Post # 1
I’m finally narrowing down the venue-palooza, I have one more spot the check out and if that ain’t it, I’m throwing all the eh…I-guess-it-could-work venues in a hat and picking out a winner.
Which leads me to the next fiasco: the dress.
I’ve been calling around in my area (Baltimore/Annapolis, MD) to the bridal boutiques and most of the people I’ve spoken with seem to think my $300 MAX! price range is unbelievable/unrealistic. I even got one sweetie-pie who said “They start at $1000, and go up from there. Why don’t you start a savings account and call back later?” (yes. she literally said that. i’m saving my yelp review for when I calm down a bit).
So two-fold question: is that price range unrealistic? If not, where did you get your dress?
Post # 3
It is possible to find gowns in that price range, but you have to be very creative and sometimes willing to buy a sample. I know a lot of the salons in our region do start in the $750 range and are sometimes willing to sell their samples at a third of the cost. Your other options might be somewhere like David’s who start at $99 when they have a sale and go up from there. You might also want to try Church Street Bridal in Lynchburg if you’re looking for a champagne dress on a beer budget. They get gowns from Alfred Angelo and Kleinfeld’s that they sell for a fraction of the MSRP.
Post # 4
Yup, I spent about $1600 for a sample dress in Columbia, MD, and that was on the inexpensive side. Now alterations will cost close to another $600 because of all the beading. Perhaps you can look into one of those companies that make replica dresses such as Dressilyme or another place like that. Plenty of ladies on here have had great experiences with them.
Post # 5
…or as Carnival_bride said, try David’s Bridal.