(Closed) Was Your Dress Over Budget? Was it Worth it?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 16
837 posts
Busy bee

My budget was $700 including alterations… I found a dress that I loved for $1200, alterations would have been another $300… I walked away… I ended up buying a sample dress on sale for $400 the alterations should be $150… I didn’t think that I would love a dress as much as that first one but my dress is perfect for me… I could have afforded the more expensive dress, but I’m glad I kept looking.

Post # 17
67 posts
Worker bee

I went over my 1K budget. I tried on quite a few dresses at varying prices, but I loved the dress I ended up getting and nothing compared to it. The price ended up being $1,200. I haven’t had it altered yet, so I will have to add on alterations to that price in the end, but I think it’s worth it because nothing else I tried made me feel as beautiful.

Post # 18
744 posts
Busy bee

I went wayyy over budget spending over $3k on my dress and alterations.  I was hoping to buy an inexpensive dress initially. I loved my dress and I think it fit me beautifully!  So for me it was worth it. But I would not splurge if it was causing me to go into debt or causing excessive financial strain.

Post # 19
3297 posts
Sugar bee

Mine was right on budget at the beginning. However, it ended up being $600 over budget in the end (was custom made). I regret spending so much. But hindsight is a wonderful thing lol.

Post # 20
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I had a budget of $3k for the dress and $500 for alterations.  The dress was $3600 and alterations are $700, so I’m $800 over budget.  I’m not married yet, but I don’t regret it, but sometimes when I stop and think about how much we are spending for just one day, it’s a bit mind boggling.

Post # 21
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Yes!  My original dress budget was $1000 and I ended up getting a $2000 dress :X I had alterations as a separate line in the wedding budget.  I agonized about whether to go over budget on the dress for a while, but in the end it was 100% worth it – I didn’t love any other dress as much as I loved that one, and getting to wear that dress was honestly one of my favorite parts of my wedding day and the photos.  Good luck!!

Post # 22
559 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I was going to use my MIL’s dress at first. So my dress budget was $0! However, when Bridesmaid or Best Man dress shopping I tried on a dress, fell in love and bought it. It was  sale dress! So it was originally $2700, but I paid $600 (plus $300 for alterations) and it was the BEST decision I made at my wedding! I had to cut down some other things to accommodate this change, but your dress is definitely doable if you finagle a few other things around too! 

Heres a picture for fun 😊

Post # 23
1191 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Mine was around what I had budgeted 

Post # 24
484 posts
Helper bee

I found a dress about $400 over budget, but decided to stick to the budget and got one for the exact budget ($1800). Then I had dress regret and ended up getting another dress (not the original)  for $1600 and selling the first one for $500. So I would have been better off going over budget to begin with, instead of buying a second dress. 

Post # 25
15 posts
  • Wedding: July 2017

My mom got married 30 years ago and she still talks about how she didn’t get the dress she really wanted because she ended up going with something cheaper.  I was planning on spending less than $1k but ended up spending over $2k.  I haven’t gotten married yet, but I have no regrets! It was more than my original budget, but it was something I could afford and I made small cuts other places to accommodate.  

Post # 26
1422 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

My dress ended up being double my budget (after alterations) – it was 100% worth it. I was comfortable and felt beautiful all night! 

Post # 27
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Mine is pretty much exactly the price of the budget I set. However, I set a relatively high budget, as it was important to me to love the dress, and have chosen cheaper options for lots of other parts of my wedding.

Post # 28
10274 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

My dress was $1800 and my budget was $2000. I think I could have spent way less and still been very happy with my dress.

Post # 29
1706 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

 I didn’t really have a budget for my first wedding dress (I bought it 2 years before getting engaged), the cost of the dress was $420, but then I ended up spending $600+ in alterations, the first round completely butchered my dress and I paid an arm and a leg to get a rush fix 2 weeks before the wedding from someone I should have gone with in the first place (but didn’t know any better). 

We are doing a vow renewal sometime next year, and I started looking for a dress, budget in mind was roughly $3k + alterations, but I found an amazing dream dress that was originally $7k for $1,750 at a salon that carries consignment and sample dresses, it was a sample with a little make up on the inside of the dress and two missing crystals that they had replacements on hand for. 

Overall, I believe in having a budget and sticking to it, but if it’s something you and your significant other discuss and agree to up the budget for, and it won’t cause you to go in to debt or make you sacrifice another part of your wedding, then agree to a new budget and go with that. =) 

Post # 30
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

My Future Mother-In-Law also paid for my dress even though I was going to, she surprised me at the bridal salon and insisted on it (nicely of course haha) I had set a budget of $650-750. I ended up getting the dress of my dreams (Melissa Sweet with a floral overlay and rose gold/blush accents underneath) and I added sleeves to the dress and it was just perfect, and I had my bridal “moment” there. I was so happy seeing myself in it. All the dresses I thought I wanted (the cheaper ones at $600-700) looked remedial on me and I didn’t love them. They just looked ok. Overall I went $500 overbudget and I was expecting to pay for it myself but my Future Mother-In-Law made such a nice gesture buying it for me. I am so happy I got the dress I did, I can’t wait to add the sleeves and have it fitted in another two months! 

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