(Closed) Wedding gown budget?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

It all depends on your budget, a lot of sites suggest 10% of your budget to go toward a dress… at first I thought that was reasonable then kinda scoffed at the idea.. 10% for one dress??? for one day??? really???

BUT I will tell you that you can find NICE dresses for about $1000. Casablanca and Maggie Sottero are about that much. 

I bought mine for $600 and theres no looking back. Sure I’ve had second thoughts but always end up falling in love with it when i try it on. But remember the day isn’t about the dress, its about my commitment to my husband. 

Post # 4
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117 posts
Blushing bee

I haven’t bought my dress yet but I’ve budgeted $3000 for the dress.  Of course it would be great if I could find something cheaper. 🙂

Post # 5
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596 posts
Busy bee

for that price range, check out pronovias, casablanca, saison blanche, alfred angelo, and maggie sottero.  $1000-2000 really isn’t a ridiculous price for dresses at all – you can find a lot of nice dresses for that price!  if you buy used or sample, you’ll be able to find a lot more stuff in that price range.

Post # 6
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1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Honestly, if you look at $1000 and under dresses ONLY you will find a dress you love; if you look for dresses at $3000 you will find a dress you love; if you look for dresses at $10,000 you will find a dress you love. 

I spent less than $700 for mine and it was the perfect dress for me.  I never looked at dresses over $1000 because I didn’t want to fall in love with a dress I could not afford.  I wanted to fall in love with my dress, so I only tried on dresses in my price range – and walla!

To see a pic of me in my perfect dress (Maggie Sottero "colby") click here!

Post # 7
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121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

One thing I would like to add or recommend is that you should think about the cost of alterations as well. I’ve set a budget of $2000 for my dress which includes alterations. I think it might be helpful to add that cushion to your budget. Good Luck! 

Post # 8
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Newbee

Some people say that a wedding dress will be the most important dress you’ll ever wear.  I, on the other hand, think that it’ll be a shame to spend so much money on a beautiful wedding dress only to have it hanging in your closet for the next 20 years.

I initially had a budget of $500 (actually went to Hong Kong to try to buy a dress, but unfortunately, though the price was right in the neighborhood of $250-$300 for a gorgeous custom-made wedding dress, the time constraint of a 1-month waiting period made it too late for me since I went dress shopping a little late!). In the end, I saw a beautiful Pronovias wedding dress at a wedding photography studio that I decided to rent for only $180 which includes custom alterations and gown cleaning.  I highy recommend purchasing a pre-own wedding dress or even give consideration of renting a dress, especially if you’re on a budget and would like to spend your monney on other aspects of the wedding.  I compromised on my wedding dress but splurged on an awesome but higher-end real photojournalistic photographer who’s L.A. Times portfolio reflected his talent.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor

I agree with calliocteach – its the only way I could stay sane.  I refused to look at a dress that was over $1,000.  In fact, I rejected a dress because it was exactly $1,000.  It would have left me no money for my veil or my alterations.  I think in the end my dress was $700 or so. 

I haven’t priced out all the alterations yet, but if I loose all the weight I’d like to we’ll probably go a bit over the budget (shocking I know).

Post # 10
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172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018 - Ritz Carlton, Marina Del Rey

The $1000-2000 range will get you stunning designer sample dresses; for the same price as David’s Bridal, you can get a dress that is beautifully made and retails for five times as much if you were to purchase it new at a salon.  I got my Monique Lhuillier at Dream Bridal LA for less than $2000, and it’s lovely!  Here’s a link to my post on purchasing sample dresses online: http://www.weddingbee.com/2008/08/05/the-internet-is-not-just-for-porn/

Hope it helps! 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I was thinking $1,000 for my budget but I ended up falling in love with one that was being discontinued and it was less than $600.

It all depends on how much You and your Finance are willing to pay for the dress. You will find a fabulous dress you love at any price range nonetheless! 

 

Post # 12
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Worker bee

My dress was $250, including alterations.  David’s Bridal T8778, on sale.  :]

http://www.davidsbridal.com/bridal_gowns_detail.jsp?prodgroup=10&stid=2027′ defer=’defer

I’m really glad I didn’t spend more than that.  My dress is just sort of heaped in my closet now, and even at $250, that’s kind of sad…  but anyway, my advice would be not to start at $1000 and go up.  Look at everything, and you might be surprised!

Post # 13
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Newbee

Kara, Sometimes in weddings we get lost in who the wedding is actually for friends, family, or friends of family. Listen the most important thing about any clothes shopping is not the designer or how much it cost it is how you feel when you see it and even when you put it on.  Well here is a website may help or may not  Bridal Online Store.  Just remember who you are you trying to look good for everyone else or them man of your going to marry. Because after everyone leaves  he will remain.

Post # 14
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Worker bee

Hey Kara. I had the SAME problem, I tried on dresses for 6 months and all the ones I tried on and liked were WAY over my 1000 budget. I thought I was going to DIE. haha….how much I stressed over it. ARGH!

I DID however study EVERY site/budget friendly way of getting a reasonable dress. I was even soo close to having it made in China (littlecoral.com). If I would have known anyone who had used them I would have chanced it. I also faithfully looked at preownedweddingdresses.com daily and even tried one on in a town nearby from that site. It didn’t work out but the price was right! BUT my ABSOLUTE FAVE FAVE site I found was jennyyoo.com. Their wedding dress alternatives are the exact styles I was looking for and you get to choose the fabrics which controls the price. 

 

I hope this helps! Good luck

Post # 15
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294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I got David’s Bridal T8778 dress also!!!

Except I found another bride that was selling hers, and I got it for half off. It worked out really well!

Alfred Angelo also has some really pretty dresses. David’s Bridal also has a line of dresses that is around a thousand.

Is that a thousand for just the dress, or the dress and accessories? Just keep in mind, depends on what you want to go with the dress, the accessories can add up quick too.

Post # 16
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1379 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

One other thing that I didn’t do but I thought was a really interesting idea (and maybe someone who did it can chime in) is purchase a bridesmaid dress in white (or ivory etc) — clearly a cheaper alternative but still a beautifully crafted designer dress!

Good luck!

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