Post # 1
How much is or was your wedding dress? Did you go over budget with it? I’m always amazed by the amounts of money some women shell out for a dress they wear once, lol.
I don’t judge anyone for their choice of spending a lot, it’s just not something I could do.
My original budget was going to be like $100/150 but I’ve now changed it to an absolute max of $250. If I spent $250, my dress would cost more than my venue rental for a week! Lol. We’re getting married in a campsite and reserved it for 7 days and it’s $240.
Post # 3
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
@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
- 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
@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
@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
- 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
- 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
@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
My budget was around 1.5K and my dress was $400.
Post # 12
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
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
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
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
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.