(Closed) Tips for budget dress shopping??

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

The best way to get a deal is to do your research. If you can find the dress you want online or in other stores for a certain price, bring that information with you when you’re ready to buy. Most places will price match, even for online shops (just make sure the online shop is a reputable one and a licensed dealer of whatever you’re buying! If you’d consider buying a sample, try going right after the new season’s dresses come out.. that’s probably when they’re more likely to sell them at a decent price.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I agree with Spaniel…also, don’t try on dresses outside of your budget! If you fall in love with one you are more likely to over spend and have to cut the budget in other places!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

the latter, Find the one you want, and then do your research. Or you can find several contendors that you like equally and try them on to decide.

I’m not sure about the new season dresses. I think the spring ones are out, so in a couple months the summer ones should appear.

Shopping trips depend. I found mine in one, other girls 3 or 4, some found it in one day but went to 5 different stores. It really just depends on the person.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

The way I did it was to go to a store and try on the dresses I was interested in.  Then I wrote down the ones I liked and looked online for them second-hand.  I actually got a brand new dress off ebay for half the price.  It worked great for me.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I second the trying them on in a store then looking to buy them online- but only if your careful and buy them from a reputable source. Also its almost time for highschool prom season so depending on what you’re looking for a white prom dress might work?

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Claxton Farm

I purchased a “bridal alternative” bridesmaid dress by LulaKate from Bella Bridesmaids (there are many locations all over the country). I had a very attentive appointment and ended up with a dress I love (you might have to use your imagination for the color, but you can try on a bunch of styles). It cost well under 500 dollars even with extra length and a sash.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I agree with everyone else… don’t let the sales people bring you a dress outside of your budget!! I had the issue when I was trying on dresses in store. I had a low budget (kills me that a 1300 budget is small in the wedding world), but I refused to try dresses on outside of my range. That won’t always make a sales person happy of course because they want a big sale, so a couple of times they got an attitude with me. The whole point was they wanted me to try something higher on and fall in love with it and be willing to stretch. In the end I found the perfect one within my budget, but it just took a lot of looking around to find it 🙂 I think you can have that “AHA! This is my dress!” moment with any budget, you just have to be willing to stay motivated and not get bummed out if it takes awhile..

Good luck!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I bought a dress from JCrew, tried it on & loved it.  Then I found the same exact dress (brand new) on ebay for $400 less, bought that one, and returned the JCrew one.  There is no difference at all between the two dresses, and I saved a little over $400!  That’s my 2 cents, good luck!

Post # 14
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Helper bee

Maybe you can go to a store and try on a dress, see if it looks good on you, and then search for it online. I bought my dress at ebridalsuperstore.com for $350 (almost half of what they were charging in the stores for it). And it is still brand new and perfect.

JCrew and Jessica McClintocl also havesome nice, inexpensive wedding dresses

The advice about looking for a bridesmaid dress (or other white dress) is good also. I think some of the nicest dresses I’ve seen were not specifically designed as wedding dresses.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

JCrew is a good option if you want to stay in the $500, which is my budget too. My problem was that I want GOOD fabric, which costs $$.

 

If you don’t want something super bridal, check out Neiman Marcus formal gowns. Most of them are under $500 some very bridal in creams, golds, and pale pastels. Saks Fifth Ave is the same thing. They both have great websites and have outlets if you are luck enough to live close to one! You could still end up with a DG or a Vera Wang…or the holy grail of a oscar de la renta.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

The thing I was most impressed with about my jcrew dress was the material — that was my top priority, and I was really happy with the quality of the silk

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