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

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Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I got my dress at DB for $99.  If you go into one of the stores, you’ll find the clearance/discontinued dresses.  I thought mine was a good deal at full price, the associate told me it had been discontined & reduced to $99.  Nice surprise!  The alterations cost more–$225.

Post # 17
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Blushing bee

Look at http://www.azazie.com– they have some wedding dresses.

My BM’s all purchased their dresses their and they said the quality is fantastic… I think you can get a dress sample sent to you so you can try it on before you purchase for a small fee now too.

Post # 17
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Buzzing bee

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ks835:  

You could check out the clearance section of NewYorkDress.com – It is a licensed retailer of designer so they carry the real thing not knock-offs. Basically they have sample sales like in-store boutiques do when dresses get discontinued. They have bridal and formal wear dresses, you could always check the regular stock as well they do carry inexpensive informal bridal gowns.

http://www.newyorkdress.com/Clearance.html#page=1

http://www.newyorkdress.com/White_and_Ivory_Dresses.html#page=1

http://www.newyorkdress.com/Wedding_Dresses.html

 

Also I would suggest seeing if any boutiques near you will be having any sample sales as that is a great way to get a deal. Right now the shop I work at has samples for 60% off.

 

Post # 19
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I bought my dress on tradesy.com.  I went into many wedding shops and tried on many dresses until I found the one.  I found a beautiful dress for $2,000 and asked the employee who the designer was.  When I found out I went home and searched feverishly for that dress style. Once I found it I bought it for $850 online.  It arrived in perfect condition!  It was my size, but I still am getting it taken in a little bit and that will cost another $300.  But That is still better than thousands! 

 

My advise to you is to get a good quality dress.  It does make a difference.  Just start a savings account now for you dress and put just $50-75 a month in there.  By the time you are ready to buy your dress you should have plenty to get your dream dress that you deserve! 

 

Do not buy a knockoff from those weird Chinese websites.  That is a complete waste of your time and money.  

Post # 20
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

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ks835:  I looked at a lot of online stores with free returns.  Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, JC Penney’s in the white / cream evening gown section.  Modcloth, ASOS, etc.  My dress was $120 from Macy’s and I loved it!

Post # 21
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Oh and don’t use a bridal shop for alterations, find a well-reviewed local person who runs their own business.  Bridal shops are a rip off.

Post # 22
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have a bridal store and there’s so many options other than China/Chinese websites. Some are ok but most NOT SO. I’ve seen unhappy brides come to my store looking for a replacement to a terribly made ‘copy’ dress. The photo looks great but that’s not what you get. The material and work quality is terrible. Many stores will sell samples at a great discount and some stores specialize in it. Or the preowned websites have samples from stores. There’s lots of good advice and ‘beware’ threads on this particular topic. If the price is too good to be true it usually is…

Post # 23
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Helper bee

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schrover:  I personally found my maggie sottero, at a Brides against breast cancer charity event. Preowned gown that already had the train altered and removed as I had planned. Found a $1400 dress for $150. All the dresses are under $400, so check to see if one will be coming around to your area. Have fun searching and hope you find what makes you happy.

Post # 24
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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ks835:  I saw sites like that when I started looking too but there’s always a catch. The catch with the ones I looked at was that they were made in China. Nevermind the potential quality, I cannot and will not support what is essentially slave labour. Terrible wages, poor conditions, long hours and no other choice. I just though of these poor people slaving away in a factory making a pretty white dress for some rich (by comparison) westerner’s ‘perfect day’ for which most will spend thousands of dollars on, the dress only to be worn for a single day? It turns my stomach. But anyway…

I’ve heard US bees speak of DB $99 sale? I’ve no idea of their ethics but I know that’s not essentially what you’re asking about. Pre-Loved! What a brilliant way to get a beautiful dress at a fraction of the price and give it another day out. The same goes for vintage, that’s what I did and I loved it. They can cost as much as new dresses though so you’d have to research. There are certainly bargains though and the prices reflect the fact they’re old and one of a kind. Charity shops too – all of the above AND the money goes to a good cause. I don’t know about the US but in UK some of our charity shops have specific bridal shops. Good luck!

Post # 25
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I found mine in a fancy dress store (it’s technically a floor length white evening gown). I paid $112 for it. I was VERY pleased! 

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I got mine at DB in the store for $249.00 thought that wasnt a bad price. The dress only came in white in store & this one was a customer order in ivory that they changed their mind about. I guess they ordered if for me lol. I love the dress. I do need to have it altered but taken in a bit only. The length is perfect since it was tea length. So at least I dont have to do both. 

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I found my dress on Craigslist, originally from David’s Bridal. A super nice gal who bought it new was selling it for $50, and I pounced. I took Fiance with me for safety reasons, but if he’d had issues with seeing the dress before the wedding day I would have taken a friend or coworker instead. I still need to get alterations done, but even taking that cost into account, I’m still saving a ridiculous amount of money. If you’re not sentimental about the whole bridal boutique, try on two dozen dresses and cry when you find the right one thing (I’m definitely not), then buying second hand is a great option! Most dresses sold second hand have only been worn once, and are practically like new. Even if you’re not sure about buying a dress on Craigslist, I highly suggest taking a look now and then to see if anything jumps out at you. There’s no obligation when looking online, or even to go check out a dress in person, and you may just find the steal of a lifetime!

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

kijiji you can search by style number of your dress.

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