(Closed) Wedding gown budget?

posted 13 years ago in Dress
Post # 62
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

oh, and i wore my dress twice. we had a separate reception to include more guests. i might even dye it so i can wear it again.

Post # 63
18 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

I am one of those brides that will be wearing a ‘bridesmaid’s dress’. 

I wanted a silk dress that was relatively simple, but that was still special.  I didn’t want to spend more than $1000 (Canadian) because I felt I was being ripped off: I thought about the fact that I could go buy a full length silk dress in blue for under C$500, so why should I have to pay more just because the dress I wanted was white (obviously if I had wanted a ballgown I would have expected to pay more)?  I had almost given up all hope and resigned myself to having one made, but I found one!

I ended up purchasing a cream silk Jenny Yoo dress for C$550 (including tax) and it is perfect!  I discovered that ‘off white’ would have cost me double, but ‘cream’ worked wonderfully for my colouring and was not a ‘bridal’ colour.  To top it all off, alterations are generally cheaper for a bridesmaid dress because they tend to be more simple.

Post # 64
418 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I am no expert in dresses, in fact, I found one that I had to have and tried it on and boom- done shopping! I thought I didn’t want to spend more than $600. But, I then saw the Maggie Sottero Amara Royale (good brand for around $1000, I’m sure others have already recommended her) and it will probably be around $1200 with taxes and alterations, but since it’s going to be red, I sort of had limited pickings 🙂

Post # 65
77 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I really felt the need to keep my dress budget no more than $2000 (including alterations, etc).  I really fell in love with the Blue by Enzoani line.  Great fabrics, internal corset (which I love- no yanking up the strapless dress all night long) and I ended up getting what showed as a $1600 dress online for $750!!  It helped that the bridal shop was having a 20% off sale right after the holidays- but really a great buy and I don’t feel like I missed anything by not trying those crazy expensive (personal opinion) dresses!

Post # 66
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I cannot express my love for Ebay enough. My Amsale Blue Label 6k dress? $300. It was a sample in perfect shape, professionally cleaned. I’m lucky enough to be sample-sized, since there’s no way that I would have been able to get such an amazing gown otherwise. It was key that I had tried on dresses in stores though, since I would not have chosen this dress had I not tried something like it on. 

Another option to consider if you want a unique gown…get something cheap and simple and have it altered by a talented seamstress. I love my dress, but wanted some color, so my seamstress is going to make a few changes (adding some colored swarovski crystals to the bodice, putting some colored tulle in the crinoline underneath, changing the waist flower). Given what I paid for my dress, I have no problem paying for the labor and materials to get it altered. Turns out alterations will only be like $200 even given this, but that’s only because I REALLY lucked out in finding a seamstress.

Post # 67
226 posts
Helper bee

My dress was about $120 and that was with shipping and the crinoline! But then again this is my dress. I couldn’t find any "wedding" dresses that I liked or that I would justify the cost of. I know I’ll never wear a white dress again, so I went for something more my style. Future Mother-In-Law was a bit shocked but my Mom loves it! I feel pretty, sexy and fun in it.

I agree with caliocteach. You’ll find dresses at any price level that you love.

My two cents is try on dresses that you like and if it’s more than your budget you can probably find one just like it in your budget or you could have it made for less. I’d also suggest thinking about what you’ll do with it after the wedding before you decide on cost.

Post # 68
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony: Catholic Church, Reception: Hotel Ballroom

I second the bee who said that you should check out Blue by Enzoani.  I originally was looking at Enzoani gowns and found that while I l-o-v-e-d them, they were way out of my price range.  Enter the "Blue" by Enzoani line!

I am in love with a gown in this line, and it’s retailing for around $1400.  I’m getting my veil from an etsy seller who is charging me less than $50 for my veil, and my shoes are thrown in free from the bridal shop if I buy my gown there. 

Also, as far as alterations go, try to look for a lace-up back and little beadwork on the bodice — these two things can save you a ton!

After looking and looking and looking for my gown, I know what you’re going through.  Hang in there — it’s worth it! 

Post # 69
331 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Apologies if I repeat anything… I didn’t read all of the thread.

 My budget was $2000, max. My dress was $1310 from Demetrios. It’s beautiful, big skirt, well made, but polyester. (I don’t think you can get a big skirt and real silk for under $2000 unless you find a sample or used dress, and I’m a little bigger than most sample sizes.) A few hints:

-Bridal Garden in NYC was incredible – I didn’t find my dress there, but a friend did, and she got a Maggie Sottero for about $500.

-If you’re anxious about bargaining, try saying "Are there any sales coming up?" You’re pretty likely to get a discount offer on the spot – remember, they give 10-15% discounts for sales very frequently, and they’d usually rather offer you the sale price on the spot than risk having you find a dress somewhere else before their next sale.

-A veil can be an excellent "something borrowed," if you need to cut wedding apparel costs.

Post # 70
1082 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I ended up getting mine custom made and it should be between $1000 to $1,200 (alterations, obviously, included).  I was hoping to spend around $1,000, so it worked out great.  I made the mistake of trying on the nice dresses made from amazing fabrics and  fell in love with a couple of Rivinis ranging from $3,300 to over $5,000 — way out of my budget.  Everything within my budget was made from polyester which sucks when you’re getting married during a North Carolina summer.

It worked out awesome this way.  I’m gettting a completely unique dress that will fit me perfectly and is made out of silk (and breathable!) that was within my budget.  It would have been nice to spend less, but I know my money is going to a sweet lady who is talented enough to charge at least twice what she does.  Thanks, Olga!

Post # 71
211 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

My budget was $600 or less. I found my dream dress for $300! It was on sale (40% off!).

My suggestion is to look at dresses $1,000 or less. You could find inpiration online of your ‘dream’ dress, but plan to only spend $1,000. You’ll end up spening another hundred (or so) on alterations, so don’t forget about those!

Good luck, and remember that you will look beautiful no matter what.

Post # 72
7 posts
  • Wedding: July 2009

I budgeted only $500 for a dress! I was terrified I wouldn’t find anything but I couldn’t justify spending any more on something I will wear for about 10 hours. I was pleasantly surprised when I found a few and couldn’t decide between them. I ended up with an Alfred Angelo gown which, thanks to a store special, was WELL under $400!!

Post # 73
5113 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

Hi Kara.  I ended up going the vintage route because I wanted something unique.  I bought a dress on poshgirlvintage.com for  around $375.  It’s totally me and I love it, but it’s not a traditional wedding gown, and it’s certainly not of the moment in terms of being trendy.  But it’s worth giving the website a shot!

Post # 74
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My dress, Casablanca 1827, was bought at a trunk show for $574, including tax, etc. Alterations should be minimal given Casablanca does not ship their dresses off the rack, but rather makes each dress to a specific bride’s hollow to hem measurement, as most of the more expensive brands do, eliminating the need for shortening which can be one of the expensive alterations to take care of so I’m not figuring on more than $700 for my dress total after alterations. The dress is gorgeous. Do I love myself a fabulous Melissa Sweet? Naturally, but knew it wasn’t going to work for us so I didn’t even let myself consider anything in that pricepoint. There really are beautiful dresses for every budget.

Post # 75
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Heh. I’m quite the minority among brides, I gather. My entire wedding budget is $5000, and I budgeted $300 for my dress. Naturally, I was disheartened by the lack of items in this price range when I visited dress shops, but luckily I didn’t really fall in love with -any- dresses I saw, regardless of the price range. Then I went to a consignment shop and was totally impressed with the organization of the store, the quality of the dresses, the service from the owner/employees, aaaand just as importantly, the prices! I got a gorgeous gown that I’m totally in love with for $161 after tax. I saw Vera Wang gowns for $700, Nicole Miller for $400, so on and so forth, with most David’s Bridal or similar gowns for $99.

Post # 76
1 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

You can always find something you love within your means. And if you can’t, get creative! My dress budget was 600 euros and I looked in bridal shops and really wasn’t that inspired by anything. I especially wasn’t comfortable with spending so much on a dress that I would only wear once. So I googled styles of dresses I liked until I came across a designer whose portfolio I really liked, got in touch with her with my ideas and budget and she sent me some gorgeous designs…of my very own, original dress!

It’s going to cost 400 euros and I get to pick the colour, material and embellishments. I know this doesn’t suit everyone, but I have such a great feeling knowing I’m wearing something I’m feel amazing in and personally contributed to. And I’ll hopefully be able to wear it again.

My advice is to think outside the box and you will come across the very dress that is true to you and within your budget. Good luck!





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