 and I’m totally fine with that for something I’ll wear once, and it’s still everything I wanted. A classic ballgown without a lot of bling or lace or embellishment. Classic and elegant. I’d rather put the cash into our honeymoon. 

Post # 63
509 posts
Busy bee

i had a large budget for my dress, well average for my friend group… i spent $10,000 on it and i love it, i did however love another gown but it was another $8000 on top and i felt sick spending $18,000 so i didnt get it… i paid for my own gown fyi

Post # 64
2330 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I have a friend who bought an Inbal as soon as she got engaged. She spent 15 thousand dollars on her stunning dress. 

Her engagement fell apart 4 or 5 months later and now that insanely expensive gown is sitting in her closet. 

So in my opinion, yes, I think spending that much money on a dress is ridiculous. 

But at the same time, if you have the money to waste, by all means!! 

I had a budget of 5k but only because I didn’t know how much dresses were and I wanted to make sure my budget gave me plenty of options to choose from. My dress was 900 dollars. I refused to spend my entire budget once I knew I could get a beautiful gown for a somewhat reasonable price. 


Post # 65
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Beach

I spent $1300 on my gown, it was $200 over my budget. My venue was only $600 more lol. I figured it would cost less considering the dress came out in 2013 but NOPE I was wrong. I justify that purchase by telling myself it was meant to be. Not only is the style named after my daughter but before I knew the name of the gown I was SWOONING over it and thinking about buying it before they stopped making it and that was 2 years ago!

Post # 66
368 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

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jmj1021:  I don’t think the outrageously high price tags are worth the cost for just the name brand. I feel like paying over $2500 for a dress is just plain stupid. At that point, all moderately priced dresses are just as beautifully crafted and use as high quality materials as their $6k+ counterparts. 

I paid $727 out the door (including tax) for my dress, but I was prepared to pay up to $1500 if I fell in love with a dress, but the one I found was gorgeous on my figure and while it can use a little bit more bling, im lucky my mom is I am seamstress and can do my alterations and elaborations for free!

I was lucky enough to purchase my veil ($150), shoes ($97), rhinestone headband ($280), and undergarments ($5o) for less than $1500 total (including my dress). 

Post # 67
697 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I bought a preowned Pnina Tornai ball gown and it cost me $4800. With alterations, it will come to about $5000. Brand new my dress is worth $9000. I still spent a lot of money on my dress, even with it being preowned. However, it was my dream dress and I knew I deserved that for myself on my wedding day.

I come from a very wealthy family, but spending $9000 on a wedding dress that I’m only going to be wearing for one day was outrageous to me. Regardless if I had that kind of money or not! So buying it preowned was my compromise.

The way I look at it is, if having a beautiful, expensive dress on your wedding day is important to you, than yes… spending that kind of money is worth it! But if you can find a dress that cost $1000 or less and you feel beautiful in that one too, than I say all the power to you! It just depends on what is more valuable to you on your wedding day and what you want to splurge on. There are still lots of beautiful, well-crafted gowns in the 2-5k range.

Post # 68
1991 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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I love that idea, where are you getting it framed?


Post # 71
316 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I spent like 2500 on the dress and with the veil & belt included it was 3400. This was without my dad giving me a final budget on the dress plus accessories. It may be his money and his gift to me but I think it’s ludicrous to spend insane money on a ‘designer’ dress when these non designers are just as good. 

ohh that came off bitchy but if you LIKE to spend a lot on your dress and can afford to, why not? I only said that because I’m not the type of person to spend tons of money on something because it has a brand unless it’s a purse but I like them leather. My wedding dress is something I’m wearing one time…I like my parents to not be put into a home because they’re paying. 

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