(Closed) Where do people look for wedding dresses (on a budget)?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
1311 posts
Bumble bee

I’ve never seen that website before! I assume it’s a Chinese/overseas company so the dresses will be cheaply made.

For cheaper alternatives, I’ve been looking online at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, etc but in the bridesmaid section. Really beautiful, high quality, designer dresses that could pass for a wedding dress. 

Post # 3
20 posts
  • Wedding: August 2015

I actually found my dress on craigslist. I was in the same boat as you in not wanting to spend a lot of money for something I wore once. I got my dress for $150 and I got exactly what I was looking for plus some, it was an older David’s Bridal dress that was a 2 in 1 in the exact style I was looking for. The nice thing was that i got to try it on before I bought and it had never been worn! So I would keep a look out in your area. Also I hear the Brides for Breast Cancer events have some really awesome dresses for sale. 

Post # 4
192 posts
Blushing bee

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ks835:  where do you live? There’s a place here in Virginia that gets Kleinfelds dresses (the Say Yes To The Dress store) for charity it’s called church street bridal they benefit the YMCA and they have HIGH end dresses for $100-$600. 



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Post # 5
356 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Try BHLDN online. They have beautiful dresses in a bunch of different price points. 

Post # 6
23 posts
  • Wedding: March 2015

If you don’t mind pre-owned dresses, check out Preownedweddingdresses.com, tradesy.com, and oncewed.com. 

Post # 7
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I second looking at department stores! I got a beautiful Adrianna Papell lace dress from Macy’s for $275 with a coupon! Also, don’t be afraid to look at “high-street” stores, such as Asos and Revolve Clothing. They have some lovely formal white dresses! Designer Tadashi Shoji’s website is another personal favorite.

Post # 8
2803 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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ks835:  Davids sells samples online. I purchased one of my dresses as a sample, it was never worn and in perfect condition. I bought it last year on Thanksgiving Day, when they started their black friday sale. Last years sale was 50% off any sale item. So the dress as a sample was $400, and I got it for $200. The non-sample is still for sale for $949. Similarily, if any of the dresses you want are on sale at the time, you can order the regular version at the sale price. I know the sale differs every year. The last two years it was  50% off and three years ago it was 30% off. 

FYI: The sample are just their own brand, not the designers. 

Post # 9
6949 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

I got mine from Unique-Vintage, which has several weddingy dresses.  They are all short, though, so if you’re looking for a gown, it won’t work.  At $72 bucks it was totally worth it to me though.  I’d have looked too much unlike myself in a full gown.  Not to mention I didn’t have to haul around pounds of fabric all day.

Post # 12
1323 posts
Bumble bee

I bought my dress from a website from China and I love it. 

The site I used had good reviews on various reviews websites though, so I knew what to expect. 🙂

Post # 13
1198 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

i bought my mori lee on preownedweddingdresses.com but some of the mori lees are very affordable, especially the bridesmaid dresses. 

Post # 14
9521 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I purchased mine from Bridalexpressions.com. They were great! Their sample dresses are half off and returns are  fully refunded. I purchased four dresses on credit card, had a whole week to make up my mind (as compared to the few minutes most have with a salesperson) and kept the one I liked best. A mori lee for $311, alterations have been $125 for hem, taking up shoulders and bustle. I was doubtful for a bit and had second thoughts but that seems to be normal. So much easier that going to a salon! 

Post # 15
1321 posts
Bumble bee

Another vote for pre-owned websites like tradesy.com! I paid $800 for a $1300 dress, and it happened to be brand new, just extra stock a bridal salon was selling on tradesy. Although most of the stuff you will find on there is pre-owned, it’s a really good way to get expensive looking dresses on a smaller budget.

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