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

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Post # 31
937 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I’m an Essense of Australia bride, too! I had a budget of $1500 and mine came out to about $1700, and will probably need at least hemming. I didn’t even think twice about the budget (which I kind of set arbitrarily anyway…), because I am so in love with it. I loved the way my body looked in it right then. I’ve had a long history of issues with my weight and I went into the dress shopping experience planning to hate myself in whatever dress I got, and use that as motivation to lose weight before the wedding. 

But I put my dress on, and I thought I looked amazing. I don’t have that feeling too often, so an extra couple hundred bucks was worth it to me. 

Post # 32
93 posts
Worker bee

I actually more than tripled my budget, but do not regret it.  I initially budgeted for $1000… then I was finding dresses that I like anywhere between $1800-$2200.  THEN, I tried my dress on… dun-dun-dun.  It did me in.  Once I felt the quality of the lace, I had to have it. 

I went for my first fitting Saturday. I still absolutley love the dress, though I am altering it a bit w sleeves for my winter wedding.  I do not regret the cost even a little bit.  I have never owned or worn and will never wear anything so beautiful again. 

My opinion will always be that you should do what you can afford, and then what will make you feel best that day.

Post # 33
22 posts
  • Wedding: July 2017

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missimagination :  I had a budget of 1 thousand also. I ended up spending 1,800. My place included alterations in the price. I loved the dress so I went for it. You can find money in your budget to do it. It is your wedding dress. I would go for it if you love the dress. I also only looked at one place.

Post # 34
251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Originally I wanted to spend 1000$…then it went to 1500$ and then fell in love with a dress that was 2000$ taxes in. In my opinion, worth it. I have cut so many corners on my wedding so far and saved other places like decor, flowers,  free photographer and minister and I don’t spend a lot on myself on a regular basis.  However, I didnt buy my dress, my mom very generiously bought it for me. Forever grateful.

Post # 35
1284 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2022 - Maui

The first time I got married I stuck to my budget as close as possible. I was bummed I didnʻt get what I truly wanted but the marriage failed anyways and I had no debt.

Now, this time around, Iʻm not limiting myself AT ALL. I am gettting the dress I want that I feel amazing in that I imagine starting our life in.

$600 really doesnʻt seem like a lot for your dream dress, especially if you can finance it with payments. If this is your soul mate and this marriage is everything youʻve ever dreamed of, GET THE DRESS YOU LOVE! 

Post # 36
153 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

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missimagination :  My dress budget was between 1500 and 2000 (MAX). My dress cost $2,300 – i bought it when it was 10% off so I essentially saved the tax on it. With alterations it will end up being more obviously.

My grandma actually offered to pay for my dress, which was amazing. I know that no other dress would have been the same if I had passed on it for something cheaper.

That being said, don’t blow your budget completely out of the water if it will really affect you or your wedding. If you can make cuts other places to make it up, or if you have a bit of extra money then I say definately buy the dress you love.

Post # 37
501 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

i think at the end – with alterations (not including veil and accessories), i spent almost twice as much as i budgeted for. my alteration costed quite a bit because my dress was originally a strapless but i had to customize it with an illusion neckline and back.

was it worth it spending that much money? at the time, i believed YES because it was for my special day. but now, i think about it – I probably could have saved that money for something else. I mean spending SO much money for a few hours… hmmm. lol

Post # 38
2667 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

When DH and I were discussing my dress budget, I was shocked at how much he was happy for me to spend lol – he said as long as it was under AUD$5000 he was happy. I was like no way am I spending that much on a dress that I’m going to wear once! In the end my dress was AUD $2100 with about $600 in alterations. I also bought a Swarovski crystal belt for $400. My veil was free, as I borrowed my step mother’s (and my seamstress steamed it for free too which was lovely of her). I wanted to stay under AUD$3000 so I was about $100 over but I don’t regret it – I still love my dress and I got so many compliments on it, so I think it was worth it (plus, I wasn’t expecting the AUD$3000 to cover any accessories – it was dress and alterations only).

Post # 39
918 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I didn’t have a firm dress budget in mind when I started looking, but I decided I’d try for something around $1k. I tried on some dresses and looked online, but I couldn’t find anything I truly liked in that price range.

The dress I ultimately fell in love with and bought was $7500 so I went WAY over my initial budget. With the veil, alterations and taxes, minus a trunk show discount, it’ll come in around $9200. It’s so much to spend on a dress for a day, but it’s the most important piece of clothing I’ll ever buy, so whatever. 

Fortunately, we’re getting married at FI’s family property so our venue is free and my dad offered to pay for a third of the wedding, so I had the room to be flexible. The big regret I do have is I ordered a custom one tier veil only to realize I’d rather have a drop veil. So now I have to buy a new veil or suck it up. Meh. 

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