(Closed) Where did you purchase your dress? && how much down?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
3697 posts
Sugar bee

I have been avoiding bridal shops like the plague … got my gown at a Brides Against Breast Cancer event! Paid for the whole thing right then and went home with it that day. It was very affordable, and the perfect thing for me. I know it’s not the typical route, but I was delighted with the entire experience.

Post # 5
2903 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Paid $900 at an independant bridal shop. Then $150 for alterations from a alterations lady that works out of her home. Paid half when they orderd it and the other half when it came in.The dress was a Casablanca 1978.

Post # 6
2073 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I (or rather my mom) bought my dress from a small boutique near my house.  They wanted half when it was ordered and the other half when the dress came in. Alterations and pressing were seperate fees paid later.

Post # 7
399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I purchased mine a year in advance and luckly I did cause my dress took 8 months to arrive. They asked for 50% upfront. My gown was 4k.

Post # 8
16 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013

I purchased mine from Jay’s bridal in Gainesville, FL & I payed 50% down! My dress was $1500

Post # 9
1628 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I went to a fairly small bridal salon in my hometown. I paid 100% upfront because they were willing to give me a 15% discount if I did that (I had to ask about this, but it’s apparently fairly common if you bring it up…..but definitely only do it with a really reputable place with lots and lots of good reviews that looks like it’s staying open a long time). Had I not done that, I’d have had to put 50% down.

Post # 10
308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I went to a local bridal botique but I called around first asking what their price ranges were for dresses.  I didnt want to go to a store where the cheapest gown was 3000.00 and set myself up for heartache lol So I found one that was right in my price point, they made me feel like I was buying a 10k dress and had an amazing experience :). 

I went with a Paloma Blanca dress and the two bridal stores I went to required 50% to order it. I’m also able to make payments on my dress during the 7 month period it takes to come in; which is nice so it wont feel like a huge chunk of money when I go to pick it up :). Good luck!

Post # 11
3697 posts
Sugar bee

@MrsJM2B:  It’s really great! They have gown sales in different cities around the country – generally, they’ll rent a hotel ballroom for the weekend, bring in racks of gowns, and set up curtained-off dressing rooms. The gowns are a mix of pre-owned gowns donated by individuals (many of which have been altered, etc.) and brand-new gowns donated by designers or bridal shops (discontinued styles, clearance stock, or tax write-offs, etc.) The gowns are priced at a significant savings from retail, and the proceeds go to support breast cancer patients and their families.

The sales are staffed by volunteers (who are great, they were super helpful), and they have seamstresses on site to help out, making recommendations about alterations, etc. It’s a good place to find something more unique, maybe more vintage, than a typical bridal shop. The down side, of course, is that if you find something you fall in love with, but it doesn’t fit and altering it isn’t feasible, you’re more or less out-of-luck. You could try to find it online, but you couldn’t just place an order for a different size, etc.

It’s definitely not the kind of thing a lot of women are looking for with the “bridal shop experience” – but in my book it was vastly preferable! I tried on a whole bunch of gowns, found about a half-dozen that would all have been really great options, but kept coming back to a particular one … my mom (who went with me) also liked it but wasn’t completely convinced … but then we found a second piece to add to it, and we both loved the result. I went home that day with a dress! It was my first and only shopping trip for a wedding gown, and I couldn’t imagine a better way (for me) to go about doing it.


Post # 12
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

 I went to a local bridal boutique and ended up paying in full when I got the dress. They didn’t present the idea of 50% down so I didn’t even think about it.

Post # 14
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

$1,050 at a local bridal/prom shop. My deposit was only $525 and the rest is due when it arrives.

ETA: buying my dress there also scored me a 10% (or 15%, I can’t remember) discount on my bridesmaid dresses!

Post # 15
269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Mine was $1300 with added length at a local bridal shop. I had to purchase the whole gown at the time of ordering.

Post # 16
3697 posts
Sugar bee

@MrsJM2B:  Oh, awesome! I wish you all the same good luck I found with them! If you find a dress, be sure to post a pic on the Bee!

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