Post # 77
I totally lucked out in finding my dress, The Perfect Dress. It was the first one I tried on and after we purchased it I found that I had torn out a magazine ad of the same dress! Anyway, it’s a Pronovias Diamante and it was around $1500.
Post # 78
I think it really depends on what your overall budget is and if your wedding dress is a priority for you. I also think that it depends on your location. I’m in Nebraska, so most dresses aren’t over $1000. For me, my dress isn’t #1; I’d rather splurge my budget elsewhere, so I didn’t want my dress to be more thatn $500. After months of shopping, I found a beautiful dress 40% off so my dress was $465 with alterations.
Post # 79
I allowed about 1000 in the budget for a gown. After going through a few (a Vera Wang, a Nicole Miller, and a Priscilla of Boston- all from eBay and resold there), I ended up with a gown from Julius Bridal. I had heard both good and bad about them, but when I saw the dress I had been gawking at on their webpage for sale on their ebay page… I couldn’t pass it up. It’s a bit of a Lhuillier knock, but I just love lace, and wasn’t keen on showing my back. I got my gown for under 200, with very little alterations being needed (bra cups and a bustle point). I would say browse through their webpage, and as long as you don’t order a custom-sized gown from them, they will always take returns. I found them to be very nice, even though the shipping is a bit high due to long distance. I did also get a JCrew goddess gown from eBay just in case of who-knows-what, spilled wine, or a lace snafu, which set me back an additional 80 dollars.
I got this dress http://www.juliusbridal.com/product.asp?DressName=Stephenie but in platinum (very light silver) with white lace. Here’s their eBay, new stuff cycles through there often… http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/gowns_for_u_W0QQ_nkwZQQ_armrsZ1QQ_fromZQQ_mdoZ
Best of luck with your dress shopping!
Post # 80
All you budget savy brides are putting me to shame. I didn’t go into the wedding dress shopping process with a price point – just a very clear idea of what I wanted. Sadly, what I loved was expensive.
When I put on my dress, I was completely awed. Since it was expensive I tried finding it used on the web, but sadly the dress is from the 2006 line of Claire Pettibone and I just couldn’t find it. I ended up buying it retail – $3000 total with alterations.
It came into the store the other day and I don’t regret a penny spent. But that’s just me.
Post # 81
Kara- please DO NOT get caught up in how expensive your dress is! Finding a dress that looks great on you and that you feel good in is important. The price is not important. You and your fiance need to set a budget for the whole wedding-then you will know how much you can afford to spend on a dress. My Maid/Matron of Honor found her dress on clearance for $99. It fit her body and personality to a tee.
Even if you are lucky enough to be able to afford a $3000 dress (remember a veil, alterations and undergarments also have to be purchased) why spend that much if you can find a dress that makes you look great and feel great for less?
As to where you can find dresses in the $1000 to $2000 range….look in your community. Most independant bridal shops carry a wide range of dresses at different price points. Call ahead or check a store’s website to find out if they carry dresses in your price range.
Post # 82
- Wedding: September 2021 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA
My dress was just under $1000 and it was the dress of my dreams (even after trying on dresses that cost more like $3000). It was a Casablanca dress and I really like a lot of their styles and appreciate that they’re not overpriced. Also don’t rule out oncewed.com or other sites of the like, where you can get pre-owned dresses for less (if you find "the" dress and it’s out of your budget).
Post # 83
I budgeted about $700 for my dress, but I found a wonderful once-worn one for $300! My ideal dress when I was trying them on was $1,200, but that was just a bit too much.
Post # 83
This thread deserves a resurrection.