(Closed) Wedding dress for $1,000 – $3,000 budget range

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Check out Watters/Wtoo dresses! And Tara Keely is a cheaper line by the same JLM Couture group that has Lazaro. They share a website anyway!

Post # 4
3823 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My dress is an Enzoani ($3135 but I got it for $1926 at a sample sale). But the less expensive dresses under this same designer are under the Enzoani Blue line.

Post # 5
2462 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Off the top of my head, some designers that I think are within your price range are

White by Vera Wang


Maggie Sottero

Watters (My personal favorite! Some of the dresses could be a little more than your price range, but their Wtoo line is definitely within your range.)



Justin Alexander

La sposa

Mori Lee


And I’m sure there are PLENTY more that I just haven’t thought of.

Post # 6
2203 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I tried on some great Tara Keely, Enzoani, and Pronovias dresses that were all around $2k and were really well made.

Post # 7
2023 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Allure Couture gowns are in that range!  That’s what mine is!

Post # 8
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

You have lots of options.  Don’t limit yourself because the people on SYTTD say that it’s hard to find a dress in the ~$2k price range.

Mine is an Allure, and before tax it was under $1000.  I’m biased towards them because I bought my dress from that line, but they have so many different styles that I think it would be easy to find something you like.  Their bridesmaids dresses are really well-constructed also.

If you absolutely have to have a designer dress (Lazaro, Vera Wang – not DB Bridal Vera Wang, Monique Lhillier, etc), I would suggest trying sample sales or seeing if you can get a sample off of PreownedWeddingGowns.  I found my dress on Preowned new (in the right size but wrong color) for a couple hundred bucks less than what I paid for mine.

Good luck and have fun!

Post # 9
3415 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

You can find TONS of designer dresses for under $3k.  I think brides watch SYTTD and think “OMG I’m going to have to spend at least $10k on a dress.” It’s not true.

Maggie Sottero has dresses all under $3k


Essance of Australia

Vera Wang

Mori Lee

Watters and Wtoo

You’ll be amazed at what you can find for $2k or less actually.

Post # 10
8444 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Another vote for Allure, but you’ll just have to try on a few and see what fits you best.

Post # 11
206 posts
Helper bee

Hailey Paige, Augusta Jones, Ivy and Aster:)

Post # 12
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@goldfish2308:  I LOVE the show Say Yes to the Dress (it has lots of designer gowns). I’ve been watching it for years and I promised myself in college I’d go to Kleinfeld for my gown…theeeeen I realized that’s just too far out of my reach. BUT I found my favorite gown from the show in unworn condition for at least 1/3rd (if not 1/4th) of the original price on preownedweddingdresses.com.

I got my all time favorite designer gown for $2,000. 

Here is a Lazaro list:


I say, pick out the ones you think you may love. Go to a boutique, try them on. Figure out your size and then try to get it for way less used online. Just be sure not to pay more than around half, I think the brides that discount a worn gown by 1/3rd are ridiculous.

Post # 13
43 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have to add Casablanca to the suggestions! I think their prices are generally at the lower end of your budget actually, around $1000. I recently ordered my dress from them, and it was $900 but I changed it to a corset back which added about $100. They allow lots of changes like that, too, which I really liked. 

Post # 14
9548 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Another vote for Watters! That’s what I ended up with. And, really, like half of the dresses I really liked were Watters or Wtoo (their cheaper line which still totally rocks!) Also, talk to your birdal consultants because my dress was marked for over $4,500 but we got it for $2,900.

Post # 16
2968 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

definitely check out allure! their dresses are so beautiful! but i might be a little biased since i was an allure bride 🙂

i also really liked casablanca’s and pronovias’ dresses. 

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