(Closed) Wedding Dress Cost/Your Experience

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

There are a lot of brands that stay under $2000. Check out WToo, Allure, Maggie Sottero, Casablanca, and Mori Lee.

Post # 19
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I think wedding dress prices are insane and incredibly wasteful. (Somehow spending thousands on booze at my wedding seemed ok though, lol.) I got mine online from Macy’s for $120 and loved it!! Especially if you want a simpler dress, I would definitely recommend looking at the white / cream “evening gowns” at Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, JC Penney’s, etc etc. Anything you dont keep can be returned. 

 

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

My dress was $300. It was a sample dress that was discontinued. If you are ordering a dress in, then $1k does seem to be the norm. However with a little digging you can always find one for cheaper.

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My dress was also $300 at a sample sale. I highly recommend that route if you’re okay with a sample. I had another vision for my dress so with a cleaning and LOTS of alterations mine came to about $900. 

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I went to several salons, some were better than others in terms of customer service and price range. I found a dress I loved but bought a preowned one for almost half off.  My one caveat with that would be to either find someone local so you can try the dress on or if you can’t do that know for sure what size you are in that designer and that the dress is unaltered.  I ordered mine from someone across the country and it ended up being too small so I had to have it let out and it’s too short for me to wear heels with (even though she said there was only an inch difference in our heights and she wore I think 4 or 5 inch heels…enough where I didn’t expect it to be a problem).  Still, for the savings I’m happy!

Post # 23
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Newbee

Everybody told me to be part of budget friendly wedding shopping. But i was not assured of quality in my near by stores. Later my uncle from southampton suggested me to seach a store which might be bit far but must be quality prone as well as reasonable. After a long search and some refrences i found one online guid of wedding suppliers https://www.guidetobe.co.uk/categories/dresses along with the reviews by real couples. Soon, i filtered out some good wedding dress stores in my locality. It cost around 1400 euros. My choice was appreciated by my fiance as well. Hopefully, I shall look pretty in that.

Post # 24
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Newbee

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Karenina:  Casablanca is far better than any other.

Post # 25
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I went into dress shopping with a budget of $1500. I was worried that I wasn’t going to find anything I liked or anything that was decent quality in my price range. Fortunately, I was very wrong! I tried on a bunch of beautiful Maggies Sottero and Allure gowns that were well within my price range. I ended up with the Maggie Sottero Ascher gown and paid around $1200 for it. I was so happy to find a gown I loved in my price range.

I also went to a few salons that carried some higher end designers. While I didn’t actually try on any of these gowns I did browse and honestly do not understand the $4000+ price tags on some of them. There is nothing about them that feels like they are worth that much money. Especially when I compared them to the $1000-$1500 gowns that I had tried on previously. The lace and details on the less expensive gowns were just as nice, if not nicer than those on the higher end gowns that I looked at. 

Post # 26
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Busy bee

What really surprised me when I was shopping was the quality of the materials used, which I found to be very poor on average.  I saw $5K dresses that I thought should have cost $500.  The markup on wedding dreses must be at least 70%-80%, which isn’t aytical of retail markups in general and is exaggerated when you encounter brand names.  David’s Bridal dresses are less expensive because they’re private label and so DB doesn’t have to share the markup with anyone else and so they can give some of it back to you in price.

What also surprised me is that all the dresses look alike.  Do you watch Four Weddings?  Have you noticed that in some episodes, like last Friday (I think it was the NYC brides with the fitted lace dresses), it literally looks like all four brides are wearing the same dress?  From a design perspective, wedding dresses really didn’t impress me.

All of that being said, I don’t subscribe to the view that it is dumb to spend money on a wedding dress because you only wear it once for a few hours.  To me, it’s your wedding dress, in the same way that your engagement ring is your engagement ring.  It lives on in your and other people’s memories and in your pictures forever (and maybe even in your closet).  My advice is to think about what you can afford and try on the most expensive and least expensive dresses alike and then make your decision.

It’s a personal choice how much you spend and yes, after a point, it was my experience that cost and quality/design were directly correlated, but sub $2-3K, I don’t believe that holds true.

 

Post # 27
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We’re having two ceremonies… one with family & friends and a second on a cruise ship.  The first dress is from Nordstrom $225 and the second dress from Venus for $38.

I chose those dresses not because of price or budget, but because those were the dresses I fell in love with : )

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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tiredgrey:  I want to spend as little as possible (my max with alterations was $1000) and I found the Blu by Mori Lee 5108 for $649, and after custom alterations I spent right at my max. 

Post # 29
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Bumble Beekeeper

I bought a bunch of dresses online to try on at home and then had a Say Yes to the Dress party with my friends to show them the duds and the winner. It was fun getting them in the mail! Actually, there were two winners because there will be a private ceremony and then a few months later a more traditional celebration. I didn’t have a specific budget besides cheap since I know I probably won’t have many opportunities to rewear the dresses and I wanted shorter, more casual dresses anyway. The two dresses cost about $350 total.

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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tiredgrey: Sample sales are a great idea if you don’t care about off the rack dresses, they have sizes 0-28 at the ones in my area. Or eBay is always a good idea, my friend got hers custom made to her measurements for $250!!

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