(Closed) Wedding gown budget?

posted 13 years ago in Dress
Post # 47
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Maggie Sottero, her dresses are "only" around $1200 mark.

Post # 48
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Maggie Sottero dresses are gorgeous and very affordable…good luck!

Post # 49
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Wannabee

Have you checked out Blue by Enzoani?  They have absolutely gorgeous dresses that average around $1200.

Post # 50
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

At first I went to an expensive boutique and tried on dresses that cost more than $3,000. For me, that was just way too much money, but I fell equally in love with 2 dresses. I worried and worried that I would never find a dress that I loved as much, and I would be stuck with something I hated or have to come up with a way to find $3,000+!

But, I went to another nice boutique and found a great Maggie Sotterro for $1200. I think what calioc said is true – you can always find a dress you love at any price point. Every single dress I tried was beautiful (maybe not necessarily for me…)! In both stores!

Post # 51
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think when you talk about a budget for your dress, it’s a good idea to put a cap on the amount you want to spend, but I don’t think you should be putting a floor on the amount you want to spend.  Just because a dress cost $1500 doesn’t mean it’s better or looks nicer on you than a dress that costs $500.  I ultimately bought my dress on ebay for $450 (brand new), but it’s the perfect dress for me regardless of the price tag.

Post # 52
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Bumble bee

I am not going with the 10% of budget rule.  I originally wanted to spend 1500 and may spent 1600 now that I found one that i like.  For me, the dress isn’t that big of a deal – I just want it to be classic and to look good.  I have found gorgeous dresses for under 2000…totally doable!

Post # 53
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Blushing bee

I paid $374 for a David’s Bridal dress and crincoline (it’s a trumpet shape…if it was A-line, I would have borrowed the crincoline from a friend that a bunch of friends have used so far!)  I had a budget of $1000 total for the entire bridal ensemble plus tax and alterations.  At this rate, I’ll get the entire groom’s ensemble as well and stay under a grand!

I don’t know off-hand if they’re available in your area, but House of Brides has several dresses in your price point.  However, I’ve heard mixed reviews and I didn’t have the greatest experience there.  They do have an online store, so if you like a dress, you could check there and see if it is cheaper.

I agree with the advice in finding your budget and only looking at dresses in your budget.  I was stupid and went to Brides by Demitrios.  Not in my price point, but smack dab in yours.  Beautiful gowns and really helpful service.  I didn’t feel any pressure to buy.

Post # 54
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2021

i budgeted 1000 for the dress, and was very happy to go under. the dress is from alfred angelo and they were having a sale too!

Post # 55
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

My dress (with alterations included) was a little under $600. I got a variation of the Yowying dress from Chrissy Wai-Ching and I LOVED it. Her designs are a little unconventional and perhaps not for some brides but I think they’re more than worth a look (plus you’re getting a dress built just for you and Chrissy is super accomodating and open to just about anything!) – http://www.wai-ching.com.

Post # 56
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

My budget for a wedding dress was $1800.  I too fell in love with dresses WAY out of my price range (Hello Jim Hjelm, Reverie, Melissa Sweet, Ann Barge….ect).  However, I finally started telling bridal stores the budget I wanted to stay within and found my Pronovias dress on sale for $1200.  My fiance was actually proud I came in under budget in the end!  🙂

Post # 57
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Mine was somewhere in the $1200 region, but my aunt owns a bridal shoppe and is gifting me my Maggie Sottero :o)

Post # 58
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Wannabee

My budget was $750, and all the dresses I loved were $1,000 to $3,000…  used (oncewed.com, preownedweddingdresses.com, etc.).  But then I saw one I really liked on ebay, so I bought it and it’s gorgeous and fits perfectly.  $250.

Post # 59
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’m hoping to keep it under $500. WAY under $500. I’m looking at the David’s Bridal online collection, and for other "off the rack" dresses to keep from paying costly alterations. I’m also looking for unfussy dresses, either dresses with no train, or tea length, so I won’t have to get it hemmed.

The dress was never that important to me, so I guess I’m not a typical bride. :p

Post # 60
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

My mom generously offered to pay for my gown and there was a pretty strict "less than $1000 including tax and alterations" policy in effect… so, we only looked at shops that carried gowns under $1000!  We went to 4 different shops and if you tell them your budget, they won’t bring anything that will end up to cost more.  As other have mentioned, you CAN negotiate!  I found my gown at a shop in Baltimore (it’s Maggie Soterro’s Karen Marie) for $800, plus alterations of $125 for the hem, $75 for the bustle, and whatever it would cost to get the dress taken in if I lost weight (probably another $100+).  So already I was looking at $300+ in alterations.  I went to a bridal shop in NJ near my mom’s house, and even though they didn’t carry the specific dress I wanted, they were able to order it and gave me a great deal – $800 flat for everything, including all alterations.  That ended up being a great deal as I ending up losing enough weight to warrent 3 "take-ins"! 

As others have said, there are beautiful gowns at all price ranges.  It just depends on how much money you’re willing to part with for a gown that will get 12 hours of use, max.

Post # 61
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

i’m with yoyohanna, my j. crew dress cost me $97 (that included their exhorbitant shipping costs) and i didn’t need alterations. i did order it final sale and it was a gamble on the size, but i felt like a beautiful bride on my wedding day.

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