wedding dress bargains – help!

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • 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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2007

(Hopefully my comment doesn’t appear twice– it seems to have gotten lost in the ether).

I just wanted to recommend

http://www.bridalonlinestore.com/ 

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2007

Also, to second the earlier suggestion of watters bridesmaids’ dresses, here is an example:

http://www.watters.com/product.php?coll=watters&showid=598

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

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
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Worker bee
  • 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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

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
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Worker bee

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 …

http://watters.com/product.php?coll=watters&showid=608

and thought it was bridal until my mom pointed out the "bridesmaid" in fine print!!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

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.

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