Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
I’ve been doing a lot of dress research online. Unfortunately, most lines and/or retailers don’t provide pricing on their sites.
I don’t want to spend more thank $1k on my dress. Do you guys know which stores/lines run in my price range, and which are too expensive?
I know David’s is in my price range, but I’m not sure which else are.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Check out WToo by Watters. They are all under $1,000:
Be sure to get a price quote from netbride.com for anything you really like!
Post # 4
If you don’t mind a little road trip, I would check out Henri’s Cloud Nine in Minerva, OH. That’s where I’m finding A LOT under that price that are gorgeous! The two gowns I absolutely love are both under $600. Plus they have their own gown designs on top of designer stuff. I live about two hours away from there and it was definitely worth the drive, and the consultants are absolutely amazing.
Post # 5
go to local dress shops that are more family-owned. They usually carry a number of dress lines that will be under $1000.
Post # 6
Oh my gosh, there’s a ton out there for less than $1000, especially if you’re willing to go pretty close ($900 range). I’m in Canada, so prices might be a little different (typically higher, I believe), but I rarely saw a dress over $1300. Most Mori Lee’s will be ok, most Alfred Angelo’s, a good chunk of Alfred Sung’s. Mine’s a Jai and came in at $950 plus tax.
Post # 7
L&H Bridal carries dresses in your price range. I believe that’s in northeast Philly. La Bella Moda in Conshohocken does too. There’s also a store in Wilmington, DE…I think it’s called Fantasia Bridal that has a lot of dresses.
Post # 8
i bought my dress from a local family owned store. it’s a cosmobella and it was under $800.
Post # 9
Many of the Casablanca dresses are under $1,000. You might also want to contact the bridal salons in your area. Some specialize in affordable dresses.
Post # 10
Google “Bridal Warehouse” (Not sure if you have one in your area), they are in the Nashville TN & Louisville KY area. Anyhow, there are prices on all of the dresses. I know that they may not be exactly what another shop would be asking, but it should give you a good idea.
Post # 11
I got my dress from Alfred Angelo and they have a lot of dresses under 1000….
Post # 12
I went to both David’s and Alfred Angelo – both places had plenty of styles under 1K (my budget as well!) and I found my dress at AA!!
Post # 13
I shopped mostly at the small bridal shops, but everything I looked at (pretty much) was around $1000–give or take about $200. I got a pronovias gown that was under $1000 and all of the other Pronovias and Maggie Sottero gowns that I tried on and liked were around or a little under $1000. Pretty much ALL of the ones that I liked were in those 2 brands, but you definitely won’t be constrained to only a few brands if you have $1000 and can shop at a local retailer.
If there is a Nicole Miller Bridal nearby, that was another shop that I visited that had most of the gowns under $1000. They were simpler than most wedding gowns, but if that is what you are looking for that is another option.
Post # 14
My dress was $1k if new but I bought it off the rack…be open to that, and it will help a lot! It usually means a 10-40% discount I think.
It was a La Sposa by Pronovias.
Post # 15
I live in Philly too. You should check out http://www.sabrinaann.com/ in Ardmore. She sells higher end sample gowns so you could get a high end quality gown in your budget. I tried on a bunch there and even had a deposit on a Lazaro that was amazing. They were all in perfect condition. I’m actually thinking of going back to check out their accessories.
Post # 16
I tried on *dozens* of dresses at a local bridal shop, and not a single one was over $1000. Just be sure to call the shop in advance and make sure they have dresses within your budget. And let your consultant know the maximum amount you’re willing to spend – not all of them ask.