(Closed) What % of Total Wedding Budget = Dress?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m hoping to keep mine around 10%

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Mine’s 5%, does not include accessories, alterations, etc.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

5% for just the dress, I’ve heard rule of thumb is your entire bridal “look” should be 10% of the budget.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My dress was 10%. I spent way more on it then I really wanted to.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We allocated 10% but I found The Dress at a fraction of my budget, so… 2.7%.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Fingers crossed if all goes well with my replica dress it will be about 2.5-3% of the total budget. 🙂

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

1.25%

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Our budget was $5000 but I ended up getting a $2000 dress. Things have changed since then… Our budget is more like $10,000 now… 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

Mine was just over 5%. My whole bridal “look” was just over 10% as well.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

4% not including accessories, which are another 1%.

 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I was prepared to spend almost 10%, but I found a dress I loved that came in at about 3% of our total budget. I was glad to allocate that money to other things–the dress was important to me, but I knew it wasn’t the *most* important thing to me.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago

Mine was 12%…It cost as much as the venue, but isn’t really throwing anything out of whack.

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

The actual dress was 6%, but my total bridal look was 13% when you factor in undergarments, alterations, jewelry/accessories, shoes, veil, cover-ups, hair, and make-up for the wedding day and the day-after photo shoot.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My dress is 4% so far without accessories or alterations, assuming we stick to budget. 

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