Post # 16
Mine was just under $2k and that was my budget. If you go to a salon and make your budget clear, the salespeople should help you find something in your budget. And if they’re not willing to do that, leave! But really, no matter what your budget is, you will be able to find something you love.
Post # 17
I am a plus size and I spent just over $300 (with shipping) on a custom Etsy dress that I am completely in love with!
Post # 18
I have a large dress budget but I saw this on amazon and took a chance. it was only 20 bucks.
Post # 19
I don’t think $2K is overkill. I would have been happy to find a less expensive dress (and probably should have in hindsight) but I didn’t. Oh well. Brides find dresses anywhere from $300 to $10,000+. Pick what makes you feel prettiest and is budget friendly.
Post # 20
My dress was ~$700 at DB. A little more than I wanted to spend, but I loved it. They had plenty of options from $300-$1000 for fuller figured gals, which was a relief 🙂
Post # 21
what i learned through the wedding process, is that every bride will have certain priorities over others, so there really is no right or wrong amount on how much you spend. some brides put utmost importance on their dress and no importance on other things like shoes, hair accessories, etc. while others could care less about the dress and want to spent their money on a top photographer or epic dj.
you’ll need to figure out what are your priorities on your wedding day, and then figure out a budget from there. if you feel 2000 is too much for a dress, then that’s your choice. everything is subjective in weddings!
Post # 22
- Wedding: October 2015 - Drury Lane Oakbrook
remember that the price you see in bridal stores is marked up so the store can make a profit. I live in Chicago and tried on a Maggie Sottero that was marked $1700. I ordered the same dress online from WeddingShoppe for $1200.
Post # 23
This may not be for everyone, but I found a dress that’s usually about $1k at David’s bridal for sale on craigslist for $200. The girl wore it for a few hours like you said, hadn’t had it altered and just wanted to make a little bit back. So I can put some money into alterations and still come out way ahead to spend money on other things.
Post # 24
You can get some nice cheap dresses online nowadays but risk not trying it on. I was on a very tight time scale. Went dress shopping on Saturday and was married that Tuesday hehe. So I just got a very simple strapless prom dress for £99.99.
Post # 25
Also, look around for boutiques that sell gently used dresses–sometimes it can be tricky because there’s no guarantee they’ll have your size and dresses may already have some alterations, but there will be more unique options and lower prices.
Post # 26
Thanks Ladies…I definantly need to figure out how much $$$ I’m willing to spend and what style I prefere…You all have really helped me a lot!
Post # 27
I’m the exact same – it seems so excessive.
I’ve been married before and I SO SO SO regret spending $2300 on a dress I wore for one day and then shoved in the back of the closet.
That said, how often do you get to wear a dress like that in your lifetime? (once, if lucky!)
I think that next time around, i’ll look for a second hand dress.
Post # 28
I guess a lot matters on your personal taste, income, and budget for the whole wedding. I balked at spending more on the dress than I intend on my own ring (I know which one I want to compliment my ering), when I know I won’t wear it more than a few hours, and we are having a very small destination almost elopement. But then someone told me that the photos of me in the dress were for a lifetime, and it made a little more sense, so I was prepared to spend up to $500, hoping that would include alterations. I found one for $449 at Davids that was perfect. The one with the train was $500, but I’ll be in sand and didn’t want a caboose, even though it was very pretty.
Post # 30
I bought one online; I’ve not been married before but I get panic attacks and buyer’s remorse if I spend a lot of money on something – even spending £100 on clothing I NEED will panic me. So my wedding dress cost £150 but it’s everything I ever wanted and is really well made; maybe it’s not the best quality material but it looks great and I’m sure no one will be able to tell the difference!