(Closed) What was your dress budget?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
5009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

I had a budget of around $4000 (£2500) and even then I had some snarky comments about my budget. One dressmaker said that she might just about be able to manage to make something for me, but that I’d have to compromise on fabrics. Needless to say that I didn’t book her!

Life’s too short to work with people who think they’re too good for you!

ETA: I had my dress made for £1500 (around $2400) by an amazing dressmaker who was a joy to work with.

Post # 5
584 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I had a Dress budget of $2,500 I found my dress at 1,660 with taxes… there was no isses, and my Consultant was great when I told her my budget… she made sure all dresses I tryed on were in my budget before I tryed it on.

Post # 6
1357 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@SpecialSundae:  Amen.

I originally set a budget of $2000. My Fiance didn’t believe there was any way I’d spend that little and upped the budget to $3000 “to be realistic.” I actually found a dress for $1200, and with veil, customizations, sash,and shipping to me in another state, it came to $2000.

I worked with a very nice girl who was attentive to what I wanted and gave me great service. She pulled only things within my budget, and there were plenty of options. Every bride deserves this, whether her budget is $500 or $5000! I also think looking at a quirkier little boutique helped, as opposed to looking in an upscale bridal salon, where sales people can get a little snooty.

Post # 7
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My original budget was $3000 but I ended up spending $4550.  That’s for a custom dress and unlimited alterations and tax included. (although it’s made for me so it shouldn’t need any)

Post # 8
1149 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

i didn’t want to spend more than £1000 (1600 dollars) and found mine at £995 so did pretty well lol.


Post # 9
807 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I wanted to stay under $1000, ideally including alterations. I ended up buying a dress for $900, and at this point it looks like I should be able to get by without paying for alterations (corset back, the length is perfect, my mom and I will put in the bustle ourselves).

My consultant was completely respectful of my budget, had a lot of great suggestions, and even offered to discount one dress so it would be inexpensive enough.

Post # 10
1839 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

i was hoping for $1500 or less but was willing to go up to $2000 if i really liked something.  ended up paying $2k for my dress along with veil and jeweled sash for the dress

Post # 11
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My budget was 1000 but there was some wiggle room there if I absolutely fell in love with something a bit more expensive. My dress was slightly underbudget, and no one ever gave me an issue or made me feel like my budget was too low.

Post # 12
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I didn’t want to go over $3000 – that’s exactly what it will be after alterations.

Post # 13
8422 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

My budget was to keep it under 1500 and I was able too! I still haven’t had alterations but after taxes my dress was 1100 so it’ll be under budget!

Post # 14
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

My mom paid for my dress, and while I was never told what my budget was, I think it was around $3000.  But, I didn’t want to even spend that much because I felt way too bad spending so much of my parent’s money on ONE dress, and bought one that was $900.

Post # 15
360 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Mine was about $1500. I really wanted to stay in that area but my mom was willing to let me go up to about $3000. I ended up getting my dress for about $1700 with some custom alterations by the designer. I’ll still need some alterations once the dress comes in but should be able to stay under $2000 with alterations and veil.

Post # 16
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Well I told my consultant 2500 but for something really special we could go to 3000 but I really wanted to stay under 2000 and I did! My dress was just under 2000 including taxes 😀

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