Post # 1
I just wanted to poll everyone and see who here actually found and tried on their dream dress, loved it, but didn’t purchase it because it was too far out of their budget?
I did this. I fell in love with a $4200 designer gown, and even tried it on because I was seriously considering paying that much (even though my budget was $2K). After TONS of contemplating and budgeting, I decided to go with a much cheaper dress that was in my price range, and I felt amazing on the wedding day. Every once in a while I wonder if I should have looked harder or if the dream dress would have been worth it, but in the end, I always go back to loving my dress as it was on the wedding day.
I think it’s so awesome when brides spring for their dream dress (I really do!), but I was curious how many people opted not to get their dream dress for budgetary reasons?
Post # 3
I purposely did not go anywhere or try anything on that was outside my budget. I would never have bought it, but I would have made myself sad that I couldn’t. I was sad just even looking at dresses that were too expensive on blogs! 🙂
Post # 4
I don’t set myself up to fail – I tried on dresses in my price range and made a sound decision.
Post # 5
I saw my dream dress in a magazine…it was only $6500. (yes that was sarcastic.) but I took what I loved about it and managed to find a dress that was on the low end of the budget that I adored. The two don’t look anything alike but I think I captured the same elements and vibe.
In case anyone was curious – the dress I didn’t get/even try on…
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
I couldn’t vote because you didn’t have an option for dream dress being inside the budget 🙂
I found the dress, the original price was too high, so I started watching sample sale sites. Sure enough, it appeared. I think if you’re comfortable with samples, you can usually make the deam dress work. But I definitely understand women wanting a brand new dress.
Post # 7
@ribbons: Yay! That’s awesome 🙂
Post # 8
my “dream dress” changed a lot throughout the coarse of looking. in the end, i found a dress that in my mind couldn’t be better. all the dresses were in my price range and i probably would have splurged if i needed to, but i didn’t need to!
the first photo was my original vision, the second photo i was dead set on later when i couldn’t find the first dress, and the third photo is the dress i chose. turned into a dream!
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Post # 9
Like others, I didn’t want to be tempted by something that was out of my budget. I was happy shopping at David’s Bridal because I am one of those people that can’t justify spending thousands of dollars on something you will wear for a matter of mere hours. And I am very happy with the dress I have. 🙂
Post # 10
I had a “preferred budget” and a “max budget”, and so while I tried to stick to dresses that were closer to the preferred budget, I didn’t try on anything at all that was over my max budget. The one I ended up picking was right between the two numbers, which was prefect because it left a decent amount of money for alternations. There was one dress I saw online that I LOVED, but it was three times my max budget, so I made a really strong effort not to look at it anymore and refused to try it on. I was having a hard enough time finding a dress without putting more obstacles in my own way… But in the end I’m really happy with what I bought.
Post # 11
I definitely didn’t even bother trying on anything that wasn’t within the budget I set for the dress. I knew that if I fell in love with a dress that I couldn’t afford, I’d do whatever I had to to get that dress, which would be bad. In the end, I’m really happy with the dress I got. I think its beautiful, although its a style of dress I NEVER saw myself wearing. And I think for the money I spent, its my dream dress. Because it looks expensive but it wasn’t. That being said, I definitely did buy another dress first that I thought was nice. After awhile I realized it wasn’t for me. So its sitting in my closet and I’m hoping someone else will decide its their dream dress!
Post # 12
i didnt vote, but my dream dress was actually in our budget even though it was my second dress.. i might still alter the reject dress and use it for “the dress trashing photos” my dream dress was 900 dollars i had tried on dresses up to 2000 dollars and i stopped liking them when i tried on this dress!
Post # 13
I split the difference. If I bought it new, the gown would’ve been nearly 4$k. I looked for it used but couldn’t find it and in the end I bought the sample.
Post # 14
I wanted a Lea-Ann Belter dress (ethereal! amazing!), but instead I bought a Jasmine dress with the same feeling, but different style. I’m really happy because I think the dress I bought fits a lot of the criteria I liked about the Belter dress and it was a 1/4 of the cost!
Post # 15
my first dress… likely to be used for trashing as mentioned above
Post # 16
I’m with the other bees who said their dream dress was in their budget. I saw a dress that I loved online but it was nowhere near where I lived, and I wasn’t going to buy a dress I couldn’t try on. Wouldn’t you know the salon where I bought my dress started carrying the line a few months after I brought in all those photos….and I saw her when I went to try on my dress after it arrived. So far I have been able to avoid the try it on temptation, but its really hard!