(Closed) Wedding gown budget?

posted 13 years ago in Dress
Post # 32
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I budgeted $500 for my dress and ended up finding one for $220 on ebay! I bought it from another bride and the dress is still in perfect condition. I plan on reselling my dress after my wedding too.

Post # 33
711 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

Oh, another thing to add to my comment: I knew I would be paying the entire cost myself, and that’s why I made the "rules" that I did. 

If you don’t mind my asking, is your fiance paying for it?  Or are you sharing the cost?

Post # 34
116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

My dress was $600 and I am looking at about $300 in alterations. Let me explain…

I bought my dress at the charity gown sale Brides Against Breast Cancer. Designers donate gowns (many are samples) and the charity prices it (much lower than retail) and the proceeds go to the charity. My gown was a Carmela Sutera originally $3300!!! It is a sample (bridal size 10) so it is too big for me (street size 4), thus the high alteration cost. However, I am still coming in at under $1000 with a beautiful designer gown that I absolutely LOVE!

Visit http://www.bridesagainstbreastcancer.org/ and click on "Gown Sale Calendar" to find when the sale will be coming to your area. It travels around and usually visits each area about twice a year. For me, I felt wonderful knowing that I got a high qaulity gown at an affordable price AND was helping a good cause at the same time. Plus, it is tax deductable!

Post # 35
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I paid around $700 for mine and alterations were included at the shop I got it.  

Post # 36
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

More words of advice:

Once you know what dress you want call Pearl’s Place with the designer and style, their prices are usually quite a bit lower than the retail price you will see in your salon.  Then, go to your salon and tell them that you found the same dress for $XXX, but the salon is out of town (they don’t need to know it is in New Orleans) and you’d rather buy from them for convienence.  Or if you don’t mind ordering online, you could always purchased your dress from Pearl’s Place.

I did this and got my Maggie Sottero gown that was priced at $850 at my local bridal salon in Irvine for $650.00.  You CAN negotiate, you just need to know how and you have to be realistic with the price (which is why it is good to call Pearl’s Place).

The salon wanted to charge me $250 for alterations and one bustle.  I ended up having my best friend do the alterations and I made my own bustle.

Post # 37
4 posts
  • Wedding: October 2009

I absolutely understand your dilemma!!

I fell in love with a $1400 Pronovias stunner, but was wary about the price because I wanted to spend the majority of our budget on a fantastic reception at The Parker Palm Springs (a little pricey). Then I happened to be shopping with my fiance at Nordstrom’s Rack and found a floor length silk chiffon Nicole Miller wedding dress hung on one of the rack from her 2007 collection. I tried it on and immediately new I had found a better dress at 1/10 the price…it was $149.97!!

Of course, I’m going to have it cleaned and altered a bit, but in total I will end up spending less than $350 on a fabulous DESIGNER dress at a fraction of the price.


I know this is just my experience, but definitely keep your eyes open, you never know what you may find!! πŸ™‚

Post # 38
109 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

i tried on dresses and wrote down styles i liked, and then stalked ebay for the styles i liked πŸ™‚  bought a dress, veil and the underskirt thingy for less than 1/3 of the original cost πŸ™‚

Post # 39
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Check out Watters! They’re dresses are beautiful. I found my Watters dress 1048B at a bridal salon for $1,200 and I bought it for $800 from Netbride.

Post # 40
3952 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Find out about when bridal shops have their trunk sales.  I got an email today from a local shop that carries a few of the designers I like in the ranges that are acceptable to my budget.  They will do cash & carry (and of course alter too if needed) and you can buy the dress at a substantial discount also. 

I’ve found over the years that if you offer a cash deal πŸ˜‰  you can get a BETTER deal!  πŸ™‚

Post # 41
1211 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My grandmom was nice enough to offer to pay for my dress (she has paid for all three grandaughters). My dress/headpiece came  to $2000. I sort of balked but she told me to get whatever I wanted-including this dress that was like $2700 but I had to say no way to that ( the dress was awesome though).

A lot of times if you get a dress that is from a few seasons ago it will be cheaper.

Good luck finding one!

Post # 43
19 posts

I bought a couture designer white dress from Nieman Marcus designed by Marc Bouwer Glamit. It was around $900 but it is beautifull, different and very me (contemporary, chic, artistic). To me I did not want to spend more than $1000 on my dress, alterations and accessories. My alterations are being done by my aunt, who is a professional seamstress. Best, my dress looks awesome with my mom’s mantilla veil.


 It’s funny…friends have commented that my dress is Michelle Obama-esque. πŸ™‚ 

 Originally I was going to buy a Priscilla of Boston dress, but am so happy with my dress from NM! I recommend going to NM, Saks, Bergdorf, etc. and checking out their evening gowns. 

Post # 44
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

MissFleurdeLis, your dress is so Mrs. O chic, I love it! She looked stunning and I’m sure you will too!

I am seriously considering a white evening gown or bridesmaid dress… I especially love the new Lela Rose bridesmaid dresses, many of which are available in full length and would totally rock as wedding dresses. 


Post # 46
633 posts
Busy bee

I gave myself a budget of $1000 for my dress, and refused to try on anything that cost more than $1100. (I didn’t want to know that I would love that dress that cost $7500!) In the end I bought the very first dress I tried on. And it only cost $724! I think it looks WAY more expensive than what I paid for it and I absolutely love it. You can see it here: http://www.bestbridalprices.com/casablanca-wedding-dress-1892-p-18744.html. Good luck with your dress hunt!

The topic ‘Wedding gown budget?’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors