(Closed) What % of your total wedding budget did you spend on the dress?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
  • poll:
    Less than 10% : (94 votes)
    70 %
    10 - 25% : (34 votes)
    25 %
    25 - 33% : (5 votes)
    4 %
    33 - 50% : (1 votes)
    1 %
    More than 50% : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
    2090 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    My dress, including alterations was right about 6% of my total budget.

    Post # 4
    1927 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Dress + Veil + Shoes was about 3% of the total budget.  I was really against spending a lot on the dress.  I would never sacrafice something important to our guests comfort (great food, open bar, transportation) so I could spend a ton of money on a dress I’ll wear for half a day.

    Post # 5
    1037 posts
    Bumble bee

    @sailor:  I got my dress in a sale and was £500 below my budget 🙂  I honestly think that at the end of the day in reality it is a dress you’re only going to wear for 8 hours in total.  Got my dream dress though!  Probably only about 5% of my budget.

    Post # 6
    3521 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I think my dress was maybe 6% of our total budget. Not sure.

    Post # 7
    401 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Mine was just under 5%. 25% of the budget seems really high so the rest just seem way out there to me, will be interested to see how the poll turns out here.

    Post # 8
    11324 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    it was about 7% of the total budget. 

    Post # 9
    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    about 8%

    Post # 10
    5092 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Mine was about 8%. 

    FWIW, my budget is $12,000, and I’m paying one of my best friends $1000 (including all materials, alterations, etc) to design and make my dress for me.  That was the price I proposed. I’m sure she would have done it for less, but I think she deserves to be well paid for the kind of care and attention she’s putting into it – not to mention all her time!

    Post # 11
    798 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Mine was roughly 5%, including alterations (i hope, it hasn’t been altered yet!)

    Post # 12
    5147 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I voted 10-25%.

    Not because I have a super expensive dress, but because the rest of my budget is  low. (Total budget is $10K, my dress with alterations and accessories will be around $1400-1500.)

    Post # 13
    107 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    My dress would have been about 6% of my budget (not counting alterations or any accessories). But my mom loved it so much that she offered to pay for it as a wedding gift, along with my veil.

    Post # 14
    6392 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Mine was about twelve percent, give or take. We’re having an open bar, good food and a convenient and nice location, though, so I’m not leaving my guests out in the cold! We’re definitely cutting costs in other ways, but my mom wanted to make the dress a bit of a splurge and I was pretty happy to oblige! 

    Post # 15
    2475 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    About 3%

    Post # 16
    155 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Probably about 5% of our budget went to my dress… or maybe less, actually. For us the reception hall (food upgrades) and the photographer were our most important expenses.



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