Post # 1
My friend is getting married this coming May (I’m a single gal who just can’t get enough weddingbee), and she’s on a very tight budget. She and her fiance and both going to school right now, and are trying to pay for the wedding themselves, and so they need to try and save as much money as possible.
Can anyone suggest a store/website where she might be able to find a wedding dress for under $500? Hopefully around $200~$300. I think she’s looked at David’s Bridal so far, and also department stores (in the evening gown section). She would need to try them on, so websites other than ebay or craigslist (although those are definitely options). Any other ideas?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks everybody!
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2007 - An historic estate
She can try preownedweddingdresses.com. That’s where I got my used, designer gown for a fraction of its retail cost.
Alfred Angelo and Group USA have retail stores that sell gown for less then $500 regularly.
She should try higher end department stores such as Nordstrom, Neiman, Saks, and Bloomie’s. They often have evening gowns in white or ivory. nordstrom.com also has some simple wedding dresses, and shipping is only $5 flat for all orders, so it’s worth it to order and try on a few. If you have a Nordie’s locally, you can return the dresses in store at no cost within 1 year of original purchase, too.
Lastly, she can try on bridesmaid dresses and order it in white or ivory. I looked into a few Watters bridesmaid dresses during my initial search. Once she tries them on at a local boutique, she can get quotes from online shops to get the costs down even further.
Post # 4
(Hopefully my comment doesn’t appear twice– it seems to have gotten lost in the ether).
I just wanted to recommend
They have good quality gowns and the gown can be returned if it doesn’t fit. Also, if she’s near Dayton, OH at all, the warehouse is there and they welcome people to come in and try on dresses. It’s possible that many online discount sites allow people to try on at the warehouse….It would be helpful to know what part of the country your friend is in to make more specific recommendations.
Post # 5
Also, to second the earlier suggestion of watters bridesmaids’ dresses, here is an example:
Plus, Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses are easy to get at a discount (Pearl’s Place, Netbride, house of brides) after trying them on in a store.
Post # 6
Is it possible for her to peruse the ebay ads, and if she finds a dress she likes, find somewhere local that carries the same gown to try it on? Then at least she’ll be a little more informed if she chooses to buy online.
She could also place her own ad on Craigslist, adveresiting what she’s looking for. Maybe someone would be able to help her out. There are also the new fabulous classifieds on Weddingbee — maybe someone in the same geographical area as your friend would be looking to sell a dress around her size.
Or, maybe she’s the same size as Miss Tulip, who seems to have a handful of extra gowns on her hands these days
Post # 7
Try http://www.bridepower.com. They have designer dresses 50 – 75% off. They will accept returns (you have to pay shipping) so you could try the dress on, hate it and send it back. Good luck!
Post # 8
From one bee to another…I was recently directed to http://www.juliusbridal.com and found they have affordable dresses and many different styles. Perhaps you may have some luck there!
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2018 - Still Looking!
Ha, MissBlushing — that’s pretty funny … I really do!
Target might be another option for an online source that allows returns if the dress doesn’t fit. I haven’t heard any in-person reactions to their gowns, but they look quite pretty online, and I believe all are under $200.
It’s also possible to try out MissBlushing’s first suggestion in reverse — find a dress you like in a store (whether bridal or department store), then search Ebay to try and find the exact same dress for less…. It’s often possible. And if you can’t find the exact dress, usually you’ll find something quite similar.
Good luck! Do let us know how things turn out!
Post # 10
Try the Filene’s Basement Running of the Brides Sale! Most of the gowns there are $250, and some were originally priced at up to $15,000!!! I got mine there, a Michelle Roth that was originally over $6,000, for $250.
Post # 11
I just want to second the bridesmaid dress idea. I literally went yesterday to try on dresses – tried on about 5 bridal gowns and 5 bridesmaid dresses, and loved THREE of the bridesmaid dresses but NONE of the gowns. I think this is because they’re simpler and have less structure underneath. Anyway, I recommend Watters and Jim Hjelm bridesmaid dresses – they have TONS in the $125-$250 range and the quality- and style-factors are pretty high. I think the salon may give me a little hassle when I order one bridesmaid dress in ivory (like an extra fee), but even with that it’ll still be super-cheap!
One other recommendation – Bluefly. They have lots of Vera Wang bridesmaid dresses, and recently had several in ivory, white, and "sand dune." I actually ordered one of these, and it was really, really lovely, but I returned it today because the ones I found yesterday suited my shape better. The sand dune color is champagne-y in person- I thought it’d look great.
Post # 12
I’m going to have to agree with the bridesmaid gown suggestions. When I was first looking in the bridal magazines for a dress, I saw this ad …
and thought it was bridal until my mom pointed out the "bridesmaid" in fine print!!
Post # 13
http://www.pearlsplace.com has dresses for almost half the price. they’re new dresses too and they have name brand if you want that sort of thing.
Post # 14
thanks everybody! I showed my friend these websites and now we have a better idea about where to start. ah~ you bees are great! (thanks also to Miss Tulip for that great ebay article!)
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