(Closed) Wedding dress budget..

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
14490 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

The one I wore was a thousand. The regret dress was a hundred (it was beautiful,just not what I wanted), and I had my fave dress that was ruined by the seamstress and it was 250.

Post # 4
3668 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@LincsMama:  I had a budget of 2,000 and spent 1,600 (after alterations)

I tried on tons of dresses (some were over budget but most were WAY under) but when I found my dress there was no going back! Honestly, now that the wedding is over I look back and wondered why I was ever so money stressed. We did awesome things with our budget and I should have never been concerned 🙂 

Don’t get a dress you can’t justify buying! If the price tag on your dress seems absurd then it probably is absurd. You will find a dress that is worth every penny! 


Post # 5
2076 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

I started dress shopping before I got engaged; misbehavin’, I know!

I wasn’t wanting to spend more than $500 to $800 on a dress. A lot of the dresses I liked were $1k and up — before alterations.

When I actually bought my dress, I spent $786 after taxes. I’m budgeting $60 for side-hem. I wouldn’t say I came under budget as my veil was bought in-store. I found a reception dress for $60 (Boxing Week sales).

If I could do it again, I wouldn’t even start looking at bridal stores. I would probably have worked with a friend who is a corsetier, who is looking to build a wedding dress portfolio. She’s going to help me make a fascinator hat/veil for my reception.


@LincsMama:  Unique Vintage has a lot of $25 wedding dresses — marked down from $300 to $450 USD. I don’t know what is left from their $25 clearance sale.

Post # 6
1647 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@LincsMama:  I didnt have a budget per say, I did have a number in my head that I didn’t want to go over, but ultimately if I liked a dress, I was going to buy it. Luckily, I was under budget by about $50.

Post # 7
5184 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@LincsMama:  My dress cost $129. I didn’t have a set budget, just happened to see a dress I really liked. That being said, there’s no way in hell I’d spend thousands on a dress like other brides do. I couldn’t justify paying that much for something I’m going to be wearing only one day of my life, for a measly few hours.

Post # 8
1063 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

I originally wanted to keep my dress around $500. I just didn’t want to spend $1000-1500 for a dress that I would only wear once. But I purchased the first one for $99 and had dress regret. I purchased a 2nd one for $299 but had dress regret again. I had to exchange that gown for Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses so that I did not lose money. Finally I said forget it, I will buy a dress because I love it not b/c of the cost. So I tried on multiple dresses at various prices without regard to price…the highest one I believe was $2800 but I just wanted to find one I loved and one I wouldn’t change my mind on. I ended up with a gown for $715.50 w/tax after a 10% trunk show discount.

Post # 9
2608 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I had a budget of around $1,000 and my dress before alterations was $899. So I feel like I came in right on budget since once we add in alterations etc I will probably be at what was my max. budget for the dress.

Post # 10
6515 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@LincsMama:  i had a budget of $1500. After taxes and paying for 3 extra layers of crinoline my dress came out to $2300. I don’t regret it. My dress was amazing and I hope that one day if I should be blessed with a daughter that she might wear it. If not, I will turn it into something.

Post # 11
3270 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My budget was around 1.5K and my dress was $400.

Post # 12
447 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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@tksjewelry:  I had a budget of $2k for everything (including alterations, veil, accessories), but I really didn’t want to spend that much.

I am not at all opposed to spending money for quality, but I think the value of wedding dresses is pretty low. There was no way I was going to spend thousands on a dress that was mass-produced in a factory in China, which most of the lower-priced labels are. If I’m going to pay that much for a dress, it better be hand-stitched by an American!

I ended up buying a very nice Enzoani pre-owned for $1100, including a custom-made cathedral length veil with matching lace. It’s already hemmed and bustled, so I will also save on alterations. Honestly, it STILL seems like too much to pay for what it is, but I wanted a ball gown and I can afford it.

Post # 13
802 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

i didnt really have a budget but i didnt want to spend a ton on a 6 hour dress lol. my dress is $1100 before alterations. and i did have sticker price regret because im frugal. but i love the dress so much lol. and now having taken my friend to go dress shopping and she found hers for $199 im a little jealous haha. but i love my dress so i have no regrets. hopefully i can resell it to a bride that will love it as much as i do.

Post # 14
10449 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Mine was $2000. I didn’t really set a budget but that sounded ok to me. I tried on less expensive and more expensive dresses too. 

Post # 15
718 posts
Busy bee

My budget from my parents was 2800. I found a dress I loved for 1800. Then I found a sample of it for 600. Which worked out amazing. I had a big budget I think but I couldn’t see personally paying that much money for a dress. 

Post # 16
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I spent $800 – no alterations I couldn’t do myself. I just saw my dress marked down to $500. Trying not to be bummed out.  Hoping to sell it to recoup a few hundred.

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